Politics

The election services sign outside the elections office at City Hall.

Ford government introduces bill to override judge’s decision and cut council while city moves...

Sept. 13, 2018 (updated) By Arianne Robinson Premier Doug Ford‘s government tabled the Efficient Local Government Act in the Legislature on Wednesday, invoking Section 33 of...
11:30 a.m. July 13, 2018. Toronto City Hall.

Court rules Ford government’s 25-ward law has no force; Ford vows to fight with...

Sept. 10, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Premier Doug Ford announced on Monday that his government is challenging a decision by Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba...
1:50 p.m., July 22, 2018. Facing east on Davenport Road, a pedestrian pushing a walker moves through traffic. This week, municipal political candidates spoke about how to make the city’s streets safer.

Toronto Election: speed limits, photo radar, and bike lanes

Sept. 9, 2018 By Arianne Robinson With Toronto’s municipal election six weeks away, mayoral and councillor candidates spoke about road safety this past week. Mayor John Tory...
(Image courtesy of TTC)

Politicians weigh in on King streetcar rerouting during TIFF

Sept. 5, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Clamouring crowds trying to get photos of celebrities is being used as one of the reasons for rerouting the King...
10:22 a.m. Former chief city planner turned mayoral candidate Jennifer Keesmaat points to her key priorities for a transit plan for Toronto, in a presentation to media.

Keesmaat introduces 30-year “real” transit plan

August 30, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Calling Mayor John Tory’s last election SmartTrack promise a “mirage,” former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat unveiled her transit platform...
12:34 p.m., July 4, 2018. Toronto City Hall.

Bill passes to cut Toronto Council

Aug. 14, 2018 By Arianne Robinson The Better Local Government Act was passed in the legislature on Tuesday, receiving royal assent before the provincial government recessed...
11:45 a.m. August 10, 2018. Mayor John Tory answers questions from media outside the Leslie Barns about the size of council.

Mayor remains committed to referendum on council size; asks premier to consider other governance...

Aug 10, 2018 By Arianne Robinson In a news conference on Friday morning, Tory said he was “more optimistic” at the end of a meeting...
10:09 a.m. Former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat speaking to media at her first announcement on her mayoral platform.

Jennifer Keesmaat makes first announcement about rental housing

August 7, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Jennifer Keesmaat made her first campaign announcement on Tuesday morning, making a commitment to improve housing affordability in Toronto for...
9:55 a.m. August, 1, 2018. Mayor John Tory making his first campaign announcement outside a home in Scarborough on Wednesday morning.

Tory launches campaign in Scarborough with promise to keep taxes low; calls opponent “smart...

Aug 1, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Outside a home on a tree-lined street in Scarborough, Mayor John Tory promised Torontonians that if he is elected he...
8:28 a.m. July 27, 2018. Mayor Tory addresses media in advance of Premier Doug Ford’s announcement to change the number of wards and politicians at Toronto council.

Premier announces he’s cutting council in half, mayor calls for a referendum

July 27, 2018 By Arianne Robinson The Toronto political status quo is set to change. Big time. Premier Doug Ford made the stunning announcement on Friday...
2:06 p.m., July 27, 2018. Jennifer Keesmaat after registering to run for mayor of Toronto in the October municipal election. “In changing times, we need changing leadership,” Keesmaat told media. “My commitment to this city is to work incredibly hard, to be incredibly collaborative and to not be afraid to make the hard choices and decisions when bold leadership is, in fact, required,” Keesmaat said, not taking questions from reporters.

Jennifer Keesmaat registers to run for mayor at City Hall

Former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat registered to run for mayor on Friday afternoon, in the final moments before the 2 p.m. deadline for nominations. “I...

With news Ford plans to slash number of wards, Tory’s record reveals he never...

July 27, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Mayor John Tory’s record shows he was never in favour of expanding the number of council seats to 47, but...
From @theBicyKyle Twitter account (with permission).

Former parking enforcement officer Kyle Ashley says cries from public “directed my passion and...

July 25, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Former ticket cop Kyle Ashley registered to run for city councillor of Ward 27 on Wednesday. Reached by phone, Ashley described...
Josh Colle announces he will not seek re-election.

Councillor & TTC Chair Josh Colle announces he will withdraw name from candidacy and...

July 25, 2018 By Arianne Robinson “The future is bright for transit in Toronto,” Josh Colle said at a press conference on Wednesday morning as he...
10:40 a.m. July 23, 2018. Han Dong at Toronto City Hall after registering his nomination to run for councillor.

Former Liberal MPP Han Dong registers to run in Ward 20, looks to elevator...

July 23, 2018 By Arianne Robinson Han Dong registered to run for councillor in Ward 20 on Monday morning. The new downtown ward is within his...
11:30 a.m. July 13, 2018. Toronto City Hall.

(Updated) With the last registration day looming, there is one councillor registered to run...

July 26, 2018 (Updated) By Arianne Robinson As of Thursday afternoon, one incumbent councillor is running without contest: Josh Matlow (Ward 26). There have been four acclaimed councillors since...
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...
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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 Toronto City Council passed its 2018 budget on Monday night, with the aim of raising $4,230,920,439 (4.2 billion) in property taxes from...

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...