The Record's picks for the October 20th election:
The who, what and where of voting
In the last few days before the election, there are many sources available to help you decide, if you haven't already.
On this page, you'll read The Record's choices and how we made them. It's not an easy task to select among 10 mayoral and 29 councillor candidates, many of them worthy. We encourage you to research the candidates further and, if you wish, share your choices in our comment section.
Some quick links to check out the candidates and what they stand for: our Councillor Questionnaire article in which council candidates explain who they are answer three key questions. And the City's Candidate Profile Guide which includes links to mayoral and councillor candidates' website. Or you can watch a recording of the final mayoral debate in Fernwood.
For information on voting times, place and options, see our article on what you need to know.
This is the final result of our mayoral poll
which ran for a week ending Sept. 13.
Check out our analysis of the poll numbers and trends.
- Stephen Hammond 53%, 268 votes268 votes 53%268 votes - 53% of all votes
- Lisa Helps 20%, 101 vote101 vote 20%101 vote - 20% of all votes
- Bruce McGuigan 10%, 53 votes53 votes 10%53 votes - 10% of all votes
- Ben Isitt* 6%, 29 votes29 votes 6%29 votes - 6% of all votes
- Mike Geoghegan 4%, 18 votes18 votes 4%18 votes - 4% of all votes
- A progressive who hasn't appeared yet.* 3%, 17 votes17 votes 3%17 votes - 3% of all votes
- Rob Duncan 2%, 11 votes11 votes 2%11 votes - 2% of all votes
- Sean Leitenberg 1%, 6 votes6 votes 1%6 votes - 1% of all votes
- Ryan Moen 1%, 3 votes3 votes 1%3 votes - 1% of all votes
- Chris Zmuda 0%, 1 vote1 vote1 vote - 0% of all votes
It’s a number that sticks in the mind: 95%.
That figure indicates that Mayor Lisa Helps and her political ally Councillor Marianne Alto voted to approve all but two of some 40 major developments before city council in the last four years, according to The Record’s review of meeting minutes.
That’s so close to a perfect record, it makes you wonder whether some members of council carefully consider each project on its merits or just vote in favour in the unproven, misguided belief that all these new projects will solve our housing crisis.
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