Toronto Ward 26 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
Burnside, Jon "Jon's experience with the often strained relationship between youth and the police was an unsettling reminder that his happy childhood differed from many in Ward 26. It was this realization that inspired Jon to try to provide children and youth in his community with the same experiences and opportunities that he had been so fortunate to have."[1] "Jon Burnside – a successful business owner, community leader and former police officer – has deep roots in our community.

Born in 1966, he grew up in Leaside and attended Rolph Road Public School and Leaside High School before securing an Honours B.A. in Political Science at the University of Western Ontario. He went on to obtain Honours in the Level 1 Canadian Securities Course (CSC).

Jon has been passionate about civic engagement his whole life. As a young boy, he would often debate politics with the adults on the porches in Leaside – and with his family at the dinner table."[1]

Jon Burnside’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 Parker, John   "Toronto City Councillor for Ward 26 (Don Valley West). Elected to Toronto City Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. Serves as TTC commissioner, Deputy Speaker of Toronto City Council, and Vice-Chair of North York Community Council.

Represents the City of Toronto on the boards of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and Campbell House.
Served as a lawyer with a downtown Toronto law firm and with the legal department of a major Canadian industrial corporation. Member of the Ontario Legislature from 1995 to 1999, serving as the last ever MPP for York East. A founding director of the Ontario Association of Former Parliamentarians."[1]

John Parker's Incumbent councillor website has information at Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Popov, Dimitre    

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

Sparrow, David "My priority as Councillor will be to stand with the people of Ward 26. There are many important local concerns to address, including inappropriate development, aviation noise levels, landlord tenant relations, crime, accessible green spaces, and parking challenges. With LRT construction already begun, now is the time to ensure our collective voices are heard, and to look beyond the by-laws and the rules to defend the best interests of our residents and local business leaders. Local matters NOW more than ever."[1]

"For over 26 years, David and his family have lived in and around Ward 26."[1]

"Over the past 10 years, David has taken on increasingly senior roles with the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), culminating in his being elected as President of ACTRA Toronto, representing over 13,000 professional film & TV performers."[1]

"An entrepreneur, David has worked extensively as an actor, writer, film maker, producer and professional Emcee. He has appeared in over eighty film and television roles including Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie,Serendipity, and Star Trek Voyager"[1]

David Sparrow’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 Vania, Wasim     We don’t have any contact info for Wasim Vania. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Velshi, Ishrath   "The Velshi family’s history is a Canadian history. Ishrath is a typical Canadian with a diverse culture. Born in South Africa, she spent her early years in Kenya before immigrating to Canada in 1971.

Her parents Mila and Murad (former MPP for the riding of Don Mills), her brother Ali (veteran journalist and anchor) and Ishrath settled in Toronto.

 Ishrath is a graduate of York University with an Honours degree in Mass Communications. Her experience and expertise touch on politics, the economy and civic, provincial and national governance.

She served two former Cabinet Ministers at Queen’s Park and in recent years, has been working as the Executive Assistant to two Councillors at City Hall.

She has been the main contact between constituents, community and ratepayer organizations and the private sector in addressing all the issues and concerns they had with our community in Don Valley West, Ward 26. She makes things happen and ensures we are all heard.

Ishrath’s commitment to politics, social policy and constant and meaningful participation in voluntary service, her cosmopolitan background and in depth experience at City Hall defines what Don Valley West and Ward 26 need now in its next Councillor."[1]

Ishrath Velshi’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.


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

2)      Every Candidate: Ward 26:

3)      Position Primer: Ward 26:

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