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Mayor Ford returns from vacation

Shawne McKeown
Mayor Rob Ford outside the Ellesmere Community Centre for Project Engagement, Dec. 20, 2012. CITYNEWS
Mayor Rob Ford outside the Ellesmere Community Centre for Project Engagement, Dec. 20, 2012. CITYNEWS

A much more relaxed looking Mayor Rob Ford made his first public appearance Thursday since taking a nine-day vacation from city hall.

“It was peaceful. My phone didn’t stop ringing but it’s OK,” he said with a chuckle. Ford appeared to be in the holiday spirit, sporting a festive Santa-themed neck tie.

The mayor left the city after a judge ordered him out of office for breaking conflict of interest rules. Ford had argued that the judge’s ruling should be stayed so that he could run the city while his appeal is heard.

The stay was granted on Dec. 5, five days before Ford left Toronto.

The mayor returned to support  Project Engagement, at the Ellesmere Community Centre on Thursday. Volunteers are collecting, organizing and distributing food donations for Toronto families.

“I was out here last year and this is a great event,” Ford said. “I wanted to come back and support him.”

When asked about one of the big issues that surfaced while he was away — the bad state of the Gardiner Expressway — Ford said he hadn’t yet been briefed and couldn’t provide a comment.

Ford’s getaway started Dec. 10. He returned home Wednesday, according to a published report. It’s not known where he spent his time off.



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