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Toronto Ward 3 Candidate Review

Toronto Municipal Election 2014

 

Welcome to our candidate review page.  We have tried to put together some info on each candidate, mostly from candidate webpages.

 

Information on some candidates may be missing, and we encourage you continue researching candidates using the following tools:

1) The ChoiceStorm Toronto Municipal Election 2014 Candidate List

2) If candidate contact info is missing from our pages, you can also check EveryCandidate.  Link in the references below.

3) The Toronto Position Primer, which provides "a side-by-side comparison of council candidates’ views on the issues that matter."  Link in the references below.

 

 Candidate  Platform  Experience  Campaign
 Alvarez, Roberto "1. Building consensus for a long term strategy for mobility in the city that supports walking, cycling, transit and good movement as key priorities

2. Promoting the implementation of strategies to assure that human activities and consumption are balanced with the environment's ability to absorb emissions and impacts.

3. Promoting  best practices implementation for the city's debt management to ensure the ability to invest in critical infrastructure projects, including transit, and establishing a stable tax environment to encourage economic growth.

​4. Promoting competitive strategies to create a more attractive business climate in order to generate employment opportunities, quality jobs, and to attract, retain, and diversify economic activity.

5. Promoting strategies to start building an age-friendly city in order to address the increased demand of services for old age population based on the needs, expectations, and diversity of our citizens."[1]

"Roberto Alvarez holds four professional degrees including a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a master's degree in International Business, a master's degree in Higher Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership (all his academic credentials are fully recognized in Canada). Roberto has accumulated over 20 years of professional experience as business consultant, senior manager and university level teacher. In 2002, he moved to New York from his native country of Bolivia to complete his doctoral degree in Educational Management at Touro College.  In 2005, his research proposal about teaching quality and student achievement was selected by the New York City Department of Education to be developed in Districts 27 and 28 (Queens). In 2008 he successfully presented his doctoral research which was published by ProQuest in the same year. His research is registered at the Library of Congress and in 2013, it was selected to be part of the USA’s Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)’s specialized research collection.​In March 2009 he and his family settled in Etobicoke where they have lived since."[1] Roberto Alveraz’s fully developed website is http://www.robertoalvarez.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Bauer, Paola     We don’t have any contact info for Paola Bauer. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Bauk, George     We don’t have any contact info for George Bauk. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Comeau, Greg  "There is no consensus and no direction at City Hall and it is costing us. Like you, I'm frustrated with the partisan games and short-sighted, politically motivated decisions.

As your City Councillor, I will bring a more positive, productive, and professional approach to city politics by:
- being a consensus builder and finding evidence-based solutions
- keeping my word and honouring the commitments that I have made
- respecting the office, acting with maturity, and completing my full term

I live, work, and volunteer in Etobicoke. As a manager for over 15 years in the public safety sector, I have the experience to make Etobicoke an even better place to live.
- We need affordable transit solutions for the coming decade.
- We need to find cost-saving efficiencies, so that we can improve vital services and keep taxes low.

Ask yourself, “What are you ready to do to make Etobicoke a more livable and affordable neighbourhood?” and then you should give me a call."[1]

"I grew up in a family that worked hard for every penny earned.  That model of effort, focus and prudence shaped my sisters and me.  And I am proud to say we have all gone on to be successful in our varying fields of work.  Growing up, our family often moved, which allowed me the opportunity to live and experience different areas of our great country.

Before settling into my managerial career, I started off like many young people, working numerous restaurant jobs, then moved into warehousing and purchasing which led to managing a large manufacturing department.  At every stage of my work history, starting from the bottom and working my way into management, I was passionate about helping people.

Today I manage a software support and technical services department.  My current employer specializes in preventing the damaging combination of drinking and driving in Canada and around the world.  Working for my company has allowed me to set up our health and safety system; set up our environmental system; and initiate charitable efforts.  My volunteer activities have allowed me to meet and interact with residents of Etobicoke."[1]

Greg Comeau's fully developed website is http://gregcomeau.com/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
D'Urzo, Frank     We don’t have any contact info for Frank D'Urzo. If anyone has details, pass them on.
Fenech, Peter Transit:

- Support extending Eglinton LRT to Pearson (postponed Phase 2)

- Support inter-city transit strategy

- Support Downtown Relief Line (with West-end inclusion)

- Support Time-Based Transfers

Within Ward 3:

- Promote local businesses

- Promote local community groups

- Encourage community groups to partner with local businesses

- Engage public on upcoming development

- Promote Centennial Park

- Create weekly information updates on Councillor webpage about Ward 3

Council:

- Support educating the public on important issues before council

- Support voting based on merit, not politics

- Support having daily itineraries posted online

Infrastructure:

-Create committee to examine the current state of repair

-Create Emergency Preparedness Strategy"[1]

"I have worked at Pearson International Airport for the past decade and it has been a great experience. The largest airport in Canada is a city within itself and comes with many challenges. My position is a Technical Support Analyst for a logistics company that operates the GTAA Logistics program. I often get asked "what do you do?" which I can reply "I fix things". Through data collection, analyzing results and creating meaningful change - I feel these skills translate perfectly for a Councillor of policy. Another important aspect of my job is to help create a culture of LEAN (efficiencies in the workplace). Doing the same task for no other reason but because its 'always been done that way' is likely similar to some aspects of city hall. We can identify problems and find solutions that make sense."[1] Peter Fenech’s fully developed website is http://www.peterfenech.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
French, Dean    

Dean French is active on twitter.  Learn more about him there.

@Dean4Ward3

Holyday, Stephen

Platform Headings:

 

- Keeping Taxes Low

- Reducing Traffic Congestion

- Preserving our Quality of Life

 

For full platform, see website.

"Born into a family dedicated to local politics, Stephen Holyday has been entrenched in the operations of his community for his entire life. Both an Ontario Scholar, and Dean’s List recipient, Stephen graduated with a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science from Ryerson University in the faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

As a professional he has spent over 15 years dedicated to the public sector, presently as a Manager at the Ontario Ministry of Energy. During this time, he has overseen the development and delivery of quality internal services to clients all within the responsibility of carefully managing taxpayer dollars.

His experience has allowed him to keenly understand Government policy and the lawmaking process while developing a strength in leadership, communications, evidence-based decision making, emergency and project management.

Stephen Holyday is your neighbour. A lifelong resident of Etobicoke, he grew up in Ward 3 and now is raising his family there. A devout family man, he is married to Margaret and has three children: Andrea 7, Jennifer 5, and Thomas 2.

Stephen’s spare time is dedicated to his young family and he enjoys supporting them in their sport and leisure activities. Stephen serves on the Advisory Council of his children’s school and the Holyday’s are active members of the Ward 3 community."[1]

Stephen Holyday’s fully developed website is http://www.holyday.ca/ .  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.
Hutcheon, Annette   "Annette Hutcheon is long-time Etobicoke resident.  She works as a financial services professional.  In her spare time she volunteers with numerous Etobicoke charities when not spending quality time with her two grown daughters.

Annette Hutcheon wants to put Etobicoke first and build a strong City that serves the residents by creating an environment that creates local jobs and opportunity for all.  Improving local infrastructure to prevent major flooding and ice storm damage like Etobicoke experienced last year is job one.  Sewage belongs in a sewer pipe not in your basement."[1]

Annette Hutcheon’s fully developed website is http://www.etobicokefirst.com/ .  Learn about her and her policy priorities there.
Moskalyk, John  "Over the next few years our ward and Toronto will face many needs and uncertainties. This includes maintaining adequate emergency services in the era of cutbacks, addressing our crumbling roads and the Gardiner Expressway replacement issue, getting stable funding for our transit system, improving our electrical transmission system to avoid blackouts, providing needed services for children and independent seniors plus other issues. I want to be your voice in the city. Your concerns will be heard and acted upon at City Hall!

I have volunteered extensively for various community organizations and have an excellent understanding of how to work co-operatively. The most important trait of a good City Councillor, I believe, is accessibility.  I will be there for you to deal with whatever concerns, needs or questions you may have. Ward 3 needs a Councilor with a strong background in dealing with government officials and strengthening local ties. I am running on the promise of approachability and good service: Elected leaders must be accountable to their constituents!"[1]

 "John Moskalyk is a proud Torontonian with long roots in Etobicoke as a resident of Ward 3.  Fluent in five languages, John has over 10 years experience in holding operational and management positions for multi-national companies engaging in transportation and international trade.  Utilizing this experience and after completing a respected alternative dispute resolution program at York University, he founded ADR International Corp specializing in the mediation of international trade disputes.

John also contributes his expertise in business administration including strategic planning and good governance to a number of community and charitable organizations.   This includes Rotary International, the Steirer Club Inc, the New Generation Charitable Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce as well as being an active parishioner and council member of his local parish.  John attended the Toronto French School, the University of Toronto and Newcastle University in the United Kingdom prior to starting his business career."[1]

John Moskalyk’s fully developed website is http://www.john4ward3.ca/.  Learn about him and his policy priorities there.

 

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References:


1)      Candidate Websites, as listed in Toronto Municipal Election 2014 Candidate List

2)      Every Candidate: Ward 3: http://everycandidate.org/toronto-ward/etobicoke-centre-3/

3)      Position Primer: Ward 3: http://positionprimer.ca/html/ward_3.html

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