Monday, May 16, 2016

Toronto needs three new councillors, report says

TORONTO - A new consultants’ report calls for city council to grow by three members — to 47 councillors, plus a mayor — in time for the 2018 election.

The findings of a two-year ward boundary review were presented by the Canadian Urban Institute during a public information session Monday. The report recommends adding the councillors and drawing up new wards.

Here are a few details from the report, which will go to executive committee May 24:

• Add three councillors to city council, increasing to 47 wards.

• Each ward would have an average of 61,000 residents.

• The report calls for the creation of three new wards downtown and one new ward north of Hwy. 401, between Bathurst St. and Victoria Park Ave.

• There would be one less ward west of downtown and south of Eglinton Ave.

• The consultants anticipate the proposed change will trigger complaints and a subsequent hearing at the Ontario Municipal Board that will take most of 2017 to resolve.

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