Toronto Ward 35 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, Sharif     We don’t have any contact info for Sharif Ahmed. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Assefa, Teferi  

"1.1 Ethiopian by birth:Wollo Province, Dessie

The Assefa Family Life in the Country of Birth

1.2 Kenya in exile: Kakuma, Ifo, Nairobi

The Assefa Family in the Country of Asylum

1.3 Canadian by choice: Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Ontario, Toronto, Ward 35, Clairlea-Birchmount Neighbourhood.

The Assefa Family in the Country of Choice

1.4 Family status: Married, eight independent children and nine grandchildren.

1.5 Education: MA in Peace Education, BSc. in Business Management, Diploma in Supervisory

The Assefa @ Post Graduation Commencement

Management and Public Administration, Diplomas in Satellite Telecommunications, Diploma in Computer Network Administration, Certificate in Conflict Resolution Specialized in Mediation.

1.6 Experience:

30% in lower management, 40% middle management, and 30% top management and now: Multicultural Solidarity for a Culture of Peace Foundation Inc. President and CEO."[1]

Teferi Assefa’s website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Berardinetti, Michelle   "Michelle Berardinetti was elected City Councillor for Ward 35, Scarborough Southwest on October 25th, 2010.  She has over 15 years prior experience as a political advisor and consultant to corporate, non-profit and community organizations.  Michelle’s experience includes working with former Deputy Prime Minister Herb Gray and other prominent Members of Parliament.  In 2005, Michelle moved on to become a government relations specialist working with organizations such as Toronto’s Bid for the World Expo 2015, Variety – The Children’s Charity, Providence Healthcare and Toronto Humane Society.

As Councillor, Michelle served as Chair of Scarborough Community Council, Member of Executive Committee, Budget Committee, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Parks and Environment Committee, and several agencies, boards and commissions.

During this time, Michelle successfully led the charge for the Scarborough Subway, improved commute times for all road users, secured major funding for projects located in Ward 35, expanded library hours, opened a new fire station, obtained operating funding for the new Warden Hilltop Community Centre, and significantly improved the City’s response to basement flooding.  Michelle successfully fought to add Ward 35 to the major water infrastructure renewal program.

Michelle has an honours degree in International Relations and has taken additional course related studies at University of Toronto.  She is an avid runner and regularly participates in charity runs including the Toronto Scotiabank Marathon on October 19th, 2014.  Michelle is a long-term resident of Ward 35 where she lives with her husband Lorenzo and their 2 rescue cats."[1]

Michelle Berardinetti’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.

Bocking, Paul

The following issues are outlined on Paul Bocking's webpage:

"Raising Minimum Wage to $14 Would Boost Ontario Economy by $5 billion, Say Activists

Grassroots Democracy Forum in Scarborough

Shifting the City's Casino Debate to Talk about Economic Development & Local Democracy

City budget debrief: opportunities for community participation need to be increased for Scarborough residents to highlight vital local issues

New Local Activist Group: West Scarborough Community Action is Launched"[1]

"As a community activist, Paul is a member of Scarborough Transit Action and Respect Scarborough, and a co-founder of West Scarborough Community Action. He is a columnist on city politics and education issues with the Scarborough Bluffs Advocate monthly community newspaper."[1]

Paul Bocking’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Kabir, Anwarul    

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

Shaikh, Saima   "I am an Artist, Writer, Counsellor, and Consultant by profession. I was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1968 and since 1979 have resided in Ontario, Canada.

I started my: Art, Writing, Counselling and Consulting business in 1994-95 in Peterborough, Ontario from my small one bedroom apartment, while looking for employment with two of the local area newspapers as a reporter, and employment with various local organizations and businesses. I have worked for various organizations and individuals, in both private and public funded sectors.

My early childhood infulences in: teaching, visual arts, writing, and business were from my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles; whose humanity, love, intelligence and creativity left lasting impression on me as a young child.

Later, in Canada I had some excellent teachers in: elementary school, high school and university, these handfull of exceptionally bright and talented teachers, again made a lasting impression on my creativity and love of learning. And over the years many friends, colleagues, and enemies have provided ample learning opportunites."[1]

Saima Shaikh’s website is  Learn about her there.

Uddin, Shahid "Listen to the voice of each resident

Built a stronger community
by improving City services, safety, cleanliness, crime rate reduction, and many more....

Promote social, cultural and green space facilities

Increase employment

Raise minimum wages to reduce poverty level

Increase community housing

Move against privatization of essential services

Engage residents by empowering them for Ward area needs

Frequent and improved public transport services

Improve City facilities for Women, Youth and Childrens"[1]

"Academic Qualification:

· Master of Business Administration from Cardiff University, UK

· Bachelor of Science in Engineering from BUET, Bangladesh

· Post-Graduate Certificate

· in Real Property Valuation from British Columbia University, Canada

Experience in Toronto:

· Mostly involved in different sections of Real Estate sector


· Involved in different social and community services in Scarborough Southwest and in GTA"[1]

Shahid Uddin’s fully developed website is Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Upwood, Christopher "As a seven year resident of Scarborough Southwest and a father of two young children, I have serious concerns about the future of our city for the following reasons:
  1. Today’s children stand to inherit an aging infrastructure as well as mountainous debt from all levels of government, while facing a tougher employment outlook.
  2. I believe that we are facing historically weak economic growth at best, and possibly a financial crisis in the not too distant future. And if that’s not concerning enough, due to climate change, I expect more frequent extreme weather conditions such as the recent flooding and ice storms. We need to become a more resilient and self reliant community and city.
  3. In my lifetime, governments, at all levels, have preferred easy money policies and voter friendly actions over the hard choices needed to create a strong future for our children. The decaying Gardiner Expressway, out-dated transit system and the over-development of the downtown condo district are examples of the consequences of this short term thinking."[1]

Christopher Upwood’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Woychesko, Jason    

Jason Woychesko was active on twitter during the 2010 election.  




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

2)      Every Candidate: Ward 35:

3)      Position Primer: Ward 35:

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