Category Archives: Civic Participation

Ward 17: Saeed Selvam, Community-builder

Over the past weekend, Mayor Rob Ford was asked to leave a Ward 17 (Davenport) advanced polling station — perhaps to try and protect incumbent councilor Cesar Palacio from the grassroots efforts of community leader Saeed Selvam. Just a small … Continue reading

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Ward 7: Keegan Henry-Mathieu, A True Community Hero

  Ward 7 (York West) has been plagued by incumbent councilor Giorgio Mammoliti, who has been a truly toxic stain on Toronto city council. “His multiple instances of alleged corruption, his general incompetence, his homophobia, and his venal, near-psychotic demeanour … Continue reading

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Ward 3: Peter Fenech, Policy Over Politics

His tag line says it all: “Policy over Politics.” I’ve had the pleasure of spending time with Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre) candidate Peter Fenech, who astutely points out that the only proposed expanded transit line through his ward is a … Continue reading

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Ward 22: Josh Matlow, He Should Just Be Mayor

Josh Matlow is an exceptional activist on city council pushing for change on issues as varied as rail safety and reform of the Ontario Municipal Board. Never shy to express his opinion or challenge the status quo, he’s been an … Continue reading

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Ward 1: Idil Burale, Right Next Door to Ford

Opening her website with the familiar-to-this-campaign adage “Ward 1 deserves better,” Somali-Canadian activist and community advocate Idil Burale has been running a progressive campaign against Ford-loyalist Vincent Crisanti in Ward 1 (Etobicoke North) — right next door to Doug Ford’s … Continue reading

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Ward 2: Andray Domise, The Candidate Who Will Beat Rob Ford

On September 12, 2014, minutes before the deadline to withdraw or enter the Toronto civic election, the Ford brothers staged a needlessly dramatic game of musical chairs straight out of an after-school special: Mayor Rob Ford, battling addictions recovery, and now a cancerous tumour … Continue reading

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Why I Can’t Get Behind John Tory

As we enter the final week of Toronto’s 2014 civic election race with record numbers of voters turning out at advanced polls (which are now closed), mainstream media has been claiming John Tory is the sure-bet to win the mayoral … Continue reading

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Record Turnout at Advanced Polls

Advanced polls for Toronto’s 2014 civic election have now closed. In the six days polls were open, 161,147 citizens cast ballots that will determine the next four years of Toronto’s City Council and Mayoral roles. This is up from 77,000 in 2010. … Continue reading

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Advanced Polls Are Open Now

As advanced polls have opened for October 27‘s civic election, the next era of Toronto’s civic future is getting down to the wire. It is also time to acknowledge, as I have since the beginning, that the mayor is only one … Continue reading

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It’s not the moderator that’s f–ked up.

A criminal lawyer, a high school student, and two career politicians walk into a mayoral debate on arts and culture… There is no punchline. The setup is the joke. Meanwhile, a candidate who is actually a member of the arts … Continue reading

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