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. 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.
  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.
  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.
  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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