I'm a person who wants to make Toronto more people-friendly and
hopes that by doing so, Toronto won't need to tell the world that
it is first class.
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I am a classical musician and craft-maniac who is also hardworking
and passionate about politics and social justice both at the global
and local levels. I want to build community in Canada's largest
city and make sure that everyone is represented. Our record for
waste-management and noxious emissions is abysmal and I want Toronto
to clean itself up – more work on the city's bike plan and
less waste, in fact, zero waste, by 2020.
Ains for Lanes.
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I am Albert Veira, a 21 year old student currently completing my
final year of College in Social Work. I have worked and volunteered
numerous community organizations. I currently sit on the board of
a community health centre. I want to address the lack of recreation
in the Etobicoke-Lakeshore area for young people. To make Toronto
a better safer place to live for; newcomers, seniors, and young
people. To utilize this opportunity to share my vision of Toronto
with the citizens of this complex and wonderful city!
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I am Alice. I am a recovering academic, having spent too long getting
a 'formal education' - now it's time to stop navel-gazing and actually
do something useful. I am running because I am tired of writing
letters and sending them out into the ether. And, to butcher a Mark
Twain quote: Loyalty to the city always, loyalty to the government
when it deserves it. This is a great city, but goodness knows it
needs some new leadership.
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I am a student at University of Toronto at Scarborough finishing
up my undergraduate studies in Life Sciences and Political Science.
Having a permanent disability since the age of 4 1/2 months has
in no way deterred me but only made me strong and has always wanted
to make me do more. Ever heard people say “youth are the future
of the country”…well the future of the country wants
to be involved so here I am. I am also running because I want to
promote civic engagement. Your city, you need to step up!!!
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I am a leader and I have a vision for Toronto. Too many people say
they will do things and make change, but I am different. I`m just
the face but it`s the people of Toronto that will do it themselves,
and I have the power to motivate them. My name is Angela Jonsson
and I am the face of hope that Toronto needs to be the best it can
be and this begins right now!
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Rita La Gamba
I love Toronto's diversity, our warm hospitality and summer street
festivals that attracts tourists from around the world, and the
high standard of living that makes us lucky to call Toronto home!
However, more action needs to be taken in finding and implementing
solutions towards homelessness, improving public transit for both
416 and 905 areas and reducing the current wave of violence on our
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a journalist I have covered many events and festivals, as well as
interviewed hundreds of people. I feel the City of Toronto needs
a councillor who can speak with everyone from Prime Ministers and
news makers to the homeless and children. I am non-partisan (unlike
most of our current council) so what comes out of my mouth will
have everything to do with the city and the people who live it in.
Not partisan politics!!!
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I am a 32
year old, politically incorrect, hard working, dog loving resident
of the City of Toronto, who is simply tired of pandering politicians
who never speak their mind, because their jobs depend on always
saying the safe and polite answer without offending anybody. The
city needs new, bright, and youthful thinkers to truly address
what will keep this city a great place to live for years to come.
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am a very enthusiastic, responsible, and driven person who enjoys
working with different organizations, communities, and most
importantly people living in these communities around the city
of Toronto. In addition, I am 29 years old professional living
in Etobicoke. I graduated from University of Toronto with Hon.B.A.,
where I also ran for Varsity Blues as a track athlete, and later
acquired my MBA in Marketing from University of Windsor.
I am running because I would like to dedicate my skills, educational
background, and community work experience to the residents of
my future Ward!
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My name is Aruna, I'm an 18 year old Scarborough native, here to
make a difference in today's municipal governement. We need change,
something different, something that will shake up the masses and
get them involved! A city councillor should be dedicated, ready
to take on anything and everything to get the job done and should
be able to represent their riding to the best of anyone's ability,
by making sure that their population's voices are heard!
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A poet, a mother, a poor littl' drummer. Urban slaves unite. Fight,
fight, fight. We have the right, to take back the power, this is
YOUR HOUR! I'd do my absolute best to hear every voice and see all
peeps represented -- from the paid to the rented. I think we can
all acheive a peaceful city. Let's be innovative and fund initiatives
that green this space. I am scared to be here and traumatized. We
all need counselling. OUR toxic waste needs to be put away.
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My name is Bahar Aminvaziri and I am a 27 year old engineer.
I believe I have the much needed ambition and dedication to lead
Toronto toward becoming the Number One city in the world, for respecting
humanity, culture and the environment.
We need to bring safety back to Toronto and wipe out child poverty
and homelessness. I would like to see “energy conservation”
and “waste minimization” become part of our culture
as much as “hospitality” or “open-mindedness”
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My name is Ben Hacking and I am a proud resident of Don Valley East
and student at the University of Toronto (3rd year Political Science/History).
While I believe that Toronto is an awesome city with beautiful people
from all walks of life, I believe some integrity needs to be restored
to Toronto’s reputation. “Toronto, the good” is
a fallacy as long as council allows people to live and die on the
streets. Councilors must act for all of their constituents as guarantors
of both social and economic development.
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I am running for City Idol because I feel it is time for me to take
action and express my ideas instead of complaining about the ineffectiveness
of today's politics. Toronto is a great city with a lot of potential;
however, there are many issues that need addressing.
Toronto needs a city councillor with a VOICE for the constituents
who's not afraid to say "NO" and "YA RIGHT!"
It's time for change and I believe I have the abilities to create
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I've lived in every major region of Toronto, each with unique people,
diverse needs, and issues. I have gone away enough to compare Toronto
with "elsewhere" and know I love it best. I also love
it enough to want more from it. Our energy consumption is atrocious,
public transit needs renewal, and we need more action and less talk
when it comes to homelessness, unemployment, and accommodations
for people with disabilities. I intend to be a catalyst in bringing
change to our Toronto.
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I am a problem solver, both by my nature and my background, and
I think the most rewarding problem to solve would be ending the
suffering that is so prevalent in the world. I entered City Idol
because I want to change the world by small things, one thing at
a time. I love Toronto. I am a very proud citizen of this city,
of the downtown, and I think I can make those differences that will
really count and improve the lives of people here.
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My name is Christopher Swiat, I live in Parkdale-High Park, and
I am running for City Idol. I am a student in my second year of
study at Ryerson University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in
Occupational Health and Safety. I am running for City Idol because
I feel that there is a lack of youth involvement in politics,
and that there is a reason for it. With a relatively young person
as councillor in City Hall, I feel that the youth voter turnout
will increase and youth political involvement will increase.
I'm running because the contest serves as a brilliant new attempt to
further democracy and provides new venue to the average
citizen while broadening public debate. City Council
needs new ideas, new blood and reform.
A City Councillor has to be open, accessible, a good listener, consensus
builder and have courage and backbone when needed. By definition,
a Councillor represents others and must encourage and facillitate
broad citizen involvement. Ecological and ethical standards are
the essential philosophical and practical keystones necessary for
the job. Good luck to all!
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I am a citizen of Toronto who has always played an active role
in the discussion of public issues. In my day job, I advise psychiatric
patients about their legal rights. I was previously a City Councillor.
Toronto has lost its way. Among other things, we need to address
the growing divide between affluence and poverty along racial
lines, the overuse of automobiles, the suppression of local democracy.
City Councillors should welcome citizens into City Hall and demystify
My name is Dawn Ewing and I am a 30 year old mother of one. I am
the marketing communications/event coordinator at George Brown College.“Toronto
is a diverse city with surprising strengths, but struggling to address
its particular needs and issues.” * Toronto needs a city councillor
who is committed to understanding the causes of these issues and
open to finding and implementing solutions. I am running for City
Idol because I know I am willing to stand up and fight to enrich
the quality of life for all Torontonians and make it the best place
to live, work, learn and grow. *Quote from Toronto
Community Foundation Vital Signs 2005
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Arthur DENNIS Stark is a 44-year-old Aboriginal citizen born in
Toronto. He has dual undergraduate degrees in History and Journalism.
A former 1981 Canada Games double gold medallist, Dennis now pushes
for accountability and transparency with the publishing of
TANSI, his independently-owned Toronto Aboriginal newspaper.
As a City Idol Candidate, Dennis brings the concerns
of the Aboriginal community to municipal politics - a
first in Toronto's electoral history. He brings an Aboriginal
perspective to represent all Torontonians if elected in November.
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My name is Derek Chadbourne. I love riding my bike. I think
it's the best way to see this fantastic city. I'm mad for Toronto.
Unfortunately the city is not reaching its potential. Toronto can
become world class for its innovations and community programs. I
want to live in a city that is tolerant, caring with an ability
to dream. A city that cares for its citizens like a big old mamma
bear cares for its cub. I want to be your mamma bear, come
on give us a hug.
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My name is Desmond Cole. I am twenty four years old, and I work
as a tutor in the city. Like so many people, I came to Toronto
with big dreams and a little pocket change. I have entered this
competition to challenge Torontonians - especially those of my
generation - to take ownership of our city. I believe that our
City Councillors must be courageous, straightforward people who
are as willing to listen as they are to lead. Respect and good
luck to all the candidates!
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If you want something done well, do it yourself! That's why I want
to get involved in how my city is governed. Let me use my passion
for politics and my organizational skills to help Toronto live up
to its world city aspiration by making it one of the planet's best
places to live.
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I believe that everyone has a responsibility to contribute in a
positive way to their community. Keeping Toronto a working, vibrant
and vital city will take passion, commitment, leadership, listening
and patience. Rather than just looking at what is not working in
the city of Toronto I feel that we should look at it all. The growth
and governance of the city is fluid and needs to be growing and
changing at all times to meet the needs of the diverse population
that lives in the city.
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I am a lifelong resident of the city who has been an apartment
dweller and a homeowner, a TTC rider and a motorist, an artist
and a banker, and who's lived on both sides of Yonge Street. I
know that the multicultural nature of the city gives rise to opposing
points of view, but that a skilled councillor can find compromises
and solutions that will satisfy the needs of all the residents
of Canada's greatest city.
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about half my life in the Toronto core. I've spent much time and
effort on public interest and environmental causes including air
quality, car reduction, better transit and biking. I'm back on
the Cycling Committee in part to push the Bloor bike lane idea
(takethetooker.ca). I'd like to make a difference locally to clean
up our setting: bad air and climate change don't know boundaries
and we're climate cariminals, and not as green as people might
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I’m Helen – a 26 year old PhD student studying Molecular
and Medical Genetics. I’m a Greek-Canadian, and proud that
Toronto allows people to celebrate their unique cultures. I was
born in East York, raised in North York, survived high school in
Scarborough and have been studying and volunteering in downtown
Toronto for the past 8 years. Toronto is my home and I love it,
but I don’t think it has reached its full potential just yet
– that’s why I’m running for City Idol!
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Cities are created half by planning and half by accident. The Megacity
has had enough accidents.
I want you to vote for someone else if you 'just' want a city councillor
for three years.
Toronto's archipelago of 220 plus distinctive neighbourhoods need
acknowledgement, representation, and a champion for their future...
You choose HiMY, you get those foundations for the Great Toronto
we all are demanding to see early in our 21st Century. 'Nuff said.
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Hi! I’m running for City Idol because Toronto has lost its
mojo and I’m the little blue pill that will help this city
get its groove back. I’m Irwin Sampat, a person who’s
spent his entire existence living in Toronto and the GTA. If I
didn’t live here, I’d believe Toronto Unlimited (copyright?)
represented the stories on gun violence, budget shortfalls and
threatened job action by city employees. We need city councilors
who can be responsible financially, while working to improve the
quality of life in Toronto.
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My name is Jason Carey. I choose to participate in City Idol because
it offers the opportunity to bring to light many of the issues
that dwell in our great city. Issues that everyone knows about
and not enough people talk about. Getting citizens involved and
proving that they do have a say is what’s important. I want
to be a part of that, for myself and my city, our city, Toronto.
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My name is J.D. Kruger. I am a teacher, artist and social activist.
I have worked with grassroots political groups such as the Humanist
Movement, engaging in projects dealing with health care, homelessness,
and non-violence (including economic injustice). Teaching ESL,
I have helped students dealing with new immigrant experiences.
As an artist, I have worked in many media, and my portfolio can
be found at www.greenlion.ca. I practise Tibetan Buddhism, and
believe that spiritual enlightenment is one goal of humanity.
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I’m Jenny, I am an outspoken feminist, environmentalist, artist,
activist and satirist. (And I evidently like words that end in “ist”…)
I’m running because I feel as though I should be doing more
since I’m almost constantly aggravated by something. I figured
it was about time I put my money where my mouth is… (Trouble
is I have a very big mouth.) I’m very opinionated so expect
to hear the crack of the bat every time I speak.
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I am a Toronto native and city patriot, if such a phrase could be
said…why not? As a citizen and patriot I am well aware of
the various issues Toronto faces, such as pollution, gun crime,
our appearance to the rest of the country and to the world. By living
my life in the Jane and Finch area I have come to have a respect
for the need of communities and awakening people to take part in
their city. Through City Idol, I will do my part to keep Toronto
beautiful, sustainable and diverse. We must sustain our city’s
beauty at all costs.
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We all need to take a deep breath, and admit that Toronto still
ranks as one of the world's great cities. I'm no Bad Boy, but I
am a huge T.O. booster. City councillors are as potent as an 89-year-old
minus his Viagara. Unless this democratic imbalance is adjusted,
Toronto will remain second-class. We're a city of villages lacking
the political vision and cohesion necessary to transform our institutions
in the same manner as our current art and architectural revival.
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Over the past decade, I've contributed to a thriving independent
cultural scene in Toronto, and I'm interested in applying those
skills and ideas to the city as a whole. As Toronto grows, and increasingly
unique neighbourhoods cope with being part of an ever-growing whole,
it's important not to take for granted the potential we see in our
city, and to ensure good city councillors use the untapped power
of municipal government to aid in its continued growth and transformation.
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I believe that every single person in the City counts, and can make
a difference. The people that live in Toronto are the people who
know what the great and not so great things are about the city.
What a marvelous resource to tap into.
I believe that a Toronto City Councillor should be accessible to
all, with a true open door policy. Everyone has a voice, and I intend
to listen. I do not shy away from sensitive topics.
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I LOVE TORONTO!!! Every time I go traveling it just makes me yearn
to come home to the city I love. I love the diversity, the main
streets, the back alleys, the neighbourhoods and ravines that define
this city. Sure, this city has a lot of problems, but it also has
so much potential for change. I want to be a part of that change
and I hope to work with you to make our city a better place for
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My name is Keegan Henry-Mathieu and I'm a student at York University.
I believe a city councillor should not only represent the needs
and wants of the community, but also contribute new ideas and create
new opportunities for everyone in Toronto. I am running because
I want to ensure that the voices of all of toronto's young people
are brought to the table.
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I have travelled to alot of different cities and have an idea
of how Toronto stacks up. Generally this is a great city. Almost
anyone that you speak to thinks so whether they live here or are
just visiting. Just because this is a great city does not mean
that we can rest on our laurels however. Any great city is constantly
in a state of improvement and evolution. Toronto should be no
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I'm an avid cyclist who cares about this city, and there's just
one thing that I want to fix: our car problem. It's not that I don't
care about anything else (I do very much) but I believe that so
many other problems like violence, apathy, and hopelessness, stem
from spending too much time driving around in private metal boxes.
I believe that a councilor should be capable of tackling big root
problems like this - if they can't who can?
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Kevin Mercer is committed to the diversity and social fabric that
makes up being Canadian, and finds it fully reflected in Toronto.
A Toronto City Councillor should reflect the ambitions and hopes,
energies and efforts, concerns and cares of the whole city. City
Idol is a fun and interesting way to launch a campaign to contribute
to the city where I live, learn and play. Right now I live in
Riverdale, work to build an international consulting business
and lead an urban watershed protection organization. Let's Make
I'm a 10-year resident of Toronto and activist for quality living.
I enjoy bicycling through Toronto ravines and spending time on the
waterfront, sailing. Today, there are a number of threats to quality
living that, I believe, with decisive civic action, we can avoid.
As a city councilor, I look forward to being your political vehicle
for your immediate needs. I also look forward to facilitating a
community vision for the long-term plans of the city.
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I am a 36-year-old Toronto-born Black woman who is as subtle as
a brick thrown through stained glass. I make time to be a history
researcher, arts critic, and frugal urbanite active in the women's
and queer movements. My vision combines solid fiscal policy with
creative solutions for Toronto issues including housing, energy,
& transportation. As City Councillor I would ask hard questions,
speaking to and recognizing the needs of all communities. This city
must stop running in a vacuum.
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I am a 35 year old disabled woman and a 20 year resident of a social
housing community. Categorically I fit into the class that most
would consider to be among the “marginalized” of society
– belonging to the demographic for whose voice is seldom heard
among those running for political office and generally among those
stereotyped not to be considered serious candidates to do so.
I’m running for City Idol as I seek to change the typecast
of who makes a good candidate for Councillor.
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The reason why I am running is mainly because I will not sit around
and wait for my government and world around me to magically get
all better, nor will I have anyone else sit around and wait for
something I know in my heart that I; and the rest of the youth
are meant to change for the better ourselves. My biggest issue
with this city is the lack of honesty, the lack of love and the
lack of respect for everything. No more excuses why anyone in
office as city councillor can not push for a more honest and safe
I am running because I am disturbed by the antics and sub par
performance of our current Council. Our city needs responsible
leaders who can approach and solve our problems with pragmatic
and sensible solutions that will benefit all of our citizens.
This can be done by NOT subscribing to the same dogma and narrow
mindedness that has become the trademark of the current lot.
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I feel that our city is one of the best in the world, and that many
voices go unheard in critical policies formed all the time because
of the lack of excitement in the political system. I am running
for city idol so that I can learn more about our city while meeting
interesting and exciting people and taking part in this amazing
opportunity. I believe a city councilor should be a great listener,
leader and a person who is not afraid to stand with integrity.
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I am running for City Idol because I want to see our communities
prosper, both today and into the future. I aspire to work with
different organizations and individuals in an effort to help the
city of Toronto improve and succeed. Integrity and honesty serve
as the basis of my campaign. I can make a difference and have
the ability and the resources to better our communities. This
is the true heart of my initiative and it is something I wish
for the city of Toronto to celebrate.
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I’m very active in many volunteer activities for the community,
and also for social justice causes. Most recently, I helped to organize
a Chinese Head Tax display and discussion at Hart House.
I feel there are a lot changes that need to take place in our city
politics. One of them is financial accountability, and the other
is ethics and integrity to the public. A councilor should be ethical,
honest, and have a desire to create positive change in our society.
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I have experience on the local and global economic/political stage,
coupled with very strong environmental views. I have the networking
experience and competency to start projects like composting to reduce
city waste and alternative energy sources (biomass, wind, nuclear)
to cut back air pollution. I offer the best solution for Toronto
and with the support of City Idol in the fall I can build a better,
cleaner, more efficient Toronto.
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I am running for City Idol because our city is in a crisis and nobody
seems to be doing anything about it. In 2005 we choked through 48
days of SMOG ALERT. There were 58 cyclists and pedestrians killed
by cars. Public health is the responsibility of government. We need
to make it easier for people to do the right thing. We need creative
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I'm excited by this city. You can walk in the street blindfolded,
pick one person at random to share a drink with and be amazed at
what you could learn from them. Toronto is full of brilliant people
from all over the planet. I truly believe that with that energy,
we can create a city we can only dream about today. As a city councillor
I could help make that happen.
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I am a physician and my main interests are inner city and international
health, and environmental preservation. I have worked in downtown
Toronto, South America, Africa, Pakistan and India. I am also a
triathlete, vegan, and I love to write. My platform includes building
stronger ties with community groups, ensuring that healthcare is
equitably distributed, promoting the integrity of the waterfront,
and pursuing sources of renewable energy. Vote for passion, creativity,
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I am a dreamer, with great faith in what we are capable of doing
together. Lets us, together in solidarity, as one voice, struggle
against oppression, homelessness, failing communities, deteriorating
services and old ideas. Let us rize up, together in solidarity,
and in one voice let us overcome and effect change together.
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Paul Farrelly is a founder of VoteToronto.ca that publishes candidate
disclosures of campaign financing. I am running for City Idol
to make electoral financing transparent. A City Councillor should
be obligated to be a community builder responsible for articulating
the community interest and speaking for the interests and needs
of the citizenry in the face of vested interests.
I am an ambitious and enthusiastic student at U of T, studying math
and history but with a recently discovered penchant for politics.
I spend most of my time voraciously learning about anything and
everything, which helps make me an ideal candidate. I believe that
the city of Toronto has great potential for the near and distant
future, and that I am capable of helping it realize that potential.
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Like many of us, I’ve been talking for way too long about
our problems and how to fix them. You know what, it’s time
for me to finally get involved and do something about it.
Nothing is more important then the preservation
and protection of our environment. With a little change of perspective
we could become an example in sustainable living for the rest
of the planet. We live in a great city. Now let’s make it
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I am living in Scarborough South in the greater city of Toronto
for the last 25 years. I am 69 years old. In my opinion, a city
councilor should be a diligent leader. He should be sincere, honest,
trustworthy and knowledgeable. He must be connected to the people.
I am a physically challenged person, confined to wheelchair for
my living. I hope, my success will be a great source of inspiration
to many who feel disappointed or dejected. I am married, having
two grown-up children and five grand children.
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No doubt about it, Toronto is a unique and interesting city and
has evolved and matured in many ways, sometimes with careful planning,
and sometimes by the seat of its pants. At this current point in
history, it faces an interesting challenge which could lead to either
its ultimate success or downfall. Toronto is a project worth getting
involved in, and City Councilor is an effective way to get involved.
The hope is the City Councilors who do get elected are able to help
Toronto grow with everyone’s best interests in mind. That’s
why this contest is a worthwhile idea, and it’s the same reason
I would like to be a part of it.
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I am a Toronto based Paralegal and Undergraduate Student, who lives
in Scarborough. I am going into my Third Year next year at York
University studying Political Science. I am a problem solver and
would like to solve the problems of Torontonians to make the city
of Toronto a more Liveable City.
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I want to change the face of politics in this city. I want to bring
back the trust in the institution of government. I want to have
a say. I want to perform my civic duty by serving the people of
this great city. Most of all, I want my passion to work for the
people that elect me and put their trust in me. Toronto, let me
show you a fresh and honest way of running a public office. Let
me show you that at least one of us, if elected, will never forget
who pays their salary.
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I'm running because too many councillors
don't have a vision of Toronto that works for people instead of
corporations. I'm running because too many councillors don't have
the courage to stand up for the downtrodden, for the environment
and for public spaces. I feel that I have the vision, the courage,
and a genuine love for this city to make a great city councillor.
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Over the past two years, I have worked as a member of the Toronto
Youth Cabinet. Together we have successfully fought for hiring outreach
workers for newcomer youth and youth with disabilities, freezing
parks and recreation fees, and removing a ban on youth events at
a public square. To plead with politicians for action only to be
met with skepticism, hollow words of support, and foot dragging
is maddening enough to make one want to run for government –
so I did.
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In 1994, I ran for mayor (original city of toronto) and was considered
a fringe candidate and recieved no media attention. I was not invited
to participate in any mayoral debates.
I believe that public transportation is the key to sustainable urban
form. I believe that public transportation can and should be free.
It costs too much money to collect fares. I also believe that property
taxes should be eliminated and be replaced by
our ability to pay through our income taxes.
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My name is Sam Menard and I am a 29-year old MBA graduate working
at Bell Canada who has spent the past 5+ years living, working and
enjoying all this great city has to offer.
I am an energetic, results-driven, well-rounded individual and I
look forward to sharing my ideas on what I believe need to be the
key focus areas for Toronto going forward: Public transit, building
strong and inclusive communities and reducing our environmental
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I have been a resident of Toronto for over 35 years. A father of
3 and at times a part time student. I have many ideas about the
One inspiration that I have had for this city is to build Toronto's
first real toll causeway, connecting Toronto to Niagara Falls, ON.
This will give us a opportunity to access some of the 20,000,000
visitors that visit Niagara in the summer. This will also reduce
Fossil fuel consumption.
I think it will be fun to bring people to this forum to share and
explore their political Ideas.
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Sandra Romano Anthony
was a candidate in the 2004 and 2006 federal elections (York West).
I’m committed to fighting for improvements to the socio-economic
milieu of our most vulnerable. Some of my concerns include: more
affordable housing, improvements in community and public health
services, more support for families, the elderly and the homeless.
I will push the federal and provincial governments to make people
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I see a complete lack of leadership and political vision in our
great City. I see leaders so far out of touch with their communities
they couldn’t possibly make the right decisions, leaders too
indecisive to get the job done. A City Councillor should be a morally
decisive leader who makes decisions that benefit the whole and not
the few and not succumb to the pressure of big business. I wish
to speak for the voices that go unheard or simply just ignored.
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In order to make my candidacy interesting I have developed a platform
to run on. I will advocate administrative reforms in the departments
of parking enforcement and public health, strategies to encourage
development of robust communities and community safety initiatives
that would encourage greater participation by victims of crime.
I am running for City Idol because our democracy is only as strong
as we make it. How better can I support democracy than by taking
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My name is Shamez Amlani, I run a small restaurant in Kensigton
Market. I am also a cycling advocate and help run Pedestrian Sundays
where our neighbourhood becomes car-free several days of the year.
This initiative could benefit many neighbourhoods across the city,
transforming your world from parking lot to public playground,
building community and cleaning our air at the same time.
I think a city councilor should have to wear a cape to remind
them of the awesome responsibility they have towards their fellow
citizens. They have to be a superhero!
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We've been duped if we buy the spiel that we live in one of the
world's most free and fair democracies. An electoral system which
nearly always bestows victory upon the candidate with the most extravagant
election campaign should be one of many wakeup calls to us that
democracy is being successfully deterred – and working class
people are not only the ones paying the price, but starving on the
poison of lies, while the rich dispose of the lifeblood that is
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I am running for City Idol because I want to see more effective
and inclusive representation at City Hall. Underrepresented populations
such as: women; LGBT people; youth; people of colour; low income
people; and people with disabilities must be well represented, and
City Idol has the potential to give voice to these communities.
I want to contribute to City Idol as a political empowerment project
which will support emerging voices and ideas, and inject them into
our local political structures.
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My name is Tanya Gulliver and I am an energetic, enthusiastic woman
dedicated to creating change. I work with those who are often excluded
from municipal processes and want to find ways to create more community
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I am Uche, a man with a love for positive development and exposure
to challenging ideals. I am running for the city idol because I
feel I am able to communicate clearly and will definitely bring
the appropriate focus on issues and topics that affect the city
we love, Toronto. I feel I can bring a realistic and honest perspective
reflecting the thoughts of the people.
A City Councilor is someone who is able to broadcast the view of
the citizens with a realistic understanding.
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