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John Tory to preside over 1st council meeting, receive chain of office

12/02/2014 07:06 EST | Updated 02/01/2015 05:59 EST
Newly minted Mayor John Tory will preside over his first, largely ceremonial, council meeting later today, during which he will be presented with the chain of office.

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Council is set to meet at 2 p.m. ET. The session will begin with a rendition of O Canada by Juno award winning singer Liberty Silver. 

As a first order of business, October's civic election results will be officially confirmed, after which Tory will take his oath of office. 

Tory will also be joined by a special guest whom he has thus far declined to reveal.

Former mayor Rob Ford's first council meeting was attended by famously cantankerous hockey commentator Don Cherry. Cherry, dressed in a flamboyant pink suit, used the opportunity to blast the 'pinkos that ride bicycles and everything.'

Many observers have since noted that Cherry's presence seemed to set the combative tone that would define the next several years at City Hall. 

Ford, who is currently undergoing a fifth round of chemotherapy for an aggressive abdominal tumour, has not said whether he will be able to attend the meeting in his new role as councillor for Ward 2. He did, however, leave a signed a poster promoting the utility of subways in Tory's new office as a parting gift for the new mayor. 

Tory will also ask council to consider his appointment of four deputy mayors, a surprise move revealed late Sunday night. Coun. Dezil Minnan-Wong will be named as the official deputy mayor, while three other councillors representing the south, east and west (Winnan-Wong represents the north)  will serve in largely symbolic roles. 

Council will reconvene on Dec. 11, but no agenda for that meeting has been released. 

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