Toronto Ward 16 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
 Boutros, Jean-Pierre  "If elected by you, I would:
  • advocate for our schools and parks;
  • help mitigate the issues the Crosstown LRT construction will bring to Eglinton Avenue;
  • support our local businesses and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs);
  • fight hard for OMB reform, replacing it with a Made-in-Toronto, for Toronto solutions;
  • work with developers to acknowledge the needs of local residents into their development proposals, which I believe must complement – and not conflict with – the existing, established community, the community we all chose to live and grow in; and,
  • defend the need for better mobility for all Torontonians, regardless of how we choose to get around town.


 "Please call me "JP", as my friends have for years.

I was born and raised in Toronto. Lived in Ward 16 for a decade. I am married & a John Ross Robertson Public School parent.

I worked at City Hall under Karen Stintz from 2010, dealing with important files you read about, and learned what was needed to properly run for council. Experience counts; I already have years of on-the-job training to be an effective Councillor for you."[1]

Jean-Pierre Boutros’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Cannella, John    

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

Carmichael Greb, Christin "Christin on Gridlock and Public Transit

We need to be able to get around our city in a timely fashion. How often do we have to wait for multiple subways before being able to board at York Mills, Lawrence or Eglinton Station? How often are commuters cutting through the side streets of Ward 16, attempting to bypass the bumper-to-bumper traffic on arterial roads?"[1]

"Christin on Development

The Yonge Street corridor that borders Ward 16 is one of the most sought-after locations for developers. We have all heard of the plans for condominium development along the strip, particularly at Yonge and Eglinton. Such massive development raises many questions about congestion and traffic."[1]

"Christin on Community Issues

Ward 16 is a large ward, composed of small communities, each with their own set of concerns that need to be heard and looked after. These issues can range from keeping our neighbourhoods safe to protecting our parks."[1]

 "Christin grew up working in her family’s automotive dealership in various roles, learning the ropes of a mid-size local business, before taking on a more permanent role after university. She earned her Bachelor degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and her Project Management Certificate from Ryerson University. Christin currently works at Bombardier Aerospace.

Christin is a firm believer in giving back to her community. She learned early in life the importance of volunteerism and public service and has spent a significant amount of time as a volunteer and in fundraising for various charities and not-for-profit organizations in the Toronto area."[1]

Christin Carmichael Greb’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Coll, Michael

"Affordability/ Livability

• Committed to bring forward a motion to remove the punitive land transfer tax. 
• Committed to holding the line on property taxes for home owners."[1]
"Crime & Safety
• Will reinstate the pedestrian committee and introduce initiatives to reduce fatalities and collisions.
• Will work directly with Toronto Police Service to protect the community and reduce property crimes."[1]
"Traffic Congestion

• Fully supports the immediate implementation of the Downtown Relief Line to improve daily commutes.
• Ready to invest in the signal switches that will improve commuting times."[1]

"Small Business Prosperity

• Will hold regular small business community roundtables to engage businesses in the decision process."[1]

 "Michael Coll grew up working in his family's business and he understands the challenges and struggles directly facing small business owners across Ward 16. Michael Coll is a certified firefighter who for over the past decade has worked in the private sector as an occupational safety and security professional. Michael's commitment to a safer community is evident in his Pedestrian Pledge, which is directly aimed at making the communities of Ward 16 safer."[1]

​"Michael is personally dedicated to raising money for incredible organizations and causes, and in the past he has directly supported causes like Sick Children's Hospital, the United Way and Cancer Support Centres across the Greater Toronto Area. Michael is an avid marathon runner and Australian Rules Football player who has served on numerous Boards of Directors for amateur sports associations across the city. Michael has been specifically committed to supporting cancer research and mental health awareness."[1]

Michael Coll’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Focus city resources on safer streets, cleaner parks and communities.Prioritize protection and development of parks and recreation facilities.Recognize the unique needs of neighbourhoods, recognizing that one ward is made up of a series of communities.


Gridlock relief and better transit to make it safer, faster, and easier to get to school, work, and home in our city.Coordinating infrastructure projects to ensure no more than one major artery in a community is blocked at any time, and any spillover traffic to adjacent neighbourhood roads is strictly limited.Strictly limit turns onto residential streets in construction areas and direct additional enforcement resources to keep neighbourhoods under pressure safe for families.Improve efficiencies of program delivery such as recreational program registration through Toronto FUN and dedicate resources to expanding programs wherever possible.


Better accountability at City Hall through clear and consistent reporting to you about developments, progress and challenges at City Hall.Respect for taxpayers through a line-by-line review to eliminate waste and direct precious resources to priorities that matter to you.City government that is open, honest, ethical and represents your needs.I will fight for real time public expense filing by members of Council, and I will challenge other Councillors to do the same."[1]

"Sean was born and raised in North Toronto in a family with a long history of sport's leadership and community involvement in Toronto. Sean’s track record over two decades, as a highly accomplished entrepreneur, includes executive leadership roles in: the financial services sector (institutional securities), sports marketing, and infrastructure development for professional sports teams. Sean worked his way up in financial services, eventually founding and leading an investment dealer.  Sean wants to put his business experience to work for Ward 16 at City Hall.

Sean learned the importance of giving back to the community from his father and grandfather.  Public service and unparalleled sportsman like conduct, on and off the playing field, run deep in his family. Sean’s grandfather, Lionel Conacher, "The Big Train”, was a Toronto born Canadian athlete and politician. Voted the country's top athlete of the first half of the 20th century, he won championships in numerous sports. Since 1932, the Canadian Press has recognized our nation’s best male athlete of the year through the Lionel Conacher Award. Sean’s father, Brian Conacher played a starring role on the Leafs 1967 Championship team and gave back to the game through his passion as a broadcaster, by serving in leadership roles as GM of both the Edmonton Oilers and Maple Leaf Gardens, and as a high school hockey coach for more than 10 years. Brian has also served the city’s residents by bringing countless visitors and the Countryside to the City annually, as CEO of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair."[1]

Sean Conacher's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Darby, Charm  "Fair Treatment for Homeowners

Fair Treatment for Tenants and Landlords

OMB Reform

Fair Treatment for Enterprise

Transit - Amalgamation of Transit Management

Subway or Light Rail Transit – Growth Development

Sustainable Development with a Vision of the Future

The Environment

Public Space

Garbage Privatization

"Citizen" versus "Taxpayer""[1]

"Charm Darby, candidate for Ward 16, has been a resident of the Ward for twenty-seven (27) years. Half a lifetime. She was born and educated in Jamaica, emigrating to Canada in 1973, where she acquired professional credentials in banking, insurance, securities, real estate and financial planning. After a successful career with CIBC AND TD Evergreen, now TD Waterhouse, Charm co-authored a book on personal finance for consumers. In 2011, Charm published her second book, on human spirituality and sexuality, an exciting and provocative book on the human experience. Charm is currently employed as a financial advisor and financial planner at one of Canada’s big banks."[1] Charm Darby's fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Gallezot, Thomas

 "I am determined to find creative ways to make affordable daycare and after school activities available to working families."[1]

"Having lived and worked in many European cities, I know first hand how important it is to keep communities vibrant..."[1]

"I believe in urban development, but not at all costs. Proper development shouldn’t take place against the wishes of residents and the business community"[1]

"Residents and businesses are justifiably concerned about a recent increase in local crime–mainly “break and enters”. I am in favour of increasing foot and bike police patrol, especially during cottage season."[1]

 "Born and raised in France, Thomas immigrated to Canada in 2007. A former engineer and patent attorney, Thomas now works as a bilingual actor, a cultural entrepreneur (creative director and corporate trainer with Extant Jesters), and a community organizer. He is a very proud Franco-Canadian! As a self-employed actor, cultural entrepreneur, and community organizer, Thomas understands the needs of Ontario’s workforce. An ACTRA member, he completely appreciates and understands the difficulties self-employed individuals face trying to secure work and benefits."[1]
Thomas Gallezot’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Heaney, Gary

"I Will Work To Reduce Speed Limits To 30 Km/h
In School Zones, And Adjacent Residential Streets."[1]

"I am against future government tax increases. I only support
property tax increases that do not exceed the rate of inflation, this makes
it essencial to achieve the city's efficiency goals."[1]

"For fifteen years I enjoyed working in a corporate environment, as VP of Store Operations for Henry Birks and Sons. At the time, one of Canada’s premier luxury brands and fine Jeweller. For the past seventeen years, I have owned and operated a successful sports marketing and media business and have been fortunate to work with some of Canada’s greatest athletes. Some of  these athletes I grew up watching on TV and some others I was fortunate enough to play with. At that time I thought I was going to have a career in hockey. They always told me I was dreaming!

Having been in business for over 30 years I have learned the importance of being fiscally responsible. It has also taught me how to work with people; how to ensure concerns are identified, differences are resolved and fair and beneficial solutions are achieved.

It is important to me to give back to my community. I learned early in life the importance of volunteering and have spent a significant amount of time as a volunteer and in fundraising for various charities and not-for-profit organizations. My volunteer work for the Canadian Cancer Society and helping kids with disabilities through Easter Seals Ontario has been particularly fulfilling.

I want to be your councillor and I will work hard to earn your vote on October 27th."[1]

Gary Heaney’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Levitan, Steven    

Steven Levitan is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.



Keep residents more informed about construction projects and timelinesWork to implement U of T's smart light technology to reduce commute times


Engage our community in the development processAddress our aging infrastructure Address issues with Eglinton Connects and mitigate problems


Address the problem with break and entersKeep our streets safe, especially in school zones


Protect our disappearing playing fields and other community assets"[1]

"I have never been the kind of person to sit back and let things happen. Years ago, while pursuing my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, I started a personal concierge service, which I expanded to three cities before selling. This experience fostered my interest in business development, and eventually led me to a career as business development consultant specializing in helping stagnating companies grow.

I've also put that energy and experience to work for the community. I am the chair of the Annex Shul, a community for urban Jewish professionals, which I also helped found eight years ago. Over the past five years I've been heavily involved with Mount Sinai Hospital. I currently sit on the Mount Sinai Board of Governors, am co-chair the Mental Health Cabinet of Mount Sinai and am on the executive of Leadership Sinai’s Board of Directors. From 1997 to 2004 I also sat on the Board of Directors of Micha Homes, a public housing corporation. It was during this time the Province of Ontario downloaded public housing to the city, giving me first-hand experience dealing with the real-world consequences of political and budgetary decisions.

Working on Karen Stintz’s mayoral campaign, I got a close look at the dysfunction that’s gone on at City Hall for the past four years. Karen has done a lot of great work for our community, and we need to keep up the momentum. Like Karen, I think it's time for a change at City Hall. And I believe if you want to see change, you need to roll up your sleeves and make it happen. That's why I'm running.

If elected, I will bring my leadership, knowledge, and enthusiasm to the table to help build a brighter future for our great city. I’ll make smart decisions. I’ll render City Hall more accessible. And I’ll be fair and considerate in how I handle each and every issue that comes across my desk."[1]

Elana Metter’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.


Mills, Terry "Ward 16 is growing, because more people want to live here. Terry Mills will work hard to solve traffic and parking issues by:

working to relieve rush-hour congestion on buses and subways;

clamping down on illegal rush-hour parking for all types of vehicles;

addressing traffic snarls at school drop-off zones; and

ensuring better coordination of road construction, detours and repair projects.

Massive changes are coming to the Yonge/Eglinton crossroads. Terry Mills knows how to best manage new developments to benefit all of Ward 16, by:

ensuring community involvement in discussions with developers and city planners; and

ensuring developers take responsibility for improving neighborhood infrastructure.

Ward 16 green spaces, including school yards, are essential community assets. Terry will work with you to protect them, by:

taking the lead in working with public agencies to represent Ward 16 residents' interests.

protecting our trees, park facilities and pathways

Managing costs. Terry ran a successful Toronto business, so he understands budgeting and financial controls. He'll work hard to manage waste and focus taxpayer dollars where they do the most good."[1]

 "I have the right background for the job. I understand urban issues because I'm a community planner with a design, construction and business background.

I graduated from Carleton University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

For 20 years I ran a design-build renovation practice, Chizen & Mills, active throughout Toronto's traditional neighbourhoods.

My participation in the Minto Yonge and Eglinton development consultation showed me the process was flawed. That led me to switch fields and become a planner.

I'm a community-planner, not a developer-planner. Over the past decade I've worked for residents and residents' associations across the city, with my primary attention being focused in North Toronto.

I know the players. I've worked closely with many Councillors and city planners, run community workshops, and made numerous presentations to City Councils and Committees, as well as the Ontario Municipal Board.

I have an appreciation of international urban alternatives, gained from working for planning and design consultancies in London, the Middle East and Australia."[1]

Terry Mills's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Spence, Paul    

Paul Spence is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.


Tanel, Adam "Transit and Congestion


Democratic Reform

Neighbourhood Safety

Parks and Community Services

Restoring Public Faith in City Hall"[1]

"Adam is a lawyer with experience in the public and private sector. He is running for city council because he believes Toronto can, and should, be the envy of the world. But only if we start tackling the serious issues.

Adam was born and raised in Ward 16. He grew up in Bedford Park, and now makes his home at Yonge and Eglinton. Adam attended St. Margaret School and Blessed Sacrament School right here in Ward 16. He went on to earn a political science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a law degree from the University of Toronto.

Adam’s family taught him the importance of giving back to the community. He has spent considerable time working on local and international causes. Adam sits on the Board of Directors of Africa’s Children-Africa’s Future. Previously, he served on the Executive Committee of Downtown Legal Services, a Legal Aid clinic."[1]

Adam Tanel’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Vukosavljev, Peter    

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

Williams, Bob


Public Transportation

Neighbourhood Development

Business Improvement Areas

Toronto Water

Green Spaces

Community Safety"[1]

"I was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario and came to Toronto in 1981 to attend the University of Toronto where I obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics. It was there that I met my future wife. We settled in mid-town Toronto and later moved to a heritage home in historic Thornhill. During that period is when I began to explore my interest in community politics. In 2009, my family and I returned to Toronto settling in Ward 16, where our daughter has thrived and benefited from the great schools in our community.

I’ve had successful careers in both private and public sectors, primarily related to the management of health care research. I’ve had international leadership experience while working on clinical trials for global pharmaceutical companies. I’ve also worked for both provincial and national health care research organizations. These experiences have given me the leadership, project and financial management skills that are necessary for managing a large organization. Most importantly, I understand what it means to provide quality customer service in a timely manner. Over the years I’ve also had the opportunity to manage and contribute to annual charity drives within these organizations. It is these skills that I will offer as your councillor!

On a personal level, one of my greatest passions is cycling. I cycle for fitness purposes and most weekends I find time to ride for 20-40 kilometres and enjoy the green spaces that make Toronto such a wonderful place to live! I also enjoy walking and exploring the neighbourhood with my family."[1]

Bob Williams’s fully developed website is Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Youssefi, Dyanoosh

"Respectful Government:

Thoughtful decisions and policies that benefit the current and future residents of our city.

Responsible Integrated Development:

Developing our neighbourhoods to improve infrastructure and promote the vitality of the community.

Respectful, Accountable Policing:

Working with a respectful, accountable, strong police force.

Inclusive, Vibrant, Communities:

Building vibrant, diverse communities"[1]


"Dyanoosh Youssefi is a Toronto social justice advocate, legal studies professor, writer, lawyer, and mother of two girls.  

She is running for City Council in ward 16 because of her commitment to community-building, social justice, and to effecting positive change through government."[1]

"After graduating from the University of Toronto, Dyanoosh received her law degree from McGill University in Montreal before returning to Toronto to run a successful criminal law practice.  When her two daughters were born, she left her practice in order to raise her young family.  During those years, she continued her volunteer work as a Director of PARC and then RESULTS Canada, served on the steering committee of the Law Union of Ontario, helped to organize legal conferences, started her blog,, then moved on to blog for the Huffington Post, and also began teaching law part-time, first at Humber College and then at Seneca College."[1]

Dyanoosh Youssefi’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.


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