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Reactions to Rob Ford’s successful appeal

Mayor Rob Ford and his press secretary, George Christopoulos, arrive at City Hall after the appellate decision that cleared the mayor in his conflict of interest case.

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":) 383,501" – Mark Towhey, Mayor Rob Ford's chief of staff, in a tweet the very minute the court judgment was publicly released. The "383,501" refers to the number of votes the mayor received in the 2010 election

"They were happy. They weren't yelling and screaming but they were happy. No rolling on the floor." – Deputy mayor Doug Holyday on the moment he first saw Mayor Ford and Councillor Doug Ford after the ruling

"He's not elected by council, he's elected by the people. If someone wants change they must change it democratically. Everything depends on democracy. If we were like Somalia, warlords would change everything they didn't like. We must be democratic and we must have faith in our justice system." – Etobicoke resident Ahmed Shire, who came to Canada from war-torn Somalia

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"I think the mayor needs to change a few things. I've said to him, 'You have to start acting like a mayor. The sideshows have to finish. You have to start dressing like a mayor as well.' " – Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti

"I think we've seen the change already. We've seen the change in the budget process. We see a mayor who's listening, who is not a prisoner of hubris. And I think that going forward you're going to see some creative policy, some fantastic city building, and I think he's going to listen to a lot of his colleagues on city council." – Councillor James Pasternak

"I do not recognize Rod Ford @TOMayorFord Toronto mayor as legitimate #yeswecanseco" – Former Toronto Blue Jay Jose Canseco in a tweet

"The mayor has two ways to go. One is reposition himself as consensus builder and go into the next election that way. Or he can position himself where he naturally is and say, 'I can't get anything done because council are a bunch of lefties and traitors and you need to re-elect me and new council.' And I think he'll probably do the latter." – Councillor John Filion

"My hope is that when he really looks at himself in the mirror he recognizes that he has to change. He has to be a more conciliatory mayor." – Councillor Joe Mihevc

"I still believe that he should not have been asking lobbyists for money. He still violated the Code of Conduct and his behaviour that followed from that shows no understanding of it." – Councillor Adam Vaughan

"I think we move forward by realizing there's bigger issues out there. There's not a day that goes by where someone's not talking about transit, not talking about our infrastructure, or housing, and these kinds of issues. Those are actually the more impactful things to people's lives. I know this kind of is enticing, but we have to focus on that work." – Councillor Josh Colle

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