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Michael Thompson, Ward 21

Councillor Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic and Community Development Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Now in his fifth term as Councillor, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working and most effective political leaders.

In 2006, as Chair of the Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough, a strategy designed to significantly expand and enhance public transit services for all Scarborough residents. Throughout his years on Council, Michael’s unrelenting drive for public safety in the face of increased gun violence ultimately led to the development of a city-wide Community Safety Plan, a GTA-wide police task force on guns and gangs, an increase in the numbers of police officers in the street, and a new young offender program designed to divert young people into jobs instead of jail. 

Under the banner of “getting things done,” Michael is known to his constituents as a community builder committed to bringing people together in a spirit of collaboration. He has led and assisted in the formation of local community associations, youth leadership initiatives and Business Improvement Areas, and holds regular public meetings to engage residents throughout his ward.  

In addition to a strong focus on resolving local issues and serving his constituents, Michael’s commitment to developing Toronto’s city-wide economy is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brought thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers.

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Happy to welcome David Lainé and team from @Transdev today during their visit to #Toronto. Their #tech brings all modes of transportation together into one user-friendly app including public transit, ride-shares, and bike-share to make it easier to get around the city

At the Toronto Music Advisory Committee meeting today with Robert Lanni, Co-founder of @CoalitionMUS discussing ways we can make it easier for local musicians to utilize city- owned spaces for DIY events and how we can assist the long-term sustainability of live music venues

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