Mark Dewdney Ward 30 candidate

Candidate Dewdney wants constituents to access him 24/7
Interaction with residents key to being a good Toronto-Danforth rep
By Kris Scheuer
(Written April 8 for Town Crier.)

Ward 30 candidate Mark Dewdney. Photo courtesy of Mark Dewdney.

Mark Dewdney promises to be accessible to constituents if voted in as the next Toronto-Danforth Ward 30 rep.
And starting now as a candidate he’s giving out his home number.
Dewdney’s philosophy about being available to help around the clock is personal to him and stems from the fact others were there for him in his own life.
Born and raised in Cambridge and Kitchener, he was adopted at birth, lived in various group homes and credits others for making a difference in his life. Now he wants to give back and get voters more involved so city hall works for them.
“Something for me to guard against is complacency,” said Dewdney, who’s lived in East York most of his life. “You better give out your home number and have dinner in the ward with your family.”

While the police are there to respond to emergencies and the city’s new 311 line is available 24/7 for people to report non-urgent issues, that doesn’t deter him from wanting to be available all the time.
“If there’s a fire at 4 a.m. I want them to be able to call me at home if they are (now) homeless so I can help,” he said. “I can’t turn off the care button.”
This is his first campaign but he doesn’t see that as a drawback as even seasoned councillors started out as rookies themselves, said Dewdney.
“I have a family. I know what it’s like to look at the bankbook and say can we afford this,” said Dewdney, who’s married with two young children.
He was trained as a police officer but decided it was not for him and now runs his own first aid business.
Everywhere he goes whether it is the Beach Easter parade or coffee shops, he stops people to ask them what issues concern them.
He mentions under-enrolled schools that could close and the new TTC barns storage yard at Leslie Street and Lake Shore Boulevard East  as two big issues.
Dewdney has many plans laid out on his website www.markdewdney.com regarding how to stay on top of ward concerns including holding online referendums to take the pulse of voters on issues and walking the entire ward annually to stay on top of concerns.
He’s looking to pick a different Ward 30 breakfast joint every Sunday where constituents can come by and share ideas with him.

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4 responses to “Mark Dewdney Ward 30 candidate

  1. Thanks Jerry! Every good thought helps – and matters! Hope to meet you on the trail…?

  2. Good Luck Mark!

  3. Hi Kris ~ thanks for both taking the time to listen to me and write the initial article!
    Kris is right, ladies & gents; I intend to PROVE that I’m different. For starters, I will cut my salary by ten percent the moment I take office; if the other43 councillors won’t go along with that, that’s not something I’ll address – but instead, I will write a check for 10% of my salary to a deserving program like a daycare or breakfast program in a school.
    I’d love to invite you by http://www.markdewdney.com to see more – we will be having some GREAT events, but we, like all campaigns, need donors – and ESPECIALLY volunteers.
    If you’d like to boost a candidate who will PROVE what I say, if you’d like to be in on a campaign that tells the truth, then e-mail me – mark@markdewdney.com
    Thanks again, Kris – and I hope to meet many of you in the weeks and months to come!

  4. This edited version of the story on Mark Dewdney is not as complete as what I wrote for the Town Crier newspaper. That happens all the time as stories get cut for space. Because this profile only offers a glimpse, there are a few more ways for your to get to know this candidate before the election. You can go to http://www.markdewdney.com, email him mark@markdewdney.com or call him (416) 467-0943 at home as he’s encouraging voters to do.

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