Creating long term housing and improving the shelter system will take a long time. I am pessimistic about Gil getting an adequate amount of funds from council to improve the situation to the degree that's needed. In the meantime, (the way I interpret the language) he won't remove any tents in parks.What I see in Gil's platform is that he is against the way Toronto tried to remove park encampents and he plans both to create more long term housing and to improve the shelter system within the first 100 days to get people out of the parks. Since we still have people living in tents in parks today after Tory's attempts to clear encampments I don't know why you think it would be worse under Peñalosa. I am encouraged by his addressing short and long term progress.
Climenhaga would count as semi-credible on the back of her '08 run, as well.
New Forum poll has Tory at 56% support, followed by Penalosa at 20%
Sarah Climenhaga fills that void.If it's 56-and-20, that means way more for the sub-Penalosa candidates--a lot of whom seem to be pitching (however much in vain) for more "profile" than the recent-election fringe norm.
One unmentioned thing worth mentioning, though: from what I can tell, there isn't a far-right Faith Goldy figure hogging the oxygen. (Come to think of it, the overall mayoral electoral silence of the "freedom" bunch is deafening--though there are a few New Blue nutters trying their luck for Council.)