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  • Tale of the tape: Mayoral candidates

    Olivia Chow
    Age:  57
    Birthplace: Hong Kong

    Current neighbourhood/ward: Trinity-Spadina
    Education: She studied philosophy and religion part time at the University of Toronto and took sculpture courses at the
    Ontario College of Arts now OCAD. She graduated from Guelph University with an honours degree in fine arts.
    Most recently: federal MP for Trinity-Spadina until March 12.
    Before politics: Before getting into politics nearly 30 years ago, Chow held a job working with Vietnamese refugees and Chinese immigrants at WoodGreen Community Services. She also taught several courses part time at George Brown College's Assaulted Women's and Children's Counsellor/Advocate Program.
    Political stance: Only prominent left-wing candidate among the top contenders.
    Interesting fact: she was a junior forest ranger at 16, planting trees in northern Ontario where fell in love with the Canadian wilderness. 
    Rob Ford
    Age: 44
    Birthplace: Etobicoke
    Current Neighbourhood/Ward: Etobicoke
    Education: Ford spent a year at Carleton, and took some courses at York University.
    Most recently: Toronto's 64th Mayor
    Before politics: He worked for his father's labelling company, Deco Labels.
    Political Stance: Right wing fiscal conservative who vowed to stop the 'gravy train' at city hall.
    Interesting Fact: Ford recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
    David Soknacki

    Age: 60

    Current Neighbourhood/Ward: Scarborough
    Education: Earned his Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Toronto, and an MBA from the University of  Western Ontario.
    Most recently: The former city councillor most recently chaired the Downsview Park board and wrote a column for the Scarborough Mirror and
    Before politics: He founded Ecom Food Industries in 1986, which imports, manufactures and exports herb and spice ingredients for commercial use.
    Political Stance: Centre-Right
    Interesting Fact: Soknacki voted for current mayoral rival John Tory in the 2003 election.
    Karen Stintz

    Age: 43
    Birthplace: North York
    Current Neighbourhood/Ward: Lawrence Park
    Education:  Graduate of the University of Western Ontario, holds a Master of Science in Journalism from Boston University and a Master of Public Administration from Queen's University.
    Most recently: TTC Chair since 2010. Resigned to run for Mayor.
    Before politics: Before being elected City Councillor, Karen spent seven years managing and delivering healthcare programs in both the public and private sectors.
    Political Stance: Right wing
    Interesting Fact: Grade 6 piano student at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Appeared on the show Undercover Boss.
    John Tory
    Age: 59
    Birthplace: Toronto
    Current Neighbourhood/Ward: His last known address was at Bloor and Jarvis.
    Education: He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, where he attended Trinity. He also has a law degree from Osgoode Hall at York University.
    Most recently:  He was the host of a radio talk show, Live Drive with John Tory, on NewsTalk 1010 at Astral Media. He was the host until February when he announced that his intention to run for mayor.
    Before politics: In the early 1970s, Tory was a reporter and broadcaster for two Toronto radio stations, CFTR (now 680News) and CHFI.
    Political Stance: He's seen as a Conservative with a heart. He says his first priority is tackling gridlock by building a downtown relief line.
    Interesting Fact: Tory was named to Order of Ontario in 2012. He has been involved in various fundraising efforts for organizations such as United Way, Crimestoppers and Toronto Association for Community Living.

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