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Howard Moscoe recalls political career

Veteran councillor bows out after 31 years at city hall
Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier Sept.16)

Howard Moscoe says goodbye to city politics. Photo by Francis Crescia/Town Crier.

Councillor Howard Moscoe hasn’t shied away from controversy, humour or creative ways to achieve change in his 31 years as a politician.
“I found in politics humour is a significant tool,” he said from his city hall office Sept. 16. “Humour is a way of focusing ideas. You also have to enjoy this job and have fun.”
But all good things must come to and end so he’s not seeking re-election.
“It’s not that I haven’t loved the job. And I still have as much excitement about doing it as I used to have but it seems to be the perfect time to move on,” said the Ward 15 rep.
Moscoe has never lost a city election since he was first voted in, in 1978. About two thirds of his career was served under former mayor Mel Lastman both in the old city of North York and then the amalgamated City of Toronto.
In fact one of his stand out moments was after Lastman got hair plugs and auctioned off his old toupee to charity. Moscoe bought the toupee and used it to dust his seat in North York council chambers.
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Veteran city councillor Kyle Rae quits

Reports indicate after 19 years, he’s packing it in
Rae won’t seek re-election in 2010
By Kris Scheuer
(For update, click here.)

So more shake up at city hall. Is this a good think folks? Let me know.
I just read several reports that Toronto Centre-Rosedale Councillor Kyle Rae is calling it a day.I first read the news in an article by Rob Lamberti, a reporter with the Toronto Sun.
I have since read it on numerous news sites.
As it’s midnight on Friday night/Saturday morning, I can’t confirm.
But plan to tomorrow or Sunday when I speak with some Toronto politicians on my day off.
I have interviewed Rae many times over the past eight years and will seek to do a one-on-one interview with him for the paper I work for the Town Crier.
In the meantime, the full text of what he’s reportedly emailed his supporters is all over the ‘net, but I read it first on the Toronto Star‘s site. I have posted the full text of Rae’s email below.

“Dear Friends, last week, I began my 19th year as City Councillor for Ward 27. After lengthy and thoughtful consideration over the last year, I have decided that I will not run in the 2010 municipal election.

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