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“Change is coming, it’s going to happen. It’s started.” Jane Farrow believes change is the future for her ward and for her city. Following... Farrow pitches different Ward 30
“Change is coming, it’s going to happen. It’s started.”

Jane Farrow believes change is the future for her ward and for her city.

Following a tumultuous four years at City Hall, the Ward 30 candidate says Torontonians are fed up with gridlock on the streets and gridlock in the council chamber.

“We spent months talking about transit without actually having a meaningful conversation talking about the funding tools,” she says, and adds “We still didn’t find leaders down at City Hall who were actually willing to have the robust conversation on it.”

Farrow says dealing with gridlock on Toronto’s streets wouldn’t be very hard. She proposes reworking the streetcar system to prevent them from bunching up, and having timed transfer system for riding the TTC. She also believes the plan for the Scarborough subway should be reverted back to an LRT with the savings being used for other transit endeavours.

“You have to dis-incentivize driving,” she says, “Tolls, parking, congestion levies – it’s been done in other cities. If that’s what gets you unelected…I’ll go down with the ship.”

Transit was a major issue through the most recent council term, which featured the cancellation and subsequent revival of former mayor David Miller’s Transit City plan, the expensive removal of bike lanes from Jarvis St., and the cancellation of the Scarborough LRT in favour of a subway.

Paula Fletcher, incumbent since 2003, is a supporter of an LRT rather than a subway in Scarborough, and was vocal in her opposition to the change. The most recent council term featured many ugly partisan battles in the chamber. Fletcher was a visible presence through these fights and she believes her experience should earn her another term.

“It’s been a really hard four years with Ford,” Fletcher told the Globe and Mail in September, “We’ve seen what a difficult term that was for really new councillors, they had a hard time finding their footing.”

In 2010, Fletcher won her council seat by just 259 votes over challenger, Liz West. At the time it was a political left versus political right battle for in the ward. West is also running again. In May, NOW Magazine’s Michael Hollett called Farrow, a progressive, “selfish” for running against Fletcher because of a potential vote split.

“It shows you the entitlement that people feel about this neighbourhood.” Farrow says, “That ‘how dare you?’ attitude speaks to an incredible sense of ‘we own this, back off’ – which is exactly what I’m running against.”
“I’m not a partisan person at all,” she adds, “I’m someone that really does build bridges and bring people together.”
Farrow, who has been a journalist, an activist, the leader of a non-profit, and even an executive assistant to Ward 32 councillor, Mary-Margaret McMahon – pledges to not get caught up with the partisan gridlock that characterized the last four years and says she has friends from “all political stripes.”

Farrow says she is a listener and stresses the need for councillors to put ‘left’ and ‘right’ allegiances behind them and meet in the middle.

“I get along with people. I love people. My mother said ‘go find friends’ on rainy days – it turns out to be a good skill.”

Brad MacDonald

Brad was born and raised on a farm in Elmvale, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in 2012. Brad loves municipal politics, cooking, a strong cup of coffee, and a good book. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been breaking his heart since 1991.