Outgoing New Democrat calls for new MP to attend to youth

In his defeat Monday night in Scarborough Southwest, the incumbent called on the victorious Liberal candidate to address constituents’ needs. Nationally, the Liberals won a majority government and, according to CBC’s Canada Votes site, Bill Blair became the new MP by capturing 51.9 per cent of the vote. NDP incumbent Dan Harris came second with […]

Michelle Berardinetti takes Scarborough Southwest for a second term

Michelle Berardinetti celebrated her second win in Ward 35-Scarborough Southwest Monday night. “There is always great competition in this ward but I was hopeful and confident running on my previous record. I knew residents would be supportive [of me] because I fought very hard for them these past four years,” Berardinetti said. “I am very […]

First-time candidates motivated by urge to give back

Twelve years ago, Masihulla Mahebzada immigrated to Canada. He chose Cougar Court, just north of Eglinton on Markham Road, as his new home. “My life moved forward in Scarborough,” Mahebzada said. But Cougar Court has also witnessed shootings and murders, including those of 16-year-old Mahamed Adbi Warsame and 22-year-old Ricardo Erik, who were both killed in 2008 within 10 days of each other. Violent crimes, such as these, have given the Scarborough Southwest ward a tarnished reputation. “(That’s why) I thought it was time to bring changes to the community I grew up in.”

Candidates juggle professional careers and the campaign

Paul Bocking needs to pick up a stack of papers waiting in his office at York University. He still plans to take a few months off from working on his PhD in economic geography, grading papers and meeting students once a week. Thanksgiving Monday, was a day of marathon marking. It’s one of the few […]

City and residents battle over plan to trim trees on Chine Drive

The fate of a line of century-old trees, the city has voted to cut down on Chine Drive in Scarborough, remains on hold. City plans along Chine Drive, where members of the Group of Seven artists met at one time, have called for the installation of sidewalks. And with a school located at the end of the street, city officials worry about the safety of travelling students beneath such elderly trees.

‘Liberal gladiators’ help Berardinetti to re-election

Today is his seventh wedding anniversary. Yesterday, he won re-election in Scarborough Southwest. Cheers greeted incumbent Liberal MPP Lorenzo Berardinetti as he and his wife, Coun. Michelle Berardinetti, entered his campaign office after his victory in the Oct. 6 election became clear.