Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Photo: What Might Have Been

These days, with the Brothers Ford busy asserting their dominance over the city of Toronto and their superiority over such pesky things as "facts," it's easy to forget that these dudes were voted into power. Yes, there was actually an election not too long ago, and they were far from the only candidates.

I know there are plenty of people regretting their victory now. They weren't the only choice. What about, say... Kevin Clarke, Toronto's perennial homeless candidate for mayor? In the end he came in 14th out of forty candidates, with 1,411 votes. On September 20, the day before I left the city for British Columbia, I encountered one of his election signs chalked into the sidewalk at Queen and Yonge. Its message is simple - "KEVIN CLARKE FOR MAYOR: POWER TO PEOPLE." It's the sort of attitude that's sorely lacking in Toronto today, I think.

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