These are the new powers Doug Ford wants to give the mayor of Toronto

2022-08-10 9:58:00 PM

Here's a rundown of some of the changes Doug Ford's government is proposing for the mayor’s office.

Here's a rundown of some of the changes Doug Ford's government is proposing for the mayor’s office:

Here's a rundown of some of the changes Doug Ford's government is proposing for the mayor’s office.

Council would have a prescribed amount of time to pass amendments and the mayor in turn would have a prescribed amount of time to veto amendments. Council would then have a chance to override any of the mayor’s vetoes.VETO POWERSThe government has yet to clarify what could be considered a provincial priority.

Council would be able to override a mayoral veto with a two-thirds majority within 21 days.Currently, Toronto City Council appoints a city manager, also known as a chief administrative officer or CAO, who oversees the municipal bureaucracy. The job is the highest unelected position at the city.

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Toronto has a budget committee, which takes charge of preparing the city's budget each year. Under the new framework, the mayor would have the responsibility for preparing and tabling a municipal budget each year for council’s consideration. He will also have to address a staffing crisis in the health-care system that has led to emergency departments across the province closing for hours or days at a time due to a lack of nurses. Council would have a prescribed amount of time to pass amendments and the mayor in turn would have a prescribed amount of time to veto amendments. Lieutenant Governer Elizabeth Dowdeswell will make the Throne Speech at 1 p. Council would then have a chance to override any of the mayor’s vetoes. The only change that Ford has signalled to the budget from when it was first introduced is a five per cent increase to disability support payment rates, which he promised during the election, but advocates say that’s still far too low and the payments need to be doubled. At the end of the override period, the resulting budget would be deemed to be adopted. Opposition parties and nursing groups have been urging him to repeal wage restraint legislation that they say is harming efforts to recruit and retain more nurses, who are leaving the sector in droves after more than two years on the front lines of fighting COVID-19.

  VETO POWERS A new veto power would allow the mayor to override council on matters of “provincial priority. 9, 2022. The document is likely going to be similar if not exactly the same as the one presented in April.” The mayor would still have one vote on regular council decisions, but could use the veto to override a council-approved bylaw when he believes that doing so would further a provincial priority. The government has yet to clarify what could be considered a provincial priority. They would have to give notice of intent to consider vetoing the bylaw within two days of council passing that bylaw and would only be able to use the veto within 14 days. The 2022 budget outlined just over $25. The mayor would also have to provide written reasons for using the veto.

Council would be able to override a mayoral veto with a two-thirds majority within 21 days.   APPOINTING A CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER (CAO) Currently, Toronto City Council appoints a city manager, also known as a chief administrative officer or CAO, who oversees the municipal bureaucracy. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Ontario's Minister of Finance, left, arrives with Premier Doug Ford to deliver the provincial government's 2022 budget at the Queens Park Legislature, in Toronto, on Thursday, April 28, 2022. The job is the highest unelected position at the city. Under the new framework, the mayor would have the authority to appoint a city manager, though they could also choose to delegate this power to council or to another body.   HIRING DEPARTMENT HEADS AND CREATING / REORGANIZING DEPARTMENTS Council currently has the power to hire and fire city staff through bylaws. The PCs have also said they would eliminate double fares when transferring to GO Transit, a pledge that will likely impact most local systems, with the exception of Toronto.

The proposed framework would give the mayor the authority to hire department heads and to create or reorganize departments as he/she sees fit. This power would not apply to statutory appointments for positions such as the auditor general, police chief, fire chief or the medical officer of health.   APPOINTING CHAIRS FOR COMMITTEES AND LOCAL BOARDS Council currently holds the power to appoint members of committees and establish committees, though Toronto City Council delegates the authority to appoint committee chairs to the mayor. Ontario’s opposition parties have called for a new budget to be drawn up that better addresses other health-care challenges, including staff shortages. The Ford government’s legislation would give the mayor authority, by provincial law, to appoint committee chairs and to establish committees. The mayor would also have the authority to appoint chairs of local boards, but could choose to delegate this power.

  ABILITY TO ADD ITEMS OF 'PROVINCIAL PRIORITY' TO THE COUNCIL AGENDA Municipalities are required to pass procedure bylaws which govern council meetings, including how matters are added to the agenda at council meetings. “But to suggest that it is in crisis, is completely inappropriate. While Toronto has a policy which allows the mayor to add new business to the council agenda without first going through a committee, the new law would give the mayor provincially-granted powers to add agenda items that are "aligned with provincial priorities.” The mayor would also be able to direct staff to develop proposals to be brought forward to council.   VACANCY FOR MAYOR WOULD HAVE TO BE FILLED THROUGH BYELECTION Vacancies on city council can currently be filled through either a byelection or appointment by council. The 2022 budget also includes an investment in recruiting and retaining health-care providers. The proposed change would require that any vacancy in the mayor’s office be filled only through a byelection.

However some caveats would still apply. In an election year, byelections cannot be held to fill a vacancy after March 31. The credit will offer seniors a refund up to 25 per cent of eligible expenses up to $6,000 for a maximum credit of $1,500. In this case, council would be allowed to fill the vacancy by appointment, but the appointed mayor would not have the ‘strong mayor’ powers. .