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WHO’S RUN­NING Vin­cent Crisanti, Peter D’Gama, Nai­ima Farah, Michael Ford, Michelle Garcia, Christo­pher Noor, Shirish Pa­tel, Gurinder Pa­tri, Carol Royer KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 76 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 27 per cent of im­mi­grants are refugees

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Ford and Crisanti are among the worst of a bad bunch of right-wing in­cum­bents run­ning in this elec­tion. That they hap­pen to be vy­ing for a seat in the ward that used to be rep­re­sented by now Pre­mier Doug Ford (and be­fore that his late mayor brother Rob), adds to the mock­ery. Few have dared to chal­lenge in fortress Ford and 2018 is (mostly) no dif­fer­ent with a num­ber of also-rans from 2014 run­ning again. But there are two ex­cep­tions: com­mu­nity worker Nai­ima Farah, who’s ad­vo­cat­ing a “fresh ap­proach,” and long­time lo­cal res­i­dent and busi­nessper­son Carol Royer, who’s push­ing for more com­mu­nity in­vest­ment and af­ford­able hous­ing. Royer is the one with the bet­ter chance of win­ning.


WHO’S RUN­NING Bill Bo­ersma, John Camp­bell, An­gelo Carnevale, Stephen Holy­day, Erica Kelly

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 30 per cent of house­holds have an­nual in­comes of over $125,000; Ital­ians make up largest eth­nic group (4.9 per cent)

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Coun­cil right-wingers Camp­bell and Holy­day are es­sen­tially two sides of the same coin, with Holy­day the more con­ser­va­tive of the two. Carnevale, mean­while, seems to have the sup­port of Doug Ford and lo­cal MPP Kinga Surma, all of which leaves Erica Kelly, who ran for the NDP here dur­ing the provin­cial elec­tion. She rep­re­sents a long shot, but if you re­ally want to ir­ri­tate Doug Ford (as we do), then vote for her.


WHO’S RUN­NING Svit­lana Burlakova, Iain Davis, Pamela Gough, Mark Grimes, Robert Gun­nyon, Michael Juli­hen, Michael Loomans, Am­ber Mor­ley, Peggy Moul­der, Pa­trizia Ni­gro KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 11.8 per cent growth in pop­u­la­tion be­tween 2011 and 2016; 28 per cent are vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; Pol­ish speak­ers make up largest eth­nic group (4.5 per cent)

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Long­time in­cum­bent Grimes, part of the old Eto­bi­coke ca­bal that’s been in charge for­ever, has been fly­ing un­der the radar ever since he en­tered mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics some 15 years ago – de­spite hav­ing one of the worst at­ten­dance records on coun­cil, and the fact that he’s been cited by the In­tegrity Com­mis­sioner for im­proper deal­ings with de­vel­op­ers. Progress Toronto is en­cour­ag­ing Eto­bi­coke vot­ers to cast their bal­lots for Am­ber Mor­ley,a woman of colour with ac­tivist roots in south Eto­bi­coke.


WHO’S RUN­NING Kal­sang Dolma, David Gins­berg, Va­lerie Grdisa, Taras Kul­ish, Mercy Okalowe, Nick Pavlov, Alex Perez, Gord Perks, Evan Tum­millo, José Vera

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS Low­est per­cent­age of vis­i­ble mi­nori­ties (26.2 per cent) among all Toronto rid­ings PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Gord Perks has been the tar­get of crit­i­cism from some lo­cals for grow­ing gentrification in what re­mains one of the last af­ford­able ar­eas of Toronto. Dolma, a lo­cal set­tle­ment worker and board mem­ber of Park­dale Com­mu­nity Le­gal Ser­vices, has been par­tic­u­larly vo­cal on that front, and hop­ing to tap into the area’s siz­able Ti­betan com­mu­nity with calls for more “fresh and di­verse” voices on coun­cil. It’s a call we sup­port, but it’s hard to over­look Perks’s 12-year record of in­clu­siv­ity. In these dan­ger­ous times ex­pe­ri­ence will count. It’s Perks here.


WHO’S RUN­NING Keaton Austin, Deega Barre, Joey Cara­p­inha, Frank Di Gior­gio, Fred Fosu, Harpreet Gulri, Frances Nun­zi­ata, Cedric Ogilvie, Lekan Ola­woye, Chiara Padovani, Luis Por­tillo KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 32 per cent of house­holds are led by a sin­gle par­ent; low­est av­er­age house­hold in­come in the city ($67,954); Por­tuguese (10.3 per cent), Span­ish (7.2 per cent) and Ital­ian speak­ers (6.1 per cent) make up largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Long­time coun­cil in­cum­bents Nun­zi­ata and Di Gior­gio left off right where they were with Ford – back­ing the mayor most of the time, in­clud­ing on child care spa­ces and school nu­tri­tion pro­grams. Lekan Ola­woye, who ran for coun­cil in 2014, has ded­i­cated him­self to lo­cal youth is­sues in the area for more than a decade, first as head of For Youth Ini­tia­tive non-profit and more re­cently as co-chair of the Toronto Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fits Net­work. He de­serves a shot.


Maria Augimeri, James Paster­nak, Louise Russo, Ed­ward Zaret­sky

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS Filipinos (13.1 per cent), Ital­ians (5.2 per cent) and Rus­sian im­mi­grants (3.5 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Coun­cil vets Maria Augimeri and Paster­nak find them­selves in a heated bat­tle with Tory’s choice in the area, Russo. On­tario Proud, the same folks who pushed Ford-backed can­di­dates dur­ing the provin­cial elec­tion, have tar­geted Augimeri, who hasn’t al­ways been a de­pend­able mem­ber of coun­cil’s left, but is bet­ter than the al­ter­na­tives here.


WHO’S RUN­NING Kristy-Ann Charles, Amanda Coombs, Tif­fany Ford, Win­ston La Rose, Gior­gio Mam­moliti, An­thony Per­ruzza, Deanna Sgro, Kerry-Ann Thomas KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 74 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 35 per cent of house­holds are led by a sin­gle par­ent; high­est per­cent­age of Latin Amer­i­can (9.5 per cent), South­east Asian (8.9 per cent), Ja­maican (8.5 per cent) and Viet­namese (8 per cent) pop­u­la­tions in Toronto, but where Ital­ian Cana­di­ans are still the largest eth­nic group (12.5 per cent)

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Most agree that Gior­gio “I kill those cock­roaches” Mam­moliti has got to go, and un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances, Per­ruzza would be the best choice to get that job done. But it’s high time this multi-eth­nic ward, which in­cludes the Jane-Finch neigh­bour­hood, had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive who not only looks more like them but in­tu­itively un­der­stands their con­cerns. Tif­fany Ford fits the bill as a long­time res­i­dent and some­one who has ably repped the area as a school trustee for the last four years.


WHO’S RUN­NING Jen­nifer Arp, Christin Carmichael Greb, Mike Colle, Dar­ren Dun­lop, Lau­ra­lyn John­ston, Beth Levy,

Ran­dall Pancer, Josh Pede, Peter Ti­jiri, Dyanoosh Youssefi

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS Av­er­age house­hold in­come ($162,674) well above Toronto av­er­age ($102,721); 64 per cent have post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion; ward with the sec­ond-high­est per­cent­age of peo­ple of Jewish ori­gin (15 per cent) in the city

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Carmichael Greb, a Tory symp, has the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of win­ning the last elec­tion with only 17 per cent of the vote. And then be­ing dogged ear­lier in her coun­cil ten­ure by ques­tions about her work ethic after she dropped out of serv­ing on the li­brary board and Board of Health. Colle, a former MPP for the area swept out of of­fice by the re­cent Ford win provin­cially, is look­ing to make a come­back in his son Josh’s old coun­cil seat. But it’s Dyanoosh Youssefi, who ran in 2014 and was part of the le­gal chal­lenge to Ford’s bill to cut coun­cil in half, who is the real change can­di­date here. The sin­gle mother of two (she’s of Ira­nian-Jewish back­ground) has the back­ing of Progress Toronto, former NDP MPP Rosario March­ese and former Cana­dian Race Re­la­tions Foun­da­tion CEO Karen Mock.


WHO’S RUN­NING Ana Bailão, Mark Balack, Nahum Mann, Troy Young

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 11 per cent in­crease in num­ber of house­holds be­tween 2011 and 2016; Por­tuguese make up largest eth­nic group (12.2 per cent)

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Ford symp Ce­sar Pala­cio was ex­pected to run here but bowed out at the 11th hour leav­ing fel­low in­cum­bent Ana Bailão vir­tu­ally un­chal­lenged in the small­est field of any coun­cil race. Ford’s move to cut coun­cil in half was at least partly mo­ti­vated to pre­vent such vir­tual ac­cla­ma­tions. But it’s also true to say that Bailão has de­vel­oped into a sea­soned po­lit­i­cal per­former serv­ing as Tory’s af­ford­able hous­ing com­mit­tee chair and deputy mayor this term.


WHO’S RUN­NING Michael Barce­los, Al Car­bone, Joe Cressy, Ah­dam Dour, April En­gel­berg, Dean Ma­her, An­drew Massey, Rick My­ers, Kar­lene Na­tion, John Nguyen, Kevin Vuong, Edris Zal­mai, An­drei Zo­dian, Sab­rina Zu­niga

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS Mas­sive growth with a 40 per cent in­crease in pop­u­la­tion be­tween 2011 and 2016; 86 per cent of res­i­dents live in an apart­ment or condo; Man­darin or Can­tonese speak­ers (more than 10 per cent) make up the rid­ing’s largest eth­nic groups PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE In­cum­bent Joe Cressy, the other half of coun­cil’s left­wing dy­namic duo (with Mike Lay­ton), has been forced to run slightly out­side his usual com­fort zone un­der the 25ward sys­tem, but that shouldn’t mat­ter. He has ac­cu­mu­lated an im­pres­sive record dur­ing his first term on coun­cil. From Bloor bike lanes to the King Street pi­lot project and ef­forts to save 401 Rich­mond, it’s been an ac­tivist four years for Cressy. But it’s his ef­forts as Tory’s drug strat­egy point per­son on the opi­oid cri­sis that earns Cressy the high­est marks.


WHO’S RUN­NING Michael Bor­relli, Marc Cormier, Mike Lay­ton, Joyce Row­lands, Ge­orge Saw­i­sion, Michael Shaw, Nicki Ward KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 52.3 per cent of ten­ant house­holds spend more than 30 per cent of their in­come on shel­ter; av­er­age house­hold in­come ($170,832) well above Toronto av­er­age ($102,721); like neigh­bour­ing Spadina-Fort York, Man­darin and Can­tonese speak­ers make up the largest eth­nic group fol­lowed by Por­tuguese

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE There was some talk of Mike Lay­ton mak­ing a run for mayor. That would have been in­ter­est­ing. But it’s not quite time for the NDP pro­tege. In the mean­time, you can vote to put him back on coun­cil, we’re not shy to say. He’s been a cham­pion on is­sues of af­ford­abil­ity, hous­ing, vi­o­lence against women and de­vel­op­ment, among oth­ers.


WHO’S RUN­NING El­iz­a­beth Cook, Ar­tur Langu, Ian Lip­ton, Josh Mat­low, Joe Mi­hevc, Bob Mur­phy KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 72 per cent post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion; high pro­por­tion of English speak­ers (67.4 per cent); higher than av­er­age house­hold in­come ($155,470)

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE A tough call. Joe Mi­hevc has been a solid con­trib­u­tor over his more than 10 years on coun­cil. Mat­low has stood out more re­cently over his op­po­si­tion to the Scar­bor­ough sub­way, the white ele­phant the Rob Ford ad­min­is­tra­tion sad­dled Toronto with. It was shap­ing up as one of those races where ei­ther would be a good choice, but John Tory’s en­dorse­ment of Mi­hevc, his poverty ad­vo­cate, com­pli­cates mat­ters. Whereas Mat­low has clearly drawn a line with Tory, Mi­hevc is will­ing to play ball, which is not sit­ting well with some of his coun­cil col­leagues on the left, who are con­cerned Tory is try­ing to elect his own slate. The ques­tion, then, is: who will Mi­hevc de­fend when push comes to shove? Mi­hevc has proven he can be trusted to do the right thing in the past. That shouldn’t change with Tory’s en­dorse­ment.


WHO’S RUN­NING Dar­ren Abram­son, Khu­ram Aftab, Jon Cal­legher, Richard For­get, Tim Gor­danier, Jonathan Heath, John Jef­fery, Walied Khogali Ali, Gla­dys Lar­bie, Bar­bara Lavoie, Ryan Lester, Kyle McNally, Cathe­rina Perez, Ge­orge Smither­man, Jor­dan Stone, Lucy Troisi, Me­gann Will­son, Rob Wolvin, Kristyn WongTam KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 10.5 per cent growth in pop­u­la­tion be­tween 2011 and 2016; 70 per cent of res­i­dents have a post­sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion; 82 per cent rent or live in con­dos; South Asians (9 per cent), Chi­nese (8.3 per cent) and Filipinos (4.6 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE For com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer and ac­tivist Khogali Ali, this elec­tion is about what could have been. He’s at­tracted some key en­dorse­ments from labour and Black com­mu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing from ac­tivist jour­nal­ist Des­mond Cole. But as one of a num­ber of vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity can­di­dates caught in Ford’s coun­cil cuts, Khogali Ali ended up in a race against in­cum­bent Kristyn Wong-Tam, who hap­pens to be not only coun­cil’s hard­est­work­ing mem­ber, but per­haps its strong­est voice on LGBTQ, gen­der and di­ver­sity is­sues. She’s the choice here over Smither­man, the former Lib­eral MPP for the area who has been an em­bar­rass­ment by beat­ing the crime drum to death, and Troisi, who is Tory’s choice.


WHO’S RUN­NING Lan­rick Ben­nett, Chris Budo, Dixon Chan, Marisol D’An­drea, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Ryan Lind­say, Lawrence Ly­chowyd, Chris Mari­nakis, Alexan­der Pena

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 33 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 28 per cent have an­nual house­hold in­come of more than $125,000; rid­ing also in­cludes siz­able Chi­nese and South Asian com­mu­ni­ties

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE There are two: Paula Fletcher, who rep­re­sented the south­ern part of the rid­ing, and Mary Fragedakis, who rep­re­sented the north­ern half. Ei­ther would be a credit to the com­mu­nity.


WHO’S RUN­NING Jon Burn­side, Tan­weer Khan, Minh Le, Jaye Robin­son, Nikola Streker

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 37 per cent sin­gle­fam­ily homes; av­er­age house­hold in­come ($216,158) is more than twice Toronto av­er­age; South Asian (13.3 per cent), Chi­nese (10.6 per cent), Filipino (3.1 per cent) and Black com­mu­ni­ties (3 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups in this af­flu­ent rid­ing, which also in­cludes a large Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion (8.2 per cent) PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Robin­son has had a rough ride as pub­lic works chair. It’s no se­cret she’s not par­tic­u­larly fond of bike lanes. But the ball has been dropped com­pletely on the Tory ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Vi­sion Zero road safety plan. The num­bers don’t lie: 93 cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans killed on Toronto streets over the past two years. This fail­ure is a ma­jor theme of her main ri­val, coun­cil col­league Jon Burn­side. The former cop who knocked off John Parker in 2014, was on the wrong side of the con­tro­versy over Pride’s de­ci­sion to dis­in­vite uni­formed of­fi­cers to the pa­rade. But he seems to get other as­pects of polic­ing right, like the need to in­vest in pro­grams to keep marginal­ized youth off the streets. He op­posed Ford’s move to cut coun­cil in half, ad­vo­cat­ing in­stead for 25 lo­cal coun­cil­lors plus eight coun­cil­lors to serve city-wide. His small-c con­ser­va­tive Lea­side sen­si­bil­i­ties would be an im­prove­ment over Robin­son’s big-c con­ser­va­tive fis­cal fix­a­tion.


WHO’S RUN­NING Aria Alavi, David Ca­plan, Diane Gad­out­sis, Stephen Ksi­azek, Push­palatha Mathanalingam, Den­zil Min­nanWong, Dim­itre Popov, Michael Woulfe

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 58 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; Filipino (4.3 per cent), Per­sian (4.3 per cent), Urdu (3.1 per cent) and Ara­bic speak­ers (3.1 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups in this ward that in­cludes Flem­ing­don Park, Don Mills, Graydon Hall, Park­woods and Vic­to­ria Vil­lage neigh­bour­hoods

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Read­ers of these pages will know we have lit­tle time for Min­nan-Wong. If there’s an ar­gu­ment to be made against in­cum­bency, he’s it – he’s 54 and he’s been a coun­cil­lor for 24 of those years, a good chunk of it spent say­ing some of the vilest xeno­pho­bic shit that has ever been ut­tered from the coun­cil floor. He de­serves the heave-ho. The per­son in the best po­si­tion to do that, David Ca­plan, comes with his own bag­gage. The off­spring of fa­mous long­time Lib­eral Eli­nor Ca­plan rose to po­lit­i­cal promi­nence after be­ing elected provin­cially in 1997, even­tu­ally be­com­ing health min­is­ter un­der Dal­ton McGuinty be­fore it all came crash­ing down amid a spend­ing con­tro­versy in 2011. Ca­plan re­signed and de­cided not to seek re­elec­tion. He’s back punch­ing holes in Min­nan-Wong’s record – namely the lat­ter’s sup­port for the one-stop Scar­bor­ough sub­way to nowhere and his fail­ure to sup­port a mo­tion con­demn­ing Is­lam­o­pho­bia, among other things.


WHO’S RUN­NING Shelley Car­roll, Steven Chen, Kasra Gharibi, Ian Hanecak, Stella Kar­gian­nakis, Kostas Kokki­nakis, Ken Lis­ter, Christina Liu, Erin O’Con­nor KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 70 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 69 per cent first-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grants; Chi­nese (15.4 per cent), Ira­nian (6.4 per cent) and Filipinos (4 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups; 53.2 per cent of ten­ant house­holds spend more than 30 per cent of their in­come on shel­ter

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Shelley Car­roll is back to re­claim a coun­cil seat after giv­ing up her old one to run un­suc­cess­fully for the Lib­er­als in last spring’s provin­cial elec­tion. The one-time may­oral hope­ful is more than wor­thy.


WHO’S RUN­NING Farah As­lani, Lily Cheng, Sonny Cho, Danny De San­tis, David Ep­stein, John Fil­ion, Nor­man Gardner, An­drew Herbst, Marvin Hon­ick­man, Al­bert Kim, Ger­ald Mak, Sam Mathi, Sam Moini, David Mousavi, Chung Jin Park, Win­ston Park, Hamid Shak­eri, Sa­man Tabasine­jad

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 19.2 per cent pop­u­la­tion growth be­tween 2011 and 2016; 70 per cent post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion; 67 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity, with Man­darin, Ira­nian and Korean speak­ers mak­ing up the largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE It’s a free for all. In­cum­bent John Fil­ion, who has rep­re­sented the area for al­most 30 years, didn’t plan to run, and then Ford flipped the coun­cil switch and Fil­ion got back in. Ira­nian-Cana­dian Tabasine­jad, a former lan­guage in­struc­tor, ran for the NDP in the re­cent provin­cial elec­tion and is en­dorsed by the York and Re­gion Labour Coun­cil. She’s push­ing the Down­town Re­lief Line as a pri­or­ity. De San­tis was en­dorsed by Lib­eral MPP Michael Coteau, but that back­ing was pulled after De San­tis tweeted a photo of him­self with lunatic fringe may­oral can­di­date Faith Goldy. De San­tis claims not to know who she was. Moini is boast­ing his con­nec­tions to Doug Ford. Which brings us back to Fil­ion. If there’s any­one who knows how Ford op­er­ates it’s Fil­ion. He lit­er­ally wrote the book on it.


WHO’S RUN­NING Brad Brad­ford, Nor­val Bryant, Paul Bura, Dra­gan Cimesa, David Del Grande, Diane Dyson, Matthew Kell­way, Don­ald Lamoreux, Brenda Mac­Don­ald, Joshua Makuch, Valérie Mal­tais, Frank Marra, Paul Mur­ton, Mor­ley Rosen­berg, Adam Smith, Veron­ica Stephen

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS slightly higher than av­er­age house­hold in­come; 63 per cent post-se­condary ed­u­ca­tion; al­most half of the house­holds in­clude fam­i­lies with chil­dren PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Diane Dyson had the en­dorse­ment of out­go­ing coun­cil­lor for the area, Janet Davis, be­fore Ford an­nounced his plan to cut coun­cil in half and she backed Kell­way, the former NDP MP for the area. It was a strate­gic move

on Davis’s part, but we like Dyson, who has en­dorse­ments from coun­cil stal­warts Kristyn Wong-Tam and Mike Lay­ton for her work on poverty re­duc­tion and af­ford­able hous­ing.


WHO’S RUN­NING Ger­ard Ar­bour, Mohsin Bhuiyan, Paulina Cor­puz, Gary Craw­ford, Michelle Hol­land-Ber­ar­dinetti, John Le­tonja, Robert McDer­mott, Suman Roy, Cur­tis Smith, Bruce Waters

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS House­hold in­come ($78,561) well be­low Toronto av­er­age ($102,721); South Asians (7.4 per cent) and Filipinos (5.1 per cent), make up the largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Tory’s bud­get chief Craw­ford would seem to have the ad­van­tage over coun­cil col­league Hol­landBer­ar­dinetti, who was count­ing on Craw­ford to run provin­cially. That didn’t hap­pen. But nei­ther is par­tic­u­larly pro­gres­sive. Both sup­port Ford’s plan to cut coun­cil in half. Food se­cu­rity ad­vo­cate Suman Roy, a mem­ber of the Toronto Food Pol­icy Coun­cil and chair of the Board of Di­rec­tors at Food Share Toronto, de­serves con­sid­er­a­tion.


WHO’S RUN­NING Paul Beatty, Vivek Bhatt, Fawzi Bi­dawi, Randy Bu­cao, Zia Choudhary, Is­mail Khan, Zameer ul has­san Nadeem, Ar­fan Naveed, Raphael Rosch, Nur Sai­ful­lah, Michael Thomp­son

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 70 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 42 per cent of house­holds have an­nual in­come be­low $49,999; Filipinos (9.7 per cent) and Sri Lankans (6.8 per cent) make up the largest eth­nic groups

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE In­cum­bent Michael Thomp­son, coun­cil’s only Black mem­ber, was first elected in 2003. He can be a strange cat. On one hand, he’s a fis­cal con­ser­va­tive. On the other, he was a big booster of polic­ing re­form. Un­der Tory he’s played a sig­nif­i­cant role as chair of Toronto’s Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Cul­ture Com­mit­tee, chair of In­vest Toronto, and a board mem­ber of Build Toronto. Ear­lier this year, the in­tegrity com­mis­sioner gave Thomp­son a slap on the wrist for go­ing to bat for a long­time de­vel­oper friend. Then there was the three­day stay in a $900/night ho­tel while on a trade mis­sion in Los An­ge­les that stirred some con­tro­versy. But the re­sumé is the thing here.


WHO’S RUN­NING Jude Coutinho, Jim Kary­gian­nis, Norm Kelly, Michael Korze­niewski, Vin­cent Lee, Roland Lin, Ja­son Woy­chesko

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 81 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 47.4 per cent of ten­ant house­holds spend more than 30 per cent of their in­come on shel­ter; 38 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion is Chi­nese-speak­ing

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE The tan­ta­liz­ing prospect of get­ting rid of coun­cil dead­weights Kary­gian­nis and Kelly in one shot un­for­tu­nately doesn’t present it­self here. The field is a lit­tle thin, to put it mildly. One chal­lenger has 19 Twit­ter fol­low­ers. Another is ask­ing res­i­dents to pray for him to win. The good news is that one of the in­cum­bents won’t be back. The bad news is there is no se­ri­ous pro­gres­sive chal­lenger here.


WHO’S RUN­NING Ash­wani Bhard­waj, Mag­gie Chi, James Chow, Dameon Hal­stead, An­thony In­ter­ni­cola, Sheraz Khan, Cyn­thia Lai, Mah­boob Mian, Neethan Saba, Feli­cia Samuel, San­deep Sri­vas­tava

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 92 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; Chi­nese (23 per cent) and Sri Lankans (8.7 per cent) make up largest eth­nic groups; 70 per cent of res­i­dents are first-gen­er­a­tion im­mi­grants

PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE It’s wide open in Scar­bor­ough North, where no coun­cil in­cum­bent is run­ning. First-time can­di­date Feli­cia Samuel, a French teacher and ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer with the El­e­men­tary Teach­ers of Toronto, is Progress Toronto’s choice. Ex­pand­ing com­mu­nity ser­vices in Scar­bor­ough, ac­cess to af­ford­able hous­ing and re­li­able tran­sit are her main plat­form planks.


WHO’S RUN­NING Paul Ainslie, Ito­han Evbagharu, Reddy Mut­tukuru, Priyanth Nal­larat­nam, Keiosha Ross, Sa­jid Saleh, Michelle Spencer, Emery Warner, Mor­lan Wash­ing­ton

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 71 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 45 per cent of ten­ant house­holds spend more than 30 per cent of their in­come on shel­ter; 43 per cent of house­holds have an­nual in­come be­low $49,999 PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Coun­cil boy scout Paul Ainslie is known for his ef­forts lo­cally and has cul­ti­vated the re­spect of the area’s size­able Tamil com­mu­nity.


WHO’S RUN­NING Amanda Cain, Paul Cook­son, Daniel Cubel­lis, Jasper Ghori, Reza Khoshdel, Ch­eryl Lewis-Thurab, Dave Mad­der, Jen­nifer McKelvie, Christo­pher Ri­ley, Neethan Shan, Joseph Thomas

KEY DE­MO­GRAPH­ICS 55 per cent sin­gle­fam­ily homes; 72 per cent vis­i­ble mi­nor­ity; 28 per cent have house­hold in­come over $125,000; Sri Lankans (9.8 per cent), Filipinos (6.4 per cent) and Indo-Cana­di­ans (5.4 per cent), make up largest eth­nic groups PRO­GRES­SIVE CHOICE Neethan Shan cham­pi­oned chil­dren, youth and im­mi­grant is­sues in Malvern for years be­fore he was elected to coun­cil in a by-elec­tion in 2017. He’s con­tin­ued his com­mit­ment to eq­uity is­sues as a mem­ber of coun­cil.

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