Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommended Candidate: Shelley Carroll

Boundaries: Steeles Ave. E. to the North, Victoria Park Ave. to the east, Hwy. 401 to the south, Bayview Ave. to the west.  

Demographics: There are 110,076 people with an average age of 42. The average household size is 2.6 people with a median household income of $66,620. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 70%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 17 - Don Valley North

Steven Chen: 
Chen's tweets claim that he is conservative, and his posts and shares indicate that as well. When Premier Doug Ford announced more money for the Toronto Police he tweeted: @FordNation #ForThePeople gov is coming after gun criminals, giving police the necessary tools to CURB GUN VIOLENCE.” He also commented:  “Ontarians welcome the Statue of Sir John A MacDonald. We'll definitely have a new tourist hot spot!”

Chen avoids any controversial or policy issues on his Twitter feed, instead offering the likes of: “Suffering from flooding for years in Toronto, we must tackle it w/ a workable plan”, and “Small businesses are critical in our society. The owners are hard-working people.”  Chen's candidacy has been endorsed by Vincent Ke, Conservative MPP for his local riding. 

Kasra Gharibi: 
Gharibi was listed as a candidate for ward 33 when Councillor Shelley Carroll abdicated her seat to run for the Liberal Party nomination in 2018. Gharibi was one of five Iranian Canadian candidates honoured by the Iranian Canadian Congress at a social event leading up to the election. 

Ian Hanecak: 
Hanecak claims to have no political party affiliation but he appears to be somewhat conservative, and his website features images of him with Conservative MPs.  He embraced the PC party's imposed cut to a 25-ward council and indicated that he would run in the new larger ward. Hanecak runs a media and publishing business in Don Valley North.  

Ian’s website indicates that his priorities are as follows:

  • Build the downtown relief line and extend the Sheppard Subway to Scarborough Town Centre.
  • Keep property taxes low.
  • Increase funding for seniors' quality of life.
  • Support for increased policing and community safety.
  • Maintain a strong stance against rooming houses.
  • Working with developers to ensure development enhances the built community. Secure funding for neighbourhood infrastructure development with a focus on the Hydro Corridor Urban Park.


Stella Kargiannakis: 
Kargiannakis ran as a candidate in ward 20 in the 2014 city election, receiving less than 1% of the vote.

Ken Lister: 
In 2014, Lister was elected to the Toronto District School Board as the Trustee for Don Valley East.  In that role, he served as Chair of the Budget Committee and earned praise for eliminating the board’s structural deficits. Lister volunteered with BOOST, a charity dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and violence through education and awareness, then worked for the United Way as a Campaign Chair. He raised more than $10,000 through book sales, bake sales and silent auctions. For his community service, Lister was awarded the Canada 150 Award. 

Lister began his public service career in 2009 working for the Ministry of Health before joining the Ministry of Children and Youth Services/Community and Social Services, serving as Program Coordinator and Project Lead.  He has a BA in Education from the University of Alberta and worked as an elementary school teacher. 

Lister’s campaign issues:

  • Paving the way for Phase Two of the Downtown Relief Line.
  • Keeping new development projects in line with existing infrastructure, building height and neighbourhood character.
  • Improve child services in regard to daycare accessibility and affordability - along with providing equitable job fairs for young Canadian employment. 
  • Supporting movements to ban handguns and sale of ammunition within city limits. 
  • Pushing city council to install viable technology to reduce speeding.
  • Continue to support tenant associations while providing opportunities to promote tenant rights to the general populace.
  • Call for municipal term limits.


Christina Liu: 

Liu first came to prominence for organizing a protest group to oppose the Wynne government’s sex education curriculum, helping to recruit over 3000 members. They supported Ford’s decision to revert to the 1998 curriculum.  In the 2018 provincial election, Liu helped canvass for her local PC candidate, Vincent Ke, who won the Don Valley North riding and is now Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. 

Liu immigrated to Canada from China in 2003.  She worked as a paralegal for several years and is now an entrepreneur, having founded two language schools and a sports camp for youth. She is an active member of the Chinese Evangelical community.  

Issues:  Liu is campaigning on protecting her community from the rise in violent crime, particularly gun violence.


Erin O’Connor: 
O’Connor describes herself as being very liberal. She is eager to bring a progressive voice to city hall. O’Connor is a scientist and advocate for youth and gender equity in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. She is also a queer mom. 


Shelley Carroll first came to prominence in the early 2000’s as a school trustee leading the fight against Premier Mike Harris’ education reforms, a feat that propelled her to the forefront of politics and popularity. For her activism she was awarded the Golden Jubilee Medal.

Wanting a more substantial role in government, Carroll decided to run in a 2003 by-election that won her a seat on City Council. She went on to have a successful municipal career with three consecutive re-election terms in the former Don Valley East Ward. In the 2018 provincial election, she ran unsuccessfully as a Liberal Party candidate. Carroll has now returned to seek a fifth term on Council. 

During her tenure, Carroll has chaired numerous civic committees. From budgetary to public works and infrastructure, her solid liberal credentials and work ethic were favoured by former Mayor David Miller landing her a position on his Executive Committee. Carroll has been known to champion a diverse range of issues particularly in public transit, community recreation and neighbourhood safety. 

Suburban wards historically vote for more conservative-minded councillors, and this deepens the ideological rift between the periphery and the downtown core. Carroll’s liberal pedigree and familiarity with City Hall will be an asset to sway Council towards a more progressive agenda and possibly, better align politically the different regions of the city. 

Similar to many of her colleagues, Carroll should look to solidify her legacy and not tarnish it with additional term ambitions. A gesture during this coming term would be to help train a “successor” who would continue to serve the public interest.  

Carroll is a strong ally in our our efforts to make Council operate with the true interest of the public at heart. She’s an obvious choice for recommendation by TCRP.  


Carroll is a four-term city councillor for the previous ward 33-Don Valley East, from 2003-2018. In 2018, she abdicated her seat to run for nomination for the Ontario Liberal Party, ahead of the provincial election. Her attempt was unsuccessful, losing to incumbent Michael Coteau. 

She seeks a fifth term in the newly created ward 17. Her first elected position came in 2000, when she was elected school trustee for Don Valley East, ousting the incumbent. She was well received among her peers, leading the fight against the Mike Harris agenda. For her activism she was awarded the highly coveted Golden Jubilee Award, a medal to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension into power. In 2003, Shelley decided to run for city councillor when incumbent Paul Sutherland left to run in the provincial election. During her first term on council she sat on the Budget Committee, then became Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.  After the 2006 municipal election she was appointed to Mayor David Miller's Executive Committee and was elected Chair of the Budget Committee. 

Before entering politics, Carroll spent several years in the banking sector and later operated her own daycare business. Her rise to prominence began with her appointment as the head of the North York Parent Assembly with a subsequent nomination to the Toronto Educational Assembly. Both groups were involved in protesting the educational reforms proposed by PC Premier Mike Harris. 

Carroll provides a map on her campaign website that explains the projects she worked on when she was the councillor for ward 33.



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