On October 6th I had the opportunity to speak to the Islington Ratepayers & Residents' Association. Residents from Wards 3, 4 & 5 had the chance to listen to the candidates who gave a short speech, listen to pre-determined questions answered and then open floor interaction.
I almost did not attend due to a family emergency and it altered the speech I was going to say. I spoke about how it was a pretty negative year with many losses and heartaches. I did realize that I was not alone; many homes were devastated last year from the flooding and ice storm, some families have parents who take too long on transit to jobs that don't pay well enough and finally the seniors of our community who worry if they can afford to remain in their home. Ward 3 needs a Councillor that will help build a community that comes together like a community.
Of course there was a discussion of the land transfer tax again, to which I had to interject some truth and facts about how it cannot be eliminated without either cutting services or increasing other taxes. I had to mention it was a promise of the last administration that couldn't even reduce it; both John Tory and Olivia Chow have stated it cannot be cut.
I enjoyed speaking with residents after the event, although many were not from Ward 3. They offered their support and understood where my positions were on many of the policies.
Thank you to the Islington Ratepayers & Residents' Association.