Election 2000: For Mayor of Toronto

This is a trailer (4:52) for “Playing with Democracy”, a video documentary of the Gomberg for Mayor campaign in Toronto, 2000. The video is a no budget production by Kelly Reinhardt of Boiling Frog in Toronto.

Who is Tooker Gomberg?

“Tooker Gomberg is a visionary…
an activist who puts principle into practice!”
Elizabeth May, Executive Director, Sierra Club of Canada

Tooker Gomberg — One of Toronto’s Top Ten Activists”
Now Magazine, Jan. 6-12, 2000

Tooker Gomberg is a freelance writer and works part time for the City of Toronto with the City’s worm composting program. Recently, Tooker worked with Greenpeace as national Climate Change and Energy campaigner. He is well versed in issues of urban health and sustainability, including transportation, city design, energy conservation, solar/wind energy, and waste management. Tooker Gomberg has travelled extensively, and has a passion for cities that work.

While serving as Edmonton City Councillor from 1992-1995 Tooker:

  • saved the city $300 million dollars by spearheading water conservation instead of plant expansion.
  • consistently fought transit cuts.
  • helped clean up the river by tightening up the city’s Sewers Use Bylaw.
  • worked to secure North America’s largest composting plant, ensuring that Edmonton now reduces its residential waste stream by 70%.
  • received top marks from Arts Vote for consistently supporting the arts.
  • fought for safer residential streets through more crosswalks and action on speeding traffic

The Campaign: What’s it about?

It’s about a better Toronto. Can you imagine a toronto where…

  • people don’t have to live in cardboard boxes?
  • our kids don’t have to use inhalers to breathe?
  • we compost and recycle our garbage instead of dumping it on Northerners who don’t want it?
  • TTC is quick, far-reaching and accessible?
  • we can safely swim in Lake Ontario?
  • we create employment and wealth by protecting the environment?
  • cyclists abound in safe bicycle lanes?

The Tooker Gomberg for Mayor Campaign aims to electrify this municipal election with chutzpah, creativity, passion, and intelligent, cogent insights on what Toronto could be.

We’ll be talking about problems and solutions. About smog and about homelessness. About the Olympics and about the police. Green taxes and garbage. The TTC, and the sorry state of Lake Ontario.

It will be a campaign about trees and about cyclists; about sustainable jobs and about small business; about the arts and about tenants rights.

Let’s discuss the income gap and urban agriculture. Pesticides and solar energy. Public utilities and unions. Youth. Gay rights. Racism. Car traffic. And much more.

In other words: justice, ecology and democracy will be the currency of this campaign. And just as importantly, we aim to have a blast doing it.

Let’s have parties that celebrate the musicians in our community, and hold rallies in the streets. Let’s laugh and eat and sing and dance together as we change the world right here in our city.

Welcome to the campaign! Our webpage is under development. In the coming weeks, we’ll be plugging in platform planks and our positions on various issues.

We’ll be inviting you to events. We’ll be posting our press releases and news coverage. Every day we’ll be updating our website, so bookmark it and check it regularly. We welcome your feedback and your input. Please Join Us!

What are the issues?

Over the next two months, leading up to election day on Nov. 13, we will be unveiling our platform planks on the issues. Every few days we will announce to the public, through this website, via email, and through the media, our campaign position on an issue of importance to the city.

We will highlight what the problem is, what the opportunities are, and what needs to be done.

Our perspective will be global: what have other cities done? What works? And our solutions will be practical, popular, and affordable.


News Releases

Letters to the editor



Video and print

  • long list of videos http://www.greenspiration.org/elections/Election01/video/video.html

Campaign Thoughts

  • 11 short videos

Campaign Photos – make slideshow