In this issue

Analysis by The Local

A John Tory Landslide, and New Faces on Council

With dismal voter turnout and a third term for Tory, the city’s election presented some expected results—and a few big surprises.


Candidate Tracker 2022

The only place to find reported, fact-checked info about every Toronto candidate for mayor, councillor, and school trustee—in every ward, all in one place. For the June 26, 2023 mayoral by-election, visit Candidate Tracker 2023

Investigation by Inori Roy

The Deadly Inequality of Toronto’s Vision Zero Rollout

An investigation by The Local using FOI requests, city-wide speeding data, and analysis of council minutes, reveals a system that makes wealthy downtown neighbourhoods safer while leaving lower-income inner-suburban communities to fend for themselves.

Investigation by Emma Buchanan

The Mysterious French School Trustee Candidates Who Don’t Speak French

When parents at the Viamonde school board became suspicious of the only two trustee candidates running in their ward, they investigated. Now one candidate says he’s ready to resign, as the controversy threatens the legitimacy of the entire election.

Feature by Emma Buchanan

After a Voided Election, A Surge of Interest in a French School Trustee Race

Last fall, a French school trustee election imploded when it emerged that no one running actually spoke French. Now the by-election in Viamonde Ward 3 — Centre has a crowded slate of eager candidates and an increase in voter enrollment.

Analysis by Ali Raza

Ward Profile: An Uphill Battle in Etobicoke North—Ford Country

After 22 years of representation by the Ford family, Ward 1 has the chance to elect a new voice.

Analysis by Ashley Okwuosa

Councillor Michael Thompson Is Facing Sexual Assault Allegations… Now What?

With the councillor facing charges, five low-profile challengers in Ward 21 — Scarborough Centre are hoping to break through the inertia of incumbency.

Analysis by Daniel Rotsztain

Ward Profile: The Next Councillor of Ward 9 — Davenport Will Need to Bridge Divides

In a ward spanning the inner suburbs and the inner city, a new crop of candidates try to go beyond the right-left political narrative.

Feature by H.G. Watson

New Downtown Councillors Will Have a Tough Job from Day One—Managing Development

With an exploding population, constant building, and wards the size of small towns, the candidates who win Toronto’s downtown seats will inherit problems, and possibilities.

Perspective by Alison Motluk

Everything You Need to Know About School Trustees

We don’t elect people to oversee any other specific public service. But maybe we should?

Perspective by Adele Lukusa

Why Voting Will Never Be My First Priority

For people like me, voting often feels like an easy political act that changes little. My political engagement comes in other forms.

Feature by Inori Roy

Call the Police… Then Wait

The Toronto Police take three times longer than they should to get to the most urgent emergencies. Why a $1.1 billion force doesn’t come when you need them.

Analysis by Brennan Doherty

Ward Profile: In Ward 16 — Don Valley East, Who Speaks for the Renters?

The majority of residents in Don Valley East rent. But in a city dominated by the politics of property owners, who will represent them?

Analysis by Aparita Bhandari

Ward Profile: In a Tight Race in Willowdale, All Questions Lead to Housing

A controversial supportive housing project on Cummer Avenue has become a point of contention between the three lead candidates hoping to lead Ward 18.

Feature by Jason Herterich

Pulled Off Wheel-Trans and Forced onto the Subway

Cost-cutting measures will push thousands of paratransit users onto the TTC, with disabled and elderly riders forced into gruelling bus and subway trips.

Feature by Dhriti Gupta

The Gaping Holes in Our Election Accountability System

Who keeps Toronto’s elections honest? Just the motley collection of activists, weirdos, partisans, and nerds who use the compliance audit system.

Feature by Tai Huynh

How Toronto’s Councillors Became Nearly Unbeatable

The numbers don’t lie: this city’s incumbency advantage is the worst in North America.