Beset by scandal, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford faces another likely setback Monday as the City Council takes up a motion to strip him of most of his remaining powers.
Under the motion, already endorsed by a majority of council members, Ford would in effect become mayor of Canada's largest city in name only.
The council does not have the power to remove Ford from office, barring a criminal conviction. It is pursuing the strongest recourse available after recent revelations that Ford smoked crack cocaine and his repeated outbursts of erratic behavior.
Far from being chastened, Ford has vowed to take the council to court and insists he will seek re-election next year.