Former Mississauga councillor Karen Ras sues Ron Starr, City for $686K; alleges officials, Mayor Crombie failed to protect her

Former Mississauga councillor Karen Ras sues Ron Starr, City for $686K; alleges officials, Mayor Crombie failed to protect her

After what she describes as “Feeling frightened, concerned for her safety and entirely unsupported by City Management,” former councillor Karen Ras has filed a damning lawsuit against the City of Mississauga and former council member Ron Starr. She alleges City Manager Paul Mitcham and Mayor Bonnie Crombie ignored her requests for support while she was allegedly being repeatedly harassed by Starr, who has denied the allegations against him. 



Voting in Mississauga—Lakeshore byelection begins; residents looking for representative in Ottawa who can fight for city’s fair share  

Voting in Mississauga—Lakeshore byelection begins; residents looking for representative in Ottawa who can fight for city’s fair share  

Voters are once again heading to the polls to select their MP for the Mississauga—Lakeshore riding, a position that’s been vacant for several months since the resignation of former Liberal representative Sven Spengemann. 

Now, 40 candidates—the largest number to run in any single electoral district in a federal election or byelection—are vying for the vacant position to represent Mississauga on Parliament Hill. 



‘It’s very colonial for Ontario to abuse their power’: Bill 23 latest example of Ford government trampling on constitutionally protected rights of First Nations 

‘It’s very colonial for Ontario to abuse their power’: Bill 23 latest example of Ford government trampling on constitutionally protected rights of First Nations 

Bill 23, the More Homes Built Faster Act is yet another example of the Ford government violating Indigenous and Treaty rights with destructive legislation that has been reported to benefit the developers or land owners involved. Countless First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples have come forward in the last few years alone making statements citing disrespect and lack of consultation by the PC government, leading to legal battles.

The Chiefs of Ontario and the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation are the latest to speak out against Bill 23, citing clear violations and blatant disregard for rights over their ancestral and traditional territories.



A dark day for Ontario: Bill 23 passes, dooms climate change strategies across the GTHA, locks in a future of urban sprawl

A dark day for Ontario: Bill 23 passes, dooms climate change strategies across the GTHA, locks in a future of urban sprawl

The PC’s controversial housing legislation has passed at Queen’s Park, mandating urban sprawl onto Ontario’s largest municipalities, compromising climate change goals and threatening vital greenspace. 

It also opens the PCs to significant liability, following a lack of consultation, and the possibility of legal challenges.



‘This need is immediate’: Significant budget boost necessary to meet demands of growing region, police chief says 

‘This need is immediate’: Significant budget boost necessary to meet demands of growing region, police chief says 

Peel Regional Police is looking for a significant expansion to its budget for 2023, a funding boost the chief has described as absolutely critical to address increased workloads across the hyper-growth region. 

The ask comes as municipal finances across Ontario are stretched thin by two years of a pandemic and the looming revenue cuts that could deplete coffers if Premier Doug Ford’s developer-friendly housing legislation is passed. 



International Emissions Gap Report urges stronger political action to address climate change; all three levels of government push destructive policies  

International Emissions Gap Report urges stronger political action to address climate change; all three levels of government push destructive policies  

The 2022 Emissions Gap Report shows targets set in the Paris Agreement are not supported by policies around the world. In Canada, governments on all levels have a responsibility to take swift climate action to prevent further harm to the planet.

While the Region of Peel has a climate action plan in place, its recent decisions have pushed it further from its goals. Ottawa and Queen’s Park have also pursued policies contrary to their climate commitments. 



Mississauga & Brampton councils denounce Bill 23 dubbed ‘the train wreck Bill’ for its dire threat to City Hall finances

Mississauga & Brampton councils denounce Bill 23 dubbed ‘the train wreck Bill’ for its dire threat to City Hall finances

Elected officials representing Ontario’s third and fourth largest cities are warning that if Bill 23 passes in its current form, forcing 1.5 million new homes across the province in just eight years, it will have devastating impacts on property tax rates, critical infrastructure and affordable housing.



Cooksville businesses largely silent on proposed supervised consumption site to alleviate overdose crisis

Cooksville businesses largely silent on proposed supervised consumption site to alleviate overdose crisis

The Region of Peel is moving forward with a proposal for supervised consumption sites in the region following council approval in July.

The Pointer canvassed the streets of Cooksville, one of the potential locations, to hear how businesses feel about the proposal. Misguided stigmas often create negative views about supervised drug consumption sites, which can dramatically improve neighbourhoods. 



‘Alarming in the extreme’: PCs’ developer driven housing plan sparks unprecedented backlash 

‘Alarming in the extreme’: PCs’ developer driven housing plan sparks unprecedented backlash 

A massive collection of stakeholders across the province has mobilized to fight the Doug Ford PC government and its development industry backers. Their proposed Bill 23 would push the construction of 1.5 million new homes, mostly in the GTHA, in just eight years.

From destroying Southern Ontario’s protected ecosystems and crippling municipalities with unmanageable costs for infrastructure to leaving future residents without services such as healthcare and education, the Bill is being described as the height of reckless decision making. 



Mississauga rapper Avalanche the Architect’s treatment by the justice system exposes lack of accountability

Mississauga rapper Avalanche the Architect’s treatment by the justice system exposes lack of accountability

Crown attorneys are a pillar of the justice system, yet they work with a startling lack of oversight.

Mississauga rapper Avalanche the Architect says the Crown involved in his 2014 trial for uttering threats in connection to his music lost a key piece of evidence that could have swung the ruling in his favour. 

The provincial government does not track complaints against Crown attorneys, despite repeated recommendations from the auditor general and professional bodies to do so.



Peel is warming twice as fast as the global average; how will a strained health system handle a population made increasingly sick by climate change?

Peel is warming twice as fast as the global average; how will a strained health system handle a population made increasingly sick by climate change?

A warming world is a breeding ground for sickness and a playground for vector borne diseases.

As the climate warms at an increasing rate, there may be no stopping these threats to our health from arriving. From our drinking water to impacts on air quality that affect our breathing to mental health, and the cascading risks caused by natural hazards, one particular question researchers in our warming world are asking is fundamental to our future well being: is our healthcare system prepared for the fight? 



Will a new council shape Mississauga into the city it wants to be?

Will a new council shape Mississauga into the city it wants to be?

Mississauga is in the middle of a significant transition. New investments and urban growth are pushing it out from the domineering shadow of Toronto. Its sleepy suburban past is being replaced by a buzzing cosmopolitan vibe, with North America’s largest waterfront transformation and a massive reimaging of its once tired downtown.

With a new slate of elected officials sworn in Tuesday evening, does the new council have what it takes to make Mississauga not just look like a big city, but feel like one too? 



Ford readies to topple the domino that could fell the world’s largest protected Greenbelt  

Ford readies to topple the domino that could fell the world’s largest protected Greenbelt  

Premier Doug Ford is backtracking on a promise to not touch Ontario’s protected Greenbelt. A proposed plan could remove 7,400 acres within the lungs that pump fresh air across Southern Ontario.

Ecologically, the PC pledge to “expand” the Greenbelt elsewhere makes no sense, experts say. Meanwhile, the headwaters that arc above the GTA will be devastated if developers are allowed to erase the Greenbelt, one piece at a time.  



Report shows GTHA emissions moving in wrong direction; PC plan for electricity production will make things even worse

Report shows GTHA emissions moving in wrong direction; PC plan for electricity production will make things even worse

The PC government’s decision to increase natural gas use for electricity production comes as emissions across most of Southern Ontario make climate targets virtually impossible.

A new report by The Atmospheric Fund shows the province and its municipalities need to dramatically reduce emissions in order to avoid catastrophic impacts. 



How a council report card helped sway an election: Caledon’s Kathleen Wilson and the power of citizenship

How a council report card helped sway an election: Caledon’s Kathleen Wilson and the power of citizenship

A long-time resident of Caledon, Kathleen Wilson, decided to create and widely circulate a report card detailing the votes taken by Caledon council members prior to the October 24 municipal election. Her work drew widespread attention across the town with some fully supporting her, and others going out of their way to discredit everything she has done. Wilson is an anomaly, a citizen who believes one person can take a stand to protect the values held by many. 



Doug Ford’s More Homes Built Faster Act is a Trojan Horse

Doug Ford’s More Homes Built Faster Act is a Trojan Horse

The architect of Ontario’s Greenbelt Plan, Victor Doyle, writes that sweeping changes to the management of Southern Ontario’s growth under Bill 23 were never mentioned during Doug Ford’s provincial election campaign. Despite its profound impact on climate change, the way we move and work and the financial burden shifted to home buyers and property taxpayers, the PC government has neglected to mention the numerous negative consequences its proposed legislation will have on all Ontarians.



Police charge former Peel Children's Aid Society employees for allegedly defrauding organization of more than $250K

Police charge former Peel Children's Aid Society employees for allegedly defrauding organization of more than $250K

Following an internal investigation leading to the termination of two Peel Children’s Aid Society employees and a subsequent investigation conducted by Peel Regional Police, they have been charged with several offences in relation to an alleged purchase and reimbursement scheme, part of allegations that they defrauded the troubled organization of more than $250,000. The leadership of Peel CAS has faced fierce criticism for mismanagement over the past two years.



Peel organizations express concern over Bill 23—Ford’s radical housing plan

Peel organizations express concern over Bill 23—Ford’s radical housing plan

The destruction of critical greenspace, higher property taxes and the reduction of future affordable housing were issues of concern raised by key stakeholders in Peel Thursday. They told the provincial government that if left unchanged its proposed Bill 23 will create widespread problems across Ontario.



Why does the PC government undervalue certain types of work?

Why does the PC government undervalue certain types of work?

The CUPE strike has ended and schools have reopened but the Doug Ford government is still at an impasse over how the Canadian Union of Public Employees’ 55,000 education workers should be treated. The PCs have repeatedly cited their motive to protect the well being of students, but residents want to know why this government seems to care so little about the well being of employees who look after those students. 



‘Forced labour’: Ottawa investing $26M to stop predatory practices in trucking industry

‘Forced labour’: Ottawa investing $26M to stop predatory practices in trucking industry

To tackle the illegal practice of trucking companies misclassifying drivers as independent contractors to get out of giving employees benefits, the federal Ministry of Labour is investing $26.3 million over five years. Across Peel, truck drivers for years have raised concerns about wage theft, poor working conditions and other systemic problems in the industry.



‘Only higher income earners benefit’: Expert skeptical about Ford’s torqued housing plan for Brampton—where are the hospitals & schools?

‘Only higher income earners benefit’: Expert skeptical about Ford’s torqued housing plan for Brampton—where are the hospitals & schools?

Announced by the PC government, under the recently proposed Bill 23, the new provincial housing target for Brampton is 113,000 units by 2031, a stark increase to the City’s own Draft Official Plan which forecasts 102,000 housing units by 2051. If passed, the legislation would diminish affordable housing goals; and there is no indication of how provincial services and infrastructure, such as hospitals, schools and GO Trains, would be funded to support the massive build-out.



Bill 23 will allow developers to profit from the destruction of critical waterways and greenspaces

Bill 23 will allow developers to profit from the destruction of critical waterways and greenspaces

Doug Ford’s PC government is about to gut environmental regulations and the province’s conservation authorities, stripping away safeguards meant to protect the most important natural spaces in Ontario.

The public has been shut out of the process, but the head of the Ontario Headwaters Institute writes that far too much is at stake. Citizens, he says, have to stand up against profit-seeking developers; otherwise the environmental agenda will be destroyed.  



Ford’s Bill 23 is ‘ecological insanity’, implodes sustainable urban planning in unhinged give over to sprawl developers

Ford’s Bill 23 is ‘ecological insanity’, implodes sustainable urban planning in unhinged give over to sprawl developers

The PC government’s new housing Bill is receiving major backlash from politicians, environmental and housing activists alike.

It cuts environmental roadblocks meant to govern development, more proof that Doug Ford and his party do not prioritize the preservation of our natural surroundings. 



New report exposes dire threat Hwy 413 poses to endangered species: PCs have ignored the risks; will Ottawa listen?

New report exposes dire threat Hwy 413 poses to endangered species: PCs have ignored the risks; will Ottawa listen?

A study released by Environmental Defence has found, at minimum, close to 30 at-risk species will face dire consequences if Highway 413 is constructed—confirming the results of an investigation completed by The Pointer in 2021. 

With the PC government under Premier Doug Ford continuing to show its unwillingness to prioritize environmental action, the advocacy group is turning to the federal government, demanding the project be designated for a full impact assessment, something that could see the project cancelled for good. 



Parent demands answers about COVID-19 protocols, safety at PDSB school

Parent demands answers about COVID-19 protocols, safety at PDSB school

With infection numbers once again worsening, a parent at Agnes Taylor Public School is frustrated after not receiving a response from the Peel District School Board and their local trustee about concerns around COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures at the school. 



Judge awards $64K to The Pointer for legal costs following lawsuit by Brampton doctor who shared anti-vaccine views online 

Judge awards $64K to The Pointer for legal costs following lawsuit by Brampton doctor who shared anti-vaccine views online 

After the case was dismissed in February, an Ontario Justice has now awarded The Pointer over $64,000 in legal costs following a $12 million lawsuit brought by a Brampton doctor after reporting showed she spread anti-vaccine information on social media. 



Ottawa gives international students more earning power to help prevent exploitation, but experts say system is still broken 

Ottawa gives international students more earning power to help prevent exploitation, but experts say system is still broken 

The financial demands of learning in a new country, and restrictions on the amount of time an international student is allowed to work, leave many of these newcomers vulnerable to labour and sexual exploitation. 

New changes by the federal government could help alleviate some of the pressure, but advocates say Ottawa needs to do more to protect international students. 



‘The future is concerning’: Demand for Mississauga Food Bank growing at an alarming rate, CEO says

‘The future is concerning’: Demand for Mississauga Food Bank growing at an alarming rate, CEO says

As Canada’s economy continues to sputter, Mississauga Food Bank visits have doubled over the last year, CEO Meghan Nicholls says, and without government intervention and clear policies to help combat food insecurity, the need is expected to rise.

The organization says more has to be done to meet the increased demand across the city as many individuals and families are being pushed to the breaking point. A national food bank report released today shows the same troubling trends across the country.



Annette Groves, new mayor of Caledon, promises to move the Town in new direction; will protect its natural beauty

Annette Groves, new mayor of Caledon, promises to move the Town in new direction; will protect its natural beauty

Annette Groves will take the Caledon mayor’s seat after Allan Thompson’s retirement from the job.

She received 58 percent of the vote. Her win symbolizes a shift to more sustainable policies in the GTA’s biggest municipality. 



Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie reelected with overwhelming majority; Ron Starr easily defeated by Joe Horneck

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie reelected with overwhelming majority; Ron Starr easily defeated by Joe Horneck

Winning in a landslide, incumbent Bonnie Crombie will once again serve the residents of Mississauga after receiving nearly 80 percent of the vote. The victory heralds Crombie’s third term in the mayor’s seat. 

Following a term dominated by a harassment allegation, Ward 6 councillor Ron Starr was unseated by challenger Joe Horneck. 



Part One: Controversial Erin wastewater facility, which poses severe environmental risks, surrounded by questionable dealings

Part One: Controversial Erin wastewater facility, which poses severe environmental risks, surrounded by questionable dealings

After a decade of ‘planning’ – including closed in-camera council sessions, questionable land sales, and rushed consulting and construction – the build for Erin’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is underway and predicted to be fully operational by 2028, dumping 7.2 million litres of effluent into the sensitive Missinnihe, or west Credit River, daily.

Hooked up in phases, the Town of Erin and the private sector partner have stated new developments will be connected initially, leaving current residents at the end of the line. After selling the lands for the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) to the Town for just $2, Solmar Development Corp. is one of three builders that will be serviced first.



Caledon Regional Ward seats restructured as of 2022; Eight vie for two seats within Peel

Caledon Regional Ward seats restructured as of 2022; Eight vie for two seats within Peel

After voting the same way for nearly 30 years, residents of the Town of Caledon will see a change on their municipal ballots in 2022.

The population of the Region of Peel has been on an incline since its creation in 1974; with that comes challenges such as ensuring the representation of residents is reflected equitably in the 25 seats within the Region of Peel Council. Meet the candidates running for Caledon Wards 1/2/3 and 4/5/6.



Mississauga councillor says he was unaware man ‘invited’ to campaign event was notorious white supremacist Paul Fromm 

Mississauga councillor says he was unaware man ‘invited’ to campaign event was notorious white supremacist Paul Fromm 

Ron Starr, who is seeking reelection for council in Mississauga’s Ward 6, was seen shaking hands at a recent campaign event with Paul Fromm, one of Canada’s most notorious white supremacists. Starr maintains he did not know it was Fromm at the time.



Jennifer Innis faces criticism at special council meeting on aggregate industry called days before election

Jennifer Innis faces criticism at special council meeting on aggregate industry called days before election

Caledon residents showed up to a special council meeting Tuesday afternoon to address concerns around the controversial aggregate industry. Open pits, quarries and other sites that have been abandoned for years have become more than just an eyesore.

Residents have voiced the need to protect local ecosystems from these destructive operations, but many said Tuesday’s last-minute meeting, after council members like Innis supported the industry for years, was nothing more than an election stunt.



Booed last week, Jennifer Innis left a meeting on the St. Mary’s Quarry; calls for special meeting on aggregate industry days before election

Booed last week, Jennifer Innis left a meeting on the St. Mary’s Quarry; calls for special meeting on aggregate industry days before election

Jennifer Innis has failed to take action on the controversial St. Mary’s Quarry and in the past has supported aggregate projects opposed by most of her residents. After supporting the industry for years, she was booed while on stage last week when Caledon voters demanded action.

Now, after working against their interests, with six days before the election, she has pushed for a special council meeting to suddenly change her stance.



Experts demand incoming council members take immediate action to address affordable housing crisis

Experts demand incoming council members take immediate action to address affordable housing crisis

While provincial governments play an important part in determining a healthy and affordable housing market, experts are saying there’s more work that needs to be done by Peel’s mayors and council members as the rising cost of living is seeing more families struggling across the region. 



‘Younger people have not had a voice’: Town’s youngest candidate hopes to bring fresh ideas, sustainability to Caledon

‘Younger people have not had a voice’: Town’s youngest candidate hopes to bring fresh ideas, sustainability to Caledon

Arjun McNeill is a 24-year-old Caledon resident who is trying to break the status quo on October 24.

McNeill, one of the youngest candidates running for a council seat in this year’s municipal election, is hoping to infuse his sustainable ideals into local politics.



Caledon’s next mayor will shape its future—Annette Groves and Jennifer Innis have drastically different visions 

Caledon’s next mayor will shape its future—Annette Groves and Jennifer Innis have drastically different visions 

Former councillors Annette Groves and Jennifer Innis both want to be Caledon’s next mayor.

They have served on Caledon council together, but their views on development, urban sprawl and the environment offer two vastly different approaches to managing the massive growth that will define the municipality over the next three decades.



Streetsville candidates vow to protect small businesses, heritage in Mississauga’s Ward 11 

Streetsville candidates vow to protect small businesses, heritage in Mississauga’s Ward 11 

Mississauga’s long-time Ward 11 councillor George Carlson is retiring from City Council after over two decades in the chair, opening the door for a new face to take on the area’s unique set of challenges. 



Ward 9 draws highest number of candidates with 11 battling for vacant seat on Mississauga Council 

Ward 9 draws highest number of candidates with 11 battling for vacant seat on Mississauga Council 

After more than three decades, Pat Saito is stepping down as councillor for Ward 9. Her departure has triggered the most contested battle among the city’s wards for a seat at City Hall with 11 candidates putting their name forward.



‘Past tipping points’: New study maps dangerous course for GTHA if Ford’s agenda of urban sprawl prevails 

‘Past tipping points’: New study maps dangerous course for GTHA if Ford’s agenda of urban sprawl prevails 

With the population expected to grow by about 50 percent by 2051, urban growth is inevitable across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. This will put immense pressure on our land, wildlife and watersheds.

A new tool developed by the Ontario Headwaters Institute provides a glimpse into the future of our province—for better or worse. 



‘We have families that we need to feed’: Peel education workers struggling; union pushes strike action 

‘We have families that we need to feed’: Peel education workers struggling; union pushes strike action 

As 96.5 percent of Canadian Union of Public Employees members across the province vote in favour of taking strike action against the Conservative government, Evelyn Blackwell, president of CUPE 1628, says the last thing education workers in Peel want is to be walking the picket line, but without a reasonable offer from the PC government, it may be their only option. 



Most council hopefuls across Peel are not putting the climate first, a few are looking to change that

Most council hopefuls across Peel are not putting the climate first, a few are looking to change that

This year has shown that climate change is no longer a distant threat, its impacts are here, and they are deadly.

Municipal candidates looking for council seats in Peel share their visions for moving forward on climate adaptation, mitigation and funding.



Impaired driving increasing across the GTHA: new MADD study shows deadly misconceptions still exist 

Impaired driving increasing across the GTHA: new MADD study shows deadly misconceptions still exist 

Impaired driving is on the rise across many of Ontario’s large urban centres, and a new survey from MADD Canada shows that young males are largely to blame. 



National Chief says Canada 40 years from change after Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Take a virtual walk of reflection

National Chief says Canada 40 years from change after Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Take a virtual walk of reflection

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission delivered its final report to Ottawa in 2015, after eight years of work. The 94 “calls to action” are crucial to the wellbeing of First Nations communities and other Indigenous peoples who have endured centuries of trauma caused intentionally by governments across the country and historically by the British and French.

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald has stressed the need for immediate action to implement these desperately needed changes. But she says at the pace the government is moving, following decades of criminal-like behaviour, it will take 40 years before any real benefits of so-called reconciliation are seen.

The Pointer’s Alexis Wright has created a virtual walk of reflection to consider our collective obligation to First Nations communities and other Indigenous peoples.



Advocates fear federal ban on imports of dogs and other animals from countries on rabies list will dramatically impact rescues 

Advocates fear federal ban on imports of dogs and other animals from countries on rabies list will dramatically impact rescues 

The dead of a Canadian winter is an unforgiving time for dogs not made for the harsh climate. But more and more have been forced to the streets in recent years, often abandoned or escaped. Many end up starving and succumbing to the cold, dying in horrendous conditions.

Rescue organizations across the globe have taken on the responsibility of saving these animals. Advocates in Canada, a major importer of rescue animals, fear the just instituted ‘blanket ban’ on animals from certain countries where rabies is a risk only hurts those following all the precautions in the first place, to ensure a safer future. 



Black candidates demand increased accountability for Peel police around use of force against Black residents 

Black candidates demand increased accountability for Peel police around use of force against Black residents 

A group of 11 candidates in Brampton, all members of the city’s diverse Black communities, are using their election platform to call on the Peel Regional Police to immediately take meaningful action to address the use of force against Black residents, which continues to impact them at a rate three times higher than other groups. 



Celebrating 50 years of protecting the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem as GTA growth threatens Great Lakes watershed

Celebrating 50 years of protecting the world’s largest freshwater ecosystem as GTA growth threatens Great Lakes watershed

A three-day forum starting tomorrow will bring together stakeholders and researchers to discuss the current state of the Great Lakes ecosystem.

While climate change and invasive species are ongoing threats, the surging population of the Greater Toronto Area and the stress it is placing on Lake Ontario and the Great Lakes Basin will dominate many of the discussions. 



Questionable Brampton University plan goes dark after more than $600K handed to Brown and Santos associates

Questionable Brampton University plan goes dark after more than $600K handed to Brown and Santos associates

The once hyped plan to build a university in Brampton is floundering with little to report after more than two years. The City has spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on consultants with almost nothing to show for it.

While the community has seen no benefits from the wild proposal, the two men that won contracts to work on BramptonU have links to Mayor Patrick Brown and Councillor Rowena Santos, who have gone silent after pushing the ill-conceived idea.

Between now and the October municipal election, The Pointer is republishing articles that highlight the troubling behaviour of Patrick Brown since becoming mayor of Brampton.



Eight vie for vacant Mississauga Ward 2 seat with area at a crossroads 

Eight vie for vacant Mississauga Ward 2 seat with area at a crossroads 

Nowhere is the incumbent advantage stronger than in municipal politics. But with the resignation of former councillor Karen Ras at the beginning of 2022, the door is open for a new face to join the council table representing Ward 2.

Widely viewed as Mississauga’s first settled area, Ward 2 faces a number of questions around urban growth, lakefront development, increased density and transportation, which a rookie councillor will have to navigate over the next four years.