May 25, 2023
Chair, Toronto Transit Commission
Dear Councillor Jon Burnside,
I hope this letter finds you well. I wanted to express my gratitude for your inquiries regarding the safety of TTC passengers and employees. It is evident that ensuring safety has become an urgent issue, considering the unprecedented surge in incidents,some of which have had devastating consequences. However, this issue extends beyond the TTC alone; our entire city is facing various crises, including food banks shortages, housing challenges, and, most notably, a mental health crisis. The underlying factors for these problems are people’s financial stress and the need for improved safety measures at both individual and public service levels.
Over the past few years, the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted severe damage and disruption to our economy, business activities, and the overall mental well-being of people in Toronto and worldwide. While we are now in the process of economic recovery following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, global events such as the trade war between the US and China, conflicts involving the G7 countries, Russia, and China, as well as the situation in Ukraine, continue to exacerbate inflation and conflicts globally. It is my sincere hope that these conflicts will come to an end soon, allowing international cooperation to resume and thrive.
If I am elected as the mayor and CEO of the City of Toronto, I will assume responsibility for providing effective leadership, drawing inspiration from former mayor Mel Lastman, known for his business-oriented approach and significant role in promoting Toronto as a global city. In collaboration with city councillors, I will seek ways to make policy decisions and improve safety for TTC passengers, employees, and all residents of Toronto.
I am deeply committed to enhancing the financial well-being and mental health of our citizens. I will have the public closely monitor individuals experiencing financial stress and mental health issues, ensuring sufficient funding and services are provided to those in need. Recognizing the crucial role the TTC plays in our city’s economy, I will work diligently to leverage its potential as not only a transportation tool but also a catalyst for economic growth and financial stability.
Now, you may be wondering how I plan to finance these measures. Drawing from my experience as an executive and financial businessman, I am confident in my ability to find creative avenues for funding without resorting to tax increases or relying solely on higher levels of government funding, such as the provincial and federal governments. I possess the knowledge and expertise to invest wisely and generate revenue, setting me apart from other candidates who may only know how to spend money.
As an efficient mayor, I am adept at managing the city’s resources,overseeing budgets,and ensuring the seamless operation of municipal services. I value governance processes and make informed decisions based on evidence and community input.Transparency is of utmost importance to me, and I am committed to regular communication with the public. Through open dialogue, I will articulate my vision for the city, explain policy decisions, and engage with constituents to understand their needs and concerns.
The city of Toronto is in dire need of progressive leadership and a visionary mayor who can inspire and mobilize its residents. I believe I possess the qualities necessary to fulfill this role and drive Toronto forward.
I hope this letter has addressed your inquiries and meets your satisfaction, as well as the satisfaction of the voters of Toronto. Please consider voting for me, as I am confident in my ability to perform the duties of mayor effectively.
May 23, 2023
To Toronto’s 2023 Mayoral Election Candidates,
Re: Toronto Transit Commission Safety Plan
This past fall and winter, safety for TTC passengers and employees became an urgent issue. We experienced an unpreceded surge in incidents, some with devastating results. The TTC mobilized, with its partners, and implemented several immediate measures to improve safety.
However, along with shorter term solutions, there is an urgent need for the City to address complex longer-term issues.
I am writing to ask for your TTC Safety Plan if elected, specifically:
What do you consider to be the issues that lead to violent incidents?
How will you improve safety for TTC passengers and employees?
How will you pay for these measures?
When would you expect to see results?
I welcome your responses to email@example.com by Tuesday, May 30th. All responses will be posted, without commentary, on my social media platforms.
As TTC Chair, I am committed to seeing consistent and lasting safety improvements for everyone who rides the system. I look forward to working with the new Mayor to continue this most important and urgent work.
Chair, Toronto Transit Commission