Newsletter - March 2020

Every March 8th the world comes together to commemorate International Women's Day, a day to celebrate and remember the contributions of women around the world and take action for gender equality.

Here in York South-Weston, local organizations have teamed up to organize "Caring for our Communities, Caring for Ourselves" to celebrate women working in the nonprofit sector. 

Join me this Friday as I moderate a discussion with some incredible women working for our community while fighting for decent work in the sector.

 


COMMUNITY UPDATES

Residents Fight for Judicial Review 200 Rockcliffe Court Sale

For decades our community has been denied the flooding mitigation we deserve. In 2017, our Councillor actually supported the sale of public land in the floodplain to one of her biggest campaign donors so he could expand his meatpacking business. Our community deserves better and we're fighting for it. Learn more about the York South–Weston Flooding Accountability Coalition here.

 

Update on York Memorial C.I. & George Harvey C.I.

The Toronto District School Board is currently in the midst of a "Pupil Accommodation Review" of York Memorial and George Harvey that is recommending the consolidation of both schools. As a proud York Memorial graduate, I want to see this important institution rebuilt, and as our community grows and develops, it's important both schools remain open to meet our community needs. Students and parents of George Harvey and York Memorial are encouraged to attend the TDSB meetings at both schools to have their voices heard. Save our Schools!



PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

Free Income Tax Clinics

The Toronto Public Library offers free income tax clinics for low-income families. Some local libraries offering this program this month include Weston and Evelyn Gregory. Remember to call ahead to book an appointment!

 

Home Energy Loan Program

The City of Toronto's Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) supports homeowners make their homes more energy efficient with low-interest loans of up to $75,000 to cover the cost of home energy improvements. You can learn more about HELP by tuning in to this Webinar on March 11.

 

SolarTO

Did you know SolarTO offers free online visual checks, conceptual layouts and budgetary estimates for homeowners considering going solar in Toronto? If you're considering installing solar panels in your home, tune in to this online webinar on March 12 to learn how the City of Toronto can help. 

 

Registration for City Recreation Programs

Registration for Summer recreation programs in York South-Weston begins on March 7. Check out the City of Toronto's Fun Guide to see what programing is available and be sure to register early to secure your child's spot!

 


TAKE ACTION

Protect Black Creek from Flooding

The York South–Weston Flooding Accountability Coalition is fundraising for a Judicial Review of the decision to sell the 200 Rockcliffe Court that must be filed before March 24.

 

No More Delays: Bring Back Rent Control!

City Council has delayed implementing rent control on publicly funded developments for more than 4 months. Tell City Council that the housing crisis can't wait! Add your voice here.

 



WHAT’S ON IN YSW THIS MONTH?

March 3: Community Dialogue on the Black Youth Fellowship
March 5: York South Weston NIA Network Meeting
March 5: Development Consultation at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School at 6:30
March 6: International Women's Day: Caring for our Communities Caring for Ourselves
March 6: Weston Impact Hub
March 7: Paper Bag Princess Day
March 9: York Memorial C.I. Parents' Meeting on Future of School
March 10: George Harvey C.I. Parents' Meeting on Future of School
March 11: Home Energy Loan Program Webinar
March 12: Go Solar Webinar
March 12: Rustic Community Network Meeting
March 12: Urban Arts AGM
March 17: Debbie's Magical Balloon Show
March 18: Owen Anderson's Comedy Magic Show
March 18: Fun Science
March 19: Rockcliffe-Smythe Neighbourhood Action Partnership Meeting
March 22: Community Dinner and Tenant Workshop
March 24: Alumni Meeting of George Harvey and York Memorial C.I. on future of schools
March 24: Storytelling Gifts featuring Ron Evan
March 26: A Night for Jack with Paul Reddick
March 27: MDCA EcoNeighbourhood Summit
March 28: MDCA EcoNeighbourhood Summit
March 31: Deadline for Climate Change in Mount Dennis Project


- Ongoing -

YoYo Martial Arts Class
Story Tots Drop-in Class
York Jets Soccer Club Summer Registration
Parks and Recreation Summer Registration