|Councillor Karen Stintz, 2012|
|Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 16) Eglinton-Lawrence|
December 1, 2003
|Preceded by||Anne Johnston|
|Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||Adam Giambrone|
|Born||Karen Ruth Stintz
1970 (age 42–43)
North York, Ontario
|Parents||Henry Stintz, Barbara Bear|
|Residence||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alma mater||University of Western Ontario
Karen Ruth Stintz (born c. 1970) is a city councillor in Toronto, Canada. She represents Ward 16, one of two municipal wards enclosed within the federal-provincial riding of Eglinton—Lawrence. She is the Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission.
Stintz was born and raised in North York. She went to St. Joseph's Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School. After receiving a BA from University of Western Ontario, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Boston University and worked briefly as a journalist. Returning to school, she received a Master of Public Administration degree from Queen's University, and obtained a job in the Ontario Ministry of Health.
Her parents are Henry Stintz, a NASA engineer and Barbara Bear. In 1999 she married software executive Darryl Parisien. She and her husband live in the Lawrence Park neighbourhood with their two children. Both children, Jackson and Hailey, are adopted.
Stintz is seen as one of the centre-right members of council, and backed John Tory for mayor. During the tenure of former mayor David Miller, she was a leader of the conservative Responsible Government Group with Case Ootes. She led a Council revolt against an unfunded transit plan presented by current Mayor Rob Ford in 2012. She has been a member of the both provincial and federal conservative parties.
In March 2009, Stintz came under some scrutiny when it was revealed that she spent $4,500 of her councillor's office budget on voice lessons. She defended her expenditure by saying that it improved her speaking during council meetings.
In April 2009, Stintz accused Mayor David Miller of lying during a debate about payroll costs. Miller said "I know a group of you went up to see the minister and... asked for a $25,000 grant in order to study political parties in the city of Toronto,". Stintz retorted, "I'm actually shocked that you would... so blatantly lie,". Stintz later produced a document addressed to Municipal Affairs Minister Jim Watson and titled, Next Steps for the Strong Mayor Model in the Toronto Context. She told reporters "I did not ask, we did not ask for a grant. No one asked for a grant to study political parties. We were not offered a grant, we did not ask for a grant." She insisted the proposed study would not include political parties. However the document uses phrases such as political parties, party discipline and party labels. The document specifically asks for $25,000 to be paid to the Conference Board of Canada to study the options. A spokesman for the minister said the request for a study, which was turned down, was for a "study of city hall governance that would have included a look at political parties."
The Ontario Progressive Conservative Party was reportedly interested in recruiting Stintz as the Tory candidate in Eglinton—Lawrence in the 2011 provincial election. However, this became moot when Rocco Rossi won the nomination.
After the 2010 election, Stintz was appointed Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission.
2014 Mayoral race
On October 27, 2013, Stintz announced that she would run for mayor in 2014. She said, "I believe in the fiscal agenda of Rob Ford, but I worry that another four years of Rob Ford may not move the city forward."
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- Vincent, Donovan; Brown, Louise (March 24, 2009). "City paid $4,500 to fix politician's 'shrill' voice.". Toronto Star.
- Barber, John (April 9, 2009). "Stintz went for the jugular, but who bled?". Globe and Mail.
- Hanes, Allison (April 9, 2009). "$25K study – but not on political parties". National Post.
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- "Karen Stintz drops plan to seek Toronto mayoralty", Globe and Mail, October 20, 2009
- TTC riders bemoan proposed service cuts, CBC News. January 25, 2011.
- "Karen Stintz to run for mayor". Toronto Star. October 27, 2013.