Toronto Votes 2014

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Mayoral candidate no stranger to political battles

Matt Mernagh starts his day vaporizing marijuana into a plastic bag. He smokes several times a day, consuming several grams to relieve pain from an inoperable brain tumor that causes seizures. He has fibromyalgia, which in addition to pain causes his spine to curve sideways. For almost 20 years, Mernagh, 40, has fought for the rights of medical marijuana users; he’s been attempting to legalize marijuana in an ongoing court case with the federal government. This year, however, Mernagh is fighting a different battle. This year, he’s running to be mayor of Toronto.

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Mayoral candidate running for keeps

A troop of inquisitive Girl Guides lines up for autographs in front of a local celebrity, an 18-year-old Guide running for mayor. “I was sick of waiting for grown-ups to fix things for me,” Morgan Baskin said. Candidate Baskin sat in the basement of the Cosburn United Church in front of the Guides, speaking about women in leadership.

Olivia Chow kicks off mayoral bid

Scarborough transit was on former NDP MP Olivia Chow’s mind as she launched her campaign to be Toronto’s next mayor. At 11 a.m. on March 13, Chow stepped onto the podium at St. Simon-the-Apostle Anglican Church at 525 Bloor St. E. to address a large crowd of supporters and media.