A fond farewell to Ward 27

Kristyn Wong-Tam Ward 27 Coun­cil­lor

Village Post - - News -

This will be my last ar­ti­cle for Post City as the Ward 27 city coun­cil­lor. With the ward bound­ary changes this Oc­to­ber and a new city gov­ern­ment, our very large ward as we know and love it is be­ing di­vided amongst five new wards in down­town and mid­town Toronto.

For those who watch city hall closely, you will know that the Ward 27 work­load is tremen­dous, since we have al­most twice the pop­u­la­tion den­sity of other wards.

Look­ing back over the past eight years, there is so much that we have ac­com­plished to­gether. We have made ma­jor park­land ac­qui­si­tions and re­vi­tal­iza­tion ef­forts in Moorevale Park and Rams­den Park, beau­ti­fied Yorkville streetscapes, pro­moted ac­tive trans­porta­tion, ex­panded city ser­vice lev­els, cre­ated com­mu­nity safety plans and ad­vo­cated for new af­ford­able hous­ing. We ini­ti­ated two Her­itage Con­ser­va­tion Dis­trict stud­ies in one year, launched the long-awaited Yonge Street en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment that will even­tu­ally build a vi­brant 21st-cen­tury street and lob­bied for ci­ty­wide ini­tia­tives that have re­sulted in trans­for­ma­tional pol­icy shifts, such as TOCore and Trans­for­mTO. We have so much to be proud of, in­clud­ing lead­ing the Toronto ef­forts to ter­mi­nate the over­reach­ing On­tario Mu­nic­i­pal Board.

These ac­com­plish­ments would have never hap­pened with­out my hard-work­ing staff and the suc­cess­ful part­ner­ships and trust that we have with the res­i­dents and busi­ness op­er­a­tors in the ward and across the city. Thank you for your thought­ful en­gage­ment and com­mit­ment to Toronto. Let’s stay in touch!

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