Toronto Ward 5 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
 Bowie, Guy "Recently, I made the decision to run for the office of Councillor, Ward 5 Toronto. Like many of you, I believe that we need to change the channel at city hall and elect a council that works together to realize the great potential that Toronto represents. I will have two main priorities as your city councillor. The first will be to faithfully represent you and ensure your voice is heard at City Hall, and that your vision for the city and the community of Ward 5 is given full consideration.

The second priority is to work hand in hand with the other 43 Councillors, along with the Mayor, towards building the kind of city that we can all be proud of. This will involve listening to and respecting other points of view and it will involve compromise and teamwork. I believe there is room for significant improvement at city hall in these areas.

  • I am running to keep taxes low by increasing productivity and efficiency within all city departments. We need to tax fairly, spend wisely, and we need to deliver quality service to residents.
  • I am running to improve the traffic congestion and transit issues that affect us all.
  • I am running to ensure that our community continues to be a safe place to live, work and raise our families.
  • I am running to protect our green spaces and parks from the increasing pressures of development. This is a vital   legacy we need to preserve for future generations.
  • I am running to ensure that we continue to invest in programs providing sports andrecreational opportunities for youth and programs that assist our fast growing population of seniors.
  • I am running to support electoral reform. Specifically, the implementation of term limits for City Councillors. Term limits will encourage new candidates to come forward with new ideas and new perspectives. I believe that city councillor was never meant to be a life long career.
  • Additionally, I believe it should be mandatory that a councillor resigns the seat if pursuing other opportunities including higher office. I also believe that any councillor appointed temporarily to the council seat not be allowed to run in the next municipal election so as not to gain an unfair advantage."[1]
 "One of the least natural things a political candidate is called upon to do is self promotion. I don’t believe many of us feel comfortable in that role but it is necessary…so please bear with me as I give you some of my background information.

I moved to Ward 5 as a very young man ( 2 years old) and have called it home pretty much since then.  I grew up just off Prince Edward Drive south of Bloor on Fairmar Avenue and one of the things I loved most about this area as a kid was the abundance of creek and river valleys and parks to play in. It would not be a stretch for me to call Mimico Creek my second home!

Many things have changed in Ward 5 since then, but I am happy to report that the river and creek valleys remain and they are truly a treasure that is unique to Ward 5. Certainly, it will be one of my goals to ensure that these are protected for future generations.


My career has been centred upon computer technology and I have worked for a number of organizations, some of them right here in the Ward 5 and Etobicoke Lakeshore area including Mr. Christies Bakery and The Ontario Food Terminal.

Most notably, I currently have my own business (KeyPoint Systems Limited) providing systems and software consulting to a variety of organizations. Prior to that, I was Vice President, Information Technology for one of the largest international production service companies in the motion picture and television industry.

I also had the honour to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces – Army Reserve for 14 years. I served in a number of leadership and instructor roles as an Infantry Senior NCO and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration.

I believe that it is important to try and give back and to serve the community in some way. I continue to serve in and support several veterans groups associated with the 48thHighlanders of Canada Regiment and I am involved in local charities such as Habitat for Humanity and the Toronto Out of the Cold Program.

Additionally, I coached local sports teams (Royal York Baseball League and Humber Valley Sharks Hockey) when our boys were younger.

I strongly believe that the qualities of leadership, teamwork and integrity are essential for a Toronto city councillor. Compromise and collaboration will achieve positive results. I believe that my background in business, the military and in community service has given me the experience I require to represent you at Toronto City Hall and I hope I can count on your support on October 27th."[1]


Guy Bowie's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Chelminska, Magda    

We have not found Magda Chelminska’s website.  To contact her, see the ChoiceStorm contact info list.

D'Aversa, Tony

Platform Headings:[1]


- Improved Public Transit

- Increased Pedestrian Safety

- Neighbourhood Preservation

- Lower Taxes

- A Renewed, Rebuilt Hockey Arena

- Improving Stormwater Management

"Tony is more than a resident of the Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore community; he’s also a successful entrepreneur, a community leader and a family man. He and his wife, Irma, have been married for 23 years with two children and a dog named Charly. He is the owner and president of Big Paper America Inc., a paper packaging company that supplies clients such as Loblaws, GFS Foods and MTY-Extreme Pita, and a former elected board member of the largest business improvement association in Canada with over 2, 200 business members.

Tony's Passions:

Tony is a longtime supporter of cultural events within Etobicoke-Lakeshore to showcase its unique character and to improve the quality of life for all its residents. He is Chair of the annual Humber Summit Wine Festival committee – a family-friendly event that celebrates the fall harvest, local foods and showcases Canada’s most famous wineries. Tony has also been a Management Board Member and Advisor to the Italian Contemporary Film Festival, held across Toronto, Vaughan, Hamilton, Montreal and Quebec City. At home, Tony is both a welcome ambassador and an usher at Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in the Kingsway, and a supporter of Villages of Hope Africa, sponsoring an HIV/AIDS orphanage in Tanzania that cares for children with love, dignity and respect."[1]

Tony D'Aversa' fully developed website is Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Desilets, Raymond

Do you want the best of both worlds?

If you envision a community which combines the best of urban and suburban living, then visit to learn more about:

The Provincial Growth Plan: the new urban hubs and mass transit systems being planned for the GTA and the impact they will have on Ward 5;

Etobicoke Centre: the importance of developing this high density area into
a mixed-use community rather than just another cluster of condos;

Queensway Revitalization: the City has designated The Queensway as one of its grand new “Avenues” but we must ensure that it lives up to this admirable title;

Express Streetcars: the more affordable way to get us downtown faster;

The province and city intend to transform and intensify our community by creating a massive new urban centre and redeveloping The Queensway. Together we can create the kind of change that 'we' want. Let’s build a more vibrant, balanced and livable community.[2]

Like all other candidates for Ward 5 Councillor, I don't have any experience sitting on City Council. Even if that wasn't so, voters must still ask what the next Ward Councillor can do for them going forward.

I'm the only Ward 5 Candidate who knows that...

  • The Ontario "Places to Grow Act, 2005" has been the top issue impacting the City of Toronto since its passing and will continue to be so for the next 15 to 20 years
  • One cannot understand the current development pressures and trends faced by the City without knowing the context and implications of this important provincial legislation.
  • Urban development and Official Plans are not rocket science. But the key to successful development is communicating these plans and policies to the city and ward residents and seeking their input and approval.

I'm very good at researching, analyzing and communicating policies and proposals effectively as evidenced through my website and public presentations. That is the first and most important step in effecting change to build a better Ward 5.[2]

Raymond Desilets' fully developed website is Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Di Ciano, Justin

Platform Headings:

"The Queensway Revitalization

The Westwood Theatre Lands and Six Points Reconstruction

Dundas Street Development and Intensification

Increased Transit Services in Ward 5

Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety"[1]

"Justin is a long-time resident of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and has always been a strong and active voice for Ward 5. He has the energy, experience, and record to tackle the issues that matter most to the residents of Ward 5."[1]

"Justin’s efforts made news earlier this year with the official opening of The Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women's Empowerment. As co-founder of this inspired and innovative centre, Mr. Di Ciano worked to established partnerships between local community groups, business leaders, the TDSB and our youth courts.  The new state of the art center will focus on education, nutrition, mindfulness and real-world job training for disadvantaged youth in Etobicoke-Lakeshore."[1]

"Justin Di Ciano is currently the Director & Chief Compliance Officer of Gross Securities Corp, a leading financial investment firm registered and governed by the Ontario Securities Commission. Justin’s business experience includes owning and operating businesses in the financial and automotive industries. Justin attended the University of Western Ontario where he studied Social Organization and Human Resources."[1]

Justin Di Ciano's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Lehto, George "Your Ward 5 -

A 10 Point Plan

- Tighter Fiscal Management and Accountability

- Revitalizing the Queensway

- A Commitment to Youth Initiatives
- Representing Your Interests

- Responsible Urban Development

- Greening Our Spaces

- Public Transit that Works

- Caring for Seniors

- Crime Prevention through Community Policing

- Bike Routes that are Friendly to Cyclists and Motorists"[1]

"I have been an elementary school teacher at an inner city school in the Toronto District School Board for 14 years. During this time, I have gained from this experience an appreciation of how to collaborate with parents, children, educators and community leaders to build a strong and progressive society.

I come from northern Ontario, where I grew up working in paper mills and building GO train cars to pay for my university education. I spent a year in France where I attended the Université Canadienne en France to improve my French language skills. After graduating from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, I worked as an assistant for the Honourable Lyn McLeod. I also spent one year completing Basic Officer Training with the Canadian Naval Reserves.

Later, as a case worker at Toronto Social Services, I spent five years working with youth, new Canadians and the underemployed. I helped them achieve positive change by linking them with training programs and jobs.

In 1999, I returned to university to pursue my dream of becoming a teacher. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education Degree and an Ontario Teacher's Certification, I chose to work at an inner city school where my grass roots skills and commitment to community initiatives would have the greatest significance."[1]

George Lehto's fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

Melnyk, Walter    

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

Samac, Nikola "As your Ward 5 Councillor, these are the qualities that I want to bring to City Hall - deep ties to our community, integrity, and a proven track record of running my business for over 35 years.

I promise you that I will work to keeping taxes as low as possible and make a concerted effort to spend for Ward 5 wisely and to deliver the services promised to you.  

As your Ward 5 Councillor, I want to address issues that are important to us all!

The GRIDLOCK that plagues Toronto's Commuters has to be addressed and decisions have to be made and carried out, not changed every time there is a new face. I feel that LRTs are the way to go.  These are the most cost and time effective way to go.

We need to look at ways to bring more business into Ward 5.  Westwood Theatre area would be an ideal location for the court house and reporting station that we lost on the East Mall. These would bring good paying jobs back into the area. 

I am totally for rejuvenating The Queensway  but not with high rise condominiums."[1]

"Hi, my name is NIKOLA SAMAC

In 1966 I came to Canada from the former-Yugoslavia.

After living and travelling across Canada, I eventually found my path and returned to Etobicoke where I met my wife Catherine. Here, we took our place, made our home, and have grown together as a family for the past thirty-three years. 

Our children attended high school at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute. Their summers were spent playing sports on local teams, learning how to swim at Norseman pool, and playing music at Humber College. This community has treated us well and the time has come for me to return the favour with my service.

As a business man, I have successfully owned and operated a medical consulting company for the past thirty-five years. My business experience has given me invaluable insights into management, finance, and business development."[1]

Nikola Samac’s fully developed website is  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.


Surma, Kinga

Platform Headings:[1]


- Development

- Revitalizing the Queensway

- Illegal Businesses

- Low Taxes and Budgeting

- Better Transportation

- Protecting the Character of our Neighbourhoods

"Kinga Surma is a proud resident of Etobicoke-Lakeshore (Ward 5), a tireless community volunteer and has a strong passion for public service.

Kinga recently left her position as a Parliamentary Assistant to the Member of Parliament for Mississauga-East Cooksville. She developed her passion for public service in her previous position working for the former Councillor.

Kinga's comprehensive knowledge of municipal, provincial and federal orders of government have allowed her to effectively address the concerns of Etobicoke residents to get results. In her free time, Kinga enjoys volunteering in the community and she has served as a board member with:

  • Stonegate Community Health Centre
  • Polycultural Immigrant Community Services

Kinga has also demonstrated commitment to the people of Etobicoke through her leadership role in several important initiatives:

  • Establishing a BIA on The Queensway
  • Creation of the first ever festival on The Queensway – “Celebrate The Queensway”
  • Working with BIAs on an ongoing basis to ensure the success of several projects including branding, marketing & long term streetscape planning
  • Kinga is particularly proud of the work she did helping to prepare victim impact statements about illegal body rub parlors which were presented before the courts

Her long-term commitment to serving the people of Etobicoke resulted in key roles during the 2010 Mayoralty race and both federal and provincial elections.

Kinga came to Canada from Poland when she was 5 years old. She understands the challenges that newcomers face when beginning their life here in Canada.

Kinga holds a degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Guelph and is currently completing post graduate studies at Ryerson University."[1]

Kinga Surma’s fully developed website is  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.



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  • Guest (Emmanuel L)

    Kinga Surma just came by my door and dropped off her "flyer" which has as her contact info.

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