UPDATE: Council appoints new councillors to vacant seats

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh and James Maloney will fill the vacancies until October's municipal election

New city councillors Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (L) and James Maloney (R)
Photo: James Moore/NEWSTALK 1010

Toronto city council has appointed new councillors for the vacant seats in Trinity-Spadina and Etobicoke-Lakeshore. 

Ceta Ramkhalawansingh replaces the outgoing Adam Vaughan in Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina), after he resigned and was elected a Liberal MP.

Both needed at least 21 votes of support from other city councillors to earn the appointment.

Ramkhalawansingh earned 22 votes in the second round of voting at a special council meeting on Monday.

She is a long-time city bureaucrat who retired in 2010.

These days, the 62-year old serves as a political advocate and is a board member with the charitable group Toronto Community Foundation.

More than 100 people endorsed her before the meeting, including former mayors John Sewell and David Crombie. 

Ramkhalawansingh once worked for the city as manager of diversity management and community engagement. 

Lawyer James Maloney has been appointed interim councillor for Ward 5 (Etobicoke-Lakeshore). He won with 24 votes on the second ballot. 

The 49-year old is a registered member of the Liberal parties of Ontario and Canada, having worked for heavy-hitters like Laurel Broten and Michael Ignatieff.

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  1. frank posted on 07/06/2014 04:23 PM
    Give the mayor back his powers and budget. Council objected to his conduct, he went to rehab and apologized, hence, he has met any proper standard to have everything back.
    1. Sammy from Scarborough posted on 07/06/2014 04:54 PM
      @frank You believe in the tooth fairy too, don't you?
      The next "proper standard" met by Rob Ford will be the first.

      Oh how I wish there was an IQ test for the right to vote.
      Then dumb. easily fooled nitwits like you couldn't foul up the voting process.
    2. Liberal Logic posted on 07/06/2014 05:17 PM
      @Sammy from Scarborough Like the dumb, easily fooled nitwits who thought that the Liberals had proven themselves trustworthy after billions of dollars in scandals and waste?
    3. When Rob loses posted on 07/06/2014 05:27 PM
      @Liberal Logic When Rob loses the election he had better have his 'sobriety coach' bunk with him that night.
    4. Tanya posted on 07/06/2014 07:14 PM
      @frank Rob Ford "apologized". To whom? I'm thinking that the rehab clinic he attended is probably cringing and hoping no one remembers their name.

      "I apologize to anyone I may have offended"

      That's BS and proves he didn't do the work. The man attended but that's all he did, nothing more.
    5. frank posted on 07/07/2014 07:16 AM
      @Tanya We elected the mayor with a landslide. He is our choice. Respect the vote! We need to move pout those who thumb their noses at democracy.
    6. HP posted on 07/07/2014 08:24 AM
      @frank Who knew we elected a clown that manages by hate. I caught on when he brought in Don Cherry to do his inaugural where he wrote off half of Toronto's residents. Rob Ford was elected on a lie, he's done nothing (he has only one vote on council), has alienated the city's voters, has spent two years in a drunken stupor, and has given us nothing but crap. The pussy eating drug addict needs to go before he destroys what's left of our city.
    7. arthur posted on 07/07/2014 11:08 AM
      @frank Ford has not respected his duty or the position of office that was given by the voter. his role is now null and void for the most part as per council rules
    8. Gary S posted on 07/07/2014 12:09 PM
      @frank Did he call Stintz to apologize? No. He did exactly what she asked him not to do - make a public apology which is nothing more than a phony campaign apology meant to get sympathy and votes.
      Don't apologize unless you actually mean it.
    9. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 07/07/2014 12:10 PM
      @frank You mean the duly and democratically elected council that voted with due process to revoke the delegation of powers that is their sole authority to allocate? I think not.
    10. MarkFromEtobicoke posted on 07/07/2014 12:14 PM
      @frank As was the group of city councilors who we elected. They are our choice and so you should respect their democratic and legal vote rather than thumb your nose at democracy when the vote goes against the way you want it.
    11. john posted on 07/07/2014 12:49 PM
      @Tanya of cause it is BS . the only thing politicians are good at is BS . some are worse at it then others .
  2. Sonny posted on 07/07/2014 09:06 AM
    If Rob was to accidentally win there would 30 something incumbent councillors who will remember the Ford experience and act to represent their ward...
  3. Mike posted on 07/07/2014 11:12 AM
    i'm in trinity spadina. the new short term appointee should be progressive liberal leaning. The Fords opinions are not needed here in this ward. not wanted not needed.
    1. tanjo posted on 07/07/2014 02:04 PM
      @Mike Let's give Mike a short, but heartfelt round of applause for being the first person in 15 to comment ON TOPIC.

      Not everything has to do with Rob Ford.
    2. Rob Ford Awareness Society posted on 07/07/2014 02:20 PM
      @tanjo Incorrect! Here at the RCAS, we live by a simple, ironclad motto:

      "Even when it's not about Ford, it's always about Ford!"
  4. Karl Burgin posted on 07/07/2014 03:39 PM
    1. Dean posted on 07/07/2014 03:47 PM
      @Karl Burgin Donny, you do realize that screaming like that doesn't accomplish anything, right? Use sentences and punctuation, like a big boy.
    2. Mark7 posted on 07/07/2014 03:54 PM
      @Dean Not him...Ford nation was screaming this in City Hall when the fat druggie was heading into council today...Rob's candidate lost. Karl is our guiding beacon, stop picking on the little guy from Brampton who wishes that he lived in Toronto and could vote for his pussy eating bud.

      They were screaming:

    3. In summary.... posted on 07/07/2014 04:03 PM
      @Mark7 Being fat, enjoying oral sex, and fiscal responsibility are HORRIBLE qualities in a mayor. Drugs are only okay if Justin Trudeau is promoting them.
    4. Mark7 posted on 07/07/2014 04:18 PM
      @In summary.... They're HORRIBLE qualities in a mayor only if they prevent him from leading. For two years he's done nothing and the press has reported on nothing else. Those qualities have destroyed the city and prevented from any real business being done. There's nothing wrong with recreational drug use...alcohol, dope, coffee...nothing wrong with eating pussy in the privacy of your bedroom, but when you bring into the office and it affects your job performance, then WE have a problem.

      The fat pussy eating druggie has destroyed the city we knew and's incomprehensible how anyone that lives and votes here can actually rationalize his behaviour and defend his negative impact on this city. Like Richard Nixon, he did accomplish some good things, but destroyed the trust in him and his office forever. Rob Ford has betrayed Toronto and some idiots actually defend him? Really?
    5. Working for a living posted on 07/07/2014 04:24 PM
      @Mark7 As long as the alternative to Mayor Ford being an embarassment is Mayor Chow raising taxes to pay for useless shit, I'll go right on marking my ballot for Rob Ford.
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 07/07/2014 04:33 PM
      @Working for a living I'm sure Doug and Rob will find the chink in her armor and run enough attack adds to blow her out of the water. If that doesn't work, robocalls will do the job.

      I hope she's doomed like her dead husband.
  5. Sonny posted on 07/07/2014 04:19 PM
    Fords are going to take it 1 day at a time Ford more years is 1461 days!
    1. Mark7 posted on 07/07/2014 04:29 PM
      @Sonny Fords? Doug running again or leading from the rear? Toronto can't afford to be governed "one day at a time". It's not a TV sitcom.
  6. Rob Ford is a union man posted on 07/07/2014 05:07 PM
    Rob Ford is a union man. He has the ultimate working contract of being untouchable. He loves riding the gravy train of no accountability when it comes to his current position. What me get away with just about anything and you citizens can't do a dam thing about it! I am in control. I answer to only myself and my brother the other gravy train rider.
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