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article imageMayoral candidates Ford, Rossi receive F grades on environment

By Andrew Moran     Oct 13, 2010 in Politics
Toronto - The Toronto Environmental Alliance has evaluated and graded more than 200 city council candidates and 30 mayor hopefuls in terms of their position on six environmental issues. Who did the best? Who did the worst?
Making the city of Toronto green has become an important issue in this municipal election. A lot of the candidates equate environment with the economy. Deputy mayor Joe Pantalone has made it his platform.
With less than two weeks away, who is the most environmentally cautious mayoral candidate? According to the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA), who graded more than 230 mayoral and council candidates in all wards, Rob Ford and Rocco Rossi received F grades, while Pantalone and George Smitherman earned A+ grades.
Toronto mayoral candidate  Rob Ford.
Toronto mayoral candidate, Rob Ford.
The TEA established a 20-question “yes” and “no” survey about the six environmental priorities agreed upon by some of the top individuals and organizations across the Greater Toronto Area. The priorities are: Transit City, waste diversion, locally-produced green products, transportation infrastructure, energy strategy and pollution tools.
Frontrunner Ford got 0/20 in the questionnaire because he did not respond to the survey nor did he provide a reason why he didn’t participate. Rossi also received 0/20 because he did not take part in the evaluation.
“He also failed to show up to our mayoral debate, even after committing to it. Mr. Rossi is sending voters the message that he does not care about the environment, and is ignoring the voices of the many Torontonians who do.”
Toronto mayoral candidate  Joe Pantalone.
Toronto mayoral candidate, Joe Pantalone.
Smitherman got 18/20 and the TEA believes he “shows clear commitment” to the environment but “his transit answers didn’t match his transit platform.” Pantalone garnered a perfect 20/20 score and is “strongest on the environment.”
“His commitment to the environment and the issues surrounding it are clear. If elected mayor, he will continue to build on the past 10 years of environmental success by moving forward with the 2007 Transit City Plan, the Sustainable Energy Strategy and increasing waste diversion. His only fault is not presenting more detailed, innovative ideas about how he will move forward.”
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