A rehab facility in a small Ontario town has confirmed that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is undergoing treatment at its clinic.
GreenStone Clinic Muskoka in Bala, Ontario, said Ford consented to having the facility confirm his stay.
Ford announced late last month that he was seeking treatment for an alcohol problem after a new video surfaced that appeared to show Ford smoking a crack pipe late last month.
It was the latest twist in the ongoing saga of Ford, whose notorious and frequently filmed behaviour led the city council to strip him of most of his powers after he admitted last year that he had smoked crack in a “drunken stupor” and was depicted on video threatening to “murder” someone.
There was speculation about whether the embattled mayor of Canada’s largest city was in rehab after he was spotted taking photos with residents of a small town neighbouring Bala last week.
A few days later, the mayor’s car was impounded after a Muskoka resident was arrested behind the wheel and charged with impaired driving.
Last week marked a year since a video emerged that appeared to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine.
Months later, Ford admitted to trying the drug while drunk and to using drugs while in office.
In another videotaped incident the mayor used obscene Jamaican slang words and criticised Toronto’s chief of police.
The Globe and Mail said last month a drug dealer had shown two of its reporters video of Ford allegedly smoking what was said to be crack in the basement of his sister’s home.
The paper said it paid $US10,000 ($A10,820) for frame grabs showing Ford holding a copper pipe.
The Toronto Star also published details of “two nights of utter debauchery” involving Ford at a Toronto nightclub.
Despite Ford’s ongoing erratic behaviour, he says he’s running for re-election in October.