[25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Filling the progressive void

By Greg Burrell, The General Ledger
Back near the beginning of the election campaign in Toronto, I wrote a post blasting the leading candidates for their lack of progressive ideas and unwillingness to fight for the people of Toronto (Toronto’s progressive political void, 17 June 2010). I commented that the race for mayor of Toronto had been disappointing for all progressives, especially because of media skewing the issues that matter, and the long campaign certainly has been nothing but disappointing. Adam Giambrone’s campaign self-destructed long before we were able to hear his …

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[Monday 10 Feb 2014 | Comments Off | ]
Mayoral debate draws crowd at UTSC  SCSU-organized event sees contenders spar on transit, environment, and homelessness

By Anjum Sultana, The Varsity

Himy Syed, co-organizer of the forum and past mayoral candidate, invited all 24 mayoral candidates to the event, however, only five were able to attend. Rob Ford, Toronto’s current mayor, shared the stage with David Soknacki, a former City of Toronto councillor. A number of other largely unknown candidates attended the event, including Robb Johannes, a social justice activist and musician; Al Gore, a former employee at Toronto Hydro; and Richard Underhill, a jazz musician.

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[Wednesday 8 Jan 2014 | Comments Off | ]
Al Gore Running For Mayor Of Toronto: Can He Beat Drug Addict Rob Ford?

But who exactly is this Al Gore from north of the border? Himy Syed, the founding editor of TorontoWiki.org, and himself a Toronto mayoral candidate in 2010, blogged on Huffington Post that when he met Gore recently at a public event in the city, the man showed him a valid Ontario photo ID to prove the legitimacy of his name and identity. But Syed could not obtain much information from Gore aside from the fact that he has been contemplating such a mayoral run for two decades.

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[Friday 26 Jul 2013 | Comments Off | ]
30 Masjids in 30 days

By Kenneth Armstrong, SooToday.com | Friday, July 26, 2013

Would you consider Sault Ste. Marie to be a destination for making a personal spiritual journey?

HiMY SYeD is doing just that, travelling across Ontario to observe and report about the Muslim communities he finds from city to city.

HiMY SYeD originally devised his “30 Masjids” project to focus on the 100 Masjids (or Mosques) in the Greater Toronto Area, and in 2011 and 2012 he used public transit and his bicycle to visit as many as he could during Ramadan while blogging along the way.

This year he has expanded the area he covers to sites across the province of Ontario, visiting Sault Ste. Marie Thursday.

He has already visited cities such as London, Chatham and Windsor with plans to travel to Sudbury, Ottawa and Montreal Quebec by the end of Ramadan.

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[Saturday 24 Mar 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Following your labyrinth | Himy Syed’s latest ‘outstallation’ project can be found on Woodbine Beach

By Joanna Lavoie, InsideToronto
For his latest “outstallation” project, a giant labyrinth in the form of a three-leaf clover, West Toronto resident Himy Syed uses the Beach as his canvas.
Syed’s Triskelion Labyrinth can be found on Woodbine Beach, just east of the Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool.
He started the project about a week ago and had hoped to finish it by St. Patrick’s Day, but life got a little busy and he’s now hoping to wrap up the project in the next few days.
Creating large-scale public art …

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[Wednesday 18 Jan 2012 | Comments Off | ]
Bike City – A documentary film about cycling culture and condition in Toronto | By Andrew Rooke

Bike City [ 1:35 - 1:55 ] :
” In Toronto we’ve actually, now about to lose cycling infrastructure. Despite the spin that comes from our municipal level of government, we are actually going to be losing bike lanes and increasing the expenditure in this area. ” — HiMY SYeD

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[Monday 15 Aug 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Toronto Spoke: “This is how we solve the billion dollar deficit,” says HiMY SYeD

From Ford For Toronto by Matt Elliott (@GraphicMatt)
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. and extending through to the next morning, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee — led by Mayor Rob Ford — heard more than one hundred and fifty deputations from a diverse group of citizens. In a sincere bid to ensure that the passion, insight and creativity displayed over the course of that epic meeting is not forgotten, Ford For Toronto will be posting a deputation video every weekday for the month of August.

Deputant: HiMY SYeD (website, twitter)
Occupation: Independent Photojournalist; …

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[Friday 29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | ]
I love the smell of democracy in the morning… Rob Ford’s proudest moment brought all those who oppose his agenda into one room for 23 long hours.

There was former mayoral candidate Himy Syed, giving an impromptu comic masterpiece of a speech full of very specific and very workable budget solutions, tailored to each councillor on the committee. There was 14-year-old Anika Tabovaradan, who wept through the entirety of her speech because of her fear of public speaking, explaining that the computers at Willowdale library are her only chance to do homework: “I’m no taxpayer but by working on the computers at the library, one day I can get a good job”—at which full grown men and women in the press gallery cried. (Really.)

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[Thursday 26 May 2011 | Comments Off | ]
Mr. Personality | He’s the Mayor, He’s the Boss — Meet Doug Ford, the guy who makes Rob look good

By Edward Keenan

The GRID TO

Former mayoral candidate Himy Syed recently joked on Twitter that Doug Ford needs more security protection than Rob since, if anything were to happen to Doug, Rob would become mayor.

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[Monday 25 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Ranked Choice Voting Demonstration A Success, Says Group — Vote By Choice

Joe Pantalone 51.6%  | George Smitherman 22.6%  | Himy Syed 12.9%
Toronto Mayor Round 6

By John Ford, Vote By Choice
OTTAWA – People participating in a Ranked Choice Voting experiment have cast ballots parallel to the 2010 Ontario municipal elections.
While in the experiment the Ottawa Mayoral contest was won on the first ballot, the Toronto Mayor was elected after six ballots needed to break the fifty percent plus one threshold.
Joe Pantalone was able to achieve 51.6% with distributed votes from dropped candidates Rob Ford, Sarah Thomson, and Abdullah-Baquie Ghazi.
George Smitherman reached 22.6% …

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[Sunday 24 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Dear Mr Syed – October 25, 2010

By Hollie Pollard, CommonCentsMom
Dear Mr Syed,
First and foremost I wanted thank you for the race you have run as candidate for this great city of Toronto.
Himy, months ago when I came back I was part of the masses who thought politicians could not be trusted. I had been involved in politics when I was younger and had come to hate the backrooms of politics. I had come to hate the process. I felt that we the average citizen really did not make a difference. I had …

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[Sunday 24 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mayoral Endorsement III

By CitySlikr in All Fired Up In The Big Smoke
My Endorsement For Mayor: HiMY SYeD.
He calls himself The Peoples’ Mayor. It is not empty campaign rhetoric. As Mr. SYeD correctly points out, this race has been all about things. Tax cuts, subways and gravy trains. Where are the people?
Semantics, you say? A little, perhaps. But our front running candidates have all been talking about what they are going to do for people, to people. HiMY SYeD talks about what he’ll do with people. Civic engagement sits at …

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[Saturday 23 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Take The Tooker Bike Rally

From Take The Tooker
50 politically motivated cyclists took to Bloor today (Oct. 23) to say “We Bike We Vote”.
En route they were greeted by Mayoral hopeful Himy Syed who redirected cyclists to the car drop-off loop across from Trinity Bellwoods Park, jumped on a table, and passionately articulated his desire for a bicycle-friendly city.
The mass then took their message for bike lanes on Bloor to the offices of Councillor Vaughan, and Mayoral hopefuls Joe Pantalone and George Slitherman.

Vote on Monday, Oct. 25th for bike friendly Council candidates! …

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[Thursday 21 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Interview with Jean-René Dufort of Infoman on CBC Radio-Canada

First Broadcast on Radio-Canada’s Infoman with Jean-René Dufort
October 21, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Interview with Jean-René Dufort of the CBC Radio-Canada weekly show Infoman.

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[Tuesday 19 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
CP24 Your Vote – Mayoral Debate: Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, “Himy Syed would be my choice for Mayor of Toronto”

JOE PANTALONE 5:02 : Also if I was asked the same question today, my answer would be, Himy Syed would be my choice for Mayor of Toronto. You know why? Because he represents a new Toronto, like I do.

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[Tuesday 19 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
InTorontoTV: Rob Ford skips mayoral debate at the 519 Church Street Community Centre

Report by Michael Pihach, InTorontoMagTv
Mayoral debate at The 519
Two of Toronto’s top three mayoral candidates took questions from the public at the 519 Church St. Community Centre on October 18.
Issues discussed included funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, support for local business, safe injection sites and bed bugs.
IN Toronto was there.
Candidate Rob Ford was not.

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[Wednesday 6 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Mayoral Race 2010 – Are we overlooking good potential mayors by just focusing on a few old white guys?

BY Chris Bilton October 06, 2010 11:10 EYE WEEKLY
“Fringe” candidate may be the F-word of the mayoral race. In a municipal election where anyone with $200 can get their name on the ballot, and where voters will have twoscore names to choose from, it’s inevitable that some of the mayoral candidates are going to be operating under the radar. There’s probably a good reason that we don’t hear much about some of the candidates, but there are more than a few occasions where good ideas, …

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[Wednesday 29 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]
SWEET (BIKE) DREAMS Himy Syed, mayoral candidate / SHARK OUT OF WATER Rob Ford, mayoral candidate

Interview in Dandyhorse Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 2 // Fall 2010

SWEET (BIKE) DREAMS
Himy Syed, mayoral candidate

What role does the bicycle play in your life?
Bike, foot, transit, taxi. In that order, is how I prioritize how I choose to move about this city. The bicycle for me is what shoes are to most people. It’s my feet. When duties demand I be in and around the downtown core, being on a bike is much faster and more convenient than depending on the ever-increasing iffyness of our subway or streetcars. A quick …

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[Tuesday 28 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Arts funding promised by all mayoral candidates – except one.  Hundreds of artists and arts patrons attend mayoral forum at AGO

By Mike Adler, InsideToronto
There was one question everyone came to ask – the one about money.
And yes, the leading candidates to be Toronto’s mayor – save one – seemed to promise the arts community will get a lot more.
That one candidate, for those familiar with the city’s mayoral race, was no surprise.
“I would love to be able to promise it, but we’re $3 billion in debt,” Rob Ford told 400 artists, art patrons and arts workers at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The Etobicoke councillor voted this year to support a …

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[Monday 27 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Toronto’s Mayoral Candidates Join the Morning Rush-Hour Cycling Commute

Cycling advocates aim to grow awareness amongst candidates of cyclists’ concerns with current conditions.
By Yvonne Bambrick, Toronto Cyclists Union
Toronto, September 27, 2010 – In an effort to share the daily experience of thousands of cycle commuters, the Toronto Cyclists Union led 8 of the Mayoral Candidates on a 30 minute rush-hour commute by bicycle this morning. Candidates were invited to share their experience & plans with the media at a 9:15am press conference following the ride.
Yvonne Bambrick, the Toronto Cyclists Union’s Director of Communications led today’s 20 person ride …

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[Friday 17 Sep 2010 | Comments Off | ]
Vision Quest I

From All Fired Up In The Big Smoke
This one’s mine.
My colleagues here at All Fired Up in the Big Smoke are too compromised. Too caught up in the race. Too waist deep into the mindset of strategic voting and settling for A.B.F.
I am an old hippie. It’s not a label I shun. In fact, I embrace it.
As an old hippie, I retain a mighty mistrust of institutions, especially those ones that influence us greatly but seem impervious to our presence. Those we can only ignore as …

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