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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to using crack and has been stripped of most of his power, was filmed dancing at church singing with the gospel choir this past weekend, with one congregant claiming that the politician smelled like marijuana.
"Man smells like ganja," West Toronto Church of God congregant Jamal Lewis posted on Twitter on Sunday along with a photo of himself and Ford.
In the video that is making the rounds on Youtube, the mayor, dressed in a dark suit and tie, is seen at the altar dancing around with the choir, singing "Hallelujah."
Ford, who has admitted to using crack cocaine during one of his "drunken stupors," has also previously been filmed making death threats against an unidentified person. Ford has admitted to being embarrassed by that video, and said that he was "extremely, extremely inebriated" in it.
"All I can say is, again, I've made mistakes. I just wanted to come out and tell you I saw a video. It's extremely embarrassing. The whole world's going to see it. You know what? I don't have a problem with that," Ford said, adding that he hopes no one will experience being in such a state as he was.
Toronto's mayor has resisted pressure calling on him to resign, however, and said that he is determined to see his term through.
"I was elected to do a job and that is exactly what I am going to continue doing," he told reporters after the cocaine scandal. "We live in a democracy and on October 27, 2014, and I want the people of this great city to decide if they want Rob Ford to be their mayor."
He also said in a November interview that he has had a "come-to-Jesus" moment, and that he is giving up drinking alcohol because of it.
"I've had a come-to-Jesus moment, if you want to call it that," Ford told CBC's chief news correspondent, Peter Mansbridge. "Just the humiliation and the belittling and the people I've let down. And it's all because of alcohol. Excessive, stupid, immature behavior and that's it."
The interview followed a decision by Toronto's city council to strip him of most of his power. Canada's second largest city decided to reduce Ford's budget by 60 percent, and transferred most of his duties to deputy mayor Norm Kelly. Ford was essentially stripped of legislative power, but allowed to keep the title of mayor and attend public events.