Toronto's city council has voted overwhelmingly to strip embattled mayor Rob Ford of some of his powers. It is the council's latest attempt to rein in Mr. Ford, who has refused to resign amid a drugs and drink row. In recent days Mr. Ford has admitted using crack cocaine, buying illegal drugs, and drunk driving - while mayor - and using lewd language on television. Mr. Ford's authority to appoint and dismiss the deputy mayor and his executive committee may be affected. The motion to limit Mr. Ford's direct control over Toronto's budget process was approved in a 39-3 vote today, with Mr. Ford and his brother Doug Ford two of the votes against.