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Mayor Rob Ford presented with pile of coal for Christmas

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be presented with a pile of black coal at city hall on Dec. 20, 2013.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will be presented with a pile of black coal at city hall on Dec. 20, 2013. Bob's Your Uncle

TORONTO – A Toronto marketing agency delivered a pile of black coal as a holiday stocking stuffer to Mayor Rob Ford at city hall Friday morning.

An online campaign was started last Monday by a communications firm named Bob’s Your Uncle to collect “virtual” coal for the misbehaving mayor.

“Toronto residents have had absolutely no say in the Rob Ford matter and there is a general sense of helplessness in doing anything about the mayor’s problems,” said Robert Froese, CEO of Bob’s Your Uncle, in a media release. “Giving people an outlet to express their dissent in a fun and playful way has proved to be extremely popular.”

The company said over one million pieces of virtual coal were collected.

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The agency says every 5000 pieces of virtual coal dropped into Ford’s stocking have been matched with a one dollar donation to a local charity.

After months of denying reports that he had been filmed smoking what appeared to be crack cocaine, Ford admitted he had smoked the drug about a year ago in one of his “drunken stupors.”

Ford has since been stripped of most of his mayoral powers following a special council meeting last month.

The mayor recently apologized and retracted comments he made about Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale in a televised interview with Conrad Black insinuating the journalist was a pedophile.

Ford’s apology came a week after he was issued a libel notice by Dale.