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.

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Big News! Debate Time!

Hosts: Artsvote Toronto and TIFF: Monday September 29, at 12:00 noon 350 King St W, Toronto. This is sure to be a lively event - Ari will meet up with Morgan Baskin, John Tory and Olivia Chow. Even Doug Ford has been invited. The host/moderator is Damian Abraham. More details are available at Now Toronto. You can also tweet your questions to @nowtoronto with the hashtag #artsvoteyyz - (deadline Friday 26th).

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Volunteer!

Our movement is growing and getting stronger. Every day more and more people are discovering that our plan for a sane and proactive City Hall makes sense and should be heard. We need you to come and walk with us, promote the cause and spread the word. Interested in making a difference? Then contact me here.

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Watch and Learn!


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PRESS RELEASE:
The Green Ribbon a solution to the Gardiner problem and a great step forward for Toronto, says Ari Goldkind

TORONTO – SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Mayoral candidate Ari Goldkind has embraced a powerful vision for the Gardiner Expressway: he wants to cover it with parkland. The plan, called The Green Ribbon, will transform the downtown stretch of elevated expressway into a four-season urban park, with trees, grass, walkways and cycle paths on a roof over the existing road.

“This is both a solution to a long-standing problem, and an opportunity for Toronto to leap to the forefront of the world’s green and socially proactive cities,” he said. “It’s a bold step away from the trudging indecision that has plagued this roadway for decades.”

Designed by Les Klein Principal of the prominent Toronto firm, Quadrangle Architects, the Green Ribbon plan allows the expressway to remain as a transit corridor, while beautifying and rehumanizing the space between the city’s business core and the waterfront.

Quadrangle is known for creative ideas that are grounded in business sense. Goldkind points out that the cost of building the Green Ribbon, at $800 million, is a far better and healthier solution than tearing the Gardiner down and building a new multi-lane surface road to replace it, which has been estimated to cost as much as $1.8 billion. In a city of endless brake lights that is hopelessly gridlocked, Goldkind believes that taking down a major piece of traffic infrastructure is the wrong solution when a much bolder and yet practical plan can show the world how we can reuse our urban infrastructure in a responsible, creative, and proactive way.

“This is a great idea,” Goldkind exclaims. “It is bold and beautiful, and will make Toronto better forever, by breathing life back into the concrete streets, and demonstrating that Toronto is a people-friendly place. Toronto needs my type of leadership to drive it confidently forward, not simply maintain the status quo,” he says.

He points out that the benefits of the Green Ribbon are not restricted to the already impressive idea of being a large downtown park; it also will allow for reduced maintenance costs and improved public safety for the highway itself, thanks to the reduction of winter snow plowing and salting required. This in and of itself will save hundreds of millions of maintenance dollars over time.

Goldkind says he invites the other candidates to support this initiative. “It makes sense financially, it makes sense architecturally, it makes sense culturally, and above all, it’s the type of thing Toronto should be doing. We are more than just a city. We are a great city, and a large achievement like the Green Ribbon is something of which every Torontonian could be proud.”

For more information, or media availability/interviews, please contact:

To interview Les Klein, Principal Quadrangle Architects contact:

hannah@krisscommunications.com
tel. (416) 532-5454

To interview Ari Goldkind:
media@ariformayor.com
www.ariformayor.com

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Most Recent News Coverage:

Monday, September 29, 2014 Ari interviewed by Ann Rohmer on CP24. Visit our news page for more info.

Friday, September 26, 2014 Great profile of Ari in CBC article by Andrew Lupton. click here to read or visit our news page for more info.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Interview with CBC's Matt Galloway. click here to access the recording or visit our news page for more info.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Ari's featured in an article by Mike Adler in InsideToronto.com - topic: disability issues. click here to read or visit our news page for more info.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Great review of Ari's progress by CP24's Joshua Freeman. click here to read or visit our news page for more info.

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 or visit our news page for more info.

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 or visit our news page for more info.

Sunday, September 14, 2014 Ari participates in a debate sponsored by Evergreen CityWorks and CivicAction. Check out CTV's Paul Bliss here and CP24 here or visit our news page for more info.

Monday, September 8, 2014 Ari participates in debate hosted by the Toronto Seniors’ Forum. Watch the video here, or visit our news page for more info.

Friday, September 5, 2014 Ari is interviewed by David Akin of Sun News. Watch the video here, or visit our news page for more info.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 A profile of Ari by Daniel Dale in the Toronto Star. Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

Monday, August 11, 2014 Ari featured in Metro Today, an article by Matt Elliott. Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

Sunday, August 3, 2014 Ari featured in the Star, visiting the Thorncliffe Park barbecue.
Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

Tuesday, July 22: Ari featured as a credible option for mayor by journalist David Nickle in Inside Toronto. Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

Tuesday, July 22: Ari mentioned in Toronto Star article on the importance of making the judging of judges more transparent.Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

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, or visit our news page for more info.

Monday, July 21: Ari is quoted in today's Toronto Sun regarding Toronto Island residents' plans for building more homes. Read the article here, or visit our news page for more info.

Friday July 11: Ari interviewed by Edward Keenan on CFRB 1010. Visit our news page for more info.

Friday July 4: Ari's proposal to generate revenue through congestion charges is covered by the Toronto Sun. interviewed by Edward Keenan on CFRB 1010. Visit our news page for more info.

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Blog Post:

Ari's latest blog post (September 24, 2014): "Toronto doesn’t need a debate. Toronto needs a trial." Read here.
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