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It’s about that time of year – the time when approximately 95.5 per cent of New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside. To inspire you to keep going, and give you a hint of what your first four year term City Council has on deck, Torontoist presents the resolutions of some of your councillors. We asked all 44 councillors, plus Mayor Miller 1) their resolutions for Toronto and 2) their own personal resolutions. So far, only five of the forty four have responded, but we’re still waiting on official responses from other councillors wishing to take up the challenge. There’s still time to make ’em and break ’em, folks!
Frank Di Giorgio Ward 12 York South-Weston
1) To make Council more proactive and effective and increasing service levels that affect the quality of life for residents. Devote more time to city building via my new role as a member of the Planning and Growth Committee.
2) Spend more time with my family.
1) My 2007 resolution as a Councillor is something I will be working on until fruition. I want to see light rapid transit in the outlying areas of the city and specifically light rapid rail from the Kipling Subway to the farthest reaches of north Etobicoke. (A subway would be fantastic, but very costly.) In order to get people out of their cars in the suburban areas you must have effective rapid transit for it to happen.
2) Personally, I resolve to take some time for myself on occasion. Working around the clock is not healthy.
Sandra Bussin, Council Speaker Ward 32 Beaches-East York
1) Over the next four years of Toronto City Council, I seek the establishment of clean beaches and support taking bold steps toward waterfront revitalization.
2) To commit significant time and give thoughtful consideration to each issue as it is brought forward in Council.
1) My hope for 2007 is that the gap between the ‘two Torontos’ — that is, one that is prosperous and enjoying the great social, economic and cultural aspects of Toronto, contrasted by the Toronto that is made up of the working poor, the marginalized new immigrants and refugees, the parents who need day care support, the ones needing social and supportive housing – is narrowed. We need a Toronto accessible to all with opportunity to grow and prosper for all. As Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee, my New Year’s resolution is to work on a Toronto that is “Inclusive for All’.
2) My personal resolution is to do a better job of keeping body and soul together, i.e. to make sure that I exercise and be as personally fit as possible, and secondly to read books not related to city hall that will feed other parts of mind and personality.
Paul Ainslie Ward 43 Scarborough East
I don’t make them. I give my best at whatever I do, and reevaluate if I falter.