Toronto works because neighbourhood parks, libraries, community centres and beautification projects enrich our lives and bring us together.
Gord Perks was elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006. Gord has an impressive record on environmental initiatives that began in 1987, with such environmental organizations as Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Gord’s emphasis has been on waste reduction and public transit, he is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide, one of Canada’s best selling non-fiction books. Gord Perks was an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly (now The Grid) and an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.
In his work as a City Councillor, Gord’s priority is investing in public space: protecting library services, community centre programs, and providing more green space within the ward. Additionally, Gord’s vision for the city extends beyond ward boundaries. Gord led the fight to get the TTC to adopt the Ridership Growth Strategy, making Dufferin, King and Queen priority streets for improved transit servicing. Similarly, he was fundamental to the expansion of the City of Toronto’s blue and grey box program. He was successful in his fight to introduce a pesticide by-law that banned the use of cosmetic use of dangerous chemicals on all outdoor properties.
Gord currently sits on the Parks and Environment Committee, Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, Tribunal Nominating Panel, Toronto Atmospheric Fund Board of Directors, Golden Horseshoe Food and Farming Alliance and Greater Toronto Area Agricultural Action committee.
Gord Perks studied at the University of Toronto.