Londoners are heading to the polls on Oct. 24 to elect a new mayor and city council and they’re making their views clear in the My neighbourhood my vote questionnaire.
CBC London asked people to complete a survey exploring issues and priorities. At the time of publication, almost 500 people had responded, with the survey still open for comment.
Here’s a snapshot of what you told us matters most to you in the 2022 municipal election:
Homelessness is top priority
Homelessness and the factors that influence it, including addiction and mental health concerns, were overwhelmingly on Londoners’ minds. The impact of not having enough affordable housing and social services stretched to the limit also worried Londoners, as did a downtown in peril and an increase in crime.
A specific question addressed a recent decision in August 2022 to allow encampments in the city.
Empty buildings and developers
Affordability in the housing market was also a top issue for Londoners. Many people noted vacancies in the downtown and questioned how those spaces could be converted into affordable rental units.
We asked specifically about the role developers should play when politicians approve new buildings.
BRT bitterness and urban sprawl
Another theme was the environment and urban sprawl. London councils have committed to growing upward, while at the same time, construction has reached the city limits. This recent council spent a lot of time discussing school services in new subdivisions, and that conversation is far from over.
Public transit and traffic congestion made the list of top issues, with an even split on a controversial decision made in 2019 to cut a fully-funded transition expansion. Here’s a refresher on what was cut and who voted for it in 2019.
Many of you also mentioned the fact that London is still waiting for a green bin program, despite many cities of similar size being years into their own composting plans.
Apathy or enthusiasm?
So much of our immediate day-to-day lives is dictated by city council yet voter turnout in London has been low. In 2018, approximately 39 per cent of people cast a ballot. The election before, in 2014, it was 43 per cent.
Have your voice heard
There’s still time to tell us about the issues that matter in your neighbourhood. Check out the My neighbourhood my vote survey and add your voice.
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