I am a community leader with a proven track record and I am a proud resident of Ward 20. With a reputation of being a creative problem solver and someone who can negotiate benefits for communities, I get the job done! My energy and commitment to our community is boundless as demonstrated by many involvements and appointments.
Founder of two neighbourhood groups (Cityplace Residents’ Association and Fort York Neighbourhood Association)
Volunteer boards such as The Toronto Humane Society.
Appointed to the Toronto/East York Community Preservation Panel (TEYPP) by City Council
Elected as Chair for the TEYPP and as Chair I sat on the city’s Preservation Board.
Appointed to a working group dealing with heritage preservation and development for a project in Ward 20.
When I suggest a solution to a problem and/or issue, it is only after careful consideration and listening to area residents and businesses — and I will then make that solution happen!
I will work with our Mayor, Council and neighbourhood groups to deliver solutions to our ongoing traffic and gridlock issues and provide solutions to enhance any Downtown Relief Line. I believe we need to make transit accessible (both physically and financially) for everyone so that it really is the better way. I also believe we need to create, maintain and improve bike lanes so they are safe and separated from vehicles. This means that vehicles would be unable to park, stop or idle in them. I will work on improving our quality of life, revitalize our public spaces and parks, and help guide decisions so Toronto’s Ward 20 is the best place to live, work and play. In addition, I will always continue to support affordable city run programs offered by the city for kids and residents at our community centres and throughout the city. Along with the big issue items like transit, I commit to helping residents resolve local issues, specific to them, such as parking and garbage pickup in a timely manner.
We need to create more jobs by encouraging office space development downtown, allowing more new businesses to set up and stay, and more existing businesses to grow. We also cannot forget about our arts and cultural industries – the very soul of a city – and I will make sure that these industries have room to flourish and remain relevant to the City and especially here in Ward 20.
Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America, and Ward 20 is an important part of this great city. Ward 20 has had a strong leader in Adam Vaughan, and needs another experienced and demonstrated leader on city issues, who understands how the City of Toronto works and who can negotiate benefits for our communities as we continue to experience growth. Others may make endless promises of what they would like to do: I set goals and I deliver.
On October 27, I ask for your support and your vote.
Canoe Landing Park, CityPlace Toronto
Dean organized, and brought a Farmers`Market, to his neighbourhood as a way to bring the community out of the condos where neighbours have a place to meet and shop. It`s a seasonal community Farmers’ Market hosted by the CityPlace Residents’ Association and Organized by FMO (Farmers’ Market Ontario) and the market sponsors. The market runs from June to October and features Ontario farmers.
I advise on Cityfest on local neighbourhood issues in the Cityplace neighbourhood, the Fort York Neighbourhood and Entertainment District neighbourhood and the venue, Canoe Landing Park, that may be of interest to the festival. I also assist in residential building outreach involving property management to promote the festival to their residents.
This is a newly formed Neighbourhood Association (not-for-profit) working within the boundaries of Toronto’s Entertainment District Business Improvement Area. This group will foster, and help create, a sense of community in Toronto’s Downtown Core. I advise and suggest ways to engage the neighbourhood.
The 18 appointed member working group will work with all stakeholders to offer suggestions/solutions to the proposed Mirvish-Gehrey development proposal. The original proposal asked that the East Parcel would be developed with an 82-storey mixed use building complete with a six storey base. The West Parcel would be developed with two tower elements having total heights of 84 and 86 storeys from John Street to Ed Mirvish Way respectively, including a six-storey base. The original proposal was not deemed acceptable by the city, thus, a working group was created.
Dean was successful in asking Toronto City Council to ban the sale of cats and dogs in Toronto Pet Shops and later in Mississauga, Ontario, City Council.
What they say about Dean
President Fort York Neighbourhood Association
I am writing this letter in support of Dean Maher.
I have known Dean for a few years. We met when Dean, who was President of the City Place Residents’ Association, approached some condominium boards to start a neighbourhood association in the Fort York area.
Dean offered his experience and expertise to the fledgling Fort York Neighbourhood Association and has continued to support us through the early stages of development and growth. Dean demonstrates strong leadership skills and is good at creating consensus. He is community-minded and cares deeply about the issues that impact Toronto.
Actor, Writer, Producer and Playwright.
I met Dean in early 2000 when he was freelance producing for Pridevision (now OUT) TV. He was one of the handful of mainstream producers to showcase the LGBTQ community unabashful and unashamed. I admired his honest work and he referred to us, me, as the pioneers in mainstream LGBTQ television. We`ve come pretty far and I`m glad I met Dean along the way. He was always behind the scenes making sure our stories were told.
Suzanne & Michael Singh
Business Owners Pet Social To adopt a kitten visit petsocial.ca
Dean has the ability to inspire – inspire others almost immediately to serve others, serve communities, serve those less fortunate or those who cannot speak for themselves – animals, children, persons with special needs – the list goes on.
Dean Maher is a staunch activist and advocate. He has a strong belief that every person can volunteer in some way to better communities- and he teaches this lesson in the best way possible; by example.
Dean also has established a clear track record of supporting small local business and creating an environment to encourage business development. As small business owners ourselves we can vouch to this fact. Dean has always been happy to use his ideas and relationships to advance a larger, meaningful cause. We personally saw that when he approached the City of Toronto on behalf of Pet Social with regards to adopting cats from one of our locations as a result Pet Social was proud to have adopted 250 needy & abandoned cats into loving, forever homes.
Dean Maher represents rare qualities that every elected person should have: selflessness, determination, a genuine call to service, and most importantly honesty.
It is with pride that we endorse Dean Maher’s campaign for Ward 20.
Founder and President Cityfest Toronto
"Dean is a passionate community builder. As former President of the CityPlace Residents' Association, Dean was instrumental in raising community support to help make the first annual CityPlace community festival a great success."
Resident and Community Leader Toronto Community Housing (TCHC)
"Dean approached the new residents of our newly built Toronto Community Housing building and welcomed us to the neighbourhood. He also hosted a neighbourhood outreach session telling us the history of the neighbourhood and told us all the new things coming. Dean is a great friend to Toronto Community Housing and has a hands on approach."
Dean's community platform.
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As the area transitions from our former City Councillor Adam Vaughan to a newly elected councillor, we need continuity and I commit that all the many planning studies, housing projects, cultural initiatives and park revitalizations, already started in Ward 20 will be continued and supported. We need someone who knows how to hit the ground running and who knows how to get things done. In a news article written about Alexandra Park’s revitalization it was noted that a young man said to former Councillor Vaughan “You can fix this community but don’t break the neighbourhood” this is how I will be guided as my time as your councillor. I ask for your support, and vote, on October 27.
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Please help the Dean Maher Campaign 2014 win the nomination for Toronto Centre NDP so I can continue and fight for a new and better Ontario.
It’s about jobs and making life more affordable.
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My name is Dean Maher and I am running for the provincial NDP nomination in Toronto Centre. I have a proven track record when it comes to making positive changes that enrich people’s lives in Toronto and I am the candidate who can reach out to all people living in Toronto Centre – whether someone lives in Moore Park or Moss Park, Rosedale or Regent Park – I want to represent everyone in Toronto Centre without focusing on whether they live north or south of Bloor Street.
Toronto Centre is unique. We have a lot of families and single people whose friends are their families. Some of those friends need real help – we all have those friends – and I know you don’t like seeing them struggle. It’s hard to help them when many of us are barely scraping by with high rent, high tuition, low wages, or no wages for student interns, expensive child care, providing for a growing family, maintaining your car or paying for ever increasing transit fares, or both, or simply living in a high cost city – and for many, they are doing this on a fixed income. Whether you earn a high income, a low income or a fixed income, we all have our own unique financial issues and struggles and some people, regardless of how high or low they feel their income is, feel like they can’t keep their head above water, we DO have a plan for them, and YOU.
Reward job creators
Stop big corporate tax give-a-ways and lower small business taxes
Remove HST from hydro and home heating making condo living more affordable
Up to $5,000 in home energy retrofit rebates for homeowners
We`ll also build 50,000 NEW affordable housing units over 10 years once elected
Cut emergency room wait times in half
Provide seniors the support and care they need in their own homes.
Freeze tuition fees for college, under graduate and graduate students
Eliminate interest on the provincial portion of student loans.
Ban course fees in high school
Explore ways to make licensed daycare, in Ontario, more affordable.
Continue to fight for lower insurance premiums and more stability at the gas pumps.
Share transit operating costs equally with municipalities in exchange for a FOUR year transit fare FREEZE. This could POTENTIALLY help the city of Toronto keep property taxes at a reasonable rate.
Community work and advocacy is my passion, public service is what I believe I’m meant to do and the place for me to bring about REAL change is in the legislature at Queen`s Park. I am asking for your support nomination day, April 13th. www.votefordean.ca