Friday, July 31, 2009

Toronto Strike Vote - UPDATED

Not that it's any of my business, but I was curious about something: just how many of the fifteen Toronto City Councillors who are on record opposing the deal with the city workers actually have one of those festering mountains of garbage in their wards?

The answer is: 4
Michael Feldman, Ward 10
Frances Nunziata, Ward 11 (she's got 2)
Karen Stintz, Ward 16
Brian Ashton, Ward 36

(CORRECTION: There were actually 5 - Cliff Jenkins of Ward 25 also has a garbage dump in his riding.)

The rest all represent relatively sweet-smelling wards like Willowdale and Don Valley. In fact two of them - Rob Ford and Peter Milczyn - represent Etobicoke, the only area of Toronto which has been enjoying garbage pick-up during the strike thanks to their privately contracted workers.

My next question would be: what do you think the odds are of those four councillors getting re-elected if the actually manage to shoot down this deal?

UPDATE: Here is the final vote, courtesy of the Toronto Star. Both agreements passed, 21-17.


Maria Augimeri (York Centre) - Yes
Sandra Bussin (Beaches-East York) - Yes
Shelley Carroll (Don Valley East) – Yes
Raymond Cho (Scarborough-Rouge River) – Yes
Janet Davis (Beaches-East York) – Yes
Glenn de Baeremaeker (Scarborough Centre) – Yes
Frank Di Giorgio (York South-Weston) – Yes
Paula Fletcher (Toronto-Danforth) – Yes
Adam Giambrone (Davenport) – Yes
Mark Grimes (Etobicoke Lakeshore) – Yes
Suzan Hall (Etobicoke North) – Yes
A.A. Heaps (Scarborough Southwest) – Yes
Doug Holyday (Etobicoke Centre) – Yes
Pam McConnell (Toronto Centre-Rosedale) – Yes
Joe Mihevc (St. Paul’s) – Yes
David Miller (Mayor) - Yes
Joe Pantalone (Trinity-Spadina) – Yes
Gord Perks (Parkdale-High Park) – Yes
Anthony Perruzza (York West) – Yes
Bill Saundercook (Parkdale-High Park) – Yes
Adam Vaughan (Trinity-Spadina) – Yes


Paul Ainslie (Scarborough East) - No
Brian Ashton (Scarborough Southwest) – No
Mike Del Grande (Scarborough-Agincourt) – No
Mike Feldman (York Centre) - No
Rob Ford (Etobicoke North) – No
Cliff Jenkins (Don Valley West) – No
Norm Kelly (Scarborough-Agincourt) – No
Chin Lee (Scarborough-Rouge River) – No
Peter Milczyn (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) – No* (Only pertains to vote on Local 416 agreement)
Denzil Minnan-Wong (Don Valley East) – No
Ron Moeser (Scarborough East) - No
Frances Nunziata (York South-Weston) – No
Case Ootes (Toronto-Danforth) – No
John Parker (Don Valley West) – No
David Shiner (Willowdale) – No * (Only pertains to vote on Local 79 agreement)
Karen Stintz (Eglinton-Lawrence) – No
Michael Thompson (Scarborough Centre) – NoMichael Walker (St. Paul’s) – No

Names in bold have a temporary garbage drop-off in their ward. A few notes:

- Milczyn and Shiner have close relatives in the Union and were originally not going to be allowed to vote, but apparently it was agreed to split the vote between the two Locals and let them only vote on the one where they did not have a conflict.

- Of the six councillors who had said they were 'undecided' going into the vote, all voted yes except for Del Grande who voted no.

- Councillors for the 13 ridings I could find with dump sites were evenly split: 6 for and 6 against, with Kyle Rae of Ward 27 absent.

FURTHER UPDATE: In deference to my OCD-like fascination with maps, here's a map of Toronto's Wards showing 'Yes' votes in green, 'No' votes in red.


  1. I'm shocked, just shocked, to find this out.

  2. What a surprise, I didn't expect this, thank you for the info. Actually, I think those four might have a bigger chance of getting reelected than the other eleven. Those don't have such problems with garbage and are not emphatic enough. These four, however, have the same problems as the rest of Toronto and can live with it. Or at least it can be their argument why they opposed the deal. Regards, Lorne.

  3. hi Jennifer....EXCELLENT. I've never seen such a shabby bunch of right-wing hacks and opportunists. I watched some of their speeches and I was embarrassed...for THEM. Oh and thanks for the map. Now I know where NOT to go. And I can proudly declare that during my stay in Toronto I've spent 100 per cent of my time in the GREEN areas... :)

  4. Yeah, it really does shake out to a downtown/uptown, class-based thing, doesn't it?

    I'm not a huge fan of unions, but taking a rational, non-ideological look at the thing, it looks like a valid, equitable compromise to me. Sadly, I don't think Miller's going to survive it. As long as they don't vote in John Tory!