I grew up in Scarborough and as an adult I moved to this wonderful community. I have many smart value-for-money solutions on how we can improve our city.

 

I have been self-employed in the transportation industry for over a decade and have established myself as one of the most responsible, competent, and efficient brokers. My strong crisis and project management skills have allowed me to move quickly into more demanding roles where I must negotiate the purchase of, and operation of necessary equipment.

 

I own and drive a tractor-trailer, so I am a small business of one. I am responsible for everything my company does so in addition to being a driver I am responsible for providing a high level of customer service to my clients while managing crises, negotiating and collecting contracts, operations management, marketing, accounting, payroll, administrative duties, keeping costs down wherever possible, complying with all government and industry regulations, and every day I am labour. I welcome opportunities that require additional responsibility and I am accustomed to managing high stress and fast paced operations.

 

I have dedicated many hours of hard work to succeed as an entrepreneur.  I am familiar with our city and its infrastructure and I will work to bring your interests to council as well as provide smart value-for-money solutions. I look forward to the opportunity to share my ideas on how we can improve our government.

Comments: 12
  • #12

    Barry Hayes (Friday, 24 October 2014 02:40)

    Hi Eric, looking forward to voting for you on election day!

  • #11

    Eric de Boer (Monday, 20 October 2014 23:34)

    Thank you for your questions David. Though I enjoy what I do and I’m sure at times I will miss it, if I am elected as your Councilor I would give up my driving job. I believe implementing bike lanes on Gerrard Street, east of Coxwell, to be the smarter and most viable option to addressing cyclist needs in our ward. Both Kingston Road and Danforth Avenue would be too significantly affected by adding bike lanes whereas Gerrard is the quietest east-west corridor which means it will have the least impact on car traffic and is the safest option for cyclists. Most parking spots will remain unchanged and the advantage is that parking will now be permitted 24hrs/day, just as it is on Dundas Street.

  • #10

    Harry (Monday, 20 October 2014 17:14)

    Hello Eric,

    Got your pamphlet from a canvasser, a couple of nights back - reluctantly read through it and was pleasantly surprised. I like the fact that you have some original ideas; that you have thought about what can be done; you have some vision - quite unlike the current Ward 32 incumbent who seems to just regurgitate existing policies from the city or throw out one-liner claims which she can't possibly implement; such as changes that affect the TTC service (short-turns are a thing that have to be planned and implemented by TTC, not by a city councillor!)

    I do hope you are able to get your message out there... I for one am quite surprised to find that I may very well be voting for you.

    Harry

  • #9

    Eric de Boer (Thursday, 16 October 2014 03:34)

    Hi Maranda,
    Thank you for your comment. I agree with you, there is great potential to improve the Main & Danforth area. To start, a blind eye cannot be turned to criminal behaviour. If you observe any kind of criminal behaviour, I urge you to report it to the police. Development is key to turning a neighborhood around, that includes maintaining our infrastructure and making it appealing for business owners, like you, to set up shop. The area’s proximity to both TTC and GO Transit make it a transit hub and I plan on encouraging a variety of development including office space where not only our residents could work but people from Markham, Scarborough and elsewhere could commute into. It will take time, but we can make our stretch of the Danforth a destination spot. If I am elected Councilor, the Danforth will be open for business.

  • #8

    David Nicholls (Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:53)

    A couple of questions: if you are a truck driver, will you have time to be city councillor, or will you be on the road? Also, about the bike lane on Gerrard, will the street lose two lanes? Sandra Bussin took away the two lanes on Dundas East for bike lanes (and I lost a parking space in front of my house), and the bike lanes on Dundas are severely underutilized. I'm all for helping the environment, but it will be worse if we're inhaling CO from idling vehicles stuck in traffic.

  • #7

    Maranda (Tuesday, 14 October 2014 21:02)

    Danforth between VP and Woodbine has become a place for the homeless, drunks and drug users to flock. You see them all times of the day hanging out in bars which masquerade as restaurants, outside store fronts and congregate in front of Main Square. Even after sending the outgoing councillor a few emails with our concerns, nothing has been done. Actually, she never responded. My question to you is, What will you do to ensure the safety of your tax paying constituency? As well, what will you do to clean up this area which for some time now is growing more and more into a slum? I love my ward as I have spent my entire life in wards 32 and 30. I am wanting to open a business close to home and hire locally but I will not open one on The Danforth near the shelter or a bar. It's a shame really. Main and Danforth could have so much potential for thriving business.

  • #6

    Eric de Boer (Saturday, 11 October 2014 15:06)

    Hi Chad,
    Thank you for your comment. I remember your tragic story well, I hope that your daughter has recovered and is able to again enjoy herself at our beach. You wrote “[t]hese laws should be enforced (or why have them)” and I could not agree more. As long as a rule is in place, my view is that it ought to be adhered to and enforced and to that end, if elected, I will work to ensure all laws are adhered to and enforced, including the prohibition of charcoal use at the beach. I would agree that Councilor McMahon fell short on working to ensure everyone’s safety and I’m committed to doing a better job.

  • #5

    Chad Danyluck (Tuesday, 07 October 2014 03:09)

    I live in Ward 32. This past summer my daughter suffered a serious accident at Kew Beach. A reckless beach goer emptied burning bbq embers into the sand and my three year old walked into them (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/3-year-old-girl-left-with-2nd-degree-burns-from-fire-coals-on-kew-beach-1.2657495). Although the current councillor expressed sympathies, she did not take action to prevent this from happening again. She told me that signage would be in place at every entrance to the beach, instead she had one installed, close to ten feet high and nowhere near where the vast majority of beach goers use bbqs. She also said she would step up the patrol of by-law officers. Yet, every weekend over the entire course of the summer I could count dozens of illegal bbqs.

    The point is not to prevent people from having fun. The point is to make the beach safe. It is legal to use propane bbqs but not charcol bbqs. These laws should be enforced (or why have them). If elected, would you make an effort to enforce laws prohibiting illegal bbqs at the beach?

  • #4

    Eric de Boer (Tuesday, 08 July 2014 00:50)

    Hello Chris, thanks for reading my website and asking about my platform. My platform is democratic representation, smart value for money ideas, and maintenance first. Torontonians have made it clear that economically responsible solutions to reducing congestion, and adding bike lanes and secure bike parking are priorities. See my smart value for money ideas for Queen and King Streets as one-ways, twenty kilometres of new bike lanes on Queen St, and King St. through the city’s core and Gerrard St., east of Coxwell, and stay tuned for my plan for bike parking, and much more.

    I will be releasing a detailed plan for development in our ward that respects the quaint quality of our neighbourhood, as clearly this is what our community wants. Maintenance first, starting with necessary repairs to Kew Gardiner’s Cottage. I will protect and maintain our park space. I am opposed to covering up our city’s precious green spaces with unnecessary infrastructure.

    It is my view that our councillors are not listening to what their constituents want. My platform will demand that council allow Torontonians, via referendum, to decide how we move forward on the major issues we face in our city. You asked where I personally stand on some of our major issues. I personally believe that the Gardiner Expressway must remain a highway. I fear that council will move forward with the “recommended” boulevard option without the consent of Torontonians who do not want to see their commute times increase. With regard to transit, I don’t approve of any of the mayoral candidates transit plans. I think that if we are to build a TTC DRL, we should begin immediately and concentrate our construction efforts. I think that it is a conflict of interest for council to decide how many councilors there should be. It simply cannot be their decision.

    As your Councilor, I will not be able to steer the direction of council alone but with the momentum of the grass roots backing me, we can change the direction of government. If we the people are decisive we cannot be wrong. I trust in our citizens to make informed decisions about the long term direction of Toronto, council has proven themselves untrustworthy.

  • #3

    Chris (Wednesday, 02 July 2014 03:08)

    "Residents should determine major issues like expanding the TTC, fixing the Gardiner Expressway, changing Billy Bishop's runway, allowing a casino and deciding how many councillors our city should have." where exactly do you stand on these issues? What to do with the Gardiner? Expansion of the Island Airport, the location of a casino, other levers of revenue enhancements? The cost and quality of the TTC? The improvement and maintenance of our city parks, commercial and residential areas? Platform?

  • #2

    Eric de Boer (Saturday, 21 June 2014 19:57)

    Thank you for your comment and for visiting my website. Referendums can be held online and at a minimum cost, they do not require the same resources as an election does. I believe that voters will be motivated to participate in referendums on major issues as it is the major issues that affect them most.
    $85 million dollars has been spent on the design, construction and cancellation of the Scarborough-Danforth LRT ($140 million spent on Transit City in total). Several mayoral candidates are now promising to scrap the fully funded subway plan in order to return to the LRT plan, resulting in 4 years of wasted time and millions of dollars. If council had held a referendum thereby allowing Torontonians to decide how our transit system should be expanded it would have resulted in long term cost savings.
    Our democratic representatives’ role is to make decisions on behalf their constituents but council is not listening to what we want. Perhaps some folks approve of all of the decisions that council makes on our behalf but I, and many others, often disagree with their direction and are frustrated with their inability to commit to a plan. This is a democracy; give the people of Toronto a voice and the power to decide the future of our great city.

  • #1

    det sugsid (Tuesday, 17 June 2014 00:35)

    how many millions are you wanting to spend on referendums? an election costs 30 million plus and you would need the same resources for every single referendum - we also get the lowest turnout of any level of government
    do you know how many polls are already conducted of residents regarding local decisions - at a cost of 10 million - and meetings
    have you read the ontario laws on referendums
    what the hell do you think politicians are elected for if not to make decsisons
    where will the billions you are proposing come from