Televised Debate for Ward 35

IMG_0952-Have you had the chance to see your Ward 35 candidates debate the local issues yet?

Last week, Paul took his opponents head-on at the Rogers TV studio as they debated key issues like affordable housing, public transit, and bicycle lanes.

The televised debate will be broadcast by Rogers TV this Thursday at 2:30 PM and Friday at 4:30 PM, as well as various times following week. See the full schedule here!

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Public Transit at Victoria Park

Transit canvassing at Vic Park

It was great to speak with so many Ward 35 residents this morning outside the Victoria Park Subway Station. Thank you to everyone who stopped to chat about improving our public transit system!

I hope to run into many more of you at various subway stations throughout the ward in the coming weeks.


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City Councillor Candidates’ Debate


This Wednesday, hear from Paul Bocking and other City Councillor candidates in Ward 35. Have your say about the changes needed at City Hall.

Warden Woods Community Centre (74 Firvalley Court)

Date: Wednesday, September 24th
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

The debate will be moderated by Shafiqullah Aziz of Basics Community News Service.

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Campaign Office Grand Opening!

office opening flyer

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Neighbourhood Centres Are a Vital Part of Our Community

Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre's Annual General Meeting and BBQ Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre's Annual General Meeting and BBQ Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre's Annual General Meeting and BBQ Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre's Annual General Meeting and BBQ

A great evening participating with many residents of Southwest Scarborough in the Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre’s Annual General Meeting and BBQ. The Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre (BBNC) runs fitness and wellness programs for residents ranging in age from infants to seniors.

However despite the need and popularity of these affordable and accessible activities for numerous families, like other local community centers including the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre and the Warden Woods Community Centre, the BBNC has frequently been at risk of budget cuts from City Hall over the past four years. We need to ensure our new City Council respects the value these centers have for our community.

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Happy Labour Day!

Labour Day canvassing

Preparing for a big canvass on the long weekend.

 Paul and Paulina at the Labour Day march

Proud to be marching in the Toronto Labour Day Parade with fellow high school teachers and my friend Paulina Corpuz, Candidate for Catholic School Trustee in Scarborough.

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A walk through Ward 35 with Toronto Star columnist Shawn Micallef, discussing some of the issues affecting our community.

Paul in Ward 35

Photo © Toronto Star, 2014.

“I was shy about canvassing at first, fearing people would slam the door, but people have been overwhelmingly nice and polite,” says Paul Bocking, a Toronto City Council candidate in Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest. “I taught at Birchmount Park Collegiate a couple of years ago. The concerns of my students around rising TTC fares and cuts to frequency of bus routes got me interested in running.” A resident of Ward 35 for four years, he’s currently working on a PhD in Economic Geography at York and is also an occasional teacher with the TDSB. We met on the former Scarborough border at Victoria Park Ave. where the ward begins.

A walk with a candidate: Paul Bocking takes aim at Scarborough Southwest.

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Wheels on the Danforth

pop-up bookstore

Visiting Crossroads of the Danforth Business Improvement Area’s pop-up bookstore, which is raising money for street lights along the south side of Danforth Avenue between Victoria Park and Warden.The only stretch of Bloor-Danforth without full lighting is in Scarborough. We shouldn’t need to fundraise for basic utilities in Ward 35.

Please visit the BIA’s office at 3224 Danforth Avenue to sign their petition to Toronto Hydro for lighting on both sides of the street.  This improvement is vital to help make this important retail corridor friendlier and safer, ensuring increased pedestrian traffic and more walk-in businesses.

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Some afternoon rain didn’t discourage the crowds checking out the classic cars along Danforth Avenue for the annual Wheels on the Danforth, organized by the Crossroads of the Danforth Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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Meeting neighbours at the Church of St. Bede Community Fair

church fair volunteers

Enjoying a lovely summer day with campaign volunteers at the annual Church of St. Bede Community Fair on Westbourne Ave.

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Great day canvassing with our team in Ward 35! Residents are interested in talking about politics and their ideas for how our ward and the city could be improved. Good jobs and affordable TTC fares are priorities.

Toronto City Council: Vote Yes on Tuesday, July 8 to developing a TTC low income transit pass.

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