Friends and neighbours,
I’m Saman Tabasinejad and I’m running to be our City Councillor in Willowdale.
I’m running because I am the new voice and have the new vision to make sure our community is commutable, liveable, and growing responsibly. I am a community newspaper editor, refugee housing advocate, policy chair for the Iranian-Canadian Congress, a former language instructor for new immigrants, and a proud progressive. I spent my formative years in Willowdale, and have many fond memories of growing up here. I studied hard in the evenings at the North York Central Library, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Carleton and McGill.
That’s why I embraced the opportunity to serve Willowdale and the community that gave me and my family so much. Together we will invest in the Downtown Relief Line, extend the planned Finch West LRT to Finch Station, and fix the Highway 401 ramp so that we can keep moving for work and play. Together we will build vibrant smart neighbourhoods, fight so that families can send their kids to local schools in the community, and make sure that developers are contributing their fair share to our community and our schools.
I recognize that due to poor planning at all levels of government, development has not listened to the concerns of Willowdalers. As city councillor I will listen to Willowdalers' concerns and reflect them in the decision-making process.
Together let’s build our community to be commutable, liveable, and growing responsibly. Together, we can make Willowdale better.
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As a TTC user, like other residents of Willowdale, I know how difficult it is to get around this city and North York first-hand. That's why I will support infrastructure projects in our neighbourhood while working with businesses to make sure their needs are met.
I will support the creation of the Downtown Relief Line (DRL). This is a project that has been “on the books” for decades but unfortunately there has been no political leadership or will from any councillors thus far. Let’s get it done.
Many of you have heard about the newly approved Finch W. LRT - a line that goes from Humber College to Finch West Station. If elected I will lobby to extend the LRT line so it connects to Finch Station. Let’s #ClosetheLoop.
Responsible Growth for Willowdale
Toronto, along with Willowdale, is growing at unprecedented rates. This growth offers both tremendous opportunities and challenges. That's why we need to make sure that Willowdale is at the forefront of responsible growth and progress in the city. That's why I will work with developers, the City, and the Province to make sure that Willowdale's growth is supported with intelligent and forward-thinking policy. I will facilitate Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) to make sure that developers contribute fairly to our community and make sure that developments makes our neighbourhood a better place to live.
Education for Willowdale Families
Far too many of us, especially those living in condos, have been frustrated trying to send our children to school in our neighbourhood. We will fight these regressive policies and make sure that our community's children will go to school in our community. That's why I will work with the Province to ensure that our schools are adequately funded with Educational Development Changes (EDCs) and fight to ensure that Willowdale will get its fair share of Section 37 funds.