NEWS December 5th, 2014

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Midtown councillors win, lose in committee appointments

Colle, Robinson to chair major boards, Matlow and Wong-Tam left out

Jaye Robinson speaking at campaign event, with John Tory looking on.
Shawn Star/Town Crier Jaye Robinson speaks to supporters at September campaign event in York Mills, where she announced her support for mayoral candidate John Tory, left. Mayor Tory has named the Ward 25 councillor chair of the public works and infrastructure committee.

New mayor John Tory has finished filling the positions on the city council committees, with some midtown councillors landing big posts and others finding themselves out of the loop.

Eglinton-Lawrence councillor Josh Colle and Don Valley West representative Jaye Robinson were appointed to chair positions. Colle, who represents Ward 15, will chair the TTC board. Robinson, Ward 25, heads the public works and infrastructure committee.

Both are also on the striking committee, while Colle will be on the community development and recreation committee and Robinson will be on the executive committee.

Neither St. Paul’s Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow nor Kristyn Wong-Tam, Ward 27, were given major roles. Both were left off of committees dealing with issues they had championed as part of the previous council.

Matlow had spent much of the last term calling for the abolishment of the Ontario Municipal Board, while also making pet projects out of transit expansion and improvements to affordable housing, but Mayor Tory did not name him to either of the committees overseeing planning and growth management, the TTC or affordable housing. Matlow will instead serve on the licensing and standards committee, and on the audit committee.

Wong-Tam was named to the planning and growth management committee, but left off of affordable housing despite being a vocal advocate for it. She, too, had called for the OMB to be abolished last term.

St. Paul’s councillor Joe Mihevc, Ward 21, was returned to his usual posts on the board of health and on the TTC board, as well as the community development and recreation committee.

New councillors Jon Burnside, Ward 26, and Christin Carmichael Greb, Ward 16, were each placed on three committees.

Both were named to the board of health. Burnside will serve on the community development and recreation committee and the affordable housing committee. Carmichael Greb will sit on the planning and growth management committee and the civic appointments committee.