'Respectful' protest calls for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to resign

A noon-hour rally at Toronto city hall called on scandal-ridden Mayor Rob Ford to step down.
Two protesters with their signs asking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to resign. (Shannon Martin/CBC)

Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Toronto city hall to demand that Mayor Rob Ford resign over an alleged drug scandal.

They chanted, held placards and scratched out messages with chalk yesterday as they made their case.

For more than two weeks, Ford has been bombarded with questions about reports of an alleged video showing him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

The mayor has denied using the drug and vowed to let voters decide next year whether or not he should remain in office.

Yesterday`s Facebook-organized protest remained peaceful — though loud with repeated chants of "hey hey, ho ho, Rob Ford's got to go."

And while Ford continues to ignore the advice of his detractors several of the mayor`s staffers — including his chief of staff — have quit or been fired since the scandal erupted.