James Pasternak

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James Pasternak
Toronto City Councillor for (Ward 10) York Centre
Assumed office
December 1, 2010
Preceded by Mike Feldman
Toronto Public School Trustee for (Ward 5) York Centre
In office
December 1, 2006 – November 30, 2010
Preceded by Shane Manikowsky
Succeeded by Howard Kaplan
Personal details
Born (1959-02-15) February 15, 1959 (age 59)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Politician

James Pasternak (About this sound listen) (Born February 15, 1959[1]) is a Canadian politician, who was elected to Toronto City Council in the 2010 city council election to succeed Mike Feldman in Ward 10.[2] He was previously a Toronto District School Board Trustee. Pasternak is a graduate of York University he also has degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the London School of Economics and Political Science.[3]

"Israel apartheid" debate[edit]

Councillor Pasternak has played a prominent role in the debate around whether Toronto Pride should ban the Queers Against Israeli Apartheid group participating in the annual Toronto Pride celebrations. Specifically, Pasternak introduced a motion that directed City Manager Joe Pennachetti to update Toronto’s anti-discrimination policy and to determine whether including QAIA in Pride events violated the anti-discrimination policy. James said "My intent is to block the funding on June 6 and wait until after the parade to make sure they [QuAIA] didn’t march. We believe that QuAIA is not there to support the Palestinian people; it’s there to bully and demonize Israel, its supporters and the Jewish community."[4][5] The following year, in 2013, James Pasternak continued to lead the effort to de-fund Toronto Pride over the use of the term Israel apartheid by its participating members.[6]

Election results[edit]

2014 Toronto election, Ward 10[7]
Candidate Votes %
James Pasternak 11,183 57.78%
Igor Toutchinski 3,112 16.08%
Epstein David 2,126 10.99%
Mitchell Michael 1,096 5.66%
Bucao Randy 1,040 5.37%
Masucci Liberato 796 4.11%
Total 19,353 100%
2010 Toronto election, Ward 10[8]
Candidate Votes %
James Pasternak 3,159 19.15%
Nancy Oomen 2,777 16.83%
Brian Shifman 2,632 15.96%
Igor Toutchinski 2,605 15.79%
Konstantin Toubis 1,887 11.44%
Magda Gondor Berkovits 935 5.67%
Jarred Friedman 850 5.15%
Joseph Cohen 535 3.24%
Eric Plant 355 2.15%
Edward Zaretsky 326 1.97%
Robert Freedland 244 1.48%
Drago Banovic 186 1.12%
Total 16,491 100%
2006 Toronto District School Board election, Ward 5[9]
Candidate Votes %
James Pasternak 6,210 62.27%
Mitchell Worsoff 1,940 19.45%
Donna Khaner 1,077 10.80%
Frank Bonavota 745 7.48%
Total 9,972 100%


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