The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, now has improved chances of not being fired from his office for the time being, as his lawyer has struck a deal with lawyer Clayton Ruby for not opposing the stay on the judge’s decision to remove Mr. Ford from office.
Mr. Ruby, the lawyer of Paul Magder who sued Mayor Ford, mentioned in a press release on Monday that “we are agreeing to this stay to give the city of Toronto a measure of stability, something that has been wholly absent during Mr. Ford’s term in office.” The lawyer representing Mr. Ford’s case, Alan Lenczner, assured that the hearing scheduled for Wednesday will still going to take place as scheduled. This Wednesday, a single judge is going to hear the appeal against Hackland’s decision and announce whether Mr. Ford will remain in office until the Divisional Court rules on Mr. Ford’s appeal or not. The hearing of the case will begin on Jan. 7, with a decision expected weeks later.
Even though Mr. Ruby and his client, Paul Magder, are still going to pursue their appeal against Ford, they will just not oppose the stay allowing Ford to stay in the office meanwhile. This will definitely make things easier for the mayor’s lawyer to convince the court for declaring the original decision nullified for the time being. The press secretary of Mayor Ford, George Christopoulos, asserted that “the mayor’s lawyer will be in court on Wednesday to request a stay and we hope the stay is granted.” Mayor Ford’s brother Councillor Doug Ford, also appreciated the move, saying it’s “absolutely its good news.”
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