On Jan. 16, the City of Mississauga announced the sudden passing of Councillor Jim Tovey. Elected in 2010, the Ward 1 municipal councillor also served on regional council.

“Today is a sad day for Mississauga,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “It was an honour to work with and learn from Jim for the past six years. He was always there in your time of need, ready to lend a hand and never afraid to roll up his sleeves to get the job done.

“Jim had a great sense of humour and always looked for the positive in every issue or challenge. He did not accept that something could not be done, but always looked for innovative ways to make the world a better place. I know I join staff at the city and my colleagues on council in stating just how much we will miss his energy, tenacity and thoughtful input around the council table. Jim Tovey truly made Mississauga better. He was a champion for our city.”

The city will lower flags to half-mast at all City of Mississauga facilities. A book of condolences will be available at Mississauga Civic Centre starting Jan. 17.