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Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly and his new responsibilities

Norm Kelly became the deputy mayor of Toronto just a few months ago, after the departure of one of his council colleagues. Now the veteran councillor holds a series of responsibilities he never expected.

Veteran councillor became deputy mayor just a few months ago

Council has handed Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly new responsibilities. 2:46

Norm Kelly became the deputy mayor of Toronto just a few months ago, after the departure of one of his council colleagues.

Now the 72-year-old veteran councillor holds a series of responsibilities that he never expected.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted earlier this month that he has smoked crack cocaine since being elected. (CBC)

Toronto City Council passed a series of motions in recent days to limit the powers of Mayor Rob Ford amid a drug-related scandal that has made headlines around the world.

Those same motions have passed new powers on to Kelly, who will now lead the city should an emergency arise. He will also be taking the mayor’s place on some committees.

Kelly is also now responsible for most of the mayor’s office budget and staff.

Click on the video above to see a full report from the CBC’s Steven D'Souza.