rob fordTORONTO:  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who said last month he would take time off to get treatment for an alcohol problem, described rehab as “amazing” and said he would return in time for the upcoming city election, a Toronto newspaper reported on Wednesday. In an interview with the Toronto Sun, Ford said going into treatment was the “best decision” he has ever made.

Last week   Rob Ford decided not to try to enter the United States shortly after flying to Chicago, hours after saying he would take a leave of absence from his job to seek treatment for an alcohol problem. The Globe and mail said Canada’s consul general in Chicago, Roy Norton, told it that Ford “voluntarily withdrew” an application to enter the United States after landing in Chicago, and “was not denied entry, per se”. He declined to speculate on why.

Ford’s decision to enter treatment came nearly a year after media reports first surfaced that he had been caught on video smoking crack cocaine. He has subsequently admitted to smoking crack, buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking.