Why I'm Running


IMG_3078-Edit.jpgBeaches – East York is an incredible Ward in an amazing city. Much more than its namesake neighbourhoods, from the water through to the Upper Beaches, East Danforth, Crescent Town and all the way up to Parkview Hills (to name but a few areas!), from Coxwell Avenue to the West to Victoria Park to the East, I'm committed to making our entire community a more shared, sustainable, and dynamic place to live.

Shared 

Whether biking down the street with our kids, out on the boardwalk or the Danforth, or walking the dog at night, we shouldn’t have to worry for our safety. When driving to work or taking the kids to hockey practice, we need to be able to get to where we are going efficiently. We must live and share our public spaces without anxiety or fear. And when we talk fairness and access, it's time to reconsider how our Parks and Recreation programs are administered. 

I will reopen the discussion and address design flaws, congestion, and safety concerns on roads such as Woodbine. I will push for the building of safe infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.

I will continue the fight for Safer Neighbourhoods, ensuring that Council delivers on its response to the rash of gun violence in our city. 

I will advocate for fairness in access with respect to our Parks and Recreation programs.

Sustainable 

We need to strike a balance between embracing our neighbourhood's full potential and ensuring that we hold on to its character and preserve our green space. Our parks need to be protected and cared for, our beaches clean and safe, our trees vibrant and strong. We also need sustainable local economies where we can walk out of our front doors to shop, eat, and be entertained in close proximity to our homes. We can only do this when local businesses succeed.

I will protect our green space, beaches, and parks. 

I will champion accessibility and affordable housing.

I will address the problem of vacant storefronts and promote local businesses in Beaches - East York.     

Dynamic

Communities thrive when they embrace a culture that is open to new ideas that challenge the status quo – not just the same, recycled faces and policies. We need to be able to look at age-old problems like parking and transit with a 2018 lens and not be shy about proposing new, bold ideas for consideration.

I will prioritize open consultation as the central tenet of sensible policy development.

I will propose modern solutions to age-old problems like street parking

I am committed to ensuring value for money for the taxes we pay.

 

Service to country and service to community