Know Your Vote T.O.
This fall, Toronto Public Library launched Know Your Vote T.O., a civic engagement tool that allows voters to find out what ward they live in, see who is running to represent their neighbourhood on city council, and learn about their Councillor candidates’ views on some of the big issues facing Toronto. Thousands of Torontonians have already used the website to look up their local candidates.
As part of the Know Your Vote T.O project, the library also hosted events across the city, where residents were introduced to the website and learned how city government works, and how they can tackle the big issues facing Toronto.
At these events, participants worked together to generate questions they thought Torontonians should be asking their Councillor candidates in the lead-up to the municipal election on Monday, October 22.
So what do residents think we should be asking our Councillor Candidates? Here are five questions they recommended:
- If elected, why are you running to represent our neighbourhood on City Council?
- If elected, how would you work with other City Councillors to get things done?
- If elected, how will you balance the needs of local residents in your ward with the needs of all Torontonians?
- If elected, what would you do to reach out and communicate with your constituents?
- What role should resident input and advice play in shaping decisions made by City Council?
If you’re not sure what ward you live in and who is running to represent your neighbourhood on City Council, find answers to this and more at www.knowyourvoteTO.ca.
We asked all candidates five questions:
- If elected, what would be your top priority as a City Councillor? Why?
- What local issues in your ward deserve more attention? Why?
- What should the next City Council do about housing in Toronto? Why?
- What should the next City Council do about transportation and how we get around Toronto? Why?
- Should the next City Council change anything about municipal taxes or city services? Why?