Newsletter - May 2020

Dear Neighbour, 

This month began with the celebration of international workers' day on May 1st.

This May Day we celebrate and are especially grateful for frontline workers who go to work to keep us healthy and make sure we can have what we need in these especially difficult times. Sadly, it is often these frontline workers who are among the lowest paid workers in our city

Working at the food bank, I have met far too many food and grocery store workers who cannot afford the food they sell us. 

What COVID19 has shown us is that we can - indeed we must - do better to protect workers rights in this province. No essential worker should be living below the poverty line or have to go to work sick.

Join me in supporting our frontline heroes by demanding better for them

Stay well and keep safe,

Chiara Padovani


Local resident is trying to bring her father home to York South-Weston

Hawa Mire is trying to bring her father, Yahia Mire, back home to York South-Weston after getting stranded in Somalia during the COVID19 lockdown. If you know someone else who is in Somalia and unable to come back home, please email Hawa at [email protected] Help us bring Yahia back home by sharing Hawa's post and writing to YSW MP Ahmed Hussen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Francois-Philippe Champagne.

Comal y Canela Opens Food Bank

Yasmin, the owner of Comal y Canela in York South-Weston, has opened up her restaurant as a food bank for the community on Wednesdays. You can support the food bank by contributing to her fundraiser and support her local business by ordering delicious Mexican food!



Even Heroes Need Paid Sick Days!

As we cheer on frontline workers every evening, let's remember the best way to support them is by demanding decent working conditions. Sign here to demand paid sick days for every worker.

Support Local Businesses

What's your favourite local business in York South-Weston? My husband Bruno and I have enjoyed tasty treats from Supercoffee, delicious pupusas from 100% Salvadoreno, and craft beer from Junction Brewing all delivered to our door. We've also avoided long line-ups by picking up our grocery staples from local grocers like Ausef Halal Foods and King's Variety. Remember, if you operate a small business during COVID-19 you may qualify for the the Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers or Emergency Rental Assistance for small business.



I am constantly updating my resource page to help navigate what resources are available to members of our community. Below you'll find some highlights that are new this month. If you know of any other useful resources that have helped you during this time, please let me know! 

Pet Food Assistance

Toronto Animal Services is offering advice and financial assistance to pet owners who are experiencing hardship and struggling to care and provide necessities for their pets due to COVID-19. Learn more here.

Toronto Public Library Digital Cards

No library card? No problem! The Toronto Public Library has opened up their large collection of ebooks and audiobooks, with the new Instant Digital Card.


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