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article imageOp-Ed: The Politics of Toronto - Top 11 stories that made 2012 headlines

By Andrew Moran     Dec 21, 2012 in Politics
Toronto - Wow. What a year it was in Toronto politics. From the contentious city council battles to the various scandals and gaffes down at city hall to Mayor Rob Ford being ousted in office, it was indeed a tremendous and newsworthy 2012 for municipal politics.
The world didn’t end. The mayor has yet to be replaced. There is no professional hockey in the city as of yet. The city and the suburbanites are still divided. With the year winding down, it’s a fantastic time to list the top 11 political news stories in Toronto.
Next year should be just as raucous as it was over the past 365 days. As usual, the Digital Journal reporters covering the municipal beats (KJ Mullins, Arthur Weinreb and myself) will bring you the latest news affecting Toronto residents.
With that being said, here are the top 11 political news stories that dominated the city’s headlines (in no particular order):
Toronto mayor confronts Star reporter outside home
A mayor who wants to buy conserve land, a journalist who reports on that and an evening stand-off are all the makings of a hot news story. As City Councillor Joe Mihevc said today, "When you think it can't get weirder, it does!"
Budget rally in Toronto turns ugly; activists clash with police
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside of Toronto City Hall for a peaceful protest against Mayor Rob Ford's proposed budget cuts. Following the rally, hundreds clashed with police officers at the entrance of city hall.
Toronto Mayor removed from office, eligible to run again
Justice Charles Hackland has found Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in violation of the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act. This means that the mayor will be removed from office, but will be eligible to run for mayor again.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford caught reading documents while driving
During the morning commute on Toronto's Gardiner Expressway Tuesday, a driver took a photograph of Mayor Rob Ford, who was seen both driving his Cadillac Escalade and reading documents. The photo was later posted to Twitter.
Toronto Mayor: LRTs 'to make the eHealth scandal look minuscule'
Has Toronto Mayor Rob Ford returned to his days as the fiery Etobicoke City Councillor? During the second day of debates over the Sheppard Avenue extension, Ford shouted that Toronto wants subways – council voted 24-19 in favour of LRTs on Sheppard.
On Strike: Toronto libraries shut down, large rally at city hall
Following the failed marathon negotiations over the weekend, 2,300 library workers are now off the job and will head to the picket lines. Hundreds rallied Monday at city hall and others demonstrated at the Toronto Reference Library.
TTC General Manager Gary Webster ousted 5-4 by commissioners
After a special closed door meeting at city hall Tuesday, the Toronto Transit Commission board voted 5-4 in favour of firing general manager Gary Webster, who has worked for the TTC for more than three decades.
Mayor insists Toronto is safe, job creation remedy to shootings
Speaking to reporters at city hall, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford insisted that the city is safe. Ford explained that the solution to the recent wave of gun violence is not through community programs but by job creation.
Mayor Ford delivers surprise proclamation at Toronto PFLAG event
"Way to go mayor!" and "Good job, Mayor!" were only some of the accolades that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford received for unexpectedly showing up for a flag-raising event to support the gay community Thursday at city hall.
Lawsuit filed against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford over code of conduct
Mayor Rob Ford is being accused of violating the code of conduct of Toronto City Council. If a lawsuit that was filed on Friday wins in court, it would mean that Ford is ousted from his current position.
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, Councillor vow to lose 50lbs in challenge
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford entered the Cut the Waist Challenge. The brothers, alongside former Ontario Progressive Conservative Party leader John Tory, urged the rest of the city to step up to the challenge.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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