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U of T Scarborough student running in local election

With just days to go before voters go to the polls in local elections, U of T Scarborough student Amarjeet Chhabra is busy pounding the pavement to get her message out.

“We need to make sure that decision-making comes back to neighbourhoods and local community councils. We also need to invest in newcomer services and businesses,” said the 24-year-old political science and life sciences student at a recent all candidates meeting held on campus.

Chhabra is planning to complete her degree next year, that’s if her political ambitions don’t get in the way. “I’m not taking any courses this semester because I’ve been very busy. Campaigning has been a full-time job.” Chhabra, who has lived in Scarborough for two years, is seeking a Council seat in Ward 43, which is bounded by Markham Road, Scarborough Golf Club Road and the East Highland Creek to the west, Morningside Avenue to the east, Highway 401 to the north and Lake Ontario to the south.

The up-and-coming politician, winner of this year’s City Idol competition, credits an active student life with fuelling her career ambitions. “I have been actively involved on campus, including on the student union. I chose U of T Scarborough because of the smaller, close-knit community. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” she said. For now though, she’s working hard to convince voters to send her to City Hall.

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