Suburban voters voice wide range of concerns
by Jeff Gray, Erin Pooley and Gay Abbate
Tuesday, November 11, 2003 - Page A19 The Globe & Mail
and lawyer Eddie Francis, 29, who critics said was too young to be mayor,
proved his opponents wrong last night, securing a majority over veteran
city councillor Bill Marra and retired autoworker Ernie Lamont.
former mayor Mike Hurst's support of a federal-provincial plan to improve
truck traffic at Southern Ontario's busiest border crossing, Mr. Francis
says he plans to revisit the controversial proposal, which has many
constituents concerned about pollution, safety and noise.
MPP Herb Epp easily unseated incumbent Lynne Woolstencroft in Waterloo's
tight four-way race, which was overshadowed by anger over a financing
deal Ms. Woolstencroft supported when she was a councillor, before she
took the mayor's job in 2000.
is vowing to tackle cost overruns at city hall after a financing deal
for a city-owned recreation facility cost the city $32-million more
than it had expected.
Mayor Carl Zehr won in a landslide over opponents Jon Huemiller and
In a blow
to protesters fighting Hamilton's controversial Red Hill Expressway,
councillor Larry Di Ianni defeated expressway opponent David Christopherson,
a former NDP member of the legislature.
seat was up for grabs after Bob Wade decided not to seek re-election.
Gyles, the disgraced former city councillor who was sentenced to 2½
years in prison in September for soliciting $35,000 in bribes from constituents,
was easily defeated in the race for a seat on Peel Regional Council
in Mississauga's Ward 5.
defeated by former provincial employee and business owner Eve Adams,
who is promising to oppose property tax increases and ease traffic gridlock.
Mayor Hazel McCallion was a shoo-in, taking almost 92 per cent of the
vote against four other opponents to win her 10th term.
12 votes between between them, incumbent Ann Mulvale narrowly defeated
environmental activist Rob Burton to secure a sixth term as mayor.
faced heated criticism from Mr. Burton throughout the campaign for her
support of development on the Trafalgar Moraine. She is promising to
increase Oakville's population and supports the addition of 100,000
new homes over the next 15 years.
Fennell easily defeated challenger Bill Cowie, garnering more than 60
per cent of the vote in a hard-fought campaign.
controversy surrounding incumbent Mayor Michael Di Biase, who was appointed
to the position last year after the death of mayor Lorna Jackson, he
easily defeated opponent Robert Craig with more than 60 per cent of
Biase, who has recently had to deal with the defection of nine of his
senior staff and a lawsuit against the city questioning its tendering
practices, is vowing to ease gridlock problems, expand the Highway 427
and build an ambulatory care facility in Vaughan over the next five
campaign in King Township again centred around the Big Pipe, a plan
to hook King City's 4,800 residents up to the York-Durham sewage system
that opponents fear will spur sprawling development.
Margaret Black, who is in favour of the plan, won by fewer than 1,000
votes, defeating pipe opponent Leah Werry, a Schomberg councillor.
the town says was a North American first, Markham voters were able to
cast ballots over the Internet in the days leading up to yesterday's
election. Thousands signed up to receive secure ID numbers, and were
then able to vote from Nov. 3 to Nov. 7 at the click of a mouse.
and old-fashioned voters in the town overwhelmingly gave mayor Don Cousens,
a former Tory MPP, a fourth consecutive term.
the chosen successor of long-time local politician Wayne Arthurs, won
the mayoral race in Pickering and had a 17-percentage-point lead with
most ballots counted.
dropped out of the race after winning a Liberal seat at Queen's Park
in the recent provincial elections, turning the race into a two-way
battle between Mr. Ryan, a councillor and retired IBM employee, and
Doug Dickerson, a local businessman.
win is also a victory for developers who want to put houses on the Duffins
Rouge Agricultural Preserve, which Mr. Dickerson had promised to save.
Mayor Steve Parish, regarded by many as a fighter against runaway development,
was able to fend off a challenge from Kip Van Kempen, winning more than
70 per cent of the vote.
was a campaign issue in Oshawa as regional councillor John Gray handily
defeated 12-year veteran Nancy Diamond for mayor. The future of the
Oshawa Generals, the town's legendary junior hockey team, animated the
Mayor Bob Chiarelli easily defeated his nearest rival, Terry Kilrea,
with 56 per cent of the vote, compared to Mr. Kilrea's 37 per cent.