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					Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Toronto Voters Want Accountability and
Transparency with New Council Members
Starting Oct 25, 2010
Broken promises, miraculous discovery of $104.82 Million Dollars, Toronto Hydro‟s
deceptive conduct by voting to deceitfully increase electricity prices so it could hand
over inflated payments to cash hungry and fiscally inept city of Toronto etc.

With continued chronic spending by incumbent councillors at twice the rate of
inflation since 2003 the people are beginning to realize that the left leaning
ideologies of the past 25 years by incumbent councillors are just not sustainable.

Fueled by the outgoing Mayors broken promises and his miraculous discovery of a
hidden $104.82 Million Dollars of Tax Payers Money, then coupled with Toronto
Hydro‟s outright deceptive conduct when they voted to deceitfully increase
electricity prices so it could hand over fat payments to cash hungry and fiscally inept
City of Toronto the people are finally beginning to see red.

A majority of incumbent councillors have had more than 20 years to stop their
chronic spending and self serving salary increases, pensions and outrageous
severance package of twice that allowed under existing laws for the people and
community they claim to represent but have failed to do so.

Peter CLARKE with the enthusiasm, energy of passion for change and determination
all with the common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers has until September
10 to put his name forward to the voters of Toronto North York ward 23 for a seat on
Toronto‟s Metro Council for this year‟s election on October 25, 2010.

CLARKE already has a very detailed campaign mission platform of 10 plus for 2010
which is outlined on his web site @ http://peterclarketoronto.com which if
implemented would save Toronto taxpayers close to $300 Million dollars.

Peter believes in the following principles for his life and all campaign:
I. Peter believes in God as the Centre of his life.
II. Families united are sacred and the ultimate authority, NOT governments.
III. Governments work for US, We do not answer to them, as they must always
answer to us the people.
Let‟s thank Toronto North York‟s ward 23 incumbent councillors of 25 years by
ELECTING Peter CLARKE on October 25, 2010 and get the common sense of the
people back on council after chronic spending and failed fiscal policies for the past
25 years.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, Begins on October 25, 2010 with
your support throughout the North York Community.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Monday, June 7, 2010
UN, World Leaders and Media Loose What Little
Credibility They Claimed by Condemning One
Side of the Flotilla Propaganda.
The United Nations, World Leaders and Media shot themselves in the foot and lost
what little credibility they themselves claimed to represent by condemning only one
side of the flotilla of bloodshed orchestrated by masked activists armed with steel
clubs and knives in efforts to conceal uninspected and so called humanitarian aid.

Every country has the obligation to protect its citizens without worrying about the
political propaganda posturing by the UN or biased and slanted reports from the
news media.

The only democratic country in the Middle East is Israel and it has an obligation to
protect its citizens by inspecting any shipments, truck loads, or tunnelling of
supplies headed to its enemies that have declared to annihilate the Jews people
from the face of the earth.

Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia or Egypt to name but a few countries surrounding Israel to
this day have never supported any form of true democracy.

Theirs is on a feudal system coupled with fascism that discriminates against women,
gays and all non Muslim faiths within their strictly controlled dictatorial laws at the
direct expense of their own citizens and non citizens alike.

The Palestine people themselves are unfortunately represented by a majority of
criminals, thugs, and thieves under the name of Hamas who have as there stated
goal the complete destruction of the State of Israel and all Jews from the face of the
earth.

Their goal is NOT one of democracy for their women and children citizens but rather
of war fuelled by propaganda and outright fighting feed by the humanitarian gifts of
steel clubs, bullets, rockets, knives and guns from so called democratic nations
wishing to continue a holocaust against an entire people.

Where is the UN or so called world leaders and media condemnation of organizations
like Hamas and Iran who orchestrated this flotilla of bloodshed in the first instance?

These so called masked peace activists and anarchist armed with knives, steel clubs
in a well planned propaganda news event who stabbed, clubbed and throw over
board fellow humans be they Jews, Christians or Muslims will of course unfortunately
lead to bloodshed.

For the UN and so called democratic leaders of the world to condemn only one side
of the well orchestrated flotilla incident to initiate a violent confrontation was
absurd and beyond any realistic realm of reporting or journalism in my humble
opinion.

peterclarketoronto.com

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Thursday, June 3, 2010
Peter Clarke Asks Ontario’s Attorney General and
Others for Investigation into Undeclared Conflicts
of Interest by Toronto Hydro Board Members
Peter an unofficial candidate for Toronto North York Ward 23 this October 25 has
asked the office of Ontario's Attorney General for an investigation into undeclared
conflicts of interest by board members.

In CLARKE'S opinion they neglected their legal individual fiduciary responsibilities
and duties to customers by diverting funds needed by the utility for its system
reliability by deceitfully increasing unwarranted dividend payments to to the city of
Toronto, as recently ruled by Ontario's Court of Appeal.

The actions of Toronto Hydro‟s Board of directors of diverting funds from the needs
of maintaining the utilities system reliability of aging wires and equipment was in my
opinion NOT upholding their fiduciary duties.

Further their attempts at raising rates to customers so that deceptive dividend
payments could be deceitfully made to shore up the city of Toronto‟s fiscal problems
on the back of customers was a least unethical, immoral and worst fraudulent.

When the outgoing Mayor miraculously discovered $104.82 MILLION Dollars of Tax
Payers Money Peter CLARKE called for an In-depth External Forensic Audit of City
Finances, prior to Elections. That request fell on deaf ears.

Perhaps now with yet another process being a sham our Provinces Attorney General
along with the media and others will start demanding an investigation into these
recurring shams and neglect of judiciary responsibilities by both councillors and
appointed Toronto hydro board members.

Take Back Toronto in 2010 and get the common sense of the people back on council
after 28 years of chronic spending and failed fiscal policies.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Peter CLARKE Proposes that Toronto Councillors
Self Given Golden Severance Package Costing in
Excess of $5 MILLION Be Rescinded
Toronto‟s incumbent councillors voted themselves a self-serving golden severance
package at twice the 26 week maximum requirement under Ontario‟s labour laws.

This package on top of the one year salary and lucrative Omers pension benefits they
receive once defeated in an election.

The golden severance deal also includes 100% taxpayer paid benefits for extended
health, dental, life insurance, LTD and Mileage for one full year after the taxpayers
voted them out of office.

There is an exemption under Ontario laws which might exempt the city from having
to pay elected officials any severance pay at all.

Once the electorate have voted councillors out of office, this of course would make
it impossible and unnecessary for them to perform their previous elected duties and
thus the city would be exempt from paying them anything at all under existing
labour laws.

This unnecessary self serving golden severance package which incumbent councillors
voted themselves represents a liability of $5,214,888. MILLION dollars in total for
the 42 incumbents.

CLARKE would reverse this package to a maximum of 26 weeks in accordance with
existing laws for all Ontario citizens. He would further seek legal status as to
whether or not elected officials are even entitled to a severance package once the
voters have turfed them out of office.

Peter CLARKE has proposed a detailed 10 plus for 2010 campaign mission platform
outline his proposals to date that would save Toronto taxpayers over $283.2 MILLION
dollars and you can check out the details at http://peterclarketoronto.com

CLARKE would rescind Toronto councillors self serving golden severance package of
one full year paid salary and benefits which represents a liability of over $5 MILLION
dollars after they have been turfed by the voters to a maximum of 26 weeks in
accordance with existing laws.

Please visit out site @ www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Monday, May 31, 2010
Clarke Proposes One Transit Authority for ALL the
Toronto GTA Areas which Represents 25% of
Canada’s population.
With 25% of Canada‟s population residing within the GTA, common sense should tell
us that we must combine ALL the GTA areas under ONE transit authority.

Peter CLARKE a unofficial candidate for Toronto‟s North York ward 23 has proposed
the amalgamation of all the GTA area public transit authorities, systems and
operations of Go, TTC, Halton, Peel, York, Durham and HSR into one transit authority
for the entire region of the GTA areas plus HRS.

At present the boards of the TTC, Metrolinx etc. are all run by purely academic
political appointees having little to no actual transportation qualifications in private
mass transportation systems from within the world‟s private transportation industry.

Ontario‟s Transportation Minister himself has stated that the board of Metrolinx is
comprised of professional and corporate experience in customer service, planning,
law and financing.
But NO mention was made of a CEO and COO having to be a professional with sound
hands on experience and qualifications from within the world‟s private mass
transportation industry.

A one transit authority would replace the existing board of Metrolinx with one
elected representative from each region i.e. Halton, Peel, York, Durham and with
two elected representatives from Toronto and the federal and provincial
governments.

Further this new amalgamated transit authority Provincial Federal GTHA or PFGTHA
would be directly responsible for all public transportation operations, systems,
financing and be under the control of the above elected board members and
direction of both a CEO and COO who actually have professional transportation
qualifications from within the world‟s private transportation industry who would be
hired separately.

All three levels of government, municipal, provincial and federal must completely
understand that first the GTA area with its 25% of the population requires a lasting
financial commitment to public transit which is NOT on the backs of property
taxpayers, renters, condo and homeowners or businesses alike but rather from our
province and country as a whole if politicians are seriously committed to public
transit systems for the PFGTHA.

Without a combined lasting and final political financial commitment from the
province and federal government's any transit system within the PFGTHA areas will
NOT succeed.

Second until there are qualified professionals from within the worlds private mass
transportation industry at the helm of any PFGTHA mass public transit system as
opposed to just political appointees from one political party or the other any public
transportation system is doomed to failure and unsustainable by the people.

29 years ago the Toronto's public transit system recognized that the future major
transportation needs for the city would be in the downtown core area.

This plan back then was referred to as the DRL or downtown relief line or DRL as it
correctly foresaw the congestion problem that now exists within the down town core
area of the city.

Until this plan is revised and implemented to relieve the current congestion during
rush hour periods the movement of existing citizens using mass transit for work
related issues within the downtown area will NOT be solved.

The current system most definitely will NOT be solved by increasing a subway line to
the North of Toronto nor by politically offering that our seniors be able to use the
system during off hours for FREE.

We the people, seniors and non seniors alike all realize that NOTHING is FREE,
especially when proposed by politicians seeking election.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, for a Better Way Begins on
October 25, 2010 with your support throughout the North York Community.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Saturday, May 22, 2010
Peter CLARKE Candidate for Toronto North York
23 Proposes Bike Commuters Share Toronto’s
Reserved Bus Lanes & HOV Corridors
As a start within the city core and so called city suburbs reserved bus lanes and HOV
corridors during rush hours should be available and restricted for cyclists, motor
assisted bicycles along with scooters and motorcycles as presently exists.

The effects of allowing shared bus lanes with cyclists, scooters and motorcycles
commissioned by Transport for London (TfL) apparently has been surprised for
political reason but was leaked to and published by telegraph motoring in October.

"The study indicated that on two corridors where bicycles and motorized cycles were
allowed in bus lanes, bicyclist crashes were reduced 44%.

Bike-bus lanes have been used in French and German cities. Paris and Bordeaux have
shared lane networks of 118 and 40km, respectively. According to the German
Cycling Federation [3], the Federal Ministry of Transportation reports bicycles are
safer using bus lanes, and bus operations are not negatively affected by this
arrangement.

The Ministry states that, where traffic speeds exceed 30 mph, the width of the lane
should be at least 4 meters (13 feet) to allow bicyclists to overtake a bus without
entering an adjacent lane. Narrower widths, typically 3.0 meters (10.5 - 11.5 feet)
are acceptable in lower speed environments (20mph or less). By contrast, the City of
Madison, Wisconsin, prefers a width of 16 feet, but may allow widths of 14 feet or
even less when necessary. "

CLARKE further believes that any safe sharing of bike-bus lanes during rush hours
greatly depends on education of our TTC bus drivers and the fact that cyclists would
have to be licensed the same as scooters and motorcycles are to ensure that the
rules of the road are fully afforded to them and they also must follow to the letter.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, for a Better Way Begins on
October 25, 2010 with your support throughout the North York Community.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Saturday, May 15, 2010
Toronto’s Substance Abuse Problems Require
Testing Policy for Councillors, Police, EMS, Fire
and TTC
With continued frequent incidences of substance abuse by employees of the city
such problems will not be solved by any advisory panel appointed by councillors or
others.

The time has come for a city wide policy of substance abuse testing for Councillors
along with all employees including Police, Fire, EMS and TTC.

Over a year and a half ago the city‟s TTC has had a program for only alcohol testing
but close to two years later TTC bureaucrats have NOT finalized the procedures for
training supervisors or communicating the policy to staff, according to Nadia Pazzano
of the TTC.

Such delays are unacceptable and completely unwarranted and begs the question
who if anyone is in control at the T.T.C.?

Peter CLARKE a candidate for Toronto council from North York ward 23 has proposed
that a city wide policy for random substance abuse testing be mandatory for
councillors along with a condition of continuing employment for all city employees
with no exceptions effective January 1st 2011.

All Toronto employees and councillors should reasonably expect to be randomly
contacted for alcohol and substance testing on any day/night time during their
normal scheduled shift or meetings.

The purpose of such a new policy would be to establish the city‟s expectations for
appropriate on the job behavior.

The city would also provide a means, through the public health department, for
supporting councillors, staff and employees who might be dealing with current or
emerging drug and alcohol problems.

Peter CLARKE believes Toronto must be committed to the health, safety and
wellness of all city employees, welfare recipients, its elected representatives and
the public.

On the other hand city employees have the responsibility to report to work capable
of performing their tasks productively and safely.

The use of alcohol, illegal drugs and medications can and do have serious adverse
impacts in the workplace as we unfortunately continue to witness.

Let‟s thank Toronto North York‟s ward 23 incumbent by ELECTING Peter CLARKE on
October 25, 2010 and get the common sense of the people back on council after 28
years of chronic spending and failed fiscal policies.

http://peterclarketoronto.com
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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Toronto Studies Cheaper Crosswalks While
Proposing NO Competitive Tendering Contract for
Friends
With Toronto in the midst of a fiscal crisis brought about by the continued chronic
spending habits of incumbent councillors, they march on with their left leaning
ideologies and attitudes of they are right and to heck with the taxpayers.

Now Incumbent councillors of the past 28 years or more are prepared to forgo, at
the direct expense of the people they were elected to prudently represent, the
basics of openness and transparency of public office.

It appears they are all poised to hand out another untendered and non competitive
contract, which will cost the taxpayers $1 MILLION $600 HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS by extending a food, drink monopoly located on our eastern beaches.

Fiscal Crisis or not Incumbent Councillors Propose NO Tendering, Rent Reductions
and Monopoly for Friends of the Family in an immoral, unethical and most likely
illegal non competitive tendering process.

Toronto has a serious fiscal problem and yet considers allowing sweet heart deals
that cost the taxpayers $1 Million $600 hundred thousand dollars.

The holder of this untendered contract has continually failed to pay taxes and has
serious tax arrears owing to the city.

We all know that when any contract is not tendered out in a competitive bidding
process as legally required someone is most likely being paid off at the direct
expense of taxpayers.

The Toronto beaches and areas are for the people and NOT for the exclusive
business use of anyone corporation or individual.

When it involves public funds, transparency and openness must prevail.

If incumbent councillors approve this shady deal on their nonsensical sole search
approach which is fiscally irresponsible and undemocratic in this day and age, they
deserve to be kicked out of office as such actions is not consistent with open and
honest public service.




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Monday, May 10, 2010
Clarke Seeks Support from Toronto’s 50 MPPs
and MPs for Percentage of Gas Taxes for Public
Transit
Peter CLARKE is seeking the support from Toronto‟s current sitting members from all
parties in the provincial and federal government to make a lasting commitment to
Toronto‟s 3 plus Million citizens for public transit financing.

CLARKE is of the opinion that these same politicians who eagerly allocated $13
BILLION of taxpayers‟ money to bailing out -Chrysler-GM in a futile attempt to
indefinitely save some 18,000 jobs in 2009, then assisting over 3 MILLION job
earners in Toronto by making a lasting commitment to public transit in all cities
should be a no brain-err for politicians from all political parties.

Peter CLARKE believes that Toronto‟s 50 plus federal and provincial members of the
public, honestly wish to get themselves reelected, then they should immediately be
demanding assistance for the 3 MILLION citizens in Toronto, they claim to represent,
by immediately announcing an annual allocation of 20% from EXISTING GASOLINE AND
DIESEL TAXES, to cities with existing public transit systems throughout Canada.

If these 50 career politician from all parties cannot support the 3 MIILLION plus
citizens, they were elected to represent, by immediately demanding a permanent
and lasting financial arrangement for Toronto and other cities for public transit by
allocating a percentage of existing gasoline and diesel taxes based on population to
the city the supposedly represent Torontonians should be mad as heck at them and
let them know it through the ballot box come the next provincial and federal
elections.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.

Peter believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.
1. In God as the Center of his life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer to us, the
people.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, for a Better Way Begins on
October 25, 2010 with your support throughout the North York Community.

www.peterclarketoronto.com


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Saturday, May 8, 2010
CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined with
Common Sense of the People Finds $283 Million
in Savings & Funding for Public Transit
All Torontonians know that our TTC does NOT need a new office building but
URGENTLY needs a New Chairman, a New Board, New revised Transit City Plan and a
firm commitment from the federal and provincial governments to assist cities with
existing public transit systems by immediately giving all cities a percentage of the
existing gasoline and diesel taxes based on population.

Our provincial and federal government allocated $13 BILLION of taxpayers‟ money
bailing out -Chrysler-GM in their futile attempt to indefinitely save some 18,000 jobs
in 2009.

Then assisting over 3 MILLION job earners in Toronto by making a lasting
commitment to public transit in all cities should be a no brain-er for politicians from
all political parties.

Toronto‟s 50 plus federal and provincial sitting elected members of the public, if
they wish to get themselves reelected, should immediately be demanding assistance
for the 3 MILLION citizens in Toronto they claim to represent, by immediately
announcing an annual allocation of 20% from EXISTING GASOLING AND DIESEL TAXES,
to cities with existing public transit systems.

Peter CLARKE who is your average independent non career politician is seeking a
seat on Toronto council from North York Ward 23 against”an existing incumbent
councillor who turned public service into a 28 year employment opportunity”, Peter
states.

For a complete and detailed outline of Peter Clarke's proposes $283 MILLION in
savings to taxpayers, just visit his web site www.peterclarketoronto.com and click
Clarke Campaign Mission.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Friday, May 7, 2010
Our Toronto's Gay Mayoralty Candidate Attempts
Character Assassination against Rival as
Campaign Platform
The left leaning gay Toronto mayoralty candidate lacking a campaign platform to
date of any substance is now barking out attempts of character assassination against
his main rival Rob Ford.

With a gutter like attempt at criticizing his rival Mr. Fords opposition to the city‟s
AIDS funding in 2006, this former provincial legislature as Health minister was
directly responsible and accountable when eHealth‟s predecessor, dispensed millions
of dollars in untendered contracts.

Ford opposed $1 million in aids grants yet his rival who as health minister had the
greatest responsibility of anyone to implement appropriate measures to get SSHA off
the ground but allowed no planning and wasted MILLIONS of taxpayer‟s DOLLARS
under his steward ship.

Toronto‟s voters must ask themselves today how many MRI machines could all that
money have bought? How about putting that money towards AIDS research, cancer or
heart disease?

This mayoralty candidate and former health minister was shuffled to another
position when the SSHA or E health scandal surfaced thus setting the stage for his so
called clean entry into Toronto‟s municipal politics.

For Smitherman the Gay candidate to attack Ford the Straight one, says quite a bit
about his own character or lack of, do you not think?

When politicians, especially so called career ones, find it necessary to lower
themselves to attempts at character assassination and personal attacks against their
rival, it is obvious they have NO other platform to offer the voters.

Perhaps George has forgotten his direct involvement and mishandling of SSHA which
resulted in the E Health care mess and scandal in excess of ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Voters will not elect anyone who attempts personal and character assassinations
against rivals be they gay or straight.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.


PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Peter CLARKE has proposed $283 Million Dollars
in Savings plus Solution for Toronto’s TTC
Funding
Peter Clarke your average citizen independent candidate, seeking a seat for North
York Community Ward 23 on Toronto city council this October 25/10 has to date
come up with saving of over $283.2 Million dollars.

For a complete breakdown of Clarke's campaign mission platform visit his web site @
www.peterclarketoronto.com

Peter perhaps has also found one solution which would take a majority of the tax
burden off the backs of renters, condo owners, homeowners and businesses when it
comes to funding for the TTC.

Clarke is not beholding to special interest groups, lobbyists or any political party and
is seeking the assistance of both the provincial and federal government, which
consists of two different political parties holding power at this time.

What is needed he insists is for the provincial and federal governments to get off
their respective CULOS and make a lasting commitment to Public Transit now.

With over 26 provincial and federal sitting members coming from the Toronto area
alone the support for Toronto and other cities with Public Transit systems should
obviously be there from all parties if they wish to get themselves reelected.

All that is required is to allocate to cities, with existing public transit systems based
on populations, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect annually from both
federal and provincial existing gasoline and diesel taxes TODAY, for Public Transit
once and for all.

With 6 months left before the elections on October 25/10 Peter is confident that he
can come up $325 MILLION dollars in proposed savings for Toronto and North York
Ward 23 for 2010 and beyond.

It seems Peter CLARKE is well on his way to achieving that goal for his future
constituents with the help of a New Mayor and councillors that have the common
sense of the people.
On October 25/10 Torontonians have a decision to make before voting.

Either keep incumbent councillors on council or CHANGE them for the common sense
of the people.

As voters footing the bill do you wish to continue reelecting career politicians who
have turned public service into a 28 year employment opportunity backed by their
lobbyists and special interest groups or take a chance on the future with new ideas
and solutions for Toronto‟s fiscal problems?

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Monday, May 3, 2010
Politicians & Political Parties Question the
Meaning of Transparency and Openness by
Hiding Half Billion Dollars of Their Expenses From
Taxpayers.
It seems the Supreme Court in Canada also drags its feet and does little while career
politicians supported by their respective parties, special interest groups and
lobbyists continue to hide over half a billion dollars of their expenses from the
taxpayers and media.

This half a billion dollars is not just small change to the taxpayers who paid for these
undocumented expenses which remain closely guarded by politicians and our
Supreme Court from the public who paid for such expenses in the first place.

The question that must be immediately answered is why after a full year is Sheila
Fraser still waiting to review all these and other expenses paid for by Canadian
taxpayers that are career politicians continue hiding from the people while our
Supreme Court drags its feet on this issue of transparency and openness in
parliament?

Canada‟s former auditor general Ken Dye has stated, “She would be annoyed. She
would say the same things I'm saying: „I've got an audit act that I'm responsible for
executing and these guys are thwarting my duties.”

He further stated “You wonder why they're resisting. What are they trying to hide? I
think that in a time of accountability I have no trouble at all having the country's
auditor general examine any bit of public money.”

Liberal MP Shawn Murphy, chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts
Committee, elected by the people of Canada to represent them, NOT her or her
fellow elected members of their respective political party, obviously DOES NOT know
the meaning of transparency.

Her lame excuse for not revealing these public paid for expense by herself and other
members of the House and I quote is “There is an issue of transparency,” as “There
should be a discussion about whether or not that (KPMG audit) should be made
public.”

Well the public also paid for the audit done by KPMG so it all boils down to the
politician‟s interpretation of what transparency is.

Sort of like the Bill Clinton fiasco of what the interpretation of is, IS.
Politicians from all parties had better quickly realize and understand the meaning of
openness and transparency.

They immediately must ensure that ALL expenses paid for by taxpayers are released
and made available to ever Canadian and NO LONGER SHIELDED from a PUBLIC AUDIT
PROCESS.

The time has come for the introduction of legislation at all levels of government,
municipal, provincial and federal which clearly defines TRANSPARECNCY for these
career politicians from all political parties who fail to understand the meaning of
openness and transparency in Public Service.

All Politicians answer to the people just as Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York
Community and Toronto as one united city within a united country.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Toronto Studies Cheaper Crosswalks While
Proposing NO Competitive Tendering Contract for
Friends
With Toronto in the midst of a fiscal crisis brought about by the continued chronic
spending habits of incumbent councillors, they march on with their left leaning
ideologies and attitudes of they are right and to heck with the taxpayers.

Now Incumbent councillors of the past 28 years or more are prepared to forgo, at
the direct expense of the people they were elected to prudently represent, the
basics of openness and transparency of public office.

It appears they are all poised to hand out another untendered and non competitive
contract, which will cost the taxpayers $1 MILLION $600 HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS by extending a food, drink monopoly located on our eastern beaches.
Fiscal Crisis or not Incumbent Councillors Propose NO Tendering, Rent Reductions
and Monopoly for Friends of the Family in an immoral, unethical and most likely
illegal non competitive tendering process.

Toronto has a serious fiscal problem and yet considers allowing sweet heart deals
that cost the taxpayers $1 Million $600 hundred thousand dollars.

The holder of this untendered contract has continually failed to pay taxes and has
serious tax arrears owing to the city.

We all know that when any contract is not tendered out in a competitive bidding
process as legally required someone is most likely being paid off at the direct
expense of taxpayers.

The Toronto beaches and areas are for the people and NOT for the exclusive
business use of anyone corporation or individual.

When it involves public funds, transparency and openness must prevail.

If incumbent councillors approve this shady deal on their nonsensical sole search
approach which is fiscally irresponsible and undemocratic in this day and age, they
deserve to be kicked out of office as such actions is not consistent with open and
honest public service.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, for a Better Way Begins on
October 25, 2010 with your support throughout the North York Community.

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Monday, May 10, 2010
Clarke Seeks Support from Toronto’s 50 MPPs
and MPs for Percentage of Gas Taxes for Public
Transit
Peter CLARKE is seeking the support from Toronto‟s current sitting members from all
parties in the provincial and federal government to make a lasting commitment to
Toronto‟s 3 plus Million citizens for public transit financing.

CLARKE is of the opinion that these same politicians who eagerly allocated $13
BILLION of taxpayers‟ money to bailing out -Chrysler-GM in a futile attempt to
indefinitely save some 18,000 jobs in 2009, then assisting over 3 MILLION job
earners in Toronto by making a lasting commitment to public transit in all cities
should be a no brain-err for politicians from all political parties.

Peter CLARKE believes that Toronto‟s 50 plus federal and provincial members of the
public, honestly wish to get themselves reelected, then they should immediately be
demanding assistance for the 3 MILLION citizens in Toronto, they claim to represent,
by immediately announcing an annual allocation of 20% from EXISTING GASOLINE AND
DIESEL TAXES, to cities with existing public transit systems throughout Canada.

If these 50 career politician from all parties cannot support the 3 MIILLION plus
citizens, they were elected to represent, by immediately demanding a permanent
and lasting financial arrangement for Toronto and other cities for public transit by
allocating a percentage of existing gasoline and diesel taxes based on population to
the city the supposedly represent Torontonians should be mad as heck at them and
let them know it through the ballot box come the next provincial and federal
elections.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.

Peter believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. In God as the Center of his life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer to us, the
people.

Toronto One City, Your Vote, Our Future Together, for a Better Way Begins on
October 25, 2010 with your support throughout the North York Community.

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Saturday, May 8, 2010
CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined with
Common Sense of the People Finds $283 Million
in Savings & Funding for Public Transit
All Torontonians know that our TTC does NOT need a new office building but
URGENTLY needs a New Chairman, a New Board, New revised Transit City Plan and a
firm commitment from the federal and provincial governments to assist cities with
existing public transit systems by immediately giving all cities a percentage of the
existing gasoline and diesel taxes based on population.

Our provincial and federal government allocated $13 BILLION of taxpayers‟ money
bailing out -Chrysler-GM in their futile attempt to indefinitely save some 18,000 jobs
in 2009.

Then assisting over 3 MILLION job earners in Toronto by making a lasting
commitment to public transit in all cities should be a no brain-er for politicians from
all political parties.

Toronto‟s 50 plus federal and provincial sitting elected members of the public, if
they wish to get themselves reelected, should immediately be demanding assistance
for the 3 MILLION citizens in Toronto they claim to represent, by immediately
announcing an annual allocation of 20% from EXISTING GASOLING AND DIESEL TAXES,
to cities with existing public transit systems.

Peter CLARKE who is your average independent non career politician is seeking a
seat on Toronto council from North York Ward 23 against”an existing incumbent
councillor who turned public service into a 28 year employment opportunity”, Peter
states.
For a complete and detailed outline of Peter Clarke's proposes $283 MILLION in
savings to taxpayers, just visit his web site www.peterclarketoronto.com and click
Clarke Campaign Mission.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Friday, May 7, 2010
Our Toronto's Gay Mayoralty Candidate Attempts
Character Assassination against Rival as
Campaign Platform
The left leaning gay Toronto mayoralty candidate lacking a campaign platform to
date of any substance is now barking out attempts of character assassination against
his main rival Rob Ford.

With a gutter like attempt at criticizing his rival Mr. Fords opposition to the city‟s
AIDS funding in 2006, this former provincial legislature as Health minister was
directly responsible and accountable when eHealth‟s predecessor, dispensed millions
of dollars in untendered contracts.

Ford opposed $1 million in aids grants yet his rival who as health minister had the
greatest responsibility of anyone to implement appropriate measures to get SSHA off
the ground but allowed no planning and wasted MILLIONS of taxpayer‟s DOLLARS
under his steward ship.

Toronto‟s voters must ask themselves today how many MRI machines could all that
money have bought? How about putting that money towards AIDS research, cancer or
heart disease?

This mayoralty candidate and former health minister was shuffled to another
position when the SSHA or E health scandal surfaced thus setting the stage for his so
called clean entry into Toronto‟s municipal politics.

For Smitherman the Gay candidate to attack Ford the Straight one, says quite a bit
about his own character or lack of, do you not think?

When politicians, especially so called career ones, find it necessary to lower
themselves to attempts at character assassination and personal attacks against their
rival, it is obvious they have NO other platform to offer the voters.

Perhaps George has forgotten his direct involvement and mishandling of SSHA which
resulted in the E Health care mess and scandal in excess of ONE BILLION DOLLARS.

Voters will not elect anyone who attempts personal and character assassinations
against rivals be they gay or straight.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.


PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Peter CLARKE has proposed $283 Million Dollars
in Savings plus Solution for Toronto’s TTC
Funding
Peter Clarke your average citizen independent candidate, seeking a seat for North
York Community Ward 23 on Toronto city council this October 25/10 has to date
come up with saving of over $283.2 Million dollars.

For a complete breakdown of Clarke's campaign mission platform visit his web site @
www.peterclarketoronto.com

Peter perhaps has also found one solution which would take a majority of the tax
burden off the backs of renters, condo owners, homeowners and businesses when it
comes to funding for the TTC.
Clarke is not beholding to special interest groups, lobbyists or any political party and
is seeking the assistance of both the provincial and federal government, which
consists of two different political parties holding power at this time.

What is needed he insists is for the provincial and federal governments to get off
their respective CULOS and make a lasting commitment to Public Transit now.

With over 26 provincial and federal sitting members coming from the Toronto area
alone the support for Toronto and other cities with Public Transit systems should
obviously be there from all parties if they wish to get themselves reelected.

All that is required is to allocate to cities, with existing public transit systems based
on populations, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect annually from both
federal and provincial existing gasoline and diesel taxes TODAY, for Public Transit
once and for all.

With 6 months left before the elections on October 25/10 Peter is confident that he
can come up $325 MILLION dollars in proposed savings for Toronto and North York
Ward 23 for 2010 and beyond.

It seems Peter CLARKE is well on his way to achieving that goal for his future
constituents with the help of a New Mayor and councillors that have the common
sense of the people.
On October 25/10 Torontonians have a decision to make before voting.

Either keep incumbent councillors on council or CHANGE them for the common sense
of the people.

As voters footing the bill do you wish to continue reelecting career politicians who
have turned public service into a 28 year employment opportunity backed by their
lobbyists and special interest groups or take a chance on the future with new ideas
and solutions for Toronto‟s fiscal problems?

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Monday, May 3, 2010
Politicians & Political Parties Question the
Meaning of Transparency and Openness by
Hiding Half Billion Dollars of Their Expenses From
Taxpayers.
It seems the Supreme Court in Canada also drags its feet and does little while career
politicians supported by their respective parties, special interest groups and
lobbyists continue to hide over half a billion dollars of their expenses from the
taxpayers and media.

This half a billion dollars is not just small change to the taxpayers who paid for these
undocumented expenses which remain closely guarded by politicians and our
Supreme Court from the public who paid for such expenses in the first place.

The question that must be immediately answered is why after a full year is Sheila
Fraser still waiting to review all these and other expenses paid for by Canadian
taxpayers that are career politicians continue hiding from the people while our
Supreme Court drags its feet on this issue of transparency and openness in
parliament?

Canada‟s former auditor general Ken Dye has stated, “She would be annoyed. She
would say the same things I'm saying: „I've got an audit act that I'm responsible for
executing and these guys are thwarting my duties.”

He further stated “You wonder why they're resisting. What are they trying to hide? I
think that in a time of accountability I have no trouble at all having the country's
auditor general examine any bit of public money.”

Liberal MP Shawn Murphy, chair of the House of Commons Public Accounts
Committee, elected by the people of Canada to represent them, NOT her or her
fellow elected members of their respective political party, obviously DOES NOT know
the meaning of transparency.

Her lame excuse for not revealing these public paid for expense by herself and other
members of the House and I quote is “There is an issue of transparency,” as “There
should be a discussion about whether or not that (KPMG audit) should be made
public.”

Well the public also paid for the audit done by KPMG so it all boils down to the
politician‟s interpretation of what transparency is.

Sort of like the Bill Clinton fiasco of what the interpretation of is, IS.

Politicians from all parties had better quickly realize and understand the meaning of
openness and transparency.

They immediately must ensure that ALL expenses paid for by taxpayers are released
and made available to ever Canadian and NO LONGER SHIELDED from a PUBLIC AUDIT
PROCESS.

The time has come for the introduction of legislation at all levels of government,
municipal, provincial and federal which clearly defines TRANSPARECNCY for these
career politicians from all political parties who fail to understand the meaning of
openness and transparency in Public Service.

All Politicians answer to the people just as Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York
Community and Toronto as one united city within a united country.

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Saturday, May 1, 2010
Another issue facing Toronto Voters is the Lack of
Campaign Platforms by Incumbent Councillors
seeking Reelection for Their Failed Policies.
Aside from the continued chronic spending disease illustrated by incumbent
councillors the other main issue seems to be the lack of campaign platforms by those
seeking the outgoing Mayor's job and from incumbent councillors seeking reelection
based on their past chronic spending habits.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must stop in 2010.
For the past 7 years and longer Toronto‟s incumbent life long career councillors have
had NO REGARD for PRUDENCE when it came to spending tax payer dollars.

They have failed the city outrageously with their inability to manage the affairs of
the city in a fiscally responsible manner.

You do not have to take my word for it as the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally
come clean this election year and admitted that Toronto has a serious crisis because
of chronic spending, borrowing and taxing, yet they just continue to seek new ways
of taxing Toronto residents and businesses even further as they discuss the 2010
budget.

Councillors‟ outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues represents a 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION RATES
because of their chronic ingratiating appetite to spend our money.

The people however, have a different view and that is the unsustainable and chronic
spending by incumbent councillors for the past 13 to 30 years has to come to an end
in 2010.

Concerning Transit financing, well it can be solved once and for all if the provincial
and federal governments got off their respective CULOS and made a lasting
commitment to Public Transit.

All these politicians at both levels of government have to do in supporting cities with
existing public transit is to allocate, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect
annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes, based on populations to each
city.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010, for our North York Community and Toronto as one
united city.

www.peterclarketoronto.com

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Friday, April 30, 2010
Outgoing Mayor and Incumbent Councillors Have
Left Toronto with an Astronomical Debt Because
of Their Chronic Spending Habits
This outgoing Mayors administration of left leaning ideologies supported by
incumbent councillors and their chronic uncontrollable appetite of outrageous
spending habits and disregard for prudence with regard to taxpayers money has
nearly bankrupt this city.

Overburdened taxpayers, be they renters, condo or homeowners and businesses
alike, do not want new taxes in the form of road tolls, as a new hidden tax discussed
as toll tax for the Don Valley and Gardner.

That would amount to a $50.tax per week tax or $2,600 per year taken out of our
salaries in addition to gas taxes etc.

Nor do they want to be forcing home builders to pay for annual metro passes of
$1,308 per unit as an additional cost of buying your new condo home.

Spending six hundred thousand dollars $600,000 of taxpayer‟s hard earned income
as a Guarantor to gain votes or support from Toronto Cyclists Union and bank roll a
private corporation is NOT being fiscally responsible at any time.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must be stop in 2010.

Any modern era for the Toronto and TTC will start with the departure of the
outgoing Mayor and his personal appointee chairman for the TTC.

Personally I hope that Ford along with other Mayoralty support and promote
Toronto's urgent need of the past 35 years now, for either a rail or subway link to
the International airport.

This would also help the residents in the Weston area along with the immediate
construction of the down town relief line DRL he will have the blessing of
Torontonians along with the North York Community and other such communities
throughout our great city.

Metrolinx, if it understands Toronto's internal transportation requirements will
reverse the outgoing Mayors Transit City Plan by ensuring that the two top priorities
for Toronto's transit links are the construction of the DRL proposed back in the
1980s and a rail or subway link to Person International Airport ASAP.

If the DRL is not started immediately, there is no sense whatsoever in any extension
north to bring people into an already transit system which is overloaded in the down
town core areas.
In my humble opinion, the DRL is a must and urgently needed for the city along with
a rail or subway link to the International Airport.

Now if Ford, can support my position by getting provincial and federal governments
off their respective CULOS to make a lasting commitment to Public Transit in
supporting cities with existing public transit by allocating a per cent age of the
billions of dollars collect annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes and have
the commitment based on populations of each city, Transit financing can be solved
once and for all for Toronto and other Canadian cities.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Has A Toronto with Heart Become a B City of
Gangs, Thugs and Punks?
First for the police to attempt to lay blame on those who for whatever reason did not
intervene reportedly against two black thug punks in their teens or twenties is a
little disingenuous.

Cops are always telling citizens not to get involved yet now criticize them for doing
what they suggested we should not attempt to do at any time. What gives?

Do police now want Torontonians to arm themselves, like the people in USA cities
do, to protect ourselves against such thugs and punks that continually ride and
harass people on public transit throughout our good city with heart?

With today‟s technologies why does the TTC not have voice active alarms and
cameras on our public transit systems? We sure as heck cannot afford armed police
on every subway car or bus. Will this be used during budget debates as an example
why the police cannot reduce their spending and must increase the number of
uniformed officers on the force?

Secondly snatch and grabs of iPods, cell phones etc. fairly common daily occurrences
on the TTC, according to transit officials, should NOT be acceptable to Torontonians.
Police who have continued to ignore the fact that there is also a gang problem within
and throughout Toronto should admit that like Detroit and other USA cities, Toronto
has a more serious criminal element which they are unwilling or unable to address
properly.

Violent crime by census tract here is a top 20 list:
1 Carlton/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament
2 SE of Jane/Finch
3 Queen/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament
4 NE of Jane/Finch
5 Off Kipling N of Lake Shore
6 Queen/Dundas/Spadina/Bathurst
7 Danforth W of Victoria Park to Main
8 SW Parkdale
9 Martin Grove/Albion Road/Kipling/West Humber
10 SE of Driftwood/Finch
11 Sheppard/Highbury/Jane/401
12 DVP/Eastern/Carlaw/Queen
13 Gerrard/DVP/Dundas/Parliament
14 NE of Jane/Eglinton
15 Along Kingston Rd SE of Lawrence
16 SW of Jane/Finch
17 NE of Danforth/Victoria Park
18 Bain/Pape/DVP/Gerrard (includes Don Jail)
19 NW of Bloor/Dufferin
20 SW of Midland/Kingston Rd

-Pockets of Scarborough are bad particularly Midland and Lawrence. A lot of Punjabi
gangs around there it would seem.
-Tuxedo court located at Eglington and Markham road. Lots of Indians/Muslims it
would appear as we do not wish to have racial profiling in any way and apparently
lots of stabbings between Muslims gangs also but this has quieted down over the past
couple years though we are told.

Toronto areas to be on your guard in:
-rexdale
-chalkfarm
-driftwood
-jane and finch
-cataraqui park
-Chester Le
-Midland n' Lawrence
-Shoreham
-areas of jarvis
-areas of sherbourne
-regent park

Toronto must as a city clean up these gangs of thug, punks and legally yet quickly get
them off the streets, out of the public transit systems by whatever means necessary.
Those found to be under age go after their parents for non parenting skills and when
these so called juveniles commit violent crimes through the book at them.

However our current system of justice is also partially to blame for its continued
handing out of far too many lenient sentences, slaps on the wrists and five year
sentencing for murder to these juvenile punk thugs who know all too that they have
nothing to lose when it comes to beating up or stealing from any defenseless citizen.
Just go to the courts on any day a see how uncivilized and disregard for the respect
of society and the law they can display.

Finally the police themselves have to understand and realistically acknowledge to
the people of Toronto that it is never too late for them to come clean with the law
abiding citizens within the city. Unfortunately as yet they seem unable to do the job
they were hired to do, serve and protect. Partially because of the justice system and
their hand continually being tied by the bleeding heart members of the current
Police Service Board.

Career politicians and week kneed judges along with our criminal justice system
have allowed Toronto to go from A city with Heart to become what lately appears to
be the Bad and Ugly city without heart or sole.

For North York Community, Toronto is Our City, Your Vote and Together Our Future
On October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wind Farms for Toronto Island but Not
Scarborough Bluffs
In keeping with their tradition the outgoing Mayors Executive Committee along with
incumbent councillors all ignored Scientific Evidence of 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' and
other health problems related to wind farms.

Wind farms, such as the one proposed for Scarborough Bluffs create “Low frequency
noise can induce feelings of discomfort and nausea, not unlike seasickness. Like
seasickness, the sensitivity of different individuals varies enormously, some being
immediately sensitive, while others can barely detect anything” according to the
renowned US Scientist Malcolm A. Swinbanks, PhD.

He points out further “It is important to emphasize that there does not yet appear to
be a full understanding of how to assess low-frequency wind-turbine noise.”

“So it is difficult to understand how it can be argued emphatically that there is no
problem, when it is clearly reported that significant ambiguity still remains in
assessing these effects.”

“The purpose of this email is to make clear that a comprehensive understanding of
wind-turbine noise and its effects was established by thorough NASA research, over
20 years ago. Contrary to suggestion, this is not new science.”

“The combination of wind-gradient amplification by up to 15dB, and the lowered
(more sensitive) threshold of hearing for wind-turbine noise, substantially
exacerbates the adverse effects of wind-farms placed too close to habitations. In this
respect, problems such as those from the wind-farm recently established at Ubly
[Michigan], are not unexpected."

The information available on the following sites examines the health impact on
families when developers build wind turbines too close to their homes. There are
several items available to download.

http://www.windturbinenoisehealthhumanrights.com/

The papers consider the effects of wind turbine acoustics on health, e.g., sleep
deprivation and related adverse effects. Evidence from research papers confirms
that noise radiation delivered with specific character and dosage can trigger serious
health problems. Please click on the links to download the papers:

Wind Turbines: Noise and Health
by Dr A Harry
This paper, which examines the issue of possible adverse effects of wind turbines on
health, presents the results of a preliminary community survey.

Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines Installed near Homes: Effects on Health
by BJ Frey, MA and PJ Hadden, BSc, FRICS
This paper not only reviews the acoustics of wind turbines and the adverse impact of
noise on health, but also includes a discussion of human rights issues. In relation to
the adverse health effects, the paper considers the basic violation of human rights, if
Government puts more importance on achieving an ideological goal than
safeguarding the basic human rights of its People.
Wind Turbine Syndrome: Important Clinical Research Report Dr Nina Pierpont's
research details adverse health effects of wind turbine noise on those people who
live near industrial wind turbines. Read excerpts from Dr Pierpont's book, soon to be
released, and peer reviews of her research using these links:
www.windturbinesyndrome.com (excerpts) and

My position that being of Peter CLARKE is wind farms should NEVER be installed along
the Scarborough bluffs and we definitely need a more detailed and comprehensive
science based study on all the known adverse health effects so we then can logically
evaluate in a complete manner.

Incumbent councillor Baeremaeker it seems knows little about scientific evidence
when he wrongfully stated that people‟s fears "are simply wrong."

If these incumbent councillors with their left leaning ideologies truly wish to proceed
with taxpayers funding for wind farms by pledging council "to promote and nurture"
offshore windmills, then let‟s put all such wind farms on the back side of Toronto
Island where there is plenty of wind and no people.

Time Toronto Hydro also study whether there is enough wind to warrant placing
wind turbines on Toronto Island which make a heck of a lot more sense than placing
them along the Scarborough bluffs.

Just ask the people or better yet wait until October 25, 2010 to get the answer
incumbent councillors.

Folks our incumbent councillors have been out of touch with common sense and
scientific findings for the past 13 to 30 years.

Let‟s just CHANGE them on October 25, 2010 for our continued good health and the
common sense of the people.

Remember, Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins
with your victory on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Monday, April 26, 2010
Media Have It Wrong Again, It’s Not Transit but
Chronic Spending is The Most Pressing Issue
Facing Toronto.

It seems once again the left leaning media elite in Toronto are attempting to make
transit the number one issue facing the voters.

The people however, have a different view and that is the unsustainable and chronic
spending by incumbent councillors for the past 13 to 30 years has to come to an end
in 2010.

Transit financing can be solved once and for all if the provincial and federal
governments got off their respective CULOS and made a lasting commitment to
Public Transit.

All these politicians at both levels of government have to do in supporting cities with
existing public transit is to allocate, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect
annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes, based on populations to each
city.

The overburdened taxpayers, be they renters, condo or homeowners and businesses
alike, do not want new taxes in the form of road tolls,as a new hidden tax discussed
as toll tax for the Don Valley and Gardner.

That would amount to a $50.tax per week tax or $2,600 per year taken out of our
salaries in addition to gas taxes etc.

Nor do we want to be forcing home builders to pay for annual metro passes of
$1,308 per unit as an additional cost of buying your new condo home.

Spending six hundred thousand dollars $600,000 of taxpayers hard earned income as
a Guarantor to gain votes or support from Toronto Cyclists Union and bank roll a
private corporation is NOT being fiscally responsible at any time.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must stop.

For the past 7 years and longer Toronto‟s incumbent life long career councillors have
had NO REGARD for PRUDENCE when it came to spending tax payer dollars.
They have failed the city outrageously with their inability to manage the affairs of
the city in a fiscally responsible manner.

You do not have to take my word for it as the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally
come clean this election year and admitted that Toronto has a serious crisis because
of chronic spending, borrowing and taxing, yet they just continue to seek new ways
of taxing Toronto residents and businesses even further as they discuss the 2010
budget.

Councillors‟ outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues represents a 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION RATES
because of their chronic ingratiating appetite to spend our money.

Each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003 has siphoned over $22 MILLION DOLLARS
from Toronto Renters, Condo, Single Family Homeowners and Businesses alike.

If these same councillors who supported the outgoing Mayor with his promise to live
within the rate of inflation when they last sought your vote, Toronto would not be in
such a fiscal mess, left for a new slate of councillors to take care of in a common
sense manner.

Let us all not forget that since amalgamation incumbent councillors have approved
budgeted spending by 64.23%.

The clear result being that their spending on non-priority items, services, programs
have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of INFLATION for the
corresponding period of time.

Such failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always continuing to grasp
for more taxing powers supported by this outgoing Mayor and his majority of left
leaning ideologies of incumbent councillors over the past 13 to 30 years or longer
have proven to be fiscally irresponsible.

You see taxpayers who have had to foot the bills because of incumbent councillors
out of control chronic spending habits, have another issue on October 25, 2010.

Only in the minds of the media, is transit the most pressing issue.

Time for meaningful change within the community and at city hall by the people on
October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM
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victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Toronto Without a Rail or Subway Connection to
International Airport, Not a World Class City.
Unfortunately for the past 35 years incumbent politicians have mismanaged the
city‟s transportation system because they failed to hire top notch professional and
qualified transportation experts at the helm.

But instead have relied on novice politicians with literally no expertise in the
transportation industry whatsoever to take control of one of the city‟s most
important issues for the past 50 years.

It seems that for these past many years the left leaning ideologies of councillors with
their draconian attempts to force the motoring public, be they tourists, commuters,
or commercial vehicles from entering and getting around the city by car by attempts
to make all travel by public transit, which is not ever going to happened in his city or
any other one.

In 2006 for example a comprehensive study of balancing the demand for limited road
space was available to the TTC and others pertaining to the efficiency and effect of
public transport priority schemes on public roads.

This paper describes a methodology developed to assist the road management
authority to evaluate trade-offs in the use of its limited road-space for new bus and
street car priority projects.

The major finding was that despite a more comprehensive approach to measuring
the benefits of bus and street car priority, road-space reallocation is difficult to
economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.

Guess they missed that one or just ignored it because politically they did not like the
facts presented against such usage of our main street within the city or elsewhere.

In my limited knowledge of public transportation, the core of the issues was to move
vast numbers of people within a city and around the city.
As such why anyone is even considering a northern expansion of the subway line
when there exists a severe problem in the movement of inner city commuters is
beyond transportation logic 101.

Back in the mid 1980s prior to amalgamation there was a plan referred to as the
Down Town Relief Line or DRL which 30 years ago correctly foresaw the congestion
problem that now exists within the down town core area for Torontonians.

But also in the later part of the 80s after the opening of the Kipling and Kennedy
extensions to the Bloor-Danforth subway, for political reason our TTC reported that
these would be the last subway extensions Toronto would see for some time.

The Downtown line DRL was criticized for "focusing development pressure on the
core (which) would violate Metro's strategy of decentralizing office growth and throw
a wrench into North York's plan for a satellite downtown of office towers and high-
rise housing in the Yonge Street-Sheppard Avenue Area" which of course pitted the
downtown area against the suburbs for purely political reasons again.

One can only surmise but perhaps if the then conservative government had remained
in power for another year or so, the DRL plan might have become reality. Ever since
the opening of the Yonge Subway in 1954, Conservative governments of the day had
provided strong support to the TTC and its major capital projects. However, the
release of Network 2011 coincided with the defeat of the Conservatives and the
formation of the first Liberal government in 42 years.

The Liberals, wary of the $5 billion price tag attached to Network 2011, put the plan
under review. Infuriatingly, it was at this time that Highway 407 received provincial
funds and took the first steps towards construction, just to be sold years later, which
has caused Toronto and GTA motorists nothing but financial grief ever since.

In my humble opinion, Toronto urgently needs as it did 35 years ago either a rail or
subway link to the International airport, which would also help the residents in the
Weston area along with the immediate construction of the down town relief line DRL
yesterday.

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Leadership in Public Service is NOT Reminding
the Community what one has Done, but What
One Will Do.
Torontonians all should realize when incumbent councillors of 20 to 30 years with
their hands in the public trough have to continue using taxpayer funds to once again
hoodwink the public with their attempts to tell us what they feel has been done for
the community TIME for CHANGE is at hand through the ballot box on October 25,
2010.

Incumbent councillors of the past 13 to 30 who have managed to make a career
employment position for themselves by ensuring that taxpayer funded newsletters
during this election years are allowed. Also once defeated at the polls by the voters
the think they will receive a one years severance pay, but that will NOT Be Allowed
to HAPPEN with the peoples new slate of councillors.

All paid for courtesy of the taxpayers out of their annual $53,100 tax free expense
accounts so that they can attempt to convince the voters to keep them in office for
another term.

Talk about a real legal conflict of interest on their part. Yet we hear nothing from
the city‟s solicitor about this glaring abuse of power and outright conflict of interest.

Remember folks this is your money and it is over and above their annual salary of
$99,154.

During an election year these former school teacher, journalists with left leaning
ideologies of course make no apologies for such arrogance by taking the position that
they have earned it!

Such asinine logic of stating “Incumbents have had four years to work on behalf of
their constituents and ingratiate themselves with their constituents” when in fact
this particular incumbent has been at the public trough for 35 years with his
ingratiating appetite for left leaning ideologies supported by his NDP political party.

Hopefully after 35 years Torontonians will on October 25 of this year head the
advice offered up by these career politicians by their continued defiance of their
failed fiscal policies for the city and “throw them out of office in 2010.”

The latest policy by these same incumbent politicians in their quest for new hidden
taxes in support of the TTC and offered up as “ a carrot ” to demand people use
public transit is even more alarming in a democratic society.
Not content with the free market system that hangs by the thread in Toronto
because of such left leaning ideologies from incumbent councillors of 20 to 35 years
they have proposes a new city policy which forces CONDO builders to include a
year‟s supply of Metro passes in each new unit sold.

You can thank these same incumbent councillors for this $1,308 additional cost of
buying your Condo home.

Our City, Your Vote, Our Future Together begins on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Friday, April 30, 2010
Outgoing Mayor and Incumbent Councillors Have
Left Toronto with an Astronomical Debt Because
of Their Chronic Spending Habits
This outgoing Mayors administration of left leaning ideologies supported by
incumbent councillors and their chronic uncontrollable appetite of outrageous
spending habits and disregard for prudence with regard to taxpayers money has
nearly bankrupt this city.

Overburdened taxpayers, be they renters, condo or homeowners and businesses
alike, do not want new taxes in the form of road tolls, as a new hidden tax discussed
as toll tax for the Don Valley and Gardner.

That would amount to a $50.tax per week tax or $2,600 per year taken out of our
salaries in addition to gas taxes etc.

Nor do they want to be forcing home builders to pay for annual metro passes of
$1,308 per unit as an additional cost of buying your new condo home.
Spending six hundred thousand dollars $600,000 of taxpayer‟s hard earned income
as a Guarantor to gain votes or support from Toronto Cyclists Union and bank roll a
private corporation is NOT being fiscally responsible at any time.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must be stop in 2010.

Any modern era for the Toronto and TTC will start with the departure of the
outgoing Mayor and his personal appointee chairman for the TTC.

Personally I hope that Ford along with other Mayoralty support and promote
Toronto's urgent need of the past 35 years now, for either a rail or subway link to
the International airport.

This would also help the residents in the Weston area along with the immediate
construction of the down town relief line DRL he will have the blessing of
Torontonians along with the North York Community and other such communities
throughout our great city.

Metrolinx, if it understands Toronto's internal transportation requirements will
reverse the outgoing Mayors Transit City Plan by ensuring that the two top priorities
for Toronto's transit links are the construction of the DRL proposed back in the
1980s and a rail or subway link to Person International Airport ASAP.

If the DRL is not started immediately, there is no sense whatsoever in any extension
north to bring people into an already transit system which is overloaded in the down
town core areas.

In my humble opinion, the DRL is a must and urgently needed for the city along with
a rail or subway link to the International Airport.

Now if Ford, can support my position by getting provincial and federal governments
off their respective CULOS to make a lasting commitment to Public Transit in
supporting cities with existing public transit by allocating a per cent age of the
billions of dollars collect annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes and have
the commitment based on populations of each city, Transit financing can be solved
once and for all for Toronto and other Canadian cities.

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Has A Toronto with Heart Become a B City of
Gangs, Thugs and Punks?
First for the police to attempt to lay blame on those who for whatever reason did not
intervene reportedly against two black thug punks in their teens or twenties is a
little disingenuous.

Cops are always telling citizens not to get involved yet now criticize them for doing
what they suggested we should not attempt to do at any time. What gives?

Do police now want Torontonians to arm themselves, like the people in USA cities
do, to protect ourselves against such thugs and punks that continually ride and
harass people on public transit throughout our good city with heart?

With today‟s technologies why does the TTC not have voice active alarms and
cameras on our public transit systems? We sure as heck cannot afford armed police
on every subway car or bus. Will this be used during budget debates as an example
why the police cannot reduce their spending and must increase the number of
uniformed officers on the force?

Secondly snatch and grabs of iPods, cell phones etc. fairly common daily occurrences
on the TTC, according to transit officials, should NOT be acceptable to Torontonians.
Police who have continued to ignore the fact that there is also a gang problem within
and throughout Toronto should admit that like Detroit and other USA cities, Toronto
has a more serious criminal element which they are unwilling or unable to address
properly.

Violent crime by census tract here is a top 20 list:
1 Carlton/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament
2 SE of Jane/Finch
3 Queen/Dundas/Jarvis/Parliament
4 NE of Jane/Finch
5 Off Kipling N of Lake Shore
6 Queen/Dundas/Spadina/Bathurst
7 Danforth W of Victoria Park to Main
8 SW Parkdale
9 Martin Grove/Albion Road/Kipling/West Humber
10 SE of Driftwood/Finch
11 Sheppard/Highbury/Jane/401
12 DVP/Eastern/Carlaw/Queen
13 Gerrard/DVP/Dundas/Parliament
14 NE of Jane/Eglinton
15 Along Kingston Rd SE of Lawrence
16 SW of Jane/Finch
17 NE of Danforth/Victoria Park
18 Bain/Pape/DVP/Gerrard (includes Don Jail)
19 NW of Bloor/Dufferin
20 SW of Midland/Kingston Rd

-Pockets of Scarborough are bad particularly Midland and Lawrence. A lot of Punjabi
gangs around there it would seem.
-Tuxedo court located at Eglington and Markham road. Lots of Indians/Muslims it
would appear as we do not wish to have racial profiling in any way and apparently
lots of stabbings between Muslims gangs also but this has quieted down over the past
couple years though we are told.

Toronto areas to be on your guard in:
-rexdale
-chalkfarm
-driftwood
-jane and finch
-cataraqui park
-Chester Le
-Midland n' Lawrence
-Shoreham
-areas of jarvis
-areas of sherbourne
-regent park

Toronto must as a city clean up these gangs of thug, punks and legally yet quickly get
them off the streets, out of the public transit systems by whatever means necessary.
Those found to be under age go after their parents for non parenting skills and when
these so called juveniles commit violent crimes through the book at them.

However our current system of justice is also partially to blame for its continued
handing out of far too many lenient sentences, slaps on the wrists and five year
sentencing for murder to these juvenile punk thugs who know all too that they have
nothing to lose when it comes to beating up or stealing from any defenseless citizen.
Just go to the courts on any day a see how uncivilized and disregard for the respect
of society and the law they can display.

Finally the police themselves have to understand and realistically acknowledge to
the people of Toronto that it is never too late for them to come clean with the law
abiding citizens within the city. Unfortunately as yet they seem unable to do the job
they were hired to do, serve and protect. Partially because of the justice system and
their hand continually being tied by the bleeding heart members of the current
Police Service Board.

Career politicians and week kneed judges along with our criminal justice system
have allowed Toronto to go from A city with Heart to become what lately appears to
be the Bad and Ugly city without heart or sole.

For North York Community, Toronto is Our City, Your Vote and Together Our Future
On October 25, 2010.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Wind Farms for Toronto Island but Not
Scarborough Bluffs
In keeping with their tradition the outgoing Mayors Executive Committee along with
incumbent councillors all ignored Scientific Evidence of 'Wind Turbine Syndrome' and
other health problems related to wind farms.

Wind farms, such as the one proposed for Scarborough Bluffs create “Low frequency
noise can induce feelings of discomfort and nausea, not unlike seasickness. Like
seasickness, the sensitivity of different individuals varies enormously, some being
immediately sensitive, while others can barely detect anything” according to the
renowned US Scientist Malcolm A. Swinbanks, PhD.

He points out further “It is important to emphasize that there does not yet appear to
be a full understanding of how to assess low-frequency wind-turbine noise.”

“So it is difficult to understand how it can be argued emphatically that there is no
problem, when it is clearly reported that significant ambiguity still remains in
assessing these effects.”
“The purpose of this email is to make clear that a comprehensive understanding of
wind-turbine noise and its effects was established by thorough NASA research, over
20 years ago. Contrary to suggestion, this is not new science.”

“The combination of wind-gradient amplification by up to 15dB, and the lowered
(more sensitive) threshold of hearing for wind-turbine noise, substantially
exacerbates the adverse effects of wind-farms placed too close to habitations. In this
respect, problems such as those from the wind-farm recently established at Ubly
[Michigan], are not unexpected."

The information available on the following sites examines the health impact on
families when developers build wind turbines too close to their homes. There are
several items available to download.

http://www.windturbinenoisehealthhumanrights.com/

The papers consider the effects of wind turbine acoustics on health, e.g., sleep
deprivation and related adverse effects. Evidence from research papers confirms
that noise radiation delivered with specific character and dosage can trigger serious
health problems. Please click on the links to download the papers:

Wind Turbines: Noise and Health
by Dr A Harry
This paper, which examines the issue of possible adverse effects of wind turbines on
health, presents the results of a preliminary community survey.

Noise Radiation from Wind Turbines Installed near Homes: Effects on Health
by BJ Frey, MA and PJ Hadden, BSc, FRICS
This paper not only reviews the acoustics of wind turbines and the adverse impact of
noise on health, but also includes a discussion of human rights issues. In relation to
the adverse health effects, the paper considers the basic violation of human rights, if
Government puts more importance on achieving an ideological goal than
safeguarding the basic human rights of its People.

Wind Turbine Syndrome: Important Clinical Research Report Dr Nina Pierpont's
research details adverse health effects of wind turbine noise on those people who
live near industrial wind turbines. Read excerpts from Dr Pierpont's book, soon to be
released, and peer reviews of her research using these links:
www.windturbinesyndrome.com (excerpts) and

My position that being of Peter CLARKE is wind farms should NEVER be installed along
the Scarborough bluffs and we definitely need a more detailed and comprehensive
science based study on all the known adverse health effects so we then can logically
evaluate in a complete manner.

Incumbent councillor Baeremaeker it seems knows little about scientific evidence
when he wrongfully stated that people‟s fears "are simply wrong."

If these incumbent councillors with their left leaning ideologies truly wish to proceed
with taxpayers funding for wind farms by pledging council "to promote and nurture"
offshore windmills, then let‟s put all such wind farms on the back side of Toronto
Island where there is plenty of wind and no people.

Time Toronto Hydro also study whether there is enough wind to warrant placing
wind turbines on Toronto Island which make a heck of a lot more sense than placing
them along the Scarborough bluffs.

Just ask the people or better yet wait until October 25, 2010 to get the answer
incumbent councillors.

Folks our incumbent councillors have been out of touch with common sense and
scientific findings for the past 13 to 30 years.

Let‟s just CHANGE them on October 25, 2010 for our continued good health and
common sense of the people.

Remember, Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins
with your victory on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Monday, April 26, 2010
Media Have It Wrong Again, It’s Not Transit but
Chronic Spending is The Most Pressing Issue
Facing Toronto.

It seems once again the left leaning media elite in Toronto are attempting to make
transit the number one issue facing the voters.

The people however, have a different view and that is the unsustainable and chronic
spending by incumbent councillors for the past 13 to 30 years has to come to an end
in 2010.

Transit financing can be solved once and for all if the provincial and federal
governments got off their respective CULOS and made a lasting commitment to
Public Transit.

All these politicians at both levels of government have to do in supporting cities with
existing public transit is to allocate, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect
annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes, based on populations to each
city.

The overburdened taxpayers, be they renters, condo or homeowners and businesses
alike, do not want new taxes in the form of road tolls,as a new hidden tax discussed
as toll tax for the Don Valley and Gardner.

That would amount to a $50.tax per week tax or $2,600 per year taken out of our
salaries in addition to gas taxes etc.

Nor do we want to be forcing home builders to pay for annual metro passes of
$1,308 per unit as an additional cost of buying your new condo home.

Spending six hundred thousand dollars $600,000 of taxpayers hard earned income as
a Guarantor to gain votes or support from Toronto Cyclists Union and bank roll a
private corporation is NOT being fiscally responsible at any time.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must stop.

For the past 7 years and longer Toronto‟s incumbent life long career councillors have
had NO REGARD for PRUDENCE when it came to spending tax payer dollars.

They have failed the city outrageously with their inability to manage the affairs of
the city in a fiscally responsible manner.

You do not have to take my word for it as the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally
come clean this election year and admitted that Toronto has a serious crisis because
of chronic spending, borrowing and taxing, yet they just continue to seek new ways
of taxing Toronto residents and businesses even further as they discuss the 2010
budget.

Councillors‟ outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues represents a 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION RATES
because of their chronic ingratiating appetite to spend our money.

Each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003 has siphoned over $22 MILLION DOLLARS
from Toronto Renters, Condo, Single Family Homeowners and Businesses alike.

If these same councillors who supported the outgoing Mayor with his promise to live
within the rate of inflation when they last sought your vote, Toronto would not be in
such a fiscal mess, left for a new slate of councillors to take care of in a common
sense manner.

Let us all not forget that since amalgamation incumbent councillors have approved
budgeted spending by 64.23%.

The clear result being that their spending on non-priority items, services, programs
have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of INFLATION for the
corresponding period of time.

Such failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always continuing to grasp
for more taxing powers supported by this outgoing Mayor and his majority of left
leaning ideologies of incumbent councillors over the past 13 to 30 years or longer
have proven to be fiscally irresponsible.

You see taxpayers who have had to foot the bills because of incumbent councillors
out of control chronic spending habits, have another issue on October 25, 2010.

Only in the minds of the media, is transit the most pressing issue.

Time for meaningful change within the community and at city hall by the people on
October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Toronto Without a Rail or Subway Connection to
International Airport, Not a World Class City.
Unfortunately for the past 35 years incumbent politicians have mismanaged the
city‟s transportation system because they failed to hire top notch professional and
qualified transportation experts at the helm.

But instead have relied on novice politicians with literally no expertise in the
transportation industry whatsoever to take control of one of the city‟s most
important issues for the past 50 years.

It seems that for these past many years the left leaning ideologies of councillors with
their draconian attempts to force the motoring public, be they tourists, commuters,
or commercial vehicles from entering and getting around the city by car by attempts
to make all travel by public transit, which is not ever going to happened in his city or
any other one.

In 2006 for example a comprehensive study of balancing the demand for limited road
space was available to the TTC and others pertaining to the efficiency and effect of
public transport priority schemes on public roads.

This paper describes a methodology developed to assist the road management
authority to evaluate trade-offs in the use of its limited road-space for new bus and
street car priority projects.

The major finding was that despite a more comprehensive approach to measuring
the benefits of bus and street car priority, road-space reallocation is difficult to
economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.

Guess they missed that one or just ignored it because politically they did not like the
facts presented against such usage of our main street within the city or elsewhere.

In my limited knowledge of public transportation, the core of the issues was to move
vast numbers of people within a city and around the city.

As such why anyone is even considering a northern expansion of the subway line
when there exists a severe problem in the movement of inner city commuters is
beyond transportation logic 101.

Back in the mid 1980s prior to amalgamation there was a plan referred to as the
Down Town Relief Line or DRL which 30 years ago correctly foresaw the congestion
problem that now exists within the down town core area for Torontonians.

But also in the later part of the 80s after the opening of the Kipling and Kennedy
extensions to the Bloor-Danforth subway, for political reason our TTC reported that
these would be the last subway extensions Toronto would see for some time.
The Downtown line DRL was criticized for "focusing development pressure on the
core (which) would violate Metro's strategy of decentralizing office growth and throw
a wrench into North York's plan for a satellite downtown of office towers and high-
rise housing in the Yonge Street-Sheppard Avenue Area" which of course pitted the
downtown area against the suburbs for purely political reasons again.

One can only surmise but perhaps if the then conservative government had remained
in power for another year or so, the DRL plan might have become reality. Ever since
the opening of the Yonge Subway in 1954, Conservative governments of the day had
provided strong support to the TTC and its major capital projects. However, the
release of Network 2011 coincided with the defeat of the Conservatives and the
formation of the first Liberal government in 42 years.

The Liberals, wary of the $5 billion price tag attached to Network 2011, put the plan
under review. Infuriatingly, it was at this time that Highway 407 received provincial
funds and took the first steps towards construction, just to be sold years later, which
has caused Toronto and GTA motorists nothing but financial grief ever since.

In my humble opinion, Toronto urgently needs as it did 35 years ago either a rail or
subway link to the International airport, which would also help the residents in the
Weston area along with the immediate construction of the down town relief line DRL
yesterday.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Leadership in Public Service is NOT Reminding
the Community what one has Done, but What
One Will Do.
Torontonians all should realize when incumbent councillors of 20 to 30 years with
their hands in the public trough have to continue using taxpayer funds to once again
hoodwink the public with their attempts to tell us what they feel has been done for
the community TIME for CHANGE is at hand through the ballot box on October 25,
2010.

Incumbent councillors of the past 13 to 30 who have managed to make a career
employment position for themselves by ensuring that taxpayer funded newsletters
during this election years are allowed. Also once defeated at the polls by the voters
the think they will receive a one years severance pay, but that will NOT Be Allowed
to HAPPEN with the peoples new slate of councillors.

All paid for courtesy of the taxpayers out of their annual $53,100 tax free expense
accounts so that they can attempt to convince the voters to keep them in office for
another term.

Talk about a real legal conflict of interest on their part. Yet we hear nothing from
the city‟s solicitor about this glaring abuse of power and outright conflict of interest.

Remember folks this is your money and it is over and above their annual salary of
$99,154.

During an election year these former school teacher, journalists with left leaning
ideologies of course make no apologies for such arrogance by taking the position that
they have earned it!

Such asinine logic of stating “Incumbents have had four years to work on behalf of
their constituents and ingratiate themselves with their constituents” when in fact
this particular incumbent has been at the public trough for 35 years with his
ingratiating appetite for left leaning ideologies supported by his NDP political party.

Hopefully after 35 years Torontonians will on October 25 of this year head the
advice offered up by these career politicians by their continued defiance of their
failed fiscal policies for the city and “throw them out of office in 2010.”

The latest policy by these same incumbent politicians in their quest for new hidden
taxes in support of the TTC and offered up as “ a carrot ” to demand people use
public transit is even more alarming in a democratic society.

Not content with the free market system that hangs by the thread in Toronto
because of such left leaning ideologies from incumbent councillors of 20 to 35 years
they have proposes a new city policy which forces CONDO builders to include a
year‟s supply of Metro passes in each new unit sold.

You can thank these same incumbent councillors for this $1,308 additional cost of
buying your Condo home.

Our City, Your Vote, Our Future Together begins on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Works Committee Ignores 97% of Commuters,
Spends $600,000. As a Guarantor, for 3%
Commuting Support of Toronto Cyclists Union.
It seems that Denzil Minnan Wong hit the nail on the head when he asked if his
fellow incumbent councillors had completely gone insane by supporting a staff report
by the city‟s works committee to go ahead with bike lanes on one of the busiest
internal arterial roadways in the down town core.

As much as we all love to ride bikes and some less than 2% for the entire city use a
bicycle as a means of commuting to and from putting a bike lane or a pedestrian lane
in the middle of University Avenues is the nuttiest transportation idea yet to come
from our left leaning incumbent councillors and city staff.

Existing stats show that a majority 96.7% of workers residing in or around University
Avenue in the down town areas either drive, walk, take public transit daily to get to
work within that area and 3% at tops cycle to work.

The taxpaying citizens of Toronto should now realize that the only transportation
systems being pushed by staff and incumbent councillors both of whom we pay for
are ones that will continue to further add traffic congestion in the already
chronically congested city core area.

These incumbent councillors and their staff must all give their heads a long hard
reality shake and get to work on realistic solutions for solving Toronto‟s serious
financial problems and looming bankruptcy partially caused by such lunatic ideas for
this moment in time.

Toronto‟s chronic traffic congestion problems in the down town area will only
further be aggravated and increase by continuing with such asinine proposals and
draconian measures to further restrict car or truck vehicle access and usage for
commercial or other reasons in our city‟s core area.

These proposed lane restrictions for bicycles will continue to adversely affect
existing levels of access and egress along with the transportation equity within the
city core.

The entire city deserves a realistic and affordable transportation plan which
encompasses the blending of highways, internal arterial roads, public transit, and
pedestrians but not solely at the direct expense of the city‟s, visitors or commercial
motoring public.

These additional draconian plans to get citizens to use bicycles for commuting
purposes by insisting on putting bike lanes on University Avenue is asinine and not
the answer to the city‟s existing transportation commuter nightmare or the
continued fiscal failures of these incumbents.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Toronto’s Police Budget Needs Realistic Spending
Cuts, Zero Based Budgeting in 2011.
Incumbent councillors will not debate the police budget for 2010 but just give lip
service for the need to reduce spending as they have for the past seven years with
no meaningful long term results.

Their chronic spending habits will continue until they are soundly defeated at the
polls on October 25, 2010.

I, Peter CLARKE propose the following for implementation prior to the 2011 Police
Service Boards Budget process by a new council.

Considering that over 90% of The Police budget goes for salaries and benefits for 5,
510 police personnel and 2,000 civilian employees, we must start by having all
benefits on a co-payment basis and NOT paid 100% by the city. Perhaps on a 70% to
30% benefit cost sharing plan.

Policing is only one of the core services of Toronto and a fundamental one but like
all budget components of the city it must be based on realistic costing beginning in
2011 with a zero based budgeting process.

I strongly believe that a new council, in order to maintain the public‟s trust and
confidence for a safe city, must prioritize the existing services and programs of the
Police department on a line by line basis by also reducing the civilian component of
the force by 10% to 15% in 2011.

We further must reduce and redeploy 30 officers from the mounted unit along with a
reduction of the present number of 28 horses to 18. Thus leaving the mounted unit
with 13 officers, which is similar to the number for mounted units in other cities.

The current TTC special transit police should be retired and not absorbed by the
Toronto police force. The TTC could offer them other positions within the TTC and if
they refuse then unfortunately they would have to be laid off.

The parking enforcement unit should be taken completely out of the hand of the
Police Services Board and come under the bylaw control department on a self
sustaining operating basis that must produce a profit on an annual basis.

Eliminate the time and half paid for these employees to attend court as this is just
part of their job. With cameras at intersection for speeders and stopping infractions
this revenue will cover the cost for the time these officers would not be issuing
tickets because of court appearances.

The pay for court time for police officers should be uploaded to the province and
included in the provinces justice ministers budget as that is where it belongs.
All awards issued by provincial arbitrators that are above the annual rate of inflation
must be uploaded back to the province as they mandated such salary increase.

Police officers retention pay must be eliminated and based solely on job preference,
education and ability to handle the position. This also must apply to all promotions
from within the force to ensure that all promotions are based on education, ability
and special skills not on gender or other issues.

Eliminate the two officers in a patrol car that was an arbitration wards by the
province. This would free up hundreds of our officers for other more pressing duties
as driving around the city two per car.

With today‟s GPS technology etc, an officer can always call for immediate back up
when necessary. Further upload these costs for a two officer patrol unit back to the
province as it was their arbitration award in the first place.

In no way would any of these proposals adversely affect “the delivery of effective
and adequate policing” for the citizens of Toronto.

If the current Chief and his senior staff cannot manage within these types of frame
work then perhaps the time has come to consider other cost reducing measures
along with a new chief of Police together with a new Police Service Board.

For a new council in 2011 not implement some or all of these proposals would be
irresponsible and reprehensible considering the current fiscal problems facing
Toronto Renters, Condo, Homeowners and Businesses alike and all thanks to
incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayors left leaning ideologies of the past
seven years.

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Toronto’s Board of Trade Fabricated Gridlock
Allegation Statistical Sham?
According to Stats Can “commuters who use public transit to work, spend an average
of 41 minutes more on their daily commute than those using an automobile.”

People like Terry Corcoran and Rob Roberts have factually pointed out that the
Toronto congestion fantasy is one of myth and statistical illusion and theory put out
by the outgoing mayor with support from city and provincial and federal officials.

Talk about a con game by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development in Paris, no less, as they DID NO RESEARCH to back up its statement
that a 80 minute commute is a $5 Billion annual burden to the Canadian economy?

They relied solely on information supplied to them by our outgoing Mayor and other
supporters of left leaning ideologies.

Yet the Toronto Board of Trade and others immediately called for “increased
investment in public transit and policies that encourage Torontonians to leave their
cars behind” with NO factual study having been done by this organization itself.

The indisputable facts continue to show that cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas
and Toronto all cities having the least volume of public transit use are the cities with
the fastest commute times!

With the exception of Toronto could it be that‟s because they build more and better
roads instead of massive public transit operations that are costly to build, expensive
to operate and slow?

In my humble opinion the time has come to stop listening to these so called
prominent Torontonians when it comes to common sense and the reality of issues
facing Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike in 2010 and
beyond.

Toronto should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car use as
this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transportation systems.

Torontonians deserve and realistically require a transportation plan that includes the
blending of highways, roads and public transit together. Anything less will not work
on this day and age or in the future as both are here to stay and must operate in
harmony.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are
needed to accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads and upgraded roads in
harmony with other opportunities to improve public transport cycling or other forms
in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and
transport nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within
key areas along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment
centers then a large percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Monday, April 26, 2010
Media Have It Wrong Again, It’s Not Transit but
Chronic Spending is The Most Pressing Issue
Facing Toronto.

It seems once again the left leaning media elite in Toronto are attempting to make
transit the number one issue facing the voters.

The people however, have a different view and that is the unsustainable and chronic
spending by incumbent councillors for the past 13 to 30 years has to come to an end
in 2010.

Transit financing can be solved once and for all if the provincial and federal
governments got off their respective CULOS and made a lasting commitment to
Public Transit.

All these politicians at both levels of government have to do in supporting cities with
existing public transit is to allocate, a per cent age of the billions of dollars collect
annually through existing gasoline and diesel taxes, based on populations to each
city.

The overburdened taxpayers, be they renters, condo or homeowners and businesses
alike, do not want new taxes in the form of road tolls,as a new hidden tax discussed
as toll tax for the Don Valley and Gardner.

That would amount to a $50.tax per week tax or $2,600 per year taken out of our
salaries in addition to gas taxes etc.

Nor do we want to be forcing home builders to pay for annual metro passes of
$1,308 per unit as an additional cost of buying your new condo home.

Spending six hundred thousand dollars $600,000 of taxpayers hard earned income as
a Guarantor to gain votes or support from Toronto Cyclists Union and bank roll a
private corporation is NOT being fiscally responsible at any time.

Torontonians are united from downtown to the suburbs, that incumbent councillors
chronic spending in support of left leaning unsustainable ideologies for transit or
other core and non-core services must stop.

For the past 7 years and longer Toronto‟s incumbent life long career councillors have
had NO REGARD for PRUDENCE when it came to spending tax payer dollars.
They have failed the city outrageously with their inability to manage the affairs of
the city in a fiscally responsible manner.

You do not have to take my word for it as the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally
come clean this election year and admitted that Toronto has a serious crisis because
of chronic spending, borrowing and taxing, yet they just continue to seek new ways
of taxing Toronto residents and businesses even further as they discuss the 2010
budget.

Councillors‟ outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues represents a 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION RATES
because of their chronic ingratiating appetite to spend our money.

Each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003 has siphoned over $22 MILLION DOLLARS
from Toronto Renters, Condo, Single Family Homeowners and Businesses alike.

If these same councillors who supported the outgoing Mayor with his promise to live
within the rate of inflation when they last sought your vote, Toronto would not be in
such a fiscal mess, left for a new slate of councillors to take care of in a common
sense manner.

Let us all not forget that since amalgamation incumbent councillors have approved
budgeted spending by 64.23%.

The clear result being that their spending on non-priority items, services, programs
have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of INFLATION for the
corresponding period of time.

Such failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always continuing to grasp
for more taxing powers supported by this outgoing Mayor and his majority of left
leaning ideologies of incumbent councillors over the past 13 to 30 years or longer
have proven to be fiscally irresponsible.

You see taxpayers who have had to foot the bills because of incumbent councillors
out of control chronic spending habits, have another issue on October 25, 2010.

Only in the minds of the media, is transit the most pressing issue.

Time for meaningful change within the community and at city hall by the people on
October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM
Toronto is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE TOGETHER begins with your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Toronto Without a Rail or Subway Connection to
International Airport, Not a World Class City.
Unfortunately for the past 35 years incumbent politicians have mismanaged the
city‟s transportation system because they failed to hire top notch professional and
qualified transportation experts at the helm.

But instead have relied on novice politicians with literally no expertise in the
transportation industry whatsoever to take control of one of the city‟s most
important issues for the past 50 years.

It seems that for these past many years the left leaning ideologies of councillors with
their draconian attempts to force the motoring public, be they tourists, commuters,
or commercial vehicles from entering and getting around the city by car by attempts
to make all travel by public transit, which is not ever going to happened in his city or
any other one.

In 2006 for example a comprehensive study of balancing the demand for limited road
space was available to the TTC and others pertaining to the efficiency and effect of
public transport priority schemes on public roads.

This paper describes a methodology developed to assist the road management
authority to evaluate trade-offs in the use of its limited road-space for new bus and
street car priority projects.

The major finding was that despite a more comprehensive approach to measuring
the benefits of bus and street car priority, road-space reallocation is difficult to
economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.

Guess they missed that one or just ignored it because politically they did not like the
facts presented against such usage of our main street within the city or elsewhere.
In my limited knowledge of public transportation, the core of the issues as to move
vast numbers of people within a city and around the city.

As such why anyone is even considering a northern expansion of the subway line
when there exists a severe problem in the movement of inner city commuters is
beyond transportation logic 101.

Back in the mid 1980s prior to amalgamation there was a plan referred to as the
Down Town Relief Line or DRL which 30 years ago correctly foresaw the congestion
problem that now exists within the down town core area for Torontonians.

But also in the later part of the 80s after the opening of the Kipling and Kennedy
extensions to the Bloor-Danforth subway, for political reason our TTC reported that
these would be the last subway extensions Toronto would see for some time.

The Downtown line DRL was criticized for "focusing development pressure on the
core (which) would violate Metro's strategy of decentralizing office growth and throw
a wrench into North York's plan for a satellite downtown of office towers and high-
rise housing in the Yonge Street-Sheppard Avenue Area" which of course pitted the
downtown area against the suburbs for purely political reasons again.

One can only surmise but perhaps if the then conservative government had remained
in power for another year or so, the DRL plan might have become reality. Ever since
the opening of the Yonge Subway in 1954, Conservative governments of the day had
provided strong support to the TTC and its major capital projects. However, the
release of Network 2011 coincided with the defeat of the Conservatives and the
formation of the first Liberal government in 42 years.

The Liberals, wary of the $5 billion price tag attached to Network 2011, put the plan
under review. Infuriatingly, it was at this time that Highway 407 received provincial
funds and took the first steps towards construction, just to be sold years later, which
has caused Toronto and GTA motorists nothing but financial grief ever since.

In my humble opinion, Toronto urgently needs as it did 35 years ago either a rail or
subway link to the International airport, which would also help the residents in the
Weston area along with the immediate construction of the down town relief line DRL
yesterday.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Friday, April 23, 2010
Leadership in Public Service is NOT Reminding
the Community what one has Done, but What
One Will Do.
Torontonians all should realize when incumbent councillors of 20 to 30 years with
their hands in the public trough have to continue using taxpayer funds to once again
hoodwink the public with their attempts to tell us what they feel has been done for
the community TIME for CHANGE is at hand through the ballot box on October 25,
2010.

Incumbent councillors of the past 13 to 30 who have managed to make a career
employment position for themselves by ensuring that taxpayer funded newsletters
during this election years are allowed. Also once defeated at the polls by the voters
the think they will receive a one years severance pay, but that will NOT Be Allowed
to HAPPEN with the peoples new slate of councillors.

All paid for courtesy of the taxpayers out of their annual $53,100 tax free expense
accounts so that they can attempt to convince the voters to keep them in office for
another term.

Talk about a real legal conflict of interest on their part. Yet we hear nothing from
the city‟s solicitor about this glaring abuse of power and outright conflict of interest.

Remember folks this is your money and it is over and above their annual salary of
$99,154.

During an election year these former school teacher, journalists with left leaning
ideologies of course make no apologies for such arrogance by taking the position that
they have earned it!

Such asinine logic of stating “Incumbents have had four years to work on behalf of
their constituents and ingratiate themselves with their constituents” when in fact
this particular incumbent has been at the public trough for 35 years with his
ingratiating appetite for left leaning ideologies supported by his NDP political party.
Hopefully after 35 years Torontonians will on October 25 of this year head the
advice offered up by these career politicians by their continued defiance of their
failed fiscal policies for the city and “throw them out of office in 2010.”

The latest policy by these same incumbent politicians in their quest for new hidden
taxes in support of the TTC and offered up as “ a carrot ” to demand people use
public transit is even more alarming in a democratic society.

Not content with the free market system that hangs by the thread in Toronto
because of such left leaning ideologies from incumbent councillors of 20 to 35 years
they have proposes a new city policy which forces CONDO builders to include a
year‟s supply of Metro passes in each new unit sold.

You can thank these same incumbent councillors for this $1,308 additional cost of
buying your Condo home.

Our City, Your Vote, Our Future Together begins on October 25, 2010.

PETERCLARKETORONTO.COM

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Works Committee Ignores 97% of Commuters,
Spends $600,000. As a Guarantor, for 3%
Commuting Support of Toronto Cyclists Union.
It seems that Denzil Minnan Wong hit the nail on the head when he asked if his
fellow incumbent councillors had completely gone insane by supporting a staff report
by the city‟s works committee to go ahead with bike lanes on one of the busiest
internal arterial roadways in the down town core.

As much as we all love to ride bikes and some less than 2% for the entire city use a
bicycle as a means of commuting to and from putting a bike lane or a pedestrian lane
in the middle of University Avenues is the nuttiest transportation idea yet to come
from our left leaning incumbent councillors and city staff.

Existing stats show that a majority 96.7% of workers residing in or around University
Avenue in the down town areas either drive, walk, take public transit daily to get to
work within that area and 3% at tops cycle to work.
The taxpaying citizens of Toronto should now realize that the only transportation
systems being pushed by staff and incumbent councillors both of whom we pay for
are ones that will continue to further add traffic congestion in the already
chronically congested city core area.

These incumbent councillors and their staff must all give their heads a long hard
reality shake and get to work on realistic solutions for solving Toronto‟s serious
financial problems and looming bankruptcy partially caused by such lunatic ideas for
this moment in time.

Toronto‟s chronic traffic congestion problems in the down town area will only
further be aggravated and increase by continuing with such asinine proposals and
draconian measures to further restrict car or truck vehicle access and usage for
commercial or other reasons in our city‟s core area.

These proposed lane restrictions for bicycles will continue to adversely affect
existing levels of access and egress along with the transportation equity within the
city core.

The entire city deserves a realistic and affordable transportation plan which
encompasses the blending of highways, internal arterial roads, public transit, and
pedestrians but not solely at the direct expense of the city‟s, visitors or commercial
motoring public.

These additional draconian plans to get citizens to use bicycles for commuting
purposes by insisting on putting bike lanes on University Avenue is asinine and not
the answer to the city‟s existing transportation commuter nightmare or the
continued fiscal failures of these incumbents.

peterclarketoronto.com


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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Toronto’s Police Budget Needs Realistic Spending
Cuts, Zero Based Budgeting in 2011.
Incumbent councillors will not debate the police budget for 2010 but just give lip
service for the need to reduce spending as they have for the past seven years with
no meaningful long term results.
Their chronic spending habits will continue until they are soundly defeated at the
polls on October 25, 2010.

I, Peter CLARKE propose the following for implementation prior to the 2011 Police
Service Boards Budget process by a new council.

Considering that over 90% of The Police budget goes for salaries and benefits for 5,
510 police personnel and 2,000 civilian employees, we must start by having all
benefits on a co-payment basis and NOT paid 100% by the city. Perhaps on a 70% to
30% benefit cost sharing plan.

Policing is only one of the core services of Toronto and a fundamental one but like
all budget components of the city it must be based on realistic costing beginning in
2011 with a zero based budgeting process.

I strongly believe that a new council, in order to maintain the public‟s trust and
confidence for a safe city, must prioritize the existing services and programs of the
Police department on a line by line basis by also reducing the civilian component of
the force by 10% to 15% in 2011.

We further must reduce and redeploy 30 officers from the mounted unit along with a
reduction of the present number of 28 horses to 18. Thus leaving the mounted unit
with 13 officers, which is similar to the number for mounted units in other cities.

The current TTC special transit police should be retired and not absorbed by the
Toronto police force. The TTC could offer them other positions within the TTC and if
they refuse then unfortunately they would have to be laid off.

The parking enforcement unit should be taken completely out of the hand of the
Police Services Board and come under the bylaw control department on a self
sustaining operating basis that must produce a profit on an annual basis.

Eliminate the time and half paid for these employees to attend court as this is just
part of their job. With cameras at intersection for speeders and stopping infractions
this revenue will cover the cost for the time these officers would not be issuing
tickets because of court appearances.

The pay for court time for police officers should be uploaded to the province and
included in the provinces justice ministers budget as that is where it belongs.
All awards issued by provincial arbitrators that are above the annual rate of inflation
must be uploaded back to the province as they mandated such salary increase.

Police officers retention pay must be eliminated and based solely on job preference,
education and ability to handle the position. This also must apply to all promotions
from within the force to ensure that all promotions are based on education, ability
and special skills not on gender or other issues.

Eliminate the two officers in a patrol car that was an arbitration wards by the
province. This would free up hundreds of our officers for other more pressing duties
as driving around the city two per car.

With today‟s GPS technology etc, an officer can always call for immediate back up
when necessary. Further upload these costs for a two officer patrol unit back to the
province as it was their arbitration award in the first place.

In no way would any of these proposals adversely affect “the delivery of effective
and adequate policing” for the citizens of Toronto.

If the current Chief and his senior staff cannot manage within these types of frame
work then perhaps the time has come to consider other cost reducing measures
along with a new chief of Police together with a new Police Service Board.

For a new council in 2011 not implement some or all of these proposals would be
irresponsible and reprehensible considering the current fiscal problems facing
Toronto Renters, Condo, Homeowners and Businesses alike and all thanks to
incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayors left leaning ideologies of the past
seven years.

peterclarketoronto.com

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Toronto’s Board of Trade Fabricated Gridlock
Allegation Statistical Sham?
According to Stats Can “commuters who use public transit to work, spend an average
of 41 minutes more on their daily commute than those using an automobile.”

People like Terry Corcoran and Rob Roberts have factually pointed out that the
Toronto congestion fantasy is one of myth and statistical illusion and theory put out
by the outgoing mayor with support from city and provincial and federal officials.

Talk about a con game by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development in Paris, no less, as they DID NO RESEARCH to back up its statement
that a 80 minute commute is a $5 Billion annual burden to the Canadian economy?

They relied solely on information supplied to them by our outgoing Mayor and other
supporters of left leaning ideologies.

Yet the Toronto Board of Trade and others immediately called for “increased
investment in public transit and policies that encourage Torontonians to leave their
cars behind” with NO factual study having been done by this organization itself.

The indisputable facts continue to show that cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas
and Toronto all cities having the least volume of public transit use are the cities with
the fastest commute times!

With the exception of Toronto could it be that‟s because they build more and better
roads instead of massive public transit operations that are costly to build, expensive
to operate and slow?

In my humble opinion the time has come to stop listening to these so called
prominent Torontonians when it comes to common sense and the reality of issues
facing Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike in 2010 and
beyond.

Toronto should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car use as
this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transportation systems.

Torontonians deserve and realistically require a transportation plan that includes the
blending of highways, roads and public transit together. Anything less will not work
on this day and age or in the future as both are here to stay and must operate in
harmony.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are
needed to accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads and upgraded roads in
harmony with other opportunities to improve public transport cycling or other forms
in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and
transport nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within
key areas along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment
centers then a large percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.
Further through these sustainable modes in the city core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Friday, April 16, 2010
Legacy of Incumbent Councillors is Borrowing
$436 Million for a Grant of $240 Million and to
Sell a $600 Million Note to Pay Down Debt!
All this and remortgaging from 10 years to 35 years just to secure $235 million in
grants and based on the logic that interest rates have never been this low.

This is what the outgoing Mayor and his lefts leaning incumbent councillors refer to
as “good balance" between the tax increases and investing in services.

This restructuring of tax payer‟s debts “to match assets to funding in a much better
way helped us deal with that pressure by smoothing out the financing costs” stated
the outgoing Mayor.

In reality all he and his merry gang of incumbent councillors have achieved is to
extend interest and debt payments for a longer period of time and pass these
interest and principle repayment cost to our next generation of young people and
their future families by burdening them with this debt.

However the outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors are of the opinion that tax
payers should not question such financial gimmicks and just pay for their self-serving
legacies for the next 50 to 100 years!
The outgoing Mayor and his top bureaucrats assume it will meet council‟s guideline
of keeping debt service charges to 15% of the property tax base by the these
financial makeovers.

Yet in doing so they will have borrowed $4.7 BILLION dollars over a factious 10 year
period by attempting to leave a new council with a $3.2 BILLION DEBT at the end of
this factious period of time and further lock in a new council to such asinine logic of
financial gimmickry.

The City‟s 2010 Capital Budget and 10-year (2010-2019) capital plan was passed at
Toronto City Council and paves the way for implementation of hundreds of major
capital infrastructure projects with an attempt to lock in future councils to such left
leaning ideologies of the outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors without any
regard for the already overburdened tax payers of this generation not to mention
that of future ones.

Further what moral, ethical or even legal authority does this outgoing Mayor and
incumbent councillors have in passing a 10 year Capital Budget in an attempt to
burden a the new incoming council with over $ 23.3 BILLION dollars for capital
spending over 8 years past their current term of office?

Torontonians can no longer afford such chronic spending habits displayed by this
outgoing Mayor and his incumbent councillors. For the

For the past 7 years Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no regard for
prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues has continually been 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION
RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.

If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”


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Thursday, April 15, 2010
More Lies or Promises that Toronto’s Out Going
Mayor and Incumbent Councillors Will Not Be
Around To See?
With councils first crack at this year‟s 2010 operating budget the outgoing Mayor
now states that "Toronto resident will never face a 12% tax hike."

Really, he and hopefully the majority of his left leaning fellow incumbent councillors
will not be around to prepare the 2011 budgets, which will have to be based on the
outrageous spending that they continue to accumulate for 2010. So what an
outrageous statement for him to make.

Now that the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally come clean and admitted Toronto
has a serious financial crisis thanks to the last seven years of chronic spending,
borrowing and taxing, even their top bureaucrat Mr. Cam Weldon is not that arrogant
as the outgoing Mayor and his incumbent councillors.

He very carefully says to the outgoing mayor and councillors "I can't give you a
prediction, councillor."

Let‟s not forget that in 2003 and again in 2006 when this outgoing Mayor and his
incumbent councillors were seeking your votes, they promised that their spending
and our taxes would NOT be increased above the annual rate of inflation. This sure
as heck did not materialize these past 7 years.

Another promise unkept or an outright political lie? You decide.

Also while one considers these facts, think about what moral, ethical or even legal
authority this outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors had in passing a 10 year
Capital Budget in an attempt to burden a the new incoming council with over $ 23.3
BILLION dollars for capital spending over 8 years past their current term of office? I
will talk about this unprecedented procedure and questionable financial maneuver in
another article.

The City‟s 2010 Capital Budget and 10-year (2010-2019) capital plan was passed at
Toronto City Council and paves the way for implementation of hundreds of major
capital infrastructure projects.

Finally an outgoing mayor along with hopefully the majority of his fellow incumbent
councillors are not in any position to state or promise the people of Toronto anything
as their term comes to an end October 26, 2010 thank goodness.

I Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Not A Case Against Toll Roads, They Just Are Not
the Right Solution for Toronto, The GTA.
Motorists, Businesses or Overburdened
Taxpayers.
If I recall correctly, the GST tax or a portion of it was to have been allocated by the
federal government to pay down and off our ever increasing national debt?

In my humble opinion, I do not believe this has been achieved yet.

Unfortunately toll roads as a new form of taxation for public transit would also not
achieve any-one's desired or hoped for results.

In 2008 Scotland abolished all toll roads and in the already bankrupt state of
California its toll roads system is dysfunctional and is causing further traffic snarls,
delays etc.

Toll roads are not the answer for Toronto.

Insisting that our federal and provincial governments annually commit 20% of the
billions of dollars collected currently through gasoline and diesel taxes must be
allocated by law to cities with existing Public Transit Systems is ONE SOLUTION and a
move in the RIGHT direction for motorist, businesses, Condo and Homeowners alike.

First and foremost Toronto‟s new council has to get spending under control, which
for the past 8 years and more has itself sped out of control causing more borrowing,
interest payments, salaries increases and higher taxes at twice the rate of inflation.

Elected officials at all levels must live within the revenues they collect, just like all
taxpayers do on a monthly basis. Our incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayor
have failed Torontonians in this regard over the years.
To get our city back on track will of course not happen overnight and it WILL NOT
happen at all if we continue to elect these same incumbent councilors for a further
term with their hands in our pocket books.

But it can happen and there are proposal out their including some of my own, which
is a step in the right direction if we are indeed going to remain a first glass world city
in the future.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Works Committee Ignores 97% of Commuters,
Spends $600,000. As a Guarantor, for 3%
Commuting Support of Toronto Cyclists Union.
It seems that Denzil Minnan Wong hit the nail on the head when he asked if his
fellow incumbent councillors had completely gone insane by supporting a staff report
by the city‟s works committee to go ahead with bike lanes on one of the busiest
internal arterial roadways in the down town core.

As much as we all love to ride bikes and some less than 2% for the entire city use a
bicycle as a means of commuting to and from putting a bike lane or a pedestrian lane
in the middle of University Avenues is the nuttiest transportation idea yet to come
from our left leaning incumbent councillors and city staff.

Existing stats show that a majority 96.7% of workers residing in or around University
Avenue in the down town areas either drive, walk, take public transit daily to get to
work within that area and 3% at tops cycle to work.

The taxpaying citizens of Toronto should now realize that the only transportation
systems being pushed by staff and incumbent councillors both of whom we pay for
are ones that will continue to further add traffic congestion in the already
chronically congested city core area.

These incumbent councillors and their staff must all give their heads a long hard
reality shake and get to work on realistic solutions for solving Toronto‟s serious
financial problems and looming bankruptcy partially caused by such lunatic ideas for
this moment in time.

Toronto‟s chronic traffic congestion problems in the down town area will only
further be aggravated and increase by continuing with such asinine proposals and
draconian measures to further restrict car or truck vehicle access and usage for
commercial or other reasons in our city‟s core area.

These proposed lane restrictions for bicycles will continue to adversely affect
existing levels of access and egress along with the transportation equity within the
city core.

The entire city deserves a realistic and affordable transportation plan which
encompasses the blending of highways, internal arterial roads, public transit, and
pedestrians but not solely at the direct expense of the city‟s, visitors or commercial
motoring public.

These additional draconian plans to get citizens to use bicycles for commuting
purposes by insisting on putting bike lanes on University Avenue is asinine and not
the answer to the city‟s existing transportation commuter nightmare or the
continued fiscal failures of these incumbents.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Toronto’s Police Budget Needs Realistic Spending
Cuts, Zero Based Budgeting in 2011.
Incumbent councillors will not debate the police budget for 2010 but just give lip
service for the need to reduce spending as they have for the past seven years with
no meaningful long term results.
Their chronic spending habits will continue until they are soundly defeated at the
polls on October 25, 2010.

I, Peter CLARKE propose the following for implementation prior to the 2011 Police
Service Boards Budget process by a new council.

Considering that over 90% of The Police budget goes for salaries and benefits for 5,
510 police personnel and 2,000 civilian employees, we must start by having all
benefits on a co-payment basis and NOT paid 100% by the city. Perhaps on a 70% to
30% benefit cost sharing plan.

Policing is only one of the core services of Toronto and a fundamental one but like
all budget components of the city it must be based on realistic costing beginning in
2011 with a zero based budgeting process.

I strongly believe that a new council, in order to maintain the public‟s trust and
confidence for a safe city, must prioritize the existing services and programs of the
Police department on a line by line basis by also reducing the civilian component of
the force by 10% to 15% in 2011.

We further must reduce and redeploy 30 officers from the mounted unit along with a
reduction of the present number of 28 horses to 18. Thus leaving the mounted unit
with 13 officers, which is similar to the number for mounted units in other cities.

The current TTC special transit police should be retired and not absorbed by the
Toronto police force. The TTC could offer them other positions within the TTC and if
they refuse then unfortunately they would have to be laid off.

The parking enforcement unit should be taken completely out of the hand of the
Police Services Board and come under the bylaw control department on a self
sustaining operating basis that must produce a profit on an annual basis.

Eliminate the time and half paid for these employees to attend court as this is just
part of their job. With cameras at intersection for speeders and stopping infractions
this revenue will cover the cost for the time these officers would not be issuing
tickets because of court appearances.

The pay for court time for police officers should be uploaded to the province and
included in the provinces justice ministers budget as that is where it belongs.
All awards issued by provincial arbitrators that are above the annual rate of inflation
must be uploaded back to the province as they mandated such salary increase.

Police officers retention pay must be eliminated and based solely on job preference,
education and ability to handle the position. This also must apply to all promotions
from within the force to ensure that all promotions are based on education, ability
and special skills not on gender or other issues.

Eliminate the two officers in a patrol car that was an arbitration wards by the
province. This would free up hundreds of our officers for other more pressing duties
as driving around the city two per car.

With today‟s GPS technology etc, an officer can always call for immediate back up
when necessary. Further upload these costs for a two officer patrol unit back to the
province as it was their arbitration award in the first place.

In no way would any of these proposals adversely affect “the delivery of effective
and adequate policing” for the citizens of Toronto.

If the current Chief and his senior staff cannot manage within these types of frame
work then perhaps the time has come to consider other cost reducing measures
along with a new chief of Police together with a new Police Service Board.

For a new council in 2011 not implement some or all of these proposals would be
irresponsible and reprehensible considering the current fiscal problems facing
Toronto Renters, Condo, Homeowners and Businesses alike and all thanks to
incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayors left leaning ideologies of the past
seven years.

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Monday, April 19, 2010
Toronto’s Board of Trade Fabricated Gridlock
Allegation Statistical Sham?
According to Stats Can “commuters who use public transit to work, spend an average
of 41 minutes more on their daily commute than those using an automobile.”

People like Terry Corcoran and Rob Roberts have factually pointed out that the
Toronto congestion fantasy is one of myth and statistical illusion and theory put out
by the outgoing mayor with support from city and provincial and federal officials.

Talk about a con game by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
Development in Paris, no less, as they DID NO RESEARCH to back up its statement
that a 80 minute commute is a $5 Billion annual burden to the Canadian economy?

They relied solely on information supplied to them by our outgoing Mayor and other
supporters of left leaning ideologies.

Yet the Toronto Board of Trade and others immediately called for “increased
investment in public transit and policies that encourage Torontonians to leave their
cars behind” with NO factual study having been done by this organization itself.

The indisputable facts continue to show that cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas
and Toronto all cities having the least volume of public transit use are the cities with
the fastest commute times!

With the exception of Toronto could it be that‟s because they build more and better
roads instead of massive public transit operations that are costly to build, expensive
to operate and slow?

In my humble opinion the time has come to stop listening to these so called
prominent Torontonians when it comes to common sense and the reality of issues
facing Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike in 2010 and
beyond.

Toronto should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car use as
this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transportation systems.

Torontonians deserve and realistically require a transportation plan that includes the
blending of highways, roads and public transit together. Anything less will not work
on this day and age or in the future as both are here to stay and must operate in
harmony.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are
needed to accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads and upgraded roads in
harmony with other opportunities to improve public transport cycling or other forms
in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and
transport nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within
key areas along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment
centers then a large percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Friday, April 16, 2010
Legacy of Incumbent Councillors is Borrowing
$436 Million for a Grant of $240 Million and to
Sell a $600 Million Note to Pay Down Debt!
Toronto‟s incumbent councillors only legacy will be that of borrowing $436 MILLION
dollars for grants of $240 MILLION dollars from the federal and provincial
governments and the sale of a $600 MILLION dollars note to pay down the city‟s
debt.

All this and remortgaging from 10 years to 35 years just to secure $235 million in
grants and based on the logic that interest rates have never been this low.

This is what the outgoing Mayor and his lefts leaning incumbent councillors refer to
as “good balance" between the tax increases and investing in services.

This restructuring of tax payer‟s debts “to match assets to funding in a much better
way helped us deal with that pressure by smoothing out the financing costs” stated
the outgoing Mayor.

In reality all he and his merry gang of incumbent councillors have achieved is to
extend interest and debt payments for a longer period of time and pass these
interest and principle repayment cost to our next generation of young people and
their future families by burdening them with this debt.

However the outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors are of the opinion that tax
payers should not question such financial gimmicks and just pay for their self-serving
legacies for the next 50 to 100 years!


The outgoing Mayor and his top bureaucrats assume it will meet council‟s guideline
of keeping debt service charges to 15% of the property tax base by the these
financial makeovers.

Yet in doing so they will have borrowed $4.7 BILLION dollars over a factious 10 year
period by attempting to leave a new council with a $3.2 BILLION DEBT at the end of
this factious period of time and further look in a new council to such asinine logic of
financial gimmickry.

The City‟s 2010 Capital Budget and 10-year (2010-2019) capital plan was passed at
Toronto City Council and paves the way for implementation of hundreds of major
capital infrastructure projects with an attempt to lock in future councils to such left
leaning ideologies of the outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors without any
regard for the already overburdened tax payers of this generation not to mention
that of future ones.

Further what moral, ethical or even legal authority does this outgoing Mayor and
incumbent councillors have in passing a 10 year Capital Budget in an attempt to
burden a new incoming council with over $ 23.3 BILLION dollars for capital spending
over 8 years past their current term of office?

Torontonians can no longer afford such chronic spending habits displayed by this
outgoing Mayor and his incumbent councillors. For the

For the past 7 years Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no regard for
prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues has continually been 1.9% ABOVE INFLATION
RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.

If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”


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Thursday, April 15, 2010
More Lies or Promises that Toronto’s Out Going
Mayor and Incumbent Councillors Will Not Be
Around To See?
With councils first crack at this year‟s 2010 operating budget the outgoing Mayor
now states that "Toronto resident will never face a 12% tax hike."

Really, he and hopefully the majority of his left leaning fellow incumbent councillors
will not be around to prepare the 2011 budgets, which will have to be based on the
outrageous spending that they continue to accumulate for 2010. So what an
outrageous statement for him to make.

Now that the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally come clean and admitted Toronto
has a serious financial crisis thanks to the last seven years of chronic spending,
borrowing and taxing, even their top bureaucrat Mr. Cam Weldon is not that arrogant
as the outgoing Mayor and his incumbent councillors.

He very carefully says to the outgoing mayor and councillors "I can't give you a
prediction, councillor."

Let‟s not forget that in 2003 and again in 2006 when this outgoing Mayor and his
incumbent councillors were seeking your votes, they promised that their spending
and our taxes would NOT be increased above the annual rate of inflation. This sure
as heck did not materialize these past 7 years.

Another promise unkept or an outright political lie? You decide.

Also while one considers these facts, think about what moral, ethical or even legal
authority this outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors had in passing a 10 year
Capital Budget in an attempt to burden a the new incoming council with over $ 23.3
BILLION dollars for capital spending over 8 years past their current term of office? I
will talk about this unprecedented procedure and questionable financial maneuver in
another article.

The City‟s 2010 Capital Budget and 10-year (2010-2019) capital plan was passed at
Toronto City Council and paves the way for implementation of hundreds of major
capital infrastructure projects.

Finally an outgoing mayor along with hopefully the majority of his fellow incumbent
councillors are not in any position to state or promise the people of Toronto anything
as their term comes to an end October 26, 2010 thank goodness.

I Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Not A Case Against Toll Roads, They Just Are Not
the Right Solution for Toronto, The GTA.
Motorists, Businesses or Overburdened
Taxpayers.
If I recall correctly, the GST tax or a portion of it was to have been allocated by the
federal government to pay down and off our ever increasing national debt?

In my humble opinion, I do not believe this has been achieved yet.

Unfortunately toll roads as a new form of taxation for public transit would also not
achieve any-one's desired or hoped for results.

In 2008 Scotland abolished all toll roads and in the already bankrupt state of
California its toll roads system is dysfunctional and is causing further traffic snarls,
delays etc.

Toll roads are not the answer for Toronto.

Insisting that our federal and provincial governments annually commit 20% of the
billions of dollars collected currently through gasoline and diesel taxes must be
allocated by law to cities with existing Public Transit Systems is ONE SOLUTION and a
move in the RIGHT direction for motorist, businesses, Condo and Homeowners alike.
First and foremost Toronto‟s new council has to get spending under control, which
for the past 8 years and more has itself sped out of control causing more borrowing,
interest payments, salaries increases and higher taxes at twice the rate of inflation.

Elected officials at all levels must live within the revenues they collect, just like all
taxpayers do on a monthly basis. Our incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayor
have failed Torontonians in this regard over the years.

To get our city back on track will of course not happen overnight and it WILL NOT
happen at all if we continue to elect these same incumbent councilors for a further
term with their hands in our pocket books.

But it can happen and there are proposal out their including some of my own, which
is a step in the right direction if we are indeed going to remain a first glass world city
in the future.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010
CLARKE Proposes Solution for Toronto's TTC
Annual Funding Using Existing Taxes
For 8 years now The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has rightfully insisted with the
target for 50% of gas and diesel taxes collected are spent on our roads and highways
for motorists.

This amount now has reached and exceed with a 52% mark. The CTF should be
congratulated for ensuring that at least 50% of our gasoline and diesel taxes paid for
roads, highways and infrastructure have finally been met by the federal government
as they called for over many years.

With Torontonians, Ontarians and all Canadian motorists and businesses continually
pay billions in existing gasoline and diesel taxes etc. and now with 52% going directly
back into infrastructure for our roads and highways, that leaves 48% NOT being used
for TRANSIT purposes.

I propose that a minimum of .05 cents per liter or .10 cents per litre of the current
taxes for gasoline and diesel be annually allocated for all cities Public Transit
operating budgets up to a maximum of 20% of the 48% balance of existing gasoline
and diesel taxes that remain for transportation purposes.

Hopefully the CTF could now amend it position in asking Ottawa to cut existing gas
taxes and support my proposal that these funds go to funding Toronto‟s TTC and
other cities Public Transit Budgets on an annual basis.

My Proposal and my opinion is that instead of proceeding with the CTF other demand
for “eliminating the 1.5 cent/litre “deficit elimination tax” and stop taxing taxes by
removing the GST (and HST where applicable) presently charged on federal and
provincial gas levies,” that this existing established tax of 5 cents a litre, be directly
applied to Toronto‟s TTC and other cities Public Transportation Operating Budgets.

The formula used for the actual yearly dollar value transfer to cities would be done
on the basses of population and tied to each cities individual population growth.

This would be in addition to the announce GTF and further ensure that our larger
Cities with Public Transit systems would have a permanent federal program and
commitment to our cities for Public Transportation and help remove this ever
increasing expenditure off the backs of our over burdened property and business tax
basis.

Further this would get all our Canadian cities Public Transit systems to remain on
track and eliminate this chronic desire of outgoing mayor Miller and his incumbent
career politicians referred to as councillors to stop seeking increases in taxes, new
taxes or taxing motorists, who are employees and businesses, through toll roads.

Toll roads along the 401 in express lanes or elsewhere would NOT LESSEN traffic on
the 401 in any way shape or form.

For your information and your incumbent councillors of the past 13 plus years
Mr.outgoing Mayor highway 401 is and has been over capacity for the past ten years
or more.

Canadian CITIES as TORONTO are OUR CITIES, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE
TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Friday, April 9, 2010
Have Torontonians Gone Insane or Is It The
Water We Are Drinking?
Seems these days all politicians, including the grand old lady Hazel McCallion, have only
new revenues on their mind and NO ideas or suggestions about curtailing their chronic
spending habits for services Renters, Condo, Homeowners and Businesses never asked for
or voted for in the first place!

I readily agree with Hazel that nothing is free, but Toronto has been providing services
far below their actual costs and duplicating services already offered by other levels of
government.

They have been increasing taxes at twice the annual rate of inflation since 2003!

Torontonians along with their fellow GTA residents combined with the rest of Ontario‟s
population ALREADY have to pay a gas tax of 14.7 cents per liter at the pumps, plus a
further federal gas tax of 30.1 cents per liter.

All these taxes were implemented for the provincial transportation systems so where has
the money been spent and why not some of this for the TTC?

Now proposing road tolls an indirect tax and toll road tolls system would NOT bring
Toronto or Mississauga closer to other would-be world-class cities. It would cost
employees $200. per month from their salaries or $2,600 per year! However it would
most likely encourage urban sprawl. Out of the ten top world class cities in the world
NONE have an internal road toll system.

We do not need new sources of revenue folks, it‟s a fool‟s game and just prolongs the
day of bankruptcy because of our politician‟s failure to reduce spending and live within
revenues currently collected through the overburdened property tax system.

Now you want to consider giving these proven fiscally irresponsible incumbent councilors
of the past 13 years more revenues so they can continue such outrageous spending for
left leaning ideologies of their respective political parties, special interest groups and
lobbyists?

Why do we continue to pay 100% of the costs for our Toronto‟s employee‟s benefits
when our top bureaucrats tell us we have a financial problem?

I am sure we had this financial problem during the 2009 and 2002 union contract
negotiations!

Employee benefits as a condition for continuing employment should be on a 75% to
25% basis as a start in getting our fiscal problems in order. Especially when we
consider that over 50% of Toronto‟s expenditures go for paying salaries and benefits!
Why did our incumbent councilors agree to a wage increase of 1.75% and back dated
for salaries in 2009 when the actual cost of inflation was only .2989%. Thus giving
employees a 1.45% increase above the rate of inflation?

This rate increase also applied to shift bonuses each year and for the registered
nurses in charge.

The logic used to give employees an additional paid holiday, Family Day, was based
on the argument that the provincial employment standards act already requires this
holiday for recreation workers?

Since this is a mandated requirement from the province these costs should be
reimbursed at 100% to the city along with all other mandated programs or services
by the province to the city.

Time for a new council with new councillors to start uploading costs back to the
province or take the province to court for the reimbursement of costs for their
mandated programs.

Another irresponsible fiscal agreement agreed to with the union was to increase
wage protection for workers.

With our city‟s financial problems incumbent councilors voted to increased to this
benefit by 40%. Allowing for a 35 months benefit period from the previous 25
months and based on the argument this would avoid claims of age
discrimination/human rights issues.

Again human rights issues are mandated by the province so they should have to pay
the cost for such at 100% not on the backs of property or business taxes, which also
further increases the cost of renting.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010
It is Official Toronto Has a Financial Problem
Caused by Over Spending, Costs of Labor and
Benefits, All Thanks to Incumbent Councilors of
The Past 13 Years.
However, common sense would remind all of us that to put a slice of the sales tax
revenues in the hands of this council left leaning ideologies would NOT solve the
problem of their chronic spending habits.

Instead of blindly stating that “we will require monetization of city assets“, Weldon,
one of our Toronto‟s supposedly top bureaucrats did not offer any other means and
ways of rectifying this spending problem by incumbent councilors and the outgoing
Mayor.

I wonder why? Could it be because it is an election year?

Now one begins to doubt not only about the fiscal irresponsibility of incumbent
councilors but also that of these so called top bureaucrats operating within our city
halls.

Perhaps they also have been around city hall to long with their own left leaning
social ideologies that are slowly yet quickly bankrupting our city over these past 13
years.

It has become quite evident that Torontonians urgently need change at many levels
within city hall from Councillors on up.

Please take another long look at my campaign mission proposal to date and you will see
the difference in thinking for the people or for prolong the status quo at city hall.

I, Peter CLARKE have already proposed.

1. ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING
with the 2011 budgets.
2. CAP SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS, BUDGETS and TAXES to the
annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011 budgets.
3. SALARY REDUCTIONS of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of expense
accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each year
thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.
4. A SALARY FREEZE on ALL SENIOR and TOP Bureaucrats until they can manage to
come up with some meaningful and enlightened ways and means for fiscal
responsibility other than proposing to sell off assets, seek more taxing powers and
going hat in hand to other levels of government to solve their own problems.
5. CONSULTATIONS with non-union and union civil servant groups within the city to
CONSIDER an introduction of a PENSION LEVY for all Toronto‟s public service workers
as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal problems.
6. RANDOM DRUG TESTING PROGRAM be implemented for all MEEMBERS of COUNCIL,
ALL EMPLOYEES union and non union alike including the POLICE, FIRE, EMS and TTC
effective JANUARY 1st 2011 as a CONDITION OF CONTINUING EMPLOYMENT with the
city.
7. Business taxes SHOULD BE FROZEN, so we can lower the tax ratio of business to
residential TO BE COMPETITIVE with our GTA neighboring municipalities.
8. Budgets, must be PRIORITIZED ON CORE SERVICES and costs trimmed to balance
the books. UP LOADING MANDATED SERVICES BACK TO PROVINCE IF NECESSARY.
9. REMOVE, AS MANY COSTS AS POSSIBLE, from our property tax base, by replacing
these costs WITH REVENUE NEUTRAL USER FEES in the areas of the TTC and other
services.
10. STOP DISCRIMINSTION AGAINST NON UNIONIZED CONTRACTORS AND SERVICE
PROVIDERS for outsourced services, to ensure fairness and cost effectivity.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Has an Environment of Left Leaning Ideologies of
Political Correctness, Fuelled by Greed of Self
Serving Councillors and A Vocal Minority of Union
and Non Union Civic Employees and Public, For
More Benefits With Less Productivity Morally
Bankrupt Toronto?
It would appear that say 15% to 20% of both private and public sector employees
unfortunately do the bare minimum when it comes to their individual work ethics
and responsibility to employers.

In the case of municipal employees the people witnessed through the last strike
agreement that unfortunately there is no realistic separation between management
and unions on Toronto council since 2003.

Only a very few councillors seem to understand that Toronto has a fiscal problem yet
they are continually shouted down by fellow councillors with little or no backing or
support coming from our not so neutral Toronto media outlets.
It seems Torontonians have for the past 13 or more years been schooled and
institutionalized to believe that no longer do they have to truly work to make ends
meet.

They have been lead like lambs to accept the premise that they are entitled to
demand a pension guarantee, their children‟s care paid for by others, welfare,
unemployment benefits extended because they did not pay enough into the plan in
the first place perhaps, cheap and unrealistic public transpiration expectations and
more paid days off and holidays.A society of want, want, want, and NOT DO while
others pick up the tab.

You see politicians through some Robin Hood scheme referred to as a redistribution
of wealth, which is an ongoing and elaborate policy of taking from the rich and poor
alike through higher rents, taxes, or toll roads etc. to give to politicians and their
political parties, special interest groups or lobbyists.

It seems the province has come to slowly realize that their unsustainable appetite
for services which the taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for has come home to
roust in the form of salary freezes, salary reductions etc. with more likely to come.

It is still not too late, but time is fast running out for Toronto‟s civic employees, from
top to bottom, union and non union alike.

They should offer up through their own ideas, initiatives and proposals for
meaningful cost reductions, work related duplication of services and waste
eliminations, improved work habits etc. in helping to ensure fiscal responsibility and
by self helping to preserve their jobs.

Our municipal workers and management by offering up new cost saving procedures
that could assist them to compete with private contractors should the city decide to
outsource certain activities and services in the future.

In the coming days I, Peter CLARKE will be introducing further ideas and proposals in
addition to the ones already outline in my campaign mission platform to date.

Lets here from the 85% to 90% of dedicated civic employees at all levels even if you
only work for but not live in the city, TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010
More Lies or Promises that Toronto’s Out Going
Mayor and Incumbent Councillors Will Not Be
Around To See?
With councils first crack at this year‟s 2010 operating budget the outgoing Mayor
now states that "Toronto resident will never face a 12% tax hike."

Really, he and hopefully the majority of his left leaning fellow incumbent councillors
will not be around to prepare the 2011 budgets, which will have to be based on the
outrageous spending that they continue to accumulate for 2010. So what an
outrageous statement for him to make.

Now that the city‟s top bureaucrats have finally come clean and admitted Toronto
has a serious financial crisis thanks to the last seven years of chronic spending,
borrowing and taxing, even their top bureaucrat Mr. Cam Weldon is not that arrogant
as the outgoing Mayor and his incumbent councillors.

He very carefully says to the outgoing mayor and councillors "I can't give you a
prediction, councillor."

Let‟s not forget that in 2003 and again in 2006 when this outgoing Mayor and his
incumbent councillors were seeking your votes, they promised that their spending
and our taxes would NOT be increased above the annual rate of inflation. This sure
as heck did not materialize these past 7 years.

Another promise unkept or an outright political lie? You decide.

Also while one considers these facts, think about what moral, ethical or even legal
authority this outgoing Mayor and incumbent councillors had in passing a 10 year
Capital Budget in an attempt to burden a the new incoming council with over $ 23.3
BILLION dollars for capital spending over 8 years past their current term of office? I
will talk about this unprecedented procedure and questionable financial maneuver in
another article.
The City‟s 2010 Capital Budget and 10-year (2010-2019) capital plan was passed at
Toronto City Council and paves the way for implementation of hundreds of major
capital infrastructure projects.

Finally an outgoing mayor along with hopefully the majority of his fellow incumbent
councillors are not in any position to state or promise the people of Toronto anything
as their term comes to an end October 26, 2010 thank goodness.

I Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Not A Case Against Toll Roads, They Just Are Not
the Right Solution for Toronto, The GTA.
Motorists, Businesses or Overburdened
Taxpayers.
If I recall correctly, the GST tax or a portion of it was to have been allocated by the
federal government to pay down and off our ever increasing national debt?

In my humble opinion, I do not believe this has been achieved yet.

Unfortunately toll roads as a new form of taxation for public transit would also not
achieve any-one's desired or hoped for results.

In 2008 Scotland abolished all toll roads and in the already bankrupt state of
California its toll roads system is dysfunctional and is causing further traffic snarls,
delays etc.

Toll roads are not the answer for Toronto.

Insisting that our federal and provincial governments annually commit 20% of the
billions of dollars collected currently through gasoline and diesel taxes must be
allocated by law to cities with existing Public Transit Systems is ONE SOLUTION and a
move in the RIGHT direction for motorist, businesses, Condo and Homeowners alike.

First and foremost Toronto‟s new council has to get spending under control, which
for the past 8 years and more has itself sped out of control causing more borrowing,
interest payments, salaries increases and higher taxes at twice the rate of inflation.

Elected officials at all levels must live within the revenues they collect, just like all
taxpayers do on a monthly basis. Our incumbent councillors and the outgoing Mayor
have failed Torontonians in this regard over the years.

To get our city back on track will of course not happen overnight and it WILL NOT
happen at all if we continue to elect these same incumbent councilors for a further
term with their hands in our pocket books.

But it can happen and there are proposal out their including some of my own, which
is a step in the right direction if we are indeed going to remain a first glass world city
in the future.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010
CLARKE Proposes Solution for Toronto's TTC
Annual Funding Using Existing Taxes
For 8 years now The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has rightfully insisted with the
target for 50% of gas and diesel taxes collected are spent on our roads and highways
for motorists.

This amount now has reached and exceed with a 52% mark. The CTF should be
congratulated for ensuring that at least 50% of our gasoline and diesel taxes paid for
roads, highways and infrastructure have finally been met by the federal government
as they called for over many years.

With Torontonians, Ontarians and all Canadian motorists and businesses continually
pay billions in existing gasoline and diesel taxes etc. and now with 52% going directly
back into infrastructure for our roads and highways, that leaves 48% NOT being used
for TRANSIT purposes.

I propose that a minimum of .05 cents per liter or .10 cents per litre of the current
taxes for gasoline and diesel be annually allocated for all cities Public Transit
operating budgets up to a maximum of 20% of the 48% balance of existing gasoline
and diesel taxes that remain for transportation purposes.

Hopefully the CTF could now amend it position in asking Ottawa to cut existing gas
taxes and support my proposal that these funds go to funding Toronto‟s TTC and
other cities Public Transit Budgets on an annual basis.

My Proposal and my opinion is that instead of proceeding with the CTF other demand
for “eliminating the 1.5 cent/litre “deficit elimination tax” and stop taxing taxes by
removing the GST (and HST where applicable) presently charged on federal and
provincial gas levies,” that this existing established tax of 5 cents a litre, be directly
applied to Toronto‟s TTC and other cities Public Transportation Operating Budgets.

The formula used for the actual yearly dollar value transfer to cities would be done
on the basses of population and tied to each cities individual population growth.

This would be in addition to the announce GTF and further ensure that our larger
Cities with Public Transit systems would have a permanent federal program and
commitment to our cities for Public Transportation and help remove this ever
increasing expenditure off the backs of our over burdened property and business tax
basis.

Further this would get all our Canadian cities Public Transit systems to remain on
track and eliminate this chronic desire of outgoing mayor Miller and his incumbent
career politicians referred to as councillors to stop seeking increases in taxes, new
taxes or taxing motorists, who are employees and businesses, through toll roads.

Toll roads along the 401 in express lanes or elsewhere would NOT LESSEN traffic on
the 401 in any way shape or form.

For your information and your incumbent councillors of the past 13 plus years Mr.
outgoing Mayor highway 401 is and has been over capacity for the past ten years or
more.

Canadian CITIES as TORONTO are OUR CITIES, YOUR VOTE and OUR FUTURE
TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.
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Friday, April 9, 2010
Have Torontonians Gone Insane or Is It The
Water We Are Drinking?
Seems these days all politicians, including the grand old lady Hazel McCallion, have only
new revenues on their mind and NO ideas or suggestions about curtailing their chronic
spending habits for services Renters, Condo, Homeowners and Businesses never asked for
or voted for in the first place!

I readily agree with Hazel that nothing is free, but Toronto has been providing services
far below their actual costs and duplicating services already offered by other levels of
government.

They have been increasing taxes at twice the annual rate of inflation since 2003!

Torontonians along with their fellow GTA residents combined with the rest of Ontario‟s
population ALREADY have to pay a gas tax of 14.7 cents per liter at the pumps, plus a
further federal gas tax of 30.1 cents per liter.

All these taxes were implemented for the provincial transportation systems so where has
the money been spent and why not some of this for the TTC?

Now proposing road tolls an indirect tax and toll road tolls system would NOT bring
Toronto or Mississauga closer to other would-be world-class cities. It would cost
employees $200. per month from their salaries or $2,600 per year! However it would
most likely encourage urban sprawl. Out of the ten top world class cities in the world
NONE have an internal road toll system.

We do not need new sources of revenue folks, it‟s a fool‟s game and just prolongs the
day of bankruptcy because of our politician‟s failure to reduce spending and live within
revenues currently collected through the overburdened property tax system.

Now you want to consider giving these proven fiscally irresponsible incumbent councilors
of the past 13 years more revenues so they can continue such outrageous spending for
left leaning ideologies of their respective political parties, special interest groups and
lobbyists?

Why do we continue to pay 100% of the costs for our Toronto‟s employee‟s benefits
when our top bureaucrats tell us we have a financial problem?

I am sure we had this financial problem during the 2009 and 2002 union contract
negotiations!

Employee benefits as a condition for continuing employment should be on a 75% to
25% basis as a start in getting our fiscal problems in order. Especially when we
consider that over 50% of Toronto‟s expenditures go for paying salaries and benefits!

Why did our incumbent councilors agree to a wage increase of 1.75% and back dated
for salaries in 2008 when the actual cost of inflation was only .2989%. Thus giving
employees a 1.45% increase above the rate of inflation?

This rate increase also applied to shift bonuses each year and for the registered
nurses in charge.

The logic used to give employees an additional paid holiday, Family Day, was based
on the argument that the provincial employment standards act already requires this
holiday for recreation workers?

Since this is a mandated requirement from the province these costs should be
reimbursed at 100% to the city along with all other mandated programs or services
by the province to the city.

Time for a new council with new councillors to start uploading costs back to the
province or take the province to court for the reimbursement of costs for their
mandated programs.

Another irresponsible fiscal agreement agreed to with the union was to increase
wage protection for workers.

With our city‟s financial problems incumbent councilors voted to increased to this
benefit by 40%. Allowing for a 35 months benefit period from the previous 25
months and based on the argument this would avoid claims of age
discrimination/human rights issues.

Again human rights issues are mandated by the province so they should have to pay
the cost for such at 100% not on the backs of property or business taxes, which also
further increases the cost of renting.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.
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Thursday, April 8, 2010
It is Official Toronto Has a Financial Problem
Caused by Over Spending, Costs of Labor and
Benefits, All Thanks to Incumbent Councilors of
The Past 13 Years.
However, common sense would remind all of us that to put a slice of the sales tax
revenues in the hands of this council left leaning ideologies would NOT solve the
problem of their chronic spending habits.

Instead of blindly stating that “we will require monetization of city assets“, Weldon,
one of our Toronto‟s supposedly top bureaucrats did not offer any other means and
ways of rectifying this spending problem by incumbent councilors and the outgoing
Mayor.

I wonder why? Could it be because it is an election year?

Now one begins to doubt not only about the fiscal irresponsibility of incumbent
councilors but also that of these so called top bureaucrats operating within our city
halls.

Perhaps they also have been around city hall to long with their own left leaning
social ideologies that are slowly yet quickly bankrupting our city over these past 13
years.

It has become quite evident that Torontonians urgently need change at many levels
within city hall from Councillors on up.

Please take another long look at my campaign mission proposal to date and you will see
the difference in thinking for the people or for prolong the status quo at city hall.

I, Peter CLARKE have already proposed.

1. ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING
with the 2011 budgets.
2. A CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS, BUDGETS and TAXES to the
annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011 budgets.
3. SALARY REDUCTIONS of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of expense
accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each year
thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.
4. A SALARY FREEZE on ALL SENIOR and TOP Bureaucrats until they can manage to
come up with some meaningful and enlightened ways and means for fiscal
responsibility other than proposing to sell off assets, seek more taxing powers and
going hat in hand to other levels of government to solve their own problems.
5. A consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups within the city to
consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public service workers as
an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal problems.
6. Random drug testing program be implemented for all members of council, all civic
employees union and non union alike including the Police, Fire, EMS and TTC
effective January 1st 2011 as a condition of continuing employment with the city.
7. Business taxes SHOULD BE FROZEN, so we can lower the tax ratio of business to
residential TO BE COMPETITIVE with our GTA neighboring municipalities.
8. Budgets, must be PRIOTITIZED ON CORE SERVICES and costs trimmed to balance
the books.
9. REMOVE, AS MANY COSTS AS POSSIBLE, from our property tax base, by replacing
these costs WITH REVENUE NEUTRAL USER FEES in the areas of the TTC and other
services.
10. DISCRIMINSTION AGAINST NON UNIONIZED CONTRACTORS AND SERVICE PROVIDERS
for outsourced services and work must be STOPPED, to ensure fairness and cost
effectivity.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Has an Environment of Left Leaning Ideologies of
Political Correctness, Fuelled by Greed of Self
Serving Councillors and A Vocal Minority of Union
and Non Union Civic Employees and Public, For
More Benefits With Less Productivity Morally
Bankrupt Toronto?
It would appear that say 15% to 20% of both private and public sector employees
unfortunately do the bare minimum when it comes to their individual work ethics
and responsibility to employers.

In the case of municipal employees the people witnessed through the last strike
agreement that unfortunately there is no realistic separation between management
and unions on Toronto council since 2003.

Only a very few councillors seem to understand that Toronto has a fiscal problem yet
they are continually shouted down by fellow councillors with little or no backing or
support coming from our not so neutral Toronto media outlets.

It seems Torontonians have for the past 13 or more years been schooled and
institutionalized to believe that no longer do they have to truly work to make ends
meet.

They have been lead like lambs to accept the premise that they are entitled to
demand a pension guarantee, their children‟s care paid for by others, welfare,
unemployment benefits extended because they did not pay enough into the plan in
the first place perhaps, cheap and unrealistic public transpiration expectations and
more paid days off and holidays.A society of want, want, want, and NOT DO while
others pick up the tab.

You see politicians through some Robin Hood scheme referred to as a redistribution
of wealth, which is an ongoing and elaborate policy of taking from the rich and poor
alike through higher rents, taxes, or toll roads etc. to give to politicians and their
political parties, special interest groups or lobbyists.

It seems the province has come to slowly realize that their unsustainable appetite
for services which the taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for has come home to
roust in the form of salary freezes, salary reductions etc. with more likely to come.

It is still not too late, but time is fast running out for Toronto‟s civic employees, from
top to bottom, union and non union alike.

They should offer up through their own ideas, initiatives and proposals for
meaningful cost reductions, work related duplication of services and waste
eliminations, improved work habits etc. in helping to ensure fiscal responsibility and
by self helping to preserve their jobs.

Our municipal workers and management by offering up new cost saving procedures
that could assist them to compete with private contractors should the city decide to
outsource certain activities and services in the future.
In the coming days I, Peter CLARKE will be introducing further ideas and proposals in
addition to the ones already outline in my campaign mission platform to date.

Lets here from the 85% to 90% of dedicated civic employees at all levels even if you
only work for but not live in the city, TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
First Common Sense in 2010 or More of the
Same Community Unsustainable Borrowing,
Spending and Taxing by Incumbent Councillors of
13 Years or More?
On October 25, 2010 Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike
throughout Toronto with its many diverse multicultural communities, such as in
North York‟s Avondale, Willowdale, Newtonbrook and Lansing to name only a few,
have a decision to make this coming fall.

Toronto residents throughout the city in all communities will have the choice
between out of control spending, borrowing and taxing at twice the rate of inflation
on an annual basis since 2003 by re-electing a 13 year incumbent councillor OR
ELECTING Peter CLARKE and other non career politicians that have clearly defined
campaign mission platforms which are based on the peoples common sense for
affordable and sustainable core services for the community and our great city of
Toronto.

“ I, Peter CLARKE am an INDEPENDENT NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any
political party, special interest groups or lobbyists. Just your average citizen
candidate for council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political
party, special interest group or lobbyist.”

Since amalgamation councillors approved budgeted spending has increased 64.28%
and the capital budget has increased a whopping 300% in 13 year.

The clear result being that councillors spending on non-priority items and
expenditures have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of
INFLATION.
These failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always grasping for more
taxing powers and hand outs from the province of our outgoing mayor supported by
the majority of incumbent councillors over the past 13 years or longer have proven
to be fiscally irresponsible. Time for Meaningful Change within the Community and at
City Hall by the people.

Tell me Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Business people has your
income increased 64.28% or even increased annually by twice the rate of inflation
since 2003?

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It,

THANKS Peter CLARKE!

Fact Sources: Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Star and City of Toronto

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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Toronto Council, The TTC, Management, Unions
Out of Touch With Reality With little Regard for
The Public
For the past 7 years and longer Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no
regard for prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues which has continually been 1.9% ABOVE
INFLATION RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.

If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”
With the TTC chair continually being a person with NO business experience or
expertise in corporate transportation management or qualifications for same it is
past the time that the Chair and operations for the TTC be taken out of council‟s
control.

Now we hear from Mr. Kinnear a union member of the TTC that because he or some
other representative of the TTC union was not invited to participate on the transit
commission‟s service advisory panel “his organization has some concern that this
panel may be somewhat politically motivated and we want to stay away from that.”

As of yet Kinnear who alludes to be speaking for the majority of his organizations
membership, has failed to elaborate on just what these concerns are? Lets see if the
media follows up and gets to the bottom of just what these concerns are, so we all
an be enlightened about such concerns.

He then goes on to emphatically state to his merry band of left leaning socialist
ideology media reports for all to hear and absorb that his proposed union backed and
sponsored town hall meetings will “NOT be politically motivated as they want to stay
away from that.”

It seems Mr. Kinnear and this band of media reports would like all citizens to believe
that his motives are not based on any political content whatsoever? When will they
stop thinking that Torontonians are completely stupid?

Let‟s have a report on just what his organizations concerns are as we all understand
and know what the public's concerns are with his TTC union members along with the
day to day operations of the TTC itself.

I, Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the
people‟s common sense back on Toronto council.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Happy Passover, Peaceful Good Friday and
Healthy Holiday to All Who Celebrate Same In
Their Personal or Family Ways.
With Passover (Pesach) lasting a total of eight days and Good Friday tomorrow
followed by Easter Monday many Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other People will
spend these religious, special days or just holidays with family members or close
friends.

My wife Tatiana and I will be spending these next few days with her family and
friends in Venezuela her native country, while we continue the seemingly endless
wait for her immigration papers to be finalized for Canada.

Out of respect for these and other religious celebrations there will be no new posting
to the blog on either Good Friday April 2nd or Easter Monday April 5th but I will post
on Saturday April 3rd followed by Tuesday April 6th and thereafter as usual on
Mondays to Saturdays.

So I Peter CLARKE take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy, save and
peaceful Passover, Good Friday, Easter Monday and a rest full deserved holiday over
this long weekend.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Toronto’s Future Transportation Plans must be
evaluated in the Context of Affordability and the
Community’s Willingness to Pay
Under outgoing Mayor Miller, with his supportive merry gang of incumbent
councillors of 12 to 20 years with their outrageous spending at twice the annual rate
of inflation since 2003 for unsustainable “left leaning socialist ideologies”, the one
transit policy that has become certain for all to learn from is Future Streetcar
corridors on Toronto‟s main internal arterial roads like St Clair are a disaster and
NOT the way to go for any new transit projects.

In 2006 a comprehensive study was available to the TTC and others pertaining to the
efficiency and effect of public transportation priority schemes on public roads. Guess
they missed that one!

One of the major findings was “that despite a more comprehensive approach to
measuring the benefits of bus and streetcar priority, road-space reallocation is difficult
to economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.”

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

Toronto or elsewhere should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car
use — this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transport system.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are needed to
accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads. New and upgraded roads also provide
opportunities to improve public transport and cycling in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and transport
nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within key areas
along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment centers then a large
percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time for Mandatory Voting and Internet Voting In
Toronto Elections
Perhaps it is NOT too late for the current Toronto council to get into the 21st century
and ensure that for the October 25, 2010 election residents will have the right to cast a
vote, by Internet, as is the case in Markham for advance polling dates.

However, with continued low voter turnout across Toronto, 34% in 2006, the right to
vote must be complemented with a legal duty making compulsory attendance at an
electoral booth on election days mandatory, if we are at all serious about increasing
voter turnout.
Voting should be legally declared a "civic duty" or an affirmative citizen obligation
like in Australia. Voting is another democratic obligation the people have a
requirement to do like jury duty, compulsory schooling, driver‟s licenses and paying
our taxes.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion, held by many others, that there is more wisdom in
the common sense of the people than in government. As individuals we have already
consented to laws that are more onerous, time consuming and intrusive than a
citizen‟s occasional mandatory trip to a polling station.

Failure to attend at a polling booth on election days should result not in fines or
taxes, but rather the denial of government services and benefits, such as affordable
housing, welfare, unemployment or the ability to obtain a driver‟s licenses, pass
ports and health cards.

Also compulsory voting laws have shown to be very effective in raising levels of voter
turnout, interest and participation in elections. A higher turnout would definitely
increase the legitimacy of governments with only a 30% to 40 % participation rate.

That is the case today in Toronto. It also would force the silent majority to think about
elections and the costs of unsustainable services and councils out of control spending at
twice the rate of inflation since 2003!

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate for
council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Has an Environment of Left Leaning Ideologies of
Political Correctness, Fuelled by Greed of Self
Serving Councillors and A Vocal Minority of Union
and Non Union Civic Employees and Public, For
More Benefits With Less Productivity Morally
Bankrupt Toronto?
It would appear that say 15% to 20% of both private and public sector employees
unfortunately do the bare minimum when it comes to their individual work ethics
and responsibility to employers.

In the case of municipal employees the people witnessed through the last strike
agreement that unfortunately there is no realistic separation between management
and unions on Toronto council since 2003.

Only a very few councillors seem to understand that Toronto has a fiscal problem yet
they are continually shouted down by fellow councillors with little or no backing or
support coming from our not so neutral Toronto media outlets.

It seems Torontonians have for the past 13 or more years been schooled and
institutionalized to believe that no longer do they have to truly work to make ends
meet.

They have been lead like lambs to accept the premise that they are entitled to
demand a pension guarantee, their children‟s care paid for by others, welfare,
unemployment benefits extended because they did not pay enough into the plan in
the first place perhaps, cheap and unrealistic public transpiration expectations and
more paid days off and holidays.A society of want, want, want, and NOT DO while
others pick up the tab.

You see politicians through some Robin Hood scheme referred to as a redistribution
of wealth, which is an ongoing and elaborate policy of taking from the rich and poor
alike through higher rents, taxes, or toll roads etc. to give to politicians and their
political parties, special interest groups or lobbyists.

It seems the province has come to slowly realize that their unsustainable appetite
for services which the taxpayers can no longer afford to pay for has come home to
roust in the form of salary freezes, salary reductions etc. with more likely to come.
It is still not too late, but time is fast running out for Toronto‟s civic employees, from
top to bottom, union and non union alike.

They should offer up through their own ideas, initiatives and proposals for
meaningful cost reductions, work related duplication of services and waste
eliminations, improved work habits etc. in helping to ensure fiscal responsibility and
by self helping to preserve their jobs.

Our municipal workers and management by offering up new cost saving procedures
that could assist them to compete with private contractors should the city decide to
outsource certain activities and services in the future.

In the coming days I, Peter CLARKE will be introducing further ideas and proposals in
addition to the ones already outline in my campaign mission platform to date.

Lets here from the 85% to 90% of dedicated civic employees at all levels even if you
only work for but not live in the city, TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE TOGETHER.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
First Common Sense in 2010 or More of the
Same Community Unsustainable Borrowing,
Spending and Taxing by Incumbent Councillors of
13 Years or More?
On October 25, 2010 Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike
throughout Toronto with its many diverse multicultural communities, such as in
North York‟s Avondale, Willowdale, Newtonbrook and Lansing to name only a few,
have a decision to make this coming fall.

Toronto residents throughout the city in all communities will have the choice
between out of control spending, borrowing and taxing at twice the rate of inflation
on an annual basis since 2003 by re-electing a 13 year incumbent councillor OR
ELECTING Peter CLARKE and other non career politicians that have clearly defined
campaign mission platforms which are based on the peoples common sense for
affordable and sustainable core services for the community and our great city of
Toronto.
“ I, Peter CLARKE am an INDEPENDENT NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any
political party, special interest groups or lobbyists. Just your average citizen
candidate for council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political
party, special interest group or lobbyist.”

Since amalgamation councillors approved budgeted spending has increased 64.28%
and the capital budget has increased a whopping 300% in 13 year.

The clear result being that councillors spending on non-priority items and
expenditures have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of
INFLATION.

These failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always grasping for more
taxing powers and hand outs from the province of our outgoing mayor supported by
the majority of incumbent councillors over the past 13 years or longer have proven
to be fiscally irresponsible. Time for Meaningful Change within the Community and at
City Hall by the people.

Tell me Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Business people has your
income increased 64.28% or even increased annually by twice the rate of inflation
since 2003?

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It,

THANKS Peter CLARKE!

Fact Sources: Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Star and City of Toronto

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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Toronto Council, The TTC, Management, Unions
Out of Touch With Reality With little Regard for
The Public
For the past 7 years and longer Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no
regard for prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues which has continually been 1.9% ABOVE
INFLATION RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.

If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”

With the TTC chair continually being a person with NO business experience or
expertise in corporate transportation management or qualifications for same it is
past the time that the Chair and operations for the TTC be taken out of council‟s
control.

Now we hear from Mr. Kinnear a union member of the TTC that because he or some
other representative of the TTC union was not invited to participate on the transit
commission‟s service advisory panel “his organization has some concern that this
panel may be somewhat politically motivated and we want to stay away from that.”

As of yet Kinnear who alludes to be speaking for the majority of his organizations
membership, has failed to elaborate on just what these concerns are? Lets see if the
media follows up and gets to the bottom of just what these concerns are, so we all
an be enlightened about such concerns.

He then goes on to emphatically state to his merry band of left leaning socialist
ideology media reports for all to hear and absorb that his proposed union backed and
sponsored town hall meetings will “NOT be politically motivated as they want to stay
away from that.”

It seems Mr. Kinnear and this band of media reports would like all citizens to believe
that his motives are not based on any political content whatsoever? When will they
stop thinking that Torontonians are completely stupid?

Let‟s have a report on just what his organizations concerns are as we all understand
and know what the public's concerns are with his TTC union members along with the
day to day operations of the TTC itself.

I, Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the
people‟s common sense back on Toronto council.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Happy Passover, Peaceful Good Friday and
Healthy Holiday to All Who Celebrate Same In
Their Personal or Family Ways.
With Passover (Pesach) lasting a total of eight days and Good Friday tomorrow
followed by Easter Monday many Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other People will
spend these religious, special days or just holidays with family members or close
friends.

My wife Tatiana and I will be spending these next few days with her family and
friends in Venezuela her native country, while we continue the seemingly endless
wait for her immigration papers to be finalized for Canada.

Out of respect for these and other religious celebrations there will be no new posting
to the blog on either Good Friday April 2nd or Easter Monday April 5th but I will post
on Saturday April 3rd followed by Tuesday April 6th and thereafter as usual on
Mondays to Saturdays.

So I Peter CLARKE take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy, save and
peaceful Passover, Good Friday, Easter Monday and a rest full deserved holiday over
this long weekend.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Toronto’s Future Transportation Plans must be
evaluated in the Context of Affordability and the
Community’s Willingness to Pay
Under outgoing Mayor Miller, with his supportive merry gang of incumbent
councillors of 12 to 20 years with their outrageous spending at twice the annual rate
of inflation since 2003 for unsustainable “left leaning socialist ideologies”, the one
transit policy that has become certain for all to learn from is Future Streetcar
corridors on Toronto‟s main internal arterial roads like St Clair are a disaster and
NOT the way to go for any new transit projects.
As far back as 2006 a comprehensive study was available to the TTC and others
pertaining to the efficiency and effect of public transportation priority schemes on
public roads. Guess they missed that one!

One of the major findings was “that despite a more comprehensive approach to
measuring the benefits of bus and streetcar priority, road-space reallocation is difficult
to economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.”

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

Toronto or elsewhere should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car
use — this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transport system.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are needed to
accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads. New and upgraded roads also provide
opportunities to improve public transport and cycling in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and transport
nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within key areas
along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment centers then a large
percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city a core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time for Mandatory Voting and Internet Voting In
Toronto Elections
Perhaps it is NOT too late for the current Toronto council to get into the 21st century
and ensure that for the October 25, 2010 election residents will have the right to cast a
vote, by Internet, as is the case in Markham for advance polling dates.

However, with continued low voter turnout across Toronto, 34% in 2006, the right to
vote must be complemented with a legal duty making compulsory attendance at an
electoral booth on election days mandatory, if we are at all serious about increasing
voter turnout.

Voting should be legally declared a "civic duty" or an affirmative citizen obligation
like in Australia. Voting is another democratic obligation the people have a
requirement to do like jury duty, compulsory schooling, driver‟s licenses and paying
our taxes.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion, held by many others, that there is more wisdom in
the common sense of the people than in government. As individuals we have already
consented to laws that are more onerous, time consuming and intrusive than a
citizen‟s occasional mandatory trip to a polling station.

Failure to attend at a polling booth on election days should result not in fines or
taxes, but rather the denial of government services and benefits, such as affordable
housing, welfare, unemployment or the ability to obtain a driver‟s licenses, pass
ports and health cards.

Also compulsory voting laws have shown to be very effective in raising levels of voter
turnout, interest and participation in elections. A higher turnout would definitely
increase the legitimacy of governments with only a 30% to 40 % participation rate.

That is the case today in Toronto. It also would force the silent majority to think about
elections and the costs of unsustainable services and councils out of control spending at
twice the rate of inflation since 2003!

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate for
council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.
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Monday, March 29, 2010
A Toronto City Policy for Substance Abuse Testing
For All Employees Including Police, EMS, Fire and
TTC.
A campaign proposal by Peter CLARKE to introduce a city wide policy for substance
abuse testing for councilors and all employees including the Police, Fire, EMS and
TTC workers would take effective January 2011.

Apparently as of march 2010, according to Nadia Pazzano of the TTC their program for
alcoholic testing has not been put into effect since its passing a year and a half ago
because the TTC is still finalizing its procedures, training supervisors and communicating
the policy to staff?

Who is in control at the TTC prey tells? The union, management or our incumbent
councilors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” of the past 12 to 29 years.

Peter CLARKE proposes a random drug testing program be implemented for all
members of council, all civic employees union and non union employees alike
including the TTC and Police effective January 1st 2011 as a condition of continuing
employment with the city.

All employees should reasonably expect to be contacted for random Alcohol and/or
Controlled Substance test on any day/time during their normal scheduled shift. The
program would also be required for all people receiving welfare payments from the
city.

The purpose of this policy would be to establish the city's expectations for
appropriate behaviour, by councillors and all civic employees. Based on the TTC
program, not yet in effect, the city would immediately establish the consequences
for non-compliance and provide consistent guidelines for all employees. The city
would also provide a means for supporting our employees who might be dealing with
current or emerging drug and alcohol problems.

CLARKE believes Toronto should be committed to the health, safety and wellness of
all city employees, welfare recipients‟ and the public. Our city as the employer must
recognize and accept the responsibility to provide its employees with a safe, healthy
and productive work environment.
Peter CLARKE believes both councillors and Toronto employees have the
responsibility to report to work capable of performing their tasks productively and
safely. The use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of alcohol and medications
can have serious adverse impacts in the workplace.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
First Common Sense in 2010 or More of the
Same Community Unsustainable Borrowing,
Spending and Taxing by Incumbent Councillors of
13 Years or More?
On October 25, 2010 Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses alike
throughout Toronto with its many diverse multicultural communities, such as in
North York‟s Avondale, Willowdale, Newtonbrook and Lansing to name only a few,
have a decision to make this coming fall.

Toronto residents throughout the city in all communities will have the choice
between out of control spending, borrowing and taxing at twice the rate of inflation
on an annual basis since 2003 by re-electing a 13 year incumbent councillor OR
ELECTING Peter CLARKE and other non career politicians that have clearly defined
campaign mission platforms which are based on the peoples common sense for
affordable and sustainable core services for the community and our great city of
Toronto.

“I, Peter CLARKE am an INDEPENDENT NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any
political party, special interest groups or lobbyists. Just your average citizen
candidate for council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political
party, special interest group or lobbyist.”

Since amalgamation councillors approved budgeted spending has increased 64.28%
and the capital budget has increased a whopping 300% in 13 year.
The clear result being that councillors spending on non-priority items and
expenditures have increased taxes on average at TWICE the ANNUAL RATE of
INFLATION.

These failed budgeting policies of borrow, spend, tax and always grasping for more
taxing powers and hand outs from the province of our outgoing mayor supported by
the majority of incumbent councillors over the past 13 years or longer have proven
to be fiscally irresponsible. Time for Meaningful Change within the Community and at
City Hall by the people.

Tell me Toronto Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Business people has your
income increased 64.28% or even increased annually by twice the rate of inflation
since 2003?

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE TOGETHER. So VOTE, Do It on
October 25, 2010, You Will Like It,

THANKS Peter CLARKE!

Fact Sources: Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Star and City of Toronto

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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Toronto Council, The TTC, Management, Unions
Out of Touch With Reality With little Regard for
The Public
For the past 7 years and longer Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no
regard for prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues which has continually been 1.9% ABOVE
INFLATION RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.
If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”

With the TTC chair continually being a person with NO business experience or
expertise in corporate transportation management or qualifications for same it is
past the time that the Chair and operations for the TTC be taken out of council‟s
control.

Now we hear from Mr. Kinnear a union member of the TTC that because he or some
other representative of the TTC union was not invited to participate on the transit
commission‟s service advisory panel “his organization has some concern that this
panel may be somewhat politically motivated and we want to stay away from that.”

As of yet Kinnear who alludes to be speaking for the majority of his organizations
membership, has failed to elaborate on just what these concerns are? Lets see if the
media follows up and gets to the bottom of just what these concerns are, so we all
an be enlightened about such concerns.

He then goes on to emphatically state to his merry band of left leaning socialist
ideology media reports for all to hear and absorb that his proposed union backed and
sponsored town hall meetings will “NOT be politically motivated as they want to stay
away from that.”

It seems Mr. Kinnear and this band of media reports would like all citizens to believe
that his motives are not based on any political content whatsoever? When will they
stop thinking that Torontonians are completely stupid?

Let‟s have a report on just what his organizations concerns are as we all understand
and know what the public's concerns are with his TTC union members along with the
day to day operations of the TTC itself.

I, Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the
people‟s common sense back on Toronto council.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Happy Passover, Peaceful Good Friday and
Healthy Holiday to All Who Celebrate Same In
Their Personal or Family Ways.
With Passover (Pesach) lasting a total of eight days and Good Friday tomorrow
followed by Easter Monday many Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other People will
spend these religious, special days or just holidays with family members or close
friends.

My wife Tatiana and I will be spending these next few days with her family and
friends in Venezuela her native country, while we continue the seemingly endless
wait for her immigration papers to be finalized for Canada.

Out of respect for these and other religious celebrations there will be no new posting
to the blog on either Good Friday April 2nd or Easter Monday April 5th but I will post
on Saturday April 3rd followed by Tuesday April 6th and thereafter as usual on
Mondays to Saturdays.

So I Peter CLARKE take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy, save and
peaceful Passover, Good Friday, Easter Monday and a rest full deserved holiday over
this long weekend.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Toronto’s Future Transportation Plans must be
evaluated in the Context of Affordability and the
Community’s Willingness to Pay
Under outgoing Mayor Miller, with his supportive merry gang of incumbent
councillors of 12 to 20 years with their outrageous spending at twice the annual rate
of inflation since 2003 for unsustainable “left leaning socialist ideologies”, the one
transit policy that has become certain for all to learn from is Future Streetcar
corridors on Toronto‟s main internal arterial roads like St Clair are a disaster and
NOT the way to go for any new transit projects.

As far back as 2006 a comprehensive study was available to the TTC and others
pertaining to the efficiency and effect of public transportation priority schemes on
public roads. Guess they missed that one!
One of the major findings was “that despite a more comprehensive approach to
measuring the benefits of bus and streetcar priority, road-space reallocation is difficult
to economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.”

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

Toronto or elsewhere should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car
use — this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transport system.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are needed to
accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads. New and upgraded roads also provide
opportunities to improve public transport and cycling in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and transport
nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within key areas
along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment centers then a large
percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city a core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time for Mandatory Voting and Internet Voting In
Toronto Elections
Perhaps it is NOT too late for the current Toronto council to get into the 21st century
and ensure that for the October 25, 2010 election residents will have the right to cast a
vote, by Internet, as is the case in Markham for advance polling dates.

However, with continued low voter turnout across Toronto, 34% in 2006, the right to
vote must be complemented with a legal duty making compulsory attendance at an
electoral booth on election days mandatory, if we are at all serious about increasing
voter turnout.

Voting should be legally declared a "civic duty" or an affirmative citizen obligation
like in Australia. Voting is another democratic obligation the people have a
requirement to do like jury duty, compulsory schooling, driver‟s licenses and paying
our taxes.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion, held by many others, that there is more wisdom in
the common sense of the people than in government. As individuals we have already
consented to laws that are more onerous, time consuming and intrusive than a
citizen‟s occasional mandatory trip to a polling station.

Failure to attend at a polling booth on election days should result not in fines or
taxes, but rather the denial of government services and benefits, such as affordable
housing, welfare, unemployment or the ability to obtain a driver‟s licenses, pass
ports and health cards.

Also compulsory voting laws have shown to be very effective in raising levels of voter
turnout, interest and participation in elections. A higher turnout would definitely
increase the legitimacy of governments with only a 30% to 40 % participation rate.

That is the case today in Toronto. It also would force the silent majority to think about
elections and the costs of unsustainable services and councils out of control spending at
twice the rate of inflation since 2003!

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate for
council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Monday, March 29, 2010
A Toronto City Policy for Substance Abuse Testing
For All Employees Including Police, EMS, Fire and
TTC.
A campaign proposal by Peter CLARKE to introduce a city wide policy for substance
abuse testing for councilors and all employees including the Police, Fire, EMS and
TTC workers would take effective January 2011.

Apparently as of march 2010, according to Nadia Pazzano of the TTC their program for
alcoholic testing has not been put into effect since its passing a year and a half ago
because the TTC is still finalizing its procedures, training supervisors and communicating
the policy to staff?

Who is in control at the TTC prey tells? The union, management or our incumbent
councilors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” of the past 12 to 29 years.

Peter CLARKE proposes a random drug testing program be implemented for all
members of council, all civic employees union and non union employees alike
including the TTC and Police effective January 1st 2011 as a condition of continuing
employment with the city.

All employees should reasonably expect to be contacted for random Alcohol and/or
Controlled Substance test on any day/time during their normal scheduled shift. The
program would also be required for all people receiving welfare payments from the
city.

The purpose of this policy would be to establish the city's expectations for
appropriate behaviour, by councillors and all civic employees. Based on the TTC
program, not yet in effect, the city would immediately establish the consequences
for non-compliance and provide consistent guidelines for all employees. The city
would also provide a means for supporting our employees who might be dealing with
current or emerging drug and alcohol problems.

CLARKE believes Toronto should be committed to the health, safety and wellness of
all city employees, welfare recipients‟ and the public. Our city as the employer must
recognize and accept the responsibility to provide its employees with a safe, healthy
and productive work environment.

Peter CLARKE believes both councillors and Toronto employees have the
responsibility to report to work capable of performing their tasks productively and
safely. The use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of alcohol and medications
can have serious adverse impacts in the workplace.
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Saturday, March 27, 2010
A Calibrated Version of What is “UN-CANADIAN “
Career politicians of 12 to 25 years who continue voting for unsustainable left leaning
socialist ideologies which have saddled this generation of young people and their future
children with unnecessary long term debts.

Career politicians who continually take no individual responsibility or fiscal responsibility
and represent party policies in place those of the people who voted them into office.

Career politicians who spend taxpayer‟s money as if it were their own and without
taking any responsibility for their failures in fiscal matters yet continue to seek re-
election year after year.

Career politicians who personally misuse our tax dollars for their personal use during
election campaigns and do not pay their fare share of taxes.

Political party policies that have divided Canada and pit brother against sister not for
the best interest of the people but solely for the self serving interest of a political party.

Unelected and unaccountable special interest groups and lobbyists that direct and
influence policies from behind closed door meetings and dealings with career politicians
who put political party ideologies ahead of the voters who elected them.

The unelected voice of the news media‟s that sometimes reports biased and slanted
articles by columnists and journalists in support of their personal political party policies
and fail to remain neutral on issues as that profession should demand of them.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that Canadians in every Province have had it with
these daily and calibrated UN-Canadian activities that go on in Toronto, Ottawa and
in each province and city across Canada by career politicians at all levels of
government.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Toronto Council, The TTC, Management, Unions
Out of Touch With Reality With little Regard for
The Public
For the past 7 years and longer Toronto's incumbent career councilors have had no
regard for prudence when it came to spending our tax dollars.

Their outrageous practice of increasing spending at an average rate of 5.21%
annually since 2003 over revenues which has continually been 1.9% ABOVE
INFLATION RATES MUST COME TO AN END IN 2010.

This has siphoned over $22 MILLION Dollars from Renters, Condo and Homeowners
and Businesses alike for each 2% increase in tax rates since 2003.

If councillors had lived within the rate of inflation, as the outgoing Mayor and his
merry gang of councilors promised, Renters, Condo and Homeowners and Businesses
all would have had this money in their pockets to create more jobs for Torontonians.

I, Peter CLARKE agree with the common sense position of the people that “this same
old process of borrowing, spending and taxing year after year must end in 2010.”

With the TTC chair continually being a person with NO business experience or
expertise in corporate transportation management or qualifications for same it is
past the time that the Chair and operations for the TTC be taken out of council‟s
control.

Now we hear from Mr. Kinnear a union member of the TTC that because he or some
other representative of the TTC union was not invited to participate on the transit
commission‟s service advisory panel “his organization has some concern that this
panel may be somewhat politically motivated and we want to stay away from that.”

As of yet Kinnear who alludes to be speaking for the majority of his organizations
membership, has failed to elaborate on just what these concerns are? Lets see if the
media follows up and gets to the bottom of just what these concerns are, so we all
an be enlightened about such concerns.

He then goes on to emphatically state to his merry band of left leaning socialist
ideology media reports for all to hear and absorb that his proposed union backed and
sponsored town hall meetings will “NOT be politically motivated as they want to stay
away from that.”

It seems Mr. Kinnear and this band of media reports would like all citizens to believe
that his motives are not based on any political content whatsoever? When will they
stop thinking that Torontonians are completely stupid?

Let‟s have a report on just what his organizations concerns are as we all understand
and know what the public's concerns are with his TTC union members along with the
day to day operations of the TTC itself.

I, Peter CLARKE strongly believe that TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the
community‟s common sense people‟s common sense back on Toronto council.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Happy Passover, Peaceful Good Friday and
Healthy Holiday to All Who Celebrate Same In
Their Personal or Family Ways.
With Passover (Pesach) lasting a total of eight days and Good Friday tomorrow
followed by Easter Monday many Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other People will
spend these religious, special days or just holidays with family members or close
friends.

My wife Tatiana and I will be spending these next few days with her family and
friends in Venezuela her native country, while we continue the seemingly endless
wait for her immigration papers to be finalized for Canada.
Out of respect for these and other religious celebrations there will be no new posting
to the blog on either Good Friday April 2nd or Easter Monday April 5th but I will post
on Saturday April 3rd followed by Tuesday April 6th and thereafter as usual on
Mondays to Saturdays.

So I Peter CLARKE take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy, save and
peaceful Passover, Good Friday, Easter Monday and a rest full deserved holiday over
this long weekend.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Toronto’s Future Transportation Plans must be
evaluated in the Context of Affordability and the
Community’s Willingness to Pay
Under outgoing Mayor Miller, with his supportive merry gang of incumbent
councillors of 12 to 20 years with their outrageous spending at twice the annual rate
of inflation since 2003 for unsustainable “left leaning socialist ideologies”, the one
transit policy that has become certain for all to learn from is Future Streetcar
corridors on Toronto‟s main internal arterial roads like St Clair are a disaster and
NOT the way to go for any new transit projects.

As far back as 2006 a comprehensive study was available to the TTC and others
pertaining to the efficiency and effect of public transportation priority schemes on
public roads. Guess they missed that one!

One of the major findings was “that despite a more comprehensive approach to
measuring the benefits of bus and streetcar priority, road-space reallocation is difficult
to economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.”

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

Toronto or elsewhere should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car
use — this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transport system.
Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are needed to
accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads. New and upgraded roads also provide
opportunities to improve public transport and cycling in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaws in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and transport
nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within key areas
along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment centers then a large
percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city a core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time for Mandatory Voting and Internet Voting In
Toronto Elections
Perhaps it is NOT too late for the current Toronto council to get into the 21st century
and ensure that for the October 25, 2010 election residents will have the right to cast a
vote, by Internet, as is the case in Markham for advance polling dates.

However, with continued low voter turnout across Toronto, 34% in 2006, the right to
vote must be complemented with a legal duty making compulsory attendance at an
electoral booth on election days mandatory, if we are at all serious about increasing
voter turnout.

Voting should be legally declared a "civic duty" or an affirmative citizen obligation
like in Australia. Voting is another democratic obligation the people have a
requirement to do like jury duty, compulsory schooling, driver‟s licenses and paying
our taxes.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion, held by many others, that there is more wisdom in
the common sense of the people than in government. As individuals we have already
consented to laws that are more onerous, time consuming and intrusive than a
citizen‟s occasional mandatory trip to a polling station.

Failure to attend at a polling booth on election days should result not in fines or
taxes, but rather the denial of government services and benefits, such as affordable
housing, welfare, unemployment or the ability to obtain a driver‟s licenses, pass
ports and health cards.

Also compulsory voting laws have shown to be very effective in raising levels of voter
turnout, interest and participation in elections. A higher turnout would definitely
increase the legitimacy of governments with only a 30% to 40 % participation rate.

That is the case today in Toronto. It also would force the silent majority to think about
elections and the costs of unsustainable services and councils out of control spending at
twice the rate of inflation since 2003!

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate for
council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Monday, March 29, 2010
A Toronto City Policy for Substance Abuse Testing
For All Employees Including Police, EMS, Fire and
TTC.
A campaign proposal by Peter CLARKE to introduce a city wide policy for substance
abuse testing for councilors and all employees including the Police, Fire, EMS and
TTC workers would take effective January 2011.

Apparently as of march 2010, according to Nadia Pazzano of the TTC their program for
alcoholic testing has not been put into effect since its passing a year and a half ago
because the TTC is still finalizing its procedures, training supervisors and communicating
the policy to staff?
Who is in control at the TTC prey tells? The union, management or our incumbent
councilors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” of the past 12 to 29 years.

Peter CLARKE proposes a random drug testing program be implemented for all
members of council, all civic employees union and non union employees alike
including the TTC and Police effective January 1st 2011 as a condition of continuing
employment with the city.

All employees should reasonably expect to be contacted for random Alcohol and/or
Controlled Substance test on any day/time during their normal scheduled shift. The
program would also be required for all people receiving welfare payments from the
city.

The purpose of this policy would be to establish the city's expectations for
appropriate behaviour, by councillors and all civic employees. Based on the TTC
program, not yet in effect, the city would immediately establish the consequences
for non-compliance and provide consistent guidelines for all employees. The city
would also provide a means for supporting our employees who might be dealing with
current or emerging drug and alcohol problems.

CLARKE believes Toronto should be committed to the health, safety and wellness of
all city employees, welfare recipients‟ and the public. Our city as the employer must
recognize and accept the responsibility to provide its employees with a safe, healthy
and productive work environment.

Peter CLARKE believes both councillors and Toronto employees have the
responsibility to report to work capable of performing their tasks productively and
safely. The use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of alcohol and medications
can have serious adverse impacts in the workplace.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010
A Calibrated Version of What is “UN-CANADIAN “
Career politicians of 12 to 25 years who continue voting for unsustainable left leaning
socialist ideologies which have saddled this generation of young people and their future
children with unnecessary long term debts.

Career politicians who continually take no individual responsibility or fiscal responsibility
and represent party policies in place those of the people who voted them into office.
Career politicians who spend taxpayer‟s money as if it were their own and without
taking any responsibility for their failures in fiscal matters yet continue to seek re-
election year after year.

Career politicians who personally misuse our tax dollars for their personal use during
election campaigns and do not pay their fare share of taxes.

Political party policies that have divided Canada and pit brother against sister not for
the best interest of the people but solely for the self serving interest of a political party.

Unelected and unaccountable special interest groups and lobbyists that direct and
influence policies from behind closed door meetings and dealings with career politicians
who put political party ideologies ahead of the voters who elected them.

The unelected voice of the news media‟s that sometimes reports biased and slanted
articles by columnists and journalists in support of their personal political party policies
and fail to remain neutral on issues as that profession should demand of them.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that Canadians in every Province have had it with
these daily and calibrated UN-Canadian activities that go on in Toronto, Ottawa and
in each province and city across Canada by career politicians at all levels of
government.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Spreading Toronto’s $1.9 Billion Dollars of Debt
From 10 to 35 Years and Depleting Reserve
Funds Is Not Fiscally Responsible.
Peter CLARKE proposes a consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups
within the city to consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public
service workers as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal
problems.

Peter CLARKE proposes a CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS,
BUDGETS and TAXES to the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE proposes ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and
programs COMMENCING with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes a salary reduction of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of
expense accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each
year thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE estimates this interim salary cut would immediately save the taxpayers over
$6 MILLION DOLLARDS per year and over $27 MILLION DOLLARS over the 4 year term
of office.

Peter CLARKE proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers from bidding on city contracts for outsourced
services and work is Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It
must be stopped and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness,
transparency, accountability and cost efficiency.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the 22 Provincial boundary
riding's for Toronto and be in place for the 2014 municipal election would be more
productive, functional and manageable than the 44 existing council members of the
past 12 years.

Clarke estimates this reduction from 44 councillors to 22 would save taxpayers
$245,764,438 MILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers over the current 4 year term of
office.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special interest group or
lobbyist.

If you wish to help keep the dream alive please DONATE to ensuring that on October
25, 2010 Voters in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke
elect a NEW slate of common sense councilors for our metro council.
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Happy Passover, Peaceful Good Friday and
Healthy Holiday to All Who Celebrate Same In
Their Personal or Family Ways.
With Passover (Pesach) lasting a total of eight days and Good Friday tomorrow
followed by Easter Monday many Jewish, Christian, Muslim and other People will
spend these religious, special days or just holidays with family members or close
friends.

My wife Tatiana and I will be spending these next few days with her family and
friends in Venezuela her native country, while we continue the seemingly endless
wait for her immigration papers to be finalized for Canada.

Out of respect for these and other religious celebrations there will be no new posting
to the blog on either Good Friday April 2nd or Easter Monday April 5th but I will post
on Saturday April 3rd followed by Tuesday April 6th and thereafter as usual on
Mondays to Saturdays.

So I Peter CLARKE take this opportunity to wish everyone a healthy, save and
peaceful Passover, Good Friday, Easter Monday and a rest full deserved holiday over
this long weekend.
Posted by peter clarke for Metro Council 2010 at 4/01/2010 06:40:00 AM
Labels: Toronto Politics 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Toronto’s Future Transportation Plans must be
evaluated in the Context of Affordability and the
Community’s Willingness to Pay
Under outgoing Mayor Miller, with his supportive merry gang of incumbent
councillors of 12 to 20 years with their outrageous spending at twice the annual rate
of inflation since 2003 for unsustainable “left leaning socialist ideologies”, the one
transit policy that has become certain for all to learn from is Future Streetcar
corridors on Toronto‟s main internal arterial roads like St Clair are a disaster and
NOT the way to go for any new transit projects.

As far back as 2006 a comprehensive study was available to the TTC and others
pertaining to the efficiency and effect of public transportation priority schemes on
public roads. Guess they missed that one!



One of the major findings was “that despite a more comprehensive approach to
measuring the benefits of bus and streetcar priority, road-space reallocation is difficult
to economically justify in road networks where public transport usage is low and car
usage high.”

Peter CLARKE believes that any long term transportation plan for Toronto must
recognize that while improvements to public transport, walking and cycling
opportunities are crucial, their cost must be evaluated in the context of affordability
and the community‟s willingness to pay.

Toronto or elsewhere should not continue to propose Draconian measures to restrict car
use — this has and will continue to adversely affect the levels of access and equity
provided by Toronto‟s existing or expanded transport system.

Nor should Toronto propose to limit future road capacity where new roads are needed to
accommodate growth. Growing areas need roads. New and upgraded roads also provide
opportunities to improve public transport and cycling in these areas.

Remember the restrictive height bylaw s in Toronto city core and the disaster that
proved to be over time?

When Toronto is developed with higher densities around centers of activity and transport
nodes and supports increased high-density residential developments within key areas
along existing transport corridors in close proximity to employment centers then a large
percentage of Toronto‟s growth will be met.

Further through these sustainable modes in the city a core they will ensure that a
substantial percentage of growth in travel demand would be met that encourages
greater use of walking, cycling and public transportation.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time for Mandatory Voting In Toronto
Perhaps it is NOT too late for the current Toronto council to get into the 21st century
and ensure that for the October 25, 2010 election residents will have the right to cast a
vote, by internet, as is the case in Markham for advance polling dates.

However, with continued low voter turnout across Toronto, 34% in 2006, the right to
vote must be complemented with a legal duty making compulsory attendance at an
electoral booth on election days mandatory, if we are at all serious about increasing
voter turnout.

Voting should be legally declared a "civic duty" or an affirmative citizen obligation
like in Australia. Voting is another democratic obligation the people have a
requirement to do like jury duty, compulsory schooling, driver‟s licenses and paying
our taxes.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion, held by many others, that there is more wisdom in
the common sense of the people than in government. As individuals we have already
consented to laws that are more onerous, time consuming and intrusive than a
citizen‟s occasional mandatory trip to a polling station.

Failure to attend at a polling booth on election days should result not in fines or
taxes, but rather the denial of government services and benefits, such as affordable
housing, welfare, unemployment or the ability to obtain a driver‟s licenses, pass
ports and health cards.

Also compulsory voting laws have shown to be very effective in raising levels of voter
turnout, interest and participation in elections. A higher turnout would definitely
increase the legitimacy of governments with only a 30% to 40 % participation rate.

That is the case today in Toronto. It also would force the silent majority to think about
elections and the costs of unsustainable services and councils out of control spending at
twice the rate of inflation since 2003!

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate for
council and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Monday, March 29, 2010
A Toronto City Policy for Substance Abuse Testing
For All Employees Including Police, EMS, Fire and
TTC.
A campaign proposal by Peter CLARKE to introduce a city wide policy for substance
abuse testing for councilors and all employees including the Police, Fire, EMS and
TTC workers would take effective January 2011.
Apparently as of march 2010, according to Nadia Pazzano of the TTC their program for
alcoholic testing has not been put into effect since its passing a year and a half ago
because the TTC is still finalizing its procedures, training supervisors and communicating
the policy to staff?

Who is in control at the TTC prey tells? The union, management or our incumbent
councilors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” of the past 12 to 29 years.

Peter CLARKE proposes a random drug testing program be implemented for all
members of council, all civic employees union and non union employees alike
including the TTC and Police effective January 1st 2011 as a condition of continuing
employment with the city.

All employees should reasonably expect to be contacted for random Alcohol and/or
Controlled Substance test on any day/time during their normal scheduled shift. The
program would also be required for all people receiving welfare payments from the
city.

The purpose of this policy would be to establish the city's expectations for
appropriate behaviour, by councillors and all civic employees. Based on the TTC
program, not yet in effect, the city would immediately establish the consequences
for non-compliance and provide consistent guidelines for all employees. The city
would also provide a means for supporting our employees who might be dealing with
current or emerging drug and alcohol problems.

CLARKE believes Toronto should be committed to the health, safety and wellness of
all city employees, welfare recipients‟ and the public. Our city as the employer must
recognize and accept the responsibility to provide its employees with a safe, healthy
and productive work environment.

Peter CLARKE believes both councillors and Toronto employees have the
responsibility to report to work capable of performing their tasks productively and
safely. The use of illegal drugs and the inappropriate use of alcohol and medications
can have serious adverse impacts in the workplace.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010
A Calibrated Version of What is “UN-CANADIAN “
Career politicians of 12 to 25 years who continue voting for unsustainable left leaning
socialist ideologies which have saddled this generation of young people and their future
children with unnecessary long term debts.

Career politicians who continually take no individual responsibility or fiscal responsibility
and represent party policies in place those of the people who voted them into office.

Career politicians who spend taxpayer‟s money as if it were their own and without
taking any responsibility for their failures in fiscal matters yet continue to seek re-
election year after year.

Career politicians who personally misuse our tax dollars for their personal use during
election campaigns and do not pay their fare share of taxes.

Political party policies that have divided Canada and pit brother against sister not for
the best interest of the people but solely for the self serving interest of a political party.

Unelected and unaccountable special interest groups and lobbyists that direct and
influence policies from behind closed door meetings and dealings with career politicians
who put political party ideologies ahead of the voters who elected them.

The unelected voice of the news media‟s that sometimes reports biased and slanted
articles by columnists and journalists in support of their personal political party policies
and fail to remain neutral on issues as that profession should demand of them.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that Canadians in every Province have had it with
these daily and calibrated UN-Canadian activities that go on in Toronto, Ottawa and
in each province and city across Canada by career politicians at all levels of
government.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Spreading Toronto’s $1.9 Billion Dollars of Debt
From 10 to 35 Years and Depleting Reserve
Funds Is Not Fiscally Responsible.
Peter CLARKE proposes a consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups
within the city to consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public
service workers as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal
problems.

Peter CLARKE proposes a CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS,
BUDGETS and TAXES to the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE proposes ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and
programs COMMENCING with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes a salary reduction of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of
expense accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each
year thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE estimates this interim salary cut would immediately save the taxpayers over
$6 MILLION DOLLARDS per year and over $27 MILLION DOLLARS over the 4 year term
of office.

Peter CLARKE proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers from bidding on city contracts for outsourced
services and work is Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It
must be stopped and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness,
transparency, accountability and cost efficiency.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the 22 Provincial boundary
riding's for Toronto and be in place for the 2014 municipal election would be more
productive, functional and manageable than the 44 existing council members of the
past 12 years.

Clarke estimates this reduction from 44 councillors to 22 would save taxpayers
$245,764,438 MILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers over the current 4 year term of
office.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special interest group or
lobbyist.

If you wish to help keep the dream alive please DONATE to ensuring that on October
25, 2010 Voters in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke
elect a NEW slate of common sense councilors for our metro council.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Toronto’s Police Board Considering Fencing Law
Abiding Citizens’ Rights for Law Breakers.
Apparently in 2007 the Toronto Police or PSB agreed to a three year human rights and
anti-racism project for policing activities.

Now the Provinces appointed chair of the Police Services Board Mr. Alok Mukherjee not
satisfied with the rights of Sikh RCMP officers to wear the ceremonial head gear, now
wants our Police Chief Bill Blair to draft procedures to “formalize procedures that
protect human rights and ensure reasonable accommodation within and by the force.”

He further wants procedures that will spell out how to deal with requests for
accommodation. His argument such as the rights of those charged with an offense to be
permitted to bring a Sikh ceremonial dagger into a courtroom? How should religious
dietary restrictions be handled for someone in custody? Can a witness demand to be
interviewed by a different officer?

We already have an Ontario human Rights Code, which the Province has mandated by
law that Toronto‟s Police must adhere to, yet Mr. Mukherjee as chair of the Toronto
PSB wants to establish duplication and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations of rules
and procedures in Policing that CREATE a BARRIER to the existing rule of law.

We need more common sense, NOT MORE DUPLICATION of POLICIES or Codes.

Peter CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Help keep the dream alive through your DONATIONS to ensuring that on October 25,
2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense councilors.

THANKS.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How Many Toronto Councillors Do the People
Need 44 or 22? The Ontario Legislature Requires
Only 22 MPP To Represent Toronto. Can We
Continue to Afford 44?
Since amalgamation back in 1998 Toronto has had 44 metro councillors. This is 22
politicians more than our counter parts in the provincial legislature require to represent
the interest of the people within Toronto.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the provincial ward
boundaries would be far more productive, functional and manageable than the
existing 44 members of city‟s council for the past 12 years.

The savings to Toronto‟s taxpayers in salaries and benefits would be in excess of
$200 MILLION DOLLARS over their current 4 year term. This figure does not include
other freebies and goodies the people fund out of tax dollars.

CLARKE has also proposed that a ZERO BASED BUDGETING process be implemented
for all departments and services by the new council for the city‟s 2011 budgets.

Peter CLARKE strongly believes that councillors have to manage city hall NOT be led
by city hall and these are the types of spending cuts the people are looking for from
a new common sense councillor in 2010.

PETER CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Please donate and keep the dream alive and THANKS.....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Relationship for The People Starts With
New Metro Toronto Council Members Come
October 25, 2010.
Peter CLARKE has the enthusiasm, energy of passion, determination all with the
common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers will put his name forwarded to the
voters for a seat on Toronto‟s Metro Council from one of the city‟s North York wards.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER CLARKE is your average citizen
candidate and answerable only to the people and NOT any political party, special
interest groups or lobbyists.

Peter CLARKE agrees with the voters that incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have
failed the people of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke by
their mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in by double the
average annual rate of inflation since 2003. Their answer has solely been to increase
taxes on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

PETER CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.

Let‟s all remember Toronto is Our City, Your Vote, Our Future and Together that will
lead to your victory on October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Toronto’s City Employees, TTC and Police Salaries
All Continue To Grow Out of Control, Thanks To
Incumbent Councillors.
Toronto‟s city wages increased 19% between 2000 and 2004 alone, while the inflation
rate on average was only 2.4%! Annual spending over revenues continues to increase at a
rate of 5.21%, which is above the average inflation rate by 1.9%.

Incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have failed the people of this city by their
mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in and then increase taxes
on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

These councillors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” being driven by the
outgoing mayor who is in the pocket of the unions have shown by their budgets that
they remain opposed to exploring ways to reduce costs. Councillors have left its
residents with an accumulated debt today of close to $2 BILLION DOLLARS and now
propose to pass it on to our children over the next 35 years!

Let‟s take the recent practices of the Police Board when they said „nay‟ when asked to
disclose the cost of their horses? The people have the legal right to know what services
are costing including all services of the Police department and TTC etc.

Police employee demands of $65. per hour to our business and construction work sites is
outrageous. A maximum of $40 per hour for such services would be more than adequate
and reasonable.

Such costs do affect our economy and people of Toronto through increased prices in the
condo housing market and rental markets. These fees of $65. per hour for off duty
officers should have been greatly reduced and stopped by incumbent councillors.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Toronto Police Board with its political oversight
by council and its operations to be taken completely out of the hands of metro
council.

Consideration might even be given to the amalgamation of this force with either the
OPP or the RCMP. The OPP already have a presence here in the city at the Provincial
legislature and further work with other agencies, including the Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce highway safety and
conservation regulations.

Since they are responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in
areas lacking local police forces and soon Toronto will not be in the financial position to
pay for a separate police force an amalgamation of the city‟s police force into the OPP
force might have more positive than negative results

Also this way Toronto could upload these costs to the Province and Federal
governments where they belong.

Do we really require a duplication of police forces at today‟s costs solely on the
homeowners, renters and business only within our city?

CLARKE, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, March 27, 2010
A Calibrated Version of What is “UN-CANADIAN “
Career politicians of 12 to 25 years who continue voting for unsustainable left leaning
socialist ideologies which have saddled this generation of young people and their future
children with unnecessary long term debts.

Career politicians who continually take no individual responsibility or fiscal responsibility
and represent party policies in place those of the people who voted them into office.

Career politicians who spend taxpayer‟s money as if it were their own and without
taking any responsibility for their failures in fiscal matters yet continue to seek re-
election year after year.

Career politicians who personally misuse our tax dollars for their personal use during
election campaigns and do not pay their fare share of taxes.

Political party policies that have divided Canada and pit brother against sister not for
the best interest of the people but solely for the self serving interest of a political party.

Unelected and unaccountable special interest groups and lobbyists that direct and
influence policies from behind closed door meetings and dealings with career politicians
who put political party ideologies ahead of the voters who elected them.

The unelected voice of the news media‟s that sometimes reports biased and slanted
articles by columnists and journalists in support of their personal political party policies
and fail to remain neutral on issues as that profession should demand of them.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that Canadians in every Province have had it with
these daily and calibrated UN-Canadian activities that go on in Toronto, Ottawa and
in each province and city across Canada by career politicians at all levels of
government.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and once elected answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special
interest group or lobbyist.

TORONTO is OUR CITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR FUTURE and TOGETHER leads to your
victory on October 25, 2010 by restoring the people‟s common sense back on
Toronto council.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Spreading Toronto’s $1.9 Billion Dollars of Debt
From 10 to 35 Years and Depleting Reserve
Funds Is Not Fiscally Responsible.
Peter CLARKE proposes a consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups
within the city to consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public
service workers as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal
problems.

Peter CLARKE proposes a CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS,
BUDGETS and TAXES to the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE proposes ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and
programs COMMENCING with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes a salary reduction of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of
expense accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each
year thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE estimates this interim salary cut would immediately save the taxpayers over
$6 MILLION DOLLARDS per year and over $27 MILLION DOLLARS over the 4 year term
of office.

Peter CLARKE proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers from bidding on city contracts for outsourced
services and work is Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It
must be stopped and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness,
transparency, accountability and cost efficiency.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the 22 Provincial boundary
riding's for Toronto and be in place for the 2014 municipal election would be more
productive, functional and manageable than the 44 existing council members of the
past 12 years.

Clarke estimates this reduction from 44 councillors to 22 would save taxpayers
$245,764,438 MILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers over the current 4 year term of
office.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special interest group or
lobbyist.

If you wish to help keep the dream alive please DONATE to ensuring that on October
25, 2010 Voters in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke
elect a NEW slate of common sense councilors for our metro council.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Toronto’s Police Board Considering Fencing Law
Abiding Citizens’ Rights for Law Breakers.
Apparently in 2007 the Toronto Police or PSB agreed to a three year human rights and
anti-racism project for policing activities.

Now the Provinces appointed chair of the Police Services Board Mr. Alok Mukherjee not
satisfied with the rights of Sikh RCMP officers to wear the ceremonial head gear, now
wants our Police Chief Bill Blair to draft procedures to “formalize procedures that
protect human rights and ensure reasonable accommodation within and by the force.”

He further wants procedures that will spell out how to deal with requests for
accommodation. His argument such as the rights of those charged with an offense to be
permitted to bring a Sikh ceremonial dagger into a courtroom? How should religious
dietary restrictions be handled for someone in custody? Can a witness demand to be
interviewed by a different officer?

We already have an Ontario human Rights Code, which the Province has mandated by
law that Toronto‟s Police must adhere to, yet Mr. Mukherjee as chair of the Toronto
PSB wants to establish duplication and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations of rules
and procedures in Policing that CREATE a BARRIER to the existing rule of law.

We need more common sense, NOT MORE DUPLICATION of POLICIES or Codes.

Peter CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Help keep the dream alive through your DONATIONS to ensuring that on October 25,
2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense councilors.

THANKS.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How Many Toronto Councillors Do the People
Need 44 or 22? The Ontario Legislature Requires
Only 22 MPP To Represent Toronto. Can We
Continue to Afford 44?
Since amalgamation back in 1998 Toronto has had 44 metro councillors. This is 22
politicians more than our counter parts in the provincial legislature require to represent
the interest of the people within Toronto.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the provincial ward
boundaries would be far more productive, functional and manageable than the
existing 44 members of city‟s council for the past 12 years.

The savings to Toronto‟s taxpayers in salaries and benefits would be in excess of
$200 MILLION DOLLARS over their current 4 year term. This figure does not include
other freebies and goodies the people fund out of tax dollars.

CLARKE has also proposed that a ZERO BASED BUDGETING process be implemented
for all departments and services by the new council for the city‟s 2011 budgets.

Peter CLARKE strongly believes that councillors have to manage city hall NOT be led
by city hall and these are the types of spending cuts the people are looking for from
a new common sense councillor in 2010.

PETER CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Please donate and keep the dream alive and THANKS.....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Relationship for The People Starts With
New Metro Toronto Council Members Come
October 25, 2010.
Peter CLARKE has the enthusiasm, energy of passion, determination all with the
common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers will put his name forwarded to the
voters for a seat on Toronto‟s Metro Council from one of the city‟s North York wards.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER CLARKE is your average citizen
candidate and answerable only to the people and NOT any political party, special
interest groups or lobbyists.

Peter CLARKE agrees with the voters that incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have
failed the people of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke by
their mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in by double the
average annual rate of inflation since 2003. Their answer has solely been to increase
taxes on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.
PETER CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.

Let‟s all remember Toronto is Our City, Your Vote, Our Future and Together that will
lead to your victory on October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Toronto’s City Employees, TTC and Police Salaries
All Continue To Grow Out of Control, Thanks To
Incumbent Councillors.
Toronto‟s city wages increased 19% between 2000 and 2004 alone, while the inflation
rate on average was only 2.4%! Annual spending over revenues continues to increase at a
rate of 5.21%, which is above the average inflation rate by 1.9%.

Incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have failed the people of this city by their
mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in and then increase taxes
on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

These councillors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” being driven by the
outgoing mayor who is in the pocket of the unions have shown by their budgets that
they remain opposed to exploring ways to reduce costs. Councillors have left its
residents with an accumulated debt today of close to $2 BILLION DOLLARS and now
propose to pass it on to our children over the next 35 years!

Let‟s take the recent practices of the Police Board when they said „nay‟ when asked to
disclose the cost of their horses? The people have the legal right to know what services
are costing including all services of the Police department and TTC etc.

Police employee demands of $65. per hour to our business and construction work sites is
outrageous. A maximum of $40 per hour for such services would be more than adequate
and reasonable.
Such costs do affect our economy and people of Toronto through increased prices in the
condo housing market and rental markets. These fees of $65. per hour for off duty
officers should have been greatly reduced and stopped by incumbent councillors.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Toronto Police Board with its political oversight
by council and its operations to be taken completely out of the hands of metro
council.

Consideration might even be given to the amalgamation of this force with either the
OPP or the RCMP. The OPP already have a presence here in the city at the Provincial
legislature and further work with other agencies, including the Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce highway safety and
conservation regulations.

Since they are responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in
areas lacking local police forces and soon Toronto will not be in the financial position to
pay for a separate police force an amalgamation of the city‟s police force into the OPP
force might have more positive than negative results

Also this way Toronto could upload these costs to the Province and Federal
governments where they belong.

Do we really require a duplication of police forces at today‟s costs solely on the
homeowners, renters and business only within our city?

CLARKE, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Peter CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined
Believes Together Anything Is Possible and The
Future Is Ours. Peter’s Partial Mission Platform
Engulfs the Common Sense of the People.
Good morning Toronto together let‟s keep the dreams alive! I do not have, nor when
elected would I take $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the incumbent councillors
do to keep themselves in office. But I do have the common sense and advice and
support of the taxpayers.

Peter greatly appreciates your donations, all which come with a receipt for tax
purposes. To WIN this election for CHANGE in Restoring the people‟s common sense,
please continue with your ideas, comments, solutions and donations. Just click on the
donate image and again THANKS.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010. Please keep up the great work for all new Candidates.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.


Peter CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.


Peters Partial Mission Platform to Date.

Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year thereafter be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE proposes that Toronto's budget process be on an annual ZERO BASED
BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE, proposes a CAP for ALL Departments on SPENDING, BUDGETS,
PROGRAMS and TAXES at the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.
CLARKE, believes that Metro and the Province seriously consider reducing the size of
our council in time for the 2014 municipal election or before. The reduction would
be from 44 to 22 and would fall in line with the provincial boundary riding's for
Toronto.

Such a reduction would produce a more productive if not manageable council. Not to
mention the enormous cost savings to the taxpayers. More on this to follow.

Peter CLARKE, proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It must be stopped
and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness, transparency, accountability
and cost efficiency.

This discriminatory political decision by incumbent councillors has burdened taxpayers
with unnecessarily high wages. Union only contracts have results such as $17.45 an hour
for cutting grass in public parks as opposed to non union workers at $10.00 per hour or
lower.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Spreading Toronto’s $1.9 Billion Dollars of Debt
From 10 to 35 Years and Depleting Reserve
Funds Is Not Fiscally Responsible.
Peter CLARKE proposes a consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups
within the city to consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public
service workers as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal
problems.
Peter CLARKE proposes a CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS,
BUDGETS and TAXES to the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE proposes ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and
programs COMMENCING with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes a salary reduction of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of
expense accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each
year thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE estimates this interim salary cut would immediately save the taxpayers over
$6 MILLION DOLLARDS per year and over $27 MILLION DOLLARS over the 4 year term
of office.

Peter CLARKE proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers from bidding on city contracts for outsourced
services and work is Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It
must be stopped and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness,
transparency, accountability and cost efficiency.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the 22 Provincial boundary
riding's for Toronto and be in place for the 2014 municipal election would be more
productive, functional and manageable than the 44 existing council members of the
past 12 years.

Clarke estimates this reduction from 44 councillors to 22 would save taxpayers
$245,764,438 MILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers over the current 4 year term of
office.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special interest group or
lobbyist.

If you wish to help keep the dream alive please DONATE to ensuring that on October
25, 2010 Voters in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke
elect a NEW slate of common sense councilors for our metro council.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Toronto’s Police Board Considering Fencing Law
Abiding Citizens’ Rights for Law Breakers.
Apparently in 2007 the Toronto Police or PSB agreed to a three year human rights and
anti-racism project for policing activities.

Now the Provinces appointed chair of the Police Services Board Mr. Alok Mukherjee not
satisfied with the rights of Sikh RCMP officers to wear the ceremonial head gear, now
wants our Police Chief Bill Blair to draft procedures to “formalize procedures that
protect human rights and ensure reasonable accommodation within and by the force.”

He further wants procedures that will spell out how to deal with requests for
accommodation. His argument such as the rights of those charged with an offense to be
permitted to bring a Sikh ceremonial dagger into a courtroom? How should religious
dietary restrictions be handled for someone in custody? Can a witness demand to be
interviewed by a different officer?

We already have an Ontario human Rights Code, which the Province has mandated by
law that Toronto‟s Police must adhere to, yet Mr. Mukherjee as chair of the Toronto
PSB wants to establish duplication and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations of rules
and procedures in Policing that CREATE a BARRIER to the existing rule of law.

We need more common sense, NOT MORE DUPLICATION of POLICIES or Codes.

Peter CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Help keep the dream alive through your DONATIONS to ensuring that on October 25,
2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense councilors.

THANKS.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How Many Toronto Councillors Do the People
Need 44 or 22? The Ontario Legislature Requires
Only 22 MPP To Represent Toronto. Can We
Continue to Afford 44?
Since amalgamation back in 1998 Toronto has had 44 metro councillors. This is 22
politicians more than our counter parts in the provincial legislature require to represent
the interest of the people within Toronto.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the provincial ward
boundaries would be far more productive, functional and manageable than the
existing 44 members of city‟s council for the past 12 years.

The savings to Toronto‟s taxpayers in salaries and benefits would be in excess of
$200 MILLION DOLLARS over their current 4 year term. This figure does not include
other freebies and goodies the people fund out of tax dollars.

CLARKE has also proposed that a ZERO BASED BUDGETING process be implemented
for all departments and services by the new council for the city‟s 2011 budgets.

Peter CLARKE strongly believes that councillors have to manage city hall NOT be led
by city hall and these are the types of spending cuts the people are looking for from
a new common sense councillor in 2010.

PETER CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Please donate and keep the dream alive and THANKS.....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Relationship for The People Starts With
New Metro Toronto Council Members Come
October 25, 2010.
Peter CLARKE has the enthusiasm, energy of passion, determination all with the
common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers will put his name forwarded to the
voters for a seat on Toronto‟s Metro Council from one of the city‟s North York wards.
CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER CLARKE is your average citizen
candidate and answerable only to the people and NOT any political party, special
interest groups or lobbyists.

Peter CLARKE agrees with the voters that incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have
failed the people of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke by
their mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in by double the
average annual rate of inflation since 2003. Their answer has solely been to increase
taxes on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

PETER CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.

Let‟s all remember Toronto is Our City, Your Vote, Our Future and Together that will
lead to your victory on October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Toronto’s City Employees, TTC and Police Salaries
All Continue To Grow Out of Control, Thanks To
Incumbent Councillors.
Toronto‟s city wages increased 19% between 2000 and 2004 alone, while the inflation
rate on average was only 2.4%! Annual spending over revenues continues to increase at a
rate of 5.21%, which is above the average inflation rate by 1.9%.

Incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have failed the people of this city by their
mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in and then increase taxes
on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

These councillors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” being driven by the
outgoing mayor who is in the pocket of the unions have shown by their budgets that
they remain opposed to exploring ways to reduce costs. Councillors have left its
residents with an accumulated debt today of close to $2 BILLION DOLLARS and now
propose to pass it on to our children over the next 35 years!

Let‟s take the recent practices of the Police Board when they said „nay‟ when asked to
disclose the cost of their horses? The people have the legal right to know what services
are costing including all services of the Police department and TTC etc.

Police employee demands of $65. per hour to our business and construction work sites is
outrageous. A maximum of $40 per hour for such services would be more than adequate
and reasonable.

Such costs do affect our economy and people of Toronto through increased prices in the
condo housing market and rental markets. These fees of $65. per hour for off duty
officers should have been greatly reduced and stopped by incumbent councillors.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Toronto Police Board with its political oversight
by council and its operations to be taken completely out of the hands of metro
council.

Consideration might even be given to the amalgamation of this force with either the
OPP or the RCMP. The OPP already have a presence here in the city at the Provincial
legislature and further work with other agencies, including the Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce highway safety and
conservation regulations.

Since they are responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in
areas lacking local police forces and soon Toronto will not be in the financial position to
pay for a separate police force an amalgamation of the city‟s police force into the OPP
force might have more positive than negative results

Also this way Toronto could upload these costs to the Province and Federal
governments where they belong.

Do we really require a duplication of police forces at today‟s costs solely on the
homeowners, renters and business only within our city?

CLARKE, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010.
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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Peter CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined
Believes Together Anything Is Possible and The
Future Is Ours. Peter’s Partial Mission Platform
Engulfs the Common Sense of the People.
Good morning Toronto together let‟s keep the dreams alive! I do not have, nor when
elected would I take $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the incumbent councillors
do to keep themselves in office. But I do have the common sense and advice and
support of the taxpayers.

Peter greatly appreciates your donations, all which come with a receipt for tax
purposes. To WIN this election for CHANGE in Restoring the people‟s common sense,
please continue with your ideas, comments, solutions and donations. Just click on the
donate image and again THANKS.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010. Please keep up the great work for all new Candidates.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.


Peter CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.


Peters Partial Mission Platform to Date.

Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year thereafter be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE proposes that Toronto's budget process be on an annual ZERO BASED
BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE, proposes a CAP for ALL Departments on SPENDING, BUDGETS,
PROGRAMS and TAXES at the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

CLARKE, believes that Metro and the Province seriously consider reducing the size of
our council in time for the 2014 municipal election or before. The reduction would
be from 44 to 22 and would fall in line with the provincial boundary riding's for
Toronto.

Such a reduction would produce a more productive if not manageable council. Not to
mention the enormous cost savings to the taxpayers. More on this to follow.

Peter CLARKE, proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It must be stopped
and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness, transparency, accountability
and cost efficiency.

This discriminatory political decision by incumbent councillors has burdened taxpayers
with unnecessarily high wages. Union only contracts have results such as $17.45 an hour
for cutting grass in public parks as opposed to non union workers at $10.00 per hour or
lower.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

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Friday, March 26, 2010
Spreading Toronto’s $1.9 Billion Dollars of Debt
From 10 to 35 Years and Depleting Reserve
Funds Is Not Fiscally Responsible.
Peter CLARKE proposes a consultation with non-union and union civil servant groups
within the city to consider an introduction of a pension levy for all Toronto‟s public
service workers as an alternative to pay cuts in order to help resolve the city‟s fiscal
problems.

Peter CLARKE proposes a CAP on SPENDING for ALL Departments, PROGRAMS,
BUDGETS and TAXES to the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE proposes ZERO BASED BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and
programs COMMENCING with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes a salary reduction of 25% for councillors and 25% reduction of
expense accounts for councilors effective with the 2011 city's budget process. Each
year thereafter salaries would be limited to the annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE estimates this interim salary cut would immediately save the taxpayers over
$6 MILLION DOLLARDS per year and over $27 MILLION DOLLARS over the 4 year term
of office.

Peter CLARKE proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers from bidding on city contracts for outsourced
services and work is Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It
must be stopped and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness,
transparency, accountability and cost efficiency.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the 22 Provincial boundary
riding's for Toronto and be in place for the 2014 municipal election would be more
productive, functional and manageable than the 44 existing council members of the
past 12 years.

Clarke estimates this reduction from 44 councillors to 22 would save taxpayers
$245,764,438 MILLION DOLLARS for the taxpayers over the current 4 year term of
office.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER is your average citizen candidate
and answerable only to the people NOT a political party, special interest group or
lobbyist.

If you wish to help keep the dream alive please DONATE to ensuring that on October
25, 2010 Voters in Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke
elect a NEW slate of common sense councilors for our metro council.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Toronto’s Police Board Considering Fencing Law
Abiding Citizens’ Rights for Law Breakers.
Apparently in 2007 the Toronto Police or PSB agreed to a three year human rights and
anti-racism project for policing activities.

Now the Provinces appointed chair of the Police Services Board Mr. Alok Mukherjee not
satisfied with the rights of Sikh RCMP officers to wear the ceremonial head gear, now
wants our Police Chief Bill Blair to draft procedures to “formalize procedures that
protect human rights and ensure reasonable accommodation within and by the force.”

He further wants procedures that will spell out how to deal with requests for
accommodation. His argument such as the rights of those charged with an offense to be
permitted to bring a Sikh ceremonial dagger into a courtroom? How should religious
dietary restrictions be handled for someone in custody? Can a witness demand to be
interviewed by a different officer?

We already have an Ontario human Rights Code, which the Province has mandated by
law that Toronto‟s Police must adhere to, yet Mr. Mukherjee as chair of the Toronto
PSB wants to establish duplication and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations of rules
and procedures in Policing that CREATE a BARRIER to the existing rule of law.

We need more common sense, NOT MORE DUPLICATION of POLICIES or Codes.

Peter CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Help keep the dream alive through your DONATIONS to ensuring that on October 25,
2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense councilors.
THANKS.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How Many Toronto Councillors Do the People
Need 44 or 22? The Ontario Legislature Requires
Only 22 MPP To Represent Toronto. Can We
Continue to Afford 44?
Since amalgamation back in 1998 Toronto has had 44 metro councillors. This is 22
politicians more than our counter parts in the provincial legislature require to represent
the interest of the people within Toronto.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the provincial ward
boundaries would be far more productive, functional and manageable than the
existing 44 members of city‟s council for the past 12 years.

The savings to Toronto‟s taxpayers in salaries and benefits would be in excess of
$200 MILLION DOLLARS over their current 4 year term. This figure does not include
other freebies and goodies the people fund out of tax dollars.

CLARKE has also proposed that a ZERO BASED BUDGETING process be implemented
for all departments and services by the new council for the city‟s 2011 budgets.

Peter CLARKE strongly believes that councillors have to manage city hall NOT be led
by city hall and these are the types of spending cuts the people are looking for from
a new common sense councillor in 2010.

PETER CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Please donate and keep the dream alive and THANKS.....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Relationship for The People Starts With
New Metro Toronto Council Members Come
October 25, 2010.
Peter CLARKE has the enthusiasm, energy of passion, determination all with the
common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers will put his name forwarded to the
voters for a seat on Toronto‟s Metro Council from one of the city‟s North York wards.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER CLARKE is your average citizen
candidate and answerable only to the people and NOT any political party, special
interest groups or lobbyists.

Peter CLARKE agrees with the voters that incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have
failed the people of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke by
their mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in by double the
average annual rate of inflation since 2003. Their answer has solely been to increase
taxes on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

PETER CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.

Let‟s all remember Toronto is Our City, Your Vote, Our Future and Together that will
lead to your victory on October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Toronto’s City Employees, TTC and Police Salaries
All Continue To Grow Out of Control, Thanks To
Incumbent Councillors.
Toronto‟s city wages increased 19% between 2000 and 2004 alone, while the inflation
rate on average was only 2.4%! Annual spending over revenues continues to increase at a
rate of 5.21%, which is above the average inflation rate by 1.9%.

Incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have failed the people of this city by their
mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in and then increase taxes
on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

These councillors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” being driven by the
outgoing mayor who is in the pocket of the unions have shown by their budgets that
they remain opposed to exploring ways to reduce costs. Councillors have left its
residents with an accumulated debt today of close to $2 BILLION DOLLARS and now
propose to pass it on to our children over the next 35 years!

Let‟s take the recent practices of the Police Board when they said „nay‟ when asked to
disclose the cost of their horses? The people have the legal right to know what services
are costing including all services of the Police department and TTC etc.

Police employee demands of $65. per hour to our business and construction work sites is
outrageous. A maximum of $40 per hour for such services would be more than adequate
and reasonable.

Such costs do affect our economy and people of Toronto through increased prices in the
condo housing market and rental markets. These fees of $65. per hour for off duty
officers should have been greatly reduced and stopped by incumbent councillors.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Toronto Police Board with its political oversight
by council and its operations to be taken completely out of the hands of metro
council.

Consideration might even be given to the amalgamation of this force with either the
OPP or the RCMP. The OPP already have a presence here in the city at the Provincial
legislature and further work with other agencies, including the Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce highway safety and
conservation regulations.

Since they are responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in
areas lacking local police forces and soon Toronto will not be in the financial position to
pay for a separate police force an amalgamation of the city‟s police force into the OPP
force might have more positive than negative results

Also this way Toronto could upload these costs to the Province and Federal
governments where they belong.
Do we really require a duplication of police forces at today‟s costs solely on the
homeowners, renters and business only within our city?

CLARKE, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Peter CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined
Believes Together Anything Is Possible and The
Future Is Ours. Peter’s Partial Mission Platform
Engulfs the Common Sense of the People.
Good morning Toronto together let‟s keep the dreams alive! I do not have, nor when
elected would I take $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the incumbent councillors
do to keep themselves in office. But I do have the common sense and advice and
support of the taxpayers.

Peter greatly appreciates your donations, all which come with a receipt for tax
purposes. To WIN this election for CHANGE in Restoring the people‟s common sense,
please continue with your ideas, comments, solutions and donations. Just click on the
donate image and again THANKS.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010. Please keep up the great work for all new Candidates.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.


Peter CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.
2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.


Peters Partial Mission Platform to Date.

Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year thereafter be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE proposes that Toronto's budget process be on an annual ZERO BASED
BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE, proposes a CAP for ALL Departments on SPENDING, BUDGETS,
PROGRAMS and TAXES at the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

CLARKE, believes that Metro and the Province seriously consider reducing the size of
our council in time for the 2014 municipal election or before. The reduction would
be from 44 to 22 and would fall in line with the provincial boundary riding's for
Toronto.

Such a reduction would produce a more productive if not manageable council. Not to
mention the enormous cost savings to the taxpayers. More on this to follow.

Peter CLARKE, proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It must be stopped
and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness, transparency, accountability
and cost efficiency.

This discriminatory political decision by incumbent councillors has burdened taxpayers
with unnecessarily high wages. Union only contracts have results such as $17.45 an hour
for cutting grass in public parks as opposed to non union workers at $10.00 per hour or
lower.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Toronto's Growth and Free Enterprise Stymied By
Incumbent Councillors of 12 to 20 Years of Red
Tape, Triple Regulations, Bylaws and Duplication
of Services.
With over 200,000 bylaws and three government levels of regulations for building codes,
fire codes, public health matters, Toronto is awash in red tape and top heavy
government control.

It is not only our fiscal problem and $1.9 Billion Dollars of accumulated debt which
require a bold strategy overhaul for the short and long term but also the layers of
government regulations by The Federal Government, Provincial Government and Metro
Government for the same services.

The size of our Toronto civic government has grown out of control because of these
problems along with the mismanagement by incumbent councillors of continued
spending, taxing and borrowing at annual increases of double the rate of inflation for far
too many years.

Toronto must re-examine how many people it needs to run its affairs. At present the city
has over 46,000 on its payroll and 50% of annual spending, goes to salaries and benefits,
excluding pay to police and employees of municipal agencies and commissions.

The city must both reduce the number of employees and negotiate reasonable salaries
with unionized workers that are in line with those of the private sector. If fair salaries
cannot be negotiated, then the city should outsource services to the private sector in a
competitive bidding process.

In this regard Clarke has proposed a zero based budgeting process. For example, if
councillors used ZBB, each city department and program would have to justify its
funding every year. That is, funding would have a starting base at zero. A
department would have to show why its funding and programs efficiently helps the
city toward its goals.

All spending, must be prioritized on core services and costs trimmed to balance the
books. Transparency and Accountability: Provincially mandated programs such as
schools, social services and public health should be funded and operated entirely by
provinces. The Province mandates these services so they must fund them at 100%.
Toronto's homeowners, renters and businesses should not be taxed for these programs.

Peter Clarke has proposed a CAP on spending, and taxes at the rate of inflation
commencing with the 2011 budget process. A property Tax Cap puts ratepayers in
control, and not these so called career politicians, who have been unable and
reluctant to stop their BS and A approach with our tax dollars. BS and A stands for
their failed twenty year policy of Borrowing, Spending and Taxing.

Peter Clarke is of the opinion that council‟s present bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. This discriminatory
political decision by incumbent councillors has burden taxpayers with unnecessarily
high wages. It results in absurdly high rates of pay, such as $17.45 an hour for
cutting grass in public parks.

Clarke proposes that this discriminatory bylaw be reversed and the process must be
stopped, to ensure fairness and cost efficiency.
These are a few of peter Clarke‟s common sense approach to governing and he thanks all
ratepayers, renters, homeowners and business's alike for their continued support.
However, peter does not have the $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the
incumbent councillors have to keep themselves in office.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your donation in any amount to
ensure that on October 25, 2010 North York has a slate of common sense councillors
for our city.

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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Toronto’s Police Board Considering Fencing Law
Abiding Citizens’ Rights for Law Breakers.
Apparently in 2007 the Toronto Police or PSB agreed to a three year human rights and
anti-racism project for policing activities.

Now the Provinces appointed chair of the Police Services Board Mr. Alok Mukherjee not
satisfied with the rights of Sikh RCMP officers to wear the ceremonial head gear, now
wants our Police Chief Bill Blair to draft procedures to “formalize procedures that
protect human rights and ensure reasonable accommodation within and by the force.”

He further wants procedures that will spell out how to deal with requests for
accommodation. His argument such as the rights of those charged with an offense to be
permitted to bring a Sikh ceremonial dagger into a courtroom? How should religious
dietary restrictions be handled for someone in custody? Can a witness demand to be
interviewed by a different officer?

We already have an Ontario human Rights Code, which the Province has mandated by
law that Toronto‟s Police must adhere to, yet Mr. Mukherjee as chair of the Toronto
PSB wants to establish duplication and unnecessary bureaucratic regulations of rules
and procedures in Policing that CREATE a BARRIER to the existing rule of law.

We need more common sense, NOT MORE DUPLICATION of POLICIES or Codes.

Peter CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Help keep the dream alive through your DONATIONS to ensuring that on October 25,
2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense councilors.

THANKS.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010
How Many Toronto Councillors Do the People
Need 44 or 22? The Ontario Legislature Requires
Only 22 MPP To Represent Toronto. Can We
Continue to Afford 44?
Since amalgamation back in 1998 Toronto has had 44 metro councillors. This is 22
politicians more than our counter parts in the provincial legislature require to represent
the interest of the people within Toronto.

Peter CLARKE is of the opinion that citizens‟ of Toronto would be far better off with
a 22 member council. A smaller council encompassing the provincial ward
boundaries would be far more productive, functional and manageable than the
existing 44 members of city‟s council for the past 12 years.

The savings to Toronto‟s taxpayers in salaries and benefits would be in excess of
$200 MILLION DOLLARS over their current 4 year term. This figure does not include
other freebies and goodies the people fund out of tax dollars.

CLARKE has also proposed that a ZERO BASED BUDGETING process be implemented
for all departments and services by the new council for the city‟s 2011 budgets.

Peter CLARKE strongly believes that councillors have to manage city hall NOT be led
by city hall and these are the types of spending cuts the people are looking for from
a new common sense councillor in 2010.

PETER CLARKE asks that we all remember, TORONTO, IS OUR C ITY, YOUR VOTE, OUR
FUTURE and TOGETHER will lead to your victory on October 25, 2010 by electing
NEW COUNCILLORS to RESTORE THE PEOPLE‟S COMMON SENSE IN POLITICS.

Please donate and keep the dream alive and THANKS.....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010
A New Relationship for The People Starts With
New Metro Toronto Council Members Come
October 25, 2010.
Peter CLARKE has the enthusiasm, energy of passion, determination all with the
common sense, advice and support of the taxpayers will put his name forwarded to the
voters for a seat on Toronto‟s Metro Council from one of the city‟s North York wards.

CLARKE an INDEPENDENT is NOT a CAREER Politician or supporter of any political
party, special interest group or lobbyists. PETER CLARKE is your average citizen
candidate and answerable only to the people and NOT any political party, special
interest groups or lobbyists.

Peter CLARKE agrees with the voters that incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have
failed the people of Toronto, North York, Scarborough, York, East York and Etobicoke by
their mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in by double the
average annual rate of inflation since 2003. Their answer has solely been to increase
taxes on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

PETER CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.

Let‟s all remember Toronto is Our City, Your Vote, Our Future and Together that will
lead to your victory on October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 22, 2010
Toronto’s City Employees, TTC and Police Salaries
All Continue To Grow Out of Control, Thanks To
Incumbent Councillors.
Toronto‟s city wages increased 19% between 2000 and 2004 alone, while the inflation
rate on average was only 2.4%! Annual spending over revenues continues to increase at a
rate of 5.21%, which is above the average inflation rate by 1.9%.

Incumbent councillors of 12 to 20 years have failed the people of this city by their
mismanagement of continuing to spend more than they takes in and then increase taxes
on homeowners, renters and business alike year after year.

These councillors with their “left leaning socialist ideology” being driven by the
outgoing mayor who is in the pocket of the unions have shown by their budgets that
they remain opposed to exploring ways to reduce costs. Councillors have left its
residents with an accumulated debt today of close to $2 BILLION DOLLARS and now
propose to pass it on to our children over the next 35 years!

Let‟s take the recent practices of the Police Board when they said „nay‟ when asked to
disclose the cost of their horses? The people have the legal right to know what services
are costing including all services of the Police department and TTC etc.

Police employee demands of $65. per hour to our business and construction work sites is
outrageous. A maximum of $40 per hour for such services would be more than adequate
and reasonable.

Such costs do affect our economy and people of Toronto through increased prices in the
condo housing market and rental markets. These fees of $65. per hour for off duty
officers should have been greatly reduced and stopped by incumbent councillors.

Maybe the time has arrived for the Toronto Police Board with its political oversight
by council and its operations to be taken completely out of the hands of metro
council.

Consideration might even be given to the amalgamation of this force with either the
OPP or the RCMP. The OPP already have a presence here in the city at the Provincial
legislature and further work with other agencies, including the Ministry of
Transportation and Ministry of Natural Resources to enforce highway safety and
conservation regulations.

Since they are responsible for providing policing services throughout the province in
areas lacking local police forces and soon Toronto will not be in the financial position to
pay for a separate police force an amalgamation of the city‟s police force into the OPP
force might have more positive than negative results

Also this way Toronto could upload these costs to the Province and Federal
governments where they belong.

Do we really require a duplication of police forces at today‟s costs solely on the
homeowners, renters and business only within our city?

CLARKE, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010.

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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Peter CLARKE, Proud, Strong, Determined
Believes Together Anything Is Possible and The
Future Is Ours. Peter’s Partial Mission Platform
Engulfs the Common Sense of the People.
Good morning Toronto together let‟s keep the dreams alive! I do not have, nor when
elected would I take $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the incumbent councillors
do to keep themselves in office. But I do have the common sense and advice and
support of the taxpayers.

Peter greatly appreciates your donations, all which come with a receipt for tax
purposes. To WIN this election for CHANGE in Restoring the people‟s common sense,
please continue with your ideas, comments, solutions and donations. Just click on the
donate image and again THANKS.

Remember it is Our City, Your Vote and Our Future Together that will lead to your
victory on October 25, 2010. Please keep up the great work for all new Candidates.

Peter CLARKE is NOT a CAREER Politician rather your average INDEPENDENT CITIZEN
answerable only to the people, NOT a political party, special interest groups, or
lobbyists.



Peter CLARKE believes in the following principles for his life and all campaigns.

1. I believe in God as the Center of my life.

2. Family is sacred and the ultimate authority, not the government.

3. Governments work for US. We do not answer to them, they answer
to us, the people.


Peters Partial Mission Platform to Date.
Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year thereafter be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

CLARKE proposes that Toronto's budget process be on an annual ZERO BASED
BUDGETING PROCESS for all departments and programs COMMENCING with the 2011
budgets.

Peter CLARKE, proposes a CAP for ALL Departments on SPENDING, BUDGETS,
PROGRAMS and TAXES at the annual rate of inflation or below starting with the 2011
budgets.

CLARKE, believes that Metro and the Province seriously consider reducing the size of
our council in time for the 2014 municipal election or before. The reduction would
be from 44 to 22 and would fall in line with the provincial boundary riding's for
Toronto.

Such a reduction would produce a more productive if not manageable council. Not to
mention the enormous cost savings to the taxpayers. More on this to follow.

Peter CLARKE, proposes that Councils DISCRIMINATORY Bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. It must be stopped
and immediately taken off the books to ensure fairness, transparency, accountability
and cost efficiency.

This discriminatory political decision by incumbent councillors has burdened taxpayers
with unnecessarily high wages. Union only contracts have results such as $17.45 an hour
for cutting grass in public parks as opposed to non union workers at $10.00 per hour or
lower.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your support in any way in
ensuring that on October 25, 2010 North York elects a NEW slate of common sense
councillors for our city.

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Toronto's Growth and Free Enterprise Stymied By
Incumbent Councillors of 12 to 20 Years of Red
Tape, Triple Regulations, Bylaws and Duplication
of Services.
With over 200,000 bylaws and three government levels of regulations for building codes,
fire codes, public health matters, Toronto is awash in red tape and top heavy
government control.

It is not only our fiscal problem and $1.9 Billion Dollars of accumulated debt which
require a bold strategy overhaul for the short and long term but also the layers of
government regulations by The Federal Government, Provincial Government and Metro
Government for the same services.

The size of our Toronto civic government has grown out of control because of these
problems along with the mismanagement by incumbent councillors of continued
spending, taxing and borrowing at annual increases of double the rate of inflation for far
too many years.

Toronto must re-examine how many people it needs to run its affairs. At present the city
has over 46,000 on its payroll and 50% of annual spending, goes to salaries and benefits,
excluding pay to police and employees of municipal agencies and commissions.

The city must both reduce the number of employees and negotiate reasonable salaries
with unionized workers that are in line with those of the private sector. If fair salaries
cannot be negotiated, then the city should outsource services to the private sector in a
competitive bidding process.

In this regard Clarke has proposed a zero based budgeting process. For example, if
councillors used ZBB, each city department and program would have to justify its
funding every year. That is, funding would have a starting base at zero. A
department would have to show why its funding and programs efficiently helps the
city toward its goals.

All spending, must be prioritized on core services and costs trimmed to balance the
books. Transparency and Accountability: Provincially mandated programs such as
schools, social services and public health should be funded and operated entirely by
provinces. The Province mandates these services so they must fund them at 100%.
Toronto's homeowners, renters and businesses should not be taxed for these programs.

Peter Clarke has proposed a CAP on spending, and taxes at the rate of inflation
commencing with the 2011 budget process. A property Tax Cap puts ratepayers in
control, and not these so called career politicians, who have been unable and
reluctant to stop their BS and A approach with our tax dollars. BS and A stands for
their failed twenty year policy of Borrowing, Spending and Taxing.

Peter Clarke is of the opinion that council‟s present bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. This discriminatory
political decision by incumbent councillors has burden taxpayers with unnecessarily
high wages. It results in absurdly high rates of pay, such as $17.45 an hour for
cutting grass in public parks.

Clarke proposes that this discriminatory bylaw be reversed and the process must be
stopped, to ensure fairness and cost efficiency.
These are a few of peter Clarke‟s common sense approach to governing and he thanks all
ratepayers, renters, homeowners and business's alike for their continued support.
However, peter does not have the $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the
incumbent councillors have to keep themselves in office.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your donation in any amount to
ensure that on October 25, 2010 North York has a slate of common sense councillors
for our city.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
10 Year Road Tolls Are Not The Answer but
Would Make Businesses Consider Leaving
Toronto.
Toronto‟s lack of a complete subway system is not a reason to have Monday to Friday
tolls on the Gardner or Don Valley.

This additional tax in the form of a road tolls system would NOT bring Toronto closer to
other would-be world-class cities. It would cost employees $200. per month from their
salaries or $2,600 per year! However it would most likely encourage urban sprawl. Out
of the ten top world class cities in the world NONE have an internal road toll system.

What are the costs associated with tolls, construction, environmental costs,human
costs,traffic congestion and rerouting during construction etc and and staffing of same.
Would taxpayers have to spend say one hundred million for this proposed ten year
project?
Today 50% of our current taxes revenues are going for labour costs benefits and salaries.
Yet such a proposal requires even more staffing and bigger government with this
proposal.

Toronto is already losing businesses to our GTA neighbours because of our existing high
tax rates. All thanks to incumbent councillors spending at twice the annual rate of
inflation.

However, Thompson is correct that our “Streetcars add to road congestion, they are
outside and exposed to the elements. … Not to mention that even the most elegant
streetcar system does little to beautify neighbourhoods.”

Before we hear more about pie in the sky ideas lets first hear some talk about getting
spending under control. That is what the people of Toronto are demanding and looking
for.

Peter Clarke proposes a CAP on spending, budgets and taxes at the annual rate of
inflation or below starting with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes that Toronto's budget process be done on an annual Zero
Based Budgeting process for all departments and programs commencing with the
preparations for the 2011 budgets of all departments.

Pete Clarke believes councilors have to manage city hall not be led by city hall.

Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year there after be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of Metros North York
wards, proposes that voters not blame or complain, but CHANGE our COUNCILLORS,
on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Personal Attacks by Toronto Columnists or
Journalist Against Candidates Challenging The
NDPs Current Majority Control On Metro Toronto
Council Are Not Canadian but American Style Of
Political Reporting.
The recent negative attacks and name calling against Rob Ford by James, Royson of the
Toronto Star have no place in our Toronto politics.

If a Toronto columnist wishes to run for office based on their views then do so,
otherwise leave their personal opinions out of their reporting. When a person not
seeking elected office has solely negative views and nothing positive to say about fellow
Canadian who is seeking and elected office then they should at least keep it to
themselves.

In my humble opinion our Canadian set of values for politicians, reporters, journalists or
columnist should be one of not resorting to a media arsenal of resorting to personal
attacks in their efforts to keep their fellow NDP and special interest groups in control of
our city‟s council.

Negative campaigning is hardly new, but when it is started and done by supposedly
neutral Canadian columnist or journalist to protect their own personal socialist view and
ideologies is at worst unethical.

So let‟s stop this American style of one sided journalism of hitting the people‟s
candidates below the belt, who do not share their personal views before it gets
completely out of hand here in Toronto.

Rob Ford is the one incumbent councillor who has attempted to be constructive in
controlling councillors spending of twice the annual rate of inflation. To refer to him
as destructive is completely out of touch with reality pertaining to his personal efforts at
cutting costs.

Peter Clarke is of the opinion that the majority of taxpayers would welcome the
honesty of transparency by posting all the expenses of city bureaucrats on the web,
along with those of councillors. According to Rob there are 1,254 MasterCard‟s "floating
around city hall, and you can't even get a list of what they're spending on. They have a
limit of $30,000 and spending $9 million a year and we can't examine them. That'll
change. Guaranteed."

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards,
wishes Ford along with all the mayoralty candidates good health and the best in their
efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A New Sales Tax, New Taxes, a Slice of Income
Tax to Assist Incumbent Councillors Spending at
twice the Rate of Inflation, Not the Answer.
When Joe Pantalone announced his bid for mayor, I said that Joe's a great guy but he has
had thirty years to make some meaningful changes.

The outgoings Mayors “left leaning socialist ideology” who is in the pocket of the unions
and his backers with their position for the redistribution of wealth, larger governments,
non union contractors not allowed to bid or compete for our government service or city
contracts, all at the direct expense of taxpayers and free enterprise, time for real
meaningful change in Toronto is now.

The majority of incumbents for the past 12 to 20 years on council are either openly
backed or closet representatives of this “left leaning socialist ideology” and have
controlled the current budget structural strategy of spending and taxing at twice the
rate of inflation by borrowing on our children‟s earnings must end on October 25, 2010.

Pete Clarke believes councilors have to manage city hall not be led by city hall. A
new tax, a slice of the sales tax or income tax is not the answer! This is just more of the
same tired old thinking of how to raise money to continue the existing unsustainable
structural budget strategy of taxing, spending and borrowing until the city goes
bankrupt.

Peter Clarke as a new candidate along with other new candidates seeking office will
ensure the people that our councils spending, budgets and taxes will be CAPPED at the
annual rate of inflation or below starting in 2011.

With our city‟s labour costs account for 50% of our taxes and the TTC has a 70% slice of
the overall budget for the city. All these cost are unsustainable and we must look at
realistic ways to reduce such cost.

Peter Clarke believes that Toronto urgently needs an annual Zero Based Budgeting
process for all departments and coupled with Activity Based Costing of all programs
commencing October 25, 2010.

No one is talking about the duplication of services or that Toronto is awash in red tape
and regulations and bylaws etc that have adversely affected, renters, homeowners and
business alike in Toronto.

Services which the Province and the Federal Government mandate and require Toronto
to administer, when mandated must be funded at 100% by the government that
mandates such services.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards ,
wishes Joe Pantalone and all the new candidates for council good health and the best in
their efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
The Word “progressive” Works Like a Charm in
the Circles of Reports and Columnist. But Does It
Have Practical Content?
Webster‟s dictionary defines “progressive” as “a person who is a progressive, especially
one who favors political progress or reform.” This dictionary defines “progress” as
“improvement” or an “advance toward perfection or to a higher state.”

In other words, the progressive believes in improving society. Anyone would be for this!

However for voters, in my humble opinion, it depends on what each person believes
constitutes a better society.
For years our Toronto councilors continue to identify themselves as Liberal, Conservative
or NDP with “progressive” being their preferred term.

Most incumbent members on metro council for the past 12 to 20 years have become
associated with their current structural operating budget practice of spending without
limits, taxing and borrowing.

This outdated and tired practice of annually spending more than the taxes we give them
to operate within and twice the rate of inflation over these years has become
unsustainable by renters, homeowners and business alike.

It is difficult to find a true independent common sense individual, who is not backed or
supported by a political party or special interest groups, amongst our incumbent
councilors.

Today voters are insisting on common sense, non political party or special interest
groups backed candidates and solutions.

Taxpayers by the majority realize that a clean slate of councilors is definitely required
in 2010.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards,
wishes Sarah Thomson and all the new candidates for council good health and the best in
their efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

Let‟s not blame or complain lets CHANGE our COUNCILLORS, on Monday October 25,
2010!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
TAX INCREASES Of DOUBLE THE RATE Of
INFLATION, YET INCUMBENT METRO
COUNCILLORS CONTINUE TO TELL RATEPAYERS
SUCH INCREASES ARE MODEST?
Since 1998 Metro Councillors have constantly spend more than they take in. Their
increased annual spending at the average rate of 5.21% over revenues has continually
been 1.9% above inflation rates.
Each 2% residential property tax hike siphons over $22 million from taxpayers. If this
money was left in their pockets it would create more jobs for Torontonians.

Toronto‟s inflation rate averaged only 3.29% annually during this same period of time.

This annual average spending ABOVE the rate of inflation by 1.92% represents twice
the rate of inflation is completely unnecessary and unsustainable by taxpayers.

Annual spending at metro council must be capped at the rate of inflation. Incumbent
councillors have failed the voters for 15 to 20 years.

They continued the same old political solution of spending, taxing and borrowing year
after year after year.

Their other tired old solution of asking the province and the federal governments to bail
them out, instead of meaningful reductions in expenses has become unsustainable by
taxpayers.

Its one tax payer that pays for the taxes at all levels of our government.

Have your salaries increased by 268% or 6.5% yearly since 2003?

Let‟s not blame or complain lets CHANGE our COUNCILLORS, on Monday October 25,
2010!

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Friday, March 19, 2010
Toronto's Growth and Free Enterprise Stymied By
Incumbent Councillors of 12 to 20 Years of Red
Tape, Triple Regulations, Bylaws and Duplication
of Services.
With over 200,000 bylaws and three government levels of regulations for building codes,
fire codes, public health matters, Toronto is awash in red tape and top heavy
government control.

It is not only our fiscal problem and $1.9 Billion Dollars of accumulated debt which
require a bold strategy overhaul for the short and long term but also the layers of
government regulations by The Federal Government, Provincial Government and Metro
Government for the same services.

The size of our Toronto civic government has grown out of control because of these
problems along with the mismanagement by incumbent councillors of continued
spending, taxing and borrowing at annual increases of double the rate of inflation for far
too many years.

Toronto must re-examine how many people it needs to run its affairs. At present the city
has over 46,000 on its payroll and 50% of annual spending, goes to salaries and benefits,
excluding pay to police and employees of municipal agencies and commissions.

The city must both reduce the number of employees and negotiate reasonable salaries
with unionized workers that are in line with those of the private sector. If fair salaries
cannot be negotiated, then the city should outsource services to the private sector in a
competitive bidding process.

In this regard Clarke has proposed a zero based budgeting process. For example, if
councillors used ZBB, each city department and program would have to justify its
funding every year. That is, funding would have a starting base at zero. A
department would have to show why its funding and programs efficiently helps the
city toward the people‟s goals, not their individual pet projects.

All spending, must be prioritized on core services and costs trimmed to balance the
books. Transparency and Accountability: Provincially mandated programs such as
schools, social services and public health should be funded and operated entirely by
provinces. The Province mandates these services so they must fund them at 100%.
Toronto's homeowners, renters and businesses should not be taxed for these programs.

Peter Clarke has proposed a CAP on spending, and taxes at the rate of inflation
commencing with the 2011 budget process. A property Tax Cap puts ratepayers in
control, and not these so called career politicians, who have been unable and
reluctant to stop their BS and A approach with our tax dollars. BS and A stands for
their failed twenty year policy of Borrowing, Spending and Taxing.
Peter Clarke is of the opinion that council‟s present bylaw which prohibits non
unionized contractors or providers to bid on outsourced services and work is
Discrimination against non unionized contractors and workers. This discriminatory
political decision by incumbent councillors has burden taxpayers with unnecessarily
high wages. It results in absurdly high rates of pay, such as $17.45 an hour for
cutting grass in public parks.

Clarke proposes that this discriminatory bylaw be reversed and the process must be
stopped, to ensure fairness and cost efficiency.
These are a few of peter Clarke‟s common sense approach to governing and he thanks all
ratepayers, renters, homeowners and business's alike for their continued support.
However, peter does not have the $53,000 dollars of taxpayer‟s money like the
incumbent councillors have to keep themselves in office.

Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate, appreciates your donation in any amount to
ensure that on October 25, 2010 North York has a slate of common sense councillors
for our city.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010
10 Year Road Tolls Are Not The Answer but
Would Make Businesses Consider Leaving
Toronto.
Toronto‟s lack of a complete subway system is not a reason to have Monday to Friday
tolls on the Gardner or Don Valley.

This additional tax in the form of a road tolls system would NOT bring Toronto closer to
other would-be world-class cities. However it would most likely encourage urban sprawl.
Out of the ten top world class cities in the world NONE have an internal road toll
system.

What are the costs associated with tolls, construction, environmental costs, human
costs, traffic congestion and rerouting during construction etc and staffing of same.
Would taxpayers have to spend say one hundred million for this proposed ten year
project?
Toronto is already losing businesses to our GTA neighbours because of our existing high
tax rates. All thanks to incumbent councillors spending at twice the annual rate of
inflation.

However, Thompson is correct that our “Streetcars add to road congestion, they are
outside and exposed to the elements. … Not to mention that even the most elegant
streetcar system does little to beautify neighbourhoods.”

Before we hear more about pie in the sky ideas lets first hear some talk about getting
spending under control. That is what the people of Toronto are demanding and looking
for.

Peter Clarke proposes a CAP on spending, budgets and taxes at the annual rate of
inflation or below starting with the 2011 budgets.

Peter Clarke proposes that Toronto's budget process be done on an annual Zero
Based Budgeting process for all departments and programs commencing for the 2011
budget process.

Pete Clarke believes councilors have to manage city hall not be led by city hall.

Clarke proposes a reduction of 25% in councillors salaries and 25% in councilors
expense accounts to take effect with the 2011 city's budget process. In addition
Clarke proposes that councillors salaries each year there after be limited to the
annual rate of inflation.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of Metros North York
wards, proposes that voters not blame or complain, but CHANGE our COUNCILLORS,
on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Personal Attacks by Toronto Columnists or
Journalist Against Candidates Challenging The
NDPs Current Majority Control On Metro Toronto
Council Are Not Canadian but American Style Of
Political Reporting.
The recent negative attacks and name calling against Rob Ford by James, Royson of the
Toronto Star have no place in our Toronto politics.

If a Toronto columnist wishes to run for office based on their views then do so,
otherwise leave their personal opinions out of their reporting. When a person not
seeking elected office has solely negative views and nothing positive to say about fellow
Canadian who is seeking and elected office then they should at least keep it to
themselves.

In my humble opinion our Canadian set of values for politicians, reporters, journalists or
columnist should be one of not resorting to a media arsenal of resorting to personal
attacks in their efforts to keep their fellow NDP and special interest groups in control of
our city‟s council.

Negative campaigning is hardly new, but when it is started and done by supposedly
neutral Canadian columnist or journalist to protect their own personal socialist view and
ideologies is at worst unethical.

So let‟s stop this American style of one sided journalism of hitting the people‟s
candidates below the belt, who do not share their personal views before it gets
completely out of hand here in Toronto.

Rob Ford is the one incumbent councillor who has attempted to be constructive in
controlling councillors spending of twice the annual rate of inflation. To refer to him
as destructive is completely out of touch with reality pertaining to his personal efforts at
cutting costs.

Peter Clarke is of the opinion that the majority of taxpayers would welcome the
honesty of transparency by posting all the expenses of city bureaucrats on the web,
along with those of councillors. According to Rob there are 1,254 MasterCard‟s "floating
around city hall, and you can't even get a list of what they're spending on. They have a
limit of $30,000 and spending $9 million a year and we can't examine them. That'll
change. Guaranteed."

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards,
wishes Ford along with all the mayoralty candidates good health and the best in their
efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010
A New Sales Tax, New Taxes, a Slice of Income
Tax to Assist Incumbent Councillors Spending at
twice the Rate of Inflation, Not the Answer.
When Joe Pantalone announced his bid for mayor, I said that Joe's a great guy but he has
had thirty years to make some meaningful changes.

The philosophy of his NDP party backers with their position for the redistribution of
wealth, larger governments, non union contractors not allowed to bid or compete for
our government service or city contracts, all at the direct expense of taxpayers and free
enterprise, time for real meaningful change in Toronto is now.

The majority of incumbents for the past 12 to 20 years on council are either openly
backed or closet representatives of the NDP left and have controlled the current budget
structural strategy of spending and taxing at twice the rate of inflation by borrowing on
our children‟s earnings must end on October 25, 2010.

Pete Clarke believes councilors have to manage city hall not be led by city hall. A
new tax, a slice of the sales tax or income tax is not the answer! This is just more of the
same tired old thinking of how to raise money to continue the existing unsustainable
structural budget strategy of taxing, spending and borrowing until the city goes
bankrupt.

Peter Clarke as a new candidate along with other new candidates seeking office will
ensure the people that our councils spending, budgets and taxes will be CAPPED at the
annual rate of inflation or below starting in 2011.

With our city‟s labour costs account for 50% of our taxes and the TTC has a 70% slice of
the overall budget for the city. All these cost are unsustainable and we must look at
realistic ways to reduce such cost.

Peter Clarke believes that Toronto urgently needs an annual Zero Based Budgeting
process for all departments and coupled with Activity Based Costing of all programs
commencing October 25, 2010.

No one is talking about the duplication of services or that Toronto is awash in red tape
and regulations and bylaws etc that have adversely affected, renters, homeowners and
business alike in Toronto.

Services which the Province and the Federal Government mandate and require Toronto
to administer, when mandated must be funded at 100% by the government that
mandates such services.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards ,
wishes Joe Pantalone and all the new candidates for council good health and the best in
their efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

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Monday, March 15, 2010
The Word “progressive” Works Like a Charm in
the Circles of Reports and Columnist. But Does It
Have Practical Content?
Webster‟s dictionary defines “progressive” as “a person who is a progressive, especially
one who favors political progress or reform.” This dictionary defines “progress” as
“improvement” or an “advance toward perfection or to a higher state.”

In other words, the progressive believes in improving society. Anyone would be for this!

However for voters, in my humble opinion, it depends on what each person believes
constitutes a better society.

For years our Toronto councilors continue to identify themselves as Liberal, Conservative
or NDP with “progressive” being their preferred term.

Most incumbent members on metro council for the past 12 to 20 years have become
associated with their current structural operating budget practice of spending without
limits, taxing and borrowing.

This outdated and tired practice of annually spending more than the taxes we give them
to operate within and twice the rate of inflation over these years has become
unsustainable by renters, homeowners and business alike.

It is difficult to find a true independent common sense individual, who is not backed or
supported by a political party or special interest groups, amongst our incumbent
councilors.

Today voters are insisting on common sense, non political party or special interest
groups backed candidates and solutions.
Taxpayers by the majority realize that a clean slate of councilors is definitely required
in 2010.

Peter Clarke, as yet an unofficial candidate for council in one of the North York wards,
wishes Sarah Thomson and all the new candidates for council good health and the best in
their efforts for change and getting elected on Monday October 25, 2010.

Let‟s not blame or complain lets CHANGE our COUNCILLORS, on Monday October 25,
2010!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010
TAX INCREASES Of DOUBLE THE RATE Of
INFLATION, YET INCUMBENT METRO
COUNCILLORS CONTINUE TO TELL RATEPAYERS
SUCH INCREASES ARE MODEST?
Since 1998 Metro Councillors have constantly spend more than they take in. Their
increased annual spending at the average rate of 5.21% over revenues has continually
been 1.9% above inflation rates.

Each 2% residential property tax hike siphons over $22 million from taxpayers. If this
money was left in their pockets it would create more jobs for Torontonians.

Toronto‟s inflation rate averaged only 3.29% annually during this same period of time.

This annual average spending ABOVE the rate of inflation by 1.92% represents twice
the rate of inflation is completely unnecessary and unsustainable by taxpayers.

Annual spending at metro council must be capped at the rate of inflation. Incumbent
councillors have failed the voters for 15 to 20 years.

They continued the same old political solution of spending, taxing and borrowing year
after year after year.

Their other tired old solution of asking the province and the federal governments to bail
them out, instead of meaningful reductions in expenses has become unsustainable by
taxpayers.
Its one tax payer that pays for the taxes at all levels of our government.

Have your salaries increased by 268% or 6.5% yearly since 2003?

Let‟s not blame or complain lets CHANGE our COUNCILLORS, on Monday October 25,
2010!

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Friday, March 12, 2010
This Empty Pretense Discovery of $104.82
MILLION Dollars of Tax Payers Money Requires
an In-depth External Forensic Audit of Our City’s
Finances, Prior to This Years Elections.
I find myself agreeing with Smitherman “the process is a sham,” and not Miller or Kevin
Sack, a spokesman for the city at this time.

No factual proof has been offered up to the public about this out of the hat pot of gold!

It is my humble opinion that prior to the upcoming city elections on Monday October 25,
2010 the people of Toronto, at a minimum, deserve an in-depth external forensic audit
of the city‟s accounting practices together with all departments and Councilors‟ office
and expense budgets for the previous four years.

An external audit must be done now to ensure taxpayers that no other accounting cash
surprises are hidden in the city‟s accounting system that taxpayers are not completely
privy to.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010
Since 2003 Toronto’s Average Property Tax
Increases are 268% Above the Average Rate of
Inflation.
Since Miller‟s NDP election victory in 2003 he and his fellow 15 to 30 year incumbent
career politicians have allowed city spending to increase at a rate of 5.9% per year since
2002.

Please note during this same time frame, inflation has risen at the annual average rate
of 2.20%.

The primary cause of this increase was because of labour costs and salaries which rose
an average of 6.5% per year for this same time period. All thanks to our incumbent 15 to
20 year metro councillors.

Incumbent metro councillors along with the mayor refer to these outrageous increases as
“moderate” and necessary”.

Let me ask you the resident ratepayer, taxpayers and businesses throughout
Toronto/North York/Scarborough/East York/York and Etobicoke.

Have your salaries increased by 268% or 6.5% yearly since 2003?

Let‟s not blame or complain lets CHANGE our COUNCILLORS, on Monday October 25,
2010!

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Let’s Not Just Blame The Government, Let’s
Change It.
Unfortunately past municipal elections have had a dismal voter turnout, which partially
accounts for incumbents remaining in office and being in a position to hoodwink the
people for 15 to 30 years. We need to take back our council through your direct
participation.

Our municipal elections as all elections are a corner stone of our system of democracy.
At present it appears that the system is outdated and in need of a change and updating
itself.

Perhaps what should be considered is a non user type of fee applied against any of us
who fail to show up at the polls on election dates.

You would not have to vote, if that was your choice, but we all would be required to
turn out at our designated polling station.

Sort of like a mandatory fire drill prior to embarking on a cruise, but with a momentary
penalty levied for not doing our one civic duty every four years when we fail to show up
at the polling stations!

Just a though as the current absentee rate of 66 % of resident voters NOT VOTING is
itself harmful to our democratic system. Seems for far too long a majority of citizens
have taken the right to vote alarmingly too lightly. Therefore some kind of change in
this regard perhaps is required.

What are your thoughts or suggestion, if any? But remember on Monday October 25,
2010, it is our time to be heard and heard loudly!

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010
When it comes to politics, why get involved, was
a question asked to me by a good friend!
He further went on to state that the voters do not care about policies, just name
recognition.

Negatives and personal attacks would come out of my renewed attempts to serve the
people of Toronto/North York!

This set me back a bit. However when one considers that 66% of the resident taxpayers
did NOT vote in our municipal election of 2006, Toronto/ North York has a serious
problem.
We cannot build our city into a world class city when only 34% of our taxpayers and
residents get involved with democracy!

The same old politics of spend, tax and now passing the debt on to future generation as
a budget gimmick are unsustainable.

Incumbents have had more than 12 years, some over 20 and NO Change, No Common
Sense Accounting or budgeting process.

Peter Clarke has the enthusiasm, energy of passion and determination to ensure that
the future is ours together through common sense and with the people‟s common
goals.

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Monday, March 8, 2010
Good Morning Toronto, Together we have a
dream!
Peter Clarke believes that in Toronto together anything is possible. One city, Your Vote,
Our future through a new brand of politics.

First, in building our world class city career politicians having fifteen to twenty years
with their hands in our tax pockets are out!

Second, Peter Clarke is proud, strong and determined to ensure that the futures is ours
together through common sense and with the people‟s common goals.

Finally Toronto, Peter Clarke is running for you and our future to keep the “public” in
public service.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Voter pink slips for Toronto councillors having 15
or more years at the public trough.
Peter Clarke strong opinion and intensity for all the voter is NOT beholding to political
party or cliques.

He completely agrees with ratepayers, businesses and taxpayers ”that It is time to give
our incumbent Toronto councillors their pink slips in 2010.”

With Salaries of metro councillors close to twice that of the average Toronto salary it is
time to lead with in budget cut of a 25% reduction in councillors salaries * $99,154 and a
25% reduction in their in their personal expense account of *$53,100.

Posted by peter clarke for Metro Council 2010 at 3/06/2010 09:03:00 AM
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Friday, March 5, 2010
Elected Public Service A Privilege, NOT A Political
Career
Peter Clarke strongly believes that elected public service in all capacities is a privilege,
which should not be turned into a self serving 15 or 30 year political career of living off
the taxpayers. Incumbent Toronto councilors fail to recognize the need for new blood
and new ideas.

Posted by peter clarke for Metro Council 2010 at 5:10 AM

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Thursday, March 4, 2010
The Fundamental Responsibility of Metro
Councilors........
Peter Clarke agrees with voters and ratepayer opinions, ” that the most fundamental
responsibility of elected officials is to control spending, set and live within balanced
budgets, as taxpayers have to do on a monthly basis ”.

Incumbents have not controlled spending, balanced budgets, the two most fundamental
responsibilities of elected officials. Further they continue to ignore the much needed
process of city-building as a whole or come up new ideas and solutions to these financial
problems.

Instead they isolate themselves with non core issues and duplicated services that are not
the responsibility of our renters, homeowners and business based taxes.

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Peter Clarke believes the most fundamental
responsibility of Metro Councilors is.....
 to control spending, set and live within balanced budgets, as
taxpayers have to do on a monthly basis. In this regard alone current
sitting council members, for too many years, have failed the voters.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The goal of government is not to just keep
spending and taxing for recreation or other
programs.

One of the best and most effective solutions to our financial problems at city hall to
keep our ever increasing property taxes in check is to have users of services pay directly
for the services they use.

If the private sector firms can deliver a service more effectively and less costly than our
municipality, then our city government should not use tax dollars to compete with
business.


Our property and business taxes must be limited to core activities, such as fire, roads,
police, snow removal etc. The goal of government is not to just keep spending and
taxing for recreation or other programs.

All deliberate political policies to subsidize the cost of programs from our property and
business tax base is unsustainable at the property tax level and efficiency and cost
savings are lost when users of such services are sheltered from paying the actual cost of
a service at the direct unnecessary expense of all Toronto ratepayers and businesses..

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Monday, March 1, 2010


How many voters are of the opinion that it is time for independent candidates to
represent us at metro council? Time to take back our city, from these so called career
politicians who are aligned, supported and beholding to a political party and special
interest groups, but not the voters.

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