23 questions with Ana Bailão, a candidate to grow to be Toronto’s subsequent mayor

In a metropolis that places the housing disaster entrance and centre, former deputy mayor and long-time metropolis councillor Ana Bailão  comes well-prepared to deal with the problem head-on having spent years managing Toronto’s housing portfolio and in her function as the town’s housing advocate.

Here’s what Ana Bailão has to say:

What was your first job? 

Cleansing workplaces in downtown Toronto with my mom once I was 15

What’s the worst piece of profession recommendation you’ve ever acquired?

After I was a teen, Portuguese college students had a excessive highschool dropout charge. I used to be inspired to not pursue a college schooling and as a substitute take general-level programs. If I had adopted that recommendation, I wouldn’t be right here in the present day.

What do you’re keen on most about Toronto?

The folks.

What do you dislike essentially the most?

The dearth of affordability in Toronto

The place is the primary place Ana Bailão sends guests?

Little Portugal in fact!

The place is the most effective view within the metropolis?

Riverdale Park

What’s your favorite special day restaurant?


What’s the final present you noticed in Toronto?

A jazz live performance at Paradise Theatre

When was the final time you took public transit in Toronto?

Two days in the past.

Have you ever ever commuted by bicycle within the metropolis?

Sure, I cycle round Davenport to run errands and see my family and friends.

The place is your favorite place to get away from all of it?

My dwelling.

Gardiner Expressway – proceed with hybrid choice, sure or no? 

As Mayor I’ll be certain the provincial authorities takes again accountability for the DVP and the Gardiner. The greater than $200 million we spend to restore and keep these highways yearly must be put in direction of fixing companies and constructing housing. 

Do you assist the Ontario Place Thermé Spa challenge?

Now that the provincial authorities introduced that they may transfer the Science Centre to Ontario Place, I’m calling on them to ensure the Science Centre constructing might be preserved and used to serve the area people. Native residents in Flemingdon Park, Thorncliffe Park, and different surrounding communities must be consulted on their priorities. 

We shouldn’t be spending $500 million to subsidize a personal spa–that’s not what Torontonians are asking for. They’re asking for companies and for housing.

As Mayor, I’d approve constructing 5,000 new properties – together with 1,500 reasonably priced properties – on the city-owned land the place the Science Centre’s parking zone is, and on the land exterior of the ravine. We should be constructing housing close to transit, bringing companies to residents, and dealing with native communities to fulfill their wants. 

What’s your definition of reasonably priced housing?

My definition of reasonably priced housing is one which matches the truth that Toronto is dealing with. That’s the reason I championed updating the definition of reasonably priced housing to what it’s in the present day. We should be constructing extra properties in Toronto, particularly reasonably priced properties. You will discover that definition right here: Updating the Definitions of Reasonably priced Housing – Metropolis of Toronto

What extra can the town do to assist these experiencing homelessness in Toronto?

We have to assist our weak residents with shelter and companies and, most significantly, with long-term pathways out of homelessness. I assist a housing-first method, as does our Chief Medical Officer of Well being, and as Mayor I might be working to construct extra supportive and deeply reasonably priced properties. 

Does the town have a public security drawback? If that’s the case, what’s your answer?

I’ve put ahead a public security plan for safer subways, safer streets, and a safer future. My plan consists of these measures: 

  • Instantly redeploy and rent TTC employees to have extra eyes and ears at stations and on platforms throughout the town.
  • Deliver cell service throughout the TTC by placing Bell, Rogers, and Telus on discover and pushing the federal authorities to compel telcos to take action.
  • Improve safety digicam protection throughout the TTC.
  • Reverse all transit cuts and enhance cleansing schedules throughout transit stations.
  • Increase the Toronto Group Disaster Service to cowl your complete metropolis, connecting folks in disaster with skilled psychological well being professionals.
  • Introduce Cellular Psychological Well being Clinics working with group well being companions in high-priority neighbourhoods and transit stations.
  • Improve open information assortment for higher insurance policies, as a result of we are able to’t repair what we don’t know.
  • Assist amending subsection 269.01 of the Felony Code to incorporate all transit staff, not simply operators, who face unacceptable harassment at work. 
  • Assist bail reform so violent, repeat offenders will not be consistently in a revolving door between courts and metropolis streets.

These measures are on high of ongoing assist for the Toronto Police to deploy extra officers throughout the transit system when wanted, and ongoing work to broaden the Neighborhood Group Officer program, and to handle 9-1-1 wait instances.

Are Toronto residents going to must pay extra in taxes to enhance high quality of life within the metropolis? If not, what’s the reply?

I can’t elevate property taxes above inflation. There was a big enhance in the newest finances and proper now Torontonians are dealing with an affordability disaster and a housing disaster. 

Our Metropolis’s finances challenges can’t be solved just by elevating property taxes even greater or by discovering “efficiencies” and slashing frontline companies. Any candidate who says we are able to clear up our finances deficit with out the assistance of the opposite governments shouldn’t be being sincere. We want a good deal for Toronto and that begins with the province taking again accountability for the DVP and the Gardiner. We’re the financial engine of our nation.

Is Doug Ford’s interference within the metropolis inflicting an issue, sure or no?

I’m targeted on my plan and if elected, I’d look ahead to working with Premier Ford to construct housing and repair companies. 

What would you say is Toronto’s most iconic meals?

Nantas! A Portuguese particular!

When you have been to assist a car-free zone within the metropolis the place wouldn’t it be?

One of many issues celebrated by Toronto residents and guests alike are our unimaginable festivals, together with Nuit Blanche and TIFF. Selective and community-appropriate highway closures are a part of a vibrant metropolis tradition and could be nicely executed with session and planning.

Is the town doing sufficient to battle the local weather disaster? If not, what would Ana Bailão do otherwise?

Environmental coverage is linked to all the pieces we do as a metropolis. The best option to attain our local weather objectives is to get Torontonians out of their automobiles and onto public transit. I’m the one candidate who is targeted on enhancing transit to drive ridership, and construct housing within the metropolis. 

What must be achieved relating to public transit, the cuts and the low ridership?

The one option to drive ridership again as much as pre-pandemic ranges is by ensuring the TTC is clear, protected, and handy. If elected Mayor I’ll reverse service cuts, rent extra TTC employees, broaden safety digicam protection, and enhance cleansing schedules.

What’s your very best quality?

Whether or not it’s Metropolis Council, group leaders, or the provincial or federal authorities, I’ve all the time been good at working with others to ship for our metropolis.

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