Ward 13 Candidates Forum Oct 17, 2018

St James Town Community Co-op and CREW hosted a candidates forum on Community Resilience and Emergency Planning for ward 13 city council candidates on Oct 17th, 2018 at the Church of St. Peter and St. Simon in St. James Town. We invited all the candidates who were running for councillor to the forum and we had five questions prepared in advance for the candidates to answer.

At the forum, the candidates who showed up were: Jon Callegher, Megann Willson, Rob Wolvin, Walied Khogali Ali, Gladys Larbie, Tim Gordanier, George Smitherman, Richard Forget, and Jordan Stone while Lucy Triosi sent her apologies. We kicked off the evening with snacks and an intro statement from each candidate before we moved onto the questions. There were moments of tension and candidates also expressed frustration that the incumbent candidates were not present at the forum. At the same time, we had insightful conversations and thoughts from candidates on what community resilience looks like to them and how to best prepare for emergency situations in St. James Town.

We had some time at the end of the evening for questions from the audience and the questions that came up included:

  1. How would you ensure that you are accessible to all residents regardless of status?
  2. How will you raise revenue for the projects you want to create?
  3. People are dying from overdoses in the community, what will you do to address this issue?
  4. Do you have a plan of action to get to know your community?

We’re thankful that the candidates had a chance to join us on this evening to share their ideas and how they want to engage these important topics. We’re also glad that people in the community want to engage in these discussion and demand that our candidates work for them and represent them well.

You can find photos of the event here.

You can find a live tweet thread of the debate here covered by Justin Chatwin

Design Gathering #1 – Oct 13

 

We had our first OASIS design gathering last Saturday, Oct 13 at the Wellesley Community Centre! Over 30 residents and participants came out to share their ideas and vision what they want OASIS to look like in stage 1 and specifically how they envision a community kitchen and a food storage unit. We had great conversations and a delicious lunch to keep us going; there was also a kids group where youth got a chance to ask pertinent questions for the project and present a solid vision of what they wanted to see. The kids’ presentation definitely had the adults in the room thinking and chuckling.

The energy in the room was amazing and every table was buzzing with conversation and chatter. This is what we want to encourage in the community: people gathering to talk about important issues and solutions and meeting other folks in the community.We can’t wait for the smaller laser groups, set up through this design gathering, to work on more detailed aspects of the projects and bring more focus and expertise to the table. Our next design gathering is happening on Nov. 10 and allies are invited to join residents at this stage. Keep in touch to hear about other events and progress on OASIS coming up!

Check out more photos from the gathering from our Facebook album here.