Olivia Chow: That's why, in October, the residents of this city will issue a verdict on Mr. Ford and we will have a new mayor.
Olivia Chow asked if Ford should resign: He's taken a leave of absence. He's gone. Will he come back? It's up to the voters to decide. The time to take a leave of absence was last year.
Olivia Chow asked about Ford's comments that he'd rather lose to her: It doesn't matter. It's up to the citizens of this city to decide on the next new mayor. A mayor needs to treat everyone in the city with dignity and he certainly has not done so.
Olivia Chow: He has offended many and hurt many.
Olivia Chow stresses again that she hopes Ford recovers as a person but as a politician and as mayor, it's too late. "He should have stepped aside last year."
Olivia Chow: Right through this campaign, I said that Mr. Ford needs to pack up his circus. I also said that it's his policies that are a problem too. That matters just as much. That's why throughout this campaign I was very clear that we need to move people faster, that we need to put children at the heart of our city and that we need help our businesses to create more jobs.
Olivia Chow: I will continue to do so whether Mr. Ford is in our not in this campaign.
Olivia Chow: I am running against Mr. Ford because I find his comments hurtful and offensive. His attitude, his values, all of it, is not bringing dignity to our city that we so deserve. Having said that, it's not just his problems. It's also his policies. Right now, our city should have a discussion about Mr. Ford's policies.
Olivia Chow: Other than all his scandals, it's his policies that have failed.
Olivia Chow: Ford's letter to the city didn't say when he would return.
Olivia Chow says she will continue to focus on practical matters like transit, jobs and after-school programs for children. We need a new mayor to deal with these issues.
Latest from Toronto Police on investigation: Police have not seen the video. Investigators would be interested in reviewing any new information that may relate to their ongoing investigation.
Doug Ford: Well folks, I can tell you, that this is one of the toughest days of my life.
Doug Ford: In saying that, I also have the sense of relief. As an older brother, I'm relieved that Rob has faced his problems and has decided to seek professional help. This is not an easy thing for anyone to do.
Doug Ford: Especially when you're the mayor of this city. I encouraged my brother to take this time for himself and for the sake of his family. Many people believe they can handle any problem by themselves.
Doug Ford: However sometimes you need the help of your family, your friends and professionals. Rob was very emotional when he told me the hardest thing about this is he knows he let people down. He let his family down, he let his friends down, he let his colleagues down, he let his supporters down, and the people of Toronto.
Doug Ford: I told Rob that everyone knows someone who has faced these challenges and I know that we'll wish him well and a speedy recovery. I also believe this with even people that may not have the same political stripes as Rob does.
Doug Ford: I love my brother. (Ford pauses, visibly upset.) I'll continue to stand by my brother and his family throughout this difficult journey. (Ford's voice is breaking.)
Doug Ford: Please join me in keeping Rob and his family in your prayers. In the interest of Rob's family, please respect his privacy. Thank you.
Doug Ford then left the media lounge at City Hall. He did not answer questions about where Rob was going, or how long he would be gone.
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and City Manager Joe Pennachetti to speak at 11:45 a.m.
Norm Kelly and Joe Pennachetti now addressing reporters. Kelly: The events that have brought us together this morning can best be described as a personal tragedy and should not be seen as a crisis of government.
Norm Kelly: The actions of the mayor are inexcusable. It is fundamental that we as members of a council respect each other and the people we represent.
Norm Kelly: The city manager and the city clerk have informed me that the mayor has submitted a notice of leave. As such, I have agreed to assume the responsibilities of mayor.
Norm Kelly: This transition is effective immediately. Last year, in November, council put in place a framework to ensure that the business of the city would continue without interruption.
Norm Kelly: I want to assure the residents and businesses of the city of Toronto that council will continue to move forward steadily and we will build on the successes we've achieved over the past five months. I have complete confidence that my colleagues will continue doing the good work they're already doing on behalf of all Torontonians.
Norm Kelly: Finally, on behalf of myself, council and the Toronto Public Service, I would like to convey our best wishes to the mayor and his family as he gets the help that he is seeking.
Kelly does not know where mayor is going or how long he will be gone.
Kelly will assume Ford's staff and will be administratively responsible for them.
Kelly asked if there any "parameters" around Ford's absence regarding length and how long Ford can be gone without losing job. Kelly: That's a good question and one that hasn't been asked or answered. The sense I have, up front, is that they're aren;t.
Kelly won't work out of mayor's office.
Kelly: He's taking the step that I and many others have advised for a long time.
Kelly: Frankly, nothing much [changes]. We will continue to do the things we've done previously.
Question: If there was another ice storm, you would be the one to declare a state of emergency? Kelly: Absolutely.
Kelly: I'm hoping Ford will return to this council ...and be ready to participate