It’s been 10 months of campaigning, slogans, sniping and counter-sniping, policy after policy, and debate after debate. There’s been no shortage of material available to help you make up your mind who to vote for, but sometimes it can be handy to have it all in one place. We’ve collected the major mayoral candidates’ positions here, on seven key issues, to help you make your way through the glut of information. You can either pick a candidate and run through a summary of their platforms, or pick an issue and see how the three contenders compare.
Voter turnout by ward, average of 2003, 2006, 2010 elections. All images taken from “Who Votes in Toronto’s Municipal Elections?” by Myer Siemiatycki and Sean Marshall.
Immigration and visible minority status play a significant role in voter turnout for Toronto municipal elections, according to new research.
In their publication “Who Votes in Toronto Municipal Elections?” Ryerson University professor Myer Siemiatycki and geographic analyst Sean Marshall explore how immigration, visible minority status, income, and home ownership affected residents’ likelihood of voting in the last three municipal elections. Their findings show that neighbourhoods and wards with higher proportions of immigrants and visible minorities tend to have lower turnout rates.
Siemiatycki ranked Toronto’s 44 wards by turnout and then looked at the percentage of immigrants in each ward. In the 10 wards with the lowest turnout, immigrants comprised an average of 63 per cent of the population, visible minorities 62.7 per cent. Immigrants made up 37 per cent of the population of the top 10 wards for voter turnout, visible minorities just 27 per cent.
A gunman shot and wounded a Canadian soldier on guard Wednesday at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, then travelled to Parliament Hill and wounded a security guard inside Centre Block, before being shot and killed by security officials himself. Both the solider and the security guard were taken to the Ottawa Hospital: the soldier has since died, and the medical condition of the security guard is unknown.
According to the Ottawa Citizen, “witnesses said 30 to 50 shots were fired inside the Centre Block.” Officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is safe; opposition leaders are also believed to be safe, though there has not yet been an official statement. Parliament Hill and many buildings in the vicinity remain on lockdown.