John Papadakis

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East Yorkers remember personal gifts in Ford’s legacy

Grace Guarnieri never really knew Rob Ford, but she says he still left a lasting impression on her. In a phone conversation, some time ago, the owner of Second Elegance on Pape Avenue mentioned to the then mayor that her father was ill. Subsequently, Ford phoned back to ask if there was anything he could do.

“That’s epic. Who remembers that?” Guarnieri said. “I mean, just that act was consolation enough,” she said. “It was just him doing what he loved to do.”

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Papadakis comeback bid fizzles amid tide for Fragedakis

Incumbent Toronto-Danforth councillor Mary Fragedakis left two rivals with especially high hopes in the dust tonight as she gathered more than 60 per cent of the vote in a six-candidate field. Community activist Dave Andre had run a high-profile campaign, and former East York councillor John Papadakis had hoped for a comeback after serving one term on what was then borough council 20 years ago. Andre came in a poor second, with 25 per cent of the vote. Papadakis came in third, with just under 10 per cent.

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Council contenders rely on motivated, strong campaign teams

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, Helen Papadakis, 72, organizes the papers, business cards and flyers laid on the front desk at the John Papadakis campaign office in Ward 29. “I open the office, answer calls and speak with Greek people who don’t speak English,” she said. It’s part of her role in her son’s campaign to listen to constituents’ problems and to establish a general rapport with voters ahead of the Oct. 27 municipal election.