Toronto mayor says "I'm not going anywhere"

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Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:05 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 11:00 PM

TORONTO (AP) — A defiant Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says "I'm not going anywhere, guaranteed" despite immense pressure to step aside after admitting he smoked crack cocaine.

Ford made the remark to a supporter as he walked back to City Hall Monday after giving a speech during Remembrance Day ceremonies for veterans.

Ford later told reporters that he's ready to "get it on" with City Council members who have introduced a motion urging him to step aside. A vote is likely Wednesday.

Ford's refusal to resign or take a leave of absence has frustrated both his opponents and allies on the council, which has no legal way to force him out unless he's convicted of a crime.

There's been no indication that Ford will enter rehab since his lawyer said Friday that he was "considering" it.

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