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Good thing we have City Hall Watcher. I didn’t find the newspaper coverage very thorough. Why are two of Ex Comm members “at large”?

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Aug 15Liked by Matt Elliott

Hi Matt, thanks for the ongoing coverage of City Hall and enjoyable newsletter. I was wondering about Toronto City Council's Executive Committee, is this unique to Toronto? It seems like an important committee in the city, but I don't recall seeing this in other municipalities. Maybe I missed it. Thanks!

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Aug 14Liked by Matt Elliott

Hi Matt, appreciate the coverage as always and look forward to reading more about the changes coming at City Hall. I hope we get to keep hearing from you and the rest of the Toronto Star All-Star Opinionator Panel more regularly. I know I would love to even have that become a podcast series with more regularly scheduled updates. Keep up the good work!

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Aug 14Liked by Matt Elliott

Thank you for such a comprehensive look at the change Olivia Chow is making to leadership at City Hall. Very helpful, and I'm hopeful it will lead to many positive changes going forward for Toronto. What I don't see is a mention of Olivia Chow's designation of Councillor Dianne Saxe for a special role, that of climate and environmental champion. It's a super important role right now given the climate crisis we are in, the ambitious and necessary emission reduction targets in the TransformTO plan, and the introduction in this budget year of a climate budget - all items will be assessed for climate impact in order to keep the city's emissions on a downward trend. I hope you will cover this special and really significant role in a coming issue of City Hall Watcher. You might also link the city's challenge to meet it's climate target with the obstacle created by the province's 'Powering Ontario's Growth' energy plan that calls for expansion of gas fired power on the electrical grid which will make it impossible to reach the city's carbon reduction targets. The City has voted against expansion of gas on the grid, and against the expansion of the Portlands gas plant, but to no avail - yet. This is a plan the city needs to keep fighting, and Dianne Saxe could be key to this fight.

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