It was a busy summer and it's turning into a busy fall in Spadina-Fort York and at Queen's Park.
It was an incredible summer in the riding with events happening on most evenings and every weekend! I would like to express my thanks to Judy and Wil Matthews and their team at The Bentway. All summer there has been skateboarding, music and food that has transformed the area under the Gardiner into a vibrant community hub! I would also like to thank the members of the neighbourhood associations for the film nights and activities that give us a chance to get to know our neighbours in high-rise communities.
Spadina-Fort York is an incredible riding! We share a rich history, a feast of cultural offerings, an influential and dynamic business and finance community, a wonderfully diverse and growing population, and much more. I'll put in one more plug for the Bill Davis Trail at Ontario Place - a wonderful community space on our waterfront. If you haven't been since it re-opened, please go! It's spectacular.
Interrupt gun violence. Sadly, gun violence has become a growing issue in our community over the summer. Prior to being an MPP, as a member of the Toronto Board of Health, I worked with community groups to bring forward a motion to take a public health approach to gun violence. Acting on this motion, the City is now studying the number of young people who are experiencing trauma because of violence in their communities so that it can be treated before the trauma feeds back into the cycle of violence. The city is also looking at developing an "interrupters" program where community members will negotiate non-violent solutions to conflict in order to disrupt the spread of gun violence. These are important steps, but much still needs to be done.
WE NEED YOU! We are establishing workgroups to advocate for daycare and schools, affordable housing, and condo-owner protections. Please email me to get involved in this important work.
As many of you know, my background is in education. For a decade, I taught a course focused on the long struggle to achieve democracy right here in Ontario. There is no doubt that democracy is hard work! On behalf of my constituents I am continuing that work, building an Ontario that works for each and every one of us.
Student Sex-Ed Rally
On Friday, September 21, high school students across Toronto walked out of class to rally in support of the recently repealed 2015 sex-ed curriculum. I addressed the large crowd of students from University of Toronto Schools in my constituency office parking lot and encouraged them to continue to speak out and lobby for issues they believe are important.
Queen's Park Update
On September 19, the judgement of Superior Court Judge Edward Belobaba, that Bill 5 (which changed the number of Toronto city wards from 47 to 25) was unconstitutional, was stayed by the Ontario Court of Appeal. As a result, the Toronto municipal election is proceeding with candidates running in 25 wards. However, the final judgement is quite a ways off. Please watch this issue closely as the questions raised in the courts are whether we have democratic rights in municipal elections and whether we have the right to fair municipal elections. To be party of my democracy workgroup, please email me.
As you've heard me mention before, the new Bill Davis Trail and Trillium Park that has opened on the east end of Ontario Place is simply amazing. The previous government had put out Request for Proposals to transform the rest of Ontario Place into a vibrant destination and some contracts for design were awarded. Our current government, as part of its review, has put these initiatives on hold and has indicated that they will be reviewing and actively participating in a new direction for the Ontario Place lands. It belongs to all of us, so please, stay tuned and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
In Our Community
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