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7 new faces at Toronto City Council

The council chamber is shown in Toronto City Hall in an undated file photo. HANDOUT/City of Toronto

City council will be made up of many familiar faces this term, including Rob Ford who will return to his former city council seat in Ward 2 Etobicoke North.

Of the 44 curernt councillors, 37 were re-elected and six did not seek re-election, including Gloria Lindsay-Luby, Mike Del Grande and Karen Stintz. And Adam Vaughan vacated his seat in Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina to fill Olivia Chow’s federal seat in the House of Commons.

So in total seven new councillors will be sworn in on Dec. 1 when the new term begins.

Get to know them here:

Christin Carmichael Greb – Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence

Christin Carmichael Greb, new city councillor for Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence. TWITTER/CarmichaelGreb
Christin Carmichael Greb, new city councillor for Ward 16, Eglinton-Lawrence. TWITTER/CarmichaelGreb

The battle for Stintz’s seat in Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence was very tight. The candidate she endorsed, Christin Carmichael Greb, won with 17.38 per cent compared to runner-up Adam Tanel’s 16.2 per cent. Jean-Pierre Boutros, Stintz’s ex-policy advisor when she was the TTC chair, placed fourth with 10.69 per cent.

Carmichael Greb was also endorsed by mayor-elect John Tory, who praised her business experience and her commitment to local issues like traffic and community safety.

She was born and raised in Toronto and now lives in Ward 16. Her business experience comes from time spent working at her family’s car dealership. She most recently worked at Bombardier Aeropace as a business analyst, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Stephen Holyday – Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre

Stephen Holyday, the new city councillor for Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre. TWITTER/stephenholyday
Stephen Holyday, the new city councillor for Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre. TWITTER/stephenholyday

In Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre, Stephen Holyday, son of former councillor and Etobicoke mayor Doug Holyday, won with 36.6 per cent of the votes.

The second-place finisher was Annette Hutcheon, who got 23.2 per cent of the votes.

The younger Holyday most recently worked as a manager with the Ontario Ministry of Energy. He took a leave from the job in September to focus on running for his father’s old seat.

Holyday has promised to continue in his father’s tradition of fiscal responsibility, keeping taxes low and cutting wasteful spending.

Justin Di Ciano – Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore

New city councillor for Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore. FLICKR/Justin Di Ciano
New city councillor for Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore. FLICKR/Justin Di Ciano

This ward was up for grabs because veteran Peter Milczyn left city hall after 14 years for Queen’s Park following his June provincial election win against the Progressive Conservative’s Doug Holyday to represent the Liberals in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding.

Justin Di Ciano, who lost to Milczyn in 2010, won with 54.1 per cent while his closest rival Kinga Surma got 13.7 per cent.

Di Ciano lives in the ward with his wife and two children.

He most recently worked as the director and chief compliance officer of financial investment firm Gross Securities Corp. He is also the chairman of the Toronto Ribfest Food and Music Festival.

John Campbell – Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre

John Campbell, the new city councillor for  Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre. Photo courtesy of johnfcampbell.ca.
John Campbell, the new city councillor for Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre. Photo courtesy of johnfcampbell.ca.

In Ward 4 Etobicoke Centre, Luby’s 2010 rival John Campbell ran again and won with 34.4 per cent of the votes.

Humber Valley Village Residents’ Association president, Niels Christensen, who Luby endorsed, came second with 28.7 per cent. Ex.-PC cabinet minister Chris Stockwell placed fourth with 9.2 per cent.

Campbell grew up in the ward and has raised two university-aged daughters there.

He attended the University of Toronto and Schulich business school where he specialized in finance and strategic management.

He has worked with companies as a sales and marketing consultant. He entered city politics in 2003 when he was elected a Toronto District School Board trustee.

Joe Cressy – Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina

Joe Cressy was elected the new city councillor for Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina. COURTESY: JOE CRESSY
Joe Cressy was elected the new city councillor for Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina. COURTESY: JOE CRESSY

Adam Vaughan, who represented Ward 20 Trinity Spadina for eight years, moved onto bigger, greener pastures on Parliament Hill after winning a federal seat in a June federal byelection. And Joe Cressy, who was hoping for Chow’s federal seat but lost to Vaughan in that federal by-election, won Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina with 42 per cent of the votes.

Runner-up was Terri Chu with 12.4 per cent. Candidate Sarah Thomson, who dropped out of the current mayoral race on Sept. 9 to run in this ward, finished third with 9.5 per cent. Ex-No Jets T.O. chair Anshul Kapoor placed sixth with 3.6 per cent.

Cressy has worked extensively in politics, helping with Chow’s federal campaign in 2011. And both of his parents were Toronto city councillors.

Cressy worked most recently as a social activist, contributing to the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Polaris Institute, a social justice think tank.

Jon Burnside – Ward 26 Don Valley West

New Ward 26, Don Valley West city councillor Jon Burnside. Photo courtesy of jonburnside.com
New Ward 26, Don Valley West city councillor Jon Burnside. Photo courtesy of jonburnside.com

Burnside pulled off an upset in Monday night’s election, unseating incumbent John Parker by 15 percentage points.

Burnside grew up in Leaside and has worked as a businessman and a constable with the Toronto Police Service for 10 years, according to his campaign website.

He lists animal welfare and youth recreation programs as priorities.

He says his time as a police officer opened his eyes to the tensions that can exist in communities between youth and law enforcement.

Among his platform policies, Burnside said he strongly supports re-purposing exiting rail lines to be used for Toronto public transit, as Tory called for in his SmartTrack plan.

Jim Karygiannis – Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt

Former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis will serve as city councillor for Ward 36, Scarborough-Agincourt. Photo courtesy of jimkarygiannis.net
Former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis will serve as city councillor for Ward 36, Scarborough-Agincourt. Photo courtesy of jimkarygiannis.net

Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt went up for grabs when former budget chief Mike Del Grande announced he would not seek re-election.

Former Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis won the seat handily with 57 per cent of the popular vote.

Karygiannis stepped down from his seat in the House of Commons in April to run for city council after more than 20 years as a Liberal MP.

He lists services for newcomers, seniors and improvements to public transit as some of his key issues.