Attended Griffin Centre Benefit June 15

Recent comments made about the Griffin Centre by the current Toronto City Councillor has led to the community standing together to state "EVERYONE COUNTS". To further the conversation a benefit was put on to collect funds and bring awareness to their cause. It was at the El Macambo featuring the bands: The Freakin' Lolas, Everglo & Skrou.

Councillor Candidates Andray Domise (Ward 2 - where the Griffin Centre is located) & Jolene Hunt (Ward 18) also attended to show support. This was another example of what a group of councillors from across the city can do together - bring awareness and understanding.

For more information click here for Griffin Centre

Griffin Centre Staff & 3 Council Candidates
Posted on June 16, 2014 .

Attended Mayoral Debate in Etobicoke June 4

I had the chance to listen to John Tory, Olivia Chow, David Soknacki & Karen Stintz debate at Humber College in Etobicoke.

It was good to have the ability to see each platform side by side, explained in their own words.  It allowed the candidates to defend attacks and rebuttal statements they believed to be false.

I believe I was the only Ward 3 Council Candidate to attend.

I look forward to hearing other debates from the front-runners.

Debate about to begin

Posted on June 4, 2014 .

Attended Great Lakes Breweries Annual BBQ May 24

Each year Great Lakes Breweries in Etobicoke has a barbecue to support local groups. This year proceeds of the barbecue were directed to Frank Horner Community Centre in Southern Etobicoke. I have attended in previous years and am a supporter of local micro-breweries like GLB. 

The food was excellent, I hope to win from the raffle held and also met several candidates from multiple elections.  Andray Domise who is running in ward 2 for city council also attended. We have seen each other at multiple events, bringing a presence of our respective wards all across Toronto.  While discussing food, beer and local politics, we had the chance to have a few moments with previous Ward 3 Councillor Doug Holyday.

Look forward to attending next year's event as a representative of the City of Toronto!

Peter, Doug & Andray
Posted on May 26, 2014 .

Attended Trinity Spadina Liberal Rally May 22

Got access to hear Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne, Han Dong & Adam Vaughan speak at the Mod Club. The crowd was electric, the view was good and my hat made at least a dozen pictures.

Kathleen Wynne speaking to the crowd.

Kathleen Wynne speaking to the crowd.

Adam Vaughan, Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne & Han Dong showing Trin Spa winners in upcoming election.

Adam Vaughan, Justin Trudeau, Kathleen Wynne & Han Dong showing Trin Spa winners in upcoming election.

Andray and I discussing the event outside after its conclusion. Both outside our respective Etobicoke wards, but supporting candidates we believe in.

Andray and I discussing the event outside after its conclusion. Both outside our respective Etobicoke wards, but supporting candidates we believe in.

Posted on May 22, 2014 .

Attended Street Haven's "Gala of Light" May 15

Street Haven is an organization that helps women.  From housing to education to creating a support system for those most in need, Street Haven had a fundraiser to bring awareness of its need for financial support.

The event was also attended by Jolene Hunt (ward 18 council candidate) and Olivia Chow.

Please take a moment to see how you can help.  Check out their website for more information HERE

Posted on May 16, 2014 .

Attended Etobicoke Liberal Rally May 11

On May 11th, I had a chance to meet the Liberal candidates for Etobicoke-Centre, Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Etobicoke North & Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

The crowd at Future Bakery were enthusiastic to hear the message and direction for Etobicoke.

I had great interactions with several people about municipal politics that I did not take any photos.  However I did find this photo hat and all HERE

Posted on May 13, 2014 .

Attended Transit Discussion with Han Dong & Glen Murray May 9

I had the fortunate ability to listen to Han Dong & Glen Murray discuss transit.  Glen was informative as he spoke about the history of transit and infrastructure dating back to the 1940's up until the plans the Liberal government have for the next 10 years.

Fellow council candidates Andray Domise , Jolene Hunt and I got a chance to speak with Glen about transit issues in our respective wards (2, 3, 18).  Some of the main issues including integrated fares were part of the budget that was defeated.

The main issue across both the municipal and provincial election is transit.  Transit accessibility leads to jobs, infrastructure and better health.

Posted on May 10, 2014 .

Attended Toronto Planning Official Plan Review - Transportation Policies Consulations - May 5, 2014

I am in the process of digesting over 20 pages of the Discussion Guide of the Public Consultations.  Being the only Ward 3 council candidate to attend, I find it extremely important to get a grip on important policy changes that effect our city.

Toronto City Planning had a session in Etobicoke May 5th to show the revisions to the Official Plan for the city.  Among the discussion points were "structuring growth in the city" as well as "Integration with Land Use". 

I spoke with the Planning representatives after everyone left the session to discuss other items that were not brought up within the session: from the importance of transit and the extension of the Eglinton LRT to Pearson and also the Mobililty Hub for Kipling. 

For those who could not attend, please click on the link below to be directed to their website.

More information can be found HERE


Posted on May 5, 2014 .

Attended Adam Vaughan's Nomination Party - April 23

Recently I was surprised to find out that Adam Vaughan was a Liberal, as were many other residents of Toronto.  A current sitting City Councillor for Toronto, Adam has placed his name for consideration for the Liberal nomination for a by-election opened up with the resignation of Olivia Chow who is running for Mayor. 

Why was I surprised that Adam Vaughan was a Liberal?  I would have to contend that it was an assumed thought given his push for certain policies on council.  The overall impression at the end of the night can be best summed up with "never judge a book by the interpretation you see on TV".  

Two former Mayors of Toronto were set to introduce Adam and gave very personal and supportive comments on their enthusiasm for his nomination.  Art Eggleton spoke first followed by David Crombie.  Both men are shining examples of good policy and politics (as I have heard David speak recently at the Save the Red Door event).  

Adam took centre stage and started by saying he was a Liberal and that it came from the influence of his parents.  Adam spoke of several great stories about his mother's canvassing for Adam's father and also at a moment where she felt it was her duty to stand up to a government she viewed as flawed.  

I may not have agreed with all of Adam's policies when he was on city council but I did find him a great leader in regards to housing and community.  Pushing developers to also cater to families & building with a sense of community as a focal point are very important accomplishments.  There is still a lot to be done at all levels of government.

I got to meet Adam at the end of the night and I will leave those words between him and I.  It was a very informative and genuine moment and he gave some good advice.  

You may have the question: Peter, why is a nomination for the federal government important to Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre?  The answer is simple: change.  There are very serious problems that Toronto has to solve, but they can't be done on our own.  We need support from all levels of government that see infrastructure, housing, transit & jobs for youths as important pillars for a brighter future.  Only through hard work and a well organized plan can anything of meaning be accomplished.  Having Adam Vaughan support Justin Trudeau's vision for a better Canada will also give a strong advocate for improved housing and urban infrastructure.  We cannot endure an erosion of our community, Toronto and Ward 3 needs leaders who support these necessary ideals.  Adam Vaughan can be a benefit to Toronto, and I can be your leader for Ward 3.

I look forward to witnessing a nomination and a win for Adam Vaughan, giving a strong voice for housing for Toronto and all of Canada.

Adam Vaughan Nomination Speech

Posted on April 24, 2014 .

Attended Candidate Information Session in Etobicoke

Being new to politics, it was important to hear about campaign information.  Informed on specific items in regards to campaign financing, lawn sign regulations and also other important aspects in running a campaign. 

I am further motivated to serve Ward 3 as your city Councillor.

Posted on April 19, 2014 .

Attended Turnout Toronto in Regent Park - April 10

I attended Turnout Toronto in Regent Park in order to gain insight in grassroots organizations attempting to improve the city.

Among the organizations there were also candidates for mayor including Robb Johnanes & Morgan Buskin.  Ari Goldkind and Sarah Thompson arrived to interact with the various organizations and discuss their platforms.

Met other councillor candidates and got a sense that the entire city is looking for change.  I am excited to see new ideas and first time council candidates speak passionately about policy.  

My best interaction of the night were the few moments to speak to John Tory one on one about Etobicoke.  We discussed some of the concerns for Ward 3 including transit.  Very good conversation and I look forward to hearing more of John's platform for Toronto.

Posted on April 11, 2014 .

Attended to SEYA's Youth Speakout

I attended SEYA's Youth Speakout to listen to the issues facing Etobicoke's youth. 

Topics included:

  1. Post Education Cost & Debt
  2. Youth Mental Health
  3. Engaging Youth
  4. Is Recreation an antidote for Drug Use?
  5. Youth Unemployment.

Very informative - shows the need to include these topics in my policy platform. 

Posted on April 9, 2014 .

Attended Open House in Etobicoke for DPS

Tonight I had the opportunity to attend the first Open House for the DPS (Development Permit System) that will replace the current zoning system.  I went in with a limited knowledge that Toronto City Planning Division had provided and also a discussion paper from CORRA (Confederation of Resident and Ratepayer Associations in Toronto) that opposes the DPS. 

There was a sense within the Etobicoke Council Chamber that there were 3 factions: those who supported the DPS, those who opposed the DPS and the last group that were likely the majority who were seeking information.  The overall concept is complex and multifaceted and as a complete change in the planning process, a bit scary.

The basic premise of the DPS is to plan with the idea of a 'community' in mind.  New buildings and infrastructure would marry with transit, green space and other needs of the community.  This very simplistic and you should look further on the change in planning and the opposition as seen in the available links above.

The group opposed to the DPS are afraid of the changes it can have on the community.  Will there be consultation, will the community be involved in the creation of a vision of a community?  What roles will the community have, can developers change the plan without consultation?  Why isn't there an appeal system? 

The group supporting the DPS wanted to know how the areas would be defined?  Who will be in charge of the processing of permits?  Will the DPS be able to direct funds from development into community needs? 

I was part of the group that was there for information.  I go in with an open mind and a need to understand the change in policy.  I was impressed with the presentation as a whole which laid out the foundation on where the DPS plans to go.  The forum allowed for those who weren't sure or didn't support to voice concerns.  I left the open house with a better sense on what the DPS was about and I can see merit and value in these public information sessions.

Not everyone will agree or disagree, but that desire to be heard and be informed is a positive and motivating aspect of running for council.  I look forward to hearing more from both sides of the DPS.

Please feel free to comment on your view of the DPS.

Thank you.

Posted on March 18, 2014 .