City hall working despite Toronto mayor's 'crack cocaine' scandal, deputy says
TORONTO - Toronto's deputy mayor says city government is still functioning despite the raging scandal engulfing Mayor Rob Ford over an alleged crack cocaine video.
At the same time, Doug Holyday says it's urgent for Ford to deal with the allegations that gained attention around the world.
More than a week ago, the American website Gawker and the Toronto Star reported viewing a cellphone video they said appeared to show Ford smoking crack cocaine.
Ford's own executive is drafting a letter urging the mayor to address the allegations as soon as possible.
Last Friday, the mayor called the allegations "ridiculous" but has said little else about them.
On Thursday, Ford fired his chief of staff but again evaded reporters.
Holyday says he will talk to the former aide to see if he can find out why Ford has been unavailable for the past week.