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Toronto Ward 15 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) 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
Aryeh-Bain, Chani

"After speaking with many residents in Ward 15, Chani has learnt the over-arching issue for almost everyone is still "pocketbook" concerns. People are working harder these days to make ends meet. The last thing you want to see is government separating you from more of your hard-earned cash. Then, watching government spend our money mindlessly just adds insult to injury. As your Ward Councillor, Chani plans to be your strong voice in treating tax revenue with the utmost of care. You, the residents of Ward 15, have toiled to earn your incomes and have contributed your fair share of taxes diligently. The least City Council can do as politicians is to recognize that fact when planning necessary projects for the City."[1]

 

Platform Headings:[1]

 

- Property Tax, Land Transfer Tax, and City Budget Savings

- Unemployment Rate

- City Transit

"Chani (Huh.nee) was born in New York City and was raised in Toronto. She has spent the last 45 years living in Eglinton/Lawrence, attending a local day school and high school within the ward. 
 
She received her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from McMaster University and received her teaching degree from the Jacob Perlman Teachers' College. She taught Junior High and High School for 15 years as well as working as a dental assistant before opening her own business, Head to Toe Uniforms. She operated her business for almost 25 years, supplying uniforms to schools, restaurants, health and beauty Industries, and corporate businesses across North America. During that time she organized Charity Fashion Shows for the Dental and Aesthetics Industries as well as Uniform Exchanges for health care professionals in developing countries around the world. 
 
Chani is an Active member of her community, volunteering for her local community outreach organizations and community day schools.  She currently resides in Ward 15 with her husband David, and their five children. Chani is looking forward to working on your behalf to improve the quality of life for all residents in Ward 15."[1]
Chani Aryeh-Bain’s fully developed website is http://www.chaniaryehbain.ca/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Belkadi, Ahmed

Platform Headings:[1]

 

My Number One Focus? You.

What's Wrong With City Hall?

Improving Infrastructure.

A More Representative Ward.

Why City Councilor?

Eliminating Potholes.

Toronto's Housing Crisis.

Dealing with Gridlock.

Helping Our Youth.

 "As an active lifelong resident of Ward 15, Ahmed Belkadi believes in the positive potential of our political process. It was at a young age that Ahmed became completely fascinated by the way our democracy worked. It was clear to him that it was potentially one of the best avenues to touch people in a positive manner. He soon found himself participating in as many electoral campaigns as he could get himself involved in on every level of government, while completing his Political Science Degree at the University of Toronto."[1] Ahmed Belkadi’s fully developed website is http://www.ahmedbelkadi.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Colle, Josh   "Josh Colle was elected to represent Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence in October 2010.

Born and raised in Toronto, Josh brings a wealth of private sector and community experience to City Hall. He has worked in Toronto’s financial services sector, in the transportation industry at Canada’s busiest airport, and most recently as an executive at an energy and infrastructure firm where he worked with international and local companies in the energy, environmental, and transportation sectors.


Josh served as an elected school board trustee from 2000 to 2003 and has been an active member of the community. He was director of his local residents association, served as director for an environmental organization, and was past president of St Michael’s College School alumni association.

As Ward 15 Councillor at City Hall, Josh sits on a number of committees, boards, and agencies including the Planning and Growth Management Committee, North York Community Council, and the Toronto Hydro Board. Josh also serves as a TTC Commissioner.

Josh earned an Honours degree in Political Science from McGill University and graduated from St. Michael’s College High School. Josh lives in the Oakwood and Vaughn area with his wife and 3 children."[1]

Josh Colle’s fully developed website is, http://www.joshcolle.com/, Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Harari, Eduardo

Platform Headings:[1]


SAFETY

EMPLOYMENT

TRANSPORTATION

NEWCOMERS

TAXATION

POVERTY

PUBLIC SERVICES

CHILDCARE

PUBLIC SPACES AND RECREATION

HOUSING

LOCAL BUSINESSES

"Eduardo a husband, father, businessman and community activist.

Eduardo came to Canada in the early 80's from his home country Guatemala. He is married to Rebecca and has 2 little children; Nathan and Alize that rock his world.

Eduardo has been an IT and Telecom consultant for more than 20 years. He belongs to The Toronto Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The American Canadian Chamber of Commerce, The Independent Telecommunication Consultants Association among others. Furthermore, he has been actively involved in the media as a contributor to local and international media outlets in both English and Spanish. He is also member of The International Sports Press Association and was awarded the coveted title of Canadian Ethnic Sports Writer of the Year.

Eduardo is very active in the community and belongs and volunteers in several community organizations across Toronto and Canada. Currently, he is a member of the executive board of Canadian Hispanic Heritage Council, founder of the Hispanic Political Affair Committee of Canada, active member of the Arab-Israeli Dialog Table, member of the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee and B'nai Brith Canada. He is also a former member of the B'nai Brith Human Rights League."[1]

Eduardo Harari’s fully developed website is http://www.eharari.ca/. Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Van Zandwijk, James

 "Safer Sidewalks

Easier City Access

Better Housing Support for Low Income Seniors"[1]

"Having moved from smalltown Ontario fifteen years ago, James vanZandwijk has lived in, worked in, and adopted Toronto for more than a decade. Being a small business owner, James is committed to rewarding hard work and meeting the needs of others.

Send Mr. vanZandwijk to City Hall to help build the community of Ward 15 and the Community of Toronto."[1]

James Van Zandwijk’s fully developed website is, http://www.votejamesvanzandwijk.com/, Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 

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References:


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

2)      Josh Colle's Incumbent Councillor Website: http://www.joshcolle.ca/index.php/about-josh/biography

3)      Every Candidate: Ward 15: http://everycandidate.org/toronto-ward/eglinton-lawrence-15/

4)      Position Primer: Ward 15: http://positionprimer.ca/html/ward_15.html

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