Position Primer: How we did it


Once a week from mid-July to mid-September, Women in Toronto Politics sent an online survey to every Toronto City Council candidate whose contact info we could find. The survey requested candidates’ positions on 10 issues in 500 characters or less. Our team also followed up with candidates by phone and Twitter, and encouraged our Twitter and Facebook followers to ask their candidates to do the Position Primer.

The Position Primer features answers from all candidates who completed the survey. Women in Toronto Politics did not edit the answers in any way - we present candidates’ views to you exactly as they were presented to us. Think of it like a megaphone for candidates’ voices!

WARD 11 | York South—Weston

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Candidate ↓ Childcare Transportation Employment Affordable Housing Newcomers
Frances Nunziata
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(647) 349-7184
Access to child care, and more specifically, affordable child care, is a problem in Toronto. The cost of child care is unaffordable for many, even for those receiving a subsidy. This is compounded by the often long wait lists for spaces. The City must take a stronger stance with the Province of Ontario in insisting on additional funding for child care. Driving: Relieving traffic congestion
Transit: Maximizing the UP Express by advocating to the province to add stops and reduce fares so that this becomes a viable public transit option for the majority of Torontonians
Cycling: Adding new bicycle connections wherever possible, in a way that does not exacerbate existing traffic congestion
Walking: Continuing the City's missing-link program where locations with missing sidewalk connections are identified and sidewalks subsequently constructed
During the past term, I worked closely with Toronto Employment & Social Services and Metrolinx to create the Georgetown South Project Employment Initiative which gave Torontonians quick access to employment opportunities arising our of Metrolinx's construction activity, and also offered apprenticeship opportunities as well as career counselling services. This was very successful and should be replicated. The City should play a strong role in ensuring access to affordable housing. Housing is a basic need and the City plays a vital role in ensuring adequate levels of affordable housing. Partnerships with not-for-profit agencies is key to this. I am pleased to say that additional affordable housing has been approved for construction in Ward 11, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Neighbourhood Concepts and Artscape. Inclusionary zoning is also something that should be explored further. I will continue to support local social service agencies providing newcomer support services, and will ensure that the grants which help fund these programs are not cut. I will also continue to support the City of Toronto's Newcomer Strategy and related Newcomer Employment Initiative.
Candidate ↓ Poverty Public Services Taxation Infrastructure Major Ward Issue
Frances Nunziata
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(647) 349-7184
There is no one solution to poverty, but there are things that we can do at the City level to help reduce poverty, such as tackling the long wait-lists for subsidized housing, and creating more affordable home ownership opportunities. I will also advocate to the province for increases to income support programs that reflect actual living costs. I believe both the public and the private sector can have a role to play in the delivery of services. If the private sector can provide a service at a lower cost, while ensuring their employees are earning a fair wage, the City should contract that service out and allocate the savings towards enhancing other services. We saw the benefits of this with contracting out garbage collection services west of Yonge Street. Ideally, taxes should be kept at inflation; however, we are at a point where we cannot continue to ignore the need for transit expansion, and the reality that revenue is needed to fund this. This may translate into increased taxes or the implementation of new "revenue tools." Before agreeing to this, I would hold a consultation meeting with ward residents to present the options, solicit feedback and make a decision from there. The City should be the lead; however, this cannot be done without the involvement of the local communities within which the infrastructure is to be located. For example, engaging communities to decide on what park equipment they would like, or how they would like a public space developed. This will not only ensure that what is being built supports the needs and wants of the community, but it will also result in a sense of ownership and pride within the community. Basement Flooding. Several areas of Ward 11 have historically been prone to basement flooding. The City of Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority recently completed the environmental assessments for basement flooding and the black creek channel overflows. Once approved by the Province, I will be fighting at City Hall to ensure that the money is put in the budget so that the recommended solutions can be undertaken now, not years from now.

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