Why a Toronto council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers fell apart

Why a Toronto council revolt against ‘strong mayor’ powers fell apart

A co-ordinated attempt to force a council vote on the extraordinary powers being granted to Toronto’s mayor was defeated by a single vote on Thursday when a handful of key councilors sided with John Tory to block debate of the issue, according to city hall sources. The unsuccessful effort was an early test of the … Read more

Edmonton city council passes additional winter shelter space in emotional committee meeting – Edmonton

Edmonton city council passes additional winter shelter space in emotional committee meeting – Edmonton

In an emotional executive committee meeting Wednesday, Edmonton city council passed an increase in funding for additional winter shelter space, but not before expressing frustrations with the lack of planning and delayed timelines for solutions to help the city’s most vulnerable population. City officials proposed a solution to the winter shelter crisis: a small hotel, … Read more

Toronto re-elects John Tory as mayor. Gil Penalosa finishes a distant second

Toronto re-elects John Tory as mayor.  Gil Penalosa finishes a distant second

John Tory is on course to become Toronto’s longest-serving mayor, after he breezed to victory and secured a third term in Monday’s municipal election. It was the climax of a six-month campaign that never looked competitive and ultimately wasn’t close. With 1,426 if 1,535 polls reporting and 545,156 votes counted Monday evening, Tory had a … Read more

Toronto councilor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault

Toronto councilor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault

Toronto city councilor Michael Thompson faces two charges of sexual assault and will plead not guilty, his lawyer told the Star. The charges against Thompson, who is seeking re-election in Ward 21 Scarborough Centre, were laid by Bracebridge OPP, lawyer Calvin Barry told the Star’s Betsy Powell on Thursday. “He’s pleading not guilty and will … Read more

Why so few candidates for Toronto city council this year?

Toronto councilor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault

Toronto is facing a political drought — a drastic shrinking of the pool of residents willing to run for a seat on city council. On Wednesday, with two days left to register, 116 people were running for a council seat and 19 for mayor — less than half of last election’s total. Many incumbent councilors … Read more

Mike Layton joins Toronto city council exodus

Toronto councilor Michael Thompson charged with sexual assault

After 12 years of pushing city hall to build bike lanes and fight climate change, Mike Layton is ready to move on. In a surprise announcement, the Ward 11 University-Rosedale city councilor, one of the most recognized faces in local politics, told the Star he will not seek re-election Oct. 24 and has no firm … Read more

Kristyn Wong-Tam to run for Ontario NDP in June 2 election

Kristyn Wong-Tam to run for Ontario NDP in June 2 election

City councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam is leaving city hall to run for the Ontario NDP in Toronto Center in the June 2 election, the Star has learned. The riding’s incumbent, NDP MPP Suze Morrison, announced earlier this week she would not seek re-election. Toronto Center is thought to be one of a few Toronto seats at … Read more

Joe Cressy leaving Toronto city council for new job

Joe Cressy leaving Toronto city council for new job

City councilor Joe Cressy, who helped lead Toronto’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is leaving city hall early to become a senior executive at George Brown College. Cressy, 37, who revealed last fall he would not seek re-election after two terms representing the Spadina—Fort York area, is the college’s new senior vice-president of external relations, … Read more