Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is considering treatment for substance issues, according to his lawyer, Dennis Morris.
"It's an option he has to consider and he will be considering," Morris said in a brief conversation with CBC News. "Whether he voiced it or not, I think that was always an option open."
The remarks came shortly after Coun. Doug Ford said his brother, the mayor, "needs to go away for a couple of weeks" in light of the mounting scandal at City Hall and questions about the mayor's health.
"I've mentioned to Rob, maybe go away for a week, a couple of weeks, and get your mind together," Ford told a Toronto radio station on Friday, breaking his silence since the mayor revealed on Tuesday he has smoked crack cocaine.
"I think Rob needs to go away," he added later, to get a "fresh outlook."
Doug Ford's remarks come during a tough week for the mayor that also saw a video released showing him ranting, apparently while drunk. Rob Ford said Thursday after the video was posted in the Toronto Star that he was "extremely inebriated" in the video.
"I've done my best to advise Rob and it doesn't differ from other people's advice. Sometimes brothers keep things from each other," said Ford on Radio Station AM 640.
The councillor said the mayor's political opponents want him out of the way before the municipal election, next fall. Discussions about the mayor taking a leave of absence tend to focus on Florida, where Ford has vacationed in the past.
"What they want to do once he's down there, they want to kill him, because they know if he gets back on his feet, and starts moving forward and gets his life together, they know they'll have one heck of a battle," he said.
"If Rob goes away on a little vacation, a week, two weeks, comes back, loses 50 or 60 pounds, and stays on the straight and narrow … it will be very tough to beat Rob Ford," he said.
Elsewhere on the dial, Toronto Radio Station CFRB 1010 said Friday it will no longer air The City With Mayor Rob Ford, his weekly two-hour program.
The station said the move to end the show, which first aired in early 2012, was a mutual decision