Winner in Ward 31 vows to fight for vulnerable Torontonians

Janet Davis says she will return to city hall as the councillor for Ward 31, and fight for the needs and services of families, neighbourhoods and communities.

Davis and her supporters gathered Monday night at the Bus Terminal Restaurant on Danforth Avenue. She delivered a celebratory speech thanking her constituents.

She noted that the city needs to help all of its residents by being aware of the issues of homelessness, continuing to invest in programs that support low-income families and expand affordable housing.

“I’m going back to city hall to fight,” she said. “I’m going back to fight for families who need services like affordable childcare. I’m going back to fight to keep our public services public.”

At the polls, Davis garnered 11,177 votes, to Robert Walker’s 1,945 in second place.

In an effort to help families, Davis stressed that she intends to help families through her commitment to childcare funding, which she says requires significant support from provincial and federal government.

Moreover, the Ward 31 councillor said although the city has reduced homelessness by 50 per cent over the past five years, it remains an unresolved issue.

“We didn’t hear enough about poverty, marginalization and communities left behind. I’m going to continue to champion those things at city hall. We want an inclusive, equitable city,” she said.

Davis’s opponent, Robert Walker remarked that she still has a long way to go to be more inclusive.

Going door to door for this election, Walker asserts that he’s come across complaints.

“I’ve had three different people complain about trees that are dangerous to their house that she (Davis) won’t help with,” Walker said. “I’ve had disabled people who need a place to park in front of their house, who haven’t received the help they need. You can’t serve one segment of the ward. You have to serve the whole population.”