Election Day Event October 27

BallotOn October 27, the day will finally arrive when Toronto’s City Council and Mayoral seats will find out their find out who will occupy them for the next four years as chosen by us the citizens. Surely there is much to celebrate as voter turnouts are already at record highs based on advanced polling, and my first dive into public office will splash as the Robb Not Ford campaign comes to a close.

Come join me at Spirits (642 Church Street @ Bloor) to watch the election coverage in real time after the polls close at 8pm. RSVP on Facebook HERE.

It’s early to say, but I know we already did BETTER, Toronto!

 

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Ward 12: Lekan Olawoye, A Pledge of Service

Lekan Olawoye, Ward 12 (York South - Weston) candidate

Lekan Olawoye, Ward 12 (York South – Weston) candidate

Lekan Olawoye has been campaigning hard from day one for council in Ward 12 (York South – Weston) — I know because I’ve been getting newsletters and updates from him on the most regular basis of anyone in this election.

Mr. Olawoye’s “service pledge” to citizens involves:

  • Meeting residents at their door every week;
  • Ensuring residents are informed about city issues;
  • Responding to all community inquiries within 48 hours; and
  • Fighting for local issues that concern residents.

On the surface that may seem like a tall order, but based on the way Team Lekan has campaigned alone, I have little doubt he would have trouble advocating for Ward 12 at City Hall on job training, transit, and the best interests of tenants and homeowners. Sounds like the kind of facilitation and bridge-building that Toronto deserves.

Visit Lekan Olawoye’s website.

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Ward 36: Masihullah Mohebzada, A True Youth Candidate

Masihullah Mohebzada, Ward 36 (Scarborough Southwest) candidate

Masihullah Mohebzada, Ward 36 (Scarborough Southwest) candidate

It’s only been one term, but Ward 36 (Scarborough Southwest) has been under the hold of Rob Ford fanatic Gary Crawford long enough (with all due respect to Mr. Crawford’s support of enhancing Toronto’s presence as a music centre).

But as is the theme in 2014, it needs to be out with the Ford, in with the new: Masihullah Mohebzada, a true youth candidate, is an informed, insightful, and passionate Ward 36 resident who I’ve been lucky to meet on a number of occasions during this campaign.

Mr. Mohebzada’s platform tackles challenging issues surrounding transit, community housing, child care, seniors, and protecting the waterfront.

Visit Masihullah Mohebzada’s website.

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Ward 27: Kristyn Wong-Tam, A Shining Star

Toronto City Councillor Kristyn Wong Tam. (KATIE DAUBS/Toronto Star)

The Toronto Star says it best:

Ward 27 (Toronto Centre-Rosedale): Kristyn Wong-Tam has been an outstanding presence on city council, one of its best and brightest.

I couldn’t say it any better myself. Few other councillors reflect the true diversity and spirit of Toronto more accurately. A re-election for Kristyn Wong-Tam is quite possibly the most obvious thing that can, should, and will happen on October 27.

Visit Kristyn Wong-Tam’s website.

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Ward 24: Dan Fox, From the Ground Up

Dan Fox, Ward 24 (Willowdale) candidate

Dan Fox, Ward 24 (Willowdale) candidate

Dan Fox is a political activist, community volunteer, and public servant with deep roots in Ward 24 (Willowdale), with experience in frontline leadership and policy development. His clearly-outlined “7 point plan,” and A+ Environment Report Card make him a reliable and practical choice in bringing community, diversity, and transparency to City Hall.

Visit Dan Fox’s website.

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Ward 19: Mike Layton, The Legend Continues

Mike Layton, Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina) councillor. Photo by Aaron Lynett / National Post

Mike Layton, Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina) councillor. Photo by Aaron Lynett / National Post

Similar to Josh Matlow’s Ward 22 (St. Paul’s) campaign for re-election, Ward 19 (Trinity-Spadina) incumbent councillor Mike Layton should expect an equally effortless victory — which is a fair reward for his tireless and outspoken community advocacy on issues that matter to his ward and the City of Toronto since 2010.

Despite my mayoral campaign’s “We can do BETTER, Toronto!” tag line, I must say we can’t do much better than Mike Layton.

Visit Mike Layton’s website.

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Ward 20: Anshul Kapoor, Beyond the Waterfront

Anshul Kapoor, Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina) candidate

Anshul Kapoor, Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina) candidate

Previously held by the one and only Adam Vaughan, now the Trinity-Spadina federal Liberal MP, Ward 20 (Trinity-Spadina) could be called the “mayoral race of city council.” With 22 candidates to choose from — and yes, not without its comedy and satire candidates that have relegated the mayoral race (i.e. Sarah Thomson withdrew her mayoral run to bring her sideshow to Trinity-Spadina) — just a handful of votes could swing Ward 20 one way or another. It will surely be a closely-monitored ward on October 27.

In just one year, the grassroots community NoJetsTO went from an underground operation to leading a 15,000+ signature petition effort that has helped raised awareness local and environmental concerns around Porter Airlines‘ proposed expansion of Billy Bishop Airport (discussed previously on this website in parts 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5). At the helm of NoJetsTO was Anshul Kapoor, who I was grateful to meet and consult on efforts to protect Toronto Island a number of times during this campaign. I am pleased to see he has taken his stellar community organizing efforts to the next level in running for council in Ward 20.

But rest assured, Mr. Kapoor is much more than the “No Jets guy”:

I want to continue the framework for development built by Adam Vaughan through community engagement. I will champion sustainable development, public and green spaces, affordability mix and stipulated % of family units in all new builds. Livability in our ward as well as in the city as a whole needs to be of primary concern.

Further discussions on arts and culture and other issues of the community, coming from one of its own, can be read on Anshul Kapoor’s website.

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