Toronto's embattled mayor maintained his silence today about allegations he was recorded on video appearing to smoke crack cocaine.
And Ontario's premier weighed in for the first time on the scandal that has rocked the provincial capital.
Supporters and opponents alike had hoped Mayor Rob Ford would address the controversy when he returned to city hall after the long weekend, but the mayor left mid-afternoon without making a public statement on the alleged video.
Meanwhile, Premier Kathleen Wynne expressed concern over the ongoing firestorm surrounding the mayor.
After initially dismissing the matter as a municipal concern, she went on to say any issue that interferes with government effectiveness must be resolved swiftly.
Both the Toronto Star and the U-S-based website Gawker-dot-com reported last week that staff had separately viewed cellphone footage which they said appears to show Ford smoking crack.
Ford has remained silent about the allegations after issuing a brief comment on Friday slamming the Toronto Star report as a smear job and calling it “ridiculous.”
(The Canadian Press)