Hazel McCallion’s challenger, Peter Orphanos: “I will…not say anything or do anything that promotes divisiveness..”
September 19th, 2010
Refusing to vote for Hazel McCallion this round and want to know your choices? At this time MISSISSAUGAWATCH introduces Mississauga Mayoral candidate, Peter Orphanos as he addressed the Churchill Meadows Ratepayers’ Association on Monday, September 13, 2010. We also present a transcript of Mr. Orphanos’ speech.
Video: PETER ORPHANOS, MISSISSAUGA MAYOR CANDIDATE: An Introduction” (3:19 min)
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Mayoral Candidate PETER ORPHANOS (Churchill Meadows Residents’ Association meeting, Ruth Thompson Middle School, September 13, 2010)
First of all I’d like to thank the CMRA. Thank you for doing this. Thank you to the candidates and thank you to the people here. You’re part of what we need —part of what we need and that is active participatory democracy.
With seventeen to twenty-five percent of the electorate coming out that is not good enough. That’s why we have the situation that we do today. More people brings debate, brings accountability and so forth. We need more of that.
I’m running for Mayor because I love my city. I’ve shown that love with thirty years of leadership and involvement in my community. Our present situation cries out for change.
We love you, Madam Mayor, but if you really love Mississauga, you’ll pass the torch. Pass the torch to me.
I was born in Greece and came here at six years of age. And Greece is the seat of Democracy. And you know what? When I see Democracy in danger —participatory democracy in danger, I get involved. It’s time for a change.
A little bit about me. I’m married. Two children. One grandchild. The second one on the way in January [inaudible]. I reside in Streetsville. Forty year resident of Mississauga. On many committees —provincial and local, environmental advisory committee City of Mississauga.
I started the Streetsville Residents’ Association as Chair. I started the Sierra Club. How many people know the Sierra Club? A great environmental organization and I’m proud of it. And I’m winner of numerous awards.
I stand for three things.
Long term vision —and someone greater than four years to carry that through. ‘Cuz Mississauga needs it.
Teamwork to get everybody together. I’m willing to work with any councillor here, any mayor here and I will put them together and not say anything or do anything that promotes divisiveness. And I want people [inaudible]. We want to know what you’ve done and what you’re going to do —from anybody. And we want that for Mississauga —better Mississauga.
My vision. A bold and exciting vision. A people-centred city with gathering places, cafes, open squares and a green environment. We don’t have that now. Wall-to-wall concrete, a sprawl city and we’re known for it.
Convenient rapid transit. A Bike-and-Walk City. Where are the bicycle lanes? Where are we going to invite bicycles and get people out of cars through their own will?
A more beautiful city. Promoting the Green Economy and creating jobs. This is a big opportunity. A safer Mississauga. A large Farmer’s Market. A world-class lifestyle entertainment complex for major events.
Reuniting Council —that’s very important. Without teamwork and synergy, nothing happens. And last of all, Accountability. It’s time to pass the torch.
Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. Vote for Peter Orphanos on October 25th!
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Note: For the record, MISSISSAUGAWATCH has filed as a Mayoral candidate.
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Sep 09, 2010 – 9:48 PM
Streetsville resident Peter Orphanos doesn’t disagree with Mayor Hazel McCallion when she says change is needed at City Hall.
Where they differ, however, is that Orphanos wants that change to begin in McCallion’s own office.
“We have a badly-divided Council and a leader whose integrity is again under question. Mississauga deserves better and needs a change to wipe the slate clean,” he said in a press release announcing his candidacy.
Orphanos, who registered this afternoon, is the 15th candidate seeking to become mayor of Mississauga in the Oct. 25 municipal election.
His public service began with his teaching career in Ottawa. In 1970, he was hired by the Peel District School Board, where he spent 35 years as a teacher and administrator. Click here to read the rest of the article at the Mississauga News.