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Beaches residents relieved they're not going to become part of Scarborough

Toronto's political map is about to look different thanks to the addition of three new wards approved by city council yesterday. The total number of Toronto wards will go up to 47 from the existing 44, though all the changes on the table at the council meeting were not approved.

One set of residents who will likely be pleased with how the debate shook out at city hall is those who like in Ward 32, part of which looked like it might combine with the neighbouring Scarborough Ward to the east, thereby breaking Victoria Park Avenue as a longstanding dividing line between the two areas.

Leading up to the city council meeting, a number of Ward 32 residents were vocal about their concerns regarding the prospect of joining Scarborough. Many of the arguments centred around the desire to maintain traditional neighbourhood boundary lines and the affiliation with the pre-amalgamation city of Toronto.

Jeez, where's the love for Scarbs? Toronto can be so old fashioned sometimes.

There were, however, some major changes made. Three new wards will be added in downtown Toronto and one in North York to balance out the population that each councillor represents. Ward 18 (Davenport) will be eliminated and incumbent councillors Cesar Palacio, Ana Bailao and Gord Perks will now have to battle for two wards.

You can check out the new ward boundary lines on this interactive map. City council's vote is still subject to approval from the OMB.

Photo by Lake4water in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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