December 6, 2012 by staff?
Rob Ford Latest, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford ?can?t wait? for the appeal of a judicial order to vacate his seat after today?s granting of a stay of the judgment.
Justice Gladys Pardu on Wednesday granted Ford?s application to stay last week?s ruling that he vacate his seat. Pardu?s ruling means Ford can keep his job until the appeal process concludes.
?I?m just very glad I got the stay today. I can?t wait for the appeal,? Ford told reporters immediately after the decision was released.
?I?m moving forward, returning calls and meeting with people and running this city just like people elected me to do.?
When asked how much this legal battle is costing him, Ford replied, ?Don?t worry about it, it doesn?t matter.?
Ford?s appeal of the removal order issued by Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles T. Hackland will be heard in Ontario Divisional Court on Jan. 7, with a decision expected soon after.
?Serious issues? to be heard in appeal
Pardu wrote in her ruling that she believes ?the appeal is neither frivolous nor vexatious. It is apparent that there are serious issues to be determined on the appeal.?
She wrote that it wouldn?t be appropriate for her to ?enter upon a prolonged discussion of the merits of the appeal.?
The decision to grant the stay until the appeal is heard does not mean there will be any harm to the public interest, Pardu wrote.
?Stress is an understatement, but we?re going to move forward for the City of Toronto,? said Rob Ford?s brother, Coun. Doug Ford, when asked about the effect of the legal process on the mayor.
?There?s still a tremendous amount of work to be done at city hall.?
Coun. Adam Vaughan, a vocal critic of the mayor, said Ford is not delivering the leadership the city needs.
?People are asking for some clarity, for some strong, intelligent leadership,? he said. ?Quite frankly they?re tired of a mayor who?s either on the football sidelines or the judge?s chamber.?Report to Team
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