Tory endorsement fails for Mihevc
Plus Colle defeats incumbent Carmichael Greb in Ward 8
When Mayor John Tory was pushing a one-stop Scarborough subway through council, Josh Matlow was one of the most outspoken critics.
Not surprisingly, during the lead up to last month’s election, Tory endorsed Matlow’s competitor, fellow progressive and incumbent councillor Joe Mihevc. Nonetheless it was Matlow that prevailed, capturing Ward 12 Toronto-St. Paul’s by a considerable margin.
Alas for progressives, Matlow’s victory also meant a loss of another popular councillor, Joe Mihevc, who thanked his St. Paul’s constituency via social media following the results. Matlow, for one, is sad to see his former ward neighbour leaving council.
“It makes me very sad that Joe and I were put in this position in the first place,” said Matlow. “I care about Joe and have a lot of respect for him and the work that he has done. I very much hope he will continue to play a meaningful role in public life and make contributions to our community, and I’m going to encourage that.”
Matlow spoke strongly about opposing those who espouse “intellectually dishonest rhetoric.”
“The thoughtful, fact-based and independent approach we take to council, I think, really resonates,” Matlow said. “And it reflects how the community wants to be represented at city hall.”
He also said he was excited to get to work with his new ward neighbour to the north, Mike Colle.
In Ward 8, Colle defeated incumbent councillor Christin Carmichael Greb, who proved that being the incumbent doesn’t always guarantee victory, especially against a crowded field of candidates.
Colle is the father of city councillor Josh Colle who decided not to run for re-election. Mike Colle was also the MPP for the area until he was defeated in the last provincial election by Ontario PC candidate Robin Martin.
Colle ran a campaign that focused on the protection of neighbourhoods as well as slowing down the pace of development around Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue and along Dufferin Street.
To the east, two popular councillors battled it out over Ward 15 Don Valley West, but it was Jaye Robinson who scored the decisive victory over Leaside councillor Jon Burnside.
“I congratulate her. We both fought hard. The results are in and the people spoke, and I guess I’ll be looking for a job,” said Burnside to the Toronto Star following news of his loss during his post-election gathering.
Outgoing councillor Joe Mihevc