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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.