Councillor Jim Karygiannis plans to introduce a motion on Thursday to allow wards within the City of Toronto to opt out of allowing cannabis retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries to open up shop.
A Toronto city councillor is worried that there might be too few ambulances available to respond to critical calls in the city after paramedics sounded the alarm on Twitter last Sunday.
The transition period between the 47-ward council that Torontonians thought they’d be voting for, and the 25-ward council that Premier Doug Ford is set to impose on the city has some councillors stepping on one another’s toes.
And at least one councillor, Ward 39 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Jim Karygiannis is crying foul over a piece of literature that was apparently dropped by Ward 40 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Norm Kelly in a neighbourhood that currently he is not registered to run in.
The literature, appropriately headlined WHOOPS!, is directed at residents in the Bridlewood neighbourhood that Kelly currently represents, telling them he will be running to represent them after all.
“Things have changed,” wrote Kelly in the letter, headlined Re-Elect Norm Kelly.
What things? It’s complicated.
Currently, candidates are registered to run in wards approved by council for a 47-ward council, which has different ward boundaries than the current 44-ward council.
CBC News July 2, 2018 John Rieti
Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is redrawing the City of Toronto’s ward boundaries and cutting the number of councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of the Oct. 22 election — drawing both anger and praise from various councillors.
CTV News Channel July 27, 2018
Photos of children at a city-run daycare were stolen during a break-in last year, but neither the police nor the children’s parents were ever notified of the theft.
The Globe and Mail June 15, 2018 Jack Hauen
The mother of a man killed in an Uber accident in March appeared before the city’s Licensing and Standards Committee on Thursday to plead for stricter safety regulations for the ride-hailing company.
Local residents including Maureen Coram (left), James Alcock, Denis Lanoue and Karl Haab protest a planned light rail transit line along Sheppard Avenue in September 2010. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is pledging to replace the LRT with a Sheppard Subway extension to Scarborough Town Centre. – Metroland file photo
The expensive dream of a Sheppard subway extension looping through north Scarborough was all but dead by 2010.
Work on a light-rail-transit line, the Sheppard East, was starting. Toronto transit planners thought extending the little-used subway down to Scarborough Town Centre was a horrible idea.
“The train, so to speak, has left the station,” Adam Giambrone, TTC chair of the day, declared.
But a Sheppard extension remained a cause for a small number of Scarborough activists — some of them connected to the Liberal party — who kept fighting the LRT and demanding a subway.
Municipal and provincial politicians, including former Toronto mayor Rob Ford, listened then. A stalemate ensued.
The Sheppard loop isn’t officially a project the city wants to build, but Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, brother of the late mayor, is pledging to build it anyway.
And while a PC victory on June 7 is far from assured — thanks to a New Democratic surge — Ford’s promise seems calculated to win seats in Liberal Scarborough.
Scarborough-Agincourt has stayed Liberal since its creation in 1987, but the riding is shifting in an “amazingly unexpected” way, and “the subway issue is playing a major role,” said PC candidate Aris Babikian.
Babikian has made a Sheppard extension “my first priority,” and said he’s met community association leaders who support it, adding, “some of them are very strong Liberals.”
Jim Karygiannis, a former Liberal MP for Agincourt, thinks if the riding turns blue the promised Sheppard subway “will have a lot to do with it.”