Trinity-Spadina has been a hot political battleground this year. In June, residents voted in both the provincial election and the federal by-election. On Oct. 27, residents cast their ballots in the Toronto municipal election. Deciding…
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.”
When mayoral candidate Sarah Thomson walked into her campaign office last Sept. 9, she was greeted by a sometimes uncommon sight – reporters ready and waiting. “We became accustomed to the fact that every time I had a press announcement, the press wouldn’t cover it,” Thomson said. But the reporters’ presence that day was bittersweet. Thomson was about to drop out of the running for mayor of Toronto. According to Thomson, the room was so silent you could hear a pin drop.
“In 2010 my team completely redid my image,” Sarah Thomson says. “It was a very slick image and it wasn’t one that I was comfortable with.” Four years later, she’s taking a more “comfortable and authentic” approach with her wardrobe in this campaign.
Candidates for councillor in Trinity-Spadina — a whopping 22 of them — have their calendars marked for next Wednesday. The Rogers TV Ward 20 all-candidates debate is set for Sept. 24 at 2:30 p.m., and with so many voices competing to be heard, the debate promises to be interesting.
Jackhammering on Queen’s Quay and the faint humming of engines from the island airport rise above the morning street noise. Slowly, gridlocked traffic progresses toward the airport ferry terminal at the edge of Bathurst Quay. This congestion, Ward 20 council candidate Anshul Kapoor says, should not be allowed to get any worse.
Sarah Thomson is dropping out of the mayoral race and beginning her campaign for councillor of Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina, she has announced.
Votes will be cast on Feb. 27 for a new Toronto District School Board trustee to represent Ward 20, the Scarborough-Agincourt area.
A Rob Ford endorsement and the support of members of the Chinese community didn’t prove enough for Mike Yen against incumbent Adam Vaughan in Ward 20. First-time candidate Mike Yen faced an uphill battle attempting…
Ward 20 resident Gary Pieters wants to know what Toronto’s new mayor will do to help struggling neighbourhoods that aren’t flagged as priorities.