Item - 2016.MM18.34

Tracking Status

MM18.34 - Appointment of Interim City Solicitor - by Mayor John Tory, seconded by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong

Decision Type:

City Council Decision

City Council on May 3, 4 and 5, 2016, adopted the following:


1.  City Council appoint Brian Haley as interim City Solicitor, conditional upon the parties executing an Employment Agreement to the satisfaction of the City Manager, effective June 4, 2016 and ending when the new City Solicitor is appointed by City Council.


2. City Council authorize the public release of Confidential Attachment 1 to the report (April 29, 2016) from the City Manager, being the appointee's name and biography.


3. City Council authorize the City Manager to retain an external search firm to commence the recruitment process for a City Solicitor.


The following Summary Biography for Brian Haley is now public:


Honours Bachelors of Environmental Studies in Urban and Regional Planning, University of Waterloo, 1982.


LL.B., Osgoode Hall School, York University, 1985.


Associate in the Planning Law Department of Robins, Appleby & Taub, Barristers & Solicitors, from 1987 to 1993.


Assistant City Solicitor, City of York, from 1993 to 1998.


Senior Solicitor, Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law Division, Legal Services, City of Toronto from 1998 to 2011; appearances before the Ontario Municipal Board, legal advice to City staff, Community Councils and City Council.


Practice Lead, Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law Division, Legal Services, City of Toronto from 2011 to 2015; division lead primarily responsible for site plan, subdivision and condominium plan approvals, part lot control exemption, consents and environmental matters related to development applications.


Director, Planning and Administrative Tribunal Law from 2015 to present.

Confidential Attachment - Personal matters about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees

Background Information (City Council)

Member Motion MM18.34
(April 29, 2016) Report from the City Manager on appointment of an Interim City Solicitor
Confidential Attachment 1

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Introduce Motion without Notice moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)

That Mayor John Tory be permitted to add to the agenda of today's meeting an urgent Motion without Notice concerning:


Appointment of Interim City Solicitor


Reason for Urgency:


This Motion is urgent as the City Solicitor will retire before the next City Council meeting.

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) May-04-2016 2:51 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - MM18.34 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Mary-Margaret McMahon, Michael Thompson
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Ron Moeser
Source: Toronto City Clerk at