The saga of Rob Ford's sort-of sacking this week takes an odd turn, as Justice Charles Hackland has clarified his ruling to state that Rob Ford can run in any by-election held before 2014. While city solicitor Anna Kinastowski originally interpreted the judge's ruling that Ford not be disqualified from "holding office beyond the current term" as meaning that Ford would be ineligible for a potential by-election, Hackland has apparently removed any mention to this "term," the Star is reporting.
So between Ford's request for a stay on Hackland's ruling, then his planned appeal, then a potential by-election that he'd be allowed to run in, it doesn't look like Rob Ford is actually going anywhere anytime soon, despite ostensibly having just about a week to vacate his seat on City Council.
It's a definite boon for Team Ford, but deflates something of the sense of elation that spread in some quarters following Hackland's ruling on Monday. Still, for Toronto media, no Rob Ford is worse than an ink shortage.