We’ve been profiling Ward 26 candidates all year and for those of you who need help making up your mind about who to vote for here’s a quick refresher:
Nawab Salim Khan
Nawab Salim Khan is currently serving as president of the non-profit Pakistan Association of Canada, and he’s been involved in several events related to community awareness and development. If elected, his goals include establishing educational, sports and health-related activities in the ward, tackling unemployment by creating job opportunities, and engaging senior citizens in recreational activities through special programs. Khan said he’d advocate for more schools to reduce student overcrowding in Thorncliffe, and he’d push for red-light cameras and more enforcement to make traffic in Leaside safer. Khan holds a Master’s Degree of Science in Economics and a law degree.
If elected, Thorncliffe resident Yunus Pandor intends to eradicate traffic congestion and lower the number of accidents on Eglinton Ave. East between Bayview and Brentcliffe. He said he’d also advocate for a re-route of buses in the Thorncliffe area. A married father of seven, Pandor has lived in the ward for the past 30 years. He’s president of the CEP Local 554, and has been employed with ADT Security System Company for the past 35 years. Pandor is a volunteer with ADT’s program dealing with domestic violence and has served as a member of a Toronto Police advisory committee. Citywide, Pandor wants to develop effective tenant and landlord regulations to ensure fair rents, increase non-profit housing program, and he wants to establish a weekly farmer’s market.
Thorncliffe resident Shaukat Malik is currently the editor-in-chief for English weekly, Pakistan Abroad and Urdu weekly, Farda. Malik is also a legal practitioner, serving as president of Greenpage Legal Services, Children’s Dignity Foundation. He is currently director of Legal Relief. Malik said if elected, he’ll fight to abolish yearly increases in rent for the many apartment-dwellers living in the ward. He says he’d also push for a government housing allowance for those who are on the waiting list for subsidized housing. Malik cited a recent murder in Flemingdon Park as reason enough to start cracking down on crime. He proposes launching a Neighbourhood Watch Program, more street lighting in the ward, and anger management programs for troubled youth at schools.
Tanvir Ahmed is an interpreter for Immigration and Refugee Board and worked in legal services in Pakistan for 11 years. He’s a volunteer with the Thorncliffe PS council, and a soccer coach. A local issue he’d like to address in this election is overcrowding in residential building and schools in Thorncliffe and Flemingdon, and do what he can at the municipal level to help remove barriers for newcomers to Canada.
Jon Burnside is a Leaside resident and former cop who started up a hockey house league for youth in Flemingdon and Thorncliffe. Burnside said if elected, he’ll fight for the re-instatement of designated police patrol cars in Ward 26, advocate for an indoor pool in Thorncliffe, and push for half of city development fees to be earmarked for development of green space in priority neighbourhoods.
Mohamed Dhanani left his job working for the minister of Energy and Infrastructure earlier this year to run for Ward 26. The married father of two has been a director on the board of the Flemingdon Food Bank, and chaired Toronto’s Central Local Health Integration Network. If elected, Dhanani said he’ll advocate for more social services and recreational facilities for densely populated Ward 26 neighbourhoods, attract more industry and entrepreneurs to the ward and advocate for careful scrutiny of all city expenditures and purchases at city hall.
John Parker won the Ward 26 council seat in 2006. If elected to the seat for a second time, the former MPP says he will work to advance the projects in Flemingdon, Bennington Heights and Laird Drive, including ongoing efforts raising money and community support for the expansion of the Leaside arena. If elected, he’ll tackle parking problems in the ward and ensure the city’s budget is in line with its resources in preparation for future growth.
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