Toronto Ward 1 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:

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2) If candidate contact info is missing from our pages, you can also check EveryCandidate.  Link in the references below.

3) The Toronto Position Primer, which provides "a side-by-side comparison of council candidates’ views on the issues that matter."  Link in the references below.


 Candidate  Platform  Experience  Campaign
 Ayub, Akhtar

Platform Headings:


Monthly town hall accountability meetings

Albion cultural, traditional and musical festival

Renovate our parks

Monthly jobs and educational fairs

Renovate our central Albion library

Creating immigrant support community

Creating tenant support community


"I am running in this election to remove our reputation of being so called a “rough neighborhood ” name of our Ward 1. Our property values are going down because of this labeled name. No one is interested in opening new businesses in our Ward 1. This has also caused our vehicle insurance to skyrocket."

Akhtar Ayub's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Baig, Arsalan 

"Here are few things where I want to make difference.


Creating neighborhoods where all amenities are within walking distance


Develop safe streets and neighborhoods. 


Upgrading the transit system to keep up with growing needs


Create a cleaner city and a healthier environment

Youth and seniors:

Introduce a number of programs and new initiatives designed to assist both the youth and seniors.

Public awareness:

Provision of easy access to city services and programs in many other main languages."

"I am Arsalan Baig Candidate for City Councillor Ward 1 Etobicoke North, Toronto region. I am a resident of Etobicoke for the last 19 years with a strong bond and connection. My love for the city motivates me to enhance and improve Etobicoke to make the city as one of the world's best cities.
As a profession, I am a Real Estate Broker at Remax Active Realty Inc. I am also actively involved in various community services across Toronto for many years. I am honored to be a member of the Board of Directors for the Brampton-Etobicoke & District Cricket League, which is the second largest biggest Cricket league in Canada. Also, I am a Member of Toronto Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association. 

As a Resident of Etobicoke, I am deeply passionate about my community and country. We have made great strides towards providing service through excellence but we have much more to do. This City belongs to all of us. Together, Etobicoke can continue to be the best place in the world to live in."

Arsalan Baig’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Burale, Idil "Trust is important to your city.

Relationships need to be earned.

It takes work and it takes open dialogue.

Physical Gridlock:

Whether you drive or take transit, you need to efficiently and quickly get to where you're going.

Opportunity Gridlock:

Life is where you live. Community is built from within.

Political Gridlock:

Your councillor is elected to represent not one ideology or faction but instead the needs of all.

I looked at my neighbourhood and I looked at my own life. I saw how easy it would be to move away and have easier access to opportunities.

But my mother will still be here in Ward 1. The rest of my family and friends will still be here in Ward 1. My community is Ward 1.

I can't choose to leave and make my own life better.

I choose to stay and work with my community to make everyone's lives better."

"As someone who has grown up and still lives in Ward 1 Etobicoke North, I have experienced the impact that political decisions can have on our lives. Politics is not an abstract thing. Politics affects every aspect of our daily lives. Politics is determined by your participation.

I am a community advocate, a former political staffer at Queen's Park who understands the way politics operates at the municipal and provincial levels. I am a founding member of Positive Change TO and thePolicing Literacy Initiative, of Women in Toronto Politics, and both the Toronto Police Services Board's Community Safety Task Force and the Toronto District School Board's Task Force on Success of Students of Somali Descent. I am currently pursuing a fellowship on the future of civic engagement at the largest innovation hub in North America.

In Ward 1, I've organized a Youth Solutions conference to address the challenges facing youth in Rexdale. To co-create a sense of community safety in Ward 1, I collaborated with the Somali-Canadian community and Toronto Police's 23 Division to establish the Somali Liaison Unit."

Idil Burale’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Caltsoudas, Dino    

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

Corbett, Jeff     We have not found Jeff Corbett’s website.  To contact him, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.
Crisanti, Vincent "Under my leadership we have had many successes. On October 27th I am asking for your support so that we can move forward together.


Community Safety and Programs that support our families and youthEnsuring that our Seniors continue to receive the services they deserveCustomer focused City servicesGrowing our local economyContinuing to support a fiscally responsible agendaExcellence in customer serviceFighting for more investment towards our infrastructureRapid public transit that makes sense for Etobicoke NorthAccountability, Transparency & Open Government"[1]

"Vincent Crisanti was elected as City Councillor for Ward 1 – Etobicoke North in October 2010. A councillor in the former City of Etobicoke, Vincent brings a background in public service, community involvement and success in the private sector. Vincent is committed to providing exceptional service for constituents in Ward 1 and to working with the Mayor, Council and the community to make Etobicoke North and the entire City of Toronto a better place to live and work.

As a councillor in the former City of Etobicoke, Vincent was instrumental in bringing the DARE anti-drug program into local schools. Vincent recognizes that safe and healthy communities are created through partnerships and relationships between individuals, community groups, charities and the City of Toronto.

Through his professional activities, Vincent has developed a keen sense of how to make business work. Prior to his election, he managed a GTA-based outdoor advertising business. Vincent is engaged with the Albion Islington Square Business Improvement Area and with local businesses to bring good jobs to the community.

Vincent is a 30+ year resident of North Etobicoke. He is married with two children and has three grandchildren."[1]

Vincent Crisanti’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Crooks, Patricia


"Addressing issues of frequency and the capacity of TTC bus services in our community"

"Investing in long-term, sustainable transit systems for Etobicoke North."

Child Care:

"Pushing for more subsidized daycare options in Etobicoke North."

"Maintaining a standard of excellence in our childcare centres."


"Creating and securing already-existing job-options in our community."

"Raising the minimum wage."



"My introduction into the field of social work began as a client.  As a woman of colour and a single parent there were many obstacles that I had to contend with on a daily basis to maintain a good quality of life - not just for myself, but for my two sons.  I was constantly haunted by thoughts of how to maintain a roof over our heads, put food on the table, and clothing on our backs.  Although I have experienced these kinds of social barriers, I have met success from rising above them and it was during this time in my life that I realized the importance of social work and politics in our community.

I was fortunate to complete my Master’s at York University. There I learned that social work and politics are not only intertwined, but that both are instrumental to social change. It is an unfortunate reality that there still exists discrimination on the basis of age, race, orientation and disability. But I see social work and political action as avenues to challenge this kind of discrimination and to ensure a superior quality of life for the entire community. These are realities we need to talk about in our homes, our communities and in our politic. By acknowledging, highlighting and improving these weak points, we can create a better, stronger and more equitable Etobicoke North. "

Patricia Crooks’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Hundal, Charan

Platform Headings:


Children Development

Toronto Transportation Services

Democratic Renewal & Civic Engagement

Childcare & Recreation

Public Services & Job Creation

Job Creation

Affordable Housing

Abundant, Accessible, Affordable

Light Rapid Transit"

"My name is Charan Hundal. I am running for Toronto city Councillor in ward #1 , Etobicoke North. My goals are to change the status-quo and set new progressive Rules and Regulations for an Accountable and Responsible Government. Necessary changes will give renewed vitality to our Democracy. I am also hoping to enhance the City for better investments and to have Equal Opportunities for all citizens with an open door policy.

This is an ambitious goal for me to change the status-quo and I have full faith that it can be done with your help and support by voting on October 27th, 2014. I will count on you to be a part of this change. Your time and donation will enable me to keep up the momentum and moving forward for the benefit of all residence of Ward #1 , Etobicoke North."

Charan Hundal’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Mahmood, Khaliq    

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

Minhas, Avtar

"Safe Streets and Neighbourhood: By increasing Police Patrol, by increasing neighborhood watch, by increasing social responsibility by organizing workshops and training programs. Ensure development to the city in way to increase the job opportunities for the Youth.

Transportation: To remove Gridlock. Will support existing LRT and expand it further as subways are more expensive and costly to build & operate.

Social Housing: Social Housing should be improved and eligible people should get it without unnecessary delay.

Youth Programs: Youth programs should be increased so that youth are taken away from drugs and crime towards employment and education.

Senior's Programs: To bring about seniors welfare programs so that they can live comfortably in their limited income. To subsidize transportation costs for seniors.

Women Empowerment and Action to Reduce Domestic Violence: More support to non-profit organizations in this area and organising seminars to educate women rights.

Roads Maintenance: improve transportation costs and maintain environment quality, road maintenance must be improved. Potholes, broken roads, deli pated side walks contribute to pedestrian insecurity, increased vehicle maintenance and Pollution.

Increased Public Conveniences: To increase public conveniences including better bus shelters, better washrooms, better play grounds for kids and better maintained public parks and recreation facilities."

"Avtar Minhas has operated a small business and has spent over 14 years in Etobicoke North and knows that it's one of the best places to live in Toronto. Like any good community, its diversity, community institutions, and mix of residential and business areas form its foundation and makes it unique.
He has worked, volunteered with and has helped organizations with funds and otherwise. Having actively volunteered throughout his life, today he supports the work of diverse organizations dedicated to the marginalized sections of society.
Having been associated with business and being a successful small business owner, he understand the problems and issues of the businessman, also the workers. He fully understands the problems faced by the families and also know how to solve those problems. He is an ideal candidate having a practical experience.
Avtar Minhas immigrated 36 years back to Canada and he has been running a successful small business in Etobicoke North. He has the spirit of serving others and has been helping the community, organizations like:
1. Raised $50,000 for the William Osler Hospital.
3. Supported South Asian Seniors."

Avtar Minhas’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Noor, Christopher    

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

Patri, Gurinder   "Like all writers, I have a deep, abiding passion for words. Simply put, I'm a word person. I fell in love with words early as a young kid when I was first learning to write. Since then, it's all I've wanted to do. Where I differ from other writers is that I love seeing my words not on the page, but in pixels. I'm a Web writer through and through, and I've worked on too many Web site and digital media projects to count. If you need a seasoned, talented writers, I'd love to hear from you today."[2]

Gurinder Patri is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.



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