Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommended Candidate: Matthew Kellway

Boundaries: Don River and Sunrise Ave. to the north, Victoria Park Ave. to the east, the waterfront to the south and Coxwell Ave. to the west. 
 

Demographics: There are 109,486 people with an average age of 40. The average household size is 2.4 people with a median household income of $69,829. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 55%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 19 - Beaches-East York

Brad Bradford: 
Bradford, who has never run for office, works in the city’s chief planner’s office. Earlier he was a planner in a company where mayoral contender Jennifer Keesmaat worked. He then worked on renewable energy policy for a non-governmental organization in Boston. He is very civic-minded, and is critical of the city over so many cyclists being killed. He said the city needs safer design at intersections and public realm spaces. He volunteers with a group that shows new Canadians the rules of the road and best routes in the city. Bradford was endorsed by John Tory. 

Issues: Safer streets; strong local businesses; more green spaces.

BradBradford.ca
 

Paul Bura: 
Bura has had a 15-year career as a federal government civil servant. During his time in government, he had extensive experience managing people and taxpayers' funds, preparing and implementing budgets and deciphering policy and legislation. Bura is fiscally conservative but has a non-partisan approach to politics.

Bura's chief priorities are:

  • safe, secure streets allowing for fluid transportation of transit, bikes, pedestrians and cars
  • bustling main streets with viable businesses
  • improving aging infrastructure
  • keeping the charm of the past but preparing us for a community of the future.


PaulBura.ca
 

David Del Grande: 
Del Grande ran unsuccessfully for the Green Party in this year’s provincial election. He works in product development for a large Canadian bank. Del Grande supports RaBIT - Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto - and is an advocate for bike safety.

Some of his issues: He would like to see term limits on city council of 3 terms/ 12 years; a subway (relief) line from Pape to Queen; have the city fight for a portion of existing income or sales tax.

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Diane Dyson: 
Dyson is a social researcher, activist and blogger who has worked for the past two decades on issues affecting neighbourhoods and networks: schooling, poverty, precarious employment, immigration, anti-racism + equity, and bed bugs. Dyson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Concordia University in Montreal, and an M.Ed., Higher Education, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is currently Director, Research and Public Policy at WoodGreen Community Services, a large neighbourhood-based multiservice agency in east Toronto, leading research and developing programs on access to employment, community services, housing programs, settlement and integration, and community economic development. Previously, she worked as a Research Analyst, United Way of Greater Toronto; Assistant Ombudsperson, Ryerson University; and Researcher, People for Education.

Some of the projects Dyson has been involved in over the years include:

  • the Pop-Up shop project and the elimination of the tax rebate to commercial landlords with vacant storefronts
  • community hubs (Author, advisor and advocate)
  • the expansion of funding to fight bed bugs, inclusionary zoning and rent control protections
  • the Poverty Reduction Strategies at the province and at the City
  • the development of the Toronto District School Board's Inner City Model Schools and the Strong Neighbourhood Strategy at United Way
  • co-author of reports on immigrant and precarious employment
  • Jane's Walks leader 
  • social media for the Federation of Metro Tenants Association and the Toronto Field Naturalists.

 

Issues: 

  • childcare: protect public funding for non-profit centres
  • expedite implementation of the Child Care Growth Strategy
    • keep City-operated child care services in current and new locations
    • broaden eligibility for fee subsidy to more families, particularly part-time and shift workers, and streamline the application and approval process
    • pay decent salaries to child care staff
  • housing: non-profit housing supports from development applications through operating subsidies that mean real costs. Private market landlords receive higher rent subsidies than nonprofits.
    • enhanced and expanded rental building inspections through Municipal Licensing to ensure tenants are living in housing that is hospitable 
    • pushing for a reform of rooming house laws to allow co-sharing by groups
  • transit: full funding of the City’s Poverty Reduction Plan, which within the next term, move to lower fares for low-income people
  • prioritize the Downtown Relief line because it is overdue
  • vote to stop the Scarborough subway because the population density does not support it
  • also policies on homelessness and bike lanes - see www.dianedyson.ca .


DianeDyson.ca
 

Donald Lamoreux:
Lamoreux is an actor, writer, teacher and producer. He wrote the musical 'Whatever Happened to Peace and Love?’ He attended McGill, Western, Concordia and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lamoreux's policy issues include: gridlock and traffic; housing prices and affordable rent; scrapping the Scarborough subway extension in favour of LRTs; making the downtown relief line a priority over other subway extensions; applying a new tax on vacant residential and commercial properties.
 

Brenda MacDonald:
This will be Brenda MacDonald's 3rd run for City Council in the Beaches-East York area. She is also known as Brenda Carol. MacDonald describes herself as a “well-known music educator.” She states she has no party affiliation “to cloud my judgment.” She describes her platform as "Greenspace and Parks in Toronto, Traffic, Development, Transit, Core Infrastructure, as well as, public land, water and assets are all on the minds of Torontonians." “No public parkland (Eastdale Parkette) should be swapped to a developer, ever!”

MacDonald's issues are:

  • safety - MacDonald states she’s been an advocate for safer streets and sidewalks since 2010. She would fix sidewalks where needed, and would lower speed limits in “provincially zoned school zones” and residential streets in Toronto. She would hire more by-law enforcement officers, but also believes taxes are too    high and opposes increasing taxes beyond the rate of inflation.
  • Land Transfer Tax -“The land transfer tax is not attractive to young, hardworking, first-time homebuyers trying to live and work in Toronto. The land transfer tax is a proven revenue stream for the city. We need alternative revenue tools for the city of Toronto that do not require the selling of city assets.”
  • transit - “Ward 19 requires a much needed relief line along the Danforth subway line, as well as, an extensive look at how much service we require and where. The new subway decision by the former council is the wrong one. We should be updating and renewing the Scarborough Rapid Transit on, the dedicated line that is there now. It is a fully funded, shovel ready project that should have been started years ago. Let's have experts decide future projects, not politicians who do not use the service making the decisions for us." “If 60% of our travel on the TTC involves buses, then looking at refining bus service is a great start. City Council needs to consider Toronto's Transit fifty years from now and base that projection on what we will need in the future. The current plan supported by all 3 levels of government was based on the former Mayor Miller's plan of LRT transit and no longer applies to the growing needs of Transit in the G.T.A. Toronto Transit Commission should be world class." ”The recent injection of almost $1 billion allotted from the Provincial Government for new affordable housing would indicate that we are expecting a huge population growth in the G.T.A., not to mention the endless wait-list for affordable housing.  My concern lies with the 1200 existing towers that are currently in backlog of repairs and require our attention, immediately.  Toronto Community Housing must adhere strongly to Municipal Licensing and Standards in enforcing landlords provide healthy, livable and affordable housing/properties in the G.T.A." “In the consideration of new affordable housing, the onus should be on developers and the City of Toronto to provide a decent inventory of mixed housing that is both affordable and sustainable. Taking into consideration appropriate regeneration of water/sewer infrastructure before building more new high-rises.”

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Joshua Makuch:
According to Makuch, “I started my career as an officer in the Canadian army, including a combat tour in Kandahar, Afghanistan. After nine years in the army, I made the difficult decision to leave my home in the Royal 22e Régiment to transition to civilian life. I returned to school, where I completed my MBA and discovered the diverse community of Ryerson University - my second home outside of the army. I’m grateful to Ryerson for setting me up in a new career as a management consultant with a great international firm, where I work on innovative digital business solutions. I’ve been heavily involved in the Ryerson community since I graduated, as both a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association and an alumni senator. In the latter role, I am proud to have helped (and continue to help) push through an initiative to recognize the practical experience of young veterans and transition them to a civilian university - much like I did. My partner Moya and I live in the Beach with our dog, Charlie. Moya is a partner at one of Canada’s top law firms, and is a force to be reckoned with. Her success is the reason that I can step back from my career and pursue my passion: service."

Makuch’s issues include:

  • housing - “There's not a silver bullet for housing shortages by any stretch, but laneway suites are a great idea that have been studied extensively. We should   get on with approving them.” Twitter, May 9th, 2018.
  • transit: “The only way this going to get better is if we get on with building the relief line” Twitter, May 2nd, 2018.
  • gun control: “I’m a Veteran In Favour of More Gun Control” (Vice News website, March 23rd, 2018).

VoteJosh.ca
 

Valerie Maltais:
Maltais describes herself as a community advocate who specializes in environmental and sustainability issues. She is a project management professional. Valerie wants to "reinvigorate small business, provide fluid and accessible transportation and ensure vibrant inclusive neighbourhoods.”

A May 21st, 2018 Toronto Star article describes Maltais as "… an environmentalist, shop-local activist and community volunteer for agencies including Youth Rising Above." She states she is an environmental earth scientist with hands-on experience coordinating and executing Corporate Social Responsibility and environmental programs in the US, Canada and Chile. Maltais claims to be a compelling speaker with strong communications skills in English and French (verbal and written). She holds an Honours B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Sciences from Laurentian University. Mayoral candidate Sarah Climenhaga has endorsed Valerie.

 Maltais’s issues include: 

  • term limits - “When elected, I will serve a maximum of two terms. This will encourage qualified individuals, with diverse backgrounds, to bring forward fresh new ideas and perspectives related to the issues that affect us all.” Twitter, May 14th, 2018
  • bike lanes - “Supports an expanded bike lane network in order to relieve congestion and increase safety and usability for everyone!” Twitter, May 20th, 2018
  • transportation - “Currently we experience excessive travel times and over-crowding on public transport and our roadways. We need multi-modal transportation to allow residents the choice. An expanded public transportation system, an increased network of safe cycling paths and alternative modes of transportation will alleviate the roadways effectively allowing those who choose to drive because of necessity, or preference, the option to do so without the headache of sitting in the inevitable traffic that our city experiences on a daily basis. It is win-win. This also reduces greenhouse gas emissions, makes our roads safer and aligns with the plans that council has approved (namely, TransfromTO, VisionZero, 10-Year Cycling Network Plan). We can no longer wait, action and money is needed now.” (https://www.vmaltais.com/valeries-platform/).

VMaltais.com
 

Paul Murton:
In 2006, Murton ran against winner Janet Davis in Beaches-East York. He took 1.3% of the vote.
 

Morley Rosenberg:
Morley A. Rosenberg, QC, age 81, served as Mayor of Kitchener from 1977 to 1982. Prior to that, he served as a Kitchener City Councillor for 9 years (1968-1976) when he was also Chair of the City’s Planning Committee. From 1973-1982 he also served as a Council Member of the Region of Waterloo. In 1983, he was appointed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) and served as a member for twenty years, until 2002. He was a member of the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) of the City of Toronto (North York) from 2011-2015. He was very involved in historic preservation and environmental issues as a sitting member of the Grand River Conservation Authority, and was one of the founders of the Kitchener-Waterloo Bilingual School.

In a 1982 letter to Premier Bill Davis obtained by the Toronto Star, Rosenberg claimed Conservative officials promised him a judgeship if he ran and lost as a Conservative candidate in the 1981 provincial election, which by then he had done. He later retracted his claim. Three months after his letter to Davis, Rosenberg was appointed to a $60,000-a-year job with the OMB. Previously, Rosenberg ran three times, unsuccessfully, as a New Democratic Party candidate.

In the current municipal election, his key concerns are affordable housing, transportation and a strong community. His work on the OMB and Toronto CoA gives him experience in land use development and mediation. He will work to increase transportation options for Toronto’s current and future needs.

MorleyRosenberg.com
 

Adam Smith:
 Smith, who says he will live in Beaches-East York the rest of his life, has been deeply involved in the community. He spent 6 years (2010-2016) on the board of the Beaches Village BIA, where he worked to counter the struggles of ailing Queen St. businesses. By the end of his tenure, he was chair of the streetscaping committee, and was personally responsible for bringing back the neighbourhood’s hanging baskets of flowers. For 8 years, Smith chaired the ward 32 Transportation Committee, successfully lobbying the city for changes like new signage and ground markings to improve safety and awareness on the Martin Goodman Trail. He is co-captain of Ward 32 Spokes, a local cycling advocacy group and chapter of Cycle TO. Smith is on the board of Rain Gardens United, an initiative to trying to get rain gardens included in the city’s wastewater management strategy, and is involved in many other activities.

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Veronica Stephen:
Veronica has worked for the City of Toronto since 2007.

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Kellway won Beaches-East York for the federal NDP in 2011 in an upset that ousted the Liberal incumbent. But in the 2015 federal election Kellway, then the NDP urban affairs critic, was defeated by Liberal Nathaniel Erskine-Smith. After his defeat, Kellway, 53, returned to work at the union now called the Society of United Professionals (May 21st, 2018 Toronto Star article).

He is active in civil society groups the Toronto Energy Coalition, GreenEast, Upper Beach Refugee Resettlement Group, and Out of the Cold. He has served as a daycare board member, Chair of St. John’s Parent Council, and has helped coach and manage a number of sports teams over the years, from Peanut Lacrosse in the Beach to House League and Select hockey at Ted Reeve Arena.

Kellway has a Master's degree in Labour and Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and a B.A. in Political Science from Queen's University. 

 

Issues:

  • Ravines - Kellway is opposed to developments on ravines such as a seven-storey condominium at 847 to 853 Kingston Rd., to be built on and into our Glen Stewart ravine.
  • Road Safety - "With 93 pedestrian and cyclist deaths over two years, we know our roads are not safe. They ought to be."
  • Homelessness - "100 homeless people died on the streets of this city last year. We don’t have enough housing that is both supportive and affordable."
  • Public Space - "Our main public park, along on what must be one of the most beautiful stretches of waterfront in any city in the world, has been leased out to private interests. That’s nothing short of outrageous."
  • Local Businesses - "We have too many empty storefronts on our main streets when our main streets ought to be where we want to be."
     

Endorsements: Kellway has been endorsed by Councillors Janet Davis, Kristyn Wong-Tam and Mike Layton, and by David Kidd. Kidd said "Matthew will be a great City Councillor for our neighbourhoods. Not only is he well versed on municipal issues but he knows and cares about the people and concerns of our community." According to Janet Davis, "Matthew Kellway and I worked on many issues together when he was our MP. He is smart and hardworking, with empathy and integrity. He has a deep understanding of this community and a passion for making it even better. He has a solid understanding of municipal issues and legislative experience. He will make a fabulous city councillor." Kristyn Wong-Tam says of Kellway, "Matthew Kellway is a principled and thoughtful progressive. He brings strong ideas on how to build a more livable city - from addressing our housing crisis, to creating safe, welcoming neighbourhoods. I know that Matt will work to create a more equal, fair and just city for everyone and will be an excellent advocate at city hall." Kellway is endorsed by the Toronto & York Region Labour Council. 

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