After a busy year with the Parks and Environment Committee, Toronto Mayor John Tory announced three changes to his Executive Committee on Tuesday morning.
The biggest of the changes is the new Chair of Parks and Environment, which will now be a position held by Beaches-East York Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon. Additionally, Jon Burnside of Don Valley West will become a new “at-large” member.
Mayor Tory also announced that previous Chair, Michelle Holland, has decided to leave her position to take on a new role as the Mayor’s Advocate for the Innovation Economy. The Scarborough Southwest Councillor will be at the forefront of the city’s growth in the technology and knowledge sector “with a focus on talent attraction and retention, increasing diversity and addressing the impact of workers displaced by technology,” stated a media release.
“I came to office promising to return civility to City Hall,” said Mayor Tory in the release. “I promised voters that council would be more functional – that we would get down to work. Since then, my Executive Committee has worked productively with their council colleagues to make great progress on behalf of the people of Toronto. We are making great strides towards making the city more livable and affordable. I thank them all for their dedication and look forward to working with Jon, Mary-Margaret and Michelle in their new roles.”
This year marked a massive year for the Toronto Parks Committee, with several announcements made for the downtown area including the new 21-acre downtown park, the new Toronto Super Park, and most recently, the project announced by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Place’s revitalization plan.