Leadership and Action for ALL of Us, University—Rosedale

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Daryl CHRISTOFF's Story

 

I grew up with my parents who hail from generations of farmers in the Niagara area of the great province of Ontario. Our family farm raised vegetables, grains and livestock. It was in my time on our farm that I learned the values and ethics of hard work, respect for nature, the importance of local farms and caring for the environment. Currently, I am an Account Executive at The App Labb Toronto, Ontario.

Eleven years ago I suffered a spinal cord injury and I gained so much from that experience. It’s been a long and at times extremely difficult journey. The road to wellness taught me how to rise above every day struggle and pain. I learned that I could heal myself despite a grim medical prognosis. I am living the truth that with discipline, perseverance and grit one can overcome great obstacles.

I am a true believer that my walking-focused lifestyle is a key component of staying well and I advocate this at any chance I can.

Over 28 years ago I took training that would radically change my life. I began a sports and RMT practice after completing my education at the Sutherland Chan School. I moved to Los Angeles for two years and had the opportunity to experience treating people from so many walks of life.

I met my wife just over 20 years ago and decided to return to Toronto to raise a family and to look after my now 80 years young mother who lives in Niagara area.

I had the opportunity to work with elite athletes at the Calgary Olympics. It was one of my proudest moments of being Canadian.

Over the nearly 3 decades of treating people, I was able to really understand how to be helpful and compassionate and treat people with dignity and respect. You learn a lot about human nature when people are vulnerable and suffering.

I love Toronto and the area University—Rosedale

I am passionate about equality, wellness and fairness. I look forward to the privilege of taking care of and be a voice for University—Rosedale.

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Issues

Strong and Safe Communities

I will ensure we build on UniversityRosedale’s great neighbourhoods. I will ensure development matches community needs. I will establish community roundtables to provide residents a voice at the table.

UniversityRosedale is home to some of Toronto’s most remarkable neighbourhoods. Our community has changed tremendously over the past decade. From CityPlace to the Annex, from King West to Queen’s Park, UniversityRosedale has experienced significant growth.

Daryl Christoff believes we need to ensure that as our skyline changes, our streets and neighbourhoods
remain friendly, open and accessible to all. Daryl advocates for policies including:

Transit, walkability and “cyclability”

I will ensure we have a community that is more livable. Residents of CityPlace and condos by the waterfront need better transit connections to jobs, restaurants and other amenities.

UniversityRosedale residents need to get from Point A to Point B to Point Z and anywhere between. Quickly. Safely. Enjoyably. Whether walking, cycling, taking transit or driving a car, our streets, sidewalks and trails must be places where various modes of transport co-exist.

Daryl Christoff recognizes that while there is a need to ease congestion for vehicles, City Hall needs to provide incentives for people to choose modes of transportation that are more efficient and better for the environment. Daryl believes our transit plans require bold ideas, responsible investments in
infrastructure and that pedestrian and cyclist safety is the top priority.

Issues

Strong and Safe Communities

I will ensure we build on UniversityRosedale’s great neighbourhoods. I will ensure development matches community needs. I will establish community roundtables to provide residents a voice at the table.

UniversityRosedale is home to some of Toronto’s most remarkable neighbourhoods. Our community has changed tremendously over the past decade. From CityPlace to the Annex, from King West to Queen’s Park, UniversityRosedale has experienced significant growth.

Daryl Christoff believes we need to ensure that as our skyline changes, our streets and neighbourhoods
remain friendly, open and accessible to all. Daryl advocates for policies including:

  • Building heights must be proportional to neighbourhoods. High-rise development is appropriate in some circumstances. However, in other locations in UniversityRosedale, mid-rise is more suitable. Planning decisions must be governed by the best interests of neighbourhoods, not developers. Daryl Christoff will work with developers to ensure community interests are represented in development proposals.
  • Community benefits provided in exchange for development density should not be political decisions. Daryl Christoff will establish a UniversityRosedale Development Board comprising UniversityRosedale residents to guide him on development and community benefits decisions. This will ensure community benefits are fairly distributed and negotiated in the best interests of all members of our community.
  • Vibrant communities and small businesses can be helped if we build bridges. City Hall needs to be an environment that encourages entrepreneurship and ingenuity at a policy level and on the street. Daryl Christoff wants to cut red tape and unnecessary City regulations that stifle innovation. He believes there needs to be an ongoing dialogue between businesses, renters, condo owners and homeowners. Daryl will create a roundtable to seek creative solutions topublic policy problems from Business Improvement Areas, non-governmental organizations such as Cycle Toronto, and from condo boards.
Transit, walkability and “cyclability”

I will ensure we have a community that is more livable. Residents of CityPlace and condos by the waterfront need better transit connections to jobs, restaurants and other amenities.

UniversityRosedale residents need to get from Point A to Point B to Point Z and anywhere between. Quickly. Safely. Enjoyably. Whether walking, cycling, taking transit or driving a car, our streets, sidewalks and trails must be places where various modes of transport co-exist.

Daryl Christoff recognizes that while there is a need to ease congestion for vehicles, City Hall needs to provide incentives for people to choose modes of transportation that are more efficient and better for the environment. Daryl believes our transit plans require bold ideas, responsible investments in
infrastructure and that pedestrian and cyclist safety is the top priority.

  • Streetcar service must improve so that more people choose to take public transit instead of cars. Toronto’s new low-floor streetcars are a positive first step, and the TTC’s plan to streamline the number of stops will speed up travel times. Daryl believes portions of certain streets should be limited to streetcar, bicycle and pedestrian traffic during peak hours.
  • Transit is an investment that will benefit us all. The City requires dedicated revenues to pay for a Downtown Relief Line. Daryl supports a range of revenue tools including a dedicated transit tax and a congestion charge for vehicles driving in the core during peak hours.
  • Urban design must be cyclist- and pedestrian-focused rather than car-focused. Whether it is creating more room for pedestrians as new developments are built, improving transit links to CityPlace or building dedicated bicycle lanes, Daryl believes we need to build our city around the current and future needs of residents.

Priorities

Accountability, Civility, & Respect at City Hall and IN UniversityRosedale

I believe in responsive communication, being accessible and available to UniversityRosedale constituents and STRIVING for AN improved, MORE transparent process at City Hall. We are A very diverse and EVOLVING ward. With change comes challenge and how we handle matters is fundamentally important.
I promise you I will strive for respectful and balanced conflict resolution and I will stand for integrity as your representative at City Hall.
I believe everyone has a voice that needs to be heard.

Community Building

When we embrace and support diversity and connection, we improve all aspects of living in UniversityRosedale. I strongly support local community festivals, parks( that allows for social and professional interactions) and the ever growing number of community events IN UniversityRosedale. We all benefit in meeting and learning more about our neighbours. In this time of revitalization and investment in a growing downtown core, I am very mindful of balancing our ward’s needs with the requests of developers and investors in our community.

Neighbourhood Community Groups and Associations

UniversityRosedale has powerful and purposeful neighborhood and business associations. We are very lucky to have such active, hardworking organizations. Truly, it is impressive what our local residents accomplish. I recognize everyone as A NEIGHBOUR and I understand we all have A VOICE regardless of whether we rent or own, whether we live in a house or condo or apartment.

I promise to work with our community organizations to address concerns such empty abandon homes or businesses becoming unhealthy or unsafe,and providing more surveillance to decrease crime.
I will work with our community organizations to celebrate and to bring awareness of the many interesting cultural and
local social events.

Knowing the importance of how valuable Toronto Entertainment District is to the future success of Toronto, it is crucial to follow the Entertainment Districts Master Plan. I would be a” Very Strong Advocate” to implement the Entertainment Master Plan if elected on October 27,2014.
(Read the Entertainment District’s Master Plan)

Infrastructure

Our growing Toronto needs a well maintained city infrastructure. Toronto City Council must address maintenance and repair to various types of infrastructure(s). This is important in the face of recent natural flood disasters as well as for the purpose of protecting pedestrians and cyclists.
I am also very concerned that our great city address THE PRESENCE OF LEAD in the water SUPPLY. I feel this is a very urgent matter.
We can do better to relieve traffic congestion and pollution in our city. I am also a strong support of creating pedestrian zones in our great CITY. I am in favour of reducing carbon footprints where sensible.
I would like to see investment in improving the full use of the CN RAIL and GO Transit tracks, and I also think Toronto can do better to protect the safety of TTC commuters getting off streetcars.

Services

I am hugely in favour of keeping our public libraries open. I also think our green spaces are vital to a healthy city and
need protection and support to stay safe and VIABLE. Social Innovation is also a critical to our Uniqueness in
Ward20.

Budget & Spending

I think it’s really key for Toronto to find FAIR and sensible streams of funding for the city’s budget. I promise I will

work for transparency and accountability in our budgets and funding solutions. I also promise to reflect our ward’s

values and needs when using the taxpayer’s money.

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DARYL CHRISTOFF for University—Rosedale

 

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