Glenn De Baeremaeker’s office dwarfs Doug Holyday’s—and Sue-Ann Levy is not cool with that

Glenn De Baeremaeker’s office dwarfs Doug Holyday’s—and Sue-Ann Levy is not cool with that

Doug Holyday’s office is 701 square feet (Image: The City of Toronto) 

Toronto Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy is riled up that some city councillors have taken up an offer to move into bigger offices, which were left vacant when Heritage Preservation staff moved off the councillor floor last fall. In both a column and a slightly awkward video, Levy scoffs at Glenn De Baeremaeker’s “palatial” new digs with their “freshly painted yellow walls,” and notes that his new, 1,284-square-foot office is much larger than deputy mayor Doug Holyday’s—though De Baeremaeker, in her eyes, isn’t nearly as busy and important. (Josh Matlow, who also moved offices, pointed out it was an option for everyone to request more room.) Gord Perks, John Parker, Jaye Robinson and Josh Colle have also opted to move or expand. While the moving expenses are covered by the councillors’ general expense budgets, the new lease rate will be paid out from their $30,000 office budgets: they will pay 80 cents for every square foot over the 642-square-foot standard to a maximum of $400 a month. The extra space is mostly being used to give councillors’ assistants more breathing room, but Holyday questioned whether councillors really need so many helpers. Levy, on the other hand, went for the cheap shot, saying De Baeremaeker needed more room “to house his large ego.” Read the story and watch the video [Toronto Sun] »