It was classic political theatre. Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson used an outdoor news conference on a frozen afternoon to try to mend a frosty relationship with her council.

Did it work?

Jackson said she hoped it would, although she admitted disappointment that only two of eight councillors accepted her invitation to shiver outside the Vellore Village Community Centre to launch her Working Together for Vaughan campaign.

The attempt at conciliation comes in the wake of last month’s mutiny by councillors, who demanded she quit.

Their complaints against Jackson included violations of city policy over expense claims, a court battle involving alleged election finance irregularities and criticism she lacks good judgment and a good work ethic.

Jackson also said she’d support a 10-point integrity plan put forward by councillors last month.

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