Olivia Chow has just arrived and is now making introductions. #TOpoli
Chow: We need to move people now. We need to move people faster. Rob Ford talked about subways for four years, but we don't have any yet and the environmental assessment hasn't even started. Had four years not been wasted by the starting and stopping, that line would have had above-ground train service by next year, and in time for the PanAm games.
Chow: We know the Yonge line will be at capacity by 2031. We need a relief line, but that's for the longer term.
2031 statistic is from a 2012 TTC report, Chow says.
There will be a public town hall on the relief line tomorrow. What are the stops? What's the timeline? How are we going to get there? Chow asks.
High-density neighbourhoods need a subway, medium-density LRT and low-density more buses, Chow says about her varied transit plan.
Chow now talking the delay in building transit for York University. We need to bring the provincial and federal government to the table and get the funding for these projects, Chow says.
"I grew up taking transit, riding my bike and don't own a car. So I know transit is an issue, because I use it," Chow says with a laugh.
We need to design our city with children in mind because they are our most vulnerable population. The best cities are designed to be walkable and safe for children, Chow says in response to another question.
"One in five young people can't find jobs, so despite what Mayor Rob Ford says, this is a problem," says Chow.
In current property tax legislation, small businesses in Toronto are subsidizing those in the 905. To increase jobs, we need to lower the property tax for Toronto small businesses, Chow says.
We need to get the business application process online. And we need to support our newcomers as they start and expand their businesses, Chow continues.
Chow: I didn't support the amalgamation and creating this mega city, but now it's done. Now, we need to work together to get things done, regardless of party lines. Rob Ford is divisive, calls people like me "pinko."
Chow: I'm here today because I got a lot of requests from student journalists like you. In order to get things done, I thought I chat with all of you at once.
Sheldon Levy just dropped by and demanded a hug. The two used to work together. "You're going to miss him when he's gone," Chow says.
"Young people have new ideas, and need to be engaged," Chow says. Her entire political career she's worked to engage youth, like creating a youth council and student affairs committee while school trustee.
"During this campaign, I am using social media very actively and in a less conventional way. I go to a lot of the youth ethnic associations, like a Tamil youth dance contest and events with Chinese student associations. Our city's problems don't need a top-down solution. It's really important for you to be engaged because this is your city. And being engaged with youth for me is not a one-time only. If you have ideas, my door is always open and has always been," Chow says.
Olivia Chow asked last-minute question about full platform release. She says no date yet, but don't worry. It will be soon.
Chow will release children and youth platform at her campaign office opening on Sunday.
Chow has now rushed out, late to another meeting. That's the end of our live coverage. Thank you for tuning in!