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.

 

Drug test for all Mayoral Candidate

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Aug. 20, 2014

Mayoral Candidate Sarah Thomson is calling on Rob Ford, and all Mayoral candidates to do a drug and alcohol test and share it publicly.

“You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” – Mayoral Candidate Sarah Thomson has posted a clean drug and alcohol record on her campaign website and is encouraging all Mayoral candidates to do the same.

“ I often get asked if I do drugs, and I wanted to assure all Toronto residents that I do not have any alcohol or addiction issues. I think it is important for the people of Toronto to know if their future Mayor might have issues that could severely impact our public image as a world class city.”

 

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Sarah Thomson calls out John Tory on transit funding

Press Release

Aug 18, 2014

 

Sarah Thomson the only Liberal candidate in the top 5 of the race for mayor supports TTC report on improving transit services and calls out John Tory on his lack of commitment to the dedicated transit funding Toronto needs:

 

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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