Newsletter - October 2020

Dear Friend,

October is National Mental Health Month in Canada. Are you feeling overwhelmed since COVID-19 started? I'll be honest with you, I am.

In my day job at North York Harvest Food Bank, I'm working harder than ever before to meet the massive surge in demand for food banks. After work, with the York South-Weston Tenant Union, I've been fighting to help our neighbours keep their homes. COVID-19 has taken a real toll on every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. 

It's okay to ask for help. As a social worker, I know navigating the mental health system can be intimidating, but here's a good place to start.

Remember, we're all in this together.

Sincerely,

Chiara

chiarapadovani.ca

 


COMMUNITY UPDATES

Weston resident, Zayde Wisdom, makes NHL draft

Zayde Wisdom from Weston was just drafted to the Philadelphia Flyers! His story of perseverance and hard work is featured on TSN's "Nothing Given" which you can watch here. Congratulations to Zayde and his family!

 

Weston Mount Dennis Community Renaissance Project

The Weston-Mount Dennis Community Renaissance Project is looking for community members to join their steering committee to shape and co-design resident engagement in the Weston and Mount Dennis. Contact them on Facebook to learn more

Weston family tragically torn apart

Hamdi, the victim of a horrific shooting in our community last month, leaves behind his wife and newborn baby. I've had the pleasure of working with his wife, Hanan, who has been a strong advocate for York South-Weston and communities like ours around the city for many years. Donations to the family can be made here.

NEIGHBOURS TO KNOW

Aaron Atwell

Aaron Atwell, from Keelesdale, is working to change the culture of hockey. Having experienced racism and economic barriers in the game himself, he's teaming up with former NHL player, Akim Aliu and the Time to Dream Foundation to help make hockey, more diverse, inclusive, affordable and accessible to all. Last month they established an entirely Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) minor league hockey team to do just that. 

 


TAKE ACTION

Demand Safe Bikeways in York South-Weston

If Weston is home of the bicycle, why is it so dangerous to ride one in our neighbourhood? Join your neighbours in demanding Keele-Weston Bikeways by signing this petition.

Stop Unsafe Evictions

The York South-Weston Tenant Union has teamed up with more than 100 community organizations to demand a stop to unsafe evictions during COVID-19.Take 30 seconds to ask Premier Ford to restore the court-ordered moratorium on residential evictions here.

Support Local Businesses

As we move into modified stage two because of rising COVID-19 cases, let's continue to support our local business in York South-Weston. Recently, my husband Bruno and I enjoyed locally brewed beer in Amesbury from Bellwoods Brewery, take-out from the new and delicious Calabar Grill in Mount Dennis and Aleeza's Pizza in Weston. We also picked up some gouda cheese at the Holland Store in Pelmo Park and enjoyed coffee at Black Cat Espresso's outdoor patio.

 


PROGRAMS & RESOURCES

Flu Shots in York South-Weston

During COVID-19 it's more important than ever before to help prevent the spread of the flu and it's free! Getting the flu shot can not only protect yourself and others against the flu, but it can help reduce the demand on our healthcare system as frontline healthcare workers continue to battle COVID-19. You can get your flu shot at most chain pharmacies or you can support your local independent pharmacy.

Stay, Play and Learn at Home

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out Stay, Play and Learn for free, high-quality recreation, active living, arts and culture activities for all ages to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

TechServeTO

Are you or someone you know a senior having difficulties connecting to technology? TechServeTO helps older adults figure out technology free of charge. Learn more here.


WHAT’S ON IN YSW THIS MONTH?

October 21: Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study Consultation
October 21-24: BigArtTO at the Weston GO
October 24: Weston Farmer's Market
October 26: Cricket Strategy Town Hall
November 3: Mount Dennis Planning Framework Consultation