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Peter D’Gama, one of the Toronto City Council candidates in Ward 1 where the North Campus is located, told The Avro Post that he is dedicated to working towards a free transit system starting with a $50 monthly pass and is committed to the Finch LRT being built.

The Etobicoke North candidate said he offers students “a chance of economic security after they graduate with policies such as rent freeze, building more affordable housing, free and accessible transit and good green jobs”.

In addition Mr. D’Gama’s support of the Finch light rail transit line being built to serve the Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber North Campus, he said he plans to approve the Downtown Relief Line and support westward expansion.

D’Gama’s platform:

The Toronto Transit Commission currently charges students $116.75, although many are dropping traditional monthly passes for the digital transit option Presto.

Other schools have created partnerships with the TTC to have monthly transit included as part of their tuition, however, Humber College has been quiet on the topic.

D’Gama wants a $50 monthly transit pass for students and seniors.

When asked by The Avro Post why students should vote, D’Gama said it’s important “because policies enacted today have direct impact on their future.”

“In order to influence that direction [they] should vote to influence policymaking that would provide benefits for them.”

He also added that incumbents Michael Ford and Vincent Crisanti do not offer student-friendly policies.

D’Gama lists 9 Briarwood Ave as his campaign address, which is just short walk from campus.

The Toronto election takes place on Oct. 22, and students who live on or nearby the North Campus can vote.

More coverage to follow.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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