Key Issues

Councillor McMahon is committed to improving Toronto and Ward 32 through transparency, collaboration and hard work. Below are her stances on some key issues affecting Torontonians and Ward 32 constituents.

Latest position statements by the Councillor:

To see Councillor McMahon’s voting record at City Hall, visit the City of Toronto’s Voting Record tool.

Term Limits

Councillor McMahon supports starting a conversation about term limits for City Councillors and Mayors in Toronto. Keeping a healthy turnover in elected representatives will ensure that new perspectives and fresh ideas are always being brought to the table. This is an issue that the Councillor campaigned on in 2010. She believes city politics is a public service, not a career. She will continue to explore limiting the length of time municipal politicians can serve to promote new ideas and fresh faces in our democracy.

Casinos

Councillor McMahon strongly opposes the construction of a casino in our city. Casinos damage the social environment of cities and do not offer the economic benefits they advertise. Allowing a casino to be built in the GTA is therefore an inadvisable way to generate revenue for the city. She believes alternative, more innovative and less damaging ways exist to solve Toronto’s financial troubles. Councillor McMahon was pleased to see that many Torontonians demonstrated their opposition to a casino at the five public consultations held in 2012. She is more supportive of charging road tolls and parking levies, for instance, to close the financial gaps at the municipal level. Councillor McMahon will not be supporting any proposal to place a casino in our city.

Transit

Councillor McMahon supports improving and expanding Toronto’s transit network. As an environmentalist, she strongly believes that an accessible, convenient and expansive transit system is essential for protecting the planet and our health. She supports subways, LRTs and streetcars, and believes each mode of transit should be built where appropriate for the surrounding community. Councillor McMahon is in favour of solutions that will have the strong impact on downtown car displacement. She continues to work hard to shed light on the revenue tools available to better fund transit. She will continue to vote to make smart investments for Toronto’s transit system.

Urban Agriculture

Councillor McMahon has a long history of promoting food security and connecting urban residents with locally grown food. As the vice-chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, she has supported and championed a large number of urban agriculture initiatives. This includes a plan to scale-up Toronto’s urban agriculture to ensure that large-scale urban agricultural entrepreneurs are supported in our city and a plan to make it simpler for communities to build bake ovens in Toronto’s parks. She will continue to support initiatives that promote urban agriculture and food production in our city.

Planning & Development

Councillor McMahon strongly believes the integrity of our community must be protected from over development. She supports removing Toronto from the jurisdiction of the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). The OMB is an appointed body which frequently overturns decisions made Toronto’s elected officials. In 2012, she helped coordinate the creation of the Queen Street East Urban Design Guidelines, which City Council passed, changing the way condo development applications are treated in Queen Street East neighbourhood.

Regarding small scale development, the Committee of Adjustment is a non-political process that takes a dispassionate look at minor applications in planning and development. Councillor McMahon does not interfere with the COA process and remains neutral on applications before the committee. The Councillor has offered to facilitate a meeting between the property owner and local residents. 

Parks & Community Spaces

Councillor McMahon believes in reaching harmony between building and green, balancing city growth against social, city-building and environmental priorities. She has worked hard on issues such as community bake oven policies and tree inventory permits. She has held meetings on issues such as the Emerald Ash Borer and promoted community spaces such as the Leslieville Farmer’s Market. Councillor McMahon played a pivotal role in bringing together City Councillors in 2011 to support a coherent and community-minded approach to waterfront planning. She took her colleagues from the suburbs on walking tours of the waterfront area that emphasized these vital urban areas as a shared asset for all Torontonians. She will continue to support beautification and parks issues, and is an avid support of community building in our neighbourhoods.

Arts & Culture

Councillor McMahon is a strong supporter of the arts and promotes local arts groups in our neighbourhood. She is deeply concerned with the cuts and stagnation in investment that has been proposed for arts funding in our city. Councillor McMahon is working with other Councillors to ensure that increased and stable funding for arts activities are secured for next year and in perpetuity. She has been an active member of the Young Peoples Theatre Board of Directors.

Transparency at City Hall

Councillor McMahon campaigned on a pledge to speak for Ward 32 and not any political party or ideological group. She has collaborated with councillors on both sides of City Council and is working hard to help cut red tape and find compromises on the important issues that face our city.

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11 Comments

  1. John Eckert says:

    I am really pleased that you are in favour of term limits. If people think they are being deprived of electing Gord Perks, he could sit out a term and run again!

    • Thomas says:

      I am not in favor of term limits. If constituents are unhappy with their councillor, they can effect change at the next election. If we have term limits, a ward served by an excellent councillor in fact loses out at the end of the term. Look at Boston — they love Mayor Menino, he gets things done, he rises above politicking and corruption, and he’s been mayor for 20 years. Boston would be a poorer place today if Menino had had to leave after, say 8 years.

      Why can’t being a councillor be a career? The rest of us, working in the same job affords experience, skill, and wisdom. Why do we not think the same when it comes to politicians? Personally, I would rather place the important decisions about the future of my neighbourhood and my city in the hands of those with experience and knowledge than in the hands of a bunch of people all with less than 8 years’ experience.

  2. Stephen Whittaker says:

    I was disappointed to learn of your opposition to having a Casino in downtown Toronto. It seems that, once again, left-wing politicians feel compelled to protect the public from themselves. It’s laughable to think that gambling addicts would be curtailed by placing the inevitable GTA-based casino in Mississauga, Vaughan or other nearby community rather than in Toronto. Hazel McCallion must be wringing her hands with delight watching Toronto pass up this great opportunity.

    • Edward Birnbaum says:

      Hi Mr. Whittaker,

      Thank your for your email.
      I will pass on your thoughts to Councillor McMahon.
      As you are aware, Councillor McMahon opposes the construction of a casino in our city. She believes that casinos damage the social and economic environment in cities and do not offer the economic benefits they advertise. At the five public consultations held across the Toronto, the response was overwhelmingly opposed to a casino development in our city. Furthermore, the impacts on transportation and transit of a downtown casino would be dramatic.

      Thank you,

      Edward Birnbaum
      Executive Assistant
      Office of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
      Ward 32, Beaches-East York
      416.338.5229
      Toronto City Hall
      100 Queen Street West, Suite B28
      Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
      http://www.councillormcmahon.com/

  3. Perry Graham says:

    My wife and I are also opposed to casinos and would be happy to get involved in any effort to help stop them.

    Perry

    • Edward Birnbaum says:

      Hi Perry,

      Thank you for email.
      If you want to help stop a casino in Toronto you can visit http://nocasinotoronto.com/ and sign the petition or get involved in their demonstrations. If you would like to be in the audience for the City Council vote on May 7/8 please come early and send us an email so the Councillor can come and chat with you before the vote.

      Thanks,

      Edward Birnbaum
      Executive Assistant
      Office of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
      Ward 32, Beaches-East York
      416.338.5229
      Toronto City Hall
      100 Queen Street West, Suite B28
      Toronto, ON M5H 2N2
      http://www.councillormcmahon.com/

  4. Shelley Spence says:

    On the issue of transit, other alternatives to cars such as cycling should be a priority of the city as well.

  5. I have some beekeeping equipment from my family farm that is no longer being used (vacant boxes). If there is an interest in using them in the Ward I don’t mind bringing them down.

    • Edward Birnbaum says:

      Hi Mr. Bingham,

      Thank you for your email and your generous offer. I recommend that you contact the following orgainzations who may be able to help find a home for your equipment.

      Toronto District Beekeepers Association: andreflys@sympatico.ca
      Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative: info@torontobees.ca

      Thank you,
      Edward Birnbaum
      Executive Assistant
      Office of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon
      Ward 32, Beaches-East York
      416.338.5229
      Toronto City Hall
      100 Queen Street West, Suite B28
      Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

  6. Tom says:

    What group (if any) is in charge of “self-policing” dog owners on the Silver Birch-filtration plant off-leash area? The constant barking and shouting/whistling/ululating has become extreme. Trying to talk to these people one on one is pointless, they are rude, they say “if you don’t like it move!” they say it’s an off-leash area as if that excuses barking at 5.30 AM or barking for more than an hour. More and more local residents are becoming increasingly angry and we do not know where to turn. Thank-you.

  7. Derek says:

    What is Councillor McMahon’s position on the Gardiner Expressway, specifically the debate regarding tearing down the section between Jarvis and Logan? I have serious concerns about a heavy increase in traffic in and around Ward 32, leading to increased air and noise pollution at road level, if complete removal goes forward. All you need to do is to take a look at the removal of two lanes on Eastern Ave. between Leslie and Logan (replaced by street parking and a dead-end bike lane). It’s usually gridlock for a couple of hours every morning and evening, which can’t be good for local residents in terms of air quality and noise. With a great bike lane setup just one block south on both sides of Lake Shore I fail to understand why that decision ever made sense, but I digress……Cheers!

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