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Striking postal workers extend walkout in GTA for a second day

NEWS STAFF AND THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Wednesday, Oct 24th, 2018

Striking Canada Post workers continue to target Toronto for the second straight day Wednesday, on Day 3 of a 24-hour rotating mail strike across the country.

Yesterday, job action virtually shut down two sorting hubs in the GTA — the giant Gateway parcel facility in Mississauga, which processes roughly two-thirds of all parcels mailed in Canada — and the South Central mail plant in Toronto’s east end, which forced delays in shipments of tens of thousands of letters and parcels across Canada.

The series of walkouts began on Monday, involving work stoppages in four cities — Victoria, Edmonton, Windsor, and Halifax — by members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).

The union has threatened to continue the rotating walkouts until Canada Post sweetens its contract proposals for rural and urban carriers.

The two sides are still in negotiations. The main issues are job security, forced overtime, health, and safety issues.

There’s no word yet which parts of the country will be targeted Thursday.

CUPW represents 50,000 postal employees across the country. Around 9,000 workers walked off the job in the GTA on Tuesday.

Online voting systems delaying election results across Ontario

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

Technical issues with online voting systems have prompted a number of municipalities to extend their voting hours, some by as much as a day.

The municipality of Greater Sudbury said residents would be able to cast ballots until 8 p.m. on Tuesday due to what it described as a server problem.

Peterborough, Cambridge, Prince Edward County, Pickering and Kingston were among the other municipalities extending voting hours, though most were only for an additional hour.

Meanwhile, voters in London, Ont., were experiencing something different at the polls as the city became the first-ever Canadian municipality to use ranked ballots in a local election.

All of Ontario cities and towns were given the option to use preferential voting for the first time this year, but only London took the province up on its offer.

People in two other cities – Cambridge and Kingston – will vote on whether they’d like to see ranked ballots used during the next municipal election in 2022.

Trudeau set to unveil carbon tax rebate plan Tuesday

MIA RABSON, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

The federal government will take some of the sting out of its upcoming carbon tax Tuesday with a promise to give rebates directly to Canadians.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Toronto with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna where they will begin making a hard sell of their carbon pricing plan ahead of the next federal election.

That sell includes offsetting the hit to a family’s pocketbook with carbon price rebates.

They will also announce Tuesday which provinces will see the federal carbon price applied. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and International Trade Minister Jim Carr, are being dispatched to their home provinces to outline how the rebate system will work in each province where it is in effect.

Announcements are expected in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and New Brunswick.

British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec all clearly meet the federal threshold of having a price on carbon of at least $20 a tonne as of Jan. 1. Prince Edward Island will have a portion of the federal backstop applied at its request. Nova Scotia’s cap and trade system announced last year, and Newfoundland’s still secret climate plan, will be sufficient for Ottawa’s requirements in year one.

The amount raised by a national price on carbon will be substantial. Alberta expects to raise $1.4 billion from its carbon levy this year, which is set at $30 a tonne.

Trudeau has promised any revenues raised by a carbon tax will be returned entirely to the people of the province where they are collected.

Insiders say the amount you qualify for as a rebate will be determined using tax filings, and that the money will flow next year, in plenty of time for Canadians to feel their impact before the 2019 election.

Carbon pricing is expected to be a key campaign issue, with the federal Conservatives pushing heavily against a carbon tax and insisting they would eliminate it entirely if they form government.

Ottawa has struggled not only with exactly how much to give but also what to do about the fact that the amount of revenue collected from the carbon price will vary by province, largely due to differences in the way people generate electricity. For example, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, where most electricity still comes from coal, will pay more in carbon levies than Manitoba or Ontario, where most electricity comes from renewable sources.

Ottawa’s price will start at $20 a tonne on Jan. 1, and rise $10 a year until it hits $50 in 2022. At that point, Ottawa has committed to review the price.

Individuals will pay the carbon price on fuels used for running cars, electricity, and heating with some spinoff increases expected in the cost of consumer goods.

Jennifer Winter, director of energy and environmental policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, estimated last year that at $20 a tonne, the annual cost to households would be $413 in Saskatchewan, $386 in New Brunswick, $283 in Ontario and $273 in Manitoba.

Large industrial emitters will pay the carbon price through a separate system that gives some leeway to industries that are heavily exposed to foreign competition. That system sets emissions caps by industry, and businesses will only pay the carbon tax on the amount they emit over the limit for their specific field.

Most studies suggest that to be effective, a carbon tax has to reach $200 to $400 a year by the middle of this century, said Mark Jaccard, a professor of sustainable energy in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University in B.C.

A recent report from the Clean Prosperity Institute said if all the revenues from a carbon price are returned to individuals through rebates, households will actually get back more than they pay out.

Mark Cameron, the executive director of the institute and a former policy director in prime minister Stephen Harper’s office, said the incentive to reduce emissions remains in place because if you reduce your fuel consumption through taking public transit, or buying a more efficient furnace or an electric car, you will save even more money.

Patrick Brown makes political comeback as next mayor of Brampton

PAOLA LORIGGIO, THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

Months after sexual misconduct allegations forced him to step down as leader of Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives, Patrick Brown made a political comeback on Monday – this time as a city mayor.

The embattled politician defeated Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister who was backed by several high-profile politicians, including some of Brown’s former colleagues.

“I’ve got so much hope in my heart for what’s ahead for Brampton. You know why? I know we can turn this around, I know Brampton is going to be back, Brampton is going to become an economic engine,” Brown told a cheering crowd.

He also issued a warning to federal or provincial politicians – including those in the party he once led – who may seek to woo the city of more than 600,000, a popular Toronto-area campaign stop.

“As any leader visits Brampton, I want to have a very clear message: you want to visit Brampton, we deserve investment that comes with that visit,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s the Liberals in Ottawa or the Conservatives at Queen’s Park, my party is the people of Brampton and I want results.”

Jeffrey, who called Brown a political opportunist during the campaign, appeared shocked at her loss.

“Tonight’s results were not what, I think, any of us expected. We fought a hard and challenging race,” she said in her concession speech. “I can confidently say that our city is in better shape than when I found it.”

The municipal election in the city northwest of Toronto was Brown’s latest attempt at resurrecting his political career after his dramatic resignation in January amid allegations he has vehemently denied.

As the party sought to choose his successor, Brown threw his hat in the ring, only to withdraw before the vote. Doug Ford, who became Progressive Conservative leader after a turbulent party convention, took the Tories to a majority win in the spring provincial election but blamed his predecessor for some of the issues the party faced during the campaign.

Brown then ran a short-lived campaign to become chair of Peel Region, an elected position that Ford abruptly turned into an appointed role just three months shy of Monday’s municipal election.

The 40-year-old politician has also taken legal steps in an effort to move past the scandal that erupted when CTV News reported the allegations made by two women. The former Tory leader is suing CTV News for defamation, although the broadcaster has said it stands by its reporting and will defend itself in court.

Brown is also writing a tell-all book about what he has described as his “political assassination.”

But his days at the provincial legislature remain under scrutiny, and a government document leaked to the media just days before Monday’s vote has drawn criticism about his spending.

The document showed Brown spent nearly $300,000 on support staff and office operations after resigning as leader and being turfed from Tory caucus, though he defended the move in a statement, saying the expenses were in line with legislative rules and involved severance payments to staff.

Brown – who represented residents of Barrie, Ont., municipally and federally before becoming a provincial legislator for an area north of the city – recently moved to Brampton with his newly wed wife.

Toronto municipal election: Who is your new city councillor?

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

The results for the 2018 Toronto municipal election are in. There will be 25 city councillors making decisions for Toronto over the next four years — thirteen incumbent councillors have been ousted from office, while four new faces will be sitting in the chambers.

Here’s a list of the newly elected city councillors for 2018.

Ward 1 – Etobicoke North
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Michael Ford (incumbent):

Keeping the Ford dynasty alive at City Hall, Michael was first elected to city council in July 2016. He was previously a Toronto District School Board trustee for Ward 1 Etobicoke North from 2014 until his resignation to run for city council in May 2016. The 24-year-old is currently the youngest member of city council. Much like his uncles, Premier Doug Ford and the late Rob Ford, Michael has focused on “subways, subways subways” when it comes to the city’s transit plan.

Ward 2 – Etobicoke Centre
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Stephen Holyday (incumbent):

Following in his father, Doug Holyday’s, footsteps, Stephen was appointed deputy mayor of Toronto — he accepted the position after Vincent Crisanti lost the position after openly backed mayoral candidate rival Doug Ford. Holyday was elected to city council in 2014 and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, Vice Chair of the Employee and Labour Relations Committee and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

Ward 3 – Etobicoke-Lakeshore
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Mark Grimes (incumbent):

This veteran of city council was first elected in 2003 and has served on the Economic Development Committee and was Chair of Etobicoke York Community Council. But his time hasn’t been without some controversy. In 2016, the Integrity Commissioner Valerie Jepson found Grimes had engaged in “improper” dealings with two different developers. As well, in 2014, the CBC reported that the OPP was looking into claims involving Grimes and Coun. Justin Di Ciano regarding polling and research.

Ward 4 – Parkdale-High Park
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Gord Perks (incumbent):

Gord Perks has been a familiar face in Parkdale-High Park since he was first elected to city council in 2006. He has been an outspoken supporter for public transit, especially during the Ford years. During his time in office, Perks has fought for affordable housing, including sitting on the Affordable Housing Committee, and worked to fight gentrification in the Parkdale community. He’s also on several neighbourhood BIA’s including Parkdale, Roncesvalles Village and Liberty Village.

Ward 5 – York-South Weston
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Frances Nunziata (incumbent):

A long-time familiar face in GTA politics, Frances Nunziata started her career as a school board trustee in 1985. She was then elected to the City of York council in 1988 and in 1994 she was elected mayor of York, a position she served until amalgamation. Following amalgamation, Nunziata was elected city councillor for Ward 11, where she continued to rise in popularity — in the 2014 election she retained her seat with 71 per cent of the vote. Throughout her years at city council, she has served on many board and committees, and was elected Speaker in 2010.

Ward 6 – York Centre
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James Pasternak (incumbent):

For nearly 30 years, James Pasternak has lived and raised his children in Ward 10 (York Central). Before he was elected to city council in 2010, Pasternack served as a TDSB trustee. He currently sits on John Tory’s Executive Committee, serves on the Affordable Housing Committee and is the Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. Pasternack graduated from York University and holds degrees from degrees Western and the London School of Economics and Political Science

Ward 7 – Humber River-Black Creek
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Anthony Perruzza (incumbent):

Anthony Perruzza first aspired to be a city councillor at the age of 26 when he unsuccessfully campaigned in the 1984 by-election. Despite the loss, he was elected to North York city council in 1988 but only served two years before setting his sights on the province. In 1990, as a member of the NDP, he was elected and served in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for five years — alongside his Ward 7 rival Giorgio Mammoliti. In 2000, he successfully won a seat on city council as Ward 8 councillor. He has served on Rob Ford’s Executive Committee, the Licensing and Standards Committee, the Toronto Transit Commission and the Audit Committee.

Ward 8 – Eglinton-Lawrence
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Mike Colle (newly-elected):

Moving from provincial politics back to the municipal level, Mike Colle served as MPP, first for Oakwood and then for Eglinton – Lawrence, from 1995-2018. But the 73-year-old’s political career first started in 1982 when he was elected to city council in the City of York and then Metro Toronto. Before entering politics, Colle was a teacher of history and economics. His son, Josh Colle, served on city council for eight years and was the chair of the TTC before stepping down earlier this year.

Ward 9 – Davenport
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Ana Bailao (incumbent):

A Davenport-area resident most of her life, Ana Bailao was first elected to city council in 2010. She has served as Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, sits on the mayor’s executive committee and was appointed Deputy Mayor by John Tory after the death of Pam McConnell. Bailao has focused on affordable housing, employment protection and issues facing new Canadians.  She studied sociology at the University of Toronto.

Ward 10 – Spadina-Fort York
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Joe Cressy (incumbent):

If there’s one thing Joe Cressy stands for, it’s creating a livable community. From bike lanes to public parks, he has pushed forward plans to make Toronto’s downtown core feel less like a work space and more like community. Since his election to city council in 2014, Cressy made a name for himself championing the Bloor bike lanes project, along with fellow councillor and long-time friend Mike Layton and backing the King Street Transit pilot project. Cressy sits on the Toronto and East York Community Council, the Aboriginal Affairs Committee and the Board of Health. He studied public affairs and policy management at Carleton University and previously worked as campaign manager for Mike Layton’s successful bid for city council in 2010.

Ward 11 – University-Rosedale
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Mike Layton (incumbent):

There’s no doubt politics runs in the blood of Mike Layton. Not only was his father, Jack Layton, leader of the federal NDP party but his great-great-great-uncle was reportedly William Steeves, a Father of Confederation. In 2010, Layton successfully campaigned for a seat on Toronto city council with over 45 per cent of the vote. Four years later, he was re-elected with 83 per cent support. During his time in office, Layton has sat on a number of committees including the budget committee, the board of health, the Tenant Issues Committee, and the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee. As an avid cyclist, Layton has championed many bike lane projects including the Bloor Street bike lanes. He has also pushed for better transit and affordable housing. Layton holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, with an Urban Planning Specialty.

Ward 12 – Toronto-St. Paul’s
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Josh Matlow (incumbent)

Since being elected to city council in 2010, Josh Matlow has fought for affordable transit that makes sense for Toronto.  Before his move to city council, Matlow unsuccessfully ran in the 2002 provincial election for the Liberal Party. One year later he was elected a TDSB trustee and served in that position for seven years. In recent years, Matlow has openly opposed Mayor John Tory when it comes to the Scarborough subway — the two have even engaged in heated debates over it on council floor. In the 2014 election, Matlow won by the highest margin of any sitting city councillor, with an approval of 86.2 per cent. Matlow sits on the Audit Committee and the Parks and Environment Committee, he serves as Chair of both the City-School Boards Advisory Committee and the Tenant Issues Committee.

Ward 13 – Toronto Centre
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Kristyn Wong-Tam (incumbent)

Kristyn Wong-Tam was elected to council in 2010 in what was previously known as Ward 27 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale. Before being elected to council, she worked in real estate for around 16 years. Her focus is on affordable housing, transit, improving social services, and gender equality. Wong-Tam has been vocal about LGTBQ2+ issues and about police handled the investigation into the murdered men with ties to the Gay Village.

Ward 14 – Toronto-Danforth
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Paula Fletcher (incumbent):

Paula Fletcher served the northern portion of what was known as Ward 30 – Toronto-Danforth, along with Mary Fragedakis who represented the southern area. She was first elected to council in 2003. She serves on various committees and boards, such as the Board of Health, and the Affordable Housing Committee. Fletcher also played a role in holding the community together after the Danforth shooting.

Ward 15 – Don Valley West
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Jaye Robinson (incumbent):

Jaye Robinson was the councillor for Ward 25 – Don Valley West before the wards were re-drawn. She also chairs the Public Works and Infrastructure committee. Prior to her arrival at council, Robinson worked at Economic Development Division and helped to organize Nuit Blanche, Summerlicious, and Winterlicious. According to a media report, Robinson is a fourth-generation Torontonian. Her great-grandfather was the editor of the now defunct Toronto Telegram.

Ward 16 – Don Valley East
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Denzil Minnan-Wong (incumbent):

Denzil Minnan-Wong is veteran and outspoken councillor who was part of North York city council in the early ‘90s before amalgamation. He represented Ward 11 – Don Parkway from 1998 to 2000, when the ward was renamed Ward 34 – Don Valley East. He played a key role in contracting out garbage of Yonge Street and also supported the creation of the first separated bike lanes. Minnan-Wong is currently the deputy mayor of Toronto, and also sits on the TTC and Toronto Hydro boards. During the provincial election this year, he ran for the Ontario PCs in the riding of Don Valley East, but lost to a Liberal incumbent.

Ward 17 – Don Valley North
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Shelley Carroll (incumbent):

Shelley Carroll was a long-time councillor for Ward 33 – Don Valley East when she decided to run for the Liberals in this year’s provincial election in the riding of Don Valley North. She resigned her council seat to focus on the campaign, but lost to the Ontario PC candidate. Carroll was first elected as a school trustee in Don Valley East in 2000. She was then elected to city council in 2003 and held the same riding in subsequent elections. During her tenure, she served as budget chief and was on the Toronto Police Service and TTC boards. Carroll has been a resident of North York since she was 10 years old.

Ward 18 – Willowdale
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John Filion (incumbent):

John Filion initially planned to retire from politics but decide to register for re-election after the Doug Ford government passed a bill to cut to size of council. He initially represented Ward 23 – Willowdale. Recently, Filion spoke up against a sex doll brothel opening up near Yonge and Sheppard, saying he is already looking into what city bylaws could be enforced. During his tenure, he was chair of the board of health where he created DineSafe and also supported the restaurant smoking ban. He was also behind the emergency motion that transferred most of then mayor Rob Ford’s powers to the deputy mayor during the crack scandal. Before being elected in 1998, Filion was a school board trustee and a journalist.

Ward 19 – Beaches-East York (no incumbents)
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Brad Bradford (newly-elected)

Brad Bradford is an urban planner and community leader who is focused on road safety, affordability, improving services, and accountability. He and his wife are cycle enthusiasts and active volunteers in their community. He is currently working in the office of the chief city planner, and services on the board of the Danforth East Community Association.

Ward 20 – Scarborough Southwest
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Gary Crawford (incumbent):

Gary Crawford, who was elected to council in 2010 in the previously known Ward 36, chairs the budget committee and is part of the mayor’s executive committee. He is passionate about arts and culture, serving on several arts boards and helped to secure funding increases. He also chaired the Mayor’s Task Force on the Arts. Before his days on council, he was a TDSB trustee for seven years, as well as a professional artists and part-time musician. In 2007, he tried his hand at provincial politics by running for the Ontario PCs but lost.

Ward 21 – Scarborough Centre
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Michael Thompson (incumbent) has been elected city councillor for Ward 21 Scarborough Centre.

Veteran councillor Michael Thompson was elected to council in 2003 in what was previously known as Ward 37. He served on the Toronto Police Services Board and is currently chair of the economic development and culture committee and is part of the mayor’s executive committee. Thompson, who was raised in Scarborough, co-founded the Taste of Lawrence festival and created Scarborough Rocks — a community image building campaign. Before getting into politics, he worked in the business and financial services sector. Recently, Thompson gained attention for helping to restrain a man threatening to take down an Air Canada flight.

Ward 22 – Scarborough-Agincourt
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Jim Karygiannis (incumbent):

Jim Karygiannis was elected to council in 2014 in the ward previously known as Ward 39. He on various boards and committees, including the licensing and standards committee and Exhibition Place Board of Governors. Karygiannis was previously the MP for Scarborough-Agincourt and was the Liberal critic for Veterans Affairs and served as parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Transport. He was born in Athens and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1966. Before being elected MP in 1988, Karygiannis worked in his family business.

Ward 23 – Scarborough North (no incumbents)
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Cynthia Lai (newly-elected)

Cynthia Lai has lived in Toronto since the early 1970s and is a long-time resident of Scarborough. She founded Global Link Realty Group Inc., and was the first Chinese-Canadian president of the Toronto Real Estate Board. She was elected three times to serve on the board of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. As a community activist, she has raised money for Habitat for Humanity in Scarborough and took part in events at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and United way of Greater Toronto. She would like to see the subway expanded along Sheppard Avenue, and her other areas of focus include programs to support seniors and ensuring the safety of the community.

Ward 24 – Scarborough-Guildwood
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Paul Ainslie (incumbent) has been elected city councillor for Ward 22.

Paul Ainslie was appointed interim councillor in Ward 41 in 2006, when Bas Balkissoon was elected in a provincial byelection in the riding of Scarborough-Rouge River. He was then elected councillor in what was previously known as Ward 23 – Scarborough East. He has more than 20 years of experience in federal, provincial and municipal politics. He has served on several boards and committees, including the mayor’s executive committee, Toronto Hydro, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and the Toronto Public Library. As chair of the Government Management Committee, he also updated the city’s use of technology to improve services for residents.

Ward 25 – Scarborough-Rouge Park
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Jennifer McKelvie (newly-elected) has been elected city councillor of Ward 25 Scarborough-Rouge Park

Jennifer McKelvie and her family have lived in Scarborough-Rouge Park since 2005. When she was in university, she volunteered with Rouge Park and is now an environmental geoscientist. McKelvie was elected president of the Centennial Community and Recreation Association from 2015 to 2017, and president of the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization from 2016 to 2018. Her areas of focus are to improve transit in Scarborough and push for dedicated funding for transit, creating a training centre to curb youth unemployment, school zone safety, and protecting green spaces in the city.

Incumbent councillors Torontonians voted out of city hall

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

There was a time, before Doug Ford became the Premier of Ontario, that most Toronto city council ward races were determined long before voters marked their ballots.

Incumbent councillors held such a marked advantage, their names glowing with recognition, that re-election was practically a forgone conclusion.

That all changed when Premier Ford defiantly slashed city council from 47 to 25 wards.

Suddenly, veteran incumbent councillors were pitted against each other, turning what was once a humdrum formality into a dramatic battle for political survival.

Here’s a list of the incumbent councillors who were shown the door by voters on Monday:

Giorgio Mammoliti: The outspoken city councillor did not go quietly into the night. Right up until the end, Mammoliti, was making headlines and courting controversy.  Over the years, he’s drawn fire over comments about prostitution on Hanlan’s Point, pedophiles in Parkdale, and, most recently, comparing TCH residents to cockroaches. But his fiery act was doused on election night when voters in the newly-created Humber River-Black Creek Ward 7 gave the nod to fellow incumbent, Anthony Perruzza. Upon learning of his loss, Mammoliti was reflective about his past behaviour. “I know I can be the most aggressive politician on the floor, and I apologize to many of my colleagues who may have taken offence over the years,” he said. “But I was just doing my job and I was doing it as best I can.”

Mammoliti began his political career in 1990 when he successfully ran in the provincial election as a member of the NDP. After serving five years as MPP for Yorkview, Mammoliti was elected to North York city council and then, following amalgamation, was elected to Toronto city council.

Norm Kelly: If Twitter followers translated into votes, Norm Kelly would have been a lock to win in Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt. But on election night the longtime politician known as “6Dad” was defeated by fellow incumbent, Jim Karygiannis.

Kelly was known for his colourful and at times, comical, Twitter personality, and his friendship with rapper Drake. He even has his own clothing line. But behind the playful online personality was a dedicated public servant with decades of political experience. Kelly was initially elected to council in 1994 in the ward of Scarborough/Wexford and was elected to the new Toronto city council after amalgamation. When then-mayor Rob Ford was stripped of his powers in late 2013, Kelly, as the deputy mayor, took over Ford’s duties.

Kelly was gracious in defeat. “Well you know you take defeat the way you take victory, in stride,” he said on Monday night. “It’s a part of the process. In victory it’s humility in defeat, it’s understanding.

“It truly was a fight,” he concluded. “He (Karygiannis) was throwing everything that he had into it, and we were doing the same thing.”

Joe Mihevc: He had the backing of Mayor John Tory, but longtime city councillor Joe Mihevc found himself up against another popular incumbent in Josh Matlow. When the votes were tallied, the electorate put their faith behind Matlow in Ward 12, Toronto-St. Paul’s. Mihevc entered municipal politics in 1991 and has been a councillor for 27 years, most recently representing Ward 21. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Theology and Social Ethics and has been active on issues such as social justice, affordable housing, transit and human rights.

After learning of his defeat a graceful Mihevc said he was open to working with Matlow on the social issues he’s always championed, but said for now, he’s going to enjoy some down time.

“The victory is his (Matlow’s), and I will find a way personally to move forward. I don’t have a Plan B. I’m going to cocoon for a little while and try and sort out what is the next chapter of my life.”

While campaigning, Mihevc spoke to CityNews about the challenges of running under the new ward boundaries. “Truly it has been an emotional roller-coaster,” he said. “At the beginning there was a feeling that there was two campaigns: one in your old area where there’s lots of love and lots of affection for the local councillor, and then the other side where your name recognition is very limited.”

Other incumbent councillors who lost their seats on Monday night:

Vincent Crisanti: In his time serving Etobicoke North for eight years at city hall, Crisanti received accolades from former mayor Rob Ford and earned a spot as one of John Tory’s Deputy Mayor’s (before losing it when he supported Doug Ford in his brief bid for mayor against John Tory). Crisanti has served on several boards and committees during his time at city hall, including the TTC and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority — Consultative Committee.

Frank Di Giorgio: Di Giorgio began his political career in 1985 when he was elected to North York council. Di Giorgio became a close ally with North York mayor Mel Lastman, serving on the executive committee and chairing all the major committees including Works, Transportation, Planning Advisory, and Library Board. Following amalgamation, Di Giorgio was elected as city councillor for Ward 12. During the Rob Ford years he served as budget chief. Before politics, Di Giorgio was a high school math teacher.

Maria Augimeri: Augimeri started her career in politics as a school board trustee before being elected to North York council in 1985. After a failed bid at entering provincial politics, Augimeri was elected to Metro Toronto council in 1988 and, following amalgamation, she was elected to represent Ward 9 where she has successfully been re-elected five times. Augimeri serves as Chair of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and is a published author.

Lucy Troisi: Troisi was appointed to what was previously known as Ward 28 – Toronto Centre-Rosedale, in the fall of 2018. The ward had been vacant since the death of Pam McConnell that summer. At the time, Troisi was executive director of the Cabbagetown Youth Centre. Troisi was born and raised in Regent Park. Her areas of focus include poverty reduction, Toronto island flooding protection, and improving the quality of life of residents in her ward.

Mary Fragedakis: Fragedakis was first elected to council in what was previously Ward 29 in 2010. Before that, she spent nine years at Open Dialogue and was one of the founders of the Broadview Community Youth Group. Fragedakis was on the TTC board.

Jon Burnside: Burnside was one of two councillors who represented Don Valley West — previously known as Ward 26. Burnside, a former Toronto police officer who grew up in Leaside, was elected to council in 2014 and served in the mayor’s executive committee. Before entering politics, he left the police force and ran a food delivery service for 14 years.

Michelle Holland-Berardinett: Holland-Berardinetti was first elected to city council in 2010 in what was previously known as Ward 35. She has served on the mayor’s executive committee, Scarborough Community Council, and the Economic Development Committee. She was also named by the mayor as the city’s first chief advocate for the Innovation Economy. As an innovation and technology advocate, she created the Digital Literacy Day in the city.

Neethan Shan: Shan was elected to city council in a by-election held in early 2007, in what was previously known as Ward 42 – Scarborough-Rouge River. Shan was the first Tamil Canadian to sit on council. He has been on various boards and committees, including the Affordable Housing Committee and the Toronto Zoo Board of Management. Before serving on council, Shan was a public school trustee, math teacher, and college professor.

Christin Carmichael Greb: With four years of city council under her belt, Christin Carmichael Greb was first elected to city council in 2014 to succeed Karen Stintz in Ward 16. Born and raised in North Toronto, she sat on the Audit Committee and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. Before entering politics, Carmichael Greb sat on the health board and the library board.

Four more years: Tory re-elected as Toronto mayor

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Oct 23rd, 2018

John Tory has been overwhelmingly elected to a second four year term as mayor of Toronto, defeating former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat.

Tory garnered just over 63 per cent of the vote while Keesmaat was a distant second just over 23 per cent of ballots cast.

Tory joins Mel Lastman and David Miller in winning back-to-back terms since amalgamation.

While Tory will receive more votes this time out than in the previous two times he ran for mayor, voter turnout is expected to be the lowest since 2006 with just over 41 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots.

“I want to say thank you, first, to Toronto. They’ve given me a mandate and they’ve allowed me to continue to serve in this job which is such a privilege,” Tory said in his victory speech. “I want to say thank you to the people of Toronto for their confidence, for their support and for their inspiration and for this historic mandate that they’ve given me tonight.”

Unlike four years ago when he started the mayoral campaign a distant third, Tory was the clear front runner from the start and never in any danger of relinquishing that role to his primary challenger, Keesmaat.

“I want to acknowledge Jennifer Keesmaat, who brought ideas forward which I’m sure we’ll discuss in the coming days,” said Tory.

Keesmaat was lauded for her bold ideas and progressive approach to keeping Toronto at the forefront of change. However, her vision did not resonate with the majority of the electorate in a campaign that never seemed to materialize, having been overshadowed by the controversial decision by the Ford government to cut the size of city council from 47 seats down to 25.

“Mr. Tory has worked hard his whole life in political office, and I’m sure that our mayor will return to office determined to make his time there count,” Keesmaat said in her concession speech. “We’ll eventually figure out ways for people to afford to live here.”

The lack of any real debate on the issues currently facing the city also played into Tory’s hands. He pitched a steady-as-she-goes program, stressing the need to build upon the progress already achieved in his first four years rather than the “unrealistic” proposals put forth by Keesmaat.

“We have to be a city of hope, not a city where you lose hope,” said Tory.

“It seems to me that job one, over the next few years, is to continue the work of connecting Toronto up in many different ways. To bring opportunities closer, to bring people closer, to bring us closer to our ultimate goal which is a truly great, 21st century city. A livable, affordable city with opportunities for everybody.”

Tory also touched on the issue of gun violence in the city, saying he will make a renewed effort to end it by investing in programs to break down barriers.

“No child comes into this world wanting to hurt others.”

Analysis: Political strategist Bob Richardson joins Cynthia Mulligan to discuss how John Tory’s second term will be different and the challenges he faces in dealing with Premier Doug Ford going forward

While Tory was rather vocal about the Ford government’s unexpected decision to change the city’s electoral boundaries, the slimmed down council could actually work in his favour as he attempts to push his agenda forward. He now likely needs 13 like-minded councillors to guarantee votes pass rather than 24 under the previous system.

Three of the four councillors Tory supported in this race managed to win a seat. Mark Grimes, the Exhibition Board chair, easily won re-election in Ward 3 while in Ward 6 James Pasternak defeated Maria Augimieri, who had consistently voted against Tory. Political newcomer and city planner Brad Bradford won his bid in Beaches-East York, which was one of three wards that did not have an incumbent. Tory had tabbed Bradford to be his champion for the downtown Relief Line subway.

Tory’s lone setback came in the riding of Toronto-St. Paul’s where Joe Mihevic, who was backed by Tory, lost to Josh Matlow, who has loudly challenged Tory over moving ahead with the Scarborough Subway.

Two of the four councillors who declared their support for Tory – Frances Nunziata and Denzil Minnan-Wong – both won re-election while Christin Carmichael-Greb and Jon Burnside went down to defeat.

The makeup of the new council – and its various political leanings – will determine the future course of some key projects facing the city, such as the one-stop Scarbourough subway extension. Tory has been a staunch supporter of the plan. Updated costs for the project are expected to be released in the new year and if it soars beyond $3.3-billion, will that cause the new council to revist the plan or continue ahead.

There also the King Street pilot project and plans for more bike lanes. Both are often issues that divide downtown left-leaning city councillors and more suburban councillors on the right.

The new, slimmed-down council will also have to grapple with how to pay for the $29-billion in unfunded capitol projects. The left-leaning councillors often call for tax increases or other revenue tools while Tory has vowed to hold the line on property taxes at or below the rate of inflation.

“I am ready to get back to work with the new council, with the other governments, with the people to get things done. We are just getting started in getting this city moving and getting it connected and bringing opportunities closer to home,” said Tory.

Ontario’s former privacy commissioner resigns from Sidewalk Labs

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Monday, Oct 22nd, 2018

Ontario’s former privacy commissioner has resigned from her consulting role at a company that is preparing to build a high-tech community at Toronto’s waterfront, citing concerns that a privacy framework she developed is being overlooked.

Ann Cavoukian says she stepped down from Google sister company Sidewalk Labs on Friday following a meeting earlier in the week, when the organization said it could not guarantee people’s personal information would be protected.

She says a crucial feature of her privacy framework is that when personal information is collected by surveillance cameras and sensors, any personally identifying data is removed or “anonomized” immediately.

Cavoukian says personally identifying data is not just a person’s name, and there is information can be indirectly identifying, such as the specifics of where a person is travelling that can be linked to that individual.

Sidewalk Labs released a statement that said it would play “a more limited role” in discussions about data governance, and that while it agrees to follow her framework, Sidewalk Labs cannot gurantee that other companies involved in the project would do so as well.

Last October, Waterfront Toronto announced it had chosen Sidewalk Labs to present a plan to design a high-tech neighbourhood for the Quayside development, which is along Toronto’s eastern waterfront.

Since then, the Alphabet Inc.-backed project has faced controversy because critics have complained that few details have been shared including how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.

Cavoukian’s resignation comes after a member of the panel guiding the plans stepped down earlier this month after she developed “deep dismay” and “profound concern” over a lack of leadership from Waterfront Toronto with ensuring public trust around privacy.

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