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article imageToronto report shows challenges that face new mayor

By KJ Mullins     Oct 5, 2010 in World
Toronto - Whoever wins the mayoral race in Toronto will be facing challenges that threaten the prosperity, livability and legacy of the city, according to Toronto's Vital Signs 2010, released today by the Toronto Community Foundation.
Toronto is one of the 21 leading international cities selected by PricewaterhouseCoopers ranking high in terms of economic power and the cost of doing business. The city is number one when it comes to liveablity.
Despite the high-ranking Toronto's housing market is ranked 215th least affordable out of 272 markets. The middle class is disappearing with over one million Torontonians living below the middle income level. Toronto children are becoming fatter with one in three overweight or obese.
Half of those in the city do not have a grocery store within a one kilometre radius. Traffic congestion costs the Canadian economy more than $5 billion a year and the TTC needs to find funding to move the projected 175 million new riders by 2021.
"Advice to the new Mayor of Toronto," an open letter to the city's prospective new leader from Toronto Community Foundation Chair, Martin Connell, and President & CEO, Rahul K. Bhardwaj higlights the issues that face Toronto.
"To achieve these important goals and ensure the quality of life in the city for years to come requires a shift in attitudes," said Bhardwaj. "Included in this, the times require a global thinking and global acting mayor who can build bridges to connect us with the expanding global village."
He added, "Our future prosperity depends on collaborative leadership, to mobilize partners from all sectors of society to continue building the city and the region. We need leadership that is firmly looking to the future."
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