New city councillors to be appointed at special meeting Monday
Codi Wilson, CP24.com
Published Sunday, July 6, 2014 7:58PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, July 6, 2014 8:07PM EDT
Toronto city council is slated to appoint two new councillors at a special meeting Monday after seats in Trinity-Spadina and Etobicoke-Lakeshore were vacated earlier this year.
Former city councillor Adam Vaughan stepped down as the municipal representative of Ward 20 in May before becoming Olivia Chow's successor in Trinity-Spadina.
Peter Milczyn, the ex-councillor for Ward 5, vacated his seat when he was elected as a Liberal MPP in Etobicoke-Lakeshore in last month’s provincial election.
It has been two months since Mayor Rob Ford last attended council and when asked about the upcoming meeting at the Taste of Lawrence event Sunday, Ford told CP24’s Karman Wong he is ready to get back at it.
“I can’t wait for council and to bring attention to the waste on the waterfront. We are spending a million dollars on rocks and umbrellas. And then the BMX track over at Centennial, we’re spending $4.5 million dollars on that,” Ford said.
“This is a complete waste of taxpayers money so I can’t wait for the council meeting to come up and stop the gravy train because unfortunately, when I went away for two months, they got back on that gravy train pretty fast. So I’ve got to put an end to it.”
Ford evaded questions, however, about a motion being tabled at Monday’s meeting by Coun. Paula Fletcher.
Ford came under fire last week for barring select members of the media from a city hall news conference and Fletcher’s motion would prevent accredited members of city hall’s press gallery from being excluded in the future.