Who are you?
I've lived about half my life in the Toronto core. I've spent much time
and effort on public interest and environmental causes including air
quality, car reduction, better transit and biking. I'm back on the cycling
committee in part to push the Bloor bike lane idea (takethetooker.ca),
and I'm now less focussed on deflecting the costly Front St. Extension
road project towards transit.
Why are you running?
I feel conflicted: I wish to run away from Smogtown for fresher pastures
but I'd also like to make a difference locally to clean up our setting:
bad air and climate change don't know boundaries and we're climate cariminals,
and not as green as people might think. A specific goal beyond the Bloor
bikeway beside the subway is exploring (in a rigourous corridor study)
the transit options to the massive daily influx of cars and people into
the core from the west south of Queen, and deep six the catering to
the 905 cars for free. We almost spent a quarter billion on a road without
looking at transit options. "Progressives" have been part
of this problem.
What should a City Councillor be?
A Councillor should be both local and global in outlook and try to work
with respect for all despite the limits from senior governments. But
in the greenhouse century, a Councillor should be nearly unelectable
by human voters. Cars vote, and trees and other life forms are excluded
- so getting to power in our amanglemated motoropolis carrupts.
The TTC isn't always the best solution, nor are bikes. (Cyclists can
be dangers and dolts). And it's so big in Smogtown, the car is useful
sometimes, if it weren't for the other cars. But we must look at our
For bikes: martino's bikelanediary.blogspot.com
For transit: stevemunro.ca
We need new leaders.