Enza Anderson City Council Campaign 2010

June 15, 2010 09:54 ET

Enza Anderson City Council Campaign 2010: What $12,000 Can Do for Toronto

Ward 27 Candidate, Enza Anderson Urges Kyle Rae to Return Taxpayer's Money

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) - Kyle Rae's farewell party cost $12,000. Held at the Rosewater Supper Club in honour of the councillor's 19 years of politics, taxpayers footed the bill. While many have berated Rae for his actions and can't believe the audacity of using taxpayers' money to fete a retiring politician, the real issue at hand is what could that money do instead?

Running for city council in Ward 27, Enza Anderson answers that question and asks constituents to consider what $12,000 could do for the City of Toronto.

Anderson challenges fellow candidate Ken Chan (Kyle Rae endorsed) to reconsider his endorsement from Rae and asks that Chan publicly admit to Rae's wrongdoing.

"It's the responsibility of council hopefuls to speak up and do the right thing. Make it known what side of the issue you're on," comments Anderson, adding, "are you the councilor who squanders public money at fancy parties or do you believe in giving back to the community? I'd be interested to know what Ken Chan thinks about this issue..."

While there's been no word as to whether or not Rae will return the money, Anderson has compiled a list of how that money could help the people of Ward 27.

Some examples of what $12,000 can do for Toronto…

(Source http://unitedwaytoronto.com/)

  • $12,000 provides a day of shelter, food and support services for 226 homeless people.

  • $12,000 provides two years of healthy breakfast snacks for 300 elementary school children in a high-need neighbourhood.

  • $12,000 teaches 410 young people to skate. (Learn to Skate program $29.22 per participant.)

  • $12,000 teaches 203 young people to swim. (Learn to Swim $58.84 per participant).

  • $12,000 enables six seniors or six individuals with a disability to attend social and recreational programs for a year.

  • $12,000 provides 20 newcomer children with 24 sessions of school readiness training.

ABOUT ANDERSON

Enza Anderson is a civil engineer, journalist and community activist who was born and raised in Toronto. She has lived and worked in Toronto Centre for the last 20 years.

Anderson has volunteered tirelessly for community organizations, including the Aids Committee of Toronto and Fashion Cares. She has served on the Police Liaison Committee and has worked for Pride Toronto at the executive level. She currently sits on the board of the Federation of Metro Tenants.

Anderson believes it's time for city councillors to be connected and accountable to the people they serve. She is running for City Council in Ward 27 Toronto Centre - Rosedale.

Contact Information

  • For more information on Anderson's platform
    or to request an interview, please contact:
    ClutchPR
    Daniela Syrovy
    416-319-3511
    daniela@clutchpr.com