The Ward 26/Don Valley West race was identified weeks ago as one to watch closely, with former police officer Burnside and Yale graduate Mohamed Dhanani acting as strong challengers to Parker.
It was a close race, but in the end it appears that Jane Pitfield’s right-of-centre stance didn’t sit well with area residents.
Fragedakis’ campaign had a heavily green theme, with talk of thicker tree canopies in residential areas and an adventurous push for more solar power.
Among Gershon’s top priorities is implementing full-day kindergarten in the TDSB and pushing forward with plans to build a school in Thorncliffe Park, for kindergarten to Grade 3 students.
Despite a scandal in Kennedy’s last term as East York/Ward 11 trustee, involving a conflict of interest concerning her children who are employees of the board, she was victorious, taking 47 per cent of the vote.
With 225 polling stations tabulated Kennedy has 47 per cent of the votes. Throughout the campaign, Kennedy stressed that she would implement policies ensuring that employee spending is monitored, and that she would maintain budget transparency.
However, in Ward 31/Beaches-East York, the voters appear to be heading down the same road in 2010 as they did in 2006. Incumbent Janet Davis holds a massive 8,716 vote lead over her nearest opponent.
A judge removed Kennedy from office this summer after finding that she was in conflict of interest when she voted on budget matters that could affect her children — employees of the board.
In Ward 26/Don Valley West, incumbent John Parker has jumped out to an early lead, but former police officer Jon Burnside is challenging; early returns have the two separated by fewer than 400 votes.
Council candidate Jane Pitfield says the Danforth business owners need the help of the city.
The candidate for Ward 29 said parts of the Danforth, between Coxwell and Victoria Park avenues, have been falling into decay.
East York Collegiate’s junior girls’ basketball team is midway through its season, continuing a streak of success. After a perfect record and city championship last year, they have yet to lose this season.