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Toronto mayor allowed to run in byelection after being ousted

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be permitted to run in a byelection in an attempt to get his job back after he was ousted from office on Monday.

According to reports in the Toronto Star and CBC News, Justice Charles Hackland agreed to remove a portion of his Monday ruling that said Ford would not be able to run again until his term was up, which would mean 2014.

Hackland made his original ruling Monday, which found that Ford had violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he both spoke and then voted on an item having to do with the misuse of city resources to fund his personal football charity. Hackland’s ruling gave Ford 14 days to vacate his office.

The news that Ford will be able to run, should the city call a byeleciton before 2014, came during a conference call Friday morning with lawyers representing both sides in the conflict of interest case, reports the Star.

Ford plans to appeal Hackland’s decision and he is also asking for a stay, so that he could remain in office during the appeal process. The stay application will be heard on Dec. 5 and the appeal hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7.

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