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New Durham Region Council Discusses Priorities

The new Durham Region Council was sworn in last week, and meetings are currently being held to establish priorities.The new Regional Chair is John Henry, a former two-term mayor in Oshawa who pursued the position following the passing of longtime Regional Chair Roger Anderson, and the retirement of former Uxbridge Mayor Gerri-Lynn O'Connor, who was appointed to the position in the spring but announced she wasn't going to run for re-election. Henry says there's a good balance of councilors with professional and elected skills. Exactly one-half of the 28 councilors elected are newcomers at the regional level, with most having served as local councilors before the election last October.