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St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on the large Canadian island, Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is North America's easternmost city.

Its name has been attributed to the Nativity of John the Baptist, when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497 and to a Basque fishing town with the same name. Existing on maps as early as 1519, it is the oldest city in North America. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1888. With a metropolitan population of approximately 219,207 (as of July 1, 2017), the St. John's Metropolitan Area is Canada's 20th largest metropolitan area and the second largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Atlantic Canada, after Halifax.

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Downtown St. John's is the historic core and central business district of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Located north of St. John's harbour, it is the business, entertainment, and tourism centre with office buildings, hotels, restaurants, and other services.

The historic boundaries of downtown St. John's is usually thought to start at the harbour extend north to Duckworth Street and is bounded by Springdale Street in the west and Empire Avenue in the east. In recent years the boundaries of downtown have extended further north and usually take in Military Road or sometimes even as far as Empire Avenue, this may also be referred to as the greater downtown area.


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Dennis O'Keefe is a Canadian politician and the 14th and current mayor of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

O'Keefe was elected to municipal politics in 1997 as a councilor at large and was subsequently re-elected to the position in 2001. In 2005 he was elected Deputy Mayor of the city and held that position till the resignation of Mayor Andy Wells in 2008. He served as acting mayor from March to April 2008 before resigning to run in the June by-election to replace Wells. He won the race beating former deputy mayor Marie White by a 5,000 vote margin. In the 2009 municipal election O'Keefe was re-elected Mayor, taking 57 per cent of the votes.



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