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You’re invited to dinner!
It’s that time of year again! Save the date for my annual Community Appreciation Gala. This year it will be held on Wednesday, June 7th at Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West, 6:30-8:30pm. A delicious dinner and delightful entertainment are included in the evening, as we recognize some of Parkdale – High Park’s outstanding residents who make positive contributions to our community. This event is free and open to the public, but please reserve your tickets early as seating is limited and we expect a full house this year!
Reserve your tickets HERE.
Incorporating a gender lens in the Ontario budget
My motion to require the Ontario government to incorporate an intersectional gender equity perspective in the 2017-18 budget, and all future budgets, passed second reading last week.
Budgets with a women’s lens are in place in jurisdictions around the world, including the European Union, Sweden, South Africa, Iceland, Austria, and the Netherlands. Without it, women can be left at a serious disadvantage. A women’s lens on the budget will tackle issues like the wage gap, underrepresentation of women in board positions and overrepresentation of women in low-wage precarious jobs, and the continued failure on issues like affordable childcare.
I’m glad to have this opportunity to move our province in the right direction, with the goal of achieving a more equitable budget for women.
Girls’ Government Day at Queen’s Park
On April 12th, I welcomed students to Queen’s Park as part of my Girls’ Government program. April 12th was the one hundredth anniversary of some women gaining the right to vote in Ontario. I started Girls’ Government as a non-partisan initiative in 2008 to encourage young women to become more involved in politics and advocacy. This year, the participants are Grade 8 girls from Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public School, and we have been meeting monthly since September.
Each year, the girls select an issue that they’re passionate about – a topic that involves engaging different levels of government and develop it over the school year. This year, the students selected the issue of health in indigenous communities and met with Hon. David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation to raise their concerns. They raised a variety of issues pertaining to indigenous health, such as access to clean drinking water and mental health services for youth.
The girls hosted a press conference, attended Question Period, met Premier Kathleen Wynne and Speaker Dave Levac, and received a special tour of the legislature.
Now more than ever, we need young women to be engaged in politics. It is encouraging to see these intelligent and passionate young women being a part of the political process and attending Queen’s Park to advocate for their chosen causes.
Earth Hour 2017
Congratulations to Ward 13 & 14 for fantastic Earth Hour walks yet again this year! I joined the candlelit walk in Parkdale and Roncesvalles this time around, and it was so heartwarming to see our community out and advocating in this way for environmental awareness. Thanks as always to the organizers of this event, and to the Roncesvalles Village BIA, Parkdale Village BIA, Roncy Works, Greenest City and Climate Action Canada for supporting the event.
Please also note that our City Councillors are having Environment Days this Saturday (April 22). These days will include inorganic markets, compost for your gardens, community cleanups and other helpful, useful and environmentally friendly initiatives. Check out Councillor Doucette’s Environment Day info here, and Councillor Perks’ Environment Day info here.
High Park Community Alliance
Thank you to the High Park Community Alliance for your diligent activism on behalf of High Park residents. The HPCA is requesting the community come out to two big meetings at which two developers, Minto and Great West Life, will be presenting, along with city planners, on the large developments proposed north of Bloor, between Oakmount and Quebec Ave. This will give you, the community, an opportunity to express your concerns and ask questions. The more people attend, the better the chances of our voices being heard about this development. To find out more, please visit the HPCA website.