Nelson Wiseman

Randy Bucao

Toronto’s new council: white, again

First-time candidate Randy Bucao never thought the colour of his olive skin was going to be a problem in his campaign during the recent 2014 Toronto municipal election. A mechanical engineer who moved to Canada in 1994, he’s been heavily involved with the city’s Catholic school board, and his Filipino-Canadian organizations in Toronto. Bucao knew he would face a challenge campaigning for a council seat in a heavily ethnic area, Ward 10, York-Centre, but not blatant racism from some residents.

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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.

Canvassing gets candidates up close to Toronto electorate

He has been knocking on doors for years. He knows his pitch very well by now. As he approaches one of the doorsteps at Roxton Road, in Little Italy, he gently knocks on a door and patiently waits for someone to open the door. “Hi there, I’m sorry to bother you,” he said. “My name is Mike Layton, I’m running to be your city councillor. I’m just coming by to say hello and see if there are any issues on your mind.”

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Expert says premier’s gender makes no difference

A University of Toronto says having a female premier will not change the nature of Ontario politics. On Saturday, Kathleen Wynne won the Liberal leadership and will become Ontario’s 25th premier. She defeated principal contender Sandra Pupatello and four other candidates during the convention held at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Maple Leaf Gardens. Nelson Wiseman, a U of T political science professor, says the leader’s gender does not matter.,“Having a female premier to me does not make much of a difference,” he said.

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Prorogued legislature leaves unfinished business in limbo

Marsha Walker sat restlessly on her couch as she watched the news of premier Dalton McGuinty’s resignation and prorogation of the Ontario legislature. McGuinty announced he was quitting as Liberal leader and proroguing the legislature — essentially suspending the province’s parliament for a while — on Oct. 15.