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August 6, 2009
Error in today’s Toronto Star
Today’s edition of the Toronto Star carries a column by Toronto Star columnist Royson James which includes factual errors related to the powers of the Mayor under the City of Toronto Act.

The columnist erroneously states that the Act gave the Mayor of Toronto powers beyond those of any other mayor in Ontario and the Act allows the Mayor to appoint the City’s Executive Committee.

Here are the facts:

1. No new powers were given to the Mayor of Toronto in the City of Toronto Act.

2. The Province of Ontario also updated the Municipal Act and it mirrors the City of Toronto Act in all respects except taxing powers and the mandatory requirement for the City of Toronto to have accountability officers (Auditor General, Ombudsman, Integrity Commissioner and Lobbyist Registrar). Therefore, Toronto’s Mayor operates under the same statutory provisions as every other mayor, reeve and warden in Ontario and, like every other member of a municipal Council, has one vote on all matters.

3. The power to appoint Chairs of Committee was given to the Mayor of the City of Toronto by Toronto City Council through the Council procedures bylaw and not the City of Toronto Act.

4. The Mayor does not appoint the members of the City’s executive committee. Toronto City Council has a procedural bylaw that sets out how members of the Executive Committee are selected. The procedural bylaw states that Chairs of the City's committees (which the Mayor appoints) sit on the Executive Committee and City Council also appoints four members-at-large who also sit on the committee.

The City of Toronto Act can be read at

The City of Toronto Council procedures bylaw can be read at

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto
416-397-5277 (office), 416-919-6500 (cell)



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