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Chester Station second exit

I am so happy I’m not an elected official. I went to the TTC’s meeting about the second exit for Chester Station. My councillor attended and she tweeted this just a moment ago.

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Since I don’t seek public office I can tell you the truth. What Councillor Fragedakis tweeted can be summed up as such…


That was not a “good discussion.” The angry man who interrupted the session to proclaim that the TTC would have to buy his house if they wanted to put elevators at the main exit of Chester Station was not a good discussion.

The man who decided to deride the TTC staff for calling the meeting on such short notice was not good discussion. They advertised this meeting weeks ago.

The people who couldn’t comprehend that the details of the “station box” would be provided at the first meeting of the working group, and would be a guideline for them to make their recommendations were not “good discussion.”

I went in to listen and find out what was happening in my neighbourhood. I ended up volunteering for the working group because these people shouldn’t be on it.

If they see this post, though, that will probably rule me out.

Politics – City and Province

Today was a productive day.

Councillors Mary Fragedakis and Paul Fletcher of wards 29 & 30 respectively held an information meeting today in Eastminster United Church. During this event they had speakers from many organizations, including the Toronto Library, Animal Services, and many other fantastic Toronto services speak about the KPMG report’s recommendations for service cuts.

This event was simply the left preaching to the left. It was good to hear from these organizations, and give faces to the proposed cuts. Sadly all they talked about was “SAY NO TO CUTS!” It wasn’t anything to motivate those already against the cuts, it did nothing to move the masses. So I asked a question… well, two.

1) How are the politicians and the activists represented going to work with others to find a medium ground, to compromise?

2) Yes we can contact our councillors, who agree with us, we can contact the Mayor’s office, who will ignore us, we can sign petitions, but what can we do with this massive group here to make a change? How can we mobilize?

Councillor Fletcher answered the second question with the usual rhetoric, getting friends and family outside of the ward to contact their councillors, coming to city council, holding up signs. All good and useful ideas, but nothing that will move the masses. Nothing that will convince the “mushy middle” they so much deride. The first question, she didn’t even touch. She told me we had to move along to the next person.

After the event, I talked to my councillor, Ms. Fragedakis as someone asked her how to get the “mushy middle” to see the “correct” side of the picture. I then asked, “how can we get the ‘mushy middle’ to our side of the picture if we cannot work with them, and compromise to find solutions?” Fragedakis’ response was simply that the left is right, and that we have to convince them to our side.

And ladies and gentlemen, this is why I hate party politics. You have people who are living and breathing the party manifesto and putting that ahead of reason. Yes I’m against Ford’s cut, but Toronto MUST balance it’s budget, why? Because we HAVE TO BY LAW! We cannot, under provincial law, run a deficit. So we have to work with the Fords and Mammolitis to find a middle ground to our budget problems.

One of the speakers there was Mr. Peter Tabuns, who is running for re-election to represent Toronto-Danforth in Ontario’s provincial legislature… Queen’s Park1. He spoke well, and he spoke of getting the province to return to the days of Bob Rae, when Ontario subsidized the operational expenses of the TTC. He spoke well, and he spoke convincingly, and he enticed me to want to vote for him. But how can I do that, if I haven’t yet spoken to the Liberal candidate in my riding, especially because of my dislike of Ms. Howath, the leader of the NDP?

Well, it just so happens, that on my walk home from Eastminster United Church, I ran into Marisa Sterling, who is vying for a seat in Queen’s Park.

It was nice to be able to talk to her. It was disappointing, however. She seems to think that representing the city’s needs is the job of Toronto councillors, and that representing Toronto’s needs provincially is not the job of an MPP elected in Toronto. I have to say that she’s wrong. I have to say that the single job of an MPP or an MP elected to represent Toronto-Danforth in their respective Parliament, is to represent Toronto-Danforth in their respective Parliament.

The Liberals aren’t right, the Conservatives aren’t right, the NDP aren’t right, the Greens aren’t right. No one is 100% right, and we must work together to find a compromise.

  1. For to two people who didn’t know that. []

Ward 29 Debate

Last night, I went to the Ward 29 debate at the Eastminster United Church, around the corner from me. The six candidates were (in alphabetical order, by last name):
Chris Caldwell
Mary Fragedakis
Jane Pitfield
Mike Restivo
John Richardson
Jennifer Wood

None of the candidates are the incumbent, that was Case Ootes, who is retiring.

One thing that bothered me is that all the candidates are upset over how well Toronto’s parking enforcement do their job, and they’d try to get a 10 minute grace period. This is bloody ridiculous, if you park illegally, you park illegally. Don’t expect to not get a ticket if you’re “running in and out.” I was getting home super late from work last night, and en route I needed to visit Graeme and Heather. I stopped at their house, around the corner from me, seeing as I didn’t stop at home, I drove there. They told me about the debate, so we walked together. Graeme warned me that they’re very harsh about ticketing and I should move my car further forward so it didn’t block a bit of the sidewalk. What did I do? I moved my car forward. If I got a ticket, what would I do? Pay it! I made an error, I am responsible for that error.

Mary Fragedakis isn’t a horrible candidate. She’s rather insistent that she’s a small business owner, and felt the need to remind us over and over again. She also seems to not understand what a luxury is, as she stated that a car and house “are not a luxury.” I’d like to remind the candidate that a roof and mobility are not a luxury, and that’s why we have shelters and TTC Wheel-Trans are provided to Toronto’s citizens. A house, however, if it were not a luxury as she implies, why is the City of Toronto not providing me with a house? Why do I live in an apartment? Even though I own a car, I know it is a luxury. I lived for years and years without a car, and if I didn’t work outside of Toronto’s borders, I wouldn’t need a car, or want a car. A car is most certainly a luxury.

Jane Pitfield was awkward, and unsure throughout the whole night. Though she is the most qualified of the candidates, based on her existing political career, I don’t believe her to be the best option to represent Ward 29. Her answers were contradictory, and insightful to her character of speaking before thinking.

Mike Restivo was one of my favourite candidates. He does repair work for a living. Owns a company, repairs POS systems, and PCs. Yet this is his website. HAHAHA! Okay, seriously, here’s his website. I would never trust a man to build, or repair any electronic system who has such little grasp of what a website is. Nor would I trust someone who thinks a blog is a series of static HTML pages. Sigh.

John Richardson is angry, and he’s not going to take it! Richardson is so angry, that he’s unhappy to even be at this event. He didn’t want to be there, and it was damn obvious. He thinks he’s always right, and would rather push ahead with his vision, rather than to examine an issue with a balanced approach. You sir, are not my candidate.

Jennifer Wood is the most visible candidate to me, as her office is across the street. HI JENNY! Within a few seconds of her opening statements we learned two things about her. She’s a lawyer, and teachers Sunday school. RUN FOR THE HILLS! She’s also a small business owner, much like her clone Fragedakis is reluctant to let us forget it.

Finally there’s Chris Caldwell. He studied urban planning, he’s well spoken, his brain seems to be filled with a crazy amount of raw data, and wants to properly evaluate and plan the city. I couldn’t quite put my finger on whether he was left wing or right wing. Simply, he’s an intelligent man, who would be a good representative for the ward in council.

Simply put, please vote, please consider Mr. Caldwell.