Coun. Jim Karygiannis removed from office once again on election overspending

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Scarborough Coun. Jim Karygiannis has once again been removed from office with the Court of Appeal overruling an earlier decision. The decision from a panel of three judges was released in writing Wednesday morning after a virtual hearing in the case last month. Karygiannis, who represents Ward 22 (Scarborough-Agincourt), was first automatically removed from office in November after his campaign financial statement showed he had grossly overspent a strict limit in the 2018 municipal election. But later that month, a Superior Court judge agreed with the councillor’s lawyer that an error in his campaign paperwork had been made “inadvertently” and that an “absurdity” in the law existed that didn’t allow for relief from that automatic penalty.