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article imageToronto's William Molls wants City Hall to work for the people Special

By KJ Mullins     Jul 19, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - At 22 most young men are concerned about where the next party is. Not so for William Molls, running as a candidate for city councilor in Toronto's Ward 22 (St. Paul's). He hopes to bring a fresh face to City Hall while tackling the hard issues.
When asked during a phone interview about why at 22 was he running for office, Molls replied that while his opponents are very well versed at City Hall he believes that his edge on the using social media combined with his desire to improve his neighbourhood makes him the best man for the job.
Molls started his political life at the age of 16 volunteering for the NDP in Stratford, Ontario where his family had moved to from Toronto when he was eight.
Social media is a huge factor for Molls in the way that City Hall should be run. With his experience as a freelance web designer and social media consultant, Molls feels that Toronto government is letting the public down when it comes to basic communication.
"I think that City Hall is not communicating with the people of Toronto well enough. There are many times that the city goes ahead with issues without the public being aware of issues that affect them. By doing that the public is out of the loop with the workings of their city's governing."
One example of this Molls feels is how his neighbourhood, the Davisville area, is at risk of losing its small town charm appeal.
"Special interest groups who know how to work City Hall are able to go in and be granted permits for condos without the public aware that parts of their neighbourhood will be lost." Molls added, "We need an expert in communication for the public to be in City Hall to get the word out on the issues."
Molls said that he fears that what Mayor David Miller wanted of Transit City will not come into being without a strong backing at City Hall.
"Miller's plan for Toronto's transit has been marred," he said. "Toronto needs that plan to come into play. Transit needs a lot of work, not pie in the eye dreams, but realistic budgets. The city's transit is my #1 issue because it needs the most work. I would address the need of rapid transit and the Eglinton LRT."
Two of Molls other issues concern affordable housing in one of the most expensive areas of Toronto and the need for increased green space.
"While the Davisville area has an incredible amount of development going on it is lacking affordable housing. With a waiting list of 60,000 Toronto residents for affordable housing we are in the midst of a housing crisis. With the use of zoning laws and non-profits like Habitat for Humanity I will work on increasing the number of affordable homes in Ward 22."
As for green space Molls states that his Ward has just lost another area. The square at Yonge/Eglinton is about to become a new high-rise condo.
"Losing the center is a true loss for the community. We need more green space hubs for the community in Davisville. Concrete needs to become green, more parks that are protected and less replacing of school fields with AstroTurf." Molls added that area dog owners have a long walk in order to allow their pets to have green space to exercise in with the closest off-leash area at Sherwood Park a good 5 km away.
"I understand our area's issues. I live them everyday. I believe we have the best neighbourhood in Toronto and want to help keep the charm of Davisville alive. With a better transit system, affordable housing and green spaces Davisville will be able to grow."
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