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Taking another look at Toronto's fringe mayoral candidates

Back when the mayoral race was still young, we put together an interesting feature on three of the more notorious fringe candidates. Although that post could have been a complete joke given the chances and platforms of each interviewee, I like to think that the writer demonstrated a respect for the democratic process by at least trying to take the intentions of these mayoral hopefuls at face-value, even when they were downright scary (see Don Andrews).

So, in keeping with the fact that I keep hearing people bemoan our mayoralty front-runners, here's a quick round up of some of what's been written (online) about our fringe candidates.

  • Way back in January, EYE Weekly devoted a short post to our fringe candidates, the best part of which is that Sarah Thomson makes the list. But, really, were they wrong?
  • Relative newcomer to Toronto's online news scene, OpenFile has also devoted some coverage the outsiders of the mayoral race over the last few months, profiling a collection of candidates, some of whom have serious platforms and others not so much.
  • The Star's Corey Mintz offers an insightful and humorous narrative about a dinner in which he hosted Kieth Cole, Rocco Achampong and Himy Syed.
  • For all the seriousness that some of these candidates rightfully deserve, the mere fact that certain people have ponied up the $200 to enter the race is comical. "Know Your Crazy Third Party Toronto Mayoral Candidates" doesn't always hit the funny bone, but it's worth a quick read through if you've ever been curious about lies in the shadows of the so-called five leading candidates but not inclined to devote a whole lot of time and energy to the process.
  • And for a more neutral look at all the candidates - including those on the fringe - try the Wikipedia entry titled Toronto mayoral election, 2010. It's actually a pretty decent resource with brief write-ups on most of those running and a summary of the advance polling conducted so far.

Photo by Tomasz Bugajski


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