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Eglinton: Colle optimistic about station for Oakwood A light rail station along Eglinton Avenue at Oakwood Avenue is “50 per cent closer” to becoming a reality. That’s the contention of local city councillor Josh Colle, who believes provincial transit planning agency Metrolinx will eventually add an Oakwood stop to the station map for the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown LRT line scheduled for completion in 2020. “We’re going to keep pushing, but it’s good to hear they’re at least clearing the path, so to speak, to make sure an Oakwood station is possible,” said Colle, who represents the western portion of Eglinton-Lawrence on Toronto City Council.

Metrolinx, which is overseeing construction of the line on behalf of the McGuinty government, has yet to make a final decision on the location and number of stops the Crosstown will service. But last Friday, Colle said he

‘We’re going to keep pushing, but it’s good to hear they’re at least clearing the path, so to speak, to make sure an Oakwood station is possible.’ – Josh Colle, Eglinton-Lawrence councillor

received reassuring news on Oakwood’s feasibility to be included when tunneling along the underground portion of the Crosstown line begins later in the year. “That’s kind of the first step to make sure the station can be built, so to hear that is really positive,” said Colle. Colle said he would rely on the support of local MPPs on Eglinton to spread the word about Oakwood in “provincial circles”. He said over the summer “hundreds” of people added their signatures to a petition he plans to present to Metrolinx in the fall. As of July, 400 people had added their names to the petition, which was circulated at street festivals, through door-to-door canvassing and via social media. >>>MULTIPLE, page 3

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Seniors in the Weston-Mount Dennis community are showcasing their artistic endeavours at an exhibition Sept. 5. Every Wednesday for nearly

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE: Fruit picker Stephanie Benke, left, shows her apple picking device to Susan Ho and Jenise Ramdeen during the Edible Tree Tour Saturday at Ben Nobleman Park on Eglinton Avenue.

Pilot project receives tremendous response Another round in the fall a possibility >>>from page 1 their social network and that way, they get engaged in the community,” said Cecilia Sarmiento, a community outreach co-ordinator with Humber Community Seniors’ Services. The classes offer seniors who may experience isolation due to language barriers and lack of financial means, a chance to socialize, said Sarmiento. The workshops were a pilot

Eileen Grant decorates her project during a creative art workshop held earlier this month at Humber Community Seniors’ Services. The work from seven weeks of workshops will be on display next Wednesday.

project and have had a tremendous response. Due to such a positive response, they will continue with another round of workshops, potentially slated for the fall, said Sarmiento. The final summer workshop took place yesterday at 1167 Weston Road. At the same location, the community is invited to attend the exhibition on Sept. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Multiple factors go into determining stop locations >>>from page 1 A public tender for pre-qualified contractors was recently issued for Crosstown tunnel construction from Keele to Yonge Street, a stretch of approximately 6.5 kilometres. The bidding period ended in June. In July, Metrolinx spokesperson Mark Ostler said a provincial review was underway for potential

Crosstown station stops, which would evaluate potential locations based on a variety of factors including development potential and ridership estimates. Design work has gotten underway at six planned Crosstown stations: Keele, Caledonia, Dufferin, AllenEglinton, Bathurst and Chaplin. Further consultations are expected

in the fall. Colle said he was excited about the Flexity Freedom light rail vehicles under manufacture by Bombardier, which will run on the Crosstown Line. On Friday, he and fellow TTC commissioners Raymond Cho and Karen Stintz, accompanied by Metrolinx vice president Jack Collins, toured a

mockup of the light rail vehicle on display at the Canadian National Exhibition. “It’s not a street car, it’s a train,” said Colle of the mockup on display. “It’s modern, sleek and it’s as accessible as you could design it.” “When people see it, they’ll be really excited about coming to Eglinton and beyond.”

Perfect weather and a great turnout marked West Park Healthcare Centre’s inaugural Festival of Football fundraiser. Held at Eglinton Flats Park on Aug. 18, the all-day soccer festival included 140 soccer matches, nearly 60 teams and over 600 players who all participated to raise money towards the $100 million needed to construct a new patient care centre in the rehabilitative and long-term care healthcare facility. “We wanted to bring the community together to play soccer, enjoy the festivities and make a difference in patient lives at West Park at the same time - and I think we achieved all of those,” Lijeanne Lee, a West Park spokesperson said. The day’s events included live music, celebrity interviews, and an appearance from Diana Matheson, from Canada’s Olympic bronzemedal-winning women’s soccer team. In addition, West Park patients, including some who are amputees, participated in the event while many others just came out to watch. The centre’s patient load, in part due to an aging population, is expected to increase anywhere up to 50 per cent in the next twenty years, said Mike Fenton, executive director of West Park Healthcare Centre Foundation, in an interview days before the festival. The addition to West Park, supported by money fundraised by the centre and funding provided by the provincial government, will go to meet the growing need. The total funds raised will not be known until Sept. 7 when teams are expected to complete their fundraising. The team with the greatest success will be awarded a trip to Europe in the fall to watch a UEFA Champions League game. Those interested in donating towards the cause can visit www.westpark.org for more information. The Centre hopes to make the festival an annual event. “We’re really looking forward to next year and we’re really hoping to double our numbers and hopefully more people will come out and support us,” Lee said.

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hen it comes to making our neighbourhoods safer, community interaction is critical for police. But what happens next is just as important, whether it’s building on the success of a particular program or increased access and visibility into a community to build rich, trusting relationships. In a special feature on policing in the nine communities we serve, Toronto Community News spoke to people and organizations directly involved in neighbourhood pro- our view grams and initiatives. Earlier this summer, after the horrific Danzig Community Street shooting, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair had announced partners must mandatory overtime for offibuild trust cers this summer in an effort to restore a sense of safety in city neighbourhoods. The summer safety initiative, which runs until Sept. 6, has an extra 329 officers on city streets each day. The increased visibility manifests itself in different ways depending on the community and the types of crime that need to be addressed. For example, there’s an increased foot patrol in the Beach, a ramped-up police presence on the subway system in East York, and more officers for 14 Division’s anti-gang initiative, Project Post. But law enforcement is more than about solving crimes that have been committed. There is a proactive element, too. “There is a sustainability component we are trying to address,” notes 12 Division Supt. Mark Saunders, whose area includes much of the former city of York. “The only way to do this successfully is through community relationships.” Breaking down barriers of distrust, increasing youth participation in community initiatives and establishing a healthy two-way discussion between law enforcement and residents are all part of the solution to safer communities. Once the summer safety project wraps up, there must be a review of the various initiatives across the city to assess their respective impacts. Then there is the opportunity to build on programs which appear to have traction. “We can’t police the community on our own. We can’t solve all the problems on our own, we need the community’s input, we need their assistance and their consent to be in their community,” says 14 Division Supt. Mario Di Tommaso. It’s acknowledgements like these that help pave the way. It’s up to the community to respond in kind. Toronto Community News is a division of Metroland Media Group Ltd. The Guardian is a member of the Ontario Press Council. Visit ontpress.com newsroom

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To the editor: If you are going to a garage sale, don’t steal from the people who are hosting it. They work hard to get it all set up. I have had jewelry stolen at my garage sale and we are getting to a point where we are not going to have them any more if people are going to steal from us. Ask to purchase the item for less or don’t buy it, but don’t steal from a garage sale. People are trying to make a bit of cash with their stuff they are already getting rid of at a great price. If you are that hard up for something, go on welfare. Remember, it is still a crime stealing from a garage sale. Police can be involved. Dorothy Hicks

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Make a Good First Impression, by Les Ismore; The Way To Insure You Get a Good Locker, by U. Snooze and U. Lose; and What To Do If I Don’t Like My Teacher, by Grinn and Barrett. Q. You know, it’s been so long since I was a youngster, I’ve plum forgotten. What’s that other name for a junior public school again? Dr. Watson, 221B Baker St. A. Elementary, my dear Watson, elementary. Q. My son has spent the entire summer surgically attached to his iPod. That includes while sleeping and showering, too. He and that contraption are inseparable.

How am I going to keep him from using it at school? Noreen, North York. A. Sorry, did you just say something? I just woke up, got out of the shower and I had my headphones on. Q. All my friends are really into it. Do you think I should sign up for some extracurricular drama after school, too? Ashley, Leaside. A. I don’t know. Facebook is not for everyone. Q. My grandpa says when he was a kid, the foundation of a good education was the three “R”s. He claims the “R”s stood for reading, writing and arithmetic. Now, I’m no fifth grader, but that sure sounds like one “R”, one “W” and one “A”. Dylan, Grade 4, Scarborough. A. With grandpas it’s always long and complicated. My grandpa used to tell me when he was my age he walked five miles to class and 10 miles back every day in a blazing

snowstorm. Yet, according to grandma, he lived across the street from the school. Q. My 10 year old wants to know what the protocol is regarding taking his laptop, portable hard drive. tablet, Kindle, cell phone, Xbox 360, Wii and MP3 player to school. Maria, York. A. If I were you, before he does try and take them, make absolutely sure to call a mover and see if they offer daily student discounts. Q . How t h e h e c k i s the federal government’s Parliamentary recess three months long and we work way harder than them and only get a measly 15 minutes? Jesse, Grade 2, the Annex. A. Tell me about it. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Thursday. Contact him at jamie.wayne@sympatico. ca

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Currently held by: Andrew Cash (federal) and Jonah Schein, (provincial). Both are NDP. New area acquired: The area north and west of the railway tracks and Rogers Road, all the way to Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue (previously part of York South-Weston) Area ceded to another riding: Bits of its eastern border are moving westward and would be part of St. Paul’s.

Currently held by: Dr. Carolyn Bennett, Liberal (federal); Dr. Eric Hoskins, Liberal (provincial) New area acquired: area south of the railway tracks to Bloor Street (partly from Davenport, mostly from Trinity-Spadina) Area ceded to another riding: Area east of Avenue Road (to newly created Mount Pleasant riding).

Currently held by: Mike Sullivan, NDP (federal); Laura Albanese, Liberal (provincial) Area ceded to another riding: The area south and east of Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue, all the way to the railway tracks and Rogers Road (would go to Davenport); the land east of Keele Street to the railway tracks between Eglinton Avenue and Hwy. 401 (to Eglinton-Lawrence).

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redistribution of federal electoral boundaries based on the latest population figures could see several existing ridings in the city with different boundaries. All four ridings which are in the York Guardian’s coverage area would be changed under this scenario. The boundary changes were proposed by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario and would mean an increase of 15 ridings province-wide. Public meetings to discuss the proposed changes will take place in October and November this fall. Below and at right are maps of the current and proposed boundaries of each of York’s four ridings.


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Special Report

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A look at 12 and 13 Division

What: the number of shootings in local police divisions over a 365 day period (between Aug. 29, 2011 and Aug. 28, 2012) Rank is out of 17 police divisions in Toronto.

FANNIE SUNSHINE fsunshine@insidetoronto.com On one hand, Lekan Olawoye acknowledges there is a good chunk of residents in the Keele Street and Eglinton Avenue area who are distrustful of police. But on the other, more optimistic hand, the executive director of For Youth Initiative (FYI) said there is opportunity for dialogue, dialogue he hopes will better the relationship between the two groups. “The relationship is horrible between young people and police,” Olawoye said. “But I don’t think it’s unsalvageable. We need authentic dialogue to turn distrust to trust, to talk about what hasn’t worked and what needs to be fixed.” While overall crime in the area is decreasing, gun violence remains a big piece of the problem, he said. “Fatalities (by gunfire) is decreasing and we have less people dying, but maybe that’s because they are aiming badly,” Olawoye said. “Residents are concerned, young people are concerned. People don’t feel safe. We are looking for a multi-pronged approach with community agencies and police to come up with preventative measures.” FYI, a non-profit, charitable organization, works with young people between ages 13 and 29 to help increase access to educational, recreational, economical and cultural opportunities. Yo r k S o u t h - We s t o n Councillor Frances Nunziata said her office is in regular contact with 12 Division, which represents her ward, and praised the work they do in the community. “They patrol residential streets and now have foot patrol in Weston and Lawrence,” she said. A big concern in her ward are licensed establishments operating as “booze cans” after

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For Youth Initiative Executive Director Lekan Olawoye at FYI’s Eglinton Avenue office. Relationship between young people and police is ‘horrible’ but not ‘unsalvageable’.

hours, she said, the majority of which are on Weston Road between Lawrence and Eglinton avenues. With cellphone theft on the rise, Nunziata made a motion at a July Toronto Police Services Board meeting to introduce legislation to compel cellular phone service providers to provide technology permitting the disabling of stolen cell phones, which passed unanimously. The motion calls for the police service to correspond with the federal minister of public safety and the ministry of industry to introduce the legislation. “I’ve been working with 12 Division on this for the past year and a half,” Nunziata said. “It’s a big issue in the high schools.” To help engage young people in her ward, the councillor, along with other York politicians, will host a youth services and crime prevention forum Thursday, Aug. 30 at the York Civic Centre at 6:30 p.m. focusing on available community services and safety concerns. “I hope to get a lot of youth participating in the forum,”

she said. Nunziata praised the work of 12 Division Supt. Mark Saunders, who has attended her ward meetings and has been instrumental in connecting with the community and agencies. For Saunders, solving crime isn’t the be all and end all. “There is a sustainability component we are trying to address,” he said. “The only way to do this successfully is through community relationships.” The division has added 15 to 18 officers as part of a summer safety initiative. In response to recent gun violence in the city, 320 officers have been assigned to communities most affected by the increased violence. The program runs from Aug. 6 to Sept. 9. “This allows us to go into neighbourhoods and try to create stronger engagement with the community,” he said. The extra officers have been deployed “where we have received the most calls historically”, Saunders said, naming Weston Road as one area, but was reluctant to name others.

“I don’t want to start identifying that,” he said, adding additional officers have been assigned to eight other locations, but declined to say which ones. “I’d rather look at the global component.” Although 12 Division has had two murders this year, both of which are solved, violent crime is decreasing, he said. “We are receiving co-operation from the community,” Saunders said. When asked about the code of silence often dividing police and residents, he said it varies. “Some are responsive to police,” he said. “Some are not overly impressed by us. We want to learn what the needs and wants are.” One way the division engages young people is through a soccer program at Eglinton Flats with officers and youth aged seven to 16, Saunders said. “We’ve been doing this for years,” he said. “I think the important thing is consistency.” Saunders said he supports Nunziata’s cellphone motion and is open to working with

Olawoye to create better relations. “I’ve met him and had a very positive vibe from him,” Saunders said of Olawoye. “He’s very solution-based. Cellphone theft is a huge thing. The demand for stolen phones is greater than the rate they come in.” Saunders is encouraging residents to call police if they witness suspicious behaviour and not wait until a crime occurs. “A lot of folks tend to wait until they see a crime before they call police,” he said. “Rather than wait, call us early. If you are acting in good faith, you are doing the right thing.” I n 1 3 Division, crime has also been a decreasing, closer look Insp. Glenn Holt said. Inside Major Toronto crime - which includes homicide, sex assault, assault and breaking and entering - has seen numbers drop over the past five years, he said. Most of the division’s resources are concentrated in the Eglinton Avenue and Dufferin Street and St. Clair Avenue and Dufferin Street areas, Holt said, adding the division responds to many after-hours clubs for liquor violations in those areas. “We haven’t had a murder this year and violent crime in general has been down,” he said. “Cellphone robberies are up across the city. If I took out the cellphone stats, robberies

for shootings within city over past 365 days, fourth. • 13 Division – Last shooting Aug. 26. Total of six shootings over past 365 days. Over past three years, 19 shootings. Rank for shootings within city over past 365 days, 15th. – Toronto Police Service in the division would drop by half.” Many officers work the beat on bicycle and are able to better engage residents, Holt said, adding officers are assigned to schools to build partnerships with young people. “We want to build relationships with young people and focus on getting them on the right path,” he said. “We have a community police liaison that’s active in the division and we work closely with (city) councillors.” Noting the division is big on community response, Holt said officers spend a lot of time responding to noise complaints and also make sure to be present at various events, such as Salsa on St. Clair. “We have to be seen out there in a positive way,” Holt said. “We’ve been pretty happy in 13 (Division) with the relationship we have with the community. Decreased crime is a shared responsibility.” Claudia De Simone, vice chair of the Oakwood Village Community Association, said the neighbourhood has acquired a bad reputation over the years but residents are working hard to change that. “We are now recognized as an arts district,” she said. “We have worked closely with police and they are doing a great job hearing our voices.” n Do you have a comment on local policing? Send us an email to ykg@insidetoronto. com


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Come Bake Bread With Us WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. David’s Anglican Church, 1796 Lawrence Ave. W. CONTACT: JD, 416-760-7794, breadoflife@hotmail.ca, stdavidschurch. ca We bake wholesome bread on the first Saturday of the month for our community. Join us if you are interested to learn basic bread making. Call to reserve your space. Silverthorn Legion Branch 57 WHEN: 2 p.m. WHERE: Silverthorn Legion Branch 57, 605 Rogers Rd. CONTACT: 416-653-6757 Join us for a dart meat toss (small fee) and a friendly game of shuffleboard.

n Tuesday, Sept. 4

Weekly Seniors Club WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, legionbr31@ yahoo.com Enjoy a light lunch ($2) and meet new friends. We have snooker, pool, darts, euchre, cribbage, dominoes, table shuffleboard or just good conversation. All 55 and older are welcome. Cash bar.

n Friday, Sept. 7

Van Trip to Cabbagetown Art and Crafts Sale WHEN: 1 to 4 p.m. WHERE: York West Active Living Centre, 1901 Weston Rd. CONTACT: Anna Endrizzi, 416-2454395, www.yorkwestactivelivingcentre. ca, info@yorkwestactivelivingcentre.ca

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Giant Open Cribbage Tournament WHEN: 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Mount Dennis Legion, 1050 Weston Rd. CONTACT: 416-767-0231, www.facebook.com/mountdennislegion, legionbr31@yahoo.com COST: $25 per two-person team

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Daughters of the Caribbean Art Exhibit WHEN: Continues to Sept. 30 WHERE: Maria A. Shchuka Library, 1745 Eglinton Ave. W. CONTACT: 416-394-1000 COST: Free Celebrates local Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago artists. The exhibit examines themes of family values, love and music.

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Provincial plan on youth violence needs to focus on African-Canadian youth, coalition group says DAVID NICKLE dnickle@insidetoronto.com The provincial action plan to combat youth violence has potential, but needs to focus on young AfricanCanadian people, according to a group of organizations from the province’s African Canadian community. “While the action plan is promising, its worth will depend on the manner in which it is implemented,” said Moya Teklu, a lawyer with the African Canadian Legal Clinic and spokesperson for the African Canadian Coalition of Community Organizations. “The devil is in the details.”

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Teklu was commenting on the $20 million action plan unveiled Aug. 22 by Children and Youth Services Minister and St. Paul’s MPP Eric Hoskins. The plan takes on a multi pronged approach, investing money in enforcement as well as youth employment and outreach programs – focusing the funding in neighbourhoods at risk for gun violence. Teklu and others in the organization said that the geographicallybased funding runs the risk of altogether missing factors that are specific to the African Canadian community. “There needs to be an explicit recognition of the African-Canadian community in particular,” said

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Teklu. “You talk around it a lot but everybody knows who you’re talking about — but without a specific recognition the impact is that when resources are funnelled to a particular service they’re not funnelled to us.” The action plan came about in reaction to the mass shooting on Danzig Street which saw two dead and dozens injured. The plan stems from a 2008 report authored by former Scarborough Liberal MPP Alvin Curling. The coalition said the entire report’s recommendations ought to be implemented. Curling, who attended the Thursday morning news conference and has been retained as an advisor on the implementation of programs for youth at risk of gun violence, said his sense was eventually the report recommendations would be implemented. “I don’t regard this action plan as a full response from the province,” he said. Curling said the plan needed to

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focus on both policing and helping to provide employment for young people – and to an extent, he said, it does. Gabe De Roche, a spokesperson for Hoskins who attended the meeting, said the summer job funding enhancement was intended to extend jobs for at-risk youth into

the school year. He maintained the ministry felt the best way to deal with the issue was using a “location-based” system, it was well aware of the disproportionate impact that gun violence has on African Canadian youth and would be crafting policy with that in mind.

After-care options for dual-income families In a perfect world, school and work hours would run concurrently. But the average school day begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m., while the average work day lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. As a result, parents must arrange for child care during those hours when school is out, but Mom and Dad are still at work. Today, roughly 80 per cent of families in North America have both parents working, and many find it is impossible to live on

one income. As children grow and attend elementary school, traditional day care is usually not an option and parents have to make other arrangements. Some children are enrolled in care centers that watch children before school, bus them to school and then return in the afternoon to pick up the children again. This is one of the more costly options in child care. However, it may be more educationally structured than the care programs provided at school.

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t might be premature to start speculating on the next two years in this city’s life, given the drama set to unfold next week at the University Avenue courthouse. Mayor Rob Ford will be on a witness stand, testifying in his own defence against a complaint that he violated the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act when he spoke on the floor of council asking that he not be required to pay back about $3,100 in donations to his football charity made last term. Questioning him will be high-profile lawyer Clayton Ruby. Anything might happen. Given the inflexibility of the penalty for violating the act – the minimum sentence is removal from office – it’s not unreasonable to ask what would the rest of the term look like at city hall, if Justice Charles Hackland finds Ford guilty of knowingly violating the act and throws him out of office in the next month or two? Under those extraordinary circumstances, council will have some options.

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The City of Toronto Act and the Municipal Elections Act allow council to hold a byelection to fill a vacancy, or fill the office by appointment. Should council choose the more costly option of a byelection, and the sentence be the minimum, Ford would be free to run again. And given the matter in court concerns his charity work, he would stand an excellent chance of winning. The fact every councillor harbouring mayoralty ambitions would be tempted to run as well – losers could, in a byelection, still return to their seat on council – a mid-term re-election for Ford in the midst of a field crowded with challengers would be an excellent bet. But council might also choose to appoint a caretaker mayor to see the term through to the next general

election. There are advantages: it is cheaper, and far less disruptive to the flow of work at city hall. And there are disadvantages: Toronto would, for two years, have a mayor no one voted for but 44 councillors. There would be a strong argument to hand the job to the Deputy Mayor, Doug Holyday. He would be in a position to deliver something approaching the agenda that Ford’s supporters voted for. But there would be an argument as well to install a more neutral figure, given that for the past calendar year, Toronto Council has essentially usurped that agenda in favour of the agendas its members see themselves as having been elected on. Whichever way it goes it’s unlikely the decisions coming out of city hall would be much different. The mayor is after all only one vote. ■ David Nickle is The Guardian’s city hall reporter. His column appears Thursdays. Contact him at dnickle@ insidetoronto.com

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