Today WiTOpoli is launching the Position Primer website, an easy-to-use online tool that will help Torontonians make an informed decision on who should represent their wards in the next term of City Council.
By simply entering their postal codes, Toronto residents can compare their council candidates’ stances issue-by-issue to see whose vision aligns most closely with their own for the community and the city at large. We surveyed every Toronto City Council candidate whose email address we could find (that’s 240 of the 359 candidates – check out our public contact sheet here), and got answers from 165 of them! That’s a response rate of 68.8%, and we’re pretty darn pleased with it. On each ward chart, candidates are listed in the order in which they filled out the survey.
The WiTOpoli team is so proud of this project and we could not have done it without your support! Join us tonight at the launch party at Studio Bar from 8pm-midnight where you’ll get a look at the new Position Primer and dance the night away. Details/RSVP on Facebook.
Help spread the word the about the Position Primer by putting up our poster in your community (think grocery stores, dollar stores, community centres, and other heavily used spaces!). You can download the Position Primer Poster in PDF format to print at home, or download the image below to share with your online communities.
Posters can also be picked up free of charge at the Centre for Social Innovation’s Annex office at 720 Bathurst Street. The posters will be available at the front desk between 9:00am and 7:00pm. Or, join our volunteers as they put up posters around the city by checking out our Position Primer Poster Party! Together we can paint the town Position Primer teal and help as many Torontonians as possible feel confident about their choices on October 27th.
A special thank to all our crowdfunder contributors who made this website possible. For those of you who have yet to receive your perks, we haven’t forgotten about you! It’s been a busy election season for us WiTOpoli bees, and we promise those perks are coming as soon as possible – by early November is our goal.
Position Primer Credits
- Website: Jessie Willms
- Postal Code/Ward Data: OpenNorth
- Graphic Design: Lisa Brody-Hoffman, Terra Loire Gillespie
- Candidate Outreach & Project Planning: Lauren Atmore, Seb FoxAllen, Terra Loire Gillespie, Steph Guthrie, Lauryn Kronick, Rachel MacKenzie, Heather R., Lauren Simmons, Nadia Swaby, Jennie Worden
- Media Relations & Copywriting: Abby Plener
- Party Photography: Kristin Foster, Emily Soo
- Project Management: Steph Guthrie