We are currently standing at the crossroads. Over the next four years, we must make some very important decisions that will have a profound and lasting effect on the future of Ward 5.
- How will we develop Etobicoke Centre into an attractive neighbourhood that offers all the amenities of downtown right in our own backyard?
- How will we transform The Queensway into a revitalised ‘destination location’?
- How will we plan … and fund … local transit to best meet the needs of Ward 5 residents and businesses?
If we get it right, we can create a vibrant, accessible and thriving community for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. But if we get it wrong … if we repeat the same planning mistakes and short-sighted development policies of the last 20 years,
- Unattractive and inappropriate buildings will continue to be built in the wrong places.
- Undesirable businesses will continue to operate in our neighbourhoods.
- Scarce transit dollars will be wasted on ill-considered mega-projects designed to win votes, not move people.
We live in one of the best wards in Toronto and we should not take this for granted. It is clean, stable and prosperous. It boasts good parks and recreation facilities, fine shopping and services, and many other natural and built-up amenities. But we now have the opportunity to make it even better.
We can preserve our quiet tree-lined suburban residential streets – which provide an oasis from the hustle and bustle of a busy commercial city – while incorporating the best elements of modern urban living right at our doorstep. Here is our chance to have the best of both worlds.
In order to do so, we need to be pro-active. We need to address our immediate and short term needs, while looking at the long term expectations of those who follow in our footsteps. The key to success will be electing and supporting a Councillor who not only understands the issues, but offers some practical, innovative and affordable solutions.
So please take some time to read about my ideas on development, transit and the revitalization of Ward 5. And then, if you agree I have the solutions to these important issues …
Vote for me, Raymond Desilets, on October 27th.
Together, we can start to do things right for a change.