Nine candidates are running to be councillor of Ward 42, the largest district of Toronto and home to the Toronto Zoo and Rouge Park.
According to 2006 statistics, it’s home to 74,075 people, three per cent of the city’s total population, though the ward is not very densely populated. More than half of the population lives in single-family houses.
English is the most spoken mother tongue, followed by Tamil and Tagalog. East Indian and Chinese are identified as the top two ethnic backgrounds.
Of people heading to and from work, 75 per cent drive while 23 per cent take public transit.
Rougeville, located between Morningside Avenue and Meadowvale Road, does not have a school, despite a high concentration of households with children.
Malvern has been negatively portrayed as a violent neighbourhood. Incumbent councillor Raymond Cho, who has represented the ward for 19 years dating back before amalgamation, helped establish the Scarborough Hope Centre, but opponents say the area still needs more recreation and childcare facilities for working parents and their kids.
A planned TTC extension around Rouge Park has been controversial due to concern for the environment. Cho is on record supporting a subway instead of RT.
Another contentious issue is an anaerobic composting plant proposed to be built near the Toronto Zoo.
—Ward snapshot and issues by Ellie Kim and Jessica Moy
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