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It’s official - Mayor Rob Ford will host levee

Rob Ford's ever-changing New Year's plans have been firmed up.

He will host his Levee – an event in which citizens line up to meet the mayor and city councillors – on January 1 at city hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Mr. Ford held similar events in the last two years but, earlier this month, his office said the Levee would either be cancelled or modified into a family skating party. It was unclear why the chief magistrate changed his mind.

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The Levee is a long-standing tradition across Canada; in Toronto it dates back to 1968.

Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion will also host a levee at the city's Civic Centre, with members of her council, from 2 to 4 p.m.; Brampton Mayor Sue Fennell and councillors will greet the public at the Rose Theatre from noon to 3 p.m.

But while Mr. Ford is keen to shake hands with citizens, he is characteristically less than enthusiastic about answering questions: city hall announced that he will not speak with reporters at the event.

Generally a feel-good photo-op, its open nature can occasionally cause problems. At the 2012 event, for instance, Mr. Ford was unknowingly photographed with a former member of a neo-Nazi band, dressed in military attire.

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Adrian Morrow covers U.S. politics from Washington, D.C. Previously he was The Globe's Ontario politics reporter. He's covered news, crime and sports for The Globe since 2010. He won the National Newspaper Award for politics reporting in 2016. More

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