Toronto. We all have our own reasons for loving Toronto. For some, it’s the unique character of our neighbourhoods; for others it’s our parks and beaches; for still others it’s the vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions.

For all of these reasons and more, Toronto has been ranked as one of 21 of the best business, finance and culture centres in the world, and we are No. 1 in this group in livability.

But remaining at the top is not a given.

Our city is becoming divided. Conflict at city hall. Mayoralty candidates that try to win your heart by putting down the competition, not raising good ideas. A growing divide between the downtown and the inner suburbs, the rich and the poor.

The path to a successful future is simple, but not easy.

Investments that made us a leading international city should not be stopped in a fit of anger, panic or misplaced austerity. Investing in public transit, infrastructure, and, above all, opportunities for young families and newcomers, will lead to a prosperous future. Anything less is a step in the wrong direction.

Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation

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