Is the video slow to load? View it on YouTube here. It's worth it!

Read my Plan!

An actual plan with actual details!

I love this city, and everything I stand for in my plan is there to benefit the city and the people who live, work and play here. Have a look at it here, and send me your comments.

Lawn Signs!

Due to overwhelming demand - and limited budget - we have exhausted our supply of lawn signs. We thank everyone who registered to received one. It is so wonderful to see them all around the city!
If you wish, you can still create your own sign by visiting our Photobucket file here. Every little bit helps!

Social Media Banners

Want an Ari banner for your Facebook page? Download one from PhotoBucket here.

How about an Ari icon for your Facebook or Twitter account? Download one from PhotoBucket here.

Watch and Learn!

Ari Goldkind releases Toronto is Your House housing and homelessness platform/policy paper


Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind today launched a platform that addresses the critical shortage of affordable housing, the dire conditions faced by many in current social housing, and the issue of homeless residents in Toronto. Branded Toronto Is Your House it consists of a 12-point integrated strategic plan, with an investment of between $1.1 billion and $1.6 billion over four years, depending on the levels of support from other levels of government and community business partnerships. The plan will:

  • Leverage existing space and resources to immediately decrease the shortage of affordable units.
  • Use inclusionary zoning and Section 37 as an incentive to developers to offer more affordable units and reduce gentrification.
  • Comprehensively tackle the Toronto Community Housing repair backlog that, without immediate attention, will be the size of the city’s annual police budget within two years. This project will start by hiring skilled workers who live in TCHC communities to work on repairs in their own units & buildings.
  • Facilitate new cooperative/condominium ownership models that will allow TCHC residents to have a real stake in their homes and an incentive to be part of physical building need and community solutions.
  • Increase the city’s stock of new rental housing units, with a focus on integration with new transit builds that make new housing construction more desirable.
  • Lead to more equitable distribution of affordable housing instead of ghettoizing large parts of Toronto.
  • Incentivize single-family homeowners in an aging city to offer more affordable units, particularly for families.
  • Expand micro-housing such as single-room occupancy and dormitory-style units, through pilot projects in priority neighbourhoods that will provide housing to our most vulnerable residents.
  • Improve access to mental health and addiction services in the city’s shelter system.
  • Re-evaluate the pace at which Build Toronto and TCHC are selling off city assets to private developers, and compromising our land asset base for new affordable housing.
  • Engage other levels of government -- provincial, federal and our peers in other GTA municipalities -- in a discussion that leads to constructive outcomes rather than more reports gathering dust.
  • Do the city’s part to address the real elephant in the housing room -- that real incomes are static or even falling relative to inflation, while rents are rising every year.

The reality of wait list applicants
“Cranes in the sky is a hollow and even cruel statement to make when there are so many people on the ground who don’t even have a roof over their heads they can truly afford, or even a roof over their head at all,” says Goldkind. “Right now, we have 90,000 people on the waiting list for affordable housing, which is close to double the number of units operated by Toronto Community Housing.”
Goldkind points out this number – 90,000 – represents individual waiting list applicants and does not include their families. The total number of people on the list is over 170,000 which is THREE times the number of units TCHC currently operates. “The City of Toronto is the second-largest landlord in North America, and we are failing our residents when it comes to this most basic of needs. There are also over 5,000 people living on the streets, with a winter that is going to be as harsh as last year’s was. To me that is nothing less than a civic shame.”
Goldkind believes his skill as a negotiator, his openness with Torontonians about the dire need to raise new revnue, and his many years of working to assist people in creating better lives for themselves and their communities makes him uniquely qualified to drive this plan and to solicit cooperation from the private sector as well as from all three levels of government.

The full plan can be reviewed here

Contact to arrange to speak to Ari.


The following is Ari Goldkind's schedule for today (October 20):

7:30 AM - Release Ari Goldkind Toronto Is Your House Affordable Housing Platform.
8:00 – 9:30 AM: Ari Goldkind subway canvass at TTC stations with volunteers.
12:30 – 1:00 PM Zoomer Radio, Interview with Dale Goldhawk.
1:45 PM - Attend meeting at the Toronto Star.
3:00 - 4:15 PM - Canvass in Liberty Village.
4:30 PM - Appear on the Todd Shapiro Show on Sirius XM.
6:30 PM - Attend (but not welcome to participate in) Toronto Star/Martin Prosperity Institute Debate, U of T Campus.
9:00 PM - Finalize Ari Goldkind Transit Plan Release for Tuesday morning.

REMINDER: Contact Debate Organizers!

To respond to Goldkind’s call to action, please contact the following debate organizers:

To reach Ari Goldkind today for comment:


CRC Regent Park Debate Organizer Thanks Ari Goldkind and suggests future debate invites


Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind wishes to acknowledge the kind words of support sent to his campaign office by Justine Barone, Community Advocacy Coordinator, CRC Regent Park Community Food Centre. Her email reads as follows:

“Mr. Goldkind came to our debate prepared with refreshing alternatives to the messages his opponents have had opportunity to express in the media multiple times. His respectful tone and emphasis on policies over personalities challenged the other candidates to better communicate the fiscal and social impacts of their platforms. This resulted in a debate that was more substance than show, something our audience members appreciated. In addition to this, Mr. Goldkind’s presence contributed to an atmosphere of civility, permitting the discussion of issues rather than rhetoric. In a democratic process such as an election, it is important that room is made for diverse voices and Mr. Goldkind’s platform deserves to be heard. His attendance and perspective contributed to the success of our debate and we were glad of his participation. We strongly recommend that he be invited to future debates.”

Goldkind states he is pleased and honoured to have been recognized in such a way, and he states these types of thank-you notes are typical of the reception he receives in all corners of the city from debate organizers, residents, and viewers. “The people of Toronto are tired of platitudes,” he said. “They are desperately looking for someone who can work with them to resolve challenges and to make true progress happen. Photo-ops don’t improve lives; plans and actions do.”

Goldkind continues to press the organizers of the remaining debates to allow his participation. “This is not just for my own exposure,” he states, “but also to ensure the other candidates work equally hard to substantiate their promises with fact, not merely buzzwords. The voters of Toronto deserve quality leadership, and I believe civil debates with the four leading candidates – myself included – will contribute to the democratic process as well as to the future of our city.

To contact Justine Barone:

Tel: 416.363.4234 ext. 230 |

To reach Ari Goldkind today for comment:


Most Recent News Coverage:

(For a complete rundown of Ari's news coverage, visit our news page)


Monday, October 20, 2014
Ari mentioned in op-ed in the New York Times by Stephen Marche - Click here to read.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Ari mentioned in Metro Today article by Edward Keenan - Click here to read.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Interview on Breakfast Television with Kevin Frankish
Click here to watch

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Ari mentioned in Shalom Life - Click here to read.

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Ari mentioned in debate review - The Toronto Observer Click here to read.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ari's performance in the CIJA-UJA hosted debate covered by The Canadian Jewish News. Click here to read.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Great profile of Ari in The National Post. Click here to read.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Samuel Getachew analyzes Ari's campaign in The Huffington Post. Click here to read.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Royson James delivers a great review of Ari's approach to truth in politics in the Toronto Star. Click here to read.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
The debate hosted by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs garnered a great deal of media coverage, with Ari's plan being mentioned in every major news outlet. A full list of the links can be found on the news page.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Ari is interviewed on CP24.

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Great coverage of the Ward 17 Debate, by David Nickle of Inside Toronto
Click here to read.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ari calls out Doug and Rob Ford for "hogwash" at the Ward 17 Debate, covered by CP24.
Click here to watch.

The debate was also covered by CBC News.
Click here to read.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ari interviewed by the Gardiner Green Ribbon project regarding his support.
Click here to read.


Monday, September 29, 2014
Ari interviewed by Ann Rohmer on CP24.
Watch the video on the CP24 Political page by clicking here.

Ari's participation in the Arts debate covered by City-TV news.
Watch the video here.

More Arts debate coverage in Metro Today
Click here to read.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Great profile of Ari in CBC article by Andrew Lupton.
Click here to read.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Interview with CBC's Matt Galloway.
Click here to access the recording.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Ari is featured in an article by Mike Adler in - topic: disability issues.
Click here to read.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Great review of Ari's progress by CP24's Joshua Freeman.
Click here to read.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Great article with excellent title: Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind drawing more attention, and wrath of Tory campaign, after Rob Ford pulls out of race, by David Nickle.
Click here to read.

Monday, September 15, 2014
Great review of Ari's Evergreen performance, plus status as a serious candidate, from Edward Keenan in the Toronto Star.
Click here to read.

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Ari participates in a debate sponsored by Evergreen CityWorks and CivicAction.
Check out CTV's Paul Bliss here.
Also watch CP24's coverage here.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Ari participates in debate hosted by the Toronto Seniors’ Forum.
Watch the video here.

Friday, September 5, 2014
Ari is interviewed by David Akin of Sun News.
Watch the video here.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014
A profile of Ari by Daniel Dale in the Toronto Star.
Read the article here.

Monday, August 11, 2014
Ari featured in Metro Today, an article by Matt Elliott.
Read the article here.

Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ari featured in the Star, visiting the Thorncliffe Park barbecue.
Read the article here.


Tuesday, July 22:
Ari featured as a credible option for mayor by journalist David Nickle in Inside Toronto.
Read the article here.

Tuesday, July 22:
Ari mentioned in Toronto Star article on the importance of making the judging of judges more transparent.
Read the article here.

Monday, July 21
John Lorinc writes in SPACING TORONTO how Ari's police budget/lapel camera platform holds a unique and proactive place in city politics.
Read the article here.

Monday, July 21
Ari is quoted in today's Toronto Sun regarding Toronto Island residents' plans for building more homes.
Read the article here.

Friday July 11
Ari interviewed by Edward Keenan on CFRB 1010.
Click here to listen.

Friday July 4
Ari's proposal to generate revenue through congestion charges is covered by the Toronto Sun.
Click here to read.

More media coverage is available on our News page here.

Are you between the ages of 18 and 30?

Thinking about voting or NOT voting? Please read this.

Follow Me

Contact Us

You can reach Ari by email at
Media: please use:
Please also visit our
contact page for more ways to get in touch.
© 2014 AriForMayor. All rights reserved.