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Dozens call for Ford to resign at city hall protest

Chalk messages call on Mayor Rob Ford to resign, at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto on Nov. 6, 2013. CITYNEWS/Peter Dworschak

Dozens of Torontonians gathered at city hall on Wednesday to call on Mayor Rob Ford to resign.

Ford has steadfastly refused to step down since news broke last week that police have video allegedly showing him smoking crack cocaine. On Tuesday, he finally admitted to having smoked the drug and said he’d stay in office and run for re-election next October.

Protesters carried pickets and scrawled chalk drawings in Nathan Phillips Square — but these messages had a different tenor to the ones left there after the late NDP leader Jack Layton died.

They read, “Quit something — your choice,” and simply, “Get help.”

A woman held a sign which said, “Rob Ford for Senate 2013,” referring to the Senate expense scandal involving Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau, who were suspended without pay on Tuesday.

And, alluding to Ford’s famous “gravy train” mantra during the last election campaign, someone set up a stand to hand out cups of gravy.

“It feels like a bit of a revolt by the people here — a rising up,” CityNews reporter Pam Seatle said.

City hall staff started removing some of the messages soon after.