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Toronto Mourns the Passing of Councillor Jaye Robinson: A Legacy of Service and Advocacy

Toronto, ON – The Greater Toronto Area is mourning the loss of Councillor Jaye Robinson, whose passing has left a profound void in the hearts of residents across the city. Councillor Robinson, representing Don Valley West, passed away on Thursday, May 16, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated public service and unwavering advocacy.

Elected to Toronto City Council in 2010, Councillor Robinson’s impact resonated far beyond her constituency. Throughout her four terms, she championed numerous causes, from enhancing traffic and pedestrian safety to advocating for the arts and preserving green spaces. Her commitment to building vibrant communities was evident in her involvement with the Economic and Community Development Committee and the North York Community Council.

Beyond her council duties, Councillor Robinson’s passion for the arts and nature shone through her roles on the boards of directors for esteemed institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Her influence extended to public events, where she played a pivotal role in launching beloved initiatives like Nuit Blanche and Summerlicious, enriching the cultural fabric of Toronto.

Mayor Olivia Chow expressed deep sorrow at Councillor Robinson’s passing, emphasizing her profound impact on the city: “Her decades of service with the City left an immeasurable mark on our city, and she will be dearly missed at City Hall and by her constituents in Don Valley West.”

As a tribute to her service, flags at Toronto City Hall and all civic centers will be lowered to half-mast. Additionally, the iconic Toronto Sign will be dimmed in her honor. Residents are invited to pay their respects by signing condolence books, which will be available at the North York Civic Centre and City Hall.

Condolences can also be shared via email at, to be conveyed to Councillor Robinson’s family during this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be announced on the City’s website.

Councillor Jaye Robinson’s profound dedication to serving Torontonians and her enduring legacy of advocacy and community engagement will be remembered for years to come. Her contributions have left an indelible mark on the city, and she will be deeply missed by all those whose lives she touched.

GTA Today extends its deepest condolences to Councillor Robinson’s family, friends, and loved ones, as well as to the entire Toronto community during this time of mourning.


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