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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Ranked Choice Voting Demonstration A Success, Says Group — Vote By Choice

Joe Pantalone 51.6%  | George Smitherman 22.6%  | Himy Syed 12.9%
Toronto Mayor Round 6

By John Ford, Vote By Choice
OTTAWA – People participating in a Ranked Choice Voting experiment have cast ballots parallel to the 2010 Ontario municipal elections.
While in the experiment the Ottawa Mayoral contest was won on the first ballot, the Toronto Mayor was elected after six ballots needed to break the fifty percent plus one threshold.
Joe Pantalone was able to achieve 51.6% with distributed votes from dropped candidates Rob Ford, Sarah Thomson, and Abdullah-Baquie Ghazi.
George Smitherman reached 22.6% …

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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Toronto 2010: On the Edge

How unfortunate that the status quo is, apparently, so reviled as to make its standard bearer Joe Pantalone poll a distant third between George Smitherman and Rob Ford. It’s amazing, in its way, how a wide-open field with dozens of worthy candidates like, say, Himy Syed has been winnowed, mostly by media attention and ignorance, to the Last Dudes Standing.

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[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Filling the progressive void

By Greg Burrell, The General Ledger
Back near the beginning of the election campaign in Toronto, I wrote a post blasting the leading candidates for their lack of progressive ideas and unwillingness to fight for the people of Toronto (Toronto’s progressive political void, 17 June 2010). I commented that the race for mayor of Toronto had been disappointing for all progressives, especially because of media skewing the issues that matter, and the long campaign certainly has been nothing but disappointing. Adam Giambrone’s campaign self-destructed long before we were able to hear his …

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[24 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Dear Mr Syed – October 25, 2010

By Hollie Pollard, CommonCentsMom
Dear Mr Syed,
First and foremost I wanted thank you for the race you have run as candidate for this great city of Toronto.
Himy, months ago when I came back I was part of the masses who thought politicians could not be trusted. I had been involved in politics when I was younger and had come to hate the backrooms of politics. I had come to hate the process. I felt that we the average citizen really did not make a difference. I had …

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[24 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mayoral Endorsement III

By CitySlikr in All Fired Up In The Big Smoke
My Endorsement For Mayor: HiMY SYeD.
He calls himself The Peoples’ Mayor. It is not empty campaign rhetoric. As Mr. SYeD correctly points out, this race has been all about things. Tax cuts, subways and gravy trains. Where are the people?
Semantics, you say? A little, perhaps. But our front running candidates have all been talking about what they are going to do for people, to people. HiMY SYeD talks about what he’ll do with people. Civic engagement sits at …

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[23 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Take The Tooker Bike Rally

From Take The Tooker
50 politically motivated cyclists took to Bloor today (Oct. 23) to say “We Bike We Vote”.
En route they were greeted by Mayoral hopeful Himy Syed who redirected cyclists to the car drop-off loop across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, jumped on a table, and passionately articulated his desire for a bicycle-friendly city.
The mass then took their message for bike lanes on Bloor to the offices of Councillor Vaughan, and Mayoral hopefuls Joe Pantalone and George Slitherman.

Vote on Monday, Oct. 25th for bike friendly Council candidates! …

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[22 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Social media in Toronto’s election: a sampling of blunders

By John Michael McGrath, Toronto Life
One of the much talked-about aspects of Calgary’s recent election has been how Naheed Nenshi successfully transformed social media, Twitter especially, into a campaign tool. Compare that innovation with how Toronto’s candidates have been using social media, and our mayoral hopefuls do not come out looking great. Yes, all of the major candidates—and most of the minor ones—have been using Twitter and Facebook. But no, it hasn’t mattered a lot. If Web smarts had been a major force in this campaign, we’d all be asking ourselves if prolific …

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[21 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Interview with Jean-René Dufort of Infoman on CBC Radio-Canada

First Broadcast on Radio-Canada’s Infoman with Jean-René Dufort
October 21, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Interview with Jean-René Dufort of the CBC Radio-Canada weekly show Infoman.

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[19 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
CP24 Your Vote – Mayoral Debate: Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, “Himy Syed would be my choice for Mayor of Toronto”

JOE PANTALONE 5:02 : Also if I was asked the same question today, my answer would be, Himy Syed would be my choice for Mayor of Toronto. You know why? Because he represents a new Toronto, like I do.

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[19 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
InTorontoTV: Rob Ford skips mayoral debate at the 519 Church Street Community Centre

Report by Michael Pihach, InTorontoMagTv
Mayoral debate at The 519
Two of Toronto’s top three mayoral candidates took questions from the public at the 519 Church St. Community Centre on October 18.
Issues discussed included funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, support for local business, safe injection sites and bed bugs.
IN Toronto was there.
Candidate Rob Ford was not.

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[18 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Whither You Progressives

Pantalone showed himself to be out of step with where much of the progressive, left of centre is at the moment. Perhaps if the wider voting public had been allowed to see more of Himy Syed, the city would be in the throes of the same deliberation we here in ward 19 are currently in the midst of between Mike Layton and Karen Sun, but Pantalone simply is not in step with the wider progressive movement.

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[18 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Feisty Toronto mayoral debate cut short at The 519

By Andrea Houston, Xtra
Rob Ford may not have been at the mayoral debate at The 519 Church Street Community Centre Monday night, but that didn’t stop the two other candidates or audience members from calling him a coward for not showing up.
Even before the debate got rolling, moderator Mathieu Chantelois called Ford’s absence “disappointing.”
“He’s scared!” someone yelled from the middle of the audience, a standing-room-only crowd numbering around 300, which was largely divided between those wearing green Joe Pantalone shirts or purple George Smitherman …

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[17 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
My Vote A Vote for The People’s Mayor

From CommonCentsMom
When I was not happy with the top five candidates that the Media was putting out front and central I went looking for a candidate I could support. I was looking for a candidate with a workable plan. I was looking for a candidate who cared. I was looking for for a candidate who understood the backbone of the city of my birth, the city that I love.
I found Mr Syed in my Twitter stream. He had followed me because well most of the …

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[16 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Himy Syed – Peoples’ Mayor | 4th Annual YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard) Festival 2010, Gladstone Hotel

YIMBY 2010
Himy Syed – Peoples’ Mayor
4th Annual YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard)
Saturday, Oct 16, 2010 11am-4 pm
Gladstone Gallery
This October, the Gladstone Hotel with the help of Ryerson University is presented the 4th Annual YIMBY Festival. The YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard) Festival provides a social space for your community groups and citizen’s organizations to gather and exchange ideas and strategies. YIMBY provides an opportunity for neighbours to meet neighbours, citizens to meet politicians and politicians to meet community groups, in the spirit of people coming together to say YES to …

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[6 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mayoral Race 2010 – Are we overlooking good potential mayors by just focusing on a few old white guys?

BY Chris Bilton October 06, 2010 11:10 EYE WEEKLY
“Fringe” candidate may be the F-word of the mayoral race. In a municipal election where anyone with $200 can get their name on the ballot, and where voters will have twoscore names to choose from, it’s inevitable that some of the mayoral candidates are going to be operating under the radar. There’s probably a good reason that we don’t hear much about some of the candidates, but there are more than a few occasions where good ideas, …

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