Toronto City Council: Respect the People's Plan for the Waterfront
  • Petitioned The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, MPP

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Premier, Government of Ontario
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty, MPP
Leader, Official Opposition
Tim Hudak
Mayor Rob Ford
Rob Ford
Minister of Finance, Government of Canada
The Honourable Jim Flaherty, PC, MPP
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Toronto City Council: Respect the People's Plan for the Waterfront

    1. Petition by

      CodeBlueTO

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September 2011

Victory

"Victory! Thank you Toronto! Waterfront Toronto's vision has been reaffirmed as the City's plan."

That was the celebratory statement coming from CodeBlueTO, the grassroots organizers of the campaign to save Toronto's visionary lower waterfront redevelopment plan from being gutted by Toronto  Mayor Rob Ford.

These citizens moblized an outpouring of public opposition to the Mayor's plan, and they succeeded in holding city officials accountable to the people's vision of the waterfront, turning the Mayor's pro-business backroom deals into a "political shipwreck." 

News coverage of the compromise cited the impact of the CodeBlueTO campaign and more than 6,000 people who signed their petition. Protesters also attended public meetings and rallied at Nathan Phillips Square the day before the vote.

Citizen organizers will keep watch to make sure they continue to hold the city's leaders accountable.

"Stay tuned. Stay vigilant," they said.

You can follow CodeBlueTO on Twitter or visit their website here.

Sign this Petition and send the CodeBlueTO message to City Councillors, and the provincial and federal partners in waterfront revitalization. Visit http://codeblueTO.com to find out more.

PLEASE NOTE: When you sign this petition, it automatically sends an email on your behalf to Toronto City Council. Be sure to add your comments under "Why are you signing?" to personalize your letter to the Mayor, Council, and our federal and provincial partners!

 

RESPECT THE PEOPLE'S PLAN FOR THE WATERFRONT: It's the right plan for Toronto.


- Don’t show contempt for the public process

- Don’t waste taxpayer dollars to start over

- Don’t abandon a plan that makes economic sense

- Don’t sell out our waterfront in a backroom deal

 

On September 21, we are counting on Toronto City Council to say NO to the Executive Committee’s recommendations.

Thousands of Torontonians have spent 6 years working with Waterfront Toronto and the most qualified experts in the world to create a plan that is visionary, practical, sustainable and internationally respected.

The plan fulfills a long standing goal of returning the mouth of the Don River to a naturalized state and extending the city by creating new mixed use neighbourhoods.

The plan makes economic sense. It provides flood protection at the lowest cost of all options considered in the EA, will bring 19,000 residents and 13,000 workers into the Lower Don Lands, and will unlock billions of dollars in value in the rest of the Port Lands.

As taxpayers we have invested $19 million to bring this plan to the final stages of development readiness. A completed Environmental Assessment, Official Plan amendments and zoning for the first phase of the development were approved one year ago.

It will hurt all of us to abandon a plan of this quality and the leadership of Waterfront Toronto in favour of what is only "a collection of ideas" developed by an untested agency in the back rooms.

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    1. Reached 6,000 signatures

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    • Louise Campbell TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      There is a plan to develop the waterfront.A lot of time and money was spent on that plan. and it is a good one. We don't need another shopping mall and a feris wheel doesn't belong there.

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    • Michael Irvine FORT LAUDERDALE, UNITED STATES
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am a life long resident of Toronto and the Fords remind me of the disasterous development deals of the Lastman years.

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    • Christopher Bejnar BRAMPTON, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Rob Ford's proposal is a waterfront killer!

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    • Marc Willoughby TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Ford & co. dont respect the planet.

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    • Alberto Sarthou TORONTO, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      The three levels of government formed Waterfront Toronto to give us a waterfront we can all be proud of. Work on this is going on and we are seeing tangible improvements. Let the public process continue and don't interfere with it for reasons that have to do with the city's budget deficit.

      I don't want to see a Coney Island in the waterfront. The vision of Waterfront Toronto is what I want to see.

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