As mayor elect Chow ascends to Toronto’s top office, budget challenges lie ahead

By Jordan Omstead THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO- Olivia Chow heads to Toronto city hall today hours after being elected mayor of Canada’s most populous city. One immediate challenge for the former NDP parliamentarian and past city councillor will be tackling a nearly $1-billion pandemic-related budget shortfall, partly driven by reduced transit revenue and increased shelter costs. Chow will also have to tackle issues of housing unaffordability and public safety concerns. The 66-year-old veteran politician and first person of colour to be elected as Toronto’s mayor, who has pledged to bring change to the city, will be at city hall for meetings today. Chow eked out a win in the mayoral byelection against 101 other candidates vying to replace scandal-departed John Tory, with former deputy mayor Ana Bail?o coming in a…

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