The type of plane is not the point. We need to ensure that our waterfront is protected and the neighborhood where it is located is preserved. The exclusion zone should not be expanded when we are investing in our waterfront, and the school and neighborhood are not able to handle the added traffic.
Socknacki says he would support the expansion of the island airport if it could comply with more stringent emission and noise regulation along with federal safety standards. His support is also contingent on a council approved plan for transit and infrastructure upgrades connecting the airport to the rest of the city.
Soknacki is against tearing down the Eastern Gardiner Expressway. “If we have alternate ways to get around, let’s get rid of it, or let’s build on top of it. Right now, until there is funding for transit, I think we ought to keep it.” said Soknacki.
Until we can find a solution as to where the traffic from the Gardiner would go, we need to continue to maintain it. We do however need to do long term thinking about the Gardiner as a whole.
If elected, Goldkind has proposed turning the Gardiner into a four-season urban park, with trees, grass, walkways and cycle paths on a roof over the existing road.
Stintz proposes to maintain the existing expressway between Jarvis and Cherry and replace the elevated expressway from Cherry to the DVP with a new, more direct route to the DVP.
Rob Ford is against the removal of the Gardiner Expressway. "I'm not going to tear it down. It’ll cause traffic chaos," Ford said in February of 2014.
If elected, Tory would pursue the "hybrid" proposal to reconfigure the eastern Gardiner Expressway.
Chow is in favour of exploring the “hybrid” proposal to reconfigure the eastern Gardiner Expressway rather than tear it down or preserve the existing infrastructure.
The only foolproof method for solving congestion in a city is to limit the entrance of cars into the area. Over 90% of rush hour car trips are made by single occupancy vehicles. The only way to truly solve the congestion problem is to limit the number of single occupancy vehicles.
Soknacki supports the elimination of on-street parking on “major” downtown streets like Bloor, College, and University in order to reduce congestion.
Stintz proposes to appoint a transportation Czar who will oversee transit issues to ensure that congestion is dealt with immediately by cutting through bureaucratic barriers. She also plans to invest $38.5 million over five years to implement the U of T’s MARLIN traffic light system on half of Toronto’s traffic lights.
Goldkind has proposed introducing tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and DVP to pay for on-going maintenance, road congestion and traffic infrastructure improvements throughout the city. He would also look to integrate smart-city technology that organizes and improves the way cars, buses and trucks flow through the city.
Chow has propsed the installation of “smart traffic lights” at 10 more intersections. If elected, Chow proposes to reduce road-lane closures by requiring companies to pay increasing fees the longer the work continues, and fining companies for blocking lanes when no work is occurring.
Tory has proposed a number of initiatives including adding queue-jumping bus lanes to key intersections outside of downtown to improve bus commute times and the installation of smart traffic lights.
While Mayor, Ford implemented the Traffic Movement Strategy, which seeks to improve traffic flow at over 1,000 intersections by improving traffic signal coordination at key intersections. He has not yet proposed any new initiatives.
If elected, Goldkind would cancel the proposed subway plan and move forward with the fully funded 7-stop LRT extension into Scarborough.
Soknacki is against the Scarborough subway expansion and is in favour of developing the originally planned 7-stop Light Rail Transit extension.
If elected, Tory proposes the creation of a 53-kilometre, 22-stop, $8-billion surface rail line called the "SmartTrack," which would be constructed largely on existing GO Transit tracks.
If elected, Chow would move forward with the fully funded 7-stop LRT extension into Scarborough as well as the plans for light rail along Sheppard East and Finch.
Subway works best in areas where we cannot add above ground rail, like in the case of a relief line. A line which needs to be built as soon as possible.
Ford supports the continued expansion of Toronto Subways into Scarborough, extending the Sheppard Ave. subway and building a subway line on Finch Ave before the construction of a downtown relief subway.
Soknacki supports the creation of a downtown relief subway line using the money saved by the cancellation of the Scarborough Subway expansion.
Goldkind supports the construction of the Toronto Relief Line (TRL), a downtown relief subway line. Under his plan, the city’s share would be paid for through new and existing taxes.
If elected, Ford would move forward with the construction of the Sheppard Subway, the Yonge Relief Line, and the Finch Subway.
John Tory supports the immediate construction of the council-approved and fully funded three-stop subway extension to the Scarborough RT and the construction of a "Yonge Street Relief Line".
John Tory has proposed investigating the use of ferries on Lake Ontario as an alternative form of transit.
Transit decisions should be made for the most part by transit professionals. The TTC and Metrolinx should be support in their jobs, with politicans being the sober second thought. Politicans need to find the politcal will and funding to see projects through to completion.
Chow states that the key to alleviating traffic congestion is better bus and light rail service. If elected, she vows to increase bus rush hour capacity by 10%. Chow also supports the plan to electrify existing GO rail lines.
If elected, Ford would invest each year to continue improving TTC service. He would also oppose the implementation of road tolls and other transit taxes.
If elected, Goldkind would reinstate the Vehicle Registration Fee to provide a new revenue source for the TTC. He has stated that by "deprioritizing the car" and looking towards transit, walking and cycling as principal modes of transit, the city will become easier for all forms of transportation.
Ford supports establishing ten minute or better bus and streetcar service as well as expanding overnight service for important transit routes.
Soknacki has proposed the transformation of Dentonia Park Golf Course into a multi-use park containing soccer fields and cricket pitches.
If elected, Goldkind promises to build at least one new "transformative" green space per term through community collaboration and consultation.
If elected Chow vows to cut red tape for access to public spaces as well as put permits for common activities such as large picnics and wedding photography online. She would also waive event fees for community groups that care for and put events on in public spaces. Chow has stated she would plant 100,000 trees per year across the city using money recovered from a new "polluter fee."
Tory has committed to spending up to $7 million more per year on city tree-planting with a goal of planting a total of 3.8 million trees over 10 years.
Parks must not only be physically maintained but friends of parks groups need to be supported in their efforts to animate park spaces. We must also continue to ensure city run parks programming happens.
Rob Ford has said he is committed to creating more green spaces and playgrounds but has been critical of 'expensive' refurbishment at urban spaces like Cherry Beach.
If elected, Goldkind proposes to use sources like hotel levies and a higher billboard tax to increase the city's per capita arts & culture funding to $75.
If elected, Tory would work towards making Toronto a ‘music city’ by creating a stand-alone Music Office to reduce red tape and stimulate greater activity in the music community. The office would work to create a more active outdoor festival line up to attract more music tourists to the city.
If elected mayor, Rob Ford will attempt to secure a large music festival for the city similar to SXSW in Austin Texas.
Cultural inatives already happening should be supported and grown. This should include everything from city wide festivals, to the work done by Toronto organisations with children and youth.
If elected, Chow would increase the city’s art spending to $25 dollars per year per capita and establish a public arts foundation to commission art for the city’s public spaces. She also promises to establish a city music office to support the development of the music community. These initiatives would be funded by indexing the billboard tax, which hasn’t been increased since 2010.
If elected, Chow promises the construction of 200 kilometres of separated or designated bike lanes within four years.
Our city must move forward with multi-pronged movement across the city. Everyone needs a place to be on the road. Minimum Grid is the next step, that needs to be followed with more.
Goldkind has committed to a ‘Minimum Grid' of 100 km of protected bike lanes and 100 km of bicycle boulevards by 2018. If elected, he has promised to build physically separated cycling lanes on Yonge and Bloor streets, as well as convert one side of parking lanes on Dundas and College into dedicated bicycle lanes.
If elected, Soknacki would outsource garbage collection in half of the territory east of Yonge Street and have city employees continue to collect the other half.
Stintz has not taken a firm position on outsourcing garbage collection east of Yonge Street, but supported Rob Ford’s outsourcing initiative on the West side of the city.
If elected, Rob Ford will privatize garbage collection East of Yonge Street as city council did to the West side under his leadership.
Chow has not ruled out continued privitization, but has stated that competition between public and private sector is good.
If elected, Chow vows to expand nutrition programs to serve 36,000 more children across the city. She also promises to continue developing after school recreation programs to keep kids out of trouble.
Goldkind has promised to implement $10 per day childcare for children from low-income families under the age of 10 by 2017. He would also make fees for after-school and recreation programs "voluntary".
After school programs fulfill an important space in families lives. They must be supported to allow families to have a safe and fun space for their children while adults finish work days.
Stintz vows to work with the provincial government to find better ways for school boards to raise the capital needed to fund recreation programs and maintain recreation spaces. Stintz proposes that the city enter into long term leases of school board recreation spaces. This will help schools fund programs and provide the city with the recreation space it needs.
While Mayor, Toronto upgraded 26 municipal child care centres and constructed one new facility. Toronto has built new community centres in York and Regent Park. Ford has vowed to continue to upgrade old playground facilities.
If elected, Tory will explore incentives, such as reduced development charges, to promote the creation of more affordable housing in new buildings. He will form a new task force to review and recommend changes to the corporate structure of TCHC, and immediately invest $864 million into repairs to it’s buildings.
We must clear the repair backlog as well as build the housing to clear the waitlist. The housing we build needs to be varied and built into communities. Co-op options need to be pursued as well.
If elected, Soknancki vows to decentralize TCHC into smaller agencies that can bring management closer to residents. He would also support the continued reduction of the tax rate for multi-unit residential building past 2015.
If elected Chow would work to introduce a target of 20% affordable units in new residential towers. She would also investigate plans for a more "decentralized, tenant- and community-driven approach" to public housing governance.
Goldkind has stated there is a need for the creation of "incentives" for developers to construct low income residential units. He has not released any specific initiatives as of yet.
Ford vows to continue to keep property taxes low. The average property tax increase over three years is 1.5%.
Property taxes must rise with inflation. More importantly, the city needs to seek other revenue streams.
Soknacki has stated that an increased Property Tax is essential for funding necessary transit infrastructure expansion across the city.
If elected, Goldkind would raise property taxes in a "fair and measured way" to help fund the expansion of the city’s transit system.
If elected, Chow proposes to invest $3 million a year to further cut small business taxes, while extending the current tax cuts to 2020. She also vows to cut red tape and make it easier to register a business with the city by modernizing the process and putting it online.
While mayor, Ford led the Chicago Business Mission, which was a large delegation of business leaders who embarked on a business mission in Chicago.
If elected Ford vows to foster economic growth and job creation by cutting red tape and keeping taxes low to create a business-friendly environment.
Soknacki would make opening small business' easier by modernizing license services so transactions could be handled online, and have business license fees due at the end of their first year instead of upon registration.
If elected, Stintz proposes to make Toronto the “Start-Up Capital of Canada” by merging four economic development offices (Invest Toronto, Build Toronto, Enterprise Toronto, and the Economic Development Division) into one focused centre for economic development called Start Up Toronto Corporation. She would also digitize all business interactions with the city and other regulatory agencies.
If elected, Tory will support the creation of a second major business district in the East Don Lands inspired by London’s Canary Wharf.
We must work with the private sector to hire our young people. We need to move forward with entrepreneurship programs to provide mentorship, space and resources to young people who want to start their own buisnesses.
Goldkind vows to promote Toronto as a world centre for high-tech, manufacturing and service industries in an effort to create new jobs.
If elected, Soknacki would support the creation of an “entrepreneur-in-residence program”, similar to one launched in San Francisco, where local entrepreneurs are invited to partner with government each year to develop innovative solutions to public sector problems.
Chow vows to make it easier for foreign companies and entrepreneurs from abroad to do business in the city by offering forms and information in multiple languages. She would create a new city entity called "Global Toronto" to ensure a coordinated approach across all economic development initiatives.