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I hope everyone has been able to stay warm during these past few days. The extreme winter weather and shelters at over capacity has created a crisis. I added my voice in support of local efforts to urge the Mayor of Toronto to declare a state of emergency on homelessness.
The past month has been a busy one in the constituency. I've had the privilege of meeting with many community groups, attending events, and getting ready for the legislature to resume in just a couple of weeks.
My team and I have planned a number of upcoming events this February that we would love for you to attend. You can have some outdoor fun at our Skating Party this Saturday February 9th, or get an update at our next community forum: Defending our Environment and Public Services on February 12th.
As always, I look forward to working with you to continue to help build a stronger, fairer, and more just Ontario.
P.S. I want to hear what issues you think need attention from the government. Send me an email or call my office to let me know what issues matter to you.
Skating Party with Robin Pilkey!
Join me and your local TDSB Trustee Robin Pilkey for an afternoon of skating and hot chocolate! Please bring your own skates, and helmets (required). All children must be accompanied by an adult. All are welcome. Weather permitting.
February 9th, 2019 at 2:00-4:00pm
Sorauren Park Skating Rink
Community Forum: Defending our Environment and Public Services
In recent weeks Doug Ford and his government have put the future of our environment and our public services in jeopardy.
Though Ford has promised to remove provisions from Bill 66 that would have punched holes in the Greenbelt and put our drinking water at risk (thanks to the hard work of grassroots organizations, environmental activists, farmers, and people like you), there are still elements in the bill that threaten our health and safety.
Furthermore, the Ford government has plans to make changes to our education system with regards to class size caps and full day kindergarten, and to our public healthcare system.
Join me and special guests to unpack what is in Bill 66 and to learn from successful grassroots campaigns so that we can take action together to defend our environment and our public services.
Bring your questions, concerns, and ideas for defending the health and safety of Ontarians and our environment. Space is limited, so please RSVP.
Support Children and Youth Mental Health
A few months ago, I tabled a private members' bill, Right to Timely Mental Health and Addictions Care for Children and Youth Act, in the legislature. If passed the bill would cap wait times for children and youth seeking mental health & addiction services at 30 days.
Add your name to show your support here.
On February 21st at 1pm let's fill the galleries in support of Bill 63 as it goes through second reading. Please RSVP here.
Action Alert: Housing
The Toronto Star has reported that the Ford government is "considering ways to speed up evictions". Making it easier to evict tenants will only make the affordable housing and homelessness crisis worse than it is. It is also an attack on tenant rights. I have always been very vocal on affordable housing issues. We cannot allow the profits of corporate landlords and developers take priority over the needs of the people. In our community, we have strong tenants groups that I know will stand up against these changes, and you can count on me to do the same. I urge all of you to call and write to Premier Ford at 416-325-1941 and email@example.com, and Minister of Housing Steve Clark at 416-585-7000 and firstname.lastname@example.org to share your concerns.
Bhutila in the Community
- Bhutila and participants of Girls Government at Parkdale Public School
- Speaking with residents about the TTC at Runnymede station
- Standing up for our environment at the Women's March
- Speaking about women, power, and intersectionality at the DemocracyXChange Summit