EbeneNews – CA – Karygiann no longer a city councilor after Supreme Court ruling – CityNews Toronto


    The former Ward 22 councilor has been embroiled in a back-and-forth legal battle over election spending that ended on Thursday after the Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal last chance

    In a statement, the city of Toronto said the council will consider a report at the end of the month on how to fill the vacant seat

    “The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will not hear Mr. Karygiannis Under today’s court ruling, Mr. Karygiannis is no longer a municipal councilor for Ward 22, ”the city said

    « A report will be presented to city council on September 30 with the option of council appointing or running a by-election to fill the seat »

    The saga began when Adam Chaleff, a Toronto resident, ordered an audit of Karygiannis’ election expenses in 2018.The audit found that he had exceeded the amount of authorized expenses by more than $ 25,000, which led to his impeachment as an adviser last November

    But Karygiannis argued that it was a « clerical error » in the paperwork, and a Superior Court judge gave him the benefit of the doubt, ruling that it would be « unfair » to submit Karygiannis « to the extreme penalty of confiscation of the offense, when an error was inadvertently made … »

    Karygiannis was ousted for the second time in June after the Court of Appeal overturned his reinstatement

    But he was back in office after being granted a stay on this decision as he tried to have his appeal heard by the Supreme Court of Canada

    The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected his request, exhausting his legal options and ending his term as mayor

    While acknowledging the need to quickly fill the seat, Mayor John Tory also tipped his hat on Karygiannis for years of public service

    « I am very impressed that the people in this part of Scarborough need representation… so we will act as quickly as possible to address this issue »

    « Councilor Karygiannis has devoted much of his life to public service and you are still sorry to see these things happen, but the law must be upheld and respected and the courts have made a decision – it was not mine but it was the courts’ decision – and so I would just say thank you for many years of public service « 

    Tory added that ousting prevents Karygiannis « from running in at least one future election »

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    Jim Karygiannis, Toronto City Council, Appeal, Supreme Court of Canada

    EbeneNews – CA – Karygiannis steps down as city councilor after Supreme Court ruling – CityNews Toronto

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