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December 22, 2014

karen stintz
former Toronto City Councillor and Mayoral Candidate

Karen Stintz, BA’92, Dipl’93 (Political Science, King’s), served on the Toronto City Council as Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence. She was first elected in 2003 until she threw her hat in the ring to become mayor of Toronto in 2014. On August 21, 2014 Stintz announced she was dropping out of the race and would not seek re-election as city councillor.

Before being elected to council, she acquired seven years of experience in the public and private sectors, managing and delivering multi-million dollar programs in the healthcare sector. She graduated with an Honours BA from Western and a master’s of science in journalism from Boston University. She also earned a master of public administration degree from Queen’s University.

Stintz was the chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. With more than half a billion riders annually, the TTC is behind only New York and Mexico City as North America’s busiest public transit system.

“The big fear is we continue to talk about it, but don’t build it. It’s a lot easier to push the problem to the next government. But knowing we are out of time is the constant pressure for me,” she said. “Everyone has been kicking the ball down the field. But we’re out of field.”

Stintz also sat on the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee, the City’s Employee and Labour Relations Committee and the City’s Striking Committee.

She is a member of the Providence Healthcare Foundation and the GTAA’s Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee. In Ward 16, Stintz sat on the Board of Directors for the North Toronto Memorial Arena and the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena, and is a member of the Yonge-Lawrence Village BIA, The Uptown Yonge BIA and the Eglinton Way BIA.

Stintz was born and raised in Toronto and lives in Ward 16 with her husband and two children. She also loves her dog, running and pro football.

Stintz was profiled in the Winter 2013 issue of Western Alumni Gazette.

Source: Alumni Gazette and

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