Oct 23, 2018
By Jane Brown
Toronto Mayor John Tory begins his second term with a much smaller city council, slimmed down by Premier Doug Ford from 47 to 25 wards.
Of the 25 who won council seats, 21 are incumbents, who in most cases ran against other longtime Toronto politicians. Thirteen city councillors are not returning.
Premier Ford’s nephew Michael Ford won re-election. Stephen Holyday and Mark Grimes also keep seats on council.
Incumbent Frances Nunziata has been re-elected, James Pasternak remains a councillor, as does Anthony Peruzza who beat out fellow incumbent Giorgio Mammoliti.
In Ward 8 Eglinton-Lawrence, Mike Colle (former MPP and father of former TTC chair Josh Colle) has won.
Ana Bailao is on council again as are Joe Cressy and Mike Layton.
In the hotly contested riding of Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s, Josh Matlow returned with a win over veteran councillor Joe Mihevc.
Matlow said after his win, he hopes Joe Mihevc will continue his long time work as a social justice warrior.
Kristyn Wong-Tam returns, easily beating former Ontario cabinet minister George Smitherman. Paula Fletcher and Jaye Robinson are back, as are Denzil Minnan-Wong, Shelley Carroll and John Filion.
Backed by Mayor Tory, new city councillor Brad Bradford will represent Beaches-East York.
Gary Crawford returns in Scarborough Southwest, Michael Thompson returns as councillor for Ward 21 Scarborough Centre.
But longtime councillor and former deputy mayor Norm Kelly is out, losing to incumbent Jim Karygiannis.
In Scarborough-Guildwood Paul Ainslie has won re-election, with newcomers Cynthia Lai and Jennifer McVie rounding out the 25 wards.