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Olivia Chow campaign platform highlights transit

10/03/2014 10:54 EDT | Updated 12/03/2014 05:59 EST
Toronto mayoral candidate Olivia Chow released her full campaign platform Friday with measures aimed at improving transit and child care.

Many of the platform planks outlined in Friday's announcement have been released before, including:

- Surface rail instead of a subway extension in Scarborough.

- A move to get studies underway for a downtown relief subway line.

- A reduction in overtime costs for police officers through better management of officers' shifts and less paid-duty work.

- Move to block the use of jets at the Billy Bishop Airport.

- 15,000 new affordable housing units.

- 3,000 more child care spaces, 500 more affordable childcare subsidies.

Other platform planks announced Tuesday include:

- Zero-tolerance policy on pedestrian deaths.

- Let allow neighbourhoods to request a 10 km/h speed limit reduction.

- Bring a traffic liaison into the mayor's office.

- Add 200 km of new bikes lanes and improve maintenance on existing bike lanes.

- Abolish the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

- Increase arts funding to $25 per capita per year.

- Shorter election campaigns.

Polls suggest that Chow, a former Toronto city councillor and NDP MP, is currently running third in the race behind John Tory and Doug Ford.

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