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Toronto municipal election, 1982

The 1982 Toronto municipal election was held on November 8, 1982, in Metropolitan Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Mayors, controllers, city councillors and school board trustees were elected in the municipalities of Toronto, York, East York, North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough.

Art Eggleton was re-elected as Mayor of Toronto, and Mel Lastman was re-elected as Mayor of North York.


  • Toronto 1
    • Mayoral race 1.1
    • City council 1.2
  • North York 2
  • Scarborough 3
  • York 4
  • References 5


Mayoral race

Incumbent Art Eggleton faced no real opposition in his bid for reelection and was reelected by more than a hundred thousand vote margin.

Art Eggleton - 119,387
A. Hummer - 11,721
Wendy Johnston - 7,937
M.M.A. Armstrong - 7,638
John Kellerman - 2,943
Fred Dunn - 2,442
Zoltan Szoboszlov - 2,171
Frenchie McFarlane - 1,865
Blair Martin - 1,858
Stan Price - 1,341
Andrejs Murniecks - 535

City council

Ward boundaries used in the 1982 election

The right gained one extra seat on city council. In the west end NDP incumbent David White was defeated by Derwyn Shea and 23-year-old Tom Jakobek won a surprise victory in the Beaches to replace retiring NDPer Pat Sheppard. The biggest upset of the night was in downtown Toronto where Gordon Chong, who served on the executive at both the city and Metro, was defeated by newcomer Jack Layton.

Ward 1 (Swansea and Bloor West Village)
Derwyn Shea - 7,948
William Boytchuk (incumbent) - 7,617
David White (incumbent) - 7,298
Ed Ziemba - 6,852
John Begeja - 915
Ward 2 (Parkdale and Brockton)
Ben Grys (incumbent) - 4,907
Chris Korwin-Kuczynski (incumbent) - 4,736
Irene Atkinson - 3,835
Fred Bever - 3,746
John Frensen - 2,767
Barbara Poplawski - 2,449
Doug Janes - 2,264
Owen Leach - 949
Jimmy Talpa - 114
Ward 3 (Davenport and Corso Italia)
Richard Gilbert (incumbent) - 7,883
Joseph Piccininni (incumbent) - 6,450
Carmen Prezioso - 4,430
Nan McDonald - 1,415
Ward 4 (Trinity-Bellwoods and Little Italy)
Tony O'Donohue (incumbent) - 6,104
Joe Pantalone (incumbent) - 5,895
J. Carlos Sousa - 2,572
Gordon Massie - 883
Ward 5 (The Annex and Yorkville)
Ying Hope (incumbent) - 9,009
Ron Kanter (incumbent) - 8,558
David Scott - 3,987
Georgina Langford - 977
John Papagiannis - 622
Ward 6 (Financial District, Toronto - University of Toronto)
John Sewell (incumbent) - 13,419
Jack Layton - 9,892
Gordon Chong (incumbent) - 8,213
Oscar Wong - 2,479
Bill Beatty - 1,563
Martin Amber - 546
Ward 7 (Regent Park and Riverdale)
Joanne Campbell - 7,921
David Reville (incumbent) - 7,218
Eric Leggatt - 4,091
Kenneth Bhagan - 2,284
Bill Mole - 1,897
Thelma Forsyth - 691
Ward 8 (Riverdale)
Fred Beavis (incumbent) - 7,387
Thomas Clifford (incumbent) - 6,786
Jack de Klerk - 4,773
Tom Lenathen - 651
Geoff Da Silva - 643
Eric Armitage - 454
Ward 9 (The Beaches)
Tom Jakobek - 11,018
Dorothy Thomas (incumbent) - 7,502
John Oliver - 6,733
Peter Harris - 5,405
Winona Gallop - 789
Ward 10 (Rosedale and North Toronto)
June Rowlands (incumbent) - 15,082
Michael Walker - 10,065
Charlotte Maher - 8,164
Ward 11 (Forest Hill and North Toronto)
Anne Johnston (incumbent) - 14,376
Michael Gee (incumbent) - 13,382
Lynda Weinrib - 3,556
Mark Tigh - 2,319

Results taken form the November 9, 1982 Toronto Star and might not exactly match final tallies.

North York

Mel Lastman is re-elected mayor of the City and serves until 1997. Esther Shiner, Barbara Greene, Robert Yuill and Norm Gardner are re-elected to the Board of Control.

1982 Toronto municipal election, North York Councillor, Ward Four
Candidate Total votes % of total votes
(x)Howard Moscoe 4,000 46.44
Frank Di Giorgio 2,923 33.93
Eleanor Rosen 1,191 13.83
Sydney Moscoe 500 5.80
Total valid votes 8,614 100.00

73 out of 75 polls reporting.

  • Eleanor Rosen was a member of the Progressive Conservative Party. She campaigned for North York's fourth council ward in the 1978, 1982 and 1988 elections, losing each time. There was some controversy in her 1982 campaign, when rival candidate Howard Moscoe informed reporters that the same ten people signed the nomination forms for Rosen and Sydney Moscoe. Some suspected that Sydney Moscoe's candidacy was an attempt to confuse voters. Rosen pledged to close down a walkway connecting Lawrence Heights with the rest of the city.[1] Rosen was president of the Lawrence Manor Ratepayers' Association in the mid-1980s, and opposed the Tridel corporation's construction plans in the area.[2] She was listed as a forty-seven-year-old administrative assistant in the 1988 campaign, and called for extension of the Spadina Expressway.[3]

Results taken from the Globe and Mail, 9 November 1982.
The final results confirmed Moscoe's victory.

Sergio Marchi was elected as councillor for Ward One. He resigned in 1984, after he was elected to the Canadian House of Commons. A by-election was held to choose his replacement.

Toronto municipal by-election, November 12, 1984, North York Councillor, Ward One
Candidate Total votes % of total votes
Mario Sergio 2,685 .
Ted Wray 1,139 .
Frank Esposito . .
Ralph Frascino . .
Nick Iamonico . .
Paul Leli . .
Cal Osmond . .
Anthony Perruzza . .
Mario Reda . .
Jack Sweet . .
Camilo Tiqui . .
  • Ted Wray was a retired chief estimator for Ontario Hydro.[4] He later campaigned to become a school trustee for North York's first ward in the 1985 and 1988 municipal elections, losing to Sheila Lambrinos both times. He was sixty years old in the 1988 campaign, and spoke out against selling schools to balance the board's budget.[5] In 1989, when serving as president of the Oakdale Acres Ratepayers Association, Wray opposed a school tax increase and argued that the board was not spending money productively.[6] He later called for election signs to be banned to reduce pollution.[7]
  • Ralph Frascino was a forty-year-old employee of Toronto Hydro. He called for a new community centre in North York's first ward.[8]
  • Nick Iamonico was a first-time candidate. He later campaigned for Mayor of North York in the 1985 municipal election, and finished last in a field of three candidates. His platform was centred on bolstering small business, and reducing property taxes by 50%.[9] Iamonico later campaigned for the 14th Ward on the Metro Toronto Separate School Board in 1991. He was listed as a thirty-five-year-old paralegal, and stressed the need for "Christian values" in the school system.[10] He finished third against Mary Cicogna. A 1996 report in the Ontario Law Times indicates that he was fined $10,000 for misrepresenting himself as a lawyer.[11] Iamonico ran for mayor of Brockville in 2000, losing to Ben TeKamp.[12]
  • Paul Leli was thirty-three years old, and managed a tire and rubber company.[8]
  • Cal Osmond was a second-time candidate. He had previously campaigned for North York's first council ward in the 1982 general election, losing to Sergio Marchi. A thirty-six-year-old traffic manager, he called for more industrial and residential development in the ward.[8]
  • Mario Reda was forty-four years old. He owned a furniture store, and led a ratepayer's group in the area.[13]

Results are taken from the Toronto Star, 13 November 1984, A7. The Star only included the poll results for the top two candidates; all other candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The final official result confirmed Sergio's victory.


In Scarborough, Gus Harris retained his role as Mayor. He fought off a challenge by former Board of Control member Brian Harrison. Frank Faubert regained his seat on the Board of Control which he lost in 1980.

The number of wards increased by 2 to 14 from 12. Most incumbents were re-elected although Ward 11 alderman Ron Watson lost to newcomer Bob Aaroe in the ward 12 race.[14]

Gus Harris 54,193
Brian Harrison 44,799
Paul Bordonaro 4,122
Board of Control
Ken Morrish 56,318
Carol Ruddell 55,303
Joyce Trimmer 53,292
Frank Faubert 51,963
Susan Hunt 42,733
Marvyn Murray 12,052
Bob Watson 31,116
Ward 1
Bill Belfontaine (incumbent) 3,824
Gary Majesky 2,319
Nina Willcocks 1,938
George A. Key 207
Ward 2
Barry Christensen (incumbent) 4,125
May McKenzie 1,844
Bill Widdowson 569
Ward 3
David Dinkworth (incumbent) 2,655
Dave Robertson 2,343
John Wardrope 2,044
Sydney Zaidl 740
Rita Bateman 541
Ward 4
Kurt Christensen 2,298
Patrick Mason 1,531
Carole Lidgold1,214
Bryan Butler 1,173
Jim Voden 713
John Tsopelas 562
Ruth A. Lunel 284
Ward 5
Marilyn Mushinski 3,146
Joe Turner 2,791
Bill Settatree 1,300
Gerald O'Reilly 337
Ward 6
Florence Cruikshank (incumbent) 5,538
Joe Zammit 2,082
Ward 7
Ed Fulton (incumbent) 6,178
Joe Trentadue 3,415
Ward 8
Shirley Eidt (incumbent) 6,271
Kevin Speares 1,570
Ward 9
John Mackie 3,444
Reg Tays 2,403
Brian Harling 1,848
Kurt Beitinger 852
Al Da Silva 596
Ward 10
Maureen Prinsloo (incumbent) acclaimed
Ward 11
Scott Cavalier 1,665
Vera Brookes 1,358
Ralph Rizzuto 1,235
John Yeoman 679
Dave Zaretsky 199
Rajinder Singh Panwar 104
Ward 12
Bob Aaroe 2,525
Ron Watson 2,247
Dave Pearce 1,643
Ken Wayne 227
Jef Hahn 84
Ward 13
Joe Dekort 3,055
Chicky Cheppel 918
Ward 14
Edith Montgomery 1,499
Roy Paluoja 1,049
Lolita Brown 865
Jerry Daca 572
Ray Alix 456
John Brickenden 411
Stan Samuel 311
Mike Tierney 179


In the borough of York, Alan Tonks defeated Gayle Christie for Mayor in the only Metro race that saw an upset victory.

Two incumbents were defeated while two were re-elected. Wards 4, 6 and 7 were open races.[15]

Alan Tonks 19,153
Gayle Christie 18,910
Board of Control (2 elected)
Fergy Brown 20,420
Philip White 18,840
Michael McDonald 15,039
Ward 1
Ben Nobleman 2,340
Evelyn Pollock 1,712
Ward 2
Michael Colle 2,465
Tony Mandarano 1,782
Ward 3
Tony Rizzo 2,306
Ron Bradd 2,159
Ward 4
Nicolo Fortunato 1,535
Patrick Canavan 1,255
George Solakis 723
Ward 5
Chris Tonks 3,801
Vito Caudillo 1,310
Ward 6
Lois Lane 1,644
Jacquie Chic 1,537
Ronald Crisp 1,503
Lloyd Sainsbury 1,018
Larry Giles 447
Ward 7
Gary Bloor 1,052
Fraser Romano 965
Frank Ruffalo 848
Richard Leonore 765
Andy Pappas 670
Lucas Cott 561
Martin Gordon 501
John Westman 357
Will Rosen 207
Hal Watson 89


  1. ^ "Alderman cries foul", Globe and Mail, 20 October 1982, P5; Laura Pratt, "The other side of the fence", Toronto Star, 26 September 2004, B3.
  2. ^ Eleanor Rosen, "North York development", Globe and Mail, 14 September 1984, P6.
  3. ^ Bruce DeMara, "Moscoe in election scrap despite acclamation", Toronto Star, 26 October 1988, A9; "The candidates", Toronto Star, 10 November 1988, A15.
  4. ^ "Hot race for seat on North York council", Toronto Star, 19 October 1984, A6; Dyanne Rivers, "Voters seek higher profile in North York's 'forgotten corner'", Globe and Mail, 10 November 1984, P18.
  5. ^ "The candidates", Toronto Star, 11 November 1988, A12.
  6. ^ Stan Josey, "Tax strike threatened over North York education tab", Toronto Star, 26 October 1989, A6; Ted Wray, "Election rebates take money from the schools", Toronto Star, 26 October 1989, N4.
  7. ^ Ted Wray, "Election signs should be banned to stop pollution", Toronto Star, 8 November 1990, N4.
  8. ^ a b c John Keating, "Eleven run for seat on North York council", Toronto Star, 6 November 1984, NR6.
  9. ^ Dyanne Rivers, "Greene launches attack on Lastman record", Globe and Mail, 24 October 1985, A21.
  10. ^ "Metro Separate School Board", Toronto Star, 7 November 1991, G7.
  11. ^ cited in A framework for regulating paralegal practice in Ontario: Submissions of the Criminal Lawyers' Association to the Hon. Peter de C. Cory, chair, accessed 19 October 2006.
  12. ^ "Election-Ontario-Update (more Eastern cities)", Broadcast News, 13 November 2000, 23:43 report.
  13. ^ "Hot race for seat on North York council", Toronto Star, 19 October 1984, A6.
  14. ^ "How Scarborough candidates fared". The Toronto Star. November 10, 1982. p. A8. 
  15. ^ "Vote results in Metro, Mississauga". The Globe and Mail. November 9, 1982. pp. 8–9. 
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