On December 2, the new Toronto City Council was sworn in at City Hall. At his opening address Mayor Tory spoke about bringing the City together in the new term and ensuring that no Torontonians are left behind. Many of his priorities were outlined relating to this theme: creating new jobs, making sure that those jobs – and all parts of the city – are connected by reliable high speed public transit, in addition to improving access to affordable housing.
Mayor Tory also spoke about the importance of a new council delivering results to the people of Toronto. While he praised the hard work of our public servants, he also a acknowledged that the City’s government is “generations behind, in some cases, what is done elsewhere.” Another priority it would seem would be to bring our City government into the future.
As many know, John endorsed Mayor Tory during the recent election and remains excited about working with him on a number of key files including the SmartTrack transit plan and reducing gridlock through the city and especially in Willowdale.
John Continues with Work on Planning and Arts Committees
Many of the key files John has worked on over his career relate to municipal planning and the arts. Few wards are as heavily impacted by development as our own community. Once again, John has been appointed as a member of the City’s Planning Committee. He will also sit on the panel appointing the members of the Committee of Adjustment and the Toronto Parking Authority.
Supporting arts and culture as a means of enhancing our community also continues to be a major focus for John. He will return to the Toronto Arts Council as a board member and continues his work as a member of the City’s Theatres Working Group as a board member of the Hummingbird Centre, the St. Lawrence Centre as well as our own Toronto Centre for the Arts.