Newsletter - December 2020

Dear Chiara,

As this year draws to a close, I'm reflecting on everything that has happened over the last year. Though 2020 has brought unprecedented challenges to our community, it has also a been a year of incredible neighbourhood solidarity. 

Because of that solidarity, in 2020 we were able to prevent hundreds of our neighbours from losing their homes, rapidly organize a food security response to COVID-19 and secure important funding for flooding relief

Victories like these are only possible because of you. It's what makes me so proud to call York South-Weston home and brings me hope for a stronger and more just city in 2021.

Wishing you and your family a warm holiday season and happy new year!


Chiara Padovani



York South-Weston Coalition for Flooding Prevention 

Every year our homes are devastated by flooding, but last week Doug Ford blatantly attacked measures to prevent flooding in order to put profits before people for generations. Conservation Authorities will now be forced to issue permits for developments even if it will cause flooding, erosion, environmental impacts and could affect public safety. In response to this and decades of neglect, I'm joining with neighbours to launch the YSW Coalition for Flooding Prevention. Beginning in January we will meet monthly to discuss flooding updates and plan community advocacy actions to ensure every level of government is working for us, not against us. 



Evictions on the rise in York South-Weston 

Chiara Padovani talking to CBC about evictions in YSW
Earlier this year, Premier Doug Ford promised no one should have to worry about getting evicted because they can't pay the rent, but that's exactly what's happening in York South-Weston at an alarming rate. I spoke with CBC about why our community has one of the highest eviction rates in the province with over 170 eviction hearings from last month alone. Between now and New Year's Eve over 7000 evictions are scheduled in Ontario. Join the York South-Weston Tenant Union in demanding no COVID Evictions

Community-run outdoor skating rinks coming to YSW!

Community volunteers in York South-Weston have come together to create community ice rinks at Denison Park and Maple Leaf Park this winter! Very special thank you to Laurie Mace and Laura Toniolo for taking on these initiatives! I know maintaining a community rink can be a lot of work and a lot of fun. Stay tuned for more details!


Reinstate the Eviction Ban!

FMTA: All we want for Christmas is to keep our homes

Join the York-South Weston Tenant Union and the Federation of Metro Tenant Associations in demanding No COVID Evictions. Winter is coming, COVID-19 cases are on the raise, Toronto is in lockdown, but tenants can't lock down if they're locked out! 


Support Local Businesses

collage of various photos of Chiara at local businesses including: Bannock's West Indian Grocery, Supercoffee, the Arepa Republic, Humber River Fruit and Veggie Market, Enchilados Taqueria and Canadian Outlet Store

Last month I've discovered some incredibly needed fresh food stores in the community with great prices: in Mount Dennis you should check out Bonnick's West Indian Grocery (1366 Weston) and in Weston be sure to stop by the Humber River Fruit and Veggie Market. Bruno and I also tried delivery from two local restaurants which were delicious: the Arepa Republic in Amesbury and Enchilados Taqueria in Keelesdale. Finally, to make cooking at home a little easier, we picked up some kitchenware for a great deal at Canadian Outlet Store (1919 Weston)!


Support for Learners

Young boy playing with information about Support for Learns Program

Families with children are eligible for a one-time payment of $200-$250. The deadline to apply is January 15

Free Sanitizer Refills at Community Place Hub

Free hand sanitizer refills at the Community Place Hub
In an effort to help reduce waste in our neighbourhood, the Community Place Hub is offering free hand sanitizer refills

Beebo & Bop: At Home

The Grand Salto Theatre presents "BeeBo & Bop: At Home" a very silly and very fun interactive video series for preschoolers and their pals. All episodes filmed in York South Weston!

Mount Dennis Parents Hub

Our neighbour Paida Ogunbiyi in Mount Dennis is starting a Neighbourhood Pod for parents with young children. Neighbourhood Pods for mutual aid are a way for communities to provide support to each other in times of need. Contact Paida (416-834-7022 or [email protected]) if you're interested in joining! 


December 16: FYI's Annual General Meeting
December 20: Last day of Rustic Bakery's Holiday Food Drive
December 23: YSW Holiday Meal Pick-Up

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