Toronto mayor granted stay to halt removal from office

Rob Ford’s stay application goes unopposed


Toronto Mayor Rob Ford addresses reporters at City Hall on Nov. 27, 2012. (Chris Young/CP)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been granted a stay and will be permitted to remain in office until his appeal process is over, a judge determined Wednesday morning.

A lawyer representing Ford appeared in a downtown Toronto court to ask the judge for the stay.

This comes after a Nov. 26 decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles Hackland, who found that Ford had violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and had to be removed from office, as the law stipulates. Hackland gave Ford 14 days to vacate his office.

Ford is appealing Hackland’s decision and, now that this stay has been granted, he is permitted to remain as mayor until the appeal process is complete. An appeal hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7, meaning Ford will remain in office until at least that time.

In order to be grated his stay, the request had to pass the following three tests: it has to be a serious issue in the appeal, the applicant (Ford) might have suffered irreparable harm if the stay wasn’t granted and the stay had to be in the public’s best interest.

After deliberating for less than an hour, Ontario Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu said “this is an appropriate case for a stay,” and said that “Ford would suffer irreparable harm” if stay wasn’t granted.

The lawyers who initially argued the case against Ford did not oppose the stay application.

“We are agreeing to this stay to give the city of Toronto a measure of stability, something that has been wholly absent during Mr. Ford’s term in office,” lawyer Clayton Ruby said in a statement issued Monday. “Our opposition to Mr. Ford’s appeal, however, will proceed.”

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Toronto mayor granted stay to halt removal from office

  1. Further proof politicians and police are untouchable by the law.

  2. Good news! We need more like Rob Running for office. Clayton Ruby should hide his face in disgrace. He lets our wonderful premier get away with throwing away billions of dollars and says nothing, but this is worth his time?? Unbelievable, but then again I am not surprised by his inability to understand that we are sick of people like Clayton Ruby and his friends, running things with no regard for the tax payers. The scary thing is he believes he is doing the right thing.


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