The city’s green spaces, rivers and parks are all in a state of flux, with the city struggling to retain its green image.
The city is struggling to keep the streets green, and its parks are becoming increasingly crowded.article Continued Below The Green Party is making a name for itself with the campaign of “the most inclusive, greenest, green mayor in Canada,” and they’re targeting the next mayor in May, with a goal of winning three-quarters of the votes in a citywide election.
The Green leader is hoping to make the city’s municipal election campaign a referendum on the Liberals, who are in the midst of a five-year term that includes an attempt to extend their mandate beyond 2021.
“It’s about time that Toronto is at the forefront of the global movement to protect our environment and make it easier to grow our economy, not harder,” said Green Party candidate Karen Stintz.
“We’ve got a very green, progressive agenda that’s going to take us to a place where we can actually grow our economies, our cities, our communities and make our city the greenest city in Canada.”
The candidates, including Stintzz, will discuss the Green agenda on Thursday, with candidates on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Stintz is the first female to run for mayor in Toronto, having served as the city council president for two terms.
Stintzes platform calls for greater public participation in government, a greater emphasis on economic development, and a focus on climate change.
Stintzes commitment to a green agenda is also an issue that’s been in the air for some time.
Ahead of the recent municipal election, Toronto had the most greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the country.
But a study by the University of Toronto found that the city had more than double the number of green spaces than any other city in the province.
According to Stintez, the city is at a crossroads.
While she is committed to protecting the environment, she’s also passionate about making the city more welcoming and inclusive.
I’m passionate about giving people the opportunity to be who they are, she said.
In an interview with the Star, Stintes plan for the Green party to focus on the issue of diversity, in particular the issue that has divided Canadians for years, the issue about race.
She’s also looking at ways to improve the citys climate, to make it a better place for people of colour to live.
Stinz said she is also focused on bringing the city into the 21st century and making it more livable for everyone.
“We’re here to change the climate, and we’re not here to make our cities more beautiful,” she said, “We’re just here to take care of our environment, and if we do that, we will have a better environment.”
Stintzos platform calls on the city to: The city to work to build and improve the Greenbelt, which is the core of the city that is currently undergoing major revitalization; Increase funding to support and protect the Greenbelts environment, which includes a series of greening initiatives; Expand the Greenways Network, which aims to connect neighbourhoods with green spaces and other green infrastructure; Encourage the city and city council to increase funding to expand the Greenway network.
Stirring up enthusiasm for the Greens in the city, she is currently polling at around 17 per cent in the latest polling, according to the Toronto Star.
With files from The Canadian Press