Elect
Scott Harrison
Scarborough Centre Ward 19
On October 27th 2014
 

4 more years of over spending at the TDSB; I THINK NOT!!!

4 more years of scandal after scandal: I THINK NOT!!!

On October 27th VOTE TO CHANGE THAT

Vote for SCOTT HARRISON; A vote for change

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Published on Sun Oct 19 2014

The Toronto Star’s picks for some Toronto District School Board seats: Editorial

The Toronto District School Board has been rife with by overspending, indiscretions, and mismanagement. It’s time to elect a better board.

Before voting for your local Toronto District School Board trustee, you might want to consider what’s been happening since the last time you put an X beside their name in 2010 — and then think again.

The TDSB has been rife with overspending and misbehaviour. There was the outrageous 2012 procurement fiasco (a highlight of which was paying $2,442 to mount a whiteboard on a wall); an audit that found $1.3 million in unauthorized raises for senior staff and another that found some trustees were expensing everything from nuts to hand lotion.

Police have even been brought in to TDSB meetings because some trustees said they felt threatened by their colleagues. Most recently, trustees were under fire from their own freedom of information officer for allegedly tampering with expense documents — before they were released to the Star.

That — and so much more — is why it’s important for voters to pay attention to who is elected on Oct. 27 to oversee the board’s enormous $3-billion budget and the education of 232,000 students across the city.

It’s time for change at Canada’s largest school board. Here are seven candidates – a mix of newcomers and incumbents – who we think particularly deserve support:

Marit Stiles (Ward 9, Davenport) is director of public policy and communications for ACTRA, Canada’s actors’ union, and an NDP supporter. She was one of the first candidates to sign an important campaign pledge — considering what’s gone on at the board in the last four years — to respect other board members and taxpayers’ money.

Cathy Dandy (Ward 15, Toronto-Danforth). Dandy’s challenger, Jennifer Story, would be a worthy board member (she was also one of the original signers of the campaign pledge of respect). But there’s no reason to pitch Dandy. She is a reasonable, non-aligned voice at the board who has supported such smart policies as mental health supports for students and the late-start high school. She deserves to be re-elected.

Robert Cerjanec (Ward 17, Don Valley East)is the best alternative to the lackluster incumbent in this ward, Harout Manougian.Cerjanec is known for his vocal stands on issues from using schools as community hubs to accountability and integrity at the board — and is another supporter of the pledge of respect.

Parthi Kandavel (Ward 18, Scarborough Southwest) has a master’s degree in education and a well-thought out platform that includes restoring integrity to the board, being more responsive to parents, providing more physical activity for children and dealing directly with bullying. He would be a welcome replacement for incumbent Elizabeth Moyer, who was officially censured over harassment of senior TDSB staff members for inappropriate comments and touching.

Scott Harrison (Ward 19, Scarborough East) lost his seat the last time to incumbent David Smith. But the straight-shooting, right-of-centre firefighter brought common sense to the board when he was a trustee, while Smith has been often absent from board meetings and too low-profile to earn a second chance.

Manna Wong (Ward 20, Scarborough Agincourt) is an assistant to NDP MPP Peter Tabuns. The trilingual (English, Cantonese and Mandarin) Wong has worked as a tutor for children with learning disabilities, an ESL instructor, and a community volunteer. She seems more than qualified to replace incumbent Sam Sotiropoulos, whose toxic treatment of fellow trustees through tweets and emails, provocative stand on nudity in the Gay Pride parade and recent comments about transgendered students have cost him support.

Jerry Chadwick (Ward 22, Scarborough East) has been a civil, calm and thoughtful presence on a divided board. The retired principal is well-informed on education issues and was chair of the budget committee the first time the TDSB balanced its books without making any cuts.


Rogers TV Taping:

Tuesday, August-26-14

My Name is Scott Harrison, and I am seeking your support to represent you, your family and the community as your local Public School Trustee in Ward 19, Scarborough Centre.

I was born, raised and educated in Scarborough.  I have also been a small business owner in Scarborough.  I am a full-time firefighter with the City of Toronto serving the community for over 25 years, currently stationed at the fire hall on Midland Road north of Lawrence, in Ward 19.

I was also your School Trustee for 10 years from ( from 2000 to 2010)

After months of consultations across Scarborough Centre with parent councils, parent groups and community associations in the Ward; I heard the same clear message each and every time:

"Scarborough Center communities are not happy with their current trustee that was elected four years ago”.

It's time for A Change.

Do YOU want four more years of overspending at the Toronto District School Board; from a $143 pencil sharpener; to spending over $2000 dollars to mount a $127 whiteboard on a wall?

I Think Not!

Do YOU want four more years of scandal after scandal:  Staff feeling threatened by the current trustees badgering staff and fighting with colleagues;

I Think Not!!!!!

The ballooning backlog and repair to the school facilities is over $3 billion; in Scarborough center Ward 19 that amount went from $207 million with 39 schools in our ward to over $210 million and 37 schools; so with two less schools, the repair of backlog has ballooned by $3 million in four years: how does that happen?

The Current Trustee for Scarborough Center Ward 19 was even removed from the facilities committee for a continuous lack of attendance; how does that represent OUR community!!!!  He has a poor attendance record at the Toronto District School Board meetings where he is supposed to be representing YOU.   How does his lack of this interest serve OUR community?

It's Time for a Change!!!

On October 27, you can make a change by voting for me, Scott Harrison for trustee; Scarborough Center Ward 19.  Dedicated,  accountable and  fiscally responsible.

Please take the time visit my website at Scott - Harrison.ca for more information about me and my election platform.

Thank you.

Scott



 

 

July 25rd  2014

 MEDIA RELEASE

TO ALL ASSIGNMENT EDITORS/EDUCATION EDITORS

For immediate release.

Scarborough Centre School Trustee; It’s Time for Change!

Toronto, ON, July 25rd 2014 – after months and months of consultations across Scarborough Centre with parent councils, parent groups and even the community associations in the Ward; the same clear message was heard each and every time: That the Scarborough Center communities are not happy with their current trustee that was elected four years ago”, It's time for A Change said Scott Harrison”

Scott, a Toronto Firefighter, is no stranger to the role of School Trustee.  He held the position of Trustee in Scarborough Centre for 3 terms but was defeated in the last municipal election.  

Scott sees this election as an opportunity to return to the Board bringing with him his knowledge and support of the community.  ‘The parents and children in Scarborough Centre deserve better; they need a strong experienced voice at the Board”, said Harrison.

Irene Atkinson, Former Chair of the School Board had this to say:

“Scott Harrison was an exemplary Trustee, and has been sorely missed on the School Board. Scott worked hard and made a positive difference to schools.  He attended Board meetings in person (not on the telephone for a few minutes like the current trustee) and contributed to discussion of issues.  Scott supported the schools in his Ward and worked very hard for the required improvements.  He is 100% supportive of his community and their needs”.

Scott Harrison’s Election Platform:

4 more years of over spending at the TDSB; I THINK NOT!!!

$143 pencil sharpener

$190 to replace a toilet seat

$2,442 to mount a $127 whiteboard on a wall

That new plug took four hours to install, but taxpayers were billed for 76 hours of labour (almost $3,000),

4 more years of scandal after scandal: I THINK NOT!!!

Staff feel threatened by trustees

Toronto School Board Trustees badgering staff and fighting with colleagues

Trustees  gave senior staff $1.3 million in raises despite provincial wage freeze: audit

Scott has been a vocal supporter of school nutrition programs, hockey and skating rinks and engaging parents in Ward Forums and the Scarborough Parent Conference; which he will bring back next year when elected.   Scott says that ‘it’s time for our hard-earned tax dollars to be invested wisely in our children’s future.  That’s the key to  healthy and safe communities’.  

For more information, contact:

Scott Harrison                                                            

email: scott_harrison1@rogers.com               

phone: 416-948-8282                                     

www.scott-harrison.ca



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