Toronto City Council

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The Toronto City Council is the governing body of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Members represent wards throughout the city, and are known as councillors.

For ease of electoral division, wards are based upon the city's provincial electoral districts, with each district (or 'riding') divided into two city wards. (The provincial boundaries will be redistributed in 2007 along the lines of the new federal boundaries, it is unclear whether the city wards will also be shifted along these lines, either in the 2006 or 2009 election, however it would increase the number of councillors from 44 to 45 if such happens)

Members

The city council comprises 45 members: 44 ward councillors plus the mayor.

The city posts agendas (http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/agendas.htm) for council and committee meetings.

There are six standing committees of council: policy and finance, administration, works, economic development and parks, community services and planning and transportation. In addition there are three other internal business committees: audit, nominating and striking. Sub-committees of the policy and finance committee include the budget advisory committee and the employee and labour relations committee.

In addition to the standing committees, all members of Toronto city council serve on a community council. The city is divided into four community councils, each of which makes recommendations on local matters to the full city council. Although they are named "councils" they are really geographic standing committees of council with no final authority. These are denoted in the chart as a letter next to the councillor's ward number:

Councillor Ward Provincial Electoral District Notes
David Miller mayor policy and finance committee chair
Gerry Altobello 35 S Scarborough Southwest planning and transportation committee chair
Brian Ashton 36 S Scarborough Southwest economic development committee chair
Maria Augimeri 9 N York Centre
Bas Balkissoon 41 S Scarborough—Rouge River audit committee chair
Sandra Bussin 32 T Beaches—East York deputy mayor
Shelley Carroll 33 N Don Valley East
Raymond Cho 42 S Scarborough—Rouge River Scarborough community council chair
Olivia Chow 20 T Trinity—Spadina community services committee chair
Gay Cowbourne 44 S Scarborough East
Janet Davis 31 T Beaches—East York
Glenn De Baeremaeker 38 S Scarborough Centre
Mike Del Grande 39 S Scarborough—Agincourt
Frank Di Giorgio 12 E York South—Weston
Mike Feldman 10 N York Centre deputy mayor
John Filion 23 N Willowdale Toronto Centre for the Arts committee chair
Paula Fletcher 30 T Toronto—Danforth
Rob Ford 2 E Etobicoke North
Adam Giambrone 18 T Davenport cycling committee chair
Mark Grimes 6 E Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Suzan Hall 1 E Etobicoke North Etobicoke York community council chair
Doug Holyday 3 E Etobicoke Centre
Cliff Jenkins 25 N Don Valley West
Norm Kelly 40 S Scarborough—Agincourt
Peter Li Preti 8 N York West
Gloria Lindsay Luby 4 E Etobicoke Centre
Giorgio Mammoliti 7 E York West
Pam McConnell 28 T Toronto Centre—Rosedale police services board chair
Joe Mihevc 21 T St. Paul's nominating committee chair
Peter Milczyn 5 E Etobicoke—Lakeshore
Denzil Minnan-Wong 34 N Don Valley East North York community council chair
Howard Moscoe 15 N Eglinton—Lawrence
Frances Nunziata 11 E York South—Weston
Case Ootes 29 T Toronto—Danforth
Cesar Palacio 17 E Davenport
Joe Pantalone 19 T Trinity—Spadina deputy mayor
Jane Pitfield 26 N Don Valley West works committee chair
Kyle Rae 27 T Toronto Centre—Rosedale Toronto East York community council chair
Bill Saundercook 13 E Parkdale—High Park
David Shiner 24 N Willowdale
David Soknacki 43 S Scarborough East budget committee chair
Karen Stintz 16 N Eglinton—Lawrence
Michael Thompson 37 S Scarborough Centre
Michael Walker 22 T St. Paul's administration committee chair
Sylvia Watson 14 T Parkdale—High Park
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