On Monday October 30, Donald Blair, Candidate for Toronto City Council in Ward 44, will participate in a debate on Goldhawk Live, along with the other candidates for Ward 44. The program will air live at 9:00 p.m. on Rogers Cable 10 and will consist primarily of constituents calling in with questions to the candidates.
Here is a great release from The Blair Team while we update.
Donald Blair, candidate for Toronto City Council in Ward 44 attended a public debate held last night at Eastview Public School. The event was sponsored by the Coronation Community Association.
Donald Blair discussed his plan to revitalize Kingston Road into a thriving residential and commercial area, and help small business in Scarborough flourish. Donald also announced a plan where he would work with school trustees to keep schools open after hours, so that youth have a place to spend time instead of getting into trouble.
Donald Blair also vowed to construct a community centre in Highland Creek, where past councillors have failed.
"It has been too long that Highland Creek has been asking for a community centre. I worked on the Maryvale/Wexford Advisory Committee which helped construct and open the Ellesmere Community Centre in 7 years – Highland Creek has been waiting for 15 years," said Donald.
Donald Blair also vowed to stop further development in the ward. He attacked Ron Moeser for allowing the development on the contaminated former lands of the Johns-Mansville factory to go ahead – which the crowd applauded Donald for acknowledging – and for not protecting the Wood Green Ravine Park. Later in a conversation with local residents, Donald also pointed out that Ron's single largest group of contributors were developers.
"Being in the pocket of developers is not being accountable to your citizens. It is being accountable to big business and big money," stated Donald.
Donald Blair was pleased to see other candidates picking up the issues and policies he has been releasing for months, including a "made-in-Toronto" solution to Toronto's trash and investigating thermal waste-to-energy options, and commitment to public transit by extending the Subway to Ward 44. Donald also reiterated that a fiscally responsible government starts by returning the 8.9% pay hike voted by Council back to taxpayers.
The debate gave citizens who have not had a chance to hear their candidates at the door an opportunity to meet them and get to know how they will be represented downtown. Donald repeated that it is crucial Scarborough be finally recognized at City Hall.
"I'm here to tell you tonight, that 'My Toronto Includes Scarborough'," said Donald at last night's debate.