Toronto’s downtown population is expected to double by 2041. We must invest in transit today. The King Street Pilot reminds us that more people ride the King streetcar than the Sheppard subway line. On an immediate basis, we need more new streetcars on King Street. Through conversations with you, I also learned that the King Street Pilot needs some improvements to serve you better. I will work to ensure that it truly is a King Street for all.
To ease congestion on King Street, I propose creating a stop on the Union Pearson Express near King and Dufferin at Liberty Village. The Union Pearson Express takes five minutes to travel from Liberty Village to Union Station. Since this train comes every 15 minutes, it has the capacity to divert thousands of riders on the King streetcar to the Union Pearson Express.
We also need the downtown relief subway line built west of University. Currently the city is looking to build the relief line beginning at Pape station and heading south to Queen and Carlaw in Leslieville. The subway would then run west and end at Osgoode station. I will advocate for the line to continue underground beyond Osgoode along Queen Street West. This project has been pushed back for decades and we need it now more than ever.
Simple solutions can make our streets safer and easier for everyone. As a frequent TTC rider, pedestrian, cyclist and Uber rider, I understand the issues from different perspectives. Let’s start with better signage, traffic light timing, and road markings.
Existing bike lanes need safer and clearer barriers for both cyclists and drivers. Construction projects should not take up lanes of traffic for years. It’s time to make Vision Zero (the city's commitment to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries to zero) a reality.
Spadina- Fort York is very dense and needs more green space. We need another Trinity Bellwoods park, which is why it’s time to invest in the Rail Deck Park project. I strongly support the project to build a park covering the rail tracks all the way from Blue Jays Way to Bathurst Street. I understand your enthusiasm for this project and I will advocate to bring it to fruition.
On a more immediate basis, we need to invest in our existing parks. I will work with the city to improve our existing parks to better serve our community.
We all want to create less waste – and city policies can make it easier to do so.
We need to install public organic green bins throughout the city. Currently our public waste bins have three compartments: garbage, recycling, and recycling (yes, two compartments are the same). The third compartment can easily be converted to organic waste bins.
We also need better labelling on waste and recycling bins around the city, since reports show that 26% of what Torontonians put in the recycling bin is not recyclable and ends up as landfill. This should be an easy fix – let’s raise public awareness on how to sort waste.
Let’s also work to decrease the amount of waste we create with practical solutions. For example, now that we know that black plastic is not recyclable, let’s phase it out. Since coffee cups and straws can’t be recycled, it’s time to make that clear on recycling bins. It’s also time to provide incentives to businesses to reduce waste, and to make green bins mandatory in apartment and condo buildings.
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It is expensive to live in this ward. I support protections for tenants such as the recent amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act, which ensures that rent can only increase on a yearly basis in accordance with inflation. I will work with developers to ensure the building of affordable housing around this city. I will also support further investments in homeless shelters and community outreach.
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