Macdonald concerned about traffic and crime
First-time candidate wants to see better city services
By Kris Scheuer
(Written May 7 for Town Crier.)
Teacher Roy Macdonald's running for ward 16 council seat. Photo courtesy of Roy Macdonald.
Teacher and coach Roy Macdonald is seeking to unseat Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Karen Stintz in Ward 16.
“I don’t see it being a stretch going from teaching to politics,” said the 42-year-old, first time candidate. “I’m pretty good at bringing people from different personalities together.”
Macdonald’s worked as school liaison worker with students at Lord Dufferin School supporting kids both academically and emotionally. Many of the students lived in shelters or came from problem homes. He’s taught in communities from Jane and Finch to Lawrence Park.
In his spare time he coaches children’s hockey four times a week in the winter, hardball/softball in the community in the spring and soccer and baseball at school.
“I like to be a busy person,” said Macdonald, who lives in the ward. Continue reading
Midtown resident, planner runs for council seat
Eglinton-Lawrence candidate wants more consultation on planning issues
By Kris Scheuer
(Written for Town Crier May 7)
Terry Mills is running in Ward 16. Photo courtesy of Terry Mills.
Ward 16 council candidate Terry Mills isn’t shy about his disappointment that Riocan’s redeveloping the open space at Yonge and Eglinton.
But that is not the only reason he’s running against incumbent Karen Stinz who supported the plan to build over the space.
Mills said he’d like to see better city planning that includes community input on a local vision for neighbourhoods far in advance of any development applications.
Mills, a professional planner with architectural training, has been involved in local residents associations and city planning for decades.
“I worked on the guidelines in 2003 for the TTC lands across the street,” he said referring to the southwest corner of Yonge and Eglinton. “That (plan) got passed this spring,” Continue reading