About the Ward

Scarborough-Guildwood is bordered by Highway 401 to the north, Morningside Avenue to the east, Markham Road, Bellamy Road, and McCowan Road to the west, and Lake Ontario to the south. It includes the neighbourhoods of Guildwood, West Hill, Morningside, Woburn, and Scarborough Village. Visible minorities make up 71 percent of the ward’s population, with one out of every three residents being South Asian. At $72,289, the ward has a lower household income than the city average ($102,721). Incumbent councillor Paul Ainslie was first elected to city council in 2006.

Where the Candidates Stand

There are four candidates in the race for the Scarborough-Guildwood city council seat, including incumbent Paul Ainslie, who was re-elected easily in the 2018 with 67 percent of the votes. He is facing three challengers, Habiba Desai, Vivian Parker, and Keiosha Ross (see their fact-checked bios in the next section).

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 Ainslie voted.

Firstly, the participation rate in the survey was low—permitting a head-to-head comparison between Ainslie and Desai only.

Here Are the Takeaways:

  • Incumbent Paul Ainslie consistently voted with Mayor John Tory (and other right-leaning councillors), and took conservative positions on taxes and policing.
  • Habiba Desai took similar positions as Ainslie on taxes, opposing additional property tax increases and the possible re-introduction of a personal vehicle tax; on housing, Desai differs from Ainslie in her support for more affordable housing units for the Housing Now initiative and a restriction on above guideline rent increases for those units.

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.