As you know I was a candidate for Councillor in Ward 9 in the October 25, 2010 Elections. The final results showed that Ms. Augimeri won the election by only 89 votes. After the election, I uncovered serious irregularities and breaches of the Municipal Elections Act and brought an application to the Superior Court to declare the election invalid and order a by-election.
Given these 426 serious breaches of the Elections Act, and the fact that everyone expects and deserves fair elections, we had no choice but to go to Court to seek an Order that the election in Ward 9 be deemed to be invalid.
The case was argued before the Superior Court of Ontario on March 29th. On April 21st, Justice A. Hoy released her decision.
Since the decision, there has been talk and rumours that the City of Toronto Clerk may appeal. This is so disturbing. An appeal will result in further costs, and lengthy delays, something the people of Ward 9 do not need. Instead of wasting time and taxpayer's money on an unnecessary appeal, the Clerk and Elections Toronto, should take the decision as an important learning tool, to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that future elections are conducted in accordance with fairness and justice. The people of Ward 9, and the entire City of Toronto, deserve nothing less.
To that end, I ask that you add your name to a special petition that we will be presenting to City Council, urging Council to do what it can, to ensure there is no appeal, and, that a by-election is held as soon as possible and the principles of fairness and equity be upheld.
Thank you again for your interest. I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who has any questions or comments. Please feel free to contact me.
My name is Gus Cusimano. I was a candidate for Councillor in Ward 9 in the election October 25, 2010. The results of the election showed that Ms. Maria Augimeri won by 89 votes. I had the second highest number of votes. I am going to Court to seek a by-election, and I wish to explain why I have done so.
In the days following the election, I and members of my campaign team, received numerous phone calls and emails from Ward 9 residents, scrutineers and others who reported to us serious concerns they witnessed about the election process on voting day.
Many concerns and reports surfaced about serious irregularities and inconsistent voting procedures. These included a high amount of general confusion at the polls, questionable identification of individuals who were ultimately permitted to vote, voters who had legitimate identification being turned away and even people voting twice.
One of the most egregious irregularities discovered was with respect to Voters' Request Change Forms, which if completed properly, would allow someone to vote. The person is required to fill out their name, address, birthdate and produce acceptable identification and sign it. The elections officer, once satisfied that all requirements have been met, must then endorse/sign the form, thereby legally authorizing the person to receive a ballot.
At least 455 people voted who may not have been legally able to, making them ineligible to vote.
11 contained addresses that caused us to question whether they could even vote in Ward 9.
194 had no indication that anybody even checked identification.
312 documents had no required validation by an election officer and more
Given these facts, we had no choice but to seek a Court Order that the election in Ward 9 be deemed invalid and a fair by-election be held. I have not made this decision lightly. This is not about Gus Cusimano, or any other candidate. This is about you, the citizens of Ward 9. This is simply about the fairness and integrity of the electoral process that everyone who lives in this Ward demands and deserves. This is not about politics, or political fighting. I am hopeful once all parties have reviewed the disturbing evidence, they will agree that the only proper course of action now is to agree to a by-election.
I would be happy to discuss this with anyone who has any questions or comments.
Gus is in favour of creating good paying union and construction jobs including those at the proposed convention/casino centre. These good paying jobs will benefit Torontonians and will bring millions of dollars in revenue and economic growth to the City.
Gus is in favour of the Porter Airlines proposal which will create new or maintain good paying union jobs at Bombardier. He is also in favour of the creation of new jobs at the Billy Bishop Airport.
Finance Committee, Building Committee Toronto Real Estate Board
Father of 3:
Matthew, Oliver, Katherine
Hon. Ken Dryden, former M.P., York Centre
M.P.P. Monte Kwinter, York Centre
Ed Scheck, Past Chair, Toronto Board of Trade supports Gus Cusimano
Councillor Mike Del Grande with Gus
Former Councillor Michael Feldman with Gus
Louise Russo with Gus
Anthony Primerano, L.I.U.N.A. CANADIAN TRI-FUND
Mario Forcillo, of Yatescastle
Anna Nguyen, owner of Romana Beauty & Spa at 912 Wilson Ave
Gus with Father Xavier, St. Norberts Church
Tony from Buzz Buzz Pizza at 822 Wilson Ave
Salvatore at 908 Wilson Ave
Ernie Coletta owner of Wilson Shoe Repair
Gus with his children, Matthew, Katherine and Oliver
Gus grew up the eldest of eight. Brother R.J. is a heart surgeon, Michael is a brain surgeon , Steven is a Family Doctor, Daniel owns an Architecture Firm, Anthony owns a CA firm, and sisters Anne Marie and Louise are teachers. His father, Salvatore is a Real Estate investor.
The City of Toronto is divided into 44 Wards and our community is named York Centre, Ward 9. This area is bounded by Jane Street to the west, Hwy 401 to the south, Grandravine Drive to the north, and Allen Road to the east.
Throughout the Downsview community various sites act as markers that hold historical significance. These sites along with recent innovations, bring life and character to the area. Some of these special sites include the Downsview Memorial Parkette at the Keele St. and Wilson Ave. intersection, the Uno Prii Buildings on Jane St. at Exbury Dr., and Downsview United Church on Keele St, originally built in 1870. These sites and many other local assets contribute to the beauty and importance of our community.
The name Downsview was established by the local farmer and Justice of the Peace John Perkins Bull, who settled in the area in about 1842 and named his farm Downs View as it was situated at one of the highest elevations in the City, overlooking the rolling hills and apple orchards that lead towards the City.
Downsview has become a wonderfully diverse community that continues to grow and flourish.