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Toronto election deadline looms as Rob Ford spends third day in hospital

Toronto election deadline looms as Rob Ford spends third day in hospital
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The Friday afternoon deadline to leave the mayoral debate is fast approaching as Rob Ford remains in hospital waiting for results of a biopsy of an abdominal tumour.

The Toronto mayor was admitted to hospital on Wednesday after complaining of severe stomach pains. Doctors at the Humber River Hospital diagnosed him with an abdominal tumour, but said it would be days before they knew the severity of his condition.

Ford was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital on Thursday afternoon, where a colorectal surgeon told media that Ford had undergone a biopsy and was awaiting test results. The results are expected in a week, Dr. Zane Cohen said.

As Ford awaits his results, his condition has Ford Nation wondering whether the mayor will take a break from politics while seeking treatment.

The deadline to apply for or drop out of the race is Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. If Ford decides to pull out of the race for mayor after the deadline, his name will remain on the ballot regardless of his health.

If Ford wins the election, but is unable to return to office, the mayoral duties would fall to the deputy mayor until Ford can return.

City Hall reporters have asked whether Ford s campaign manager and brother Doug Ford would join the race, should Rob be unable to run, but Doug has refused to comment when questioned. If the brothers decide to switch roles, Doug would have to apply by 2 p.m.

While the Ford brothers weigh their decision, Ford s opponents Olivia Chow and John Tory took part in a debate Friday morning held by the Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA).

On Thursday, the morning after Ford was hospitalized, Chow and Tory participated in a 7 a.m. debate hosted by the interfaith community. They opened the debate saying their thoughts and prayers were with Ford and his family.

At the debate on Friday, Chow and Tory made no mention of Ford in their opening statements, getting right to the questions submitted by OHBA members.
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