Tory en­dorse­ment fails for Mi­hevc

Plus Colle de­feats in­cum­bent Carmichael Greb in Ward 8

North Toronto Post - - News - –– Ron John­son

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

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