About the Ward

With a population of 108,470, Davenport is a diverse and bustling neighbourhood in which 68 percent of residents identify as a visible minority and 41 percent are landed immigrants. The Ward includes the neighbourhoods of Fairbank, Oakwood-Vaughan, St. Clair Gardens, Corso Italia, Dovercourt Village, Bloordale Village, Bloorcourt Village, Brockton Village, the Junction Triangle, and parts of Rua Acores. The median age of residents is 36.7 years old and the average household income is $80,807, both below the city average. The outgoing councillor, Ana Bailão, has served on city council since 2010.

Where the Candidates Stand

With no incumbent in Davenport, the race is wide open. Alejandra Bravo is perhaps the most high-profile candidate: she ran for MP in Davenport in the 2021 federal election under the NDP slate, placing second with 19,695 votes—just 165 fewer than incumbent Liberal MP Julie Dzerowicz. Bravo also ran in the 2003, 2006, and 2014 municipal elections, coming in second to incumbent councillor Cesar Palacio each time. Her opponents are, however, an experienced bunch, with many active in a number of social causes and businesses in the neighbourhood.

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

  • Though a progressive candidate, Bravo did not respond to whether she would support a two percent property tax increase, police budget cuts to support rent supplements, or personal vehicle taxes. She said in her comments that, “My answers ‘prefer to answer’ do not mean I don’t agree with the sentiment. They are related to implementation issues.” She also does not support toilets for encampments.
  • Shaker Jamal, a community advocate and Steelworkers union representative, was the only respondent in favour of all tax increases.
  • The candidates most closely aligned with John Tory are Grant Gonzales, Steven Leca, and Allie Spencer.
  • There were only two issues that every single candidate agreed on across the board: banning above rent guideline increases in Housing Now units, and considering a stormwater charge.

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.