Gord Perks was first elected to represent Parkdale-High Park in 2006.
Gord fights for affordable housing, childcare, public transit, responsible development, and safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists. In the last term Gord successfully led the city in creating social housing, with several projects in Parkdale-High Park. He has improved community and road safety by lowering and unifying the speeds on the ward's residential streets, while bringing the Bloor Bike Lanes to the community. He led the fight to create a fairer, more equitable city budget; one that protects and supports residents, workers, and the city’s most vulnerable.
Gord has been a champion of ending contracting out of public services, a living wage in Toronto, and fair working conditions for Toronto employees.
Gord is the current chair of the Toronto-East York Community Council and the Toronto Drug Strategy. He sits as a member of the Board of Health, Planning and Housing Committee, and the Library Board.
Prior to becoming a Councillor, Gord worked in the environmental movement from 1987 to 2005 with Pollution Probe, Greenpeace Canada, the Better Transportation Coalition, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. His work was fundamental to Toronto’s blue and grey box program, smog plan, and pesticide by-law. He led the campaign for better transit that helped usher in the Ridership Growth Strategy and Transit City.
Gord is the principal author of the Canadian Green Consumer Guide. He has previously worked as an Environment columnist for Eye Weekly and was an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto’s Environmental Studies Department.