Toronto Mayor Rob Ford gets green light to run in by-election

Matt Coutts
Daily Brew

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be allowed to run in a by-election should one be held, the judge that threw him from office clarified on Friday.

Justice Charles Hackland clarified his ruling from earlier this week, which said that Ford was to be removed from office for breaching the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act and would not be allowed to run for the rest of the term.

The Toronto Star reported that Hackland clarified his ruling in a conference call to lawyers, agreeing to remove to portion of the ruling that made it sound like Ford could not run again until the 2014 municipal election.

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Ford's lawyer, Alan Lenczner, continues to appeal the original ruling and will ask that Ford's ouster be stayed until the appeal has been heard.

Ford was found guilty in a conflict of interest case after he participated in a debate over whether he should be forced to pay back $3,150 in questionable donations collected for a personal charity by using his clout as a city official.