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One to watch... Rob Ford

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford is calling for "major sanctions' against Toronto District School Board director Chris Spence, who admitted to plagiarizing parts of an opinion piece he wrote for the Toronto Star.

"You can't be the director of education and plagiarizing, let's put it that way," Ford said.

Apparently, though, he thinks it is OK to be mayor and do all this stuff:

-- April 15, 2006: Get drunk at Maple Leafs game, insult couple seated behind you. Be escorted from Air Canada Centre by security.

-- June 2006: Try to kybosh AIDS research funding, saying: "If you are not doing needles and you are not gay, you wouldn't get AIDS probably."

-- 2010 mayoral campaign: Lie to Toronto Star reporters about your arrest in Miami, Fla., in 1999 for driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

-- Various times: Read and talk on your cellphone while driving on the Gardiner Expressway.

After a fellow commuter uploaded photos of the mayor clearly reading a report while behind the wheel, Ford admitted that 'probably' he was reading while driving.

Now, of course, there is the little matter of him being removed from his mayoral seat for being in a conflict of interest over fundraising

Ford's appeal of the ruling was heard Jan. 7, and a decision is expected in a few weeks.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 12, 2013 J12

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