About the Ward

Humber River-Black Creek is in northwest Toronto, bordered by Humber River on the west, Keele Street on the east, Steeles Avenue on the north, and Highway 401 to the south. It is one of the poorest wards in the city, with an average household income of $65,458, well below the city-wide average of $102,721. The ward is also home to a large immigrant community—58 percent of residents are immigrants, 29 percent of which are refugees. Incumbent Ward 7 Councillor Anthony Perruzza has served on city council since 2006.

Where the Candidates Stand

It’s the battle of York Region stalwarts. Longtime councillor Peruzza is running against the son of the man he defeated in 2018, Christopher Mammoliti. But they aren’t the only two in the mix: offering a progressive alternative is Amanda Coombs, who is running on a platform that prioritizes affordable housing, tackling gentrification, making child care and mental health services accessible, and creating safe and inclusive recreational spaces to engage youth and seniors.

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 identify a dozen votes that are the most telling on different issues: homelessness, transportation, housing, policing, taxes, and the environment. We then asked all candidates to participate in a survey on how they would have voted on those same 12 motions. Only Coombs responded to The Local’s survey.

Here Are the Takeaways

  • Peruzza’s support lines up perfectly with Tory’s, save for one motion: he did not vote on whether to make ActiveTO bike lanes permanent.
  • Coombs only mirrors Tory and Perruza on two issues: she would not hike property taxes at all, even to fund a TTC fare freeze.
  • However, on everything else, her votes are much closer to left-leaning councillors. Coombs supports more affordable units for Housing Now, and putting bathrooms in encampments.

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 11, 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