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Rookie councillors look ahead to their term

NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Jim Karygiannis
Scarborough-Agincourt (Ward 39)
Previous job: Member of Parliament
Age: 59

What do you hope to achieve this term?

“I’m coming into council with an open mind. The dysfunctionality that was there before, I’d like for us to turn the page and make sure that we work together as a council. I’ve noticed some of my colleagues are still in that mindset and that has me very much troubled.

“TTC wants to put a bus garage (on McNicoll Ave.) right beside three of my senior centres and I’m not too pleased. I’m looking to work with them in order for us to find an alternative space to move that TTC bus garage — somewhere which is convenient for them and does not affect my residents.

“I’m looking forward to working with my constituents in order for us to enhance the Scarborough General Hospital Birchmount campus.”

Do you think you can work with Mayor John Tory?

“Definitely. I had a meeting with him (last Wednesday). We see eye-to-eye on many things. I’m looking forward to working with him to make sure that things get done. However, there is no political affiliation at City Hall, there is no party system. So, first and foremost, come the people in my ward — they are the ones that put the butter on the bread.”