The Etobicoke councillor said the issue likely won't be resolved until the alleged video surfaces.
The mayor left the podium and ignored questions from the media as he finished his statement. Moments later, Boys' Grade School Nike Kyrie 1 Basketball Shoes he left out the back door of his office and drove out of City Hall for the day.
"I think the mayor was very clear: He does not do crack cocaine, he does not have an addiction to crack cocaine and I think he was very clear on that," Ford said before going on to attack the Star and Gawker.
Ford blamed his silence on "advice of my solicitor."
Ford's statement Friday comes a day after he fired his chief of staff, Mark Towhey, and minutes after six members of his executive committee, including Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday, issued an open letter urging him to "definitively address the allegations before him."
"I would like to assure everyone that we're continuing to fight for the taxpayers every day and it is business as usual at City Hall," he said.
He called on the "imploding" Ford to do the honourable thing and call it quits.
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Towhey for his service and "all the work that he has done." He didn't address reports, including one by QMI Agency, that Towhey was fired after urging the mayor to go to rehab for "personal problems."
"I think he had to say something and I don't think, no matter what he said, a lot of people might not be pleased with it," Holyday said.
the truth in my eyes," De Baeremaeker said.
Holyday blasted De Baeremaeker's comments, saying it was "the left trying to make political hay out of the matter."
"This past week has not been an easy one. It has taken a great toll on my family and my friends and the great people of Toronto."
The speech itself lasted less than four minutes, and Ford spent a good part of it addressing the Toronto Catholic District School Board dropping him as a head coach of the Don Bosco Eagles football team earlier this week.
"There has been a serious accusation from the Toronto Star that I use crack cocaine," Ford said in a hastily called, packed afternoon press conference inside the mayor's office. While Ford dismissed allegations in the Gawker story and a subsequent Star story as "ridiculous" last Friday, he had repeatedly refused to make any further comment. television, Ford spent the week running away from media and ignoring pleas from his most ardent supporters to publicly address the claims.
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TORONTO After a week of silence, Mayor Rob Ford came out Friday denying he uses crack cocaine or is a crack addict and arguing it's "business as usual at City Hall."
that the police or somebody will show up with this video and then the matter will be put to rest one way or another," he said.
"I think the mayor at this point should simply resign, he should take some time off to take care of himself, to take care of his own family and move forward from there," De Baeremaeker said.
"They would say he should resign if he turned out to have a hangnail," Holyday said.
Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker blasted the statement, arguing "the mayor at this point has no legitimacy."
Holyday described Ford's statement as "a start."
"It is most unfortunate, very unfortunate that my colleagues and the great people of this city have been exposed to the fact that I have been judged by the media without any evidence.
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"We are all collectively going to run this city without the mayor, and that's good for the city of Toronto."
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"I was advised not to say a word. I want to thank the people of this great city for their outpouring of support," he said.
Councillor Ford fielded a few questions from reporters after the mayor spoke.
"As for a video, I cannot comment on a video that I have never seen or does not exist," Ford said, standing at a podium flanked by Holyday and his brother, Councillor Doug Ford.
"I don't know what else they want him to say."
"I would like to thank and congratulate all the young men that I've had the opportunity to coach and improve their lives in the last ten years at Don Bosco," he said.
The mayor also lauded his administration and stressed they are "turning the corner."
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