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Toronto Ward 33 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
 Bell, Paul "My vision for the city includes; subway expansion, the completion of the Sheppard subway to Scarborough Centre, bringing fiscal transparency to Council, re-imaging the TCHC, phasing out the land-transfer tax, prioritizing infrastructure investments that will serve for generations and providing personal service to every individual and business."[1]

 

"I will not bring partisan party politics to City Hall.

               I will bring civility, clarity, and a strong voice for Don Valley East."[1]

"I've enjoyed a long career in music; have been active in numerous children's charities, worked as a tradesman, and studied at the University of Toronto (majoring in Canadian Studies and Aboriginal Stidies).  I have engaged in political issues since childhood, I was a YPC riding association president and federal delegate until leaving the Progressive Conservative Party in 1993.  I have supported candidates based, not on party affiliation but on who will best serve their constiuents."[1]

Paul Bell's fully developed website is http://www.paulbell33.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Caroll, Shelley "Stronger Together

Shelley is committed to community engagement and cooperation as the key to ensuring that Ward 33 continues to be a great place to live and work.

Brighter Futures

In a growing Ward, Shelley is dedicated to overcoming challenges to create positive change, ensuring a healthy, prosperous, and beautiful community for current and future residents of Ward 33.

Proven Leadership

Through her 10 years of experience as a City Councillor, Shelley has become a strong, progressive, and reliable voice for representing the needs and visions of Ward 33 citizens"[1]

"Shelley's history in politics began as a concerned parent, fighting the Harris Government for a better education system. After heading the North York Parent Assembly and then the Toronto Educational Assembly, Shelley was elected School Board Trustee for the Toronto District School Board in 2000. In her last year in office, she was elected Co-Chair by her peers and was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal for her activism on behalf of Children.

Shelley applied that same passion and dedication to municipal politics when she successfully ran for City Councillor in 2003. Over the past 11 years Shelley has proudly and tirelessly served the Don Valley East Community.

During her time as a Councillor, Shelley has been responsible for leading some of the most important files in the City. She has chaired the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and the Budget Committee and has been the vice-chair of the Economic Development Committee for the past four years. She has used these positions to achieve a long list of success including diversifying the City's revenue stream to take the pressure off of property taxes, introducing the basement flood protection program in response to the 100 year storm that happened in August 2005 that flooded so many basements, and facilitating the introduction of 2000 new financial service sector jobs into the consumers road business park.

Shelley has made it a priority to be accessible and approachable to the residents she serves. Shelley's demonstrated this past December. Many neighbourhoods were without power for multiple days, some even went a full week in the dark. Daily, Shelley was in the ward knocking on doors to make sure people were ok and communicating between residents and hydro crews to make sure the most up to date information was getting to the right spots to help get the lights and heat on as quickly as possible."[1]

Shelley Caroll's fully developed website is http://www.shelleycarroll2014.ca/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Inthisorn, Khamphay

Platform Headings:[1]

 

Traffic-congestion

Pollution 

Transit 

Taxation 

Public-private-partnerships 

Poverty 

Newcomers 

Safes-streets 

Infrastructure-parks-and-recreation 

Employment 

Childcare 

Homelessness 

Affordable-housing 

Education 

Youth-and-seniors

 "I, like most Torontonians, am tired of the dirty politics and partisanship in our City Hall. I find it very unpleasant to listen to any elected official speak about raising the profile of Toronto when their misbehaviour does more damage to this city. Elected officials, like anyone we meet, should be judged not on what they say but what they do. If our elected officials fail to act in the best interest of our community and city, they should be replaced. This is the truth that needs to be said, and speaking the truth is not playing dirty politics."[1]

Khamphay Inthisorn’s fully developed website is http://www.inthisorn4council.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 

Karzman, Dina    

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

Nayak, Divya "Some issues facing Ward 33

TRANSIT: We deserve a subway in the Sheppard corridor – Recent studies by the City have shown that the top five congested intersections in Toronto are on Sheppard Avenue. Our Councilor voted for an LRT in the middle of Sheppard - A transit solution that removes two lanes increases gridlock and congestion.

Our community deserves the right solution, not the cheapest alternative. Let us build one subway stop at a time!

TAXES: I understand you have to pay taxes to get the right infrastructure and services in order to benefit as a community. However, the amount of taxes we pay is more than enough. 2013 tax statistics report* that an average Canadian family spends more money on taxes than on food, clothing, and shelter.

After paying all these taxes, we are still faced with 
inadequate recreational services for youth and families, congested roads, No power for 5 days during the ice storm, increase in densification, and long wait times at Hospitals!"[1]

"Divya is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Above all, she is a community worker and leader.

Divya moved to Toronto from Mumbai, India in 1997. As a new immigrant in Toronto, Divya worked part-time in the evening after her husband returned from work and would take care of their daughter. A hard working and honest individual, she is a strong believer in civic responsibility and volunteer work. During her initial years in North York, she volunteered to help children learn to read in Fairview Library in the Lead to Read Program.

She has a degree in Mathematics and physics. She worked for ten years in the financial services industry in various positions including Branch manager responsible for business conduct and sales practices and training. Her hobbies include reading and writing and she has recently published her first book, "Nauarg the Beginning" an adventure fantasy for young adults.

A few major changes in the community and transit development inspired her to get involved in community engagement. Working hard with a few dedicated residents, Divya organized a local association and is currently the President of the Brian Village Association (BVA). In response to the public transit debate, close to 2000 signatures in support of an underground subway extension on Sheppard Avenue were collected by Divya and numerous BVA members and submitted to the Ward 33 councillor."[1]

 

Divya Nayak's fully developed website is http://www.divyanayak.com/.  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

 

References:


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

2)      Every Candidate: Ward 33: http://everycandidate.org/toronto-ward/don-valley-east-33/

3)      Position Primer: Ward 33: http://positionprimer.ca/html/ward_33.html

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