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5 Toronto wards that will have new councillors in 2014

Posted by Chris Bateman / August 1, 2014

toronto council chamberThe majority of Toronto's city councillors are seeking re-election this October 27, meaning that, barring an unprecedented clear-out, there will be several familiar faces in the chamber next year. That said, several wards will certainly be electing a new representative, either because the incumbent has been elected elsewhere, or has decided not to run.

At time of writing, councillors Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre), Peter Leon (Ward 3, Etobicoke Centre), Mark Grimes (Ward 6, Etobicoke-Lakeshore), David Shiner (Ward 24, Willowdale), and Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre) have not filed registration papers, but could still enter the race (Lindsay Luby looks like she will do just that.)

Here are five council seats up for grabs this election.


Doug Ford hasn't completely ruled out running for re-election, but the presence of his nephew's name on the ballot is any indication, the mayor's brother will be sitting out the next term of office. Twenty-year-old Michael Ford and Andray Domise, a writer, financial planner, and community organizer, are among the favourites to fill the seat.


James Maloney, the replacement for MPP Peter Milczyn, says he's not running in October, leaving the door open for a new representative in Ward 5. Already on the ballot: Justin Di Ciano, who narrowly missed out on winning the council election in 2010, and Kinga Surma, Milczyn's former executive assistant.


Incumbent councillor Karen Stintz is making a bid for mayor, meaning the midtown ward of Eglinton-Lawrence is almost certain to see a new face come October. Stintz's former TTC advisor Jean-Pierre Boutros is running, as are nine other candidates. The ward was previously represented by long-time councillor Anne Johnston.


With Adam Vaughan in Ottawa and his replacement Ceta Ramkhalawansingh vowing not to run for re-election, the downtown ward of Trinity-Spadina is up for grabs. At time of writing, there are 25 candidates in contention, including Joe Cressy, the NDP candidate who lost to Vaughan in the federal by-election earlier this year, who has the support of former mayors David Crombie and John Sewell.


Former budget chief Mike Del Grande, a firm believer in term limits for city councillors, said he would not be returning to City Hall this Fall after more than a decade in office. The fiscal conservative told the Toronto Sun he was working between 75 and 80 hours per week when he had a heart attack last year. Former MP Jim Karygiannis and subway advocate Patricia Sinclair have registered to fill the seat.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Photo by inventor_77 via the blogTO Flickr pool.



thanks / August 1, 2014 at 09:46 am
Do everyone over here a favor and vote June Farrow in Ward 30.

That is all.
Joe / August 1, 2014 at 10:01 am
By calling Michael Ford a "favourite" you continue to perpetuate the lie that this nobody is somehow more qualified than 20 others for public office. Should he actually win, I promise you'll deserve at least some of the blame. Stop buying into this nonsense. That or join Sun Media.
Chris replying to a comment from thanks / August 1, 2014 at 10:07 am
Why? How's she any different or better than Paula Fletcher?
Me / August 1, 2014 at 10:16 am
Ward 3 should be on this list. Peter Leon said he would not run for re-election in when he was appointed to council after Doug Holiday stepped down to run provincially. In his short term in office he has proved himself a Ford- style politician, most notably voting against re-newing the ombudsman's contract. So who is running in Ward 3?
W. K. Lis / August 1, 2014 at 10:18 am
Karen Stintz could (should) withdraw from the Mayor's race and file herself as a candidate for Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence. The final date to do so is September 12.
Benedict / August 1, 2014 at 10:22 am
Ugh - Mikey Ford isn't a favourite - he's a fringe candidate like all Fords.
kn / August 1, 2014 at 10:33 am
Let's hope Joe Cressy capable of critical thought. Adam Vaughan seem to have left that one at home.
John / August 1, 2014 at 10:43 am
Ward 5 should be on that list. Peter Milczyn was elected as a MPP.
hamish / August 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm
We should pay attention and try to influence all the ward races. If we change a certain number of the councillors, especially in the older suburban areas, it'll be far better for the city.
Mikey Ford / August 1, 2014 at 12:30 pm
Bluster, lies, not doing anything-I'm a Ford, I can do that! IdidwhatIsaidIwoulddo-NOTHING!
alanna l replying to a comment from thanks / August 1, 2014 at 09:09 pm
it's jAne Farrow btw.
alanna l replying to a comment from Joe / August 1, 2014 at 09:16 pm
By even considering running a 20 year nephew in this ward the Fords have shown that they have less than no respect for their constituents. It's a shockingly egotistical move and an absolute insult to every resident.
This is not a fiefdom - it's a ward with a wide variety of people with an even wider variety of needs and needs for solutions. Mike Ford has zero skills or experience to even begin to approach or understand these things.
Have a look at Andray Domise. I think he'd be great there and a great addition to council.

*I must add that I don't work for or know Andray... it's not even my ward... I just find him impressive!
Hey! Toronto politics will be Ford-free Oct. 28! / August 2, 2014 at 06:08 pm
Rob & Mikey lose, Doug quit...soooo PARTYPARTYPARTY! At Irwin Mimico's house next to the cement plant in Mimico! Dusty but friendly! Just don't try to "force your lifestyle down Irwin's throat". No colonoscopies either.
Mikey Ford / August 4, 2014 at 10:14 am
I'm a CRACKer Jack candidate.
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