2014 Municipal Election

The next Toronto municipal election is on Monday October 27, 2014.

Let's use this forum to discuss any issues, especially local ones, that might come up in the election. Try to stick to municipal politics, specific to the Junction Triangle and overall Ward 18 areas, though mayoral politics and the effect on us locally is certainly valid.

Here's the final list of Ward 18 candidates, as of September 12 2014. Links go to official campaign websites, Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, etc. Please leave any updated links in the comments below.

The official up-to-date list is maintained on the City's website:

Some additional info links:

  • Position Primer - Probably the most comprehensive summary of candidates' positions/policies, as put together by Women in Toronto Politics
  • Choice Storm website has been maintaining a good list of candidate info too.

All Candidates Meetings:

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Made the Difference

Some numbers worth noting from Monday's election for Councillor in Ward 18 Davenport. The Junction Triangle is made-up of four polling districts at the municipal level - polls one, six, seven and eight cover the entire neighbourhood.
There were 2796 votes cast in the Junction Triangle for Councillor. Ana captured exactly 50% support with 1398 votes and won three of the four polls. Alex got 831 votes (29.7% support).
Without jumping to too many conclusions, it is safe to say that the 567 vote plurality that Ana gained in the Junction Triangle played a big part in securing her victory over Alex by 850 votes.
You can find all the official Davenport results online by following the link.

The Globe on Ward 18

The Globe has an article about the Ward 18 race, featuring Mazer, Bailao, and Hunt.

Ask Alex Mazer, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Hi there,

At the request of a couple people from the Junction Triangle Parents Facebook group, I have arranged an "ask Alex Mazer" coffee session for undecided voters. It will be on Wednesday, October 22 at 10:00 a.m. at Propeller Coffee.

Alex's full platform is online. He received the Toronto Star's endorsement as well as those of many residents, community leaders, city builders, and artists. (Sarah Polley's endorsement came today.)

Please share this with your neighbours who might be undecided. I know I encountered many when canvassing last weekend.



lawn signs without permission

Mohammed Uddin's campaign team placed two signs on our fence without permission.

they have also placed signs where other candidates signs are placed on private property.

Stray signs

I know a family on Perth that has an Uddin sign mysteriously appear on their lawn. They promptly removed it.

Ward 18 Matters

Hi there!

For your consideration...

I'd like to share the latest video from the Alex Mazer Campaign with you called "Ward 18 Matters."

Have a great day,


Transit #1 Election Issue

Here the group TTC Riders rates the Mayoral candidates on transit: http://www.ttcriders.ca/ttcriders-unveils-2014-vote-transit-report-card/

And here they rate our councilors by their voting record: http://www.ttcriders.ca/record-of-city-councillors-transit-votes-that-re...

The Star endorses Alex Mazer

The Toronto Star has written an early endorsement of several candidates, including Alex Mazer for ward 18.

Ward 18 debate audio

If you missed last night's meeting, candidate Paul Alves made an audio recording and posted it to his website: http://www.paulalves.com/ward18podcast

City Councilor options

Are there any good candidates this year's election... ones that don't get charged for drunk driving?

Lets talk about issues instead.

Nobody condones drunk driving. But cheap shots by cowards lowers the debate. Lets talk about issues instead.

Drunk driving directly relevant and should not be ignored

The issue of drunk driving is highly relevant. Drunk driving is a criminal offense, one, which as a society we consider to be so offensive that upon suspicion we suspend the drivers license of the person without need of due course. Once convicted further punishment is both immediate and harsh. We should not so easily dismiss the actions of a person who perpetrates such an offense simply due to their status, or because we otherwise like them. We expect elected officials to both lead by example and show significant judgement in the carrying out of their duties, being guilty of such an offense shows a significant failing of the required judgement; moreover while we have ostracised Rob Ford (whom I do NOT support) for his actions while being drunk in public, none of those actions resulted in charges let alone conviction. We should hold every elected official to the same standard.

Matter Was Settled By A Judge

If the impaired driving conviction was part of a pattern of questionable behavior, then there would be a reason to pursue this issue. Should voters be aware of it, yes. But they should also know that Ana admitted her wrong, pleaded guilty and took her punishment. Her office continued to function, she never disappeared on a leave of absence or blamed anyone else for her behavior. She has demonstrated a strength of character through all of the media attention and public scrutiny and still delivered tangible results. That's an admirable kind of resilience. She's no pushover and that's the kind of person I want as my elected representative.

Although criticism of drunk

Although criticism of drunk driving is valid, I'd prefer if people didn't post anonymously, especially attacks / criticisms of any particular candidate. In general, I think if you have something to say, you should be able to put your name on it, except in rare cases of confidentiality etc.

Are there any good candidates? Yes there are. Let's hear about who they are and why.

Coffee with TDSB Candidate

Coffee with the Candidate. This Saturday morning (Sept.20) from 10 a.m. until Noon Public School Board candidate Marjolein Winterink will be at the Caldense Bakery on Symington. If you have questions or concerns about your child's school, this is a great time to chat in a relaxed environment over coffee. Marjolein is interested to here what parents want in their schools and will be ready to share her ideas with you. Please join us! More info about Marjolein can be found at www.marjoleinwinterink.com

re: tdsb candidates

i only know one, Jacqueline McKenzie:

EDIT: it's on the link from the original post - here it is though (currently):

Dean Eyford
Liz Jackson
Jacqueline McKenzie
Marit Stiles
Marjolein Winterink

tdsb candidates

Does anyone know how I can find out who the tdsb candidates are? I have searched the internet and found only 1 person. Thanks

Elsa's Twitter -