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Dai Williams: Women Win Toronto

Dai Williams is the Interim Co-chair and Communications Lead for Women Win Toronto. Women Win Toronto is a Toronto-based organization dedicated to train and prepare women from diverse backgrounds (including trans and gender non-conforming individuals) to run winning campaigns for the 2018 Toronto municipal election. Visit them at http://womenwinto.ca/

This is episode #142  of the Welcome! podcast.

Here are some of the things we discussed with Dai Williams:

  • What Women Win Toronto is
  • What Dai Williams does with Women Win Toronto
  • How Dai became involved in local politics and why she’s passionate about her work with Women Win Toronto and other initiatives
  • Women In Toronto Politics
  • Social Media Lead for #SnapTheBudget
  • Social Media Lead for Ontario Thrive
  • Why Faith Goldy wouldn’t meet the criteria for getting accepted into Women Win Toronto

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Closing music by Afraaz Mulji.

This episode was taped at Girth Radio studios inside the Pacific Junction Hotel bar in Toronto.

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Richard Peddie

Richard Peddie is best known as the former President and CEO of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment. These days, Peddie can be found learning and talking across the globe as a passionate city builder.

Richard Peddie joined Karim Kanji and co-host Gregg Tilston inside Toronto’s Girth Radio studios for an unprecedented fourth visit. In this episode we discuss the upcoming Toronto election and the impact Doug Ford continues to have on the city of Toronto.

This is episode #139  of the Welcome! podcast.
Here are some of the things we discussed with Richard Peddie:
  • The bombshell announcement that Doug Ford wanted to almost halve the size of Toronto’s city council to 25 councilors
  • Why Richard Peddie is supporting Jennifer Keesmat
  • Why Peddie doesn’t think John Tory has done enough as Mayor of Toronto over the past three years
  • Why Keesmat’s leadership style is preferred over Tory’s leadership style by many progressives in Toronto
  • The ongoing transit woes in Toronto
  • Should the city of Toronto ban guns within it’s borders and how effective could it be in shrinking crime
  • Can powerful neighborhood councils be more effective in places like North York, Scarborough and Etobicoke than a seemingly distant Toronto city hall?
  • Finally, we discussed Richard Peddie’s thoughts on women’s professional basketball coming to Toronto

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Music by Afraaz Mulji.

If you liked this episode you will also like all our previous conversations with Richard Peddie.

Sarah Climenhaga: Toronto Mayoral Candidate Discusses 2018 Ontario Election Results

Sarah Climenhaga joined co-hosts Karim Kanji and Gregg Tilston inside the studio this past week to discuss the 2018 Ontario Election results and its potential impact on the city of Toronto.

This is Episode  #3 of the Toronto The Podcast and Episode #130 of Welcome!

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • Why Sarah Cimenhaga does not think that the city of Toronto is as divided as the election results seemed to point out.
  • The many reasons why she is running for the office of the Mayor of Toronto.
  • Gregg Tilston is obsessed with Doug Ford’s “Buck A Beer” election promise.
  • How Sarah Climenhaga would work with Doug Ford should she be elected as Toronto’s next mayor.
  • Sarah Climenhaga’s candid thoughts on the strong mayoral system as advocated by Doug Ford.
  • Why Sarah Climenhaga thinks the King Streetcar project has been successful and what she would do to improve the experience of drivers.
  • Karim Kanji argues why the $0.10 reduction in gas prices will do everything to increase drivers and cars on the road, decrease the use of public transit, lower the revenues available to the Ontario government, decrease the chances of continued and/or increased investment (including ongoing service and maintenance) in public transit in both Ontario and Toronto.
  • Sarah Climenhaga’s thoughts on affordable housing, affordable child care, the environment, equity, civic engagement and so much more!

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Recorded live at Girth Radio.

Music by Afraaz Mulji.

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Episode #128: 2018 Ontario Election Primer with Dan Speerin

 

Welcome! Episode #12: Laura Casselman

Episode #12 features my friend, Laura Casselman. She’s running as the NDP candidate in Scarborough Guildwood. Listen to how she got her start in local politics and her reason for running in this month’s election.

Enjoy!

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Welcome! Episode #12: Laura Casselman by Welcome! By Karim Kanji on Mixcloud

We met @JohnToryTO…

So this happened yesterday (sort of):

@JohnToryTO
@JohnToryTO

“What happened?” you might be asking. Well, that’s my family in the cover image of the Twitter page of Toronto’s future mayor, John Tory. From left to right is my nephew Omar, niece Iman, Kahzmir (DS8) and my beautiful wife Minaz. Oh yeah, and beside her is Tory. 🙂

It’s kinda funny that they are on Tory’s page. Not that we don’t like him. He’s probably the most likeable guy running to be our mayor this October. He’s also smart, a dedicated public servant, and been successful in almost everything he has done in business.

Why is it funny? We probably would not have even thought of voting for Tory if he was running for the PC Party of Ontario. But as a mayoral candidate for the city of Toronto? Sure, why not?

The photo above and the one’s below were taken at the Taste of Lawrence Festival a few weeks ago in Scarborough.

@JohnToryTO with @karimkanji
@JohnToryTO with @karimkanji

And here’s the obligatory selfie….

@karimkanji and @JohnToryTO
@karimkanji and @JohnToryTO

I met Olivia Chow…just inside Scarborough

On Sunday I spent the afternoon like many Torontonians did: at a barbeque. However, this particular barbeque was interesting. Toronto Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow was the guest of honour. My friend (who also happens to be the dad of two of my other friends – META!) was hosting an afternoon barbeque in support of Madam Chow.

She was dressed in a simple, yet elegant, yellow summer dress. She didn’t talk too long but did promise to bring respect and vision to City Hall. What struck me most was that Madam Chow didn’t speak like a populist. She didn’t promise to spend money nor stop spending money. She actually talked about building a city where people could get to work on time; a city that was clean and where the air was breathable; a city that cared for it’s young and elderly; a city that we could be proud to call home no matter if we lived in north Etobicoke or near the bluffs in Scarborough.

Olivia Chow
Olivia Chow

And, I think, that’s the type of city and leader Torontonians want: a city builder. I don’t want someone to cut services. I don’t want a Mayor who feels they need to fight to get things done. I want a Mayor who wants to build a city: a place where we can be safe to live, work and play.

Olivia Chow takes a selfie!
Olivia Chow takes a selfie!