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Earlier today, I was asked by @JenniferPagliaro why I’ve flagged so many more potential bylaw violations than my colleagues on City Council. She shared some interesting data with me that shows just how active as a councillor I have been:
I make no apology for working tirelessly to identify potential issues for bylaw officers. While I won’t presume to speak for the others, in case you’re curious, here’s what I told @TorontoStar:
“Too often, politicians sit behind their desks and wait for people to come to them. As a councillor, I believe it is important to my job to be out among my constituents to truly understand their issues on the ground, not just from downtown at City Hall. That has always been my approach to public service and I wouldn’t presume to speak for my fellow councillors.
As a councillor, I have always been concerned for the wellbeing of all Toronto residents. When I flag issues with city staff, including by-law officers, I have complete faith in their professionalism. I trust these officers will use judgement in responding to concerns raised, such around as illegal businesses, unsafe rooming houses, or parking violations. I have no intention to begin overlooking these transgressions and my passion for serving the constituents of Ward 22 has not wavered.”