TORONTO MOURNS FORMER MAYOR MEL LASTMAN

Dec 12, 2021

By Steve Kee

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Former Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman has died. He was 88.

Known for his wit and his outspokenness, Lastman was the first mayor of ‘megacity’ — the name given to Toronto after the amalgamation of six municipalities in 1998.

He was known to be a brash, outspoken pitchman-turned-politician whose array of gaffes, missteps and personal scandals did little to diminish a remarkable career as mayor of Canada’s largest city.

Lastman once summoned the Canadian army to help during a snowstorm, pleaded with the Spice Girls to stay together and even threatened to kill a journalist.

But today, politicians from all levels are praising Lastman.   Premier Doug Ford and Mayor John Tory sent condolences through social media.

“Mel was a true leader and builder for (the City of Toronto.) He was a great mayor and he touched many lives,” Ford wrote.

Tory has ordered that all municipal buildings and Toronto City Hall will fly flags at half-staff to honour the former mayor.

“He was a kind, good-hearted man with a larger-than-life personality who always wanted to do the right thing for people,” Tory said in a statement.

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