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CityNews is airing a two-hour special following Rob Ford's announcement that he's taking a leave and entering rehab.
The 'Ford in Crisis' special from 5-7 p.m. will feature experts in the fields of addiction, politics, and journalism and viewers can call in and ask questions.
Watch it on City, CityNews.ca/live and on the CityNews app.
Mayor Rob Ford's Statement:
For Immediate Release
April 30th, 2014
Tonight I want to take some time to speak from my heart to the people of Toronto. It’s not easy to be vulnerable and this is one of the most difficult times in my life. I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time.
Today, after taking some time to think about my own well-being, how to best serve the people of Toronto and what is in the best interests of my family, I have decided to take a leave from campaigning and from my duties as Mayor to seek immediate help.
I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right.
I love the people of Toronto, I love being your mayor and I hope you will continue to stand by me.
With the support of my family, friends, professionals and the people of Toronto, I will conquer this.
Please keep me and my family in your prayers during these difficult days ahead.
I just want to say to the people of Toronto that I thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement. I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate it.
Mayor Rob Ford
Timeline of latest scandal:
Around 8 p.m. last night (April 30), the Toronto Sun published an article stating that Ford was read to "take a break."
About an hour later, around 9:15 p.m., the Globe and Mail published a story that two reporters had seen a new video allegedly showing Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Twenty minutes after that, Gawker.com published photo stills taken from the new video.
At 10:45 p.m. Ford put out an official statement, saying he was taking a leave of absence due to his problems with alcohol.
He returned home at midnight but did not speak to reporters who were in front of his house.
On Thursday morning, the Toronto Star published a story describing a recent "wild night" for Ford. Witnesses told the paper they saw him doing cocaine at Muzik nightclub last month and that Ford got into an altercation with Justin Bieber.
Around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Ford left his home, got in the passenger side of a car, and left. Another car followed.
At 7:35 a.m., the City of Toronto confirmed it had received official word of Ford’s leave of absence.
Here's what we know so far:
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is on a leave of absence from City Hall.
He was last seen leaving his Etobicoke home with his nephew around 7:30 a.m. on Thursday (May 1).
He later flew from Buttonville Airport to Chicago's Midway airport on a private plane.
"He's a broken man. He's got a lot of demons," Ford's lawyer Dennis Morris
told The Canadian Press.
Coun. Ford said the mayor was very emotional when he told him his
intentions following reports of new video and audio recordings allegedly
showing him smoking crack and making vulgar comments.