Newspaper article The Canadian Press

June Rowlands, Toronto's First Female Mayor, Dies at the Age of 93

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

June Rowlands, Toronto's First Female Mayor, Dies at the Age of 93

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Toronto's first female mayor dies at 93

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TORONTO - The first female mayor of Toronto has died. June Rowlands was 93.

Bruce Rowlands says his mother died on Thursday night at a long-term care facility.

Rowlands was elected mayor in 1991 and served until 1994.

Her term as mayor was the culmination of a long career in municipal politics that started when she was elected to city council in 1976.

During her time on council she served as the city's budget chief and was the first woman to head the Toronto Transit Commission and the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission.

She also made her mark fighting for affordable housing and trying to preserve the city's ravines and historical neighbourhoods.

Bruce Rowlands said his mother was a humble person who wanted to serve her community.

"She had a burning desire to make a contribution," he said in an interview. …

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