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An Ontario judge says Toronto Mayor Rob Ford can remain in office while he appeals a decision that turfs him for breaking conflict-of-interest rules.

If not for the stay granted by Superior Court Justice Gladys Pardu, the mayor would have had to vacate his seat next week, as so ordered by Justice Charles Hackland. Now he can remain until a judgment is rendered on his appeal, scheduled to be heard Jan. 7.

Speaking to reporters outside his office minutes after the decision came down, Mr. Ford said he was happy with the outcome.

“I’m very pleased with today’s decision and I can’t wait for the appeal, and I’m going to carry on doing what the people elected me to do,” the mayor said. “They voted for me to be mayor to get this city back on…

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