Mayor Rob Ford had been pushing for a byelection to fill the spot left by Holyday, who served as deputy mayor as well as a west-end councillor before running for a seat with the provincial Tories.
But council voted 22-11 during a special meeting Monday to fill the seat by appointment.
Ford had said a byelection was preferred by residents of the ward but others on city council said an appointment made more sense, given that the next municipal vote is little more than a year away.
Holyday was sworn in as the provincial member for Etobicoke-Lakeshore last week after winning one of five byelections held in the province earlier this month.
City councillors returned from a summer break specifically for the meeting. (680 News, The Canadian Press)
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