Toronto Ward 27 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
Ahmed, Kamal     We have not found Kamal Ahmed’s website.  To contact them, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.
Byford, David     We don’t have any contact info for David Byford. If anyone has details, pass them on.
DAmours, Alain

 Platform Headings:[1]


- Green spaces

- Retirement and accessibility

- Reduce excess spending

- Enhancement project

- Improved transportation

"Alain is a Quebec born French-Canadian who moved to Toronto 16 years ago after living in Montreal for 20 years.

In Montreal he was the first openly gay person to work for Molson Brewery as representative and paved the way for those to come after him.

Upon coming to Toronto he successfully started a renovation company named "Woodstuff 2000".  

He has a passion for singing and released a single called “Do You Remember” to remember his mother, who he tragically lost from dementia.

Alain loves the feel of community that is in Toronto and wants to do everything he can to make sure that feelings never falters, to welcome others into this great city."[1]

Alain DAmours’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Dichter, Benjamin "My business has been located in the ward for almost 10 years and I have seen the degradation first hand. While other districts have been improved, Ward 27 has remained stagnant and crumbling and little has been done for the residents. Devisive leaders are to blame. 

Yorkville, Church Street Village and Rosedale are all staples of Toronto culture, integral to the image of the city. What’s more, the Church Street Village has the potential for global outreach and can be a great source of revenue for the tourism industry with carefully-balanced investment."[1]

"Benjamin Dichter is an experienced leader who understands how to create an environment with high morals, where people aspire to work together for the betterment of everyone."[1]

"Benjamin left the jewelry industry to design and patent his own invention, ultimately building a business in the print industry. As a leader, he appreciates the importance in listening to advisors and all voices around him, regardless of political affiliation. No ideology has the answers to all challenges."[1]

Benjamin Dichter’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Humfryes, Susan     We have not found Susan Humfryes’s website.  To contact her, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.
Lawrance, Robin     We have not found Robin Lawrance’s website.  To contact them, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.
McIver, Megan

Platform Headings:[1]


- Affordable Housing

- Public Transit

- More Value for Taxpayers

- Smart Urban Planning

- Competitive Business Environment

- LGBTQ Rights:

- Parks and Recreation

- Cycling

- Mental Health

"Public policy and communications expert Megan McIver is running in Ward 27 to bring positive change to City Hall. McIver was born on a farm in Lion's Head, Ontario, a small town where her father has served as Mayor for 35 years, and her mother sat on Council and numerous community organizations. Megan and her four brothers grew up learning the virtues of public service and the importance of building a strong community.

McIver studied at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, where she received a BA in Environmental Policy and Law, and Business Administration.  After cutting her teeth in public policy issues and completing four internships while studying, McIver began her career at Queen's Park, where she went on to wear many hats. She served as Legislative and Issues Manager to two Ontario cabinet Ministers and played a key role in administering the legislation making the TTC an essential service.  Most recently, she was named Senior Advisor to Ontario's Minister of Finance, tasked with managing the development of the 2014 Budget.

In 2011, McIver started her own consulting business, Verona Communications, a firm specializing in advising governments, academic institutions, and companies in the resource sector on effective community relations strategies and issues pertaining to corporate responsibility.  McIver’s work has been published in the Northern Miner Global Mining Magazine and she is a regular guest speaker on the topic of effective community engagement at the University of Toronto's Mowat Centre for Public Policy and Osgoode Hall Law School.

McIver is an environmentalist, a women and children’s advocate, a member of the Women's Art Association of Canada and a volunteer at a women's drop-in centre in the Ward.  Megan has been a Toronto resident since 2008."[1]

Megan McIver’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Stone, Jordan 

Platform Headings:[1]


- Live in your ward

- More bike lanes

- Rents / taxes

- Condo owners

- The homeless

- Health and fitness

- World class city

"Jordan Stone has a diverse resume. In the 80’s he started his first business STONE EQUESTRIAN JEANS, Designing and Marketing them in Toronto for the upscale clothing market. Later in that decade he played Rugby for Canada.In the 90’s Jordan worked with Norman Jewison at the CFC Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He then worked with a number of Canadian Production Companies producing Drama, Docu-Drama and Documentary Films. Early 2000 he started his own Production Company House of Stone producing, directing and writing his own work. In the 2000’s Jordan moved into the Health and Nutrition Field. Developing, Designing and Marketing Natural Health Products. Jordan has worked with several Charitable Foundations including CAMH Centre for Addiction and Mental Health as well as serving on Boards of Directors. A champion for Mental and Physical Health.Jordan is known as being an Authentic, Honest, Plain Talking guy who has always fought for the underdog. His mother Barbara Stone is quoted as saying "Even as a child he always brought home the birds with the broken wings". 

I decided to get into politics because I see so many opportunities to make our Ward better.  

One startling fact I found out is that almost all of our elected councillors don’t live in the wards they represent. "They say they know whats best for us when they don't even live with us". We want our councillors to live in the wards they represent. Like you I believe its important to live in the Ward you run for. I actually live in Ward 27. Kristen Wong Tam does not. I think it matters! I have never understood why people can run and be elected who don’t even live in the Ward they run in. It’s like a neighbor telling you how to run your family. You have to live in it to know it nothing more or less. Not one person I have talked to so far thinks its right their councilor lives in a different ward.Like you I am tired of seeing the same Politicians running year after year making promise after promise, attending events, raising money mailing brochures, appearing on TV and telling people how wonderful they are but is our Ward any better off? No. Any new exciting ideas? No. Any real changes in our Ward and City other than more Condo’s? No."[1]
Jordan Stone’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Wolvin, Rob    

Rob Wolvin is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

Wong-Tam, Kristyn

Platform Headings:[1]


- Arts & Culture

- Public Space

- Land Use Planning

- Affordable Housing

- Active Transportation

- Community Engagement

- Parks

"Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has an extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of numerous social planning programs, business ventures, art endeavours and successful community initiatives.

As a tireless community advocate, Councillor Wong-Tam has championed the expansion of green public spaces, farmers’ markets, community gardens including improvements to parks and ravines. She has led efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing and helped create a neighbourhood association to preserve and protect heritage buildings and historical landscapes in the ward.

Councillor Wong-Tam has a distinguished track record of human rights advocacy and was a co-founder of Asian Canadians For Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that helped successfully lobbied the federal government for the Chinese head tax apology and redress.

Prior to being elected to City Council in 2010, Councillor Wong-Tam was an accomplished real estate professional and supporter of the arts. She has curated art installations for Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche and was the principal of a Toronto-based contemporary fine art gallery. As a founding member of the Church-Wellesley Village Business Improvement Association, her business advocacy and entrepreneurship focusing on urban economic development, earned her a seat on the Mayor David Miller’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee which produced the Agenda for Prosperity in 2008.

Councillor Wong-Tam continues to be a champion for sustainable living and environmental health and plays a vital role in ensuring the vibrancy of our city and its economic and social development. In addition to her city appointments to numerous city boards and agencies, she is Chair of the Tenants Subcommittee. member of Community Development Recreation Committee, Toronto Preservation Board and Toronto Board of Health and former member of the Parks and Environment Committee and the Toronto Seniors’ Strategy Subcommittee."[1]

Kristyn Wong-Tam's fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.


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