Joe’s Platform

Transit

Joe drives forward a vision for transit that delivers broad public access, fair fares, complete streets, and efficient movement around the city whether you’re walking, cycling, driving, or on the TTC.

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Torontonians lead busy, active lives, which means we spend a lot of our time getting around–and that counts. Joe is committed to making sure your time in transit is quality time. That’s why Joe is dedicated to less crowded commutes, more active transportation options, and safe, walkable main streets.

Midtown residents need reliable transit options to get them where they need to go. In the next term, Joe will challenge the TTC to find new, faster ways to get from our community into the downtown and back again – without relying solely on the overloaded Yonge subway line.

As a TTC Commissioner, I have championed:

  • Transit fare equity
  • 2-hour transfer system-wide
  • King Street Pilot
  • Cycling network expansion
  • Bike Share expansion
  • Wheel-Trans improvements
  • A new fleet of electric buses
  • Funding for subway station accessibility improvements
  • The Downtown Relief Line
  • Bringing new low-floor, accessible and air-conditioned streetcars to St. Clair
  • Automatic Train Control (will lead to faster lead times between trains)
  • Friendly and effective fare enforcement
  • Platform-edge doors

“Joe is a fantastic champion of transit for regular people. He supported the fight for fair fares and is with us all the way in our quest to keep transit public and in the hands of the City of Toronto.”

Luca De Franco, past chair of TTCriders

“Cycling transportation is one of the many ways Torontonians get around the city, but we need more cycling infrastructure in place to make it a safer, more reliable option for everyone. Joe has championed the expansion of the cycling network and pushed to get more Bike Share stations into midtown.”

Yvonne Bambrick, Urban Cycling Consultant

“Joe values active transportation and accessible streets. He has worked to improve walkability in the community and to eliminate barriers. He listens to the residents, understands different needs and promotes solutions that improve accessibility for everyone. He has advocated to coordinate the location of utilities in street projects early on, to ensure that people have enough space to walk and that everyone can get around safely, regardless of their age or ability. He truly values the community’s input and recognizes their stake in the decisions that determine the configuration and use of our streets, as an integral piece of community building.”

Daniella Levy Pinto, resident and advocate for accessible public space

Health

Joe uses the public health lens as a key for improving many aspects of living in Toronto, from food access and active transportation to drug policies and vibrant, safe communities.

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Our health is dependent on factors like income, physical environment, childhood experiences, education levels, access to services, and more. Municipal government is well-placed to make a positive difference in the health of Torontonians, and that’s why Joe is committed to using a public health lens in his work as a city councillor.

In the next term, Joe will continue to champion access to good food, affordable recreation, smoke-free environments, and drug policies centred on harm reduction.

As the Chair of the Board of Health, Joe has championed:

  • Student Nutrition Program in schools (as of 2017-2018 school year, 621 schools participating and over 208,000 students served)
  • Harm-reducing drug policy initiatives like Supervised Injection Services, needle exchanges, and the Overdose Prevention Strategy
  • Partnering with the Canadian Cancer Society, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and others, pushed for improved anti-smoking and -tobacco policies to reduce the overall smoking rates of Toronto residents
  • Safe, healthy walking commutes for school-age kids and caregivers
  • Creative urban food policies to improve access to healthy foods (Joe accepted the Milan Urban Food Policy award on behalf of the City of Toronto in 2017)
  • A public health approach to community violence (with former board member Chris Glover)
  • Numerous public health reports weighing in on challenges the City faces, from environmental noise to the future of the Gardiner Expressway to indoor temperature standards for tenants

Joe is a passionate champion for community health and social justice. He has been consistent and active in advocating for long-term solutions to housing and homelessness challenges. Given the growing inequities in our city, we need him at City Hall.”

Cathy Crowe, C.M., Street Nurse

“He has integrity. He has vision. He works collaboratively. Joe Mihevc is there for you. This very important election, let’s make sure Joe Mihevc is there, in our city, helping us”

Debbie Field, Former Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto

Equity

Joe works with people of all backgrounds to create positive social change because he recognizes that social and structural inequalities make life harder for some Torontonians while advantaging others.

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Toronto is a city with the motto “Diversity Our Strength” to live up to. With half our population born outside of Canada, one of the largest urban Indigenous populations in the country, and nearly 50 percent of residents identifying as people of colour, we certainly represent a range of backgrounds and experience. But diversity is more than that: it’s socioeconomic variety, different abilities, gender equity, and distinct neighbourhoods. Our City’s structures can level the playing field or entrench injustices.

The Laneway Naming Project has been a successful exercise in place-making and community-building in the former Ward 21. Joe plans to conduct the next round of the Laneway Naming Project to honour the historic local contributions of people identifying as women and/or as Indigenous, so that the community can recount and share in these important legacies. At City Council, Joe will continue to advocate for and with equity-seeking groups and to challenge status quo systems that perpetuate oppression.

Joe has a long history of advancing social and economic justice:

  • Voted to end carding
  • Tabled the motion to make Toronto a Sanctuary City
  • Supports permanent resident enfranchisement in municipal elections
  • Toronto Newcomer Advocate (2015-2017)
  • City Council liaison to two of Toronto’s largest ethnic festivals, Salsa on St. Clair (2004-2018) and Toronto Caribbean Carnival (1997-2018)
  • Supporter and annual participant in the Toronto Pride Parade
  • Collaborated with spiritual leaders to host Faith in the City conferences and the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto
  • Vocal opponent of racially-motivated hate, and supporter of programs that tackle anti-Black and anti-Muslim racism (e.g. moved for the adoption of the National Council of Canadian Muslims’ Charter for Inclusive Communities; supported SDFA’s Toronto For All campaigns)
  • Champion of policies that humanize, rather than criminalize, social issues

“Joe Mihevc is the most genuine guy you’ll ever meet: warm-hearted, kind, and shining with integrity. We’ve loved and followed his work since he helped rescue and transform the Wychwood Barns, and we deeply appreciate his commitment to a better city life for all, including the poor and the marginalized. We’d be so happy and proud to be represented by Joe at City Hall!”

Stephen Lewis, C.C. and Former UN Ambassador & Michele Landsberg, O.C. and Retired Star Journalist

“Joe Mihevc is a visionary. His work has embodied the motto ‘Toronto for All’. As Newcomer Advocate, Joe took action to make Toronto a place where all residents could find sanctuary and access important city services. Be it in the areas of parks, libraries, or health and safety, Joe is a long-standing champion of equity and inclusion and continues to advance these values in his work. I am honoured to endorse Joe for re-election in St. Paul’s.”

Neethan Shan, equity champion and Incumbent City Council Candidate Scarborough Rouge Park

“Joe is one of the of the most progressive people I know. He has been an incredible champion to our community, ensuring that the Caribbean Carnival is recognized as a major festival in Toronto, helping us to create signature annual event.”

Joe Halstead, Order of Ontario, Chair of the Board for Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Community

Joe fosters local engagement in civic life by sharing regular City Hall updates, hosting community meetings, advocating for neighbourhood infrastructure, and collaborating on grassroots efforts.

Prosperity

Joe champions innovative policy solutions that improve access to services, employment, transit, housing, and healthcare with an aim of reducing the burden of poverty and raising our collective quality of life.

Joe is a passionate champion for community health and social justice. He has been consistent and active in advocating for long-term solutions to housing and homelessness challenges. Given the growing inequities in our city, we need him at City Hall.

Cathy Crowe

C.M., Street nurse

Cycling transportation is one of the many ways Torontonians get around the city, but we need more cycling infrastructure in place to make it a safer, more reliable option for everyone. Joe has championed the expansion of the cycling network and pushed to get more Bike Share stations into midtown.

Yvonne Bambrick

Urban Cycling Consultant

Joe was the driving force behind the creation of the Artscape Wychwood Barns and The Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market, which has become a beloved central hub for our community. He moves projects from “let’s study this” to “let’s do this.” Without Joe, I’m sure the barns would still be boarded up and fenced in. I’ve seen Joe and his office staff delve into parking issues, dog off-leash issues, all with determination and grace – no member of our community is ever left behind. Residents in our new expanded ward can expect great things with Joe in their corner.

Cookie Roscoe

Manager, Wychwood Barns Famers' Market

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