TORONTO – It is back to city hall for Toronto city councillors next week despite it being the summer recess.
The clerk has served notice of a special council meeting next Monday to determine how to fill Doug Holyday’s vacant seat now that he has moved on to Queen’s Park.
Holyday was elected MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore on Aug. 1.
Council has two options — hold a byelection or appoint a replacement.
If it chooses Mayor Rob Ford’s preference of a byelection, the clerk is recommending voters in Ward 3 Etobicoke-Centre go to the polls Nov. 25.
But if council chooses to appoint someone, a special meeting of Etobicoke York community council will be held Oct. 3 to recommend a preferred candidate.
City council would then make the final decision a week later.
A byelection has an estimated cost of $225,000 and some councillors have already balked at spending the money since the next full municipal election would follow less than a year later.