Toronto Council Renewal Project

TCRP Recommends Both Paula Fletcher and Mary Fragedakis

Paula Fletcher (Incumbent): 
In 2000, Fletcher was elected as a trustee for ward 15 on the Toronto District School Board. During her time on the board, she was active in fighting service cuts by the Mike Harris government, and helped prevent two school closures in her area. In 2003 Paula was elected to City Council for ward 30 Toronto-Danforth, and continues her strong advocacy for the community. She has been re-elected 3 times. She works with residents, business owners and community agencies to build vibrant, healthy neighbourhoods, and is a strong voice at City Hall defending the services residents expect from their City.  Toronto and York Region Labour Council endorses Fletcher for being a champion for good jobs and commitment to the vitality of Toronto’s cultural industries.

Fletcher was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and moved to Toronto, Ontario, then to Winnipeg, Manitoba before again relocating to Toronto. As of 2010, she lives in Toronto with her husband John Cartwright and their two children. Her husband is the president of the Toronto and York Region Labour Council. In the 1990s, she worked at Toronto City Hall as executive assistant to city councillor Dan Leckie.


Policies: Fletcher describes the ward as a unique and vibrant community. She is proud of the area’s most recent accomplishment -- to secure the Red Door Shelter’s new home in a new development on Queen St. East. Upon hearing that the Red Door Shelter was facing relocation, she worked with the city, the developers, the shelter and thousands of residents to push for a solution to keep these families in the community. Her hope is that this becomes an example for the city as we work to plan complete communities. She says “Ward 30 Bikes is the official cycle advocacy group for the community. Our goal is to bring about positive change for commuter and recreational cyclists in the area by promoting the need for proper and safe cycling infrastructure for all users. We are advocates and leaders for the promotion of cycling using public engagement and awareness in the ward and Toronto as a whole.”

Boards and Committees: Toronto and East York Community Council; Affordable Housing Committee; Board of Health; Community Development and Recreation Committee, Vice Chair; Board of Directors of Civic Theatres Toronto; Board of Directors of The Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts; Board of Management of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts; Board of Directors of the Toronto Centre for the Arts; Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts Corporation Board; Nominating Panel - Compliance Audit Committee; Nominating Panel - Facilities and Finance; Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, Chair; Canadian Stage Company Board of Directors; Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre Committee; Foodshare Board of Directors; Heritage Toronto Board of Directors; Ralph Thornton Community Centre Board; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA); Toronto Foundation for Student Success.

Voting Record 2014 - 2018: Fletcher voted in favour of keeping bike lanes on Bloor; against considering child care space reductions; in favour of a long-term financial plan for the city; against the Scarborough subway extension; against considering budget cuts that would impact quality of life for Toronto Community Housing Corporation residents; in favour of exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax; in favour of adding 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure Plan; in favour of full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan; against naming a stadium after Rob Ford.

2014 electoral result and 2017 attendance: 1st runner-up Liz West got 56% of Fletcher's vote count. Fletcher missed 13.9% of recorded council votes.

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Mary Fragedakis (Incumbent):

The two-term Councillor in the old ward 29 (Danforth) will contest the newly-created ward 14 - squaring off against another strong incumbent, Paula Fletcher. Fragedakis won both the 2010 and 2014 elections in ward 29 handily (about 40 and 60 per cent of ballots respectively). Her political sympathies seem eclectic although she has in the past been said to have NDP inclinations. Fragedakis has proposed “continued lobbying for operating costs to be taken up by the province,” saying that the entire region benefits from services based in Toronto. “If you want to encourage people to take transit, our partners at the province need to pay their fair share.”

Fragedakis was critical of the KPMG report recommending cuts to services and programs without studying the implications of the proposed cuts. In her own community, she highlights the lack of green space, saying she’d

look at revitalizing Dieppe Park: “People don’t want to play here because they don’t want their kids to sustain injuries,” she noted, referring to the space’s rough terrain. Fragedakis also wants to encourage her residents to purchase more solar panels, saying we should make it a “priority to include them in the revitalization of high rise buildings.”

Before her entry into politics, Fragedakis was involved for nine years with Open Dialogue, a conference and seminar organizing company. She is also one of the founders of the Broadview Community Youth Group. Fragedakis graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts in political science.

Boards and Committees: Toronto and East York Community Council, Vice Chair; Board of Directors of Civic Theatres Toronto; Board of Directors of The Hummingbird (Sony) Centre for the Performing Arts; Board of Management of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts; Board of Directors of the Toronto Centre for the Arts; Economic Development Committee; Nominating Panel - Committee of Adjustment Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council; Toronto Zoo Board of Management; Design Exchange Board of Directors; East York Foundation Nominating Committee, Mayor’s Designate; Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance; Harbourfront Centre Board of Directors; Heritage Toronto Board of Directors; Toronto Arts Council; Toronto Public Library; Toronto Transit Commission.

Voting Record 2014 - 2018: Fragedakis voted in favour of keeping bike lanes on Bloor; against considering child care space reductions; in favour of a long-term financial plan for the city; against the Scarborough subway extension; against considering budget cuts that would impact quality of life for Toronto Community Housing Corporation residents; in favour of exploring the feasibility of a Toronto sales tax; was absent for the vote to add 1,000 new beds in the 2018 Shelter Infrastructure plan; in favour of full funding for TransformTO, the city's long-term climate action plan; against naming a stadium after Rob Ford.

2014 electoral results and 2017 attendance: 1st runner-up Dave Andre got 42% of Fragedakis' vote count. Fragedakis missed 19.6% of recorded council votes.

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Boundaries: Don River to the north, Coxwell Avenue to the east, Tommy Thompson Park to the south, the Eastern Channel and Don River to the west.
 

Demographics: There are 106,875 people with an average age of 40. The average household size is two people with a median household income of $71,226. The percentage of visible minorities in the ward is 32%. [ Info Toronto Star | Sept 24]

Ward 14 - Toronto-Danforth

Lanrick Bennett: 
Lanrick has worked for the Government of Ontario, and in arts education, at Second City, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and most recently at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. He has volunteered with the Black Community Police Consultative Committee, the Danforth BIA, Out of the Cold program at Eastminster Church, and as Co-Chair of the Parent Council at Blake Street Public School. 
Issues: 

  • safe and complete streets through Vision Zero, 
  • the relief subway line project, 
  • childcare 
  • environmental needs for the Port Lands redevelopment 

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Chris Budo: 
Chris was born and raised in this community. From a young age he worked in a small family business and has built strong relationships within the ward. Over the last couple of years he worked three jobs while pursuing full-time studies at Ryerson University and recently graduated with an Economics and Finance degree (BA). Chris worked for Diabetes Canada for one year in the finance department, and developed a forecasting tool for a $50 million a year revenue stream. He also worked as a property manager for houses in the community.
Promises: 

  • Donate 34 % of his councillor salary back to schools, community centres, hospitals, senior services and religious centres in ward 36. He refuses to accept a wage that is greater than the average household income in the community.
  • Never accept a donation.
  • Hold monthly discussions with the community at local centres.
  • Push for the quality not the quantity of bike lanes (safety first).
  • Propose to council that childcare centres (and childcare-related businesses) should receive a property tax cut.
  • Commit to development that preserves and suits the community.
  • Advocate for the elimination of the unnecessary red tape that many small businesses in the community face. Small businesses are the backbone of the community and he is dedicated to protecting them.
  • Push for Toronto to adopt a two-term limit for councillors, and once elected would only run for re-election once.
  • Accept the majority vote on any issues voted on by the community (no political affiliation).


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Dixon Chan: 
Dixon was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Toronto in 1972. He has lived in North York and Richmond Hill most of his life but moved back to Toronto and into ward 36 in 2013. He went to high school in downtown Toronto and graduated from the University Toronto in 1992. Dixon has run a small business since 1992. As the principal owner of GandS Dye, he has provided services to artists, students, the film and theatre industry and fashion designers all across Canada. As a small business owner, he has an understanding of the challenges for retail in an increasingly online world. Exhibiting strong people and management skills, he is well regarded as a leader in his respective field and most proud of the staff (past and present) he calls friends. Dixon is a widower and single parent raising a young daughter and wishes to inspire her and all young people to work with purpose. Chan is taking a break from his business to dedicate time to the citizens of Toronto. “There is a lot of work ahead and I’ll be fighting for you. It’s the only way I know how to give back to the city I love and the community I’ve chosen to lay my roots down. It isn’t about photo opportunities and it isn’t about notoriety. It is about doing the work to build and enrich all of our lives.”

Policies: It’s an exciting time in the city and the ward. The demographics are changing and we are growing. A lot of work needs to be done to facilitate this growth and catch up the services that make this a great place. It is challenging work and hard choices need to be made to still recognize and meet the needs of existing owners and stakeholders.

  • Transit: Transit is expanding to our area in the coming years. Smart Track is coming and the planning and funding for the TTC relief line will dominate the news for years to come. We need to get this portfolio correct and the plans and consultations are very much underway. It’s not just transit expansion that is needed. An efficient system to get people around involves cycling, walking, car sharing, cabs/vehicle-for-hire and motor vehicles also. Co-existence with all methods must be considered and habits sometimes need to change also to accommodate all.
  • Housing: Housing is another tough issue and I believe there are solutions already in discussions, most prominent are laneway housing and Inclusionary zoning. More progressive ideas like land leasing should be explored too. We have the high profile Sidewalk Labs building in the port lands. We have the proposed developments at the old Unilever plant. This ward is growing fast. Add the new transit and more development will be unavoidable. This is an opportunity to plan, grow while keeping it livable, safe and affordable.
  • Retail: Retail must be nurtured, grown and helped to succeed. It makes our neighborhoods enjoyable, lowers our carbon footprint, provides jobs and lets people afford to be in our city.
     

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Marisol D’Andrea: 
Marisol has lived in and around ward 34 for the last 20 years. She holds a PhD in leadership and adult education and was employed by the University of Toronto for 12 years, during which time she managed projects, developed programs, was involved in communications and worked as a recruiter. Marisol has served as a board member for various arts organizations. She describes herself as pro-choice and is opposed to Bill 5 and other Ford-led provincial initiatives. 
Key election issues include:

  • Solving the crime problem
  • Improving road safety
  • Traffic congestion
  • Community inclusion.


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Ryan Lindsay: 
Lindsay is a senior development officer at the University of Toronto. Previously he worked for Waldorf School where he remains President of the Board, Waldorf School Association of Ontario. Lindsay aligns with Greens but joins other parties to have influence, e.g., the federal Conservatives to stop Kelly Leitch. He is opposed to John Tory and supports ranked ballots in single member wards.
Issues:

  • Ensure that BIAs, ratepayer associations, community groups and businesses become stronger.
  • Oppose uploading Toronto’s subway system to the province. 
  • Oppose Bill 5 because it will take twice as long to have residents' calls answered in order to move personal or professional issues forward. 

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Larry Lychowyd:
Lawyer in the Riverdale area, primarily a residential real estate based practice supported by a Wills and Estates practice and a small corporate law component.

Issues:

  • graffiti represents gangs tagging their territories
  • increase of violence on our streets 
  • the traffic gridlock in our City and transit
  • the shortage of affordable housing and the desperate decay of our housing inventory.


Chris Marinakis: 
Election issues include:

  • Planning and Implementation of a world class transit system to interconnect all wards of Toronto and the GTA.
  • Remediate crumbling Infrastructure. 
  • Solving Toronto's traffic crisis. 
  • Funding city programs and initiatives by optimizing current revenue streams rather than increasing taxes.
  • Clamp down on crime by holding culprits accountable for their actions. We want safer communities.
  • Supporting all members of our community from youth to seniors.
  • Promoting and supporting our local businesses to sustain and grow our thriving community.
     

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