Tributes Pour In Honouring Councillor Pam McConnell
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Tributes Pour In Honouring Councillor Pam McConnell

"Toronto lost one of it's biggest social justice champions with the passing of Pam McConnell. She was a guiding light for us all."

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Pam McConnell with friend and colleague Joe Cressy at the Labour Day parade. Torontoist file photo.

“Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell: a principled, tenacious city builder. Champion of neighbourhoods, the vulnerable. We are all so saddened today,” said Jennifer Keesmaat of the passing of Pam McConnell.

Numerous other tributes have been made to remember Councillor McConnell, Toronto’s deputy mayor who passed away on July 7 from lung issues. Friends, colleagues, and constituents recall her integrity, her passion, and her commitment to tackling the issues surrounding poverty and social justice in this city. She leaves behind a remarkable legacy. McConnell was instrumental in helping to develop St. Lawrence Market, the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, the West Don Lands, Regent Park, and East Bayfront areas of Toronto.

McConnell served Toronto initially as a teacher, and then as a school trustee in 1982 and as a city councillor from 1994. McConnell became the councillor for Ward 28 in the 2010 municipal election and was re-elected in the 2014 election. More recently, she was made one of four of Toronto’s deputy mayors by Mayor John Tory

“Toronto is a better and fairer city thanks to Pam’s service and advocacy. She will be missed by her Council colleagues, City staff and the community she served with integrity and passion, ” said Mayor John Tory in a released statement.

Others remembered her commitment to promoting affordable housing in Toronto. “Pam McConnell has been a force for good in thousands of people’s lives. She was admired and respected by multiple communities and organizations. But for the co-op housing sector, she was one of us. We have lost one of our own, and our hearts are broken,” reported the Co-op Housing Federation in a released statement.

The Toronto sign was dimmed in her honour on the evening of July 7 and the flags at City Hall, Metro Hall, and Toronto Civic Centres will fly at half-mast until the end of the day of her funeral.  An online book of condolences can also be signed to remember the legacy of this resilient and principled fighter for social justice in Toronto.

Here’s just some of the outpouring of love for Councillor McConnell on social media this weekend.