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Case Ootes is Retiring

Case Ootes, who has been city councillor for Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth since 1994, has decided to leave city politics.


Toronto Star: Case Ootes calls it quits

Toronto Sun: Case closed: Ootes retires

City Website: Case Ootes


Ward 29 Group

Ward 29 Forum: Case Ootes Retires

cootesThis is pretty significant news, as Ootes has held Ward 29 for 17 years… a Ward that straddles the dense urban residential environment of the Danforth as well as the slightly more dispersed but equally monied old borough of East York.

Ootes was once a fairly vocal and aggravating opponent of bikelanes in Toronto… and held up bikelane installation for months or years (notibly the Cosburn bikelanes) requesting extra reports, etc, even if the bikelanes were no where near his Ward. This changed a bit during this last term of Council, as Council streamlined the bikelane approval process, effectively preventing stall tactics like the ones Ootes used.

Although Ootes is not liked by bikelane advocates in Toronto, it is worth noting that politics is a profession where one must try to balance the needs and wants of all constituents in order to survive, and it’s something that Case must’ve been good at to hold Ward 29 for so long.

Ootes was deputy mayor under Mel Lastman from 1997-2003, and helped guide the City through the first years post-amalgamation.


    Case Ootes has been a fantastic councillor and I am sure Jane Pitfield will be a worthy successor and oppose the war on the car as stridently as Case has done. The proliferation of bike lanes ensures more fatalities of the kind involving Michael Bryant. Of course, as was the case in the aforementioned incident, such fatalities are usually the result of a smug bicyclist moron who has been emboldened by the rhetoric of pinheads like Gord Perks, Kyle (Flaming Fabulous) Rae and Glen De Baermaker.

  • Thanks for your comment, Mr/Mrs IH8. However, there is no war on the car – only an effort by regular Torontonians to ensure that streets are not dominated by cars, but offer safe and efficient transportation no matter the mode of travel. Cars (especially those with only one person in them) are pretty inefficient at moving lots of people – which is not good for Toronto’s economy.