Since I first posted about Drivers for Jarvis, I continue to receive new requests from across TO from those who want to join the campaign!
I’ve pasted some recent photos below, and the full list can be found on the Cycle Toronto website.
Wanna add your name to the list? Get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Six months ago, the Fourth Wall exhibit was installed at the Urbanspace Gallery for a successful three month visit. The exhibit explores 36 proposals aimed at transforming our local democracy. At the end of January, the exhibit was removed from the walls of the gallery, and we’ve been trying to figure out how to bring it back to life in other formats. Continue reading
Nick Cluley (a great guy, in my opinion) has written a long blog post explaining why he supports changing the name of the Toronto Cyclists Union to ‘Cycle Toronto’. As I’ve already written, I’m a fan of keeping the name as it is. But more importantly, I’m a fan of democracy and debate, and I’m glad Nick has contributed to the online debate, and I think it’s great that this choice is being carried out in a democratic way, with all members having a say.
I encourage members to take the time to read Nick’s post, and then vote however you wish. The main thing is that after the vote, we all get back to work and focus on our shared goal: more bikes on the streets, and safer roads for everyone. Continue reading
On May 2nd, members of the Toronto Cyclists Union will vote on a proposal to re-brand the organization and change the name to Cycle Toronto. I’m encouraging members to vote ‘no’, and this blog post explains why.
First, let me say that I think the discussion is a healthy one to have, and I think it’s great that the Board of Directors has put this proposal forward. Re-evaluating a brand, and exploring re-branding is a positive exercise for any non-profit or corporation.
In the end, there will always be benefits and drawbacks to a name-change. So, the question is simply: do the benefits outweigh the drawbacks? So, let’s explore both. Continue reading
A couple of months ago, I was thinking about how difficult it can be to explain the ways in which our voting system is a total scam. When given 15 or 20 minutes, it’s easy to break down the mathematical insanity that we call “first past the post”. But if you’ve only got 2 or 3 minutes, it’s hard to describe the polarising, divisive and unfair characteristics of ‘vote-splitting’ and ‘strategic-voting’.
So I designed an “Election Quilt” that would allow someone to easily facilitate an interactive presentation, in mere minutes, that clearly shows why our voting system is a national disgrace.
Last year, Toronto City Council voted to remove the bike lanes on Jarvis Street. This was done without any public consultation, without the support of the local Councillor and against the advice of City Staff. It was a political move that puts the safety of hundreds of cyclists at risk. Luckily, the bike lanes have not yet been removed.
I’m working on a project, with Cycle Toronto, called ‘Drivers for Jarvis‘. We want to show that the debate about Jarvis Street isn’t about cyclists vs drivers. It’s about safety vs rhetoric. It’s about sharing the road vs hogging the road. It’s about common sense. Continue reading
17 recommendations going to City Hall this week
It’s been three months since I launched the ‘Fourth Wall’ exhibit, exploring ways to make local politics more inclusive, accessible and participatory.
The response has been overwhelming, with hundreds of people attending the gallery including student groups, City staff, City Councillors, journalists, the mayor of Calgary, and my mom.
Last year, just before the municipal election, I launched the Ranked Ballot Initiative of Toronto (RaBIT) with a group of colleagues and friends. Now, a year later, we’ve got great momentum, and the support of City Councillors from across the political spectrum.
Today we just announced our first ten official endorsements from City Council, and there will surely be more to come in the New Year!
I’ve written a couple of of blog posts recently that are critical of the Monster LED Billboards that have been proposed for Toronto’s highways and residential neighbourhoods.
I don’t like to always be negative, so I’m going to write something positive today: Continue reading
It’s been just over a month since the Fourth Wall exhibit launched at the Urban Space Gallery, and I can’t tell you how inspired and amazed I am by the public response. I knew that a handful of municipal geeks would be into it, and some long-time urban activists… but I didn’t expect a non-stop flow of students, civil servants, politicians, journalists, etc.
I’ve been leading tours through the exhibit, almost daily. And each group brings with them a different point of view and different suggestions/questions. And no matter what their age, or background, or career, they all seem genuinely interested in the subject matter – even the students who are forced to be there!