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Advanced Polls Open in Ward 43 Saturday October 16th and Sunday October 17th

This morning at 10am I joined with family, friends and neighbours and cast my ballot for Mayor, City Councillor and School Trustee in Ward 43. I was pleased to go to the polls with my grandparents and some of my key campaign supporters to exercise our democratic responsibilities. If you believe our ward needs a strong, local voice at City Hall, it’s critical you vote as well.


John Laforet voting with his grandparents at the advanced polls

Voting is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday October 16th and Sunday October 17th at Galloway Road Public School (192 Galloway Road).


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To vote all you need to do is bring your voter card and a piece of ID. If you didn’t receive your voter card, a drivers licence or another piece of photo ID with signature (citizenship card, passport etc.) and something with proof of address like a utility bill or bank statement. For a full list of acceptable identifcation and voting requirements please visit this City of Toronto Election’s Link.

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Generous Ward 43 Residents Help John Laforet Take Second Place in City Wide Food Poll 2010

Laforet is top Scarborough Councillor Candidate in Food Bank Contest
Generous Ward 43 residents help Laforet take second place in Toronto-wide challenge
 
SCARBOROUGH, Fri. Oct. 8, 2010 – Ward 43 Toronto City Councillor Candidate John Laforet collected more food donations in Scarborough than any other local candidate as part of a food drive challenge coinciding with the current Toronto municipal election.
 
With the help of Ward 43 residents, Laforet collected 249 pounds of soup, rice, pasta and other non-perishable food items during the city-wide Toronto Food Poll 2010. This food drive was organized as a friendly challenge among all city councillor candidates in the upcoming October 25th municipal election.
 
In addition to winning in Scarborough, Laforet took second place overall, competing among the 22 candidates from 18 wards who participated in the food bank challenge.
 
The Toronto Food Poll 2010 collected a total of 5,008 pounds of food. All food collected goes to Toronto residents who use food banks to help them provide for their families. Final results of the food drive challenge are available at TORONTO FOOD POLL 2010-results (www.foodpoll2010.com/index.html).
 
“This comes at such an important time,” said John Laforet. “With Thanksgiving this weekend, I’m grateful that so many residents in Ward 43 provided so many donations to the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.  I’m so proud to have collected this food and give a helping hand to people.”
 
The motto for this year’s Food Poll was “Politics doesn’t matter if you’re hungry…. Everyone needs to eat.” John Laforet was the only councillor candidate in Scarborough’s Ward 43 to participate in this community food drive.
 
Laforet said food drive organizers took a creative approach to link urban poverty with the current municipal election. Laforet points out that food drives like this are important to many Ward 43 residents, a place where city officials estimate about 3,000 families depend on local food banks. All the food collected by the John Laforet campaign in Ward 43 was delivered to the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, which supplies food to Scarborough’s volunteer-run food banks.
 
“In addition to its low-income residents, Ward 43 continues to lack many of the city services that other parts of Toronto take for granted,” Laforet said. “We have no subway service. Some of the worst roads in Ontario are in this ward. And only one library is now operating in this whole ward.”
 
John Laforet is the only candidate for Ward 43 City Councillor who lives in the ward. He’s campaigning to improve local services – including expanding the subway in Scarborough and revitalizing the historic Guild Inn. Laforet’s priorities also include bringing more financial accountability to City Hall, and addressing chronic poverty issues in Ward 43.
 
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Scarborough Mirror: Wind turbines and Kingston Road are issues for Ward 43 candidates

Monday, September 27th, 2010 – Michele Mclean

Candidates running for the Ward 43 seat seem to have a different spin when it comes to the proposed wind turbine project off the Scarborough Bluffs.

Paul Ainslie and John Laforet are against the installation of wind turbines in Lake Ontario; while Benjamin Mbaegbu, Bhaskar Sharma and Samuel Getachew support them. Mbaegbu, though, said the Scarborough Bluffs isn’t the proper location.“I am completely against them,” said Ainslie, the incumbent councillor. “I have always been completely against them from the first day they came out.”

A wind testing study is currently being done at the site. In June the Ministry of Environment announced that the province has decided on a five-kilometre setback for offshore wind farms. Since the lake bed off the Scarborough Bluffs drops off after four kilometres it likely means the proposed wind turbines off the Scarborough Bluffs won’t be viable.

”I would like a scientifically based health study done on the effects of wind turbines on local population, the human population, animal population,” Ainslie said.

“We don’t know the effects of putting concrete structures like this on the lake bed and how it affects fish spawning grounds. There’s also an issue of migratory birds. As a city councillor there’s a huge issue on overspending taxpayer dollars to build wind turbines on Lake Ontario. A lot of jurisdictions are looking at them as outdated technology now for saying you’re green and respecting the environment.”

Laforet, president of Wind Concerns Ontario, said he’s been fighting wind turbines for more than two years.

“There’s overwhelming opposition,” Laforet said. “There’s a lack of scientific protocol. It’s alarming. There’s known to be a real health impact and environmental impact. This city and this province are pretending there aren’t any issues and it’s not worth studying to prove or disprove.”

It’s also a financial issue, he added.

“It’s a billion dollars of our money on a project that will never see that return. How much debt do you want a City of Toronto agency to take on? It’s probably the worst way to generate electricity on a grand scale. Toronto Hydro is supposed to be providing our houses with reliable, affordable energy, not generating energy – that’s not their mandate.”

Mbaegbu said he supports the green use of generating electricity,

“Wind turbines are a very good project for the city, but not the location (off the Scarborough Bluffs),” he said. “It will create employment, but it’s a health hazard to the people around it.”
Sharma said he thinks the wind turbines would be good for Scarborough and the environment.

“Of course more detailed study must be done to look at its full usefulness. I know it’s a turn off for people who think it might be taking away from landscape, but I feel when we look at going back to nature and beauty and the environment it will be good for future generations and people at large,” he said.

Getachew said turbines will offer a great source of alternative energy.

“I support the wind turbines,” he said. “I’ve travelled to so many places, including Norway, Denmark, Africa, and I’ve seen what’s happening in Alberta and they do use them. We can’t depend on the same source to produce energy over and over again. I think they’re a great alternative.

“There hasn’t been any signs telling us they’re bad for the environment or someone’s health. The only thing people have is fear. We have to be conscious. There might be problems in the future, but as of now I don’t see any problems with them. I think they would be a great source of energy for us.”

Getachew said he also supports development on Kingston Road and infill developments that have popped up in the ward. “We need more developers,” he said.

“We need more business owners. We need more people creating jobs. There are issues. People have discussed them with me. I want different conversations to take place. It’s an issue that can be solved.”

Mbaegbu agreed that development in Ward 43 isn’t an issue, while Sharma said he will look into it.

However, Laforet said the infill on Kingston Road is squandering the opportunity to restore the area.

“My issue is that Ward 43 doesn’t suffer from a lack of housing,” he said.

“There’s many communities where folks can live (in the ward) and there’s very few places where people can work. The reason we have such high poverty in Ward 43 is because the job market is inaccessible based on poor infrastructure and even before the recession our employment rate was considerably higher than the rest of the city. I think Kingston Road and the used car lots and motels present excellent development opportunities for commercial endeavours. I would like to see Kingston Road become a localized job market and a place where people can get work and residents can get services. I think housing squanders that opportunity.”

Laforet said the current state of Kingston Road is a “patchwork of half-empty plazas, old gas stations and seedy motels. The city has a role to play in cleaning that up because it has a very negative impact on the community and we could have something we could be truly proud of and have a great urban feel to it.

“This is the gateway to Toronto from the east. There’s a very good reason to make it so Kingston Road is something people can be proud of and make their living and folks can stay.”
Ainslie said Kingston Road has been on an upswing.

“I can point to a number of different properties throughout that strip where the strip motels, car lots and gas stations have left,” he said.

“Kingston Road’s biggest problem is the economy needs to recover and the neighbourhood needs the economy to recover.”

He added there are six or seven low-rise condominium applications that are ready to go.

“Right now the property owners are sitting on the property because they don’t think they can sell the units so they’re waiting. Once the economy improves – three or four years down the road – you’re going to walk down Kingston Road and see a world of difference. Kingston Road is really going to be someplace for people to go.”

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Ward 43 Residents Raise 240 pounds of food for Foodpoll 2010!

John Laforet Ward 43 Candidate Food Bank Drive
John Laforet with Ward 43′s proceeds to Foodpoll 2010

Below is a news release regarding the success of foodpoll 2010′s challenge to all City Council candidates. I was proud to participate and wish the others running in Ward 43 had gotten involved to make it more interesting. I want to thank everyone who dropped by to donate non parishable food to the foodbank and have to say I was personally amazed by the amount of food donated.

 

 

240 Pounds of Help For Scarborough’s Food Bank Collected in Ward 43

 
SCARBOROUGH, Mon. Sept 20, 2010 – Residents of Ward 43 donated 240 pounds of soup, flour, pasta and other non-perishable food items to local food banks this past weekend as part of the city-wide Toronto Food Poll 2010. This food drive was organized as a challenge to all city councillor candidates in the upcoming October 25th municipal election.
 
The motto for this year’s Food Poll was “Politics doesn’t matter if you’re hungry…. Everyone needs to eat.” John Laforet was the only councillor candidate in Scarborough’s Ward 43 to participate in this community food drive.
 
“Helping out our neighbours is a tradition in Scarborough. I want to thank all the Ward 43 residents who dropped off groceries this weekend. I was amazed by residents’ generosity in just two days,” said Laforet.
 
He congratulated the food drive organizers for taking a creative approach to link urban poverty with the current municipal election. Laforet said food drives are important to many people in Ward 43. The ward includes some of Scarborough’s poorest neighbourhoods. He added that city officials estimate about 3,000 families in the ward’s area depend on local food banks.
 
“In addition to its low-income residents, Ward 43 continues to lack many of the city services that other parts of Toronto take for granted,” Laforet said. “We have no subway service. Some of the worst roads in Ontario are in this ward. And only one library is now operating in this whole ward.”
 
All the food collected by the John Laforet campaign in Ward 43 will be delivered to Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank, which supplies food to Scarborough’s volunteer-run food banks. About 40 councillor candidates across Toronto took part in the Food Poll. The final city-wide results of this drive will be announced by the Toronto Food Poll 2010 later this week. More information about this initiative is available at  www.foodpoll2010.com

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My Comments to the EBR Registry Consultation On Offshore Wind Setbacks

The proposed guidelines are pitiful. There is no science to suggest health concerns or environmental concerns are addressed at this point. The ministry needs to recognize this is our drinking water and not an opportunity for industrialization. Ontarians should have a right to lands to grow food, and fresh water to drink as a base level of environmental protection. What’s becoming increasingly clear is that this government does not care about the negative environmental effects this industry has on our province, or the long term economic damage crippling electricity rates will either. What’s clear is that no setback for lake based turbines makes any sense and this policy has been fatally flawed from the start.
Wind Concerns Ontario will continue to fight against these irresponsible projects and bizarre regulations that literally ignore existing science to advance the cause of a flawed industry that can’t meet any of the basic requirements for most industrial activity as it relates to supply and demand or commodity pricing.
We will look back at these decisions years from now and wonder what could ‘they’ have been thinking while approving these projects. By setting the rules in a way that allows harm to happen, this government is abdicating its responsibility to the people of Ontario. Residents are standing up, and will continue to stand up to protect our communities, our homes, our families and our environment from the destruction happening at the hands of this provincial government.
I do not support the proposed regulations because they do not go far enough. No turbines in the lake would be a far better policy. Decisions around the grid and electricity supply in Ontario need to be based on economics, and cost benefit analysis. Wind is not the answer on land or offshore on an industrial scale.

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