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New Newsletter, Better Communication
If you replied to my last e-newsletter, I likely did not receive your communication. We had some technical issues with our old server which blocked all replies, and blocked many of you from receiving our newsletter as well. I apologize for this inconvenience. I have changed my e-newsletter server so that you can receive and reply to these newsletters again. My priority, as always, is ensuring that I am accessible to you, so that I can hear your feedback, ideas, concerns and thoughts. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Much has happened since my last e-newsletter, and much is on the horizon. Here’s to a safe, happy, equitable and just spring in Parkdale – High Park.
International Women’s Day 2017
Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day. This day commemorates the achievements of women today and throughout history, and is a rallying cry for the ongoing pursuit of gender parity. I am proud to have been advocating for women’s rights for 50 years, and I will keep doing so.
Ontario Municipal Board (OMB): Still accepting your submissions
I am still accepting written submissions from those who wish to offer feedback and concerns about the Ontario Municipal Board. As you know, there are many proposed and ongoing developments in our neighbourhoods. Please submit your letters to me at my Queen’s Park office, or via email.
Photo credit: Environmental Defence
Tenants of 87 Jameson Ave.
The tenants of 87 Jameson Avenue have been on a rent strike against MetCap Living since early February. MetCap has applied to the Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board to raise the rent by 9% over and above the annual Ontario rent increase guideline. Meanwhile, tenants have been living without adequate heat, have experienced water shut offs without proper notice, and have pests, including bed bugs and cockroaches, among other building issues. Many tenants in the building live on low or fixed incomes, and cannot afford these yearly above-guideline rent increases. One resident described the issue as “eviction by another name”. Ontario has no legislation to control vacant rental units, which serves as an incentive for landlords to push out long-term tenants. This would not be the first time landlords have used such tactics. I have previously tabled a Bill calling for real rent control in Ontario, which the government refused to take action on. I call on the government once again to protect tenants from these unjust actions taken against them by landlords.
Photo Credit: Emily Mathieu, Toronto Star
Parkdale Town Hall on US Travel Ban & Islamophobia
My sincerest thanks to Parkdale Community Legal Services for organizing the February 16th town hall meeting to counter Trump’s Muslim travel ban and anti-refugee agenda. I am proud to represent constituents who call for Ontario to be declared a sanctuary province, the immediate suspension of the Canada-US third safe country agreement, lifting the low cap on Syrian refugee sponsorship and immediate landing status for legacy refugee claimants. Now, more than ever, we must be inclusive, supportive and kind to each other.
First Responder Bill Success
I was moved last week when I received a very important email from a constituent, who was the inspiration behind my Bill to recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a workplace injury for First Responders:
I just wanted to thank you once again for all that you’ve done for myself and first responders around the province.
Today, I learned that my initial WSIB claim that was initiated 11.5 yrs [ago], the one that caused me to seek your assistance, has finally been approved under Bill 163.
While the battle is far from over, it’s a step in the right direction.
Forever grateful …”
It is an honour to have had the chance to help. Thank you to each and every First Responder who took the time to share their experience over the years to help pass this Bill.
3 Women on CIUT 89.5 FM
I always look forward to Mondays, when I have a chance to showcase women and hear what they have to say on my radio show 3 Women, which broadcasts live from 4:00 – 5:00 pm on CIUT 89.5 FM. Tune in and hear the topic of the day, send in your questions via email, twitter, facebook or phone. This past week, we discussed the feminist movement in the age of Trump: “We Marched, What Now?”. Thanks to guests Deb Parent and Kavita Dogra for such a fascinating and important discussion.