The infamous mayor of Toronto, an alcoholic and alleged crack addict, will be returning to work at City Hall in a few weeks after completing rehab treatment for alcohol abuse.
Rob Ford has been in rehab since early May, after a video involving him ranting in an intoxicated state and holding something that appeared to be a crack pipe surfaced online. This video was the latest in a number of scandals that had plagued Ford’s office for a year. Though Ford was stripped of many of his powers last November, leaving him only with title of mayor, he plans to run for re-election next year.
“Kindly be advised that I will be returning to work at City Hall on Monday, June 30th, 2014, in the later portion of the afternoon, to resume my duties as mayor,” Ford wrote in a letter to Toronto City Clerk Ulli Watkiss. “Please make the necessary arrangements for my locks to be restored to their state prior to my departure, for 1:00 p.m. on the date of my return.”
After several scandals surfaced that involved him behaving inappropriately due to being under the influence of alcohol and suspectedly drugs, Ford issued a statement saying: “I have a problem with alcohol and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time. I know that I need professional help, and I am now 100 percent committed to getting myself right.”
But several of Ford’s colleagues have expressed concern over his return. “Ever since his departure from City Hall, things have been very calm,” Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam told The Globe and Mail. “There’s a lot of business being conducted and a level of civility that has entered City Hall. It clearly demonstrates to me that when he’s here, he’s a distraction. He’s not prepared for the meetings, he doesn’t stay for the votes as far as I can tell. Over all, I believe that we’ve been far more productive.” Ford reportedly enjoyed his time spent in rehab, announcing that it was "amazing" and that it made him feel great.
Others, however, will wait until his return before making a judgment — Councillor Janet Davis told The Globe and Mail that she doesn’t “want to predict how Rob Ford will behave. I don’t think anyone’s ever been able to do that.”