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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18TH, 2018
Road safety is one of the main issues in Toronto’s municipal election campaign.
A new survey finds that dozens of candidates running for city council seats in Toronto have pledged to boost road safety efforts across the city if elected.
The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation found that of the 80 council and mayoral candidates who responded…..nearly all of them support increasing the city’s traffic calming process.
Jennifer Keesmaat is the only Toronto mayoral candidate who has pledged to drop speeds to 30 kilometres per hour for all residential roads.
Mayor John Tory only says he’s open to a recommendation about reducing speed limits.
More than a dozen incumbent councillors from the city’s suburbs did not respond to the survey. Libby chats with Nancy Lea Smith, the Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and PROFESSOR MURTAZA HAIDER, from Ryerson University – his research has shown that lowering the limit is not enough, without design considerations.
CIVILITY IN POLITICS
Ontario MPP Donna Skelly is accusing Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath of pushing her in the legislature. Horwath denies accosting the PC MPP for Flamborough-Glanbrook and claims it was Skelly who “went ballistic” when she tapped her on the shoulder. There is no video or audio evidence of the alleged incident. Libby chats to John Mykytyshyn.
BRAMPTON MAYOR CANDIDATE
Patrick Brown was elected to the City Council of Brampton at the age of 22. He served two terms before setting his sights on Ottawa, where he was a three term MP for Barrie from 2006 – 2015. After being elected the Leader of the PC Party of Ontario n 2015, he stepped down as an MP, and won an Ontario by-election to become the MPP for Simcoe North, and the Leader of the Official Opposition. In January this year, following sexual assault allegations from his time as an MP, Brown resigned as Party Leader. (He is currently suing CTV for defamation over their reporting of the incident) He originally sought to run for Chair of the Regional Municipality of Peel, until those elections were cancelled by the new Ford government, then registering to run for Brampton Mayor inJuly of 2018, pitting him against incumbent Linda Jeffrey.
Brown has cited the major issues he plans to focus on as: transit & transportation, healthcare infrastructure, crime, and local jobs. While Linda Jeffrey is his main opponent there are 7 candidates in this race. Other issues that cloud Brown’s campaign include ethics transgressions where it was found he hid financing sources for a house purchase, and his recent move toBrampton just prior to entering the Mayoral race. Libby chats with Patrick Brown about his campaign and his hopes if he’s elected.