We must protect and preserve our great neighbourhoods, while managing sustainable growth that unites us and brings our community closer together.
I am focussed on the following priority areas:
Developing SUSTAINABLE Community
We need new development that is complementary to its surroundings, encompassing high-quality design, protecting Heritage Conservation Districts, providing adequate infrastructure, and giving back to the surrounding area.
We need to work with the Provincial Government so that planning decisions can be made in Toronto for Toronto.
Connecting ENGAGED Neighbourhoods
We need increased and better-utilized green space, to create opportunities for relaxation and recreation for all groups, including our children, youth, seniors and, of course, our pets. Making better use of indoor facilities so we can increase accessibility for community groups.
We need to reach out and encourage the wonderful neighbourhoods within our city to come together; increasing our interaction and engagement.
Integrating NETWORKED Transportation
We need to look at the bigger picture so that transportation infrastructure serves us for decades to come. Transit decisions need to be evidence-based and supported by passenger density data.
We need to start now on a Downtown Commuter Relief Subway Line; support Light Rail Transit (LRT); and support an integrated Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) plan that includes 2-way frequent Regional Express Rail into Union Station.
We need to go beyond transit and invest in Active Transportation including wider pedestrian walkways, commuter and leisure bike lanes, and multi-purpose trails and pathways.
Ensuring DEMOCRATIC Accountability
We should review all alternatives that will achieve open, transparent and accountable governance.
At the city level, we need to adopt ranked ballots to ensure all representatives have the support of at least 50% of the electorate; hold ward Councillors to term limits; and redistribute wards to ensure equal representation for all.
Jonathan has lived in downtown Toronto since first moving to Canada over twenty years ago. As a first generation Canadian, he is proud of his heritage, yet committed to Toronto and Canada, both of which he now calls home.
Jonathan is a natural facilitator, guided by the principal that “Leadership is creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen”. His enthusiasm and motivation are unparalleled and he approaches life constantly striving for excellence.
Jonathan lives in Windmill Line Co-op, an integral part of the much-acclaimed St. Lawrence neighbourhood. He passionately believes that when individuals come together to build a better future, real community comes alive. Likewise, he believes we need all levels of government working together to build a prosperous Canada,
Jonathan holds a BSc. in Applied Mathematics from Warwick University in England and an MBA with a specialization in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria. Jonathan has worked as a Production Manager, IT Manager and Software Consultant. He has held director level positions in product support and product management. For over ten years, he has run his own facilitation business working with some of Canada’s most respected organizations. As a facilitator, he brings teams together to create extraordinary results through strategic planning, leadership development, and change management. He also teaches leadership and change at the university level.
In his spare time, Mr. Hughes is an avid runner, having completed a dozen marathons and over twenty-five half marathons. He was the founder and then leader for twelve years of the RunningRats; a community-based running organisation that focuses on individual achievement through team inspiration, support and motivation.
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From the Waterfront and the Islands to Cabbagetown, from St. Lawrence to St. Jamestown, from the West Don Lands to Moss Park, from Corktown to Regent Park, from the City to Trefann Court—I commit to being your community champion. I will continue to reach out and engage our neighbourhood, listen to the needs, and help share our voice at all political levels.
We must protect and preserve our great neighbourhoods, while managing sustainable growth that unites us and brings our communities closer together. We must make sure that we have integrated transportation solutions that will keep our city moving. We must achieve open, transparent and accountable governance.
I care passionately about ensuring access to housing, health care and education; and I am a strong advocate helping to ensure that downtown Toronto is an area of priority focus for all levels of government.
Let's move forward together to build a stronger more sustainable engaged city.
Socially Progressive • Fiscally Responsible