Toronto city council votes to challenge province’s ward cuts in court

Toronto is heading back to court to fight Premier Doug Ford and his unprecedented use of the “notwithstanding” clause to cut the size of city council in the midst of an election campaign.

Council voted 26-10 Thursday afternoon to instruct the city lawyer to exhaust all legal avenues to defeat Bill 31, which was introduced by Ford’s government on Wednesday to cut the number of wards from 47 to 25, and the use of the notwithstanding clause, which was added after Ford’s previous council-cutting legislation was ruled unconstitutional.