The news is still very early as I write this, but multiple sources are reporting that Ontario Superior Court Justice Charles T. Hackland has ruled that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford be removed from office for violating the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. According to the Nov. 26 10:57 a.m. update of the CBC article "Rob Ford ordered removed as Toronto mayor in conflict ruling", the decision will not take effect for 14 days, to leave time for "administrative changes", but during this time Ford could also start an appeals process.
If the decision stands, council could vote to appoint someone until the already-scheduled 2014 municipal election takes place, or a by-election could be called. Although the option was available to him, the judge did not put any restrictions on Ford's ability to run for office "beyond the current term"*.
I'm not a big fan of Ford, but I don't think feelings about the rest of the job the mayor's done to date should even be part of the discussion at this point (although I've already seen many people who don't like Ford "celebrating" online). I'm of the opinion that the rules restricting the actions of elected officials are there for a very good reason, and that breaking them should have firm consequences. For that reason alone I'm pleased with today's outcome, and I hope the ruling stands.
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*Edited to correct.