jaye Robinson cutting the ribbon with kids at a new playground

Popular Toronto city councillor Jaye Robinson has passed away

A statement issued by the office of city councillor Jaye Robinson has confirmed that the long-time Leaside community advocate has passed away.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that Councillor Jaye Robinson passed away last night in the presence of her family,” the statement read, in part.

Robinson had been in a long-running and courageous fight against breast cancer over the past few years since being diagnosed in 2019.

Robinson, city councillor for Ward 15—Don Valley West, has a background in economic development and community leadership. Before her political career, she spent over 20 years as a senior manager in economic development at the City of Toronto, pioneering initiatives such as Nuit Blanche and Summerlicious.

Robinson has a strong record of community engagement, organizing events like the My Life, My City speaker series and contributing to local residents’ associations. During her tenure, she chaired the Toronto Transit Commission and the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, focusing on issues like traffic safety and park development.

In her neighbourhood, she has always fought to preserve the local character of Leaside and the surrounding areas including the latest battle over tall condo towers. Of late, Robinson was instrumental in the success of an initiative to bring a live theatre company to Mount Pleasant Road to set up shop in the space formerly occupied by the Regent cinema.

According to the statement, a celebration of life will be held in Robinson’s honour.

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