Eli Ridder | Analysis
Voter turnout has dropped across the country and developed world, and this phenomenon has held true in Toronto, however, you as a student have a chance to contribute your voice to the future of this city, and yes, you can vote.
Even if you live in residence or are renting somewhere within the boundaries. What if you live in a different city? Yes, you can still vote in your municipal election that is happening this coming Monday.
The city is split into 25 wards, with one councillor representing each ward. If you’re located on or near the Humber College North Campus or the University of Guelph-Humber then you are in Ward 1.
In this ward, which also happens to the be the provincial riding held by Premier Doug Ford, the two apparent frontrunners are Michael Ford and Vincent Crisanti, previously right-wing political allies.
However, this does not mean the area around the North Campus is all right-wing, in fact, the northeastern Toronto federal riding is held by Member of Parliament Kirsty Duncan of the Liberal Party.
Ward 1 combines the original Ward 1 and the old Ward 2 for the 2018 election, following changes made by the provincial government.
Vincent Crisanti was elected councillor for Ward 1 – Etobicoke North in 2010. He previously held the position of councillor for the City of Etobicoke prior to amalgamation into Toronto in 1998.
He will face off against Ward 2 Councillor Michael Ford who assumed office on Council in May 2016 by winning a by-election. Ford, who is the nephew of the premier, was first elected to public office in 2014 as a TDSB trustee for Etobicoke North.
Also running is: Peter D’Gama, Naiima Farah, Michelle Garcia, Christopher Noor, Shirish Patel, Gurinder Patri and Carol Royer. Get in touch with their platforms and even call or email them, it is important to engage in democracy.
If you happen to live in Guelph, Jamie Killingsworth of the Guelph-Humber Media Studies department and Eli Ridder of The Avro Post are also running in the municipal elections for Council.
Image of Toronto elections from Toronto.ca.