Sunday, December 15, 2013
Toronto Councillor Karen Stintz gives notice she's resigning as TTC chair
The brief e-mail — forwarded to the Toronto Sun by a city councillor — is addressed to Mayor Rob Ford and members of council.
“Councillor Stintz is resigning the office of chair only,” it reads. “She is not resigning as a member of the Commission.”
The latest development comes just weeks after Stintz announced she was going to run for mayor in 2014, pitting her against Mayor Rob Ford.
Councillor Josh Matlow tweeted about the notice on Friday.
Stintz has “made an effort at being a good TTC chair,” he said Saturday.
“There were times where she demonstrated a genuine leadership but I am concerned over the past several months that she has put politics before evidence and I hope that the TTC returns to evidence-based transit planning,” Matlow said, who would like to revisit council’s decision to build a Scarborough subway extension, a project Stintz supported.
Stintz has previously suggested that councillor Josh Colle — who already sits on the transit board — could replace her.
She was not available for comment Saturday. A spokesman said she is busy with family over the weekend. She is also playing a cannon doll in Sunday’s performance of The Nutcracker.
The mayor’s brother is one person who can’t wait to see Stintz leave the position.
Councillor Doug Ford said he didn’t know about the city clerk’s notice, but that didn’t stop him from blasting Stintz.
“I look forward to her resignation because she’s done a terrible job as chair of the TTC,” Ford said.
She didn’t show “any leadership whatsoever based on what the people want,” he argued.
“Ultimately at the end of the day, the mayor did what the people elected him to do, not Karen Stintz, to build subways for the people of Scarborough,” he said.
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