Dear Neighbours,

 

Thank you for helping to build great neighbourhoods and a stronger city. With your support, we’ve made huge improvements to our ward and city. Together, we have:

  • Fought against damaging cuts to public services and programs

  • Secured affordable housing and family-sized units in new developments

  • Secured five new parks, initiated eight parks rejuvenations, and built three dog off-leash areas

  • Saved a women’s shelter from closing, opened a new emergency shelter and a 24-hour women’s drop-in

  • Secured funding for two new childcare centers in Mirvish Village and Liberty Village

  • Improved transit on King Street by securing additional streetcars, and plans for a new rapid transit stop in Liberty Village.

  • Initiated 11 neighbourhood planning studies

  • Secured funding for—and started construction for—two pedestrian and cycling bridges

  • Developed numerous bike lanes, roads, traffic calming measures, and sidewalk improvements

  • Stopped a Walmart near Kensington Market and defeated the mega-casino downtown

  • Helped establish a new Ossington Business Improvement Area

  • Championed energy efficiency by establishing better standards for new buildings and developing a the Home Energy Loan Program

  • Developed a new climate change plan for Toronto

  • Fought illegal evictions and keep people in their homes

 

Still, our city needs our constant attention and care. Too many Torontonians are finding it difficult to find housing, access services they depend on, and find work. As density in the core increases, we need to make sure we have the infrastructure, services, and green spaces necessary to meet the needs of our new neighbours. We need to make sure that as we grow, our city is responding to the changing needs of people of all ages and at all stages of life.

 

Ours should be a city that leads in fighting global climate change and inequality. We want to build a fun, clean, and green city that meets the needs of all its residents. Toronto can be a place that fosters innovation and economic growth while being a caring, fair, and environmentally-minded place to live.  

 

As your City Councillor, I will continue working to protect the unique character of our neighbourhoods and ensuring we have the resources we need to meet these changing and challenging demands. I will continue to fight tirelessly for investments in poverty reduction, affordable housing, safer streets, and parks and recreation.

Yours in community, 

Mike Layton 

City Council Candidate

 

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