The past years in office have been a whirlwind! Exciting events, meaningful conversations and thrilling projects have flourished in our community. There seems to be more passion for our City than ever before. I’ve spoken and met thousands of you at community events and meetings. I’ve worked hard to address your concerns and priorities, from condo development to transit issues in our neighbourhoods. These are just some of results I have helped usher in as your City Councillor.
Responding to a citizen-led thirst for stricter development rules, I helped coordinate the creation of the Queen Street East Urban Design Guidelines in 2012, changing the way development applications are treated in the neighbourhood. The stringent new rules will help protect the historic main street of Queen Street between Coxwell and Victoria Park.
Following the approval of a condo at the former site of Lick’s, I called for restrictions that would ensure development in the area is built at a smaller, more respectful scale. I helped direct city planners, urban designers and an independent facilitator to organize a series of meetings with Beachers to address development regulations. Six public meetings, a Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and passionate beachers helped shape the process and its outcomes. By the end of 2012, the new Queen Street East Urban Design Guidelines, which govern the height, design and shape of buildings in one of Toronto’s most scenic neighbourhoods, were created. Those rules were passed unanimously by Toronto City Council.
In 2013, I proposed a motion to explore limiting terms for City Councillors and Mayors of 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 I campaigned on and feel strongly about. I will continue to support a motion regarding term limits and believe that being in office is a public service, not a career.
Parks & Community Spaces
I have worked tirelessly with countless residents, city officials and parks groups to help beautify and improve our community spaces. I’ve worked hard on issues such as community bake oven policies and tree inventory permits. I’ve also led efforts to raise awareness on issues such as the Emerald Ash Borer and coyote safety, and promoted community spaces such as the Leslieville Farmer’s Market. In 2011, I helped bring together councillors to support a coherent and community-minded approach to waterfront planning, taking them on walking tours of the waterfront area that emphasized these vital urban areas as a shared asset for all Torontonians. I am an avid supporter of community building in our neighbourhoods and will continue to champion parks and community spaces! To see what our local parks groups have been up to, see our Friends of Parks updates.
Bridge Building and Renewing our Democracy
I campaigned on a pledge to speak for Ward 32 and not any poltical party or ideological group. I have worked with councillors on the right and left wing of City Council to find compromise on the important issues that face our city. As a member of the ‘Mighty Middle’, I remain focused on serving you effectively, and continuing to make our neighbourhood the best place to live in Toronto.
Toronto is a terrific place to live and I am committed to helping ensure it only gets better. Thank you for the privilege of representing Ward 32!
I work hard to represent your priorities for our community and to be as transparent as possible. There are many ways for you to keep in touch with my work as your councillor including through my electronic newsletter, Facebook and Twitter. Please send me your thoughts and concerns by calling, emailing or meeting with me at City Hall or in our neighbourhood.