|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 21) St. Paul's|
December 1, 2000
|Preceded by||Ward Created|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 28) York Humber|
January 1, 1998 – November 30, 2000
|Preceded by||Ward Created|
|Succeeded by||Ward Abolished|
|York City Councillor for Ward 2|
December 1, 1991 – December 31, 1997
|Preceded by||Tony Mandarano|
|Succeeded by||City Amalgamated|
February 24, 1954 |
|Alma mater||University of Toronto|
His family was originally from a small village in Slovenia. They became refugees in Canada in 1948. Mihevc grew up in the Toronto area of Dufferin and Eglinton, an ethnic working class area that borders the northwest corner of his ward. Raised Catholic, Mihevc obtained a PhD in theology and became an adjunct professor of ethics at the University of Toronto. Mihevc is a strongly progressive Catholic and has been active in social justice, human rights and anti-war issues.
He first ran for office in 1991 in the old City of York, and defeated incumbent Tony Mandarano, who had been facing corruption charges. Backed by the New Democratic Party, he achieved the title of deputy mayor of York.
Following the amalgamation of York with the five other municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto, which he opposed, Mihevc was elected to the new Toronto city council. In 2000, redistricting resulted in an election battle with right-wing councillor Rob Davis. The election was marred by an anonymous telephone campaign that attempted to paint Mihevc as anti-Semitic. There was no evidence to support this claim. Mayor of Toronto Mel Lastman endorsed Davis, despite an earlier pledge to remain neutral.
He was chair of Toronto's World Youth Day, and from 2000 to 2003 was chair of the health board. He was in that position during the 2003 SARS outbreak. He also was instrumental in forcing through a ban on the use of lawn pesticides.
Mihevc was a long-time member of the Toronto Transit Commission and served as Vice-Chair from 2006 to 2010. He is a champion St. Clair Avenue streercar right-of-way. The $100 million investment in new streetcar lanes, hydro undergrounding, new gas lines, and public realm improvements has led to a rejuvenation of the St. Clair West neighbourhood.
Construction was delayed by a failed lawsuit by a small group of residents. A report by a consultant for the TTC, which Councillor Mihevc had commissioned found numerous faults with the project, among them a lack of centralized project management. This lead to a number of changes to construction management protocols.
Mihevc was re-elected by a substantial margin in November 2010, earning nearly 10,000 of the 17,500 votes cast and approximately 56% of the ward's popular vote.
Councillor Mihevc is currently the Chair of the Board of Health, and Vice Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
|2010 Toronto election, Ward 21|
Unofficial results as of October 26, 2010 03:55 am
|2006 Toronto election, Ward 21|
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