Toronto Ward 38 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
De Baeremaeker, Glenn "As a resident of the ward he represents, Glenn De Baeremaeker is not only a Toronto city councillor, he's also a neighbour to the people he serves. Although well-known for his environmental accomplishments, Glenn's main focus as a councillor is on helping his fellow residents solve local problems. When he first ran for office in 2003, Glenn promised to be a citizens' ally at city hall, and, since getting elected (and re-elected), he has never lost sight of this mission. To that end, customer service is the mantra in Glenn's office and his team of dedicated staff are trained to make residents feel welcome when they call their councillor – because as Glenn says, "City hall can be an intimidating place." 

Since Glenn lives in the ward where he is seeking re-election, the safety and tranquility of Scarborough Centre is as important to him as it is to his constituents. To make his community safer, he wholeheartedly supported the hiring of hundreds of new police officers during his seven years in office. Glenn has also worked on a number of other safety initiatives, including increasing the number of police patrols in our local parks and neighbourhoods, helping to close down a local trouble spot and getting four new sets of traffic lights approved for dangerous intersections in his ward."[1]
"For the past four years, Glenn has been Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, which oversees a budget of more than $1 billion a year and looks after Toronto's drinking water supply, sanitary sewer pipes, road and bridge repairs, garbage collection and recycling. 

In addition to chairing the powerful works committee, Glenn also sits on: Scarborough Community Council, the Toronto Zoo Board and the Board of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. He previously sat on: the Toronto Board of Health, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, the Toronto Transit Commission and its Audit Committee, and the Long-Term Fiscal Plan Sub-Committee (a sub-committee of Toronto's Budget Committee). 

It takes stamina to stay alert at twelve-hour committee meetings, tend to residents' needs and attend weekend events in the ward, but Glenn is up to the challenge, thanks to what the Toronto Star once called his "seemingly boundless energy." A big fan of healthy living and physical fitness, he keeps up his energy level by cycling to city hall from his home in Scarborough as often as the weather and his schedule permit."[1]
Glenn De Baeremaeker's website is found at Learn about him and his priorities there.
 Kalafatis, Theo     We don’t have any contact info for Theo Kalafatis. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Rueckert, Theodore

Platform Headings:

"Aging Gardiner Expressway

Brimorton Drive Bike Lanes

Driveway Widening

Road Congestion

Ice Storm 2013

Porter Airlines

Food Truck Pilot Program Project

Woodbine Race Track

BIXI Bikes

Concerns with Olivia Chow

City Hall Parking"[1]

"Born and raised in Toronto

Graduated from Danforth Tech

19 years in the printing industry

10 years manufacturing industry

Married for 23 years; and a son

Lived in Scarborough neighbourhoods for 24 years

In 2012, helped residents of Chillery Ave, and Strode Drive with their petition

Since 2010, local delivery of the Glen Andrew Community Association Newsletter"[1]

Theodore Rueckert‘s website is found at Learn about him and his priorities there.
Shah, Rajesh     We don’t have any contact info for Rajesh Shah. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Sidiq, Aysha    

Aysha Sidiq is active on twitter. Learn more about her there.


Thomas, David     We don’t have any contact info for David Thomas. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Winson, Kevin

 "Build the Scarborough LRT so that more residents of Ward 38 get access to Rapid Transit, years sooner. Prevent the destruction of our neighbourhoods along the subway route."[1]

"Facilitate new community led  programs in Ward 38,  like community watches.  YOU are the ones who know what your community needs, I'll help you realise the potential."[1]

"Ensure that the city is investing your money responsibly.  Building and maintaining needed infrastructure without wasting tax dollars.  We need to strive to be the most livable city in the world."[1]

"My parents moved to Ward 38 when I was only 6 months old.  I grew up in Scarborough Centre.  I've called this neighbourhood my home for 28 years.  My first job was with Parks and Recreation as a lifeguard at Thompson Park.  I attended York University, earning an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production and Design.  This had lead me to an interesting career.  I have worked in the performing arts industry in many different capacities, from Lighting Designer to Technical Director to Scenic Carpenter. Over my career I have worked for some of the largest companies in Canada, including the Stratford Festival and the National Ballet of Canada.  As well as the large companies with million dollar budgets I have also worked for a number of very small companies with budgets in the thousands of dollars.  This experience had taught me that when there is a limited budget you need to invest wisely in what will get you the most back for what you put in."[1]

Kevin WInson‘s website is found at Learn about him and his priorities there. 




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

2)      Every Candidate: Ward 38:

3)      Position Primer: Ward 38:

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