Dev Narang for Toronto City Council –Ward one Etobicoke North–24th Oct 2022
Dev Narang: Video introduction
Dev Narang’s Agenda:
While I am committed to stand for any rightful cause of the community the below is my focul agenda as a Councillor for the city of Toronto-
- YOUR MAN: 437 262 9047- This is my cell number and I will be available directly to residents on call basis at all times. As a professional I do not consider the Councillor’s job as a politician’s work but that of a Customer Service Manager who acts as a bridge between the residents and the city and speaks on behalf of the residents. When elected as a councillor I will be available to all residents on direct call basis for all city related concerns. Simple and straight and my Number one responsibility.
- Bring existing infrastructure at par with the best city neighborhoods: The state of our roads and parks is for all to see. It needs drastic improvement and Etobicoke North should not exist as one of the most neglected neighborhoods of Toronto. I would be prioritising this as top of the agenda to ensure that our infrastructure is at par with the better neighborhoods of Toronto and that the roads are well maintained, desired street signs are in place, snow removal is on time and also the parks are well maintained.
While the councillors’ individual powers are limited and he is one among the 25 members of the city council, yet, I would be a strong voice for the residents for raising their concerns and would also like to focus on the below in council-
- 24th October 2022: Visible – Yes Minority- No More– The city of Toronto administration and establishments should well and truly represent its multicultural residents. Come 24th October 2022, the city should start moving towards resembling and creating the UNITED COLORS OF TORONTO and I would like to work towards ensuring MORE COHESIVE AND UNITY AMONG ALL RESIDENTS of varying backgrounds.
- Prepare Etobicoke North for the new world: The pandemic has taught us that the world has changed and the low paying manual in-person jobs have a short tenure. With one of the lowest family incomes and highest unemployment, many of the ward one residents are stuck in low paying, low skill jobs and past policy makers have worked with myopic vision.I will work with universities and colleges to enable development of community programs focusing on skills for the future world including coding, analytics, animation and Fx software, content creation and nursing and senior care. Also I will try and work with the city, industry and businesses to try and institute scholarships for high performers from underprivileged families for post-secondary education.
- Cheaper, Stronger and better transit : For most of the residents of Etobicoke North, TTC transit avenues are the only way to connect with each other and to have a life and a livelihood. Today a good transit should ideally be almost considered as a basic human right especially in a big city like Toronto. More than other welfare work, a cheaper transit will have greater returns for not just the people but businesses too. I propose to limit the transit rate to CAD 2.5 dollars for everyone up until 2026 (i.e. before the soccer world cup) and to propose and pressure authorities to extend the new TTC extension right up to the airport to enable greater connectivity. I also support wholeheartedly the TTC workers union and absolutely oppose any measures to privatise TTC or contract out its work.
- Senior care: Heart breaking accounts of dismal care and extreme negligence at retirement homes and seniors’ care facilities during the last pandemic has proven that it is time for the city to be proactive and get headstrong into monitoring closely these “places of horror”. Not anymore can any senior live in neglect for a single day or die due to inefficiencies of the system. Also extreme isolation and loneliness is a disease in itself and no human should be subject to such conditions. I would take a personal interest in this area and work with any and all agencies to develop solutions including greater monitoring, development and deployment of more care workers.
- Small businesses: During this pandemic with the world’s longest lockdowns and its variants existing in the city, small businesses and families dependent on them were crushed and are still suffering with loss of customers. At the same time heavily lopsided policies, led to a boom in business for large big box and online stores. We need to draw lessons from our mistakes and have a clear policy that will work towards enabling that never ever would the small businesses be forced to a complete shut down or suffer total lack of visibility. Disaster management should not mean creation of another disaster. While the city officials, administrators and policy makers can work from home and earn sunshine packages, the small businessman cannot be forced to depend on dole or survive on bare minimum resources.
- Workers rights– Being personally a member of Actors union (ACTRA) myself, I support all workers and their rights and will always stand in support of hard working workers, anywhere in Toronto.
- Animal care: A caring city should have great empathy and love towards its flora and fauna. During extreme cold and difficult conditions, stray and wild animals and birds suffer and many die due to hunger or cold. The city needs to step up and not turn a blind eye towards life and caring for environment does not mean just caring for trees or reduction in carbon but also for these living beings. They may be considered by some as the children of a lesser God but need our care and love. After all it is WE who have encroached into their land and built our warm and cozy habitats. I propose to build more feeding places and places of shelter for animals and bird all around the city and especially in Etobicoke. I have enjoyed the immense love these children have brought to my life and would work to see that the entire city bask in this happiness. And yes, it surprises me that our furry friends do not have a park for themselves and I would work to create some enclosures or dog parks where our friends can roam about freely and enjoy some of the happiest hours of their lives.
This is a START and an open mind should always be eager for more ideas and also learn on the way and do course correction. I eagerly look forward to your valued comments and suggestions.
Dev Narang’s Profile:
“Dev” Devanshu Narang is an activist, actor (member of ACTRA), business consultant, poet and a writer.
As an activist, Dev has been at the forefront to fight discrimination and hate sown by any group based on race, religion, caste or class while raising his strong voice in support of muted people.
Dev is a columnist for various media agencies for more than a decade and also a regular panelist for local TV stations in South Asian community where his views and opinion are widely respected.
Before moving to Etobicoke North, Dev was elected as the founding Director and Vice President of a large condo building in downtown Toronto where he resided. He worked diligently for developing policies & committees and awarding contracts for new vendors while at the same time forcefully negotiating with the builder on various initial concerns.
In 2018 Dev was elected as the Chair of ACTRA AABP body and stood up for the dignity and respect for the background actors in the ACTRA council as well as with various agencies.
Prior to the same, while living in Niagara Falls, Dev was elected as the founding President of the Niagara Innkeepers Association in 2013 and represented the small innkeepers at various forums with the Mayor, city council, Police and various other agencies while working closely with all members in resolving their concerns.
In 2012, based on his excellent success in business and contribution to the Guelph community through his columns, he was selected as one among the TOP 75 immigrants to Canada by Canadian Immigrant (a Toronto Star group) in an annual event organized with RBC within 3 years of immigrating to Canada.
Before immigrating to Canada, he was a top corporate executive in various companies all around the world and SCM specialist. He later headed a large textile mill as its CEO and led to its successful turnaround. He possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from I.I.T. Bombay-the highest ranked university in India and one among the top 200 in the world (source QS top world universities2022)
Dev is ready to serve the people of Etobicoke North and the larger city of Toronto and is committed to serve with passion, truthfulness, honesty and dignity in times to come.
Tel: 437 262 9047 Email: email@example.com
DEV NARANG: Campaign diary-
o. Prime Asia TV- I was interviewed by Mr. Nitin Puri on this popular Punjabi Channel and the interview can be viewed here-
n. In his weekly current affairs program on Toronto 360 TV, the popular host Mr. Arif Jahangiri invited me and asked me to share my views and vision. The link is below to my section of the program and also of the entire program. Please watch and hopefully the same will enable you to have a better idea of my views and vision-
m. At the IIT Alumni picnic, interacting with friends, reciting my poem and informing people of my agenda and vision as a candidate for the Councillor for Etobicoke North-
l. Just received this endorsement from EScooter Network-
k. New article which Toronto Star declined to publish-
j. Start of campaign office and official launch of campaign-
i. My speech at city hall on 15th Aug detailing my profile, why I am standing for election and what I wish to do right away-
h. City hall- A fortress- https://devanshunarang.com/2022/08/12/city-hall-a-fortress/
j. 10.08.22- 10000+ houses visited PERSONALLY since June 3rd in my ward-Etobicoke North. That is almost 6 hrs/day 7 days a week. My legs and body ache but my spirit drives me further. And miles to go….
i. How does an ordinary citizen who is running on a simple agenda of being there for people on call basis and assisting them with their city related concerns run on shoestring budget? How do I go beyond a 4 cents visiting cards to a fancy 25 cents flyer & social media advt? #onpoli #Elections2022 #etobicokenorth #etobicoke #CityCouncil #citycouncillor
h. Intro Video Tik Tok 3
g. Intro video Tik Tok 2
f. Intro video Tik tok 1
e. Hi Friends
To connect with more people and also directly respond to the residents of Toronto and especially Etobicoke North, I have added new social media accounts and now am available on Twitter, Instagram and Tik Tok besides Facebook and also directly on my website.
Here are the account details for easy reference. Please add me on the social media tool of your choice-
d. Media endorsement- As a candidate for city council Etobicoke Ward one, I received my FIRST ENDORSEMENT on July 2nd 2022 in a podcast hosted by Matthew King by popular political analyst and journalist Nick Kossovan. The link to the segment where I was endorsed and also for the entire podcast THIS TIME IN HISTORY is below. Thank you Nick and the campaign is off to a flying start.
Full episode of the above segment of This time in history-
c. City Hall- Fall from grace- As a candidate for the selection of the interim councillor for Ward one to fill the gap created by the resignation of Michael Ford, I made an excellent presentation to the City council on June 24th 2022. However it was deeply disappointed to see that the entire process was just a sham and that the Mayor and the councillors had pre-decided on a nominee based on her recommendation and closeness to the previous councillor, Michael Ford. If the story would not have been broken of her homophobic posts and background, she would have not resigned and the truth about how the selection took place and how the democratic institutions are used by the powerful and the elite to control the sphere of power either themselves or through their close buddies would not have come out. It was a day of great disappointment and yet, the truth prevailed. We fight and journey on and the following is an account of the day with details of the various media stories run on the same including in Toronto Star, CP 24, CTV News, Global news and other Canadian media agencies-
b. This time in history: On June 2nd, 2022, an interview with Dev Narang was posted by Matthew King as part of his series to meet various candidates for the Toronto city council. In the same Dev discussed in detail about why he is standing for the council and also answered questions of Matthew on various issues related to the city. The link to the podcast- “This time in history” is posted below-
Tel: 437 262 9047 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org