About Unlock Gridlock

The Toronto Transit Alliance is a group of Toronto business leaders and city builders devoted to unlocking Toronto’s gridlock through subway expansion.

Caribana

Sarah Thomson and her supporters attended the annual Caribana parade on Saturday. Sarah was able to connect with thousands of people while celebrating Caribbean culture.

Campaign Thanks Bylaw Officials

The Sarah Thomson campaign extends gratitude to city bylaw officials for ensuring that participants and our supporters had a safe event at Ford fest. The bylaw enforcement officers were both gracious and informative like so many of our city staff.

We would like to apologize to the bylaw enforcement officers for the disruption our horse caused, and for the behaviour of Ford fest organizers who whipped the crowd into a frenzy around us. After being invited by the mayor we had hoped his organizers might have been gracious and welcoming and were saddened to see that they were actively working to shun us. Many attendees enjoyed photo 3 1 300x225 Campaign Thanks Bylaw Officialspetting our horse, especially the children, and it is a shame the negative politics disrupted what could have been a fun evening for all. I had hoped to offer Mr. Ford a ride on my horse, and was truly looking forward to seeing him galloping about the park on her.

My goal is to make Toronto a happier city, to expand our underground transit system in order to give our residents back the most valuable commodity of all — time. I want all residents to have more time to connect with friends, socialize and enjoy life. We must invest in our city, we must come together to build the infrastructure Toronto needs to end gridlock and give residents the opportunity to live happier lives.

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Real Ideas. Real Solutions. Real Change.

To schedule media interviews, please contact:

Jonathan Thomas
Media Coordinator
(647) 799-0506
info@sarahthomson.ca

Ford Fest

Sarah Thomson accepted the mayor’s open invitation to join him at his annual Ford Fest in Thomson Park with a large plus one. Thomson arrived in style atop a beautiful white horse, surrounded by a group of her dedicated supporters. 

Sarah Rides Into Ford Fest

photo 5 Sarah Rides Into Ford FestToronto - Sarah Thomson accepted the mayor’s invitation to Ford Fest at Thomson Park on Friday, bringing a group of her supporters and a white horse. Thomson, who seems to be the only candidate to see the lighter side in this election, took the opportunity to “horse” around.

Thomson came to the event atop a beautiful white horse surrounded by a team of her supporters. Her unique transportation option was a metaphor of how Toronto transit needs to be improved and Thomson is the person to do it. “You can get across Toronto faster on a horse than on above ground transit. We need to start building more underground transit today and start moving forward,” said Thomson.

Not all the attention was welcomed at the hostile Ford event as Thomson was greeted by boo’s from many of the Ford organizers trying to turn the crowd against her.

When approached by the media about her attendance at an event by a rival candidate Thomson said “We have to come onto the same populist stage that Mr. Ford campaigns on. The typical political campaign won’t win against the populist approach Ford is taking. The media attempt to slant the race in favour of other candidates is obvious to all and backs up Ford’s position that the media are biased. None of the other candidates for Mayor can campaign on the same level, they aren’t out on the streets and they depend entirely on media exposure. Ford has a very high chance of winning if he isn’t challenged by someone who can “ride in on a white horse”  - I’m willing to do whatever it takes!”

photo 1 1 300x225 Sarah Rides Into Ford FestAmidst the hostile Ford crowd Thomson remained approachable and garnered respect from several people for her courageousness stand at the event. The humble Thomson credited her supporters and the horse for being a strong team.

“I’m in awe of the team that was with me and stood by me the entire time. Ford organizers wanted to get rid of us even though all the candidates were invited. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the team that was brave enough to stand with me in such a hostile environment,” Thomson said.

Thomson knows that being Mayor of Toronto will require her to be in tough situations and attending Ford Fest is just one of those tough situations. Thomson rode away from the event with the respect and support of others because she remains the only advocate for the people in the mayoral race.

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An Advocate For the People: Weekly Recap: July 21-27

Accessibility Platform Announcement

Sarah Thomson has made it her campaign goal to reduce the gridlock that faces our city and improve the transit systems for everyone. While many of us face issues getting around during peak times there are many citizens who struggle on a daily basis due to lack of accessibility in our transit system. Persons with disabilities face too many barriers and as a city we must create a fully inclusive environment.

Issues persons with disabilities face while commuting in Toronto:DSC00891 300x200 An Advocate For the People: Weekly Recap: July 21 27

- Only 32 of 69 subway stations are wheelchair accessible
- Wheel trans requires pre-booking and has lengthy wait times
- Average cost for Wheel trans is $31 per trip
- Only two parks are fully wheelchair accessible (Earl Bales Park and Oriole Park)

A Sarah Thomson administration will bring the public and private sector together to raise funds to re-design our parks, TTC stations and cab services to be more accessible to persons with disabilities. Toronto must be a city that unites and enables persons with disabilities to gain full potential from their contributions to our city.

Sarah Arrives at Ford Fest on a Horse

Sarah Thomson accepted the mayor’s open invitation to join him at his annual Ford Fest in Thomson Park with a large plus one. Thomson arrived in a style atop a beautiful white horse, surrounded by a group of her dedicated supporters. Her entrance received a lot of media attention but the method of transportation was anything but a media stunt.

photo 5 An Advocate For the People: Weekly Recap: July 21 27Sarah Thomson, a strong advocate for underground transit expansion in the city, used the horse to emphasize the necessity of her transit platform. “I can get here quicker on a horse than on above ground transit. Gridlock is hurting our city . We need to start building more underground transit today and start moving forward,” Thomson said.

Amidst the hostile Ford crowd Thomson remained approachable and garnered respect from several people for her courage.  Thomson credited her volunteers for being strong and dedicated.

Thomson knows that being Mayor of Toronto will require her to be put in tough situations and attending Ford Fest is just one example. Thomson rode away from the event with the respect and support of others because she remains the only advocate who listens and is committed to helping the people of Toronto.

Sarah Thomson Attends Street Festivals

DSC00941 300x200 An Advocate For the People: Weekly Recap: July 21 27Sarah Thomson and her supporters attended the two street festivals this past weekend, Lab Cab Festival and West Won Fest. The events were celebrations of small communities in the Toronto area and the accomplishments of stores in these areas. Sarah and her supporters were able to connect with voters on the streets talking about issues that matter to Torontonians.

Unlike the other mayoral candidates, Sarah is a strong advocate for the people and joins her volunteers to do daily canvasses across the city. Her commitment to making connections on a personal level has greatly impacted her position in the race. Sarah is the only Liberal in the race in the top 5 and has built a campaign on real ideas, real solutions and real changes.

Sarah Thomson’s Campaign Team Continues to Grow

Sarah Car 2 An Advocate For the People: Weekly Recap: July 21 27Sarah Thomson’s support grows everyday as more and more volunteers join the cause. If you would like to become a volunteer please visit here.

Real Ideas. Real Solutions. Real change.