Community Safety & Affordability
When things aren't being done, you have to step up and do it yourself.
That's what Kyle did for safer streets, and that's what I will do for a safer, more affordable Ward 10.
Policing and community safety is front and centre this year and for extremely upsetting reasons. We’ve had over 100 pedestrians and cyclists killed since 2016, we’ve had multiple shooting related deaths in our community and there is a dire need to ensure our community’s safety.
Kevin will push for community-level policing and a transition towards community policing, which will help build trust between the community and police, and allows police to better understand the needs and nuances of the community.
Kevin will also support predictable, sustained and increased investment into community-led programs, which divert at-risk residents from a future where they may be involved in or targeted by the type of violence we have seen this year.
Toronto is a great city but is becoming increasingly unaffordable. We need to do better. As your councillor Kevin pledges to take the following actions to stabilize housing prices and work to make our community more affordable:
Work to cut unnecessary bureaucracy and steps to speed up the permitting process for building new housing units. This will get more units built faster and stabilize the price;
Support creative solutions to bring more housing online like laneway housing;
Work with developers in our community to ensure that at least 10% of development fees collected for community benefits are used to help build affordable housing units, or to help low income earners stay in our community by directly subsidizing their rent; and
Until downtown Toronto's rental vacancy rate increases and rental prices stabilize, call for a moratorium on short term rentals - we need more housing space for Torontonians, our homes are not hotels.
Safe Streets and Cycling
Kevin knows that cycling and walking are the most environmentally-friendly and healthy transit options.
Kevin will work to significantly improve the current and dangerous cycling and pedestrian infrastructure. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, the Spadina and Bathurst bridges as well as the Spadina ‘pedestrian trap’ under the Gardiner Expressway. Kevin will also work with developers, city staff, and residents to ensure that all new developments are pedestrian and cycling-friendly, safe, accessible and follow Vision Zero guidelines.
Kevin supports a separation of the Traffic Enforcement division of the Toronto Police into a new Transit and Traffic enforcement service which would be staffed by special constables with powers of arrest. The city has seen daily incidents of near misses, injuries, and sadly, deaths, of pedestrians and cyclists due to a lack of enforcement of traffic violators at the community level. We also need improved enforcement of road rules such as on the King Street Pilot. While there may be diverging views on the Pilot itself, one thing must be clear that road rules must be obeyed if we are to have safe and secure streets and communities.