Poll shows Nunziata far in the lead

Frances Nunziata has a huge lead in Ward 5, according to Mainstreet Research.  Nunziata is supported by about 40% of decided voters. Frank Di Diorgio, the other incumbent, trails her by 10%, and the new challengers, Lekan Olawoye (7%) and Chiara Padovani (4%), are far behind.

18% of decided voters will be supporting one of the other candidates, and 35% of voters have not yet decided whom they will vote for.

 

From Mainstreet Research
From Mainstreet Research

Mainstreet Research robo-called 593 residents on cell and landlines. The survey was not paid for by any candidate, party, or company; Mainstreet foot the bill.

The politics of water

The Toronto Community Housing building at 5 Bellevue went without water this weekend, and politicians were quick to respond. Frances Nunziata, Chiara Padovani, and Lekan Olawoye each had a role, and all of it played out on Twitter.

Padovani’s and Olawoye’s teams came with bottled water for angry residents, and Padovani called for the Lions’ Pool to be opened so people could shower.

Meanwhile, Frances Nunziata was working behind the scenes.

Our office was made aware of the situation at 5 Bellevue Crescent on Saturday and immediately contacted Toronto Community Housing (TCH) to ensure that water was being provided to residents, and that staff were onsite to assist vulnerable residents by bringing water to their units and checking on their well-being.

When it was stated yesterday that the water may not be back on until today, Councillor Nunziata contacted senior management from TCH to express the urgency in getting repairs made so that residents would have access to water. …

As a result of these actions, last night the water was up and running again, one day earlier than TCH had originally promised.

With respect to Ms. Padovani’s comments – Councillors do not have the authority to open a pool. That being said, if there was reason to believe the disruption to water service was going to last longer than it did, Councillor Nunziata would have contacted the appropriate staff to make arrangements. She has done this in the past

And her tweet was a zinger:

I love it. This round goes to Nunziata.

The Humber building gets under way.

Today, on a beautiful warm September morning, a crowd gathered to witness the first stage in the building of The Humber, an Options For Homes condominium – a symbolic demolition of the existing buildings on the site. The location at 10 Wilby Crescent is on a spectacular site above the Humber and across from Weston GO Station. OFH, a non-profit corporation has constructed many such buildings in the GTA.

Options For Homes CEO Heather Tremain talks about the approval process for 10 Wilby.

A fair number in the crowd were future residents; I spoke to two excited purchasers; Cheyenne who will be moving from another part of Weston and Freddie, moving from North York. Both have bought 2 bedroom units in the building and are happy that they can purchase at a reasonable cost in such a natural location while being close to transit links.

Options for Homes CEO, Heather Tremain thanked Councillor Frances Nunziata for smoothing out obstacles to get the project under way and also for helping create a new parkette between The Humber and the existing Hickory Tree condos. It takes a lot of attention to detail to get a building project off the ground and this one was no exception.

Afterwards, a token demolition of existing buildings on the site took place.

Councillor Frances Nunziata reacts as Weston Village Residents’ Association Chair Dave Bennett takes an over-enthusiastic swing.

Heather Tremain tells me that the project is already 40% sold and upcoming sales events are heavily subscribed so it’s likely that most units will be sold by November. Money made from the sale of homes goes towards building new projects and subsidizing future homeowners.

One minor quibble; the city of Toronto wants to encourage affordable housing yet charged this project (run by a non-profit corporation) $850,000 in development fees. That seems wrong.

Nunziata opens campaign headquarters

Frances Nunziata opened her campaign headquarters this weekend.

Nunziata faces three competitors: right-leaning Frank Di Giorgio, another  incumbent; and the left-leaning Chiara Padovani and Lekan Olawoye, from wards 11 and 12 respectively.

 


Edit: I was wrong. An earlier version of this post said that Nunziata hadn’t opened offices in the past. I was wrong. My apologies.

It’s back to Ward 11 – for now.

From the Toronto Star.

Premier Doug Ford’s surprise re-alignment of city wards from 47 to 25 seats has been kicked into touch by a Superior Court judge this morning after a challenge by a group of concerned citizens. The judge cited the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and called  his legislation unconstitutional. He made it clear that Ford’s actions were unjustifiable. No doubt Mr. Ford will be railing at ‘elite’ judges this morning but he now finds himself in a serious quagmire with his latest legal setback. If he doesn’t appeal, there’s just enough time for the election to go ahead with 47 seats instead of Ford’s 25 that would have matched provincial ridings. These 47 seats were the result of much consultation and expense to better reflect increased populations in the downtown core. The 47 seat count is likely to produce several more left-wing councillors as downtowners tend to vote in that direction.

If Ford appeals, either the October 22 poll date will have to be delayed – a decision will take weeks – or we’ll keep the original date and hold a 25-seat election. Either way, an appeal will be a disruptive and constitutionally risky event.

What’s a premier to do? My guess is that he will forego the appeal but ask his lawyers to look for ways to sideline Council’s future decisions. One idea already floated is to expropriate important City assets such as our subway system.

Locally, Ward 11 Councillor Frances Nunziata will not be facing Ward 12’s Frank Di Giorgio and Ms. Nunziata’s main challenger, Chiara Padovani will now be able to focus her finances and resources on our section of York South-Weston.  On the other side of the water, in Greater Weston™, it’s back to being in Ward 2, most likely represented by (barring an apocalyctic event)  Premier Ford’s nephew Mike.

Padovani’s office launch–and a bit of a stir

Chiara Padovani will be hosting an office launch today at 1289 Weston Road at 1 pm (Sorry for the late notice; it’s been a busy week and this slipped by me).

MPP Faisal Hassan will be a guest speaker.

Hassan’s support for Padovani caused a stir this week, when Frances Nunziata accused Hassan of impropriety at a meeting to discuss gun violence.

On Twitter, Nunziata said on that “There is a time and a place for campaigning…a meeting to discuss serious issues facing the community, with a father who lost his son last week to violence and mothers fearing for the safety of their sons in attendance is not one.”

In the past, Nunziata has campaigned with Laura Albanese, our former MPP.

Jennifer Keesmat in Weston

Jennifer Keesmat, mayoral candidate and Toronto’s former city planner, visited Weston this weekend, and hung out with our NDP MPP Faisal Hassan. She also met Chiara Padovani, who hopes to become our city councillor.

Keesmat with Hassan and Padovani

Is this the start of an allegiance? I’m tempted to enquire, but it’s one of those questions I don’t really want an answer to.

Your correspondent has heretofore not been a Keesmat supporter, because he has a long memory and will not forgive her for shoehorning a 29-storey tower into 22 John St, and (incorrectly) papering the decision with the tall building guidelines.

But this is an enchanting possibility: a sharp left turn, a unified front, and a clean break. I’m not yet in favour, but I could be.