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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford posed with members of the public on Tuesday in Toronto as he attended the East York Canada Day Parade in his first public appearance since returning from a rehabilitation clinic for substance abuse problems.

Ford, who shot to prominence last year after admitting to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking, insisted for months he did not have a problem. But last month he said he would take time off to deal with his drinking issues in rehabilitation and has now returned to office.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford poses with a hospital patient in his first public appearance since returning from a rehabilitation clinic for substance abuse problems on July 1.MARK BLINCH / Reuters