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As everyone will have heard by now, the Court of Appeal stayed Justice Belobaba’s decision in Toronto (City) v. Ontario (Attorney General) in which he had determined that the government’s plan to reduce the number of wards from 47 to 25 in the middle of the election cycle was unconstitutional.
In very brief reasons, the Court found that Justice Belobaba’s decision was likely wrong, and that there was nothing unconstitutional about the government’s actions. Accordingly, the lower court decision was stayed and the election can proceed with 25 wards. The government was spared having to invoke the notwithstanding clause.