The [url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/breakingnews/Polls-closed-in-civic-byel... Free Press[/url] is reporting that former school trustee John Orlikow has won the by-election for River Heights-Fort Garry. River Heights-Fort Garry became vacant when councilor Brenda Leipsic passed away. In the 2006 municipal election, this ward was represented by Donald Benham. Benham was a strident critic of the right-wing mayor. Leipsic, a Katz pick, successfully challenged Benham for the council seat. This is one of several key wards that could shift the balance of power at City Hall, and it shows that the left is gaining momentum in Winnipeg.
Now onto 2010 when Katz loses. What a thought!