Gord Perks, well known environmental columnist, activist and NDP candidate in Davenport during the last federal election, is running for city council in Ward 14 (Parkdale-High Park). Current councillor Sylvia Watson will be running in a September provincial by-election to try and fill the seat vacated by Gerard Kennedy.
Perks wasn’t able to unseat Liberal Mario Silva in Davenport but Ward 14 is another matter. He’ll undoubtedly get help from the NDP and MP Peggy Nash. With no incumbent running in the ward Perks’ biggest challenge is arguably candidate Rowena Santos. She’s been on the ground longer than Perks, has decent progressive and pro-environmental experience and should be able to pull the immigrant vote better than he could.