Joe served as a midtown area councillor at the former City of York from 1991-1997 and the new City of Toronto from 1997-2018. His deep concern for social issues has led him to advocate for strong neighbourhoods, healthy communities, a clean environment and safe streets.
Joe has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Social Ethics (theses on Holocaust Studies and Canadian Mennonites, respectively). He has served in a variety of capacities at the City and beyond which have helped shape his perspective on municipal policy.
Through the lenses of poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, fiscal responsibility, and community development, Joe Mihevc strives for a Toronto that is aware, engaged, and equitable.
As a city councillor, Joe helped transform his neighbourhood with a variety of innovative projects. These include reclaiming the historic Wychwood streetcar barns into a new community and arts hub and local park; the revisioning Cedarvale Ravine Park, including the addition of an outdoor rink and warming room; and the rebuilding of St. Clair Avenue West’s light rail transit infrastructure and public realm. Joe has been an active supporter of public libraries and local heritage, facilitating the construction of the Oakwood Village Library and Arts Centre, securing a home for the Tollkeeper’s Cottage, and overseeing the redevelopment of both the Maria A. Shchuka and Wychwood library branches. With the support of many community leaders, Joe spearheaded the refurbishment of playground and fitness equipment in parks across his ward.
Joe’s approach to his councillor role was hands-on. He believes that a healthy ward is active and engaged, and to this end, he facilitated many community-building initiatives. Town hall meetings, information sessions, shop local campaigns, visits to seniors’ buildings, environment days, cornfests, and family movie nights are among the activities he undertook to promote civic engagement. He also supported and facilitated many locally-led initiatives, like Secondhand Sunday, Supper With Syria, and Wychwood Open Door’s annual Trivia Night.