Denzil Minnan-Wong is currently the Deputy Mayor for the City of Toronto and the City Councillor for Ward 16, Don Valley East.
Denzil is a leader on Toronto City Council and in his community. Along with his role as Deputy Mayor, Denzil is also the Chair of the Striking Committee, and the Civic Appointments Committee. He is Vice Chair of the Executive Committee, a Commissioner of the Toronto Transit Commision, and sits on the Infrastructure and Environment Committee, North York Community Council, and the Board of Toronto Hydro.
In past terms of office, he has been the Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, Economic Development Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee and Culture Committee and has chaired the North York Community Council. He has also played important roles on the Planning and Transportation Committee, Community Services Committee, Works and Emergency Services Committee, Audit Committee, Toronto and Regional Conservation Board, the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto Library Board, the Toronto Financial Service Advisory Committee and the SARS Recovery Task Force.
In his role as Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee Denzil was instrumental in the push to privatize garbage west of Yonge St, saving the City approximately $88 million over the life of the contract. Under his watch, the City developed the Downtown Transportation Operations. He also championed the development of a safe and connected downtown bike lane network and saved the BIXI bike share program at no cost to the taxpayer.
As a strong believer in the need for greater transparency and accountability to the taxpayer, Denzil championed the establishment of Canada’s first municipal Auditor General. He was also in the forefront in initiating the first census of the homeless in our city. As the Chair of the Economic Development, Parks and Recreation and Culture Committee, he was able to deliver a balanced budget. As the Chair of the Council Staff Working Group for 311, Denzil saved the City millions of dollars. In the fight to keep taxes down, Denzil led the opposition to the Vehicle Registration Tax and the Land Transfer Tax in 2008.
In his capacity as Chair of the Taxi Reform Committee, Denzil was instrumental in drafting reforms designed to ensure a higher standard of service for Toronto’s taxi industry to better serve the customer. This includes the establishment of a Passenger Bill of Rights and the introduction of the new Ambassador Class taxicab.
Denzil has also been a strong advocate for cleaning up our neighbourhoods. He has successfully fought formore resources to clean up our streets and has championed initiatives to combat graffiti and bring about a tough new anti-postering by-law throughout the city.
Locally, Denzil has worked as a volunteer for the North York General Hospital Foundation and the Toronto Police 33 Division Community Liaison Committee. He sponsors annual community clean-up days, has annual skating parties and created the Community Spirit Award. Denzil continues to work with schools and community groups in the ward to improve safety and traffic, especially in school zones. He also works with neighbourhoods to oppose development applications that are not in keeping with the community. Denzil continues to be a strong advocate for improving community infrastructure. In 2010, he was successful in securing millions of dollars from the federal government for roads, parks and community centres in the ward.
It is a great honour to serve our community as Councillor and Deputy Mayor.
Our new Ward is large and diverse. It goes as far North as the 401, as far south as Gateway Blvd and the DVP, as far west as Leslie St. and as far east as Victoria Park.
We have nearly 95,000 residents and comprise many different neighbourhoods. They include Fenside, Parkwoods/Donalda, O’Connor Hills, Victoria Village, Flemingdon Park, Wynford Drive, Don Mills, and York Heights.
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