Toronto Ward 30 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
Borden, Mark  "One of the main reasons Mark decided to run to represent Ward 30 in City Council is to draw attention to many serious issues that our incumbent is simply not addressing. High taxes and increasingly steep transfer fares are two examples but in our ward, specifically, we see an extreme need for adquete low-income housing options, increased childcare, and community policing to stem gun-related crime from occuring within our borders."[1]

"Mark was born in East York and is a lifelong resident of Toronto's Ward 30.  Raised by a single mother in Toronto Community Housing Mark is sensitive to issues of poverty, tenant rights, affordable housing and childcare and public education."[1]

"Mark made the tough decision to leave his position in the public service to return to school to complete his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Western Ontario.  Mark's research interests in graduate school include user experience research, problem solving through technology and digitization as an access tool."[1]

Mark Borden’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Farrow, Jane "What people tell me is this — they want to rise above the partisan politics and take back our city. They want their local representative to lead with ideas, not ideology. Crucial decisions about the future of Ward 30 and the city loom large: The Portlands, the Gardiner, transit, intensification, affordability, social inclusion.  This calls for a big tent and bold approaches.

I’m putting myself forward as a fresh, progressive new voice for Ward 30. I bring innovative ways to talk about our shared future, and have a track record of bringing people together to talk about tough issues — with results. I will listen, shed light, raise awareness and make hard, principled decisions."[1]

"Jane Farrow has spent her working life making good things happen in neighbourhoods and cities. She gained firsthand knowledge at City Hall as Executive Assistant to Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32), helping to forge the coalition that restored $19 million in funding to pools, rinks and shelters. Jane carried the file on development in the ward, setting in motion the planning study that produced the Queen Street East design guidelines—the strongest protection the area has ever had for resident-focused development priorities. As a public space enthusiast and Policy and Campaigns Advisor to Park People, a group that serves as a catalyst to improved city parks, Jane has advocated tirelessly for the removal of obstacles on behalf of residents who volunteer their time maintaining our shared green spaces."[1]

Jane Farrow’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Fletcher, Paula

Platform Headings:

- Planning for our Future

- More Vibrant and Livable City

- Putting Communities First[1]

"Paula Fletcher is our Councillor for Ward 30. Paula first ran for School Board Trustee after finding the playground at her children's school, along with many others, torn down by the TDSB in the summer of 2000. As our Trustee, she fought the Harris government to stop massive school closures and to stop the cuts that forced parents to provide school supplies for classrooms, increased class sizes and hurt the public education system we all rely on."[1]

"During her time as Councillor, the East end has become home to Toronto's most desirable neighbourhoods and the community has worked hard to preserve the unique and diverse character of Toronto-Danforth while improving access to parks, services, local restaurants and shopping, and a thriving arts and culture scene.

When Paula served as Chair of the Parks & Environment Committee, she ushered in green standards and better parks services across the city. Over the last term she fought against rollbacks to the green agenda and next term will work with the new Council to put the city back on track as a leader in green infrastructure. The past four years have been difficult and full of needless distractions, but Paula has remained focused on what matters. By reaching out to Councillors of all stripes, Paula forged a coalition to save the Port Lands from reckless planning and private interests, marshalled support for a budget compromise that saved vital services, fought to make transit a priority again with a return to fact-based transit planning that re-prioritized the Relief Line, and gathered unprecedented support to save the Red Door Shelter on Queen Street.l"[1]

Paula Fletcher’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Trayes, Daniel    

Daniel Trayes is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.


West, Liz

Platform Headings:

- Toronto Community Housing

- The Gardiner Expressway

- Better Planning

- A Better Network of Bike Lanes

- The Need for a Transportation Plan

- Support for Small Business[1]

"Liz West is a journalist, author, wife and mother of 2 young kids.

A familiar face across the GTA, Liz has reported on and produced stories for Citytv, CTV, CP24 and CHCH. She is currently the host of Square Off, a daily current affairs program and uses her natural curiousity and strong voice to get to the bottom of issues. Liz has covered everything from local and international front page issues to the red carpet events like the Grammy’s."[1]

Liz West’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 30:

3)      Position Primer: Ward 30:

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