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The Toronto Film Festival isn’t used to sharing the spotlight in September. But as the world’s media descends on Toronto, North America’s biggest film event might find itself fighting for top billing with the city’s notorious crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford. Ford (mainly) has been keeping out of trouble and out of the headlines these past few months. But to the horror of many in the city — and the delight of tabloid journalists and late-night comedians everywhere — the mayor is back to resume campaigning (the election is Oct. 27) after a two-month stint at GreeneStone, a clinic in northern Ontario. That is making some in Toronto, and at the festival, very nervous. In cable TV terms, the festival is Masterpiece Theatre: all prestige and high-end class. Ford — who has admitted to smoking crack, hangs out with prostitutes and known gang members and has been known to swear and discuss oral sex in news conferences — is Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Canadian Edition.

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