Name

Ward 31 Beaches-East York

Candidate Information

  • Email::  brendamacdonaldward31@gmail.com
  • Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brenda-MacDonald-For-Ward-31/1461492974130430
  • Phone:  647-677-7031
  • Twitter: http;//www.twitter.com/brendaward31
  • Website http://www.brendaward31.com

Biography

Brenda for ward 31!

Brenda MacDonald is a well-known music educator and Caretaker for the TDSB who is politically active. She has been 'working' for her neighbours in Ward 31 of Toronto, by staying informed and informing others in her ward. Brenda is running for councillor, because of concerns for traffic, inappropriate development and inconsistent service from our current city council in Ward 31.

 

The 2014 coming election brings new issues to Ward 31. Green space and Parks in Toronto, Traffic, Development, Transit, Core Infrastructure, as well as, PUBLIC  LAND, WATER and ASSETS are all on the minds of Torontonians. Citizens of Toronto should be better informed about upcoming development proposals and ANY changes to our parks, water infrastructure, and PUBLIC spaces.

 

"I put my good name forward to represent you - the taxpayers in Ward 31! This is a service I take very seriously, and with 'no party affiliation', to cloud my judgment. Help restore political decorum and SERVICE to ward 31 in City Hall." 

 

As a hard-working facilitator and educator, Brenda brings strong community representation to City Hall with over 25 years combined work experience in education, facilities and maintenance. Brenda is energetic, highly motivated and an empathetic person with excellent leadership qualities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at York University and Attended Humber College of Art and Design. Brenda is part of an amazing team who achieved Proud Platinum Eco-School Status in East York. 

 

Brenda is married with two children, living in East York Ward 31. 

 

"I intent to win! We can do better, Toronto!"

Platform

Ward 31 needs a fresh, strong, leader who represents ALL the citizens in Toronto and across the G.T.A.. Beaches/East York could be better represented in City Hall. Core services and respect need to be restored in Chambers for the good of Toronto. City Council must have expressed support and initiative from the professional communities, families, businesses and community organizations in Ward 31. A well thought-out plan includes the consultation of everyone in our community. Governing associations overseeing our PUBLIC LAND and WATER, as well as, our ASSETS need vigilant attention in making sure our City operates more TRANSPARENTLY.  Taxpayers in Toronto should have the opportunity to be prepared and know what is going on in their neighourhood when it comes to development, construction and most importantly, what to do in an emergency.  - A PLAN. 

PUBLIC LAND AND WATER

In the matter of our PUBLIC LAND and WATER, our City Council needs to work with the community,  TORONTO WATER, Toronto Region Conservation Authority (T.R.C.A.), City of Toronto Departments of Planning, Traffic, Transportation, etc... and all City Councillors.  

NO public parkland (Eastdale Parkette) should be swapped to a developer, ever! This park belongs to everyone in Toronto and as such should be considered part of our inventory of parkland in Toronto. 

Taylor Massey Creek runs through Ward 31 and needs our expressed support, consideration and attention, now. This creek is part of the Don Watershed and is a vital sub-watershed to our ravine system. Please be informed about your public land, parks and water.

 We can do much better, Toronto. 

Transit - Get Moving

​Leadership with a Vision

Ward 31 requires a much needed relief line along the Danforth subway line, as well as, an extensive look at how much service we require and where.

The new subway decision by the former council is the wrong one. We should be updating and renewing the Scarborough Rapid Transit on the dedicated line that is there now. It is a fully funded, shovel ready project that should have been started years ago. Let's have experts decide future projects; not politicians who do not use the service making the decisions for us.

If 60% of our travel on the TTC involves buses, then looking at refining bus service is a great start. City Council needs to consider Toronto's Transit fifty years from now and base that projection on what we will need in the future. The current plan supported by all three levels of government was based on the former Mayor Miller's plan of LRT transit and no longer applies to the growing needs of Transit in the G.T.A..  Toronto Transit Commission should be world class. 

Affordable Housing

The recent injection of almost 1 Billion allotted from the Provincial Government for new affordable housing would indicate that we are expecting a huge population growth in the G.T.A., not to mention the endless wait-list for affordable housing.  My concern lies with the 1,2000 existing towers that are currently in backlog of repairs and require our attention, immediately.  Toronto Community Housing must adhere strongly to Liscencing, Properties & Standards in enforcing landlords provide healthy, livable and affordable housing in the G.T.A..

In the consideration of new affordable housing, the onus should be on developers and the City of Toronto to provide a decent inventory of mixed housing that is both affordable and sustainable.  Taking into consideration appropriate regeneration of Water/Sewer infastructure before building more highrises. 

Land Transfer Tax

Not a fan! The Land Transfer Tax is not appealing to young, first-time buyers; families downsizing; seniors or investors purchasing or selling in Toronto.  

I will admit that the much needed infusion this tax does bring in, offers a great deal more opportunity toward discretion in where this money is allocated and spent. Toronto Community Housing requires extensive repairs and revitalization immediately, some of this should come from this burdening tax. 

Streets & Sidewalks

If the largest number of litigation cases filed against the city of Toronto are in fact directly resulting from the condition of the sidewalks  - then fix them! 

Does a vendor on a busy public street have the right to block access and right-of-way to businesses, T.T.C. stops and essential services to Toronto facilities? I say no! If we don't have enough bylaw officers - then allocate some funds to hire more. 

All of City Council should heed the coroners reports and lower speed limits in Provincially zoned school zones and residential streets in Toronto. If we want our kids to be able to walk, cycle or take transit to school we need to provide a safe pathway to do so. We should not have to fight city hall to have safe, walkable streets and sidewalks in Toronto.  

Taxi Issue

Taxi issues are a concern for Toronto. Taxi service needs to be fair for the drivers and for the citizens of our Great city. We need careful consideration on this pressing issue. We need to examine what changes to the Ambassador Cab program can be made to make it better for the drivers, and to the general public.

Taxes 

Taxes are too high for the service we are currently receiving. I am a firm believer that our taxes should not be increased (above inflation). Efficiencies can be achieved at City Hall further. I am not a Councillor Candidate who likes to invent more ways of creating taxes. At the rate our water and utilities are going up, we need a better deal for the citizens of Toronto.

 

Ward Issues

News Links:

http://www.insidetoronto.com/news-story/4858682-ward-31-ballot-finalized-nine-candidates-running-for-beaches-east-york/