Vote Compass – Toronto 2018

Vote Compass is a tool that many have used to learn more about the candidates. By pairing the candidate’s answers collected some weeks ago with the results of an online survey, voters can learn how close or how far they are from candidates.

As a strong proponent of evidence based policy, please understand that these questions and answers are not absolute. Please find below some of my answers.

  • How much should the City of Toronto spend to accommodate people with disabilities?
    • My answer was: Much more.
    • More specifically: accessibility issues and TTC, and while a lot of progress has been made, the following subway stations are still not accessible within our ward: Christie, Dupont, Rosedale, Museum and St Patrick.
  • How much should the City of Toronto do to address climate change?
    • My answer was: Much more.
    • More specifically: we need to re-open the recommendation of a stormwater fee paid by property owners with the largest hard surfaces, generating the most runoff. Most of Toronto’s sewers are combined, meaning in heavy rainfall runoff mixes with sewage from homes and businesses, and often spills into waterways or backs up into basements. We need to commit to moving away from combined sewer systems as a means of curtailing overflow volume, according to water protection experts.
  • City Council will function more effectively now that it has fewer councillors.
    • My answer was: Strongly disagree
  • How much should the City of Toronto spend to make repairs to city-owned social housing?
    • My answer was: Somewhat more.
    • More specifically: this answer could easily have been much more. TCH is the second-largest housing provider in North America. TCH has been plagued with problems, from eviction scandals, fraudulent billing and a backlog of housing repairs and was named worst landlord by Landlordwatch.com. Will more money be the only solution? No, but we need a lot more accountability at TCH.
  • Toronto should use city-owned land to create new housing units.
    • My answer was: Somewhat agree
    • More specifically: this answer could easily have been strongly agree, but we can’t use up all of the city’s assets as we need to develop, preserve or enhance more green spaces within our city using city-owned lands.
  • Toronto city service providers should report people who entered Canada unlawfully to federal authorities.
    • My answer was: Strongly disagree since the option ABSOLUTELY disagree was not available.
  • Permanent residents who do not have Canadian citizenship should be eligible to vote in Toronto elections.
    • My answer was: Strongly disagree.
    • More specifically: voting is a basic citizenship right. It should not be extended under any circumstance to landed immigrants. This is a question of principle.
  • How much should the City do to help new immigrants adapt to life in Toronto?
    • My answer was: Much more
    • More specifically: we need to do more to help new immigrants learn about their rights and responsibilities and also understand the meaning of Canada’s Charter of Rights and how it applies.
  • Toronto should install more surveillance systems in public spaces.
    • My answer was: Somewhat agree
    • More specifically: I understand how helpful surveillance systems are for policing and safety, but I also strongly support body cams for police officers. At the same time, we need to make sure privacy laws are respected and that surveillance systems are not used for any other purpose than public safety.
  • Toronto police officers should be able to march in uniform as part of the Pride Parade.
    • My answer was: Strongly agree
    • More specifically: the Pride Parade needs to be inclusive and the collectively punish Toronto Police Officers in perpetuity.
  • Police should be able to stop and collect information about anyone they consider suspicious, even if no particular offence is being investigated.
    • My answer was: Somewhat agree
    • More specifically: I am acutely aware of the many issues raised by “carding” and the heavily biased and the discriminatory issues raised by such actions, I believe we should explore the possibility of stopping and collecting information only when officers have their bodycams turned on and they issue a signed receipt following the encounter to protect both parties.
  • Toronto should build more bike lanes, even if it results in fewer lanes for cars.
    • My answer was: Strongly agree.
  • Toronto should reduce speed limits on residential streets.
    • My answer was: Somewhat agree
  • The eastern section of the Gardiner Expressway should be replaced with a boulevard.
    • My answer was: Somewhat agree
  • How many supervised injection sites should Toronto have?
    • My answer was: Somewhat more
    • More specifically: I support the use of mobile injection sites.
  • How much should residents of Toronto pay in property tax?
    • My answer was: About the same as now
  • Toronto should build another subway line in the downtown core before expanding suburban subway lines.
    • My answer was: Strongly agree
  • The Scarborough subway line should be replaced with a light rail transit (LRT) line.
    • My answer was: Strongly agree

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