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Residents West: Person Council

residents west: However, not one of them was elected to the city's 11 council seats in 2014, according to Rabble. This year, finally, one was. For example, 57 percent of Mississauga's residents identified as visible minorities in the 2016 census. Dipika Damerla made history as the first woman of colour elected to council in the suburban city of 730,000 residents west of Toronto. In Toronto itself, where more than half of the 2.6 million population was born in another country, voters elected only five non-whites to the 25-person council, a participation rate of 20 percent that sounds more impressive than it is, mainly because the number of electoral wards was cut almost in half. In neighbouring Brampton, where 73 per cent of residents identify as visible minorities, just two of the city's 10 elected councillors are people of colour, up from just one in the last election. ( As reported in the news.