Julie Dabrusin

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Dabrusin asks East Yorkers about Canadian media

One issue that was seemed to be important to those attending is recent cuts to government funding for the CBC. Several attendees said that the CBC is the epicentre of Canadian culture and identity, and it deserves to be protected and promoted — not treated like a private broadcaster.

Dabrusin scores one of election night’s biggest upsets

Going into yesterday’s election, one thing seemed certain: NDP incumbent Craig Scott was safe in Toronto-Danforth, the riding that everyone considered a New Democratic fortress in Toronto — the riding of the late, beloved NDP Leader Jack Layton. Julie Dabrusin and the Liberals proved them all wrong.

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Scott swept aside by Liberal tide

NDP incumbent Craig Scott has been defeated in Jack Layton’s old riding of Toronto-Danforth by Liberal Julie Dabrusin in an unexpected turn of events. In a close race for the East York riding, Dabrusin was able to edge out Scott by a margin of 1,797 votes – 22,297 votes for Dabrusin to 20,500 for Scott.

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Liberal ‘red wave’ rises in Atlantic Canada, carries into East York

At 10 p.m. the CBC announced that Liberals will form the next federal government. With earliest results coming from Atlantic Canada, the CBC said that the so-called “red wave” had swept the Atlantic region, unseating such sitting Conservative cabinet ministers as Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea and Aboriginal and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt.

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Toronto-Danforth candidates differ on alternative election formula

How Canadians actually choose their federal government got a full airing at Tuesday night’s all-candidates meeting in the Toronto-Danforth riding. Candidates contesting the riding offered their views about replacing the traditional “first-past-the-post” election with proportional representation. The latter would see percentage divisions in the electorate represented in the House of Commons.

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Canvasser sees job as community commitment

He’s done it municipally. Now Sam Dyson is doing it federally. “Face-to-face interaction with people is by far the most effective way to convey our message,” he said. “Most importantly (we) hear what people are concerned about.” Sam Dyson, 23, is a campaign aide to Liberal candidate Julie Dabrusin (in the Toronto-Danforth riding) in the campaign leading up to the Oct. 19 vote.