Council races heating up, Ford’s numbers show

“Former city councillor and the woman who dared run against David Miller in 2006, Jane Pitfield, is holding her own in Ward 29 at 36% against NDP pick Mary Fragedakis, who is at 28%.
Pitfield said she always run likes she’s in last place and will continue to work as hard as she can until Oct. 25.”

By SUE-ANN LEVY, City Hall Columnist

Hang on to your hats, Toronto.

Change is definitely in the wind on city council.

At least three long-time incumbents are in danger of losing their seats and there appears to be a definitive shift to the centre-right in many tight ward races, according to polling results obtained by the Sunday Sun.

Council speaker Sandra Bussin – under fire most recently for championing a controversial 20-year deal with Tuggs Inc. for control of food and beverage sales on the Eastern Beach — faces a possible upset in her fiefdom of Ward 32. Continue reading

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Parking, transit, parks: some issues concerning Ward 29 residents

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With longtime councillor Case Ootes retiring from municipal politics, the door is wide open for a new councillor to be elected in Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth.

Candidates Chris Caldwell, Mary Fragedakis, Jane Pitfield, Mike Restivo, John Richardson and Jennifer Wood are vying for the open seat in a ward where there isn’t a lone issue galvanizing the debate. Parking, transit and transportation, parks, and changing the way city hall operates are a few of the issues that are of concern in the ward. Continue reading

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John Richardson – Independent Judgment – Ward 29

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Ward 29 All Candidates Debate – October 5, 12, 14

Meet John Richardson and other Toronto Ward 29 candidates at the Ward 29 debates.

The remaining debates will be held on:

Tuesday October 12 – Goldhawk live

Tuesday October 14 – Pape Avenue



For a debate flyer click here.

“Our Six Candidates


“There are six very good people running in this election in Ward 29.  They will join each other for an all candidates meeting at Eastminster United at 7:30pm on Tuesday October 5th.  The candidates in alphabetical order:

Chris Caldwell

Mary Fragedakis

Jane Pitfield

John Richardson

Mike Restivo

Jennifer Wood

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Home field advantage seen as key for council hopeful

By Joshua Freeman

April 15, 2010

Originally published in our Riverdale-East York print edition(s).


Mary Fragedakis shovels her own driveway.

It may seem like a trivial detail, but in fact it says something about the message the Ward 29 candidate wants voters to hear in the upcoming city elections: she is a woman of the people, specifically the people of Toronto-Danforth. Continue reading

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Ootes retires – Toronto Danforth – Ward 29 – The Hottest Race in Toronto

On Wednesday January 6, 2010, Veteran City Councillor Case Ootes made it official: he is retiring. He will not be running again in Ward 29 or anywhere else. This caps a remarkable career in City Council. During the Millers years, Mr. Ootes became the “conscience of common sense” and a symbol of “fiscal responsibility”.

Even so, John Richardson (one of the candidates for City Councillor for Ward 29) in an interview for the “East Toronto Observer” commented that:

“I think he has been an asset to the city. He is one of the few councilors who will be missed. But city politics should not be a career for life”. For that reason, Richardson also commented called “Ootes decision to retire commendable”.

Those Councillors who view their seats on City Council to be the equivalent of University Tenure, should take note.

On behalf of the residents of East York – Case Ootes we thank you for your years of service!

But now, onward.

There are currently six candidates running to replace Mr. Ootes. They are (in no particular order – but “Ladies before Gentlemen”):

Jane Pitfield

Jennifer Wood

Mary Fragedakis

Mike Restivo

Chris Caldwell

John Richardson

If you are a candidate who is not listed on this blog, rest assured it is an oversight. Fire off an email ( with your information and we will get you a page.

Feel free to comment and ask questions.

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