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1. It’s important to be for something, and to not just litigate grievances.

I want to tell you why I support @jen_keesmaat for mayor.
@jen_keesmaat 2. I should first say that I worked alongside Jen for several years - my first planning job - at Office for Urbanism and DIALOG.
@jen_keesmaat 3. aside: Office for Urbanism (OU) was a small planning/urban design firm started by @jen_keesmaat, @aurbanist, and @haroldmadi in 2003.
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With Conrad Black defending Faith Goldy, here's a thread to revisit: #topoli #cdnpoli



The problem with Goldy goes beyond her white nationalism.
fwiw: she continues to count far-right extremists like Baked Alaska among her close friends
You are the company you keep.
Other conspiracies she had a direct hand in pushing: Pizzagate, Seth Rich, second shooter in the Quebec, Assad framed for war crimes
Re: her gleeful interview with then-leader of white nationalist org Identity Europa after he punched a woman in the face: If you're familiar with the alt-right, you get the wording here.
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Toronto my name is #28 in the Mayor column on your ballot.

They excluded me from Debates and tried to exclude me from being heard, but my name is on every ballot. every. ballot.

#TOpoli #electionTO #TORONTO #TOvote #voteTO #exlnTO #TOelxn #CommunityWellness #inclusion
#Ward1 Toronto my name is #28 on your ballot in the Mayor column.

They excluded me from Debates and tried to exclude me from being heard, but my name is on every ballot. every. ballot.

#TOpoli #electionTO #TORONTO #TOvote #voteTO #exlnTO #TOelxn #CommunityWellness #inclusion
#Ward2 Toronto my name is #28 on your ballot in the Mayor column.

They excluded me from Debates and tried to exclude me from being heard, but my name is on every ballot. every. ballot.

#TOpoli #electionTO #TORONTO #TOvote #voteTO #exlnTO #TOelxn #CommunityWellness #inclusion
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@mcourcel @GautamNath @Michael_TO2018 @MayorTorontoTom @jpformayor @jimruelformayor Thanks for asking @mcourcel!

Accessibility is a right- not an option!

My entire #CommunityWellness #inclusion Mayoral platform centres #accessibility as a priority.

Overview
accessible housing
#farefreeTTC
@mcourcel @GautamNath @Michael_TO2018 @MayorTorontoTom @jpformayor @jimruelformayor My #CommunityWellness #inclusion Mayoral platform continued @mcourcel, accessibility is an election issue!

#ElectoralReform

I am an advocate for accessibility & disability rights.
Our City has been inaccessible for too long.
#Accessibility enforcement.
@mcourcel @GautamNath @Michael_TO2018 @MayorTorontoTom @jpformayor @jimruelformayor I chose YouTube & Twitter to share my Community wellness inclusion Mayoral platform because it guaranteed me audio for Community members who are Blind or have low vision and closed captioning for Community members who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

Together we succeed @mcourcel!
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Today we’re releasing our 2018 Election Action Plan. These are the wards we are working in to unseat some of Toronto’s worst councillors and get progressive candidates elected at the TDSB and city council. This is a long thread to roll it all out! progresstoronto.ca/campaign-2018-… #topoli
In the new term of council and the TDSB we need to organize to win key votes. This election matters to that work. To build a progressive city, we must unseat some of the most conservative politicians & get progressives elected so we can win council & school board votes. #topoli
We are choosing races where we can *make the difference*. Where we can help unseat some of the worst councillors by informing thousands of voters of their record & wards where we know we can deliver votes to help progressive candidates win. #topoli progresstoronto.ca/campaign-2018-…
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@JasonParis @frankscarpitti I agree w/ Markham's Mayor (both as former 26yr resident of York Region: Markham & Vaughan & #TTC CMO): The Yonge North extension should have been the first subway extension, not the #TYSSE, currently up & running w/ 1.2m rides/YEAR forecast—way, way less than subway capacity 1/
@JasonParis @frankscarpitti 2/ #TYSSE to FinMin Greg Sorbara's riding was approved by Premier Dalton McGuinty, as a thank you to Mr. Sorbara for his support winning Liberal leadership, election/re-election majorities & his family's deep involvement w/ @YorkUniversity (his brother was Chair). #TOpoli #ONpoli
@JasonParis @frankscarpitti @yorkuniversity 3/ I know from being #TTC ex-CMO and an engaged citizen, the TTC actively thwarted any YUS 🚇 extension to Toronto/YorkRegion Steeles boundary; or extending B/D 🚇 to Sherway Gardens even tho it's in Etobicoke. Its 2001 RTEP study #1 Priority—Sheppard 🚇 subway extension to STC.
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Our Campaign is blocked from all debates…

NOW, our ads are banned by @JohnTory's friends in the corporate media.

Is this democracy?

Or are Toronto’s elites illegally engineering our election?

FULL VIDEO HERE:


#FaithForMayor
#topoli
@BellMediaPR
@CP24
Note: I received this call from the Bell Media Representative on Wednesday, September 26 @ 9 AM ET.
Here is the script for our paid @CP24 ads we sent to @BellMediaPR’s legal team in advance for approval & got the green light to tape from their reps.

It’s a great message!

Tough on crime, easy on taxpayers.

Confident people don’t ban their opponents.

Tory is terrified!
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@bradTTC @CityNews @TorontosMayor @JohnTory Great, thanks, Brad! I was unaware CEO Report was still being published, and, will publicize it to #TOpoli! CORRECTION: Mayor has withheld #SMARTtrack sky-high OpExp/ride from Council & delayed release of #SSE 30% CAPEX until after election.
@bradTTC @CityNews @TorontosMayor @JohnTory #TTC Sep.2018 CEO Report: ttc.ca/PDF/About_the_…: continued unprecedented -3.1% YTD ride decline—despite a growing economy & jobs in GTA. It is alarming that Metropass decline accelerated to 40% total rides, down 5pp from 45% in Jul.2018 CEO report & peak 52% (2014) #TOpoli 1/
@bradTTC @CityNews @TorontosMayor @JohnTory 2/ As a career consumer marketer & #TTC's ex-CMO, I'm alarmed by the lack of urgency in implementing its "Ridership Growth STRATEGY" and translating it into a detailed, multi-pronged, sophisticated 2018 "Ridership Growth 'Marketing' PLAN"—Metropass Mkt Res is 'underway'! #TOpoli
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An owner driver at today’s meeting (and I think it’s a testament to the attendance today) says “We’ve done this! We’ve been whipped to death.” This is so awful to witness...again.
Owner-driver Steve is right. “Why did the executive director get a report that we had enough cars then invite more? I’m upset.” 😣
Then he apologizes to staff for being upset. THIS IS STUPID.
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Debate on Bill 31 (which overrides the charter and downsizes Toronto city council) is now underway, starting with Municipal Affairs Minister @SteveClarkPC. There are more government MPPS here than opposition MPPs #onpoli #topoli
@SteveClarkPC Clark says things like Toronto council's 15 hour debate on the city's budget are reasons why Toronto needs a smaller council. #onpoli #topoli
@SteveClarkPC Clark notes that the Ford government got support for triggering the notwithstanding clause from former premiers @christyclarkbc, @BradWall306 and Jean Charest #topoli #cdnpoli #onpoli
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The important point to keep in mind regarding section 33 of the Charter of Rights & Freedoms is why it was included. Think about what was going on at the time and why the Charter was even created.

Sect. 33 is a white supremacy tool that was included to make white men feel safe.
Now that this fact has been said, let’s get to the heart of addressing the attempt to abuse power in order to maintain white supremacy.

It’s 2018, time to rule section 33 unconstitutional when used to subvert Canadians’ inalienable rights to a free & democratic society.

#TOpoli
History has taught us many lessons.

Some people learn from them and some people don’t.

During the time when then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and other white male elected Representatives were working on ensuring that underrepresented and marginalized Communities were protected
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1. Can we talk a bit about the referendum that @JohnTory keeps circling back to? #TOpoli #Bill5
@JohnTory 2. In Tory's letter to Ford: "I urge you to consider putting the process on hold to allow for a referendum so we can let the people speak.”
@JohnTory 3. Let the people speak...

Conveniently walking past the consultation that has taken place, devaluing the input of those who participated.
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Regardless of whether or not its a done deal, all candidates should be honest & open about where they stand on the LRT vs Subway issue because it sheds light on their decision making skills. Failure to do so is a disservice to the residents they strive we serve.

#TOpoli #ONpoli
Some of my opponents are too cozy with the Mayor to speak out about what's truly best for Scarborough - and that clearly isn't a subway.
The argument of "something is better than nothing" may be logically correct, but we are better than that. #Toronto has a serious fiscal problem so we need to use every penny as wisely as we can and a subway is an affront to that principle.
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Dear Seniors,

I love you!

I’m writing to you as your TORONTO Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TOvote
Have you shaken hands and made agreements against the Public’s interests, specifically Black Candidates in order to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHall
Have you turned away from your public chants of “end racism, stop racists, etc...” during this Election period and are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results that you say you’re against?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO
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Dear East Asian fam,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of the status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO
Have you shaken hands and made agreements against the interests of society, specifically Black Candidates in order to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurCityHall #OurToronto
Have you turned away from the public calls for “inclusion, end racism, stop racists, etc...” during this Election period & are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results that we’re all against?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO
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Dear South East Asian fam,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of the status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO
Have you shaken hands & made agreements against the interests of BIPoC, specifically Black Candidates for your own gain and/or to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurCityHall
Have you turned away from your public chants of “end discrimination islamophobia racism, stop racists, etc...” during this Election period & are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results that you’re against?

#TOpoli
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Dear people who identify as having #disabilities fam,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?

#TOpoli
Have you compromised your needs and made agreements against the interests of #accessibility #inclusion, in order to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHall
Have you turned away from your public chants of “#accessibilityNOW, #inclusion, #equity, #universalDesign, etc...” during this Election period & are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results you’re against?

#TOpoli
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Dear LGBTQIA2S fam,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO
Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

Are you amplifying the 2 status quo Candidates that media put in your face as the only options for Mayor even after all we’ve been through?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHall #TOvote #VoteTO
Have you turned away from your public chants of “end homophobia, end transphobia, end discrimination, etc...” during this Election period and are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results that you say you’re against?
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Dear ‘intersectional feminists’ in TORONTO,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate because the media & supporters of status quo are doing their very best to exclude Black Candidates voices- as usual.

Have you been co-signing maintaining the status quo?
#TOpoli #ElectionTO
Have you shaken hands and made agreements against the interests of ‘intersectionality’, specifically Black Candidates in order to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices presented to you by the establishment?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurcityHall
Have you turned away from your public chants of “intersectionality, end racism, stop Nazis, etc...” during this Election period and are instead prepared to publicly/quietly push what the establishment has been pushing just to get the results that you say you’re against?

#TOpoli
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Dear Black sisters & brothers in Toronto,

I’m writing to you as your Mayoral Candidate, because the media & supporters of status quo are doing their very best to exclude us- as usual.

They’re deal making & hand shaking to the detriment of your ability to live & thrive.

#TOpoli
Have you shaken hands and made agreements against your own interests to maintain the status quo?

Are you amplifying voices folks who NEVER
👉🏿knew you?
👉🏿cared about you?
👉🏿advocated for you?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurTorontoToo #OurCityHall #TOvote
Are you giving your energy to folks who want your labour in exchange for some future promise?

Why have you compromised yourself so that the status quo can be maintained?

Why should status quo remain sustained?

#TOpoli #ElectionTO #TORONTO #OurCityHallToo #OurCityHall #TOvote
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Six years ago I was offered a wonderful new opportunity that brought me right into the heart of the public sphere — to serve the people of Toronto as Chief Planner. #Keesmaat4Mayor #topoli
I truly loved working with my Planning team and with the people in the diverse neighbourhoods of this great city. I learned that Torontonians love their city and have a tremendous amount to contribute to its future. #Keesmaat4Mayor #topoli
The best places are the places that draw on the energy and the passion of the people who live there. Local really matters. Local people, local streets, local neighbourhoods where people are a part of the sidewalk ballet. #Keesmaat4Mayor
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@keerthanarang @mbeckrubin @jen_keesmaat "Insufferable" is 20~ish hyper-partisan, political staffers weighing in on public transit issues…with little expert knowledge...on behalf of a Mayor whose #TTC track record is a new record: no-ride/rev growth in a growing economy! #BADtransitMayor #TOpolidropbox.com/s/fk17zr8e4ajl…
@keerthanarang @mbeckrubin @jen_keesmaat "Only @JohnTory could" says a Staffer…
❌Brings people together...as long as they're sycophants—not radicals
❌Hires an an angry, alcoholic, alt-right, divisive, white supremacist hate-speech-spewing, unhappy hater NicK as his campaign strategist… shaming his once proud name!
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I called Mammoliti today about his “cockroaches” comments made on Rebel Media. He called me back.

It didn’t go well. /1

#TOpoli
#Ward7
I’ll fully admit I was already angry when we spoke but instead of trying to listen to my concerns, he berated me.

He told me I want to “hug thugs” and said the ppl of Jane&Finch need to stop “shooting themselves” /2
He reiterated that he wants to tear down the public housing at Jane&Finch and put in mixed housing to give ppl choice.

I pointed out that tearing down someone’s home & forcing them to move isn’t giving them a choice, it’s the opposite. /3
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@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Thanks Peter!

It’s interesting, this time 4 years ago several debates had already taken place. I also learned that many of the debates were specifically held for specific Candidates- a way to use the airwaves to promote if you will.

My platform includes electoral reform.

@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC It’s possible to ensure an inclusive, accessible, democratic Election.

I believe the demonstration of #inclusion #accessibility #democracy in our Election is part of ensuring #CommunityWellness

Vote D!ONNE Renée on Election Day for Mayor of TORONTO!
#TOpoli #TORONTO #ElectionTO
@petedako @Citytv @CBCToronto @CTVToronto @TheAgenda @PnPCBC @TheCurrentCBC Outcomes of #CommunityWellness include:
👉🏿a healthy society
👉🏿a wealth of opportunities
👉🏿the ability to just be
👉🏿equanimity
👉🏿an engaged citizenry
👉🏿initiative
👉🏿inclusive mindsets
👉🏿a thriving society
👉🏿a thriving economy full of innovation, creativity, LOVE
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