Ward 16’s councillor talks transit plans
But quiet on possible appointment to head transit commission
(Written for Town Crier Nov. 22)
Councillor Karen Stintz may be the next TTC chair.
Councillor Karen Stintz may be mum on whether she’ll be the next TTC chair, but she has plenty to say about transit.
The Ward 16 rep is rumoured to mayor-elect Rob Ford’s choice to replace outgoing TTC head Adam Giambrone.
And while Stintz has said she’d like to serve on the transit commission she’s not saying if the rumour she’ll be its next chair is true.
Coincidentally, Ford’s communications rep Adrienne Batra was meeting with Stintz this afternoon directly before the Town Crier sat down with Stintz in her city hall office.
The TTC is a challenging portfolio with no shortage of controversies and opportunities but Stintz says progress can be made on the problems of the past.
“We can make a difference and improvement in customer service,” said Stintz. “(TTC) effects people’s lives everyday and it effects how to get home on time, to work on time.”
She’d like to see cleaner stations, the implementation of the regional electronic fare PRESTO card and with it the re-examination of zone based fares. Plus that provincial investments are used to build a TTC system for both present and future needs. Continue reading
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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
Coun. Karen Stintz governs a very politically active ward
Residents put pressure on politicians to side with them
(Column written Feb. 5 for Town Crier.)
Eglinton-Lawrence Councillor Karen Stintz represents a very politically engaged Ward 16 that has high expectations of their local reps.
The ward has six ratepayer organizations as well as tenant associations, condo boards and co-ops.
On top of that is the very active Federation of North Toronto Residents’ Associations that represents three dozen ratepayer organizations in the broader midtown area. And they are a politically active bunch.
Stintz says this is a blessing not a curse.
“One of the strengths of the North Toronto community is they are highly engaged and relative to the city there’s a higher than average voter turnout,” she says. “The community is very engaged and that’s not just during an election year it’s throughout a person’s (political) term.” Continue reading
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