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EDITORIAL: We care Mr. Tory (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

In 2018, and during our last municipal election, Doug Ford’s Conservatives slashed the size of city council in half to 26. This created outsized wards that are too big to manage and a population that feels disconnected from elected representatives. Burned out councillors are also a symptom, and we’ve seen a few—Joe Cressy and Mike Layton, for example, just walked away. Voter turnout is down to 30 per cent of eligible voters casting ballots, and the province under Doug Ford continues to further erode the power and relevance of local government in Ontario.

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FORUM: His villainy was his lack of transparency (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

Our just “trust me” mayor has betrayed democracy

By Sue Dexter

“What I can’t support is change being rammed down our throats without a single second of public consultation.” John Tory after the province slashes council in half, 2018. 

“Trust me.” John Tory on receiving unprecedented minority rule powers, after no public consultation, 2022.

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FORUM: Turbulent time to take a seat (Jan. 2023)

January 24th, 2023 · No Comments

Governance, climate, and road safety goals emerge as priorities

By Dianne Saxe

Thank you all for selecting me as your city councillor. I would like to thank the Gleaner for inviting me to regularly update residents on what is happening in Ward 11 and at city council. 

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NEWS: Saxe victorious in Ward 11 (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · 1 Comment

Razor thin win over Norm Di Pasquale 

By Brian Burchell

Dianne Saxe won with a margin of just 123 votes.  She replaces Mike Layton who chose not to run in order to spend more time with his young family. The Gleaner approached Councillor-elect Saxe and asked about her reflections on the campaign, the riding, and what University—Rosedale residents can expect.

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NEWS: Taking the pulse at campaign parties (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Taking the pulse at campaign parties (Nov. 2022)

Gleaner writer visits the top three candidates on election night

By Marisa Kelly

I arrive at the Pilot Tavern at 8:00 pm on Monday, Oct. 24. The former Yonge Street club and jazz bar now resides in Yorkville. It’s now a restaurant venue offering live music, and there is a pride flag proudly in the window—this is a welcoming spot, and tonight it plays host to Robin Buxton Potts’ election party. 

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NEWS: Reflecting on the campaign (Nov. 2022)

November 22nd, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Reflecting on the campaign (Nov. 2022)

Two unsuccessful candidates share their thoughts

Compiled by Brian Burchell

The Gleaner reached out to the top performing candidates to get their take on such a competitive race. 

What are your thoughts about the campaign and in particular the challenge of running against other “progressive” candidates?

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CITY ELECTION 2022: Q & A with councillor candidates (Oct 2022)

October 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on CITY ELECTION 2022: Q & A with councillor candidates (Oct 2022)

The Gleaner gets answers from prospects for Ward 11 seat

Compiled by Brian Burchell

In every election, the Gleaner asks local candidates a series of relevant questions about where they stand to allow the reader, and presumably the voter, to comparison shop. These are their answers. The election is Oct. 24.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Oct. 2022)

October 19th, 2022 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL CARTOON: How Nice (Oct. 2022)

“Sign says you gotta have a membership card to get inside”

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FOCUS: Layton reflects on three terms as city councillor (Sept. 2022)

September 27th, 2022 · Comments Off on FOCUS: Layton reflects on three terms as city councillor (Sept. 2022)

Outgoing Ward 11 representative proud of legacy

A pensive Mike Layton selects a different path as he chooses family over the gruelling life of a Toronto city councillor. COURTESY MIKE LAYTON

By Brian Burchell

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NEWS: Developer, community come together (Aug. 2022)

August 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on NEWS: Developer, community come together (Aug. 2022)

Community benefits support Indigenous art and design

An “urban living room” is proposed with public TTC access at Bloor and Spadina. COURTESY IBI GROUP

By Carly Penrose

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EDITORIAL: Farewell Mike (Aug. 2022)

August 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Farewell Mike (Aug. 2022)

After 12 years on city council, Mike Layton, representative for University-Rosedale’s Ward 11 will not seek another term. Given the systemic changes made to the city’s governance in recent years, it’s no surprise Layton’s made this call—but it’s a shame and a real loss to this community.

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FORUM: Revenue, revenue, revenue and the lack thereof (Aug. 2022)

August 17th, 2022 · Comments Off on FORUM: Revenue, revenue, revenue and the lack thereof (Aug. 2022)

Why is city council afraid of getting what the city needs to deliver services?

By Mike Layton

By the time this reaches your doorsteps, council will have completed our last legislative cycle before the election period begins, and the agenda is as busy as ever. Top of mind for me is continuing to work toward correcting the service deficiencies many residents have been noticing as the weather has warmed and people are engaging with our public spaces and services.

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EDITORIAL: Highway’s environmental impact worsens with every report (July 2022)

July 18th, 2022 · Comments Off on EDITORIAL: Highway’s environmental impact worsens with every report (July 2022)

The provincial PCs handily won another majority at Queen’s Park. The progressive parties split the vote and Doug Ford walked up the middle with his “get it done” message. It’s a simple and catchy phrase that Ford could utter authentically. A key plank in their plan is building Highway 413, but it appears that getting it done might not be so simple.

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