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Eighth staffer exits Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s office

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (centre) speaks to the press at Toronto City Hall after discussing ways to pay for a proposed subway extension to Scarborough. Also in attendance is (left) Vincent Crisanti, City Councillor - Ward 1 and (right) Norm Kelly, City Councillor - Ward 40. July 15, 2013

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The staff turnover continues in Mayor Rob Ford's office, with the departure of the woman responsible for handling the mayor's schedule.

Staffer Carley McNeil, the mayor's event co-ordinator, was removed from her post and escorted from city hall on Wednesday, several sources told The Globe and Mail.

Ms. McNeil, often seen in the Council Chamber carrying a folder of letters for the Mayor to sign or accompanying him at official functions such as the recent kick-off of city's annual Caribbean festival at Nathan Phillips Square, is the eighth staff member to part ways with Mr. Ford since allegations surfaced that he was caught on tape smoking crack cocaine and he fired his chief of staff Mark Towhey in May.

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The reason for her departure is not known and the mayor's office did not respond to requests for comment.

Ms. McNeil, one of several special assistants in the mayor's office, had the often delicate task of preparing the mayor's official schedule. Unlike other political leaders, Mr. Ford does not make that schedule public and its contents are only available through Freedom of Information requests.

Several FOI requests made by The Globe and Mail for Mr. Ford's official schedule and for his parking records show that the mayor was generally absent from city hall in the afternoons last fall when he coached high school football and cut his time at city hall during his recent court battle to stay in office.

In other cases, the parking records also raise questions about the entries made in the mayor's agenda. Mr. Ford's official datebook routinely shows 9 a.m. entries of "office/reading/correspondence" and 10 a.m. "Mayor's daily briefing" on dates when parking records show the mayor did not arrive until after 11 a.m. or did not come to City Hall.

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