PLATFORM

PLATFORM

As the City Councillor for Ward 10, Spadina-Fort York, Joe will work together with our communities to:

Champion investing in our downtown neighbourhoods, and build new greenspace, community facilities, child-care, and more

  • Prioritize building the social infrastructure our communities needs as they grow
  • Invest in new parks and greenspace for all parks users, and continue to build new public spaces like The Bentway
  • Build new community centres in the East Bayfront, Alexandra Park and CityPlace
  • Invest in new, affordable child-care spaces
  • Build two new libraries downtown

Build equitable and liveable neighbourhoods, and tackle affordability

  • Build new subsidized affordable housing, implement inclusionary zoning, and leverage city-owned land for purpose-built rental housing
  • Advocate for a more affordable TTC
  • Protect small and independent businesses through a new tax assessment model
  • Invest in arts and culture through the new $55 per capita arts funding target, build on our success at 401 Richmond through a new model of tax assessment, and protect live music venues
  • Expand community supports through funding the Poverty Reduction Strategy, ensuring our shelter system has the resources it needs to provide support to our vulnerable neighbours and community outreach to local neighbourhoods
  • Protect our city’s life-saving harm-reduction facilities
  • Ban handguns and assault weapons, and invest in strong and safe neighbourhoods through mentorship, youth employment and social infrastructure

Invest in safer streets, street redesign, better and more affordable transit and

new bike lanes

  • Build a protected grid of cycling infrastructure across the downtown, and champion a new central corridor bike lane on University Avenue
  • Make the King Street Pilot permanent, build the Waterfront LRT and the Downtown Relief Line
  • Invest in safety-focused street redesign especially at intersections, and create Complete Streets across the downtown

Protect the revitalization of our Waterfront communities

  • Complete the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal revitalization
  • Stop Airport Expansion
  • Secure funding for the Bathurst Quay Aquatic Centre and implement the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
  • Build the 318 Queens Quay and York-off ramp parks
  • Protect Ontario Place against any plans for a Casino

Invest in Sustainability and Climate Change Mitigation

  • Champion a stormwater management surcharge to address rising instances of flooding downtown
  • Fully fund and implement the City’s Climate Change Mitigation Plan, Transform TO
  • Prioritize climate change mitigation measures for apartments and condos to address building, elevator, and unit flooding

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