TCRP Recommended Candidate Chiara Padovani

Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommended Candidate: Anthony Perruzza

Boundaries: Steeles Ave. W. to the North, Keele St. Black Creek and Jane St. to the east, Grandravine Dr., Sheppard Ave W., Hwy 401 to the south, Humber River to the west. 

Demographics: There are 108,037 people with an average age of 38. The average household size is 3 people with a median household income of $53,518. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 74%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 7 - Humber River - Black Creek

Amanda Coombs:

Coombs is a Toronto Community Housing Corporation Tenant Representative in the Jane and Finch area. She works in Toronto's various shelters, group homes and mental health facilities across the city providing crisis intervention and mediation. She is the Founder of Back2Basikz, a non-profit organization that provides both academic, mental and social support to individuals that are involved in the criminal justice system. Most of her free time is devoted to community advocacy and outreach. She is obtaining a degree at York University in psychology. Amanda has also started an organization called People's Pantry, which focuses on providing fresh produce and educating people about healthier lifestyle choices. Amanda cites her son as an inspiration for the work she does.
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Tiffany Ford:

A Toronto District School Board Trustee who is also working on her MBA, Ford has won accolades for her community work, which includes founding the organization Beyond 'At Risk', an initiative to destigmatize young marginalized students.  As trustee, Ford has successfully advocated for increased infrastructure for schools, advocated for a review of disciplinary procedures to ensure fairness to all, and has introduced motions to celebrate the diverse identities of students, with the recognition of Latin America History Month, Somali Heritage Month, Islamic Heritage Month, Sickle Cell Awareness Day, Body Confidence week, and more.

Ford, who has deep roots in the community, has garnered considerable attention from the press as a promising progressive candidate and has endorsements from current incumbents (Kristyn Wong-Tam) and mayoral challengers (Sarah Climenhaga.)

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Giorgio Mammoliti (Incumbent):

Mammoliti, first elected to council in 2000, has been one of the most controversial members, provoking reactions like this:

Giorgio is one of those rare politicians - he uses legitimate political tactics to ill-considered ends, mixing selective facts with exaggerations, half-truths, scaremongering and deception. As such he is among the more dangerous of the kind of politicians we can send to city hall.  (Royson James, Toronto Star, July 11, 2018)

Although he began his political career as an NDP MPP in 1990, Mammoliti is better known for baiting leftists and opposing everything they stand for.  He was a strong supporter of Mayor Rob Ford and is a vocal supporter of Premier Doug Ford.  Mammoliti was one of a handful of councillors to vote against a legal challenge to Bill 5, which reduced the size of city council.  He is one of the few council candidates to attack John Tory from the right.

Mammoliti's opinions are often inflammatory.  He has compared residents of social housing to cockroaches, called left-leaning councillors communists, predicted Third-World conditions in neighbourhoods with safe injection facilities, claimed that all of Parkdale is full of pedophiliacs, and opposed anything to do with bicycles or the environment.  His statements have been described as offensive by many other councillors, members of the press and other council observers.  One of his recent campaign ads featured Mammoliti taking a sledgehammer to public housing.

Mammoliti has served on the Etobicoke and York Community Council, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, the Canadian National Exhibition Association, Municipal Section; Canadian National Exhibition Association, Board of Directors, and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

Key votes for Mammoliti have been

  •  against bike lanes on Bloor
  •  against funding child care spaces
  •  against a long-term financial plan for the city
  •  in favour of the Scarborough subway
  •  in favour of budget cuts that impact residents of Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  •  against exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax
  •  against adding new shelter beds
  •  against full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan

Mammoliti's attendance record, 49%, has usually been the worst on city council, eclipsed in some terms by councillors dying of cancer (Ron Moeser, Rob Ford.)

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Deanna Sgro

Sgro ran as a Liberal Party candidate in the 2018 provincial election, coming third behind the PC and the winning New Democrat. Her mother, Judy Sgro, is a Liberal MP for the same area (Humber River-Black Creek). Sgro is a practising lawyer who was reprimanded for professional misconduct in 2013.  She seems poised to be an ally of Mayor John Tory, as she has retweeted his tweets and policies.

DeannaSgro.com

No information was available on:
Kristy-Ann Charles
Winston LaRose
Kerry-Ann Thomas

Perruzza is the man who can beat oddball Mammoliti


The TCRP was mandated to endorse progressive candidates but, even more important, to pick candidates who can defeat the most backward-thinking councillors. In the case of Ward 7, Giorgio Mammoliti is also obstinate and, well, wacky. 

Our opinion is that a vote for Anthony Perruzza is our best bet to send Mammoliti packing. 

 

Perruzza’s voting history speaks for itself.  He has advocated on behalf of tenants and a licensing system for landlords, for increased public transit in North York, and for LGBT rights.  He has been a strong voice on behalf of residents in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood. Does he have a weakness? Well, he did vote in favour of naming a stadium after Rob Ford. But he is against the Scarborough Subway.

 

 

 

 

 

Candidates: 

A career politician, Perruzza was an NDP MPP before becoming a city councillor in 2006, where he aligned himself with progressive Mayor David Miller.  He has advocated on behalf of tenants and a licensing system for landlords, for increased public transit in North York, and for LGBT rights.  He has been a strong voice on behalf of residents in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood, and once challenged Ontario Community Safety Minister Tobollo to ride a bike through the area with him to calm his fears about his safety while visiting.  He has also been an advocate for motorcycle safety.

Perruzza has served on the North York Community Council, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, the Tenant Issues Committee and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. Perruzza was endorsed by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council.

Key votes for Peruzza:

  • in favour of bike lanes on Bloor
  • in favour of funding child care spaces
  • against the Scarborough subway
  • against a long-term financial plan for the city
  • against budget cuts that would impact residents of Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • against exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax
  • in favour of adding 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure Plan
  • in favour of full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan
  • in favour of naming a stadium after Rob Ford

Perruzza has missed 25.3% of recorded council votes.

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He has been a strong voice on behalf of residents in the Jane and Finch neighbourhood, and once challenged Ontario Community Safety Minister Tobollo to ride a bike through the area with him to calm his fears about his safety. Tobollo had said he would be scared to be in the area without wearing a bullet proof vest.

Perruzza has an impressive background, having served on the North York Community Council, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, the Tenant Issues Committee and the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. He also served in the legislature from 1990 to 1995 as a member of the NDP.
As for Mammoliti, there are many reasons why he should be voted out. With an attendance record of only 49% at council meetings, he’s simply not doing the job. He is quick to point fingers at obstructionists, but if you watch council in action, it’s easy to see who the real obstructionist is.  And in an area where 74% of the population are visible minorities, a councillor who compares the residents of a social housing to cockroaches – is not wanted!

We had no difficulty picking the candidate who can defeat Mammoliti – it’s Anthony Perruzza. 

 

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