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TORONTO -- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been in a heated faceoff today with members of the City Council and with members of the public.

As the council took up a motion to take away many of his remaining powers, Ford paced around the council chamber and traded barbs with spectators -- some of whom chanted "shame" at the mayor.At one point, Ford charged at the gallery, knocking over a female member of the council before picking her back up.

The council voted overwhelming in a series of votes on Monday to cut his office budget by 60 percent and allow mayoral staff to join the deputy mayor.

Ford now effectively has no legislative power as he would no longer chair the executive committee.

Ford retains his title and ability to represent Toronto at official functions.

Toronto has been abuzz with the Ford melodrama since May, when news outlets reported that he had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine

Ford says he's the target of a "coup." But one council member says it's "time to take away the keys."

Ford has vowed to take the council to court and insists he will seek re-election next year.

Last week, after admitting to excessive drinking and buying illegal drugs, Ford disclosed that he is seeking medical help. But he and his family insist he is not an addict and does not need rehab.

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