BREAKING | Judge's ruling will not impact Niagara Regional chair election

Today's decision by a Ontario Superior Court judge will not change what happens with the election of the regional chair in Niagara.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba has ruled that the province's move to reduce the size of Toronto city council in the middle of an election 'substantially interfered with freedom of expression.'

However, in the decision, Belobaba states 'I make no ruling in relation to the provisions in Bill 5 that change the selection process for the regional chairs in York, Peel, Niagara and Muskoka from election to appointment.'

He adds 'A more complete legal and evidentiary basis would be needed before this court could comfortably consider a challenge to the provisions in Bill 5 that deal with the appointment of the four regional chairs.'