Toronto Mayoral Debate 2014
Friday, September 26, 2014
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Featuring John Tory, Olivia Chow and Doug Ford Moderated by Ryan Doyle
Doug Ford is the son of late MPP Doug Ford Sr. and brother of Mayor Rob Ford. Doug and his wife Karla have four beautiful daughters Krista 20, Kayla 18, Kara 16 and Kyla 15. Doug and the Ford family have been life long residents of Etobicoke.
Doug was a member of the Toronto West Rotary Club for over twenty years. He served as Treasurer, Vice President and President as well as many other positions. Doug was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow Award. This is the highest award you can receive in Rotary for outstanding service to your community.
Founder and Past President of the Toronto Fall Fair, Rotary Centennial Park
Coached five years and sponsored over 40 years at Martingrove Baseball
Coached five years Etobicoke Soccer and sponsored for over 20 years
Board Member for a year at Day Care Visiting for Seniors
Volunteer for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal
Doug donates to hundreds of non profit organizations throughout the city every year.
President of Deco Labels and Tags that employs 250 people in Toronto, Chicago and New Jersey. In 1999 Doug went to Chicago to open Deco’s first U.S. division. In the first 5 years Deco moved four times to larger facilities In 2008, we purchased a company in N.J. where Deco is experiencing tremendous growth. I will take my 25 years of business experience to City Hall.
Olivia Chow has been a Member of Parliament, city councillor and school trustee. She’s a grandmother and daughter. And she has a proven track record engaging people to build stronger families and better neighbourhoods.
She moved to Toronto from Hong Kong in 1970 when she was 13, working two jobs to help her family make ends meet. After graduating university, Olivia taught English as a second language and worked to help newcomers settle in the city. In 1985, she was elected to the school board and earned a reputation as a champion for children. She married Jack Layton in 1988, and helped raise Mike and Sarah Layton.
She was elected to the former Metro Council in 1991 and 1994, and to the new city of Toronto’s council in 1997, 2000 and 2003. Former Mayor Mel Lastman appointed her to the budget committee, where she helped deliver five straight balanced budgets. Mayor Lastman also named her the city’s first child and youth advocate, where she delivered better kids’ dental services, student nutrition programs and youth safety initiatives. She was key in getting the 911 service to work in 140 languages.
In 2006, Olivia was elected as an MP. A strong voice for federal investment in our infrastructure, she earned a reputation for working with MPs from all parties. She was re elected in 2008 and 2011.
Olivia lives with her mother, Ho Sze, and helps care for her father, Wilson Wai Sun. She has two granddaughters, Beatrice and Solace. In 2014, her best selling memoir, My Journey, was published.
Recognition for being one of our city’s most effective leaders include a Toronto Sun readers’ choice gold award for being a Top Torontonian, being named Canada’s Woman of the Year by Consumer Choice and best City Councillor nine times by Now Magazine.
John Tory is a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Businessman, Lawyer, Volunteer and Community Activist. He has shown that he has the passion and experience to build a more liveable, affordable, and functional Toronto.
John knows how to successfully lead, manage and obtain results from large, complex organizations. This proven ability to bring people together is evident throughout his career, including as CEO of one of Canada’s largest publishing and broadcasting companies, and as Commissioner and Chairman of the Canadian Football League. His leadership has been widely credited with returning that national institution to stability.
John’s involvement in our community has come full circle. Many know him most recently as the evening host of Live Drive with John Tory, but his first experience with City Hall all dates back to the early 1970′s when he was a member of the City Hall Press Gallery as a reporter, interviewer and newscaster for two local radio stations. He has also served in public office as a Member of Provincial Parliament, Leader of the Ontario PC Party, and Leader of the Official Opposition at Queen’s Park.
In 2012, John was appointed by the Ontario Liberal government to chair a special panel that outlined recommendations on revitalizing Ontario Place on Toronto’s waterfront. John is also a founding member and former Chair of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. Through CivicAction, John has brought together people from all corners of Toronto to champion solutions to the city’s most challenging issues. John was recently awarded the Order of Ontario for being a consummate champion for the Greater Toronto Region.
John’s passion for Toronto and his commitment to the values of tolerance and compassion are especially evident through his many years as a volunteer, fundraiser and community activist. He has been a volunteer director and has championed the causes of such organizations as the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Crimestoppers, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto Association for Community Living, the United Way, and the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, LEAF.
He and his wife Barb have been married since 1978. They have raised their four children, John Jr., Christopher, Susan and George, in Toronto, and are proud grandparents