First day of school jitters not just for kids says councillor Michael Ford
It was the first day of school for lots of kids in the city, and also the first week back in committees for many councillors at city hall. Today’s Government Management Committee provided a morning’s worth of hot topics, including the feasibility of a store for tourists at city hall, a report on the outsourcing of mechanics for fleet services, and a request for a long term lease with the City between Tubbs and Cara Foods.
For the new Councillor Michael Ford, it was his first committee meeting ever, even his first time in Committee Room 1. Before the day start Cllr. Joe Cressy spent some time with the new Councillor explaining how to read some of the documents for the committee. Cressy also welcomed Ford, and acknowledged gleefully he is no longer the youngest Councillor on Council. (Ford is 22. Cressy is 32.)
After the meeting ended Ford admitted he also had some of the first day jitters that so many school kids had this morning. “Ya a little bit. I’ve been here quite a bit, but being my first day it’s a love relation between the two. I’ve been around the place so I kinda know what to expect. Being in the room as a city councillor is definitely new and I’m excited.”
Although Ford didn’t ask any questions during the meeting. He said he wanted to sit in and listen to the agenda, as he believes he may have future responsibility at Government Management. “I think more than likely I will be sitting on this committee.”
The new councillor will end his week at Ford Fest, reports Toronto Sun’s Maryam Shah. In the meantime, there are lots of meaty items of items for Ford to consider, such as the feasibility of a store in city hall.