Toronto Votes 2022: Ward 19 Beaches-East York Councillor candidate Adam Smith profile

Adam Smith is running for the Councillor position in Ward 19 Beaches-East York in the Oct. 24 municipal election.

ADAM SMITH – Ward 19 Beaches-East York candidate for Councillor

I love our ward, from our beautiful beaches to our numerous ravines and parks. We’ve got great schools, great community centres, and many activities year-round. There’s no place I’d rather raise my son.

I’ve been deeply involved in the community for the 14 years I’ve lived in the ward, volunteering for many different initiatives, such as running the Beach Community Edible Garden, growing food for our local food bank, and delivering Meals on Wheels to seniors. I spent six years on the board of the Beach BIA helping our small businesses. I’ve lived a privileged life full of opportunity, and so feel it my duty to give back to my community.

That’s why I’m running for council, I want everyone to know the kind of life I’ve lived, with opportunities for success and a high standard of living. Because too many people do not. A

ll is not well in our city, we have no food security, inequality and systemic poverty and discrimination persist, housing gets more unaffordable, small business retail strips are becoming ghost towns, transit is overloaded and traffic congestion strangles us, and the threat of climate change looms over us while overdevelopment makes our city less livable and trumps any concern for the environment or a sustainable future.

Our planet has finite resources, yet we live in an economic system that requires infinite exponential growth or it collapses, and we keep adhering to this counter-intuitive system despite the fact it’s killing the planet. We must transition into a sustainable circular economy to secure our future, we cannot continue growing and consuming as we do. We don’t just need a change in politicians or policy, we need systems change. I have a vision, for our ward and for our city.

Please join me in building a livable, sustainable Toronto.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Beach Metro Community News asked the candidates to send us in their profiles and why they are running for office. We present the above to our readers in the hopes you can learn more about the candidates running in the Oct. 24 municipal election and that this information will help inform your vote.

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