About Sarah Thomson

I do what I say and say what I think, the latter often gets me into trouble

Toronto Region Vision 2016

The Toronto Region Vision summit is coming! On April 6, 2016 join hundreds of community, business and political leaders at the TRV2016 summit. This historic event will see leaders from all sectors come together to sign a broad vision document, stating their desire to work collaboratively on three strategic areas:

1. Economic development

2. Transit expansion

3. Affordable housing.

To be included on the invitation list please email:  info@unlockgridlock.ca

 

Sarah Thomson consults Toronto residents

Sarah on horseweb 1024x681 Sarah Thomson consults Toronto residents

 

 

I succeeded in building a multi-million dollar company from the ground up putting convenience stores into gas stations. In 2010 I decided to give the next decade of my life to making Toronto a stronger city. I ran for Mayor and reached 3rd place before our funds ran out. In 2011, I ran for the Provincial Liberals in a riding with a 20-year NDP incumbent and I came within 1200 votes of toppling him. As chair of the Toronto Transit Alliance, we succeeded in getting the downtown relief line on the plans for both TTC and Metrolinx and we created an award-winning campaign around the need for dedicated transit funding. We hosted numerous discussions, town halls and summits designed to build awareness around the need for dedicated transit funding.

This year when I signed my nomination papers I had a very organized campaign ready to go. The media usually distinguishes a credible candidate from a fringe candidate based on the level of their commitment and organization. A professional website, a full-time candidate, full-time staff and a campaign office usually signify a credible candidate. Add to that, credible poll numbers that put me in the top 5 as well as past campaign experience, and there was no reason the media should have labeled my candidacy as fringe. But they did. Ignoring the Forum Research poll (http://womenspost.ca/new-poll-places-sarah-thomson-above-soknacki-and-stintz-tory/) done in March, that put me in 5th place and David Soknacki in 6th, the media refused to accept me as part of the top 5. Another poll, done by Nanos research (http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/toronto2014election/2014/07/07/john_tory_has_the_lead_in_new_toronto_mayoral_poll.html) at the beginning of July, again showed I was  ahead of David Soknacki .  This demonstrated that despite the negative press and lack of coverage, the hard work my team and I did kept me in 5th position. Our internal polling saw me climb higher when residents learned of my platform, yet the media refused to include me. We approached their polling companies but learned from Nanos research that they were under exclusive agreements with the media and could not poll me.

I have called for ideas that would make Toronto a strong city and I have worked very hard to bring the level of discussion above simple platitudes. My team and I have worked hard canvassing the city for over 5 months, trying to gain media on my platform positions resorting to unconventional strategies that helped get our message out. But it wasn’t enough.

We have learned that I will not be included in most of the debates or the polling for the remainder of the race. With less than 8 weeks until the election, and Rob Ford’s support climbing, I am calling on the public to help me make a tough decision. Should I stay in the race for Mayor, or should I change direction and run for a council seat?Here is the poll  If voters would like to support me they can sign up to volunteer, get a lawn sign, or donate to my campaign.

Happiness equals free transit and martial arts

Sarah Thomson announces 4 ways she would build a happy city

While politicians argue about issues that seem foreign to the average Toronto resident who juggles work, family, care for children or seniors – all while trying to make ends meet on what seems to be an ever-shrinking budget – ward 20 candidate Sarah Thomson is focused on making Toronto a happy city.

“Gridlock has created so much frustration in Toronto. It is a hidden tax on our people and on our businesses but few politicians are willing to make the tough decisions needed to tackle it. The goal of Toronto should be to make our residents happier, more fulfilled and more active. It is time to tackle the stress and frustration that politicians use to divide our city. It is time to look to other cities for solutions that will help Toronto become a happier, smarter and safer city for our children and grandchildren.”

Sarah Thomson has announced 4 initiatives she will work to achieve to make Toronto to a happier, safer, city.

  1. Car-free ride day: Sarah Thomson will work to create a day once a year where streets along a route that covers all areas of Toronto are closed to traffic. Residents can cycle, e-bike, or scooter along a route through Toronto that shows off the best streets in each community.   The route would weave across the entire city. The idea would be to encourage people to experience the freedom of riding, walking, or scooting down the middle of a street, while allowing communities to show off their best streets. This idea comes from the city of Bogota where they have a car-free day once a year.
  1. Play Streets: Sarah Thomson will work to create “play streets” or “living streets” in every community, where pedestrians and cyclists have a legal priority over automobiles. This would create safe zones to allow children and families safe streets to play street hockey or ride their bikes. Traffic on those streets would be restricted to going at a walking pace only. This idea comes from the Netherlands where cities like Delft have what they refer to as a “woonerf” – streets where pedestrians and cyclists have legal priority over motorists
  1. Martial Arts training: Sarah Thomson will push to have all Toronto police officers to receive extensive martial arts training. This not only teaches them how to disarm someone without using a gun, but it teaches officers the self-discipline needed to handle a stressful situation. We must ensure that those given a gun can handle stressful situations and put human life above the desire to eradicate criminals. This idea comes from the city of Tokyo that created the Taiho Jutsu program and requires that all police have extensive training in it.
  1. Free off-peak transit: Sarah Thomson will work to achieve free off-peak transit for seniors, students and those on ODSP and welfare. This is a  revenue neutral as costs would not increase but space at peak times would become avaialable allowing approximately 10% more revenues to be generated.