Davenport is a vibrant community with long-time residents, students, workers, young families, newcomers, and people at every stage of life. We rely on public services daily, whether it’s a walk through a park, a trip to the library, or recycling a to-go cup. Alejandra believes in and stands up for public services and will be a champion for investing in our community, not making cuts. There are important ways to build our community and help each other thrive!
Arts and Culture
Davenport is home to a rich community of artists and cultural leaders. Alejandra always has and will continue to champion investments in the arts. She will vote to increase per capita arts funding in line with other Canadian cities like Montreal and Vancouver. She will also work with communities to preserve and create public art in our parks, public spaces and streetscapes.
The new federal-provincial child care deal is a historic win that resulted after decades of hard work from activists. But there is still much to do. Alejandra will stand up for families and guardians by fighting for more child care subsidies and expanding non-profit and public municipal child care spaces in our communities so that every family who wants a space can access one. She will advocate for a fair living wage for Early Childhood Educators who deserve good wages too!
Community Safety and Policing
Alejandra will work to re-evaluate the City’s approach to community safety and policing. Councillors need to take an honest look at the Toronto Police Services budget to review and reallocate it closely, and Alejandra believes that the City should work to detask work currently done by police to ensure that trained crisis workers, social workers, and other unarmed personnel are the first responders to meet needs. Alejandra is not afraid to ask tough questions and has the courage to do the right thing to create positive change for communities.
Davenport is towards the bottom when it comes to green space and parkland. We all need our parks - for exercise, meeting friends, playing with kids, taking our dogs for a walk, or just resting in a quiet space. Alejandra will use her community-building experience to identify opportunities to create new parks and invest in our existing parks in every neighbourhood.
Protecting Public Services
Alejandra will defend our vital public services from budget cuts and stand up for libraries, community recreation, seniors’ programs, settlement services and newcomer programs, parent resource centres, youth employment services, safe injection services, and more.
Alejandra is also concerned about how the city can function and maintain robust, quality and accessible public services. She wants to look at alternative funding models to consider ways to support public transit and public services.