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article imageToronto mayoral candidates discuss heritage at forum (video) Special

By Andrew Moran     Aug 31, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - Six mayoral candidates attended the Heritage Toronto discussion forum to highlight their positions on the important issue of maintaining Toronto's heritage and what future measures should be taken.
It is less than two months away until Torontonians decide who they want as the next mayor of Toronto: Rob Ford, George Smitherman, Sarah Thomson, Rocco Rossi, Roco Achampong or Joe Pantalone.
On Monday, the six mayoral candidates discussed the city’s heritage at the Heritage Toronto forum at the St. Lawrence Hall in downtown Toronto and connected with voters. Each candidate stated their proposals, personal views and what heritage means to them. Some candidates were cheered for, others not so much.
The candidates began by providing attendees a little bit of information about themselves and their positions in relation to heritage:
Toronto mayoral candidate  Rob Ford
Toronto mayoral candidate, Rob Ford
Rossi began by stating: “If you don’t know where you came from, you can’t get where you’re going to.” He elaborated by explaining that preserving the heritage of Toronto “makes so much sense economically,” whether it being business or tourism “because that’s what gives character to a city.”
Ford immediately stated that the spending by the city council is out of control: “It’s not a revenue problem, it’s a spending problem.” The leading candidate noted many of city council’s spending difficulties, including the more than 1,200 Mastercards given to employees, which he says costs the taxpayers $10 million.
On the day of the event, Smitherman released a five-point plan, which includes heritage shopping districts, provide tools to protect neighbourhoods, “expand the definition of Heritage to include natural heritage features,” building partnerships between Heritage Toronto and municipal groups and employees and implement a system where neglectful property owners are held “accountable.”
Toronto mayoral candidates (from left to right): Rob Ford  Joe Pantalone and Rocco Rossi.
Toronto mayoral candidates (from left to right): Rob Ford, Joe Pantalone and Rocco Rossi.
Meanwhile, Pantalone provided voters his record on heritage, which included making Exhibition Place more environmentally friendly and was behind projects like the Direct Energy Centre. He also proposed a Steering Committee that would research how Toronto can assist in keeping churches in the public area and “public good.”
The latest Toronto Star-Angus Reid poll shows that Rob Ford is still leading with 42 percent, George Smitherman is second place with 36 percent, Joe Pantalone stands at 11 percent, Sarah Thomson is in fourth place with 6 percent and Rocco Rossi has 5 percent.
The next debate will be held on Monday at the Great Hall and the topic will be on youth priorities.
Please visit this link for highlights of Monday’s event.
Toronto mayoral candidate  Rocco Rossi.
Toronto mayoral candidate, Rocco Rossi.
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