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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.
With dismal voter turnout and a third term for Tory, the city’s election presented some expected results—and a few big surprises.
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.
A controversial supportive housing project on Cummer Avenue has become a point of contention between the three lead candidates hoping to lead Ward 18.
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.
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.
With the councillor facing charges, five low-profile challengers in Ward 21 — Scarborough Centre are hoping to break through the inertia of incumbency.
For people like me, voting often feels like an easy political act that changes little. My political engagement comes in other forms.
After 22 years of representation by the Ford family, Ward 1 has the chance to elect a new voice.
We don’t elect people to oversee any other specific public service. But maybe we should?
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.
The majority of residents in Don Valley East rent. But in a city dominated by the politics of property owners, who will represent them?
Cost-cutting measures will push thousands of paratransit users onto the TTC, with disabled and elderly riders forced into gruelling bus and subway trips.
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.
Who keeps Toronto’s elections honest? Just the motley collection of activists, weirdos, partisans, and nerds who use the compliance audit system.
The numbers don’t lie: this city’s incumbency advantage is the worst in North America.
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