Councillor Jaye Robinson diagnosed with breast cancer

Councillor Jaye Robinson diagnosed with breast cancer

Councillor Jaye Robinson has been diagnosed with breast cancer and is currently undergoing “extensive” treatment, she announced in a statement Tuesday morning.

“Over the coming months, I will need to take time away from City Hall to focus on my health,” the Ward 15 Don Valley West councillor said. “I have an exceptional and experienced team and together we will continue to serve the residents of Ward 15 and Toronto.”

She also vowed to continue her work as TTC chair, a key post in Mayor John Tory’s administration.

Robinson thanked those who have supported her in what she said has been a “difficult time.”

Tory released his own statement Tuesday morning commending Robinson’s “strength, grit and determination.”

“We are all fully committed to supporting Jaye during her treatment,” the statement read. “I know I speak for all members of council, when I say we are all praying for her recovery from this illness and we hope to see her back at city hall very soon.”

Robinson, a mom to three sons, was first elected to city hall in 2010 after working as a city bureaucrat for more than two decades and found a prominent place on both former mayor Rob Ford’s and Tory’s executive.

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Jennifer Pagliaro

Jennifer Pagliaro is a Toronto-based reporter covering city hall and municipal politics. Follow her on Twitter: @jpags

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