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Toronto mayor to take leave after new video report

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Torontoo MayorToronto Mayor Rob Ford is taking a leave of absence to seek help for alcohol after a report surfaced about a second video of him apparently smoking crack cocaine, but he is not abandoning hopes of seeking a second term as mayor of Canada's largest city.

One of his campaign rivals and other Toronto politicians demanded he resign. But in a statement Wednesday, Ford said he would take leave for an unspecified amount of time from both his mayoral post and his campaign for re-election.

"I have a problem with alcohol, and the choices I have made while under the influence. I have struggled with this for some time," Ford said in statement late Wednesday. "I have tried to deal with these issues by myself over the past year. I know that I need professional help and I am now 100% committed to getting myself right."

The Globe and Mail newspaper said it has viewed a second video of Ford smoking what appears to be crack cocaine in his sister's basement. The national newspaper said two Globe reporters viewed the video from a self-professed drug dealer showing Ford taking a drag from a pipe early Saturday morning.

The video is part "of a package of three videos the dealer said was surreptitiously filmed around 1:15 a.m., and which he says he is now selling for 'at least six figures,'" the paper reported.

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