14 September 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Joe Cressy announces intention to run for City Council in a 25-ward scenario, with support from Ausma Malik, Former Mayors, and local community leaders.
TORONTO - Joe Cressy has declared his intention to run in a 25-ward scenario in this fall’s election, in Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York. He announced today with the support of TDSB Trustee and 47-ward candidate Ausma Malik, Former Mayors Art Eggleton, Barbara Hall, David Crombie, David Miller, and John Sewell, and community leaders from across the yet-to-be created ward.
“I remain a candidate in the 47-ward election, and will continue to fight back against Doug Ford’s reckless and unprecedented attack on our fundamental rights,” said Cressy. “This uncertainty created by Doug Ford forces us to prepare for both scenarios. In a 25-ward scenario, I remain committed to running for City Council in Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York - to stand up for our downtown communities, our city, and our shared vision for a more liveable Toronto for all.”
Cressy has represented Ward 20 in downtown Toronto, one of the busiest and most populous wards in the city, during this term of City Council. Together with communities across the downtown, he has: secured a brand new YMCA downtown and secured new park space in every community in Ward 20, stopped Jets at the Island Airport and completed the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan to continue to revitalize our Waterfront, secured hundreds of new affordable housing units, put bike lanes on Bloor and fought for bike lanes across the downtown, championed over 140 safe streets initiatives, championed the King Street Transit Pilot and initiatives to make transit better and more affordable, saved 401 Richmond, lead the fight on our City’s Overdose Crisis, and more.
“Joe Cressy is a strong, experienced, committed champion for our downtown,” said Ausma Malik, a Toronto District School Board Trustee and candidate in the downtown in the 47-ward election currently underway. “I’m proud to support him in a 25-ward scenario. We need Joe’s leadership at City Hall to stand up for our neighbourhoods, and for all Torontonians — and to continue to build the kind of communities we all need and deserve.”
“Joe Cressy is a strong voice on progressive city issues who works tirelessly to improve the lives of people across Toronto,” said former Mayors Art Eggleton, Barbara Hall, David Crombie, David Miller, and John Sewell. “Now more than ever we need him on City Council.”
Cressy also announced the support of community leaders from across Spadina-Fort York, including Heather Anne McConnell, daughter of the late Councillor Pam McConnell, Liberty Village resident and community-builder Todd Hofley, Dr. Joseph Wong, the York Quay Neighbourhood Association, Wellington Place resident and former head of Urban Design for the City of Toronto Ken Greenberg, Draper Street resident and Broken Social Scene member Brendan Canning, Broken Social Scene Member Charles Spearin, Owner of 401 Richmond Margie Ziedler, and activist and resident of the current ward 28 Cathy Crowe.
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