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Toronto Won't Be Getting 'Rob Ford Stadium'

City council votes down proposal by current mayor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 5, 2017 7:46 PM CDT
Toronto Council Votes to Not Name Stadium After Rob Ford
The Toronto City Council has decided not to name a stadium after notorious former mayor Rob Ford.   (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

(Newser) – The Toronto city council has voted against naming a stadium after former Mayor Rob Ford, the AP reports. Ford's four-year tenure as mayor of Canada's largest city was marred by revelations about his drinking problems and crack cocaine use. As he sought a second term in 2014, a cancer diagnosis forced him to do what months of scandals could not—drop his bid for re-election. He died less than two years later at the age of 46.

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The council voted 24-11 Thursday against renaming a 2,200-seat stadium at Toronto's Centennial Park after Ford. Current Mayor John Tory recommended the stadium be named after his predecessor. In a letter to council, Tory said Ford was known for his "unique approach to public service" and that his community involvement went well beyond politics. (Read more Rob Ford stories.)

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