MP started canvassing at the age of 7

MP started canvassing at the age of 7

This profile is one of a periodic series on powerful and inspirational women. By Jasminee Sahoye Her canvassing and leadership abilities started when she was just seven. She decided she didn’t want to continue to travel a long distance to learn the language of her parents and birth country, Sri Lanka. MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP-Scarborough […]

Liberals lose, but gain ground on NDP

Liberals lose, but gain ground on NDP

By Gerald V. Paul The Liberals put up a strong fight in Monday’s Whitby-Oshawa byelection as Celina Caesar-Chavannes made significant gains with 41.1% of votes, leaving the NDP’s Trish McAuliffe trailing at 8%, with Caesar-Chavannes beaten by Conservative Pat Perkins at 48% for the seat formerly held by the late Jim Flaherty. The Liberal candidate […]

Tory’s not-so-secret Caribbean weapon

Tory’s not-so-secret Caribbean weapon

By Gerald V. Paul The Caribbean community’s leading strategist behind Mayor-elect John Tory’s victory is St. Lucia-born Gwyn Chapman. Prominent in the TV coverage as she welcomed Tory, gave him a hug and stood on the stage as he delivered his victory speech on municipal election night, her supporters say she brings to bear an […]

Hunter: From factory floor to legislative floor

Hunter: From factory floor to legislative floor

This profile is one of a periodic series on powerful and inspirational women. By Jasminee Sahoye She knew as a teenager that she had the potential to be a leader and not just an ordinary leader but someone who would run for office and take on challenges. Ontario’s Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for the […]

McDonald elected as trustee in Peel

McDonald elected as trustee in Peel

By Jasminee Sahoye “If everyone could see me now I am smiling from ear to ear, I am so humbled yet so excited about this new chapter in my life. I am celebrating today because of the kindness and generosity of so many people.” These words were written by newly elected Peel District School Board […]

Armstrong wins Markham regional council seat

Armstrong wins Markham regional council seat

By Gerald V. Paul Nirmala Armstrong, regional councilor-elect for Markham, is promising to treat growth with a “steady and balanced” approach in a city that is experiencing significant urban sprawl. A lawyer for the past 19 years, Armstrong told The Camera “I want to bring a balanced approach to our Markham Council, sharing the citizens’ […]

John Tory takes the helm!

Our resounding congratulations go out to John Tory, the new mayor of our capital city. He will now have to build a large network of relationships with the broad spectrum of communities and of social, economic and political segments that make up our very heterogeneous society. It was always clear that large segments of the […]

Doug Ford: Continuing brother Rob’s work

Doug Ford: Continuing brother Rob’s work

By Gerald V. Paul Mala Singh, respected community leader and entrepreneur, proudly posted on her Facebook page photos of herself and Toronto mayoral candidate Doug Ford in a ‘He’s number one’ scene. And on election day, Oct. 27, says Ford: “Toronto has a clear choice to continue moving forward or moving backward.” According to Singh, […]

Streete: A vision for leadership

Streete: A vision for leadership

Municipal Election Profile “You are encouraged to share my vision of Leading by Example Together,” says Rose Streete, Ward 8 candidate for Mississauga city councillor. She highlights three pillars: Strive, Deliver and Sustain. What this means, she says, is “talking and listening to my constituents to fairly represent your best interests through understanding, transparency and […]

Olivia Chow: Leave no one behind

Olivia Chow: Leave no one behind

By Gerald V. Paul The Camera went up close and personal with Olivia Chow at a Chinese mall at the corner of Brimley and Sheppard where she has one of her campaign offices last Sunday and while it was Thanksgiving weekend, Chow was all over Toronto connecting with the community. So what was she thankful […]