Politics

11:30 a.m. July 13, 2018. Toronto City Hall.

With the last registration day looming, eight incumbent councillors are registered to run for...

July 16, 2018 (updated) By Arianne Robinson This year’s municipal election is shaping up to offer voters a lot fewer choices of candidates, compared with the...
10:28 a.m. July 10, 2018. Jennifer Hollett outside Toronto City Hall after registering her nomination to be councillor of the new waterfront Ward 21.

Jennifer Hollett registers to run for city council; says outdated government “doesn’t have to...

July 10, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Jennifer Hollett, former MuchMusic VJ and most recently Twitter Canada’s head of news and partnerships, registered her nomination to join...
10:15 a.m. June 13, 2018. Outside the East York Civic Centre, Councillor Janet Davis announces she will not seek re-election and endorses Diane Dyson (right, holding yellow paper).

East-end city councillor Janet Davis announces she will not seek re-election; endorses candidate ready...

June 13, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Councillor Janet Davis announced at the East York Civic Centre on Wednesday morning that she will not seek re-election. The...
4:22 p.m. May 24, 2018. Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Jaye Robinson (standing), speaks to council while Mary-Margaret McMahon (left), looks on.

Mayor accuses councillor of being “chippy and partisan,” says he did “the right thing”...

May 24, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon was unanimously appointed to the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee (PWIC) by council on Thursday, following Councillor...
3:39 p.m. May 22, 2019. Newly appointed Jonathan Tsao speaking to the media after he was appointed.

Jonathan Tsao appointed as city councillor for remaining five months of council term

May 22, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Thirty-one year old staffer Jonathan Tsao was appointed to Toronto City Council on Tuesday, filling the vacancy left by Shelley...
10:23 a.m. May 22, 2018. Former NDP Member of Parliament, Matthew Kellway registered his nomination papers to run for city councillor of Ward 37 on Tuesday.

Former NDP MP, Matthew Kellway, registers to run for city councillor for the Beach...

May 22, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Former NDP Member of Parliament, Matthew Kellway registered his nomination papers to run for city councillor of Ward 37 on...
10:22 a.m. May 10, 2018. TTC Chair Josh Colle at podium: “I would say that any of the party leaders right now who are running to be premier should ride the Dufferin bus. Councillor Bailão will take them on the south end and I’ll take them on the north end.” Councillor Ana Bailão (left) and Mayor John Tory (right).

TTC Chair Josh Colle has a message to Ontario party leaders: take the Dufferin...

May 10, 2018 By Arianne Robinson At an announcement on Thursday about ongoing TTC service improvements that will affect the Dufferin bus (dubbed the Sufferin’ Dufferin...
12:59 p.m., May 9, 2018. George Smitherman speaks to the media after registering to run for city councillor representing the neighbourhoods surrounding Cabbagetown.

“Liberated” George Smitherman registers to run for Toronto City Councillor

May 9, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Former deputy premier of the Liberal government, George Smitherman, registered to run for Toronto City Council today. " really excited and,...
9:35 a.m. Councillor Joe Cressy’s Ward 20 will be divided into two in the next election. Cressy is supporting candidate Ausma Malik (left) for councillor for the new ward.

Politics at city hall on first day of election registration as candidates for mayor...

  May 1, 2018 By Arianne Robinson In addition to the 14 Toronto incumbent candidates for city councillor who filed their nomination papers at city hall on...
Screen-captured images of Councillors Jaye Robinson and Mike Layton during a discussion about a $55 million private-public partnerships, at the Parks and Environment Committee.

Robinson and Layton face off over city’s agreement with Toronto Botanical Gardens’ $50 million...

April 10, 2018 By Arianne Robinson A $55 million public-private partnership plan for the redevelopment of Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens was the subject of...
4:33 p.m., March 20, 2018. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti after announcing he will be seeking the nomination for the Progressive Conservative candidate for Brampton Centre. As recent as last week he told reporters he was considering a run for mayor of Toronto.

Ford announces on Twitter that Mammoliti is back in municipal race, moments before councillor’s...

April 2, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Doug Ford announced on Twitter that Giorgio Mammoliti would not be running for the nomination of Brampton Centre in the...
3:43 p.m., March 27, 2018. Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong illustrates the decision council has to make for Yonge Street using images of Drano and lard.

Toronto council backs away from bold decision, deferring vote on whether to reduce traffic...

March 27, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Toronto council voted to defer the decision to reduce traffic lanes on the northern stretch of Yonge Street from just...
Defer vote Yonge

Breaking: Council votes to defer decision on Yonge Street bikes lanes

March 27, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Toronto council voted to defer the decision to reduce traffic lanes on the northern stretch of Yonge Street from just south of...
4:33 p.m., March 20, 2018. Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti after announcing he will be seeking the nomination for the Progressive Conservative candidate for Brampton Centre. As recent as last week he told reporters he was considering a run for mayor of Toronto.

Mammoliti announces bid for PC nomination, veering away from run for mayor… at least...

March 20, 2018 By Arianne Robinson City Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti announced on Tuesday he hopes to leave City Hall for Queen’s Park as the Progressive Conservative...

On International Women’s Day, here are 6 Signal stories about politics and female power...

1. Weekend brunch and dinner party talking points about the longest-serving female city councillors Nov. 9, 2016 In honour of the U.S. election this week and the...
11:29 a.m., March 6, 2018. The front of the Scarborough Civic Centre, where the next Executive Committee will be held on March 19.

Mayor wants to “take the government” to other parts of the city – starting...

March 6, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Mayor John Tory wants to bring his Executive Committee meeting on the road. The City of Toronto announced this week that...
10:48 a.m., Feb. 13, 2018. Mayor John Tory speaks at the TTC control centre the morning after the budget is passed, in front of a television broadcasting him speaking at the same press conference. (Right: TTC Chair Josh Colle)

As City of Toronto keeps property taxes low, mayor pushes transit agenda

Feb. 13, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Toronto City Council passed its 2018 budget on Monday night. The aim was to raise $4,230,920,439 (4.2 billion) in property...

Doug Ford announces intention to run as leader of the provincial Conservative party

Jan. 29, 2018 Doug Ford held a press conference on Monday to announce his intention to be the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of...
10:51 a.m., Dec 1, 2017. Former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario Patrick Brown speaking with reporters in December at City Hall. (Arianne Robinson/Signal Toronto)

Mayor John Tory’s statement on Patrick Brown

Jan. 25, 2018 A statement from Mayor John Tory's office on Thursday morning reads: “Obviously, the reports of sexual assault and harassment brought forward by two...

Mayor’s exec takes on identity politics, funds Indigenous office and anti-black racism program, talks...

Nov. 29, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Mayor John Tory’s Executive Committee took identity politics head-on Tuesday with four big-feeling items. The first was a request from the...

Grey Cup Mayoral Wager

This weekend, the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts face off at the 105th Grey Cup. On Wednesday, Mayors Naheed Nenshi and John Tory announced the...

Doug Ford criticizes King Street Pilot, admits it’s been “a little while” since he’s...

Nov. 20, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Mayoral hopeful Doug Ford was on a media blitz on Monday, criticizing the new King Street Pilot project in the...

PREVIEW: Q & A with Councillor Joe Mihevc

City Councillor Joe Mihevc was appointed to the role of poverty reduction advocate in October 2017. This is his first time in the role,...

TTC’s Andy Byford recorded whispering on mic about Matlow during council debate

Nov. 8, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Toronto City Council voted on Wednesday to accept the auditor general’s recommendations to implement information distribution protocols, sparked by a...

Councillors debate Pam McConnell’s legacy in appointment of Troisi

Nov. 2, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Toronto City Council appointed former City of Toronto parks manager Lucy Troisi as Ward 28 city councillor Thursday afternoon. Council...

Lucy Troisi appointed Ward 28 city councillor

Nov. 2, 2017 Toronto City Council appointed Lucy Troisi to Ward 28 city councillor Thursday afternoon. The former City of Toronto Parks Manager won on the...

Toronto council breaks for lunch as Ward 28 appointment process continues

Nov. 2, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Toronto councillors broke for lunch on Thursday after hearing from 23 candidates, including Lucy Troisi, former manager of the parks...

Political activist Dave Meslin on how “elections are overrated” and why “it takes two...

Q & A with Dave Meslin about tango.to – a website and interactive map of local residents organizations around Toronto Oct. 27, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Dave...

McMahon announces she won’t run in 2018; cites history of promoting term limits for...

Oct. 23, 2017 By Arianne Robinson Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon spoke to media inside the city’s elections office on Monday morning, announcing she will not be running...

City’s top salesman Mayor Tory touts ‘diversity’ and ‘prosperity’ at Elevate Toronto Festival

Sept. 12, 2017 Mayor John Tory was thoughtfully political in his address on Tuesday afternoon to the Elevate Toronto Festival, a three-day event focused on...
Pam McConnell St. James Aug 25

Remembering Pam McConnell

Aug. 25, 2017 The life of downtown veteran City Councillor Pam McConnell was honoured at a celebration of life service on Friday afternoon at The...

Council appoints former city staffer to vacant seat 

June 29, 2017 City council voted for long-time bureaucrat Jim Hart to take over the vacant Ward 44 seat on Wednesday over former councillor and...

Tory defends length of lease for new homeless shelter

June 22, 2017 The mayor’s Executive Committee moved to approve the conditions of a 10-year lease for a new temporary homeless shelter on Runnymede Road...

Tory vs. Del Duca

May 24, 2017 POW!     Mayor John Tory was at Pape transit station early Wednesday morning, with flyers promoting the relief line with the Ontario Minister of...

Shelley Carroll’s song of the day – Pink “Get the Party Started”

May 2, 2017 Q & A with City Councillor Shelley Carroll On May 2, 2017 City Councillor Shelley Carroll was appointed the provincial Liberal candidate for...