I find myself occupied with the events of this previous weekend in the City of Toronto when this city erupted in a violence that saw three people shot and eight people stabbed. One victim was fatally wounded not far from York Centre in the York West neighbourhood of Emery Village. Another was as young as 10 years of age.
As a parent of two young girls I often find myself trying to ensure they have the pleasure of growing up in safety. But this past weekend something about this city stopped being safe. From central North York to Scarborough to Downtown this entire city felt the sting of a day that I just cannot stop thinking of.
Is Toronto safe? The truth is I don't know anymore. It isn't that far from the Sheppard-Jane border of York Centre to Sheppard-Weston.
Whether the City is safe or not is not an issue the Toronto District School Board can address. But should I be elected on July 25, curbing the violence amongst youth in our city will be a priority for me. The broader North York and Toronto community must be a place where we can have confidence in the safety of our children. The Board has to do more. The lack of extracurricular programming is a failure of the TDSB. Funding has to be made available; especially in priority neighbourhoods, for out of class-room programming. I believe in building schools as community hubs. The TDSB has a responsibility to provide for their charges. The current Board is failing in the regard. It is time to stop wasting money in areas like over-priced maintenance, so that we can direct it toward needed programming such as this.
Join me on July 25th to elect a candidate willing to prioritize the violence in this City. Make me your voice at the TDSB.