OPINION – Change is in the Air

Change is in the Air, and  a growing number of traditionally not involved residents are getting active.
Contributed by K Fisher

There has never been a greater need for change at city hall then ever before.  We have tolerated mediocrity from our city counselors, in the past, because there was never a real crisis to test them as truly qualified managers and stewards of our city, wards, and the public funds that go with it.  We have left them to meddle with parks, playgrounds, and some local school curriculum however, the past few years have presented challenges that have shown how grossly underqualified most of these people are as visionaries and fiduciary minded stewards of capital (the hard earned local and tourist gained tax revenue). It’s not that they have purposefully self-destructive plans for their respective wards, it’s that they just don’t have the education, skill sets, or experience to develop and execute any medium to long term plan on anything.

Executives in the private sector take years before they could ever see operating budgets on this scale ($13.5 billion in 2020). No company or shareholder would risk placing an underqualified, undereducated, and underexperienced person in such a role but we have allowed it.  We all showed up to vote for the Mayor and after cast a random vote a councillor.  We won’t make that mistake again.

So, here we are… with the hand we dealt ourselves.  The utter lack of an actual viable homeless plan highlights the short-sighted ineptitude of the current cadre of counselors.  The thoughtless and reckless kneejerk decisions to drop shelter upon shelter into the same communities as always is gross negligence.  The downtown communities were just beginning to become actual family neighbourhoods.  20 years after the great migration South of Bloor, downtown was beginning to thrive with new businesses, baby strollers, young couples, enjoying rising school scores, and clean parks.  I think all new families, taxpayers, home/ business owners would agree that returning to the 1990’s and earlier (with the masses retreating north of Bloor after 6pm) could return fast without new and properly qualified counselors.  We need financially astute and socially minded new liberal councillors to run the City.

After the next election, we can leave the bike lanes, fountain and park committees to the far left activists that currently occupy the city council seats should they find an actual municipal job.

If you are interested in getting involved please visit
www.downtownconcernedcitizens.com and sign up for the newsletter.

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