Campaign Update October 5, 2018
Today, I received the endorsement of mayor John Tory.
It was a great event at East York mainstay Jawny Bakers that confirms this campaign is on the right track.
“I’m very pleased to endorse Brad as the candidate for Council in Ward 19,” said Mr. Tory. “His experience at City Hall will ensure the residents of Beaches-East York are served well. He is a fresh face who believes in bringing people together to solve problems.”
Mayor Tory was also pleased with the motivation behind this campaign. “He’s running for public office because he wants to represent the community he’s been involved in and he wants to get things done.”
While I am very grateful for John Tory’s support, it important to remember in this campaign that the Mayor only has one vote on city council. The Mayor cannot drive an agenda with strong, community minded councillors. I am ready to work with either mayor and a wide range of council members to secure funding and achieve progress on issues that matter to the residents of Beaches-East York.
I am the only candidate with endorsements from both John Tory and Jennifer Keesmaat and for a community-driven, grassroots campaign, I find that support really encouraging. I have knocked over 50,000 doors so far and know how many important issues the community is facing. We live in a great city but are facing enormous challenges, including community and road safety, affordable housing, inadequate transit, child care, and businesses in need of support. Here in Ward 19, we feel those challenges too.
With the support of my community, I think my vision, experience, and belief in a better local government will help council make good decisions for the future of Toronto and address challenges faced by the residents of Beaches-East York.
Thank you for your support and please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Campaign Update September 18, 2018
Despite all of the disruptions from the Province and the continuing uncertainty in the election race, our campaign #CantStopWontStop! On Friday, before the whole city was even awake, I spoke on Your Morning about the timing of the Province's decision and the use of the 'Notwithstanding' clause to override the Charter of Rights. I remain absolutely committed to serving the residents of Beaches-East York, and my name will be on the ballot Oct 22. Watch the interview here!
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Our campaign is a grassroots movement for a more positive type of politics - and I'm so excited you're a part of it. Our campaign headquarters has officially transitioned from my living room to our new office just south of Main and Gerrard, at 155 Main Street. We celebrated this occasion last Saturday with the office doors wide open, refreshments and tasty baked goods served, and many lively discussions taking place! The 155 Main will be our campaign hub from now on.
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This upcoming Monday, September 24, the Balmy Beach Residents Association, Beach Metro News and Community Centre 55 are hosting a town hall with candidates running for city council in #bey. I am very excited to attend! Please join me at 7:30 pm @ Kingston Rd United Church, 975 Kingston Rd — the event is free and open to all. RSVP on Facebook!
As always, thank you for your support! I will see you around our beautiful ward!
Campaign Update September 6, 2018
Happy Labour Day and Back to School week! Now that we are all (mostly) back from vacation and settling into the fall routine, my election campaign is kicking into high gear too! I am knocking on doors around our ward (now Ward 19 — thanks, Doug Ford) every day, but in addition to canvassing with my fabulous volunteers, I've got many events happening this week.
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Lots of neighbours were home this past weekend getting ready for #backtoschool. We’re bringing a positive message of change to the door, and people are excited about our plans for safer streets, stronger local businesses, and community infrastructure. Canvassing is fun and not as hard as it looks! We pair newbies with experienced canvassers; no one is ever knocking on doors alone. JOIN US!
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On Thursday, I did a live Q&A session on Reddit. Lots of interesting questions were asked, and I really enjoyed answering them! Got to as many as I could (and still went over my allotted time). Read the full thread here!
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This Saturday, I will have a table at NookFest, a local music and arts festival on the Danforth. Stop by our colouring and button-making station at this super-fun, family event! Arts, music, friendly neighbours — what more could you ask for? 11:30 am to 8 pm at Woodbine & Danforth.
If you would like to get involved in my campaign, there is plenty of room — every little bit helps! Whether you have an hour of your time, a couple of dollars or a part of your lawn to spare, I want to hear from you.
Thank you for your support and I will see you on the campaign trail!
Campaign Update July 25, 2018
Our community was devastated earlier this week, we suffered a terrible loss. It's been hard for many, and the healing will take time, but I am constantly reminded about the care and compassion we hold here, that makes this place so special. We are always Danforth Strong.
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Since the campaign launch in June, at a fun and energizing event at Rorschach Brewery, we have been to 12,000 doors. I am eager to connect with as many of you as possible before voting day on October 22 to discuss the issues that matter to you. We have a plan for the Beaches and Danforth East based on the issues we hear about in the community, including road safety, the environment, and support for local businesses.
This week, we launched a petition calling on the City to create an expanded buffer zone around Woodbine Beach to protect vulnerable water users and the environment. Find that petition here, and another petition on addressing single-use plastics, here.
Also this past week, it was an honour to be joined by former Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat and community members from the Beach & Danforth East for a discussion about the future of our city. Thank you to Jennifer Keesmaat for your endorsement and to the Royal Canadian Legion for hosting us!
As I continue to knock on doors and enjoy our amazing community events, I encourage you to get in touch with the campaign. I’d love to hear from you.
Hope to see you at Jazz Fest!
Campaign Update June 19, 2018
It's been a very exciting last few days on the campaign trail, so I just want to first and foremost thank everyone who was out Friday to attend my official entry into the race and to all the volunteers who came out over the past few days to help knock on doors.
On Friday I officially entered the race for Ward 37, so that we can continue to have a strong community, and to see the changes that our neighbourhood deserves. It was amazing and humbling that the Toronto Star wrote up a piece on my entrance into the race and I'm very optimistic about the changes that we can make happen.
Saturday was filled with lots of canvassing, meeting a lot of our neighbours, and we had our amazing team come out and help us.
On Sunday, I took a break from canvassing to talk to CBC's The National about cycling and street safety, something our community and city must do better.
Monday, rain and shine, I was out talking to people on Queen Street — we spoke about road safety, safe streets and transportation issues.
Needless to sa,y it's been a hectic few days, but my team and I have been out there talking to you, working to make sure that we can make a difference at City Hall.