“She’s been a Member of Parliament, city councillor and school trustee. She’s a grandmother and daughter. And she has a proven track record engaging people to build stronger families and better neighborhoods. In 2006, Olivia was elected as an MP. A strong voice for federal investment in our infrastructure, she earned a reputation for working with MPs from all parties. She was re-elected in 2008 and 2011.”
“John knows how to successfully lead, manage and obtain results from large, complex organizations. This proven ability to bring people together is evident throughout his career, including as CEO of one of Canada’s largest publishing and broadcasting companies, and as Commissioner and Chairman of the Canadian Football League. His leadership has been widely credited with returning that national institution to stability. John’s passion for Toronto and his commitment to the values of tolerance and compassion are especially evident through his many years as a volunteer, fundraiser and community activist. He has been a volunteer director and has championed the causes of such organizations as the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Crimestoppers, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Association for Community Living, the United Way, and the Women’s Legal Education & Action Fund (LEAF).”
“Active at both City Hall and in the community, Karen sits on the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee; Employee and Labour Relations Committee; Toronto School Boards Task Force; and the City’s Striking Committee (essentially an appointments committee). She is also a member of the Providence Healthcare Foundation and is actively involved with the board for the North Toronto Memorial Arena and the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena. Karen also works collaboratively with the Yonge-Lawrence Village BIA, The Uptown Yonge BIA and the Eglinton Way BIA.”
“David Soknacki’s top priorities: fighting commuter gridlock – and the political gridlock that has made your commute tougher. David Soknacki will fast track new policies to improve your commute now, not in the distant future. He’ll push for more innovative construction strategies to get transport infrastructure built more quickly. And he’s the only civic leader to have spoken out against TTC Chair Karen Stintz’s relentless, selective price hikes for Metropass buyers, who make up the majority of transit riders. Most of all, David will fight gridlock the way Mayor Ford and TTC Chair Karen Stintz didn’t care to: with the efficient use of tax dollars in mind. Although he’s a lifelong Scarborough resident, David is the ONLY major mayoral candidate with the political courage to promise to cancel the Bloor-Danforth subway extension in Scarborough, and replace it with modern, cost-effective LRT plan that was already partly designed – and fully funded. The “Ford-Stintz Stubway” is a politically-motivated Goliath of waste that would take longer to build, serve far fewer people and cost far more.”
“Toronto deserves better leadership. Seeing Rob Ford make a mockery of our government and waste the incredible potential of this great city has left me with no choice but to enter the race for mayor this year. I have been a keen observer of city politics over my 30 years in Toronto and feel that now more than ever it is time to put up or shut up and join the race. Rather than groan from the sidelines, I will offer a creative, compassionate, inclusive, non-partisan and idea driven approach to city politics.”
“Candidates and representatives need to be people rather thancharacters. A cult of personality has plagued City Hall with the concept of “Ford Nation,” and distracted from the development of a more connected city through better housing, transit, and infrastructure.
Focusing less on politics and more on pragmatics and action are what citizens of Toronto want, need, and have been deprived of as a result of the divisions and lack of respectful decision-making processes that have emerged during Rob Ford’s mayorship.
Toronto is an amalgamation of six socioeconomically diverse municipalities. Being able to act as a facilitator is tantamount for the mayor’s office, and is a skill set Rob Ford does not have. The so-called “Ford Nation” is still a part of Toronto, and deserves as much inclusion as any other self-identified group — but also should not have to exist if City Hall more accurately reflected the beauty and diversity of Canada’s largest city.
I know, and you know, that we can do better, Toronto!”
“Jeff Billard is your best choice to represent you and your fellow citizens as mayor of Toronto.
More arts and culture, more environmental focus, and greater options for bicycles and transit save you money, provide jobs, add value to your living experience, and have a long-term outlook for the city.
He believes in collaboration. All 44 Toronto councillors love this city, and want it to be a better place, regardless of background or ideology. What an amazing place to start working with people, and what can be accomplished when your mayor and councillors all work together is limitless.
He has vision, but is pragmatic. Jeff understands that expert opinions provide better and cheaper solutions than personal preferences, but experts also need cues from their leaders on where to begin.
He’s a problem-solver, and enjoys dissecting issues to understand various ways of improving and resolving.
He’s transparent, and believes the mayor should be, too. Decisions made that affect hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, should be made in clear view and should be (for the most part) easily defendable.”
“Matt Mernagh enjoys a civic challenge.
He’s an articulate communicator, community leader and a consensus builder. A journalist, community organizer, and an advocate with a well deserved national profile.
Matt assembled a team for a landmark constitutional challenge, R v. Mernagh, which demonstrated Canadians had little access to medical marijuana. Victorious on an optimistic longshot, Mernagh became known as the person who almost made marijuana legal.
Matt Mernagh is a champion to medical marijuana patients across Canada and around the world, and has parlayed this work into a successful career as an author, a public speaker, and columnist. He makes semi regular appearances on radio and television in the Toronto area.
Far from being a one issue candidate, with two diplomas (journalism and creative writing) he’s well educated, and highly aware of the issues affecting the people ofToronto. Having built his public profile on the cannabis issue – which encompasses health, policing, justice, and environmental issues, Matt has recently turned his attention to public service and the political arena.
His ability to connect with people who have traditionally not been involved in the municipal conversation is one of his strongest attributes. Matt is taking skills honed in organizing a constitutional challenge, community building and advocating to residents of Toronto.”
“I am an eighteen year old born and raised Torontonian. I am currently doing a fifth year of high school, also known as a victory lap, at Inglenook Community High School.
I am young, passionate and bursting with ideas and opinions on everything.
I am a student and a Cub Scout leader during the school year and a camp counsellor and a traveller in the summer.
I am a proponent of real youth leadership and involvement.
I hold leadership positions within the bureaucracy of Scouts Canada as well as the Anglican Church. I have much experience navigating institutions–fifteen years in the public school system helps with that.
I am a lover of streetcars, to the point of borderline obsession, have a soft spot for whimsy, may it come in the form of unicorns or hair glitter.
I am outgoing and have a head for logic and compromise.
Being eighteen I keep long hours, something I am sure would only benefit me in politics.
I am constantly spending time with children, a skill set that I am sure is transferable to City Hall as well.
I am someone who strives to present herself well in all situations, something I believe is important in order to be a public figure.
I try not to make mistakes, but am willing to own up to them and accept the consequences when I do.
I am an optimist and a believer in joy. There is never a bad time for a smile and a cupcake. I think this city could use a little of both.”