The term "mayor" derives from the Latin major or magnus meaning "great." The term has been used since the 12th century to refer to the highest ranking local official.
In Canada, sadly, we've given a lot of focus to our mayors who are ... er ... less than great. In fact, you can read an entire book about Canada's Mayors Gone Bad. Sure, it's makes for a good read - but we have some pretty epic mayors too. Get to know our mayors. The vast majority of them more than live up to the meaning of their title.