As we mentioned last week, ArtsVote is a coalition that is working to ensure arts-friendly candidates are elected or returned to office in the upcoming municipal vote. One aspect of their efforts: rate incumbents, and survey challengers, to assess how strongly each supports the arts in Toronto. During each election season, ArtsVote releases report cards, and the ones for council contenders came out yesterday. (Reports on mayoral candidates will be issued following the ArtsVote mayoral debate, being held September 29.)
The most striking thing we noticed as we scrolled down the list was just how few council candidates bothered responding to ArtsVote’s survey at all. A quick glance reveals that fewer than half of registered candidates turned in their thoughts on the state of the arts in Toronto, a grim sign of these candidates’ willingness to work hard to engage with issues raised by the public if nothing else.
To see how the candidates in your ward fared, head over to the ArtsVote survey results.
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