Episode 1: Municipal Elections 2.0

Gabe Sawhney gabe@pwd.ca
URL: http://wirelesstoronto.ca
Wireless Toronto is a not-for-profit group dedicated to bringing no- fee wireless Internet access to Toronto. Their aim is to encourage the growth of wireless networking and to build community in interesting and innovative ways.

Dave Meslin dave@whorunsthistown.to
URLs: http://www.whorunsthistown.to http://www.cityidol.to
Dave is running a project called Who Runs This Town that is all about using the internet to bring the election into people’s worlds. He is also organizing City Idol -- a project that will attempt to bring one new candidate to Toronto City Hall this fall.

Jim Rootham jm.rootham@utoronto.ca
URL: www.votetoronto.ca
VoteToronto.ca links candidate fundraising and spending records to councillor voting records and other news.

Joe Murray joe.murray@jmaconsulting.biz
URL: http://www.petertabunsndp.ca
Joe has developed a "Have Your Say" tool for Drupal that displays a Google map showing where supporters live. Quotes from the supporters can popup on mouseovers and clicks.

Paul Newby paul@dsl.ca
URL: http://toronto.picolist.org/
Picolist provides a location-based e-mail list service and maps of subscribers.

Chris Nolan http://ChrisNolan.ca
URL: http://election2006.kekova.ca/ http://kweschun.com/
A site Chris created as a mashup between google maps and http:// kweschun.com/ for the federal election.

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