Leadership and Action for ALL of Us, University—Rosedale
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.
- June 17, 2014
Dear Sir or Madame,
I have known Daryl for more than a quarter of a century, first as a patient, then as a friend. In my 45 years living and working in Toronto I have watched with interest as the city has transformed itself from a somewhat sleepy Anglo Saxon enclave of one million people into the vibrant multi- cultural powerhouse of today. I have travelled the world extensively and this city is bigger than many countries. With these changes and this rapid growth have come unprecedented demands on our municipal political system and leaders to fund and manage this growth while still preserving the quality of its citizens lives.
The challenge in the years ahead is only going to get bigger and will require collegial. committed, thoughtful and innovative leadership. I am recommending Daryl for Council because I know he can provide that kind of leadership and teamwork. On a personal level I can assure the voters of his riding that he is a compassionate and caring individual whose priorities are his family and his community. I have no doubt that if you elect Daryl you will receive 100% of his time and considerable talents.
Roy E. Stephenson B.A. (Hons.), M.A., LL.B.
- June 1, 2014
Dear Sir or Madame,
I endorse Daryl Christoff to be the city counsellor for University—Rosedale. His political campaign promises humanitarian ideals, with an emphasis on equality for women, immigrants, people of all classes and racial backgrounds. He has lived and built a sense of active political community in the neighborhood for over two decades. I have no doubt he will make a fine and dedicated city counsellor for the district, caring about the future well-being of the people and the City of Toronto.
Dr. Anh Hua, Ph.D
Department of Women's Studies
San Diego State University
- June 1, 2014
Dear Sir or Madame,
I am very pleased to endorse Daryl Christoff to be the city counsellor for University—Rosedale. I have known Daryl professionally for over 11years. He has shown astute business skills in operating his successful health care business and understand the concerns of business operators in the city. As an active member of his community for over 20 years Daryl also understands the needs of families and the value of a strong community. Daryl is compassionate, respects all genders and races and strives for equality for everyone.
Daryl was dedicated to his profession and will bring that level of dedication to his role as a city counsellor. He understands the strengths of the city that need to be reinforced and the challenges that require solutions. Daryl is already and active member of his community and the role of city counsellor will allow him to be a more effective advocate for all members of his community.
John H. Wallace,
Former Sr. VP of Legal at Oxford Properties
- June 10, 2014
Dear Sir or Madame,
I endorse Daryl Christoff to be the city counsellor for University—Rosedale. I have known Daryl for almost twenty years and believe him to be informed and passionate about what goes on in the City of Toronto, and the impact of different policies on the people of Toronto.
A father of three children, he cares deeply about family and community, the school system, the arts, and the environment, and how these affect all children. As an entrepreneur for the past twenty-five years he has a strong sense of fiscal responsibility. I feel that Daryl is a person of imagination and integrity who could make a valuable contribution to our city of Toronto.
Psychotherapist in Training – Gestalt Institute of Toronto
Former Professor and Program Director of Human Resources – Ryerson University
- June 11, 2014
Dear Sir or Madame,
I have seen Daryl almost every week for the past 19 years. I have always been impressed by his integrity, his candour and his great concern for the responsible treatment of others, as well as for accountability by those elected to their electors.
He is passionate about doing "what is right". He would serve his constituency with dedication and effective communication. I sincerely hope he is given the opportunity.
Senior Partner Litigator of a International Law Firm
June 13, 2014
Dear Sir and Madame,
As a long time Condo Owner in Trinity Spadina, I have been impressed by DARYL CHRISTOFF's understanding of this Ward. Daryl pays attention when helistens, considers, acts and provides "feedback" to residents, especially to
the large population of Condo owners. Daryl is also a resident and condo
owner in the ward and therefore Daryl will focus on the Ward's many needs to
get improvements done properly, to the best of his ability.
BOB COFFEY CMC CA CPA
July 15, 2014
I have known Daryl for about 20 years. When I met him I owned The Yoga Studio in Toronto. He was a health care practitioner making a difference with his healing hands and open heart.
He is a genuine "mench"...the yiddish word for a person of character. There is no doubt in my mind that he has the best intentions for the community. We would be lucky to have Daryl speak for us.
Director, The Work Place Wellness Academy
August 20, 2014
I have been a resident of University—Rosedale for twelve years. I live in the King/Spadina area and am well aware of the exciting challenges we have to look at in order to keep our neighbourhood a vibrant, compelling place to live.
I have known Daryl for fifteen years. So many of our conversations over the years have been about politics, specifically local. He gets it. The needs of both the home and condo owner. The importance of small businesses to the health of a neighbourhood. Improvements to transit to help us get around. The significance of supporting neighbourhood and city-wide arts groups. The balance needed between high-density growth and respect for what already makes our neighbourhood a great place to live.
And he will bring a thoughtful and positive energy to City Hall.
The MNL Agency
I am also supported by the following Medical Doctors
August 20, 2014
Dr. Stephen Rothman M.D.
August 20, 2014
Dr. Meera Shah M.D.
August 20, 2014
Dr. Janine McCready M.D.
Strong and Safe Communities
I will ensure we build on University—Rosedale’s great neighbourhoods. I will ensure development matches community needs. I will establish community roundtables to provide residents a voice at the table.
University—Rosedale 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, University—Rosedale 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 University—Rosedale, 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 University—Rosedale Development Board comprising University—Rosedale 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.
University—Rosedale 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.
Accountability, Civility, & Respect at City Hall and IN University—Rosedale
I believe in responsive communication, being accessible and available to University—Rosedale 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.
When we embrace and support diversity and connection, we improve all aspects of living in University—Rosedale. I strongly support local community festivals, parks( that allows for social and professional interactions) and the ever growing number of community events IN University—Rosedale. 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
University—Rosedale 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)
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.
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
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.