Ausma Malik, the only Muslim on Toronto City Council

This is not the first time that Malik has made political history.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, TORONTO — There will be nine new faces on City Council in Toronto, Canada this year. This includes board members Muslim wearing hijab first elected, Ausma Malik (38 years old).

“If you look at the results across the city, it’s interesting. We’re not just changing the face of what progressive political leadership looks like in Toronto, but also the substance,” Malik said. CP24 as quoted from the page, Wednesday (26/10/2022).

Malik was victorious in Monday night’s election and won the office of downtown councilor for ward 10-Spadina-Fort York with 36.6% of the vote, beating his nearest challenger by about 15 points.

The heavily populated area comprises the south-central section of downtown Toronto which extends approximately from Dufferin Street in the west to Don Balley Drive in the east. This district has a growing population of approximately 115,510.

Malik faced 11 other challengers, including April Engelberg who came second with 21.3% of the vote. Engelberg also came second to former 10th Ward Council member Joe Cressy in the 2018 mayoral election.

Cressy, who was first elected to the board in 2014, stepped down as president in April to pursue his dream job at George Brown College. His resignation came after announcing in October 2021 that he would not stand again. For those who still don’t know how to pronounce the names of the 10 new Kelurahan council members, Malik admits he has a fun analogy to explain.

“When you’re a kid and you come home from school with your friends and your mom says, ‘Who’s there?’ and you say ‘Us-ma’. That’s the best way to pronounce my name, Usma and her surname Muh-Lèche,” she said.

This is not the first time that Malik has made political history. From 2014 to 2018, she served as the Toronto District School Board Supervisor for Ward 10-Trinity-Spadina being a Muslim woman. scarf first elected to public office in Canada. He said he was proud to help pave the way for more representation and inclusion in city politics.

“What really excites me is the next generation and the new generation of leaders, activists in our communities who will see their own role in the political leadership of our cities, which is to serve us all and to make our cities more equal, more livable, more affordable, and above all be a climate leader,” he said.

According to Malik’s website, his parents immigrated to Canada from Pakistan over 5 decades ago and Malok and his siblings grew up in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto, this human rights and social justice activist has a background in politics, communications and community organizing. Prior to beginning his campaign for board members, Malik worked as Director of Advocacy and Organizing for the Atkinson Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes social and economic justice in Ontario. Malik took unpaid leave in July to focus on his campaign.

Malik said one of his top priorities as a council member is to tackle housing affordability by working to build more rental and nonprofit housing and tighter control of rents. Other important issues include advocating for more affordable and accessible, high quality public transport, more public spaces in parks, and a safer environment and roads.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that individuals and families are being evicted from our city due to soaring housing prices and rents. And we need to show urgency and leadership at the City Council table to address this issue. “, did he declare.

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