I am very proud of my Father, Frank Gordan Atkinson, who passed away on August the 16th of this year. In his death, I searched for something to do that would give back to society as he did freely - a positive way to grieve.
I realized that he and my mother had imparted to me superb values that I did not always heed. As many of us have done, I often pondered what I would do if I could effect change to the status quo in our city. The answer was right in front of me - run for office and fashion my platform on these values and choose to address the inconvenient topics others may ignore.
Long before I came along, Joseph Atkinson, the journalist and philanthropist who resurrected the Toronto Star newspaper about a century ago, fiercely believed in Canada, social rights, civil liberties, community and people, worker's rights and the necessary role of government. Ideals that are summed up in a legacy of five principles reflecting his day and age. I have known of these principles for quite some time as my shared last name drew me to read them many years ago. It is not hard to be inspired by such achievements.
I have seven principles to present that reflect the day and age I live in today. They are my guide in formulating my policies in my run for mayor of Toronto.
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