Arthur Smitherman is a local community activist. His activism has been primarily centered on the Humber River Health Coalition. The mandate of the HRHC is primarily about keeping the Finch site of the Humber River Regional Hospital open. York-West is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in all of Canada; and has two of the most neglected Postal Codes in all of Canada. It has been subjected to constant Human Rights abuses by its elected officials – and this manifests in its demographics.
The infant mortality rate is amongst the lowest in all of Canada, and statistically the infants born here are less than 2500 grams. These children are consequently challenged by a host of health issues and negative social determinants.
Arthur is also a member of the Worker’s Assembly and is broadening his apparatus by networking with other activists.
Arthur has logged over 3M miles as a tractor trailer driver, and has worked as a truck fleet dispatcher, mediator, lobbyist and mortgage, and small business loan broker. Listing anthropology as a hobby Arthur has also acquired a broad base of post secondary education, which includes a Legal Assistant Diploma and Dispute Resolution Certificate.
Running as a Councilor in the 2010 City of Toronto municipal election, Arthur enjoyed modest success against a two incumbents and a highly popular local activist.