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New app lets you compare Toronto mayoral candidates

Posted by Derek Flack / August 21, 2014

toronto mayoral race appThe Toronto mayoral fast approaches. And while the loss of Karen Stintz from the race today should make things ever so slightly easier for voters who have yet to make up their minds (she was only polling at around 4 per cent), those who fall in the undecided category will benefit from a slick new website and app designed to track the platforms of the leading mayoral candidates. Of course there's plenty of articles that track just this kind of information, but the advantage here is that the information is laid out in an easy to digest and graphically pleasing manner.

Well, that and the fact that the tool is available as an app for both Android and iOS. Sure, this won't be the most useful app you'll ever download, but if you want to get a handle on what each candidate has to offer, flipping through their platforms while waiting for the bus or coffee might actually be a great way to get better informed without devoting much energy to the enterprise. And given that it's free, there's little reason not to give it a whirl.

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15 Comments

Daffy Duck / August 21, 2014 at 03:06 pm
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Who ever drew rob fords picture should get an award of some kind!
Aaron / August 21, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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Aren't there around 70 people running too?
How come we never hear of them?
amy teill / August 21, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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This is great!
However, I feel like this is information that is easily accessible already. We talk too much about the mayoral race, not enough about the rest of city council
I'm looking forward to the Position Primer project from Women In Toronto Politics which is focussing on council candidates.
Dave replying to a comment from Aaron / August 21, 2014 at 05:17 pm
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70 candidates means 70 ways to split the vote. I'm not in favor of voting a dominatrix or a guy named "Happy Happy" for mayor. Do with your vote what you will, mine is going towards someone who at least knows simple politics.
The Ripper replying to a comment from Daffy Duck / August 21, 2014 at 05:59 pm
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Same could be said about Soknacki's pic. What a creepy looking dude.
MB / August 21, 2014 at 08:03 pm
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Anything that will help to get Rob Ford out is welcomed.
Adrian / August 21, 2014 at 09:02 pm
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Ahh cool will it vote for me as well? The less thinking I have ta do the better.
Who made this APP? / August 21, 2014 at 09:04 pm
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Who created this app? Who's behind it?

If its for the "Leading Candidates" why is David Socknaki on it AND why is he given the prime position, top left where you look first?
Jeff replying to a comment from Who made this APP? / August 21, 2014 at 09:07 pm
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True. Its not alphabetical, so how was the order of candidates chosen?
Pickelo (@gopickelo) / August 21, 2014 at 10:08 pm
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Someone just posted a link to this post on our poll here: http://pickelo.com/vote/ecIcE/ "Would you re-elect Rob Ford for mayor?"

This app looks hilariously awesome :D The pictures of the candidates are priceless.
Sophie / August 21, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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Can we do a poll on this?

Who will install this app.
That's the question.

Count my vote - Not me.
CJ6 / August 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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It is very obviously biased towards Rob Ford and much of the information is incorrect or specific parts have been left out on purpose.
Miguel Barbosa / August 21, 2014 at 10:49 pm
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I'm the Pollenize Project manager. We're working on content adjustments throughout the election. In regards to the ordering of the candidates, it is randomized on the web. Will be on the app version soon. Thanks for your comments!
Raver replying to a comment from Daffy Duck / August 22, 2014 at 09:40 am
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Hysterical... you are right!
Professor Leakey / August 22, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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Ach, so! One candidate is the missing link from Olduvai Gorge, the other 3 are homo sapiens! Robertus Fordikakaithus is the missing link!

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