Contributed by Pete Lovering , PSN Publisher and now officially a politician. Although many people have suggested I run in the Toronto Centre over the years, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring in Ward 11, University Rosedale. Get ready #unirose for a new political approach.
As it turns out, I have more City Hall experience than most everybody running in ward 11, and I also live in the ward. (Yes, my dirty little PSN secret is I moved out a little while ago.) But I still love Parliament Street. It, Parliament St., as some have suggested, is in my blood. I think it is a good thing but I am still waiting on my test results.:-)
My campaign theme will be “Believe in Toronto”. Civic pride, if it exists, is at an all-time low. The city looks like a bad science fair project and we all feel it. We can change this in the short term by improving the basics of city services and creating efficiencies. Parks, Transit, Road balance, litter, waste, and so many more examples.
It is time to change the temperature of politics in Toronto and bring back a more sensible, less divisive approach to decision-making. Unfortunately, there is a disdain for politicians in general. We can overcome this by giving the public better access to your politicians, more transparency and an understanding of how and why decisions are made.
I could go on for hours, but I have a deadline for the very paper you are reading. A newspaper I have published for going on 12 years now. Speaking of civic pride, I encourage everyone to get involved in the election with any candidate. You can connect with me anytime. I welcome your insights, support and suggestions, and certainly, if you want to volunteer we are building a team as you are reading this.
Please go to vote4lovering.com or connect through normal channels. I am easy to find.
All the best.