The Issues in Ward 3:
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About the Ward
Toronto-St. Paul’s includes parts of Davenport and North Toronto neighbourhoods such as Deer Park, South Hill, Forest Hill, Davisville, Chaplin Estates, and Casa Loma. The ward has one the highest household incomes in the city, at $155,470. It is also less diverse than most of the city—72 percent of residents are not visible minorities. Incumbent councillor Josh Matlow has served on city council since 2010.
Where the Candidates Stand
There are four candidates in the race for the Toronto-St. Paul’s city council seat, including incumbent Josh Matlow, who won the 2018 election with the majority of the votes (51.6 percent) despite running against another popular incumbent, Joe Mihevc (42.1 percent of the votes), after the Ford government merged their wards. In this election, there aren’t any recognizable names challenging Matlow for the seat (see their fact-checked bios in the next section). In fact, The Local could not find any information about two of the candidates (Antonio Corpuz and Bob Murphy, who is running again after finishing the 2018 election with just 342 total votes). The other challenger, Bryan Ashworth, is running for the first time and has no noteworthy civic experience.
The matrix below provides a head-to-head comparison of where council candidates stand on key issues. The Local combed through city council records to review all the decisions made over the last four years and identified a dozen votes that are the most telling on different issues: homelessness, transportation, housing, policing, taxes, and the environment. We then sent the challengers a survey asking them how they would have voted on those same 12 motions, adding the results to what we already know about how Matlow voted.
None of the challengers responded to The Local’s survey. So let’s use this as an opportunity to revisit Matlow’s voting record, and where he stands on the key issues relative to Mayor John Tory.
Here Are the Takeaways
- Matlow generally votes on the progressive side of issues, often in opposition to Mayor John Tory.
- Matlow voted in favour of council requesting a judicial inquiry into encampment clearings, including the use of force by the Toronto police, while Tory was against the motion.
- In contrast to Tory, whose priority of keeping property taxes low is well-known, Matlow voted in favour of increasing the tax rate by an additional 0.842 percent to fund programs like a TTC fare freeze; however, Matlow drew the line when council voted on a motion to increase property taxes by an additional 2 percent, which was supported by many members of council’s progressive block, including Joe Cressy, Paula Fletcher, Mike Layton, Gord Perks, and Kristyn Wong-Tam.
Correction: September 16—A previous version of the Candidate Tracker misidentified the Bob Murphy running for council in Water 12.
Information in Candidate Tracker was compiled and written by The Local’s team of journalists and fact checkers. City council candidates were emailed a questionnaire asking for information about their history, experience, and plans. They were also surveyed about their stances on twelve key votes that took place in the 2018-22 council term. Not all candidates were reachable or responded. The Local also conducted its own research to independently source and verify information about each city council and school trustee candidate. If you’re a candidate whose information is not here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Last updated: October 20, 2022.
Contributors: Inori Roy, Ann Marie Elpa, Nikky Manfredi, Danielle Orr, H.G. Watson, Emma Buchanan, Dhriti Gupta, Zeahaa Rehman, Neville Park, Nicholas Hune-Brown, Tai Huynh, Craig Madho, Steve Combes, and Lia Mattacchione.