About the Ward

Don Valley East is roughly bordered by Leslie Street to the west, Highway 401 to the north, Victoria Park to the east, and the Don River to the south. It includes the neighbourhoods of Flemingdon Park, Don Mills, Graydon Hall, Parkwoods, and Victoria Village. The ward has an average household income of $80,648, which is below the city average of $102,721. Outgoing councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong had served on city council since 1994.

Where the Candidates Stand 

Minnan-Wong’s departure has created a hotly-contested race in Ward 16, with 11 candidates entering the field, including a number of progressive candidates mounting a challenge in what has been a more conservative ward. Among the hopefuls are former candidates for provincial legislature, city council, and a former city councillor. (See their fact-checked bios in the section below).

The matrix below provides a head-to-head comparison of where council candidates stand. 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 key 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.

Six candidates responded to The Local’s survey.

Here Are the Takeaways

  • Overall, there was a fair amount of diversity in what issues candidates supported. Only hiking the industrial waste surcharge had unanimous support.
  • The only candidate who would raise property taxes, for any reason, was Nick Pachis.
  • Stephen Ksiazek, who has been endorsed by Michael Coteau, the current MP for Don Valley East, as well as the Toronto & York Labour Council, declined to answer the most questions, including those on including raising property taxes and cutting the police budget to pay for rent supplements.
  • Colin Mahovlich was the only candidate that supported cutting the police budget to fund rent supplements.

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 elections@thelocal.to. Last updated: October 22, 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.