ChoiceStorm

Toronto Mayoral Candidate Review

Toronto Municipal Election 2014

 

Welcome to our candidate review page.  We have tried to put together some info on each candidate, mostly from candidate webpages.

 

Information on some candidates may be missing, and we encourage you continue researching candidates using the following tools:

1) The ChoiceStorm Toronto Municipal Election 2014 Candidate List

2) Checking the Toronto City's election website candidate list. (Link in the references below.)

 

 

 Candidate

 Platform

 Experience

 Campaign

 Aly, Said  

    We don’t have any contact info for Said Aly. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Andrews, Don

"Issues like maintaining white community standards and services in our city, raising the god-awful welfare rates and getting beggars off Toronto streets are much more important than the five clown-clones' stories."[1]

Leader of Nationalist Party of Canada:

"But it's really up to you yo record your opposition to this multicult 'diversity-is-our-strength poisoned baloney, by voting for a guy who wants to maintain white community standards in Toronto that the former five clone candidates wouldn't know what I'm talking about — or give a damn."[1]

Don Andrews’s fully developed website is http://www.natparty.com/DA4M.htm.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Ball, Christopher

    We don’t have any contact info for Christopher Ball. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Baskin, Morgan

"Digital:

Today we have the opportunity to use digital solutions to creatively solve problems, save money and make life better for Toronto residents. We need to get out of the Stone Age when it comes to digital access and utility."

"Global:

We have done a good job at attracting newcomers and visitors from around the world. Some of the world’s top talent and greatest minds choose to live here. Let’s leverage our strength in diversity by activating community leaders."

"Green:

We need to take action to create the city we want to live and grow in. Bringing a focus to green space as we see greater housing intensification, understanding our lost rivers, and employing innovative transit strategies we will begin to build a city for future generations."[1]

"I am a lifelong Torontonian, a community activist and youth worker. I believe in youth leadership, teamwork and Toronto. I have a life of experience navigating bureaucracy and in leadership positions. I know how to ask for help, and understand how to own up to my mistakes. Logic, compromise and listening to experts is how I approach any situation, with a little help from my instincts. I am always optimistic, passionate and driven. I believe in this city and in it’s future. I believe I can lead it to greatness."[1]

Morgan Baskin’s fully developed website is http://morganbaskin.ca/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Billard, Jeff

Platform Headings:

"ENVIRONMENT – Mandatory Recycling

ENVIRONMENT – Greening/Whiting of Roofs

ENVIRONMENT – Bicycle Paths

ENVIRONMENT – TTC

ENVIRONMENT – TTC Service from Pearson to Downtown

ENVIRONMENT – TTC Accessibility

EMPLOYMENT – Bylaws

EMPLOYMENT – Support for Startups

EMPLOYMENT – Youth Employment

 

ARTS & CULTURE – Architecture

ARTS & CULTURE – Artists and Events

REVENUE – Bylaw & Law Enforcement

NO-BRAINERS (i.e., what you’ll see on every other candidates list)"[1]

 

 

"A bit about me in no particular order:
  • I’ve worked for the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for just over 15 years, and am currently a senior policy analyst there
  • I’m the president of OPSEU Local 598, having served for just over three years
  • prior to this, I filled out various roles: VP, steward, and health & safety committe member, to name a few
  • I was president of the condo board for MTCC #1173 in 2009, and served on the board for four years
  • I’m a Nova Scotian, and proud of it. Buy me a donair, and I’m your friend for life. Scratch that: as a Bluenoser, talk to me for five minutes, and I’m your friend for life.

Mayor-wise, I’ve got some things to share, which I’m happy to, but for now, I’ll end this. Hope to keep you posted over the next ten months with thoughts, hopes, and ideas on how I, as Toronto mayor, can make this the world-class city we strive to be."[1]

Jeff Billard’s fully developed website is http://mayorbillard.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Bliguin, Jonathan

"We’ll never have a perfect system unless we try new things and see if they work better. 
I want you all to let me in on anything you think about my ideas honestly. I want to analyze the system and look into your needs and problems. 
I’m for an Eco-friendlier city. I think they should use road salt alternatives to melt the snow in winter. Currently they are using beet juice. They spray beet juice on the salt when it becomes too cold for the salt to work alone. One suggestion is to use an Eco-traction alternative. We can try eco traction in one part of the city or a small ward then take a consensus.
I am into the environment. 
I will make projects about more green in the intercity and smarter renewable energies. We need to work on smarter use of the earth’s resources and all other factors of renewable energy. 
I want to help build a smarter city. I have added more ideas to page two."[1]
"I grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Toronto.
I'm currently working on multiple different private and public projects.
I'm making a campaign for Toronto Mayor.
I have a small family, I value them.
I have graduated high school.
I am someone who puts other people before myself.
I don't give up easily when I know what I'm doing is important.
I' spend a lot of my time helping my family.
I am helping a family member with their music career at the moment.
Here is my latest instrumental 
A couple of years ago I started noticing people doing illegal rude and mean things around
me.
I didn't think the things were right, but some of those things are not under Toronto police jurisdiction.
That is when my life started to change.
i was only interested in finishing school when new problems started to appear around me.
I started getting into religion when I started picking up watch tower books as an early
adult in my 20's.
A couple years later I started studying all the different religions thoroughly.
I studied Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
I follow one of the Abrahamic religions except in life and death situations... I change a
little because it's aloud in my religion.
I think more people should study religion.
All you have to do to be religious is to avoid the things you get pressured to do as a kid."[1]

Jonathan Bliguin’s fully developed website is http://jonbliguinmayor.webs.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Burgess, Frank

    We don’t have any contact info for Frank Burgess. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Chan, Selina

"CITY SAFETY

A different approach. Let's legalize and regulate prostitution and marijuana.

Share:

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Let's keep bars open until 6am.

​WATERFRONT REVITALIZATION

Let's build open air gyms and make the waterfront more fun!

INFRASTRUCTURE

Let's turn the Gardiner into a toll road to pay for its repair and invest in the TTC."[1]

 "I provide web-based digital imagery and public relations/social media solutions to various industries including fashion, entertainment, real estate, non-profits and politics, working with clients to meet their daily, seasonal, special event and on-demand image needs. I am also available for social media management (content creation, strategy, management, analytics), assignments and commissions."[2]

Selina Chan’s fully developed website is http://www.selinachan.com/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

 

Her webpage also includes a blog with comments on other topics.

Chow, Olivia

"Children:

- Better After School Care.

- Affordable Housing.

- Safer Communities.

- Parks & Space for People.

Transit:

- Get People Moving Faster. Now.

- Respecting Scarborough.

- Protecting the Public Purse.

- World Class Transit. Sooner.

- Better Bus Service. Now.

- Respond to Drivers.

- Canada's Strongest Voice.

- Target Zero.

- Safer Cycling. Now.

Jobs:

- More Jobs. Supporting Small Businesses.

Planting More Trees.

- Fight Youth Unemployment.

- Global Toronto.

- More Arts Support."[1]

 

"She’s been a Member of Parliament, city councillor and school trustee. She’s a grandmother and daughter. And she has a proven track record engaging people to build stronger families and better neighbourhoods.

She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1970 when she was 13, working two jobs to help her family make ends meet. After graduating university, Olivia taught English as a second language and worked to help newcomers settle in the city. In 1985, she was elected to the school board and earned a reputation as a champion for children. She married Jack Layton in 1988, and helped raise Mike and Sarah Layton.

She was elected to the former Metro Council in 1991 and 1994, and to the new city of Toronto’s council in 1997, 2000 and 2003. Former Mayor Mel Lastman appointed her to the budget committee, where she helped deliver five straight balanced budgets. Mayor Lastman also named her the city’s first child and youth advocate, where she delivered better kids’ dental services, student nutrition programs and youth safety initiatives. She was key in getting the 911 service to work in 140 languages.

In 2006, Olivia was elected as an MP. A strong voice for federal investment in our infrastructure, she earned a reputation for working with MPs from all parties. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2011."[1]

Olivia Chow’s fully developed website is http://www.oliviachow.ca/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Cidade, Mark

"Bikes, Trains, and Automobiles

- Bicycling, Motorcycling, and E-biking

- Subways and GO Trains

- Cars and Trucks

Healthcare, Dentistry...and Justice for All

- Healthcare

- Dentistry

 

- Justice"[1]

"Mark Cidade is some dude who ran for mayor last time and is trying again. E-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make a suggestion for this About page. Thanks!"[1]

Mark Cidade’s fully developed website is http://markcidade.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 

His webpage also includes a blog with comments on other topics.

Clarke, Kevin

"The peoples political party, Protecting The Political interest of 'The People' and Building A Poverty free Environment, giving Youth the opportunity to grow, seniors the dignity to retire and citizens the respect they deserve. Rising tuition and the growing Burden of debt from Post secondary education create a Struggle in Day to Day living for many graduates. We Feel Education, Job creation and smart spending are "The Peoples" way forward in Ontario.

The People Need real Solutions to The real Issues of Today, not The broken pandering promises of power hungry Politicians. Stop The Politicians. Send A Clear Message and "Vote " in Support The People's Candidates you can help bring government back to "The people. say no to the party of politics and yes to the party of "the people". The rich get richer because they vote, and the poor get poorer because they don't. Non voters now is your time, make a difference. Vote for real solutions from real people. We can feed the hungry, We can house the homeless! We can end poverty, take on police corruption and political abuse to build a proper future for the people of this province. your vote does count, vote "the people" Toronto next municipal election"

"The people's political party is running a provincial political party that focuses on people, our founder will be running for Toronto mayor, Ontario Member of parliament and federal Member of Parliament. We will be running candidates provincially for the party the mayor race vote October 27 2014 the provincial vote is expected this spring and the federal vote must be call by October."

"Municipal, provincial, federal, Kevin Clarke and The people Ontario's new political party challenging all politicians on their service to all people equally. The peoples political party a voice for all."

Kevin Clarke’s fully developed website is http://thepeopleshope.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Crack, Matthew

"Crack the Quo presents: Open-Source Democracy

Introducing stripped down governance for the information age. Our mission is to decentralize the decision making process and foster an online community where Torontonians can effect the change they want to see.

The Crack the Quo Campaign is not pretending to have all the answers, but we know the answers are out there. By engaging a digital participatory democracy, we are allowing all Torontonians to be part-time leaders.

We're here to offer our ideas, and more importantly, to let everyone hear yours.

We all have the power to change Toronto, start using yours here!"[1]

"Who is Crack?

Matthew Crack is a young man from Seaton Village. After studying at McMaster University he returned to his native Toronto to start a web design company and coach baseball.

Like many, he is a dissatisfied voter with an interest in politics, but a distaste for how it operates. Crack involves himself with issues close to his heart and believes he can be the politician he has always dreamed of seeing.

Why Crack?

As a mayoral candidate, there's been no better time in history to be named Crack . And yes, we're taking advantage of it. Allusions to our current mayor aside, Matthew is a down to earth, everyday Torontonian who is skilled with a computer and wants to see less bureaucracy and more participation.

He is a humanitarian and an opportunist who realizes there is a large political disconnect in Toronto. Crack and the Crack the Quo campaign team are trying to change the way people view politics.

As Marshall McLuhan famously said: "The medium is the message" and Matt Crack recognizes that the medium which governs Toronto is out of date."[1]

Matthew Crack’s fully developed website is http://crackthequo.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Dedopoulos, George

  "I'm George Dedopoulos, creative director at Graphic Arts Magazine. That means I design, layout, code, troubleshoot, and even sometimes write for both the printed magazine and the site.

I'm also into triathlons, swimming with Team Atomica Swim, and a bit of a geek."[1]

George Dedopoulos’s website is http://geodee.com/. Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Di Paola, Rocco

    We don’t have any contact info for Rocco Di Paola. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Doherty, Ryan

    We don’t have any contact info for Ryan Doherty. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Ford, Doug

    Doug Ford's website is under construction.  Keep an eye out at http://dougford.ca/.

Gallay, Mike

"Like every Torontonian, I have ideas about our city. As a representative of the people, I intend to integrate my leanings with thoughtful, compelling ideas from across the city to distill a platform moving forward. Over the next several weeks, as the election grows near, I will be introducing another issue crucial to citizens of Toronto every few days. Within each issue page (ie. Policing, Parks & Recreation, TTC), I will present an overview of the situation and links where related. As the issues are posted I encourage you to get in touch through the contact form (in the "About Mike" menu) to tell me where you agree, disagree, to suggest an issue to cover, or to share time-wasting Buzzfeed quizzes and whatnot. There are no wrong answers here."[1] "Mike Gallay is a Toronto-born writer and film director. He is the principal founder of GHIdeas, a production company in Toronto. His writing can be found on Huffington Post, TSN.ca, and in his two forthcoming novels. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a terribly useful anthropology degree. Despite his failings, he is married.

More professional information may be found in heaps and piles across the internet, though little of it captures just how delightful Mike is in person.

Mike's Mayoral Mission Statement:

I have chosen to enter this Mayoral Jog because I cherish my city and its residents, and I believe I could do a competent, diplomatic, fiscally prudent, socially responsible job. I have a vision for the city moving forward and it involves all Torontonians. I would really appreciate your vote on October 27, 2014. If you do not think I am up to the task or you are concerned or unclear on my position in a certain area of civic life important to you, I urge you to get in touch. Cities move comfortably into the future when the residents work together to move them there."[1]

Mike Gallay's fully developed website is http://www.mikegallay.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Gambin, Leo

    We don’t have any contact info for Leo Gambin. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Glaister, Jonathan

    We don’t have any contact info for Jonathan Glaister. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Goldkind, Ari

"1. Ensuring we can fund future growth

2. Improving transportation in Toronto

3. Creating a safe city at an affordable price

4. Improving In-Town Traffic and Commuting

5. Reinvesting our Torontonian’s own money into Toronto in a mature and responsible fashion

6. Rejecting jets at Billy Bishop Airport and reinvigorating the Waterfront

7. Reinvigorating Toronto’s commitment to progress

8. Improving cooperation, governance and accountability at City Hall

9. Improving the way police and the public coexist in Toronto

10. Acknowledging the LGBTQ Pride Community year-round,

11. Improving accessibility for the alternately-abled

12. Focusing on key employment issues

13. Re-establishing and enforcing Term Limits

14. Supporting Arts and Culture

15. Recognizing the rights and priorities of citizens who rent their homes

16. Soliciting regular feedback and honouring a commitment to truth and openness

17. Rethinking Toronto’s connection to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB)

18. Recognizing the rights and safety of our pets and pets-to-be

19. Enhancing Toronto’s Public Space/Green Space

20. Paying attention to the needs of our sewer system

21. Keeping a close and very transparent watch over city spending

22. Paying attention to the design of the city"[1]

"Ari Goldkind is a lifelong resident of Toronto. Growing up, Ari lived in Willowdale before moving in with his maternal grandparents in midtown. At the age of 11, Ari began working at Maple Leaf Gardens selling peanuts, popcorn and crackerjacks to fans. In high school, he graduated to selling programs at the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre), a job that would eventually help put him through law school at the University of Toronto.

After graduating from law school, Ari entered the corporate law field. Well paid but unfulfilled, Ari eventually moved away from corporate law when he discovered a passion for criminal defense. In 2006 Ari opened his own practice, which he continues to run to this day. Ari’s passion for criminal defense is driven by his commitment to truth and justice, and his desire to defend those who are least able to defend themselves.

In his spare time, Ari enjoys cooking, reading and spending time in Toronto’s beautiful parks with his dog Ziggy."[1]

Ari Goldkind’s fully developed website is http://ariformayor.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Gordon, Michael

    We don’t have any contact info for Michael Gordon. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Hossain, Monowar

    We don’t have any contact info for Monowar Hossain. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Huang, Charles

"Issues & Initiatives

His Supreme Royal Majesty has full list of solutions to our city problems, from extensive waiting time at local hot dog stand to eliminating import tax on breast implants.

Open City Hall selection gives you a introduce you to few revolution policies on even ordinary citizens should have the equal opportunities to bribes the public officials, public favors should not only reserved for the well connected. Also, City Hall should not only be a meeting places for boring old men dressed in suites to show off. Rather, I will institute various policies to promote women's right and solve youth unemployment thru internship."[1]

"His Supreme Royal Majesty is highly educated by graduating top 10% from the elementary English as Second Language (ESL) Class of 2009 and was awarded Bachelor of Something (BSc) in Tourism from the world most prestige faked college (Columbia State University) largely based on his 30+ years of life experience as a professional tourist guide experience by visiting Chinese restaurant to Indian restaurant across Toronto, in search of perfect sushi.  He received his second degree in Commerce & Finance in Fruit Accounting and Speed Drinking in Beer from the prestigious Bud Light Institute, but his His Supreme Royal Majesty greatest academic achievement was awarding of the honorary doctorate degree from the United Welfare Recipient Association for his contribution to modern society with his revolutionary North York Times bestseller “Beginners’ Guide to Jackpot the Welfare” and lifetime achievement award by Panhandling Hall of Fame with his new book “Beginners’ Guide to Scoring Big in Pocket Change”, both books now banned."[1]

Charles Huang’s fully developed website is http://www.charlesformayor.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Huynh, Chinh

   

Chinh Huynh is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@Chinhhuynh4583

Johannes, Robb

"BETTER transit.

BETTER solutions to congestion.

BETTER social services.

BETTER housing.

BETTER use of taxes.

BETTER for youth.

BETTER nightlife.

BETTER arts and culture.

BETTER cycling.

BETTER for the Island.

BETTER conditions for sex workers.

BETTER communities.

BETTER participation."[1]

"ROBB JOHANNES earned his Master of Arts from the School of Criminology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, BC. As a young musician and activist, he worked as an instructor in the School of Criminology and Department of Women's Studies at SFU.

Robb's commitment to the grassroots was amplified by his position as Executive Director of VANDU, the organization responsible for opening InSite, North America's only supervised injection facility, in the Downtown Eastside Vancouver. The legal and social value of InSite was endorsed by the Supreme Court of Canada in Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society. During his time at VANDU, Robb was also involved in early consultations around the Downtown Eastside Missing Women that led to the eventual Canada (Attorney General) v. Bedforddecision that deemed Canada's prostitution laws unconstitutional. Another significant achievement of his time at VANDU was Robb's establishment of a satellite residency agreement that allowed homeless citizens to vote in the Canadian federal election of 2008."[1]

Robb Johannes’s fully developed website is http://robbnotford.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Kalevar, Chai

    We have not found Chai Kalevar’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

Karsemeyer, Jon

    We don’t have any contact info for Jon Karsemeyer. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Kembhavimath, Veerayya

   

We don’t have any contact info for Veerayya Kembhavimath. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Khomenko, Klim

Platform Headings:

"Civic Engagement

Transit

Housing

Environment

Taxes

Economic Inequality"[1]

"I am a student at the University of Toronto specializing in political science and have devoted the past five years of my life to better understanding the world of politics. 

In the summer of 2013 I travelled to Kenya on a self-funded trip in order to participate in a course examining the causes and consequences of conflict in Africa. During my time in Kenya I developed a greater understanding of varying global living conditions and a real appreciation for life and the benefits only some of us acquire through birth. Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, wealth, or any other defining characteristic we are all human. We are all equal members of one large family living on earth, and the choices that each of us make affect all of those around us whether or not we know and can see them.

I strongly believe that we all have the right to live free and dignified lives. We all have the right to well-paying jobs. We all have the right to affordable and well-maintained housing. We all have the right to affordable clean water and healthy food. We all have a right to the multitude of services provided by the city, and we all have a duty to ensure that these rights are available to all."[1]

Klim Khomenko’s fully developed website is http://www.klimkhomenko.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Lam, Steven

    We don’t have any contact info for Seven Lam. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Lee, Dewitt

Housing

Elders / Seniors

Faith based organizations

Business development

Job creation

Better transit strategy

Police reform

Diversity & Equality

Youth

Entertainment

Education

Lower taxes

Long term city planning

 

Lee Dewitt’s fully developed website is http://www.leeisfor.me Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Maxted, Diana

    We don’t have any contact info for Diana Maxted. If anyone has details, pass them on.

McBean, Gary

    We don’t have any contact info for Gary McBean. If anyone has details, pass them on.

McKay, Dave

"You may ask, “what solutions do you have for the city Sketchy?”  Well, I have been thinking about that and I came around to thinking that we don’t even have simple language to define what is wrong with society.  The problem is broken.  We have income disparity and your voice never seems to be heard.  Capitalism and democracy don’t seem to be functioning the way we were told they would work.

Simple solutions like lower taxes or building a new subway line don’t address this.  These are simple solutions to simple problems.  Are they everyone’s solution?  Are they everyone’s problems?  With so many people in this city and so many points of view surrounding the issues that affect us how do we agree on what needs to be done if we can’t even agree with what is wrong? 

In my campaign I’m going to open up the floor to everyone and be open to every point of view.  Will this fix the problem so we can fix the problem?  Probably not, but I’m going to give it a shot.  Tell me what you think and we can start the conversation there."[1]

Dave McKay is also known as Sketchy the Clown.

"Sketchy is a surly, nonconformist clown.  He isn’t the type of clown you hire for your kid’s birthday or for your mall opening, he is a vaudeville clown.  Vaudeville clowns perform for adults who happen to make up 100% of the eligible electorate.  Sketchy is not a role model for children, in fact he is a bit of a cautionary tale even for adults.

Sketchy is kind of like a politician.  He gives speeches, shakes lots of hands and often makes promises he later realizes he can’t keep. Sketchy isn’t beholden to any political groups or orthodoxies.  No groups or ideologies really want to be associated with him.  That suits him well, he isn’t left wing or right wing, he is clown wing.  Sketchy is not a serious contender for office, in fact he is rarely serious.  However, he will be running a serious campaign."[1]

Don McKay's fully developed website is http://www.sketchyformayor.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Mernagh, Matt

 Platform Headings:[1]

 

- Toronto Lifestyle

- Toronto Green Living

- Toronto Accessibility

- Toronto Municipal Taxes

- Toronto Transit & Roads

- Toronto Emergency Services

"Matt Mernagh enjoys a civic challenge.

He's an articulate communicator, community leader and a consensus builder. A journalist, community organizer, and an advocate with a well deserved national profile.

Matt assembled a team for a landmark constitutional challenge, R v. Mernagh, which demonstrated Canadians had little access to medical marijuana. Victorious on an optimistic longshot, Mernagh became known as the person who almost made marijuana legal.

Matt Mernagh is a champion to medical marijuana patients across Canada and around the world, and has parlayed this work into a successful career as an author, a public speaker, and columnist. He makes semi regular appearances on radio and television in the Toronto area.

Far from being a one issue candidate, with two diplomas (journalism and creative writing) he's well educated, and highly aware of the issues affecting the people ofToronto. Having built his public profile on the cannabis issue - which encompasses health, policing, justice, and environmental issues, Matt has recently turned his attention to public service and the political arena.

His ability to connect with people who have traditionally not been involved in the municipal conversation is one of his strongest attributes. Matt is taking skills honed in organizing a constitutional challenge, community building and advocating to residents of Toronto."[1]

Matt Mernagh’s fully developed website is http://mernagh4mayor.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 

Narula, Ram

   

We don’t have any contact info for Ram Narula. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Nicula, Michael

"- I will implement THE 'CITY INCOME REBATE' (see below) working with Mayors of other Canadian cities and towns and with the support of the taxpayers; this will bring $5 Billion annually to the City of Toronto alone!

- I will execute the "GREEN LIGHT TO" Plan to address the Infrastructure and Transportation problems including downtown congestion, traffic jams, pipes etc. My plan has 3 stages: short-term, minimal investment, immediate and high impact measures, medium term and long term investment projects.

- I will FREEZE PROPERTY TAXES; I believe we pay enough taxes already: 42% for the average household!

- I will ELIMINATE THE LAND TRANSFER TAX; this was a money grab to begin with; I will push the Provincial government to do the same;

- I will institute an ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION to make sure the City of Toronto is clean;

- Intelligent COST CONTROL and WASTE REDUCTION; unlike Rob Ford who cut 10% indiscriminately across the board, cost cutting must be done right;

- I will institute TOTAL TRANSPARENCY; all City contracts, lists of Vendors, suppliers, salaries of all public servants will be made public; I believe since the taxpayers are paying for all this, they have a right to see where every dollar goes;

- I will NOT SELL TORONTO HYDRO; This is a very valuable, highly profitable and strategic asset; selling it makes no sense whatsoever;

- I will organize ONLINE REFERENDA on ALL MAJOR ISSUES; let Torontonians decide on each and every major issue separately."[1]

"I am a 43 year-old IT Entrepreneur, I am married and I have a 18 year-old daughter. I live in downtown Toronto on Lake Shore near Bathurst. I ride my bike to work, my company's offices are located on Spadina Ave. in Chinatown. I play soccer twice a week and I love to walk aroundthe waterfront. I love to travel, have visited more than 80 countries on 5 continents and Ienjoy our multicultural city as a reflection of our world's cultures.

I am active in Federal politics as the Leader ofPACT - The Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency - a registered federal political party. I also served as adirector in two condominium corporations, and volunteered my time to many non-profit and charitable organizations."[1]

Michael Nicula’s fully developed website is http://www.mayor4.to/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Okhovat, Mohammad     We don’t have any contact info for Mohammad Okhovat. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Ongwen, Oweka-Arac

    We don’t have any contact info for Oweka-Arac Ongwen. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Popescu, Radu

    We don’t have any contact info for Radu Popescu. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Rachlis, Josh

  "I’m making my actual life as a source of entertainment for the public. Through videos, radio show appearances, a comic strip and more, I share my adventures in a funny, interesting way, to entertain and inspire the world, and motivate myself to go beyond my comfort levels to live life to the fullest.
 
My goal is to make everything I do worthy of getting “Likes” on social media.
 
My motto that I invented is: “Don’t put yourself down. Put yourself out there.”
 
For my day job, I’m a Senior Copywriter at Canada’s top ad agency. On the side, I’m an in-demand voice actor with agents in Canada and the U.S. Also on the side, I’m a reality show star, comedian, radio personality, environmentalist, politician, screenwriter, director, cartoonist, singer/songwriter. In short, I feel a powerful need to be creative in all forms, and to make a positive difference in our world.
 
Follow my journey, get to know the characters in my life, and maybe even become a character in my life yourself.
 
I hope I earn your Likes. And I hope to inspire you to live your own life worth liking."[1]

Josh Rachlis’s fully developed website is http://www.joshrachlis.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Renée, D!ONNE

    We don’t have any contact info for D!ONNE Renée. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Ritch, Carlie

    We don’t have any contact info for Charlie Ritch. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Romanov, Lee

"For Mayor, part of my platform will be:

1. The city needs to promote itself on the world stage by creating it's own search website and video website. This will promote Toronto's businesses and increase tourism. 

2. The city needs to teach it's unemployed how to create their own online business. 

3. I will continue the initiative to lower city spending.

4. On the city’s major issues, you will be able to go to this website and voice your opinion which I will take to council and present on your behalf. 

I have some unique skills that I can bring to City Hall that will make Toronto a city that is talked about around the world for all the good reasons."[1]

"For people who don't know me, here a little about me...

I was born in Toronto, graduated from York University, an entrepreneur, self-made multi-millionaire, and well known as a consumer advocate for saving people money.

I have been a columnist for both the Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail newspapers.

I created and hosted my own Talk TV show on CP24 for 4 years on prime time. I'm also comfortable and have a great deal of respect for the media, and have been interview on many networks such as the CTV, CBC, Global TV, the BBC, FOX and CNN.

Plus, I'm one of Canada's top Internet marketers, which is probably why
I own the site MayorOfToronto.com, and not the city.

I've understood for a long time the power of the Internet and know the internet is where the world converges."[1]

Lee Romanov's fully developed website is http://www.mayoroftoronto.com/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Ruel, Jim

   

We have not found Jim Ruel’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

Sajnani, Ashok

    We don’t have any contact info for Ashok Sajnani. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Saunders, Russell

   

We have not found Russel Saunders’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

Searchwell, Donovan

   

Donovan Searchwell is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@DMSeII

Shannon, Jamie

    We don’t have any contact info for Jamie Shannon. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Smyth, Brent

    We don’t have any contact info for Brent Smyth. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Sniedzins, Erwin

"PROSPEROUS

Business & Tourist Destination

 

MOVING

Able to move up to 5,000,000
people a day

 

SOCIAL

Improve social housing and
community centres

 

ECOITY

Renewable and
sustainable city"[1]

"● I’ve been a Senior Manager for 18 years with Xerox Canada and was voted the most innovative manager in he company

● I’ve organized an expedition to climbed Mt Everest for Rett Syndrome and raised over $1 Million
● I’ve created a National Everfitness board game that went out to 3500 schools to engage students to climb their
own Mt Everest by doing daily tasks; in fitness, wellness, art & environment. It won the best educational board
game award from CAPHER
● I’ve produced a “Climb for Hope” movie that won the Gold award at the New York International Film Festival
● I’ve published several books – one a best seller and soon to be published;
- “Three Pillars of Love - Mt Everest Expedition for Sarah”
● I’ve been Chairman, CEO and Director in private & public companies
● I’ve taken my PRIVATE software Start-up company PUBLIC on the USA stock market
● I’ve been Chairman, CEO and Director in not for profit organizations
● I’ve invented Patent No. US8602793 the Knowledge Generator that helps people learn 32% better in real time
● I’ve established franchises in self-development, training and education
● I’ve founded not for profit organizations and raised Millions of dollars for them
● I’ve done business in; China, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, Saudi, Turkey, Canada, USA, etc.
● I’ve traveled to 71 countries. The goal is 108 countries!
● I’ve taught as a Professor at Hebei University in China"[1]

Erwin Sniedzins's fully developed website is http://www.erwinsniedzinsfortorontomayor.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Soknacki, David

"Transit Relief

Early Bird Fares, Real Transit Relief

 

Fighting Gridlock

Real Solutions to Fight Gridlock

 

Saving to Invest

Save to Invest

 

Toronto Innovation

Innovation Jobs, Innovative Services

 

City Hall Shakeup

Stop the Circus at City Hall"[1]

"David Soknacki is a successful entrepreneur and a former city councillor. In 1986, he founded Ecom Food Industries, which imports, manufactures and exports herb and spice ingredients for commercial use. Ecom now has clients in over 30 countries.

David was first elected to office as a councillor in the former City of Scarborough in 1994. He then served as a councillor in Toronto after amalgamation, winning a by-election and two general elections to represent Ward 43 (Scarborough East).

David led Toronto’s budget process as Council’s budget chief from late 2003 until 2006. In that role, he voted against the decision to sole-source the TTC's streetcar purchase, and successfully enacted reforms to make Toronto business taxes more competitive and rental apartment tax rates fairer for tenants. Outside of his budget duties, he pushed for an end to nepotistic hiring at City Hall, and moved the motion to create the honorary position of Poet Laureate of Toronto.

At City Hall, Soknacki was widely respected for working constructively with councillors of all political stripes. When he announced his retirement from Council in August of 2006, progressive councillors praised David for "great leadership," while Sun columnist Sue-Ann Levy wrote that "someone like Soknacki is desperately needed on Council." The Globe and Mail's John Barber wrote that "he took on one of the toughest jobs in city hall, which he professionalized to the point where it almost seemed easy... he's not really a politician at all." The Toronto Sun called David "one of the good guys," writing that his departure was "a blow to the disorganized and foundering right wing of Council, where Soknacki was a sane and reasoned voice.""[1]

David Soknacki’s fully developed website is http://www.soknacki2014.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Steinberger, Tibor

"News

Community

Health

Energy

Transportaion

Security

Jobs

Media"

"If you want a better Toronto then vote for Tibor Steinberger for mayor  He is for a safer city, more dedicated bike lanes, more jobs, more businesses, less traffic congestion, cheaper housing, affordable daycare, poverty elimination, less taxes, better public transit system, better city government."

Tibor Steinberger’s fully developed website is http://tiborsteinberger.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Stintz, Karen

 "A City That Moves

Strong Communities

Responsible & Accountable Leadership

Hybrid Gardiner Expressway Proposal

Smart Commute Plan

Funding a Transportation Plan & Relief Line

Transportation Czar to fight Congestion

Protecting Where Kids Play: Our Neighbourhood Playing Fields

Results Focused Leadership for Economic Growth and Jobs"

"Born and raised in North York, Karen Stintz is a lifelong Toronto resident. She started her political career when - shortly after buying her first house – she felt compelled to get involved in issues that affected her neighbourhood. She ran for office in 2003 with her husband as her campaign manager and was elected Councillor for Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence in a surprise win over 20 year incumbent, Anne Johnston.

In 2009, Karen founded and co-led the Responsible Government Group that opposed former Mayor David Miller's increases in spending, property taxes and business taxes and presented an alternative budget that proposed to cut $80 million from the City budget. The group also vocally opposed David Miller's handling of the 2009 City Workers' strike.

In 2010, her colleagues elected her Chair of the TTC and in that role has committed to strengthening the organization's customer service focus, driving change, and improving the transit network. Accomplishments during her tenure included a Customer Service Charter, balancing the budget with a 10% reduction in the subsidy, realigning services to match revenue, contracting out garbage and maintenance services, launching Wi-Fi in the subway system, and approving the introduction of the Province's electronic fare system."

Karen Stintz’s fully developed website is  www.karen2014.ca.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Surendran, Sam

   

We have not found Sam Surendran’s website.  To contact them, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

Syed, Hïmy

   

Himy Syed is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@HiMYSYeD

Tasevski, Michael

   

Michael Tasevski is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@tasevski2014

Thomson, Sarah

"Transit

- No Free Ride for the 905

- Free Transit

- Bike City

- Tunnel Tolls

Free Internet

- Lower Internet Rates

Open Government

- Social Services & Housing

- Electoral Reform

Environment

- Local Foods and Healthy Community

Arts

Accessability

- Building an Accessible Toronto

- Transit

- Service

- Accessible transit stations

- Accessible Parks"

"Sarah Thomson is a successful entrepreneur and strong civic leader.

Sarah Thomson has real ideas and real solutions to the challenges facing Toronto. Her goals are focused on underground transit expansion, bringing effective process to municipal government to create efficiency, and creating economic growth through a strong environmental lens.

Sarah has spent years advocating for the Yonge Street Subway Relief line as a priority.  She played a key role in getting the subway line into the next phase of development for both the TTC and Metrolinx.

Sarah is a community organizer. She co-hosted the Toronto Region Vision 2014 event and has donated her time as Chair of the Toronto Transit Alliance.  Sarah was also Chair of Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy because of her strong belief in protecting the natural habitats in Southern Ontario, and Sarah sat as a director on the Board of Thinking Forward, a charity working in high-priority neighbourhoods and focused on building character."

Sarah Thomson’s fully developed website is http://www.sarahthomson.ca/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Tiwari, Ramnarine

    We don’t have any contact info for Ramnarine Tiwari. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Tory, John

 "A More Livable Toronto:

- One Toronto transit plan

- One Toronto transit full plan

- One Toronto transit plan: financing the smarttrack line

- One Toronto transit plan: surface subways for Toronto

- One Toronto transit plan: the smarttrack line

A More Affordable Toronto:

- Tory will help bring jobs to Scarborough

- Tory will lead a new business hub in Toronto

- One Toronto plan addresses youth unemployment problem

- “One Toronto” jobs and economy plan

A More Functional Toronto:

- Code Of Conduct"

 

"John knows how to successfully lead, manage and obtain results from large, complex organizations. This proven ability to bring people together is evident throughout his career, including as CEO of one of Canada’s largest publishing and broadcasting companies, and as Commissioner and Chairman of the Canadian Football League.  His leadership has been widely credited with returning that national institution to stability.

John’s involvement in our community has come full-circle.  Many know him most recently as the evening host of Live Drive with John Tory, but his first experience with City Hall all dates back to the early 1970′s when he was a member of the City Hall Press Gallery as a reporter, interviewer and newscaster for two local radio stations. He has also served in public office as a Member of Provincial Parliament, Leader of the Ontario PC Party, and Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.

In 2012, John was appointed by the Ontario Liberal government to chair a special panel that outlined recommendations on revitalizing Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront. John is also a founding member and former Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance.  Through CivicAction, John has brought together people from all corners of Toronto to champion solutions to the city’s most challenging issues. John was recently awarded the Order of Ontario for being a “consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Region.”"

John Tory’s fully developed website is http://www.johntory.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Tramov, Michael

   

Michael Tramov is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@tramov4mayor

Underhill, Richard

"• Yes to implementing a minimum grid of dedicated bike lanes throughout the city.

• Yes to the Scarborough LRT • No to a costly subway

• No to Island Airport expansion

• Yes to full TTC service until 4am on the weekends.

• Yes to full TTC service starting at 6am on Sunday.

• Yes to time based TTC transfers.

• Yes to funding breakfast programs, recreation and after school programs for kids.

• Yes to providing nutrition, recreation and help for our seniors.

• Yes to a downtown relief TTC line.

• Yes to leasing out the space above TTC parking lots as solar farms to help fund transit.

• Yes to improving our infrastructure.

• Yes to planting more fruit trees to replace our damaged tree canopy with edible crops.

• Yes to solar, wind and geothermal incentives for sustainable off grid energy.

• Yes to funding transit, but how?

• Yes to human scale architecture.

• Yes to accessibility.

• Yes to affordable housing.

• Yes to helping the homeless.

• Yes to the Toronto dollar concept.

• Yes to a strong arts and culture sector in our city."

"Inspired in the summer of 1976 by the Habitat conference in Vancouver which he attended as a youth delegate, Richard applied to and was lucky enough to attend Pearson College of the Pacific, an international school open to top academic students on full scholarship. He graduated with top marks and received an International Baccalaureate, but most of all spent two fruitful years with students from all over the world. The curriculum at Pearson College stressed not only academics, but also service to the community and physical fitness. It was a truly inspirational and motivational experience that enriched and enhanced his life.

After Pearson College, he traveled to Europe and Morocco for a year, picking grapes for 6 weeks in France, visiting Spain and Portugal, visiting his mother’s ancestral village in Sicily and attending European jazz festivals. He then took an extra year off to work in a cement plant and in construction before moving to Toronto and enrolling in the Fine Arts program at York University in 1982.

At York, Richard was lucky enough to meet some inspiring musicians who shared his interest in the world, and in 1984, they formed the Shuffle Demons which went on to become an iconic Canadian band.

Richard Underhill’s wonderfully melodic alto sax playing, great writing and arranging skills and in-from-the-outside soloing make him one of Canada’s most distinctive jazz performers. Richard won a2003 Juno Award for his jazz debut Tales from the Blue Lounge and was nominated for the Prix du Jazz at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival."

Richard Underhill's fully developed website is http://www.underhillformayor.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Van Eyck, Christina

  "Having a long term plan to develop Toronto is my fundamental mission. We need to create jobs and incentives to entice businesses, corporations, light industry and increase our tourism. Creating a Toronto we can all be proud of for generations to come. I would ensure that City Council is held accountable for every dime that is spent and that we continue on a path of responsible and transparent spending."

Christina Van Eyck’s under construction website is http://christinavaneyckformayor.com/about/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Wadhwa, Ratan

    We don’t have any contact info for Ratan Wadhwa. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Walker, Daniel

    We don’t have any contact info for Daniel Walker. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Weenen, Jack

    We have not found Jack Weenen’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

Wong, Matthew

    We don’t have any contact info for Matthew Wong. If anyone has details, pass them on.

Young, Troy

    We have not found Troy Young’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

 

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References:


1)      Candidate Websites, as listed in Toronto Municipal Election 2014 Candidate List

2)      http://www.50mmphotography.ca/Contact_2.html

3)      City of Toronto Official LIst of Candidates: http://app.toronto.ca/vote/campaign.do

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