Jennifer Keesmaat's mayoral bid already a small win for Toronto's progressive voters

By Matt Elliot, CBC News, July 29, 2018

Toronto's former chief planner announced just before the nomination deadline on Friday that she will run for mayor. In filing to run, she upturned what most assumed would be a dull mayoral election, with Mayor John Tory coasting to a second term without a high-profile challenger.

Keesmaat has a history of shaking things up like this. When she came to Toronto City Hall as chief planner in 2012 under the tumultuous reign of former mayor Rob Ford, hers was an unlikely and surprising hire.

Ford opposed bike lanes. She rode her bike to work.

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