Miller’s announcement brings shift in council dynamics

This week marked the first city council meeting for David Miller sincehe announced he’s not running again — and what a difference.

This week marked the first city council meeting for David Miller since he announced he’s not running again — and what a difference.

During the two-day session Miller said far less than usual in media scrums, his left-wing loyalists were noticeably antsy, and his right-wing opponents seemed emboldened.

By the end of the two-day meeting the mayor had lost two key votes. On Monday, council voted to cancel a planned increase in garbage fees. On Tuesday, it decided to make Astral Media foot the full cost of installing $6 million in concrete footings for 8,842 items, mostly trash bins.

“He’s not going to get his own way, the way he has been,” Councillor Case Ootes said.

Losing key votes is an unfamiliar experience for Miller, who petitioned for and won a special deal for Toronto that puts more power in the mayor’s hands.

 
 
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