Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommended Candidate: Paul Ainslie

Boundaries: Hwy. 401 to the north; Morningside Ave. to the east, the waterfront to the south and McCowan Rd. to the west.  
Demographics: There are 102,386 people with an average age of 39.5. The average household size is 2.8 people with a median household income of $60,034. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 80%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 24 - Scarborough Guildwood

Itohan Evbagharu:
At age 19, Itohan (Patience) was elected to Ward 41’s City Youth Council. Nine of Scarborough’s 10 municipal wards chose members for the Council which meets monthly, in addition to various committee meetings, to find solutions to problems raised by young people in the community.  E vbagharu was a speaker at the Black Women’s Political Summit in June 2018.

Patience has re-tweeted many messages opposing Premier Ford’s council cuts, such as:  “a lot of us want more politicians, actually. Don’t erase narratives. Less representation equals less voices being brought to the table. FPTF (First-Past-The-Post) already leaves many voices unheard; which is evident by your party’s ability to hold 100% of the power with 40% of the vote” and “Doug Ford why wasn’t such a huge initiative mentioned in your campaign???”

(Patience) Evbagharu was one of 20 candidates considered by City Council on June 26, 2018 to fill a councillor vacancy in ward 41, Scarborough-Rouge River. Though she was not selected, she spoke passionately to Council about ward 41, its diversity and her desire to represent it. She said she spoke to residents and they don’t want a “ghost councillor.” They want a strong leader. “Diversity is a strength, and it needs to be more than just a slogan.”


Reddy Muttukuru:

Muttukuru is a self-employed physiotherapist. He sought the 2018 Ontario PC nomination for Scarborough-Guildwood under name Reddy Muttukuru Thuraisingham.

  Candidates with No Available Information:

  • Ross Keiosha
  • Priyanth Nallaratnam
  • Sajid Saleh
  • Michelle Spencer
  • Emery Warner
  • Morlan Washington



In 2006, Ainslie was appointed to fill a vacancy on council. In the next municipal election he ran and won and has been a member of council ever since. His background includes more than 20 years of experience at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.

During the fight over whether Toronto would be 47 or 25 wards, Ainslie was strongly against the plan to make wards match provincial ridings. On July 27th, 2018 he tweeted that he “will do everything I can to stop it.”

Ainslie has campaigned in favour of gun controls, putting forward a motion at council that the city ask the province to make it mandatory for any guns and ammunition seized by police to be destroyed immediately.

During the Mayor Rob Ford term, Ainslie resigned from the mayor's executive committee and his role as chair of the parks and environment committee over differences with Ford's long-term strategic direction for the city. 


Boards and Committees: Scarborough Community Council; Executive Committee; Government Management Committee, Chair; Toronto Zoo Board of Management, Chair; Canadian National Exhibition Association, Municipal Section; Guild Renaissance Group Board of Directors; Federation of Ontario Public Libraries; Ontario Good Roads Association Board of Directors; Toronto Hydro Corporation; Toronto Public Library; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Voting Record 2014 - 2018:  Ainslie voted:

  • in favour of considering child care space reductions 
  • in favour of a long-term financial plan for the city 
  • in favour of considering budget cuts that would negatively impact quality of life for Toronto Community Housing Corporation residents 
  • in favour of exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax 
  • in favour of adding 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure Plan 
  • against full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan 
  • against the Scarborough subway extension 
  • against naming a stadium after Rob Ford.
  • He was absent from the vote to keep bike lanes on Bloor.

2014 electoral results and 2017 attendance: 1st runner-up Mark Harris got 14% of Ainslie's vote count. Ainslie missed 12.5% of recorded council votes.



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