Toronto Danforth Candidates – March 15, 2012 – Final Debate before voting



A special thanks to David Langer of Toronto for his extraordinary effort in producing this video and videos of the other candidates debates. We officially award David Langer:

“The Toronto Daforth MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award for The Enhancement of Democracy in Toronto Danforth!!”

You will find more of his election videos on his YouTube Channel.

Thanks also to the Candidates who are seeking to be our elected representative in Toronto Danforth. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to public service. Simply holding yourself out as a candidate is an act of public service. We are grateful to you.

This has one of the most interesting races/campaigns ever.

Although only one candidate can get the most votes, each of the candidates is a winner!

With eight candidates and five candidate meetings @TorontoDanforth 2019 is a celebration of democracy


The above tweet references an article in the National Post discussing Prime Minister Treudeau’s refusal to to participate in the MacLeans debate and the Munk debate. The general theme is that debates are an important part of Canada’s democratic process. As goes the existence and participation in debates, so goes the vibrancy of the democratic process.

I encourage you to read the article which follows …

Continue reading With eight candidates and five candidate meetings @TorontoDanforth 2019 is a celebration of democracy

@KarenStintz talks about the way Torontonians should do business at City Council

Very interesting article from Councillor Stintz which includes:
Continue reading @KarenStintz talks about the way Torontonians should do business at City Council

Toronto Ward 29 – All Candidates Forum – Thursday October 23 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The following message was sent to all candidates:




Reverend Edith-Ann Shantz, pastor of the the Don Mills United Church invites to you to participate in a Ward 29 “All Candidates Forum” on Thursday October 23, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Don Mills United Church is located at:

126 O’Connor Drive
M4K 2K7

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

This will be a live forum where Ward 29 residents can meet you and you will be able to engage with the other candidates in a moderated debate.

We understand that (other than the Rogers debate) that there has NOT been another opportunity for residents to meet you in a public forum.

A “seat” will be provided for all candidates.

Information about the Forum will be posted at:

That said, we encourage you to help us get the word out on your flyers twitter handles, etc.

Our twitter handles is:


We look forward to meeting you on October 23 and wish you the best during the remaining days of the 2014 campaign.

Best Regards,

P.S. This email is sent to those candidates for whom an email address was listed at:

Forum on Canada’s Senate: Where it came from, what it is and where it might be going! – September 18

Toronto Danforth Debates and Toronto Cente Debates are pleased to announce a Forum for the general public:

What: Forum on Canada’s Senate

When: Wednesday September 18 – 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – Free doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Don Mills United Church – 126 O’Connor, Toronto, Ontario

Sponsor or organizer: Reverend Edith-Ann Don Mills United Church

You are invited to evening of education, discussion and illumination with a number of speakers including:

The Honourable Senator Percy E. Downe – Senator Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

The Honourable Craig Scott – MP Toronto Danforth

The Honourable Sinclair Stevens – Former Member of the Parliament of Canada and current leader of the Progressive Canadian Party of Canada

Bring your thoughts! Bring your questions! Bring your concerns! Bring yourself to this interesting evening.

When it comes to Canada’s Senate: “It’s the best of times and the worst of times”. It is necessary? Is it relevant? What role does it play?

In a nutshell:

In the Senate Chamber, Canada’s 105 senators take part in formal debate on current affairs. Here, senators’ main job is to examine bills proposed by the Government. Bills in the Senate go through a similar process of debate as in the House of Commons, and a bill must pass the Senate before it can become law. Any senator may take part in the debate on a bill and propose amendments. In addition, senators may propose their own bills and initiate debates in the Chamber.

Canada’s 105 senators come from all walks of life, and from every province and territory. They reflect our rich mix of geographical, religious, ethnic and linguistic communities, gender and age, interests and political perspectives, expertise and experience.

Senators are usually affiliated with a political party. The Government caucus is formed by the senators affiliated with the governing party in the House of Commons. The Opposition caucus is formed by the non-government party with the most seats in the Senate. (This means that the Official Opposition in the House of Commons and the Senate may be different parties.) Senators may also choose to sit as independents.

Senators are appointed by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister according to geographical divisions set out by the Constitution Act, 1867. They must own property and live in the geographical division for which they are appointed. Although originally named for life, senators now serve until the age of 75.

Hardly a day goes by without some news about the Senate.

Recent examples include:

and more.

Live results of Toronto Danforth By-election from Elections Canada


Preliminary Results
Toronto–Danforth Last updated: 23:32 ET
Party Candidate Votes % Votes
PC Party Dorian Baxter 207 0.6 0.6%
Independent Leslie Bory 76 0.2 0.2%
Liberal Grant Gordon 9,215 28.5 28.5%
United Party Brian Jedan 54 0.2 0.2%
Conservative Andrew Keyes 1,736 5.4 5.4%
Green Party Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu 1,517 4.7 4.7%
CAP Christopher Robert Porter 77 0.2 0.2%
Libertarian John Christopher Recker 133 0.4 0.4%
NDP-New Democratic Party Craig Scott 19,210 59.4 59.4%
Independent John C. Turmel 57 0.2 0.2%
Independent Bahman Yazdanfar 36 0.1 0.1%
Total number of valid votes: 32,318
Polls reporting: 196/196 Voter turnout: 32,318 of 74,512 registered electors (43.4%)
The number of registered electors shown in this table does not include electors who registered on election day.