Newsletter - September 2019

The beginning of September is marked by Labour Day, a day to celebrate the progress of workers' rights across Canada and around the world.

For many, the beginning of September is also marked by the first day of school. I remember when teachers and educational workers stood up to defend public education in the late 90s under Conservative Premier Mike Harris. This labour day, I'm standing with education workers, parents and students working hard to protect the right to education in the face of harmful cuts by Conservative Premier Doug Ford.

Our children deserve better, and together we can demand better.

 



COMMUNITY UPDATES


NDP Supports a Federal $15 Minimum Wage

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On Labour Day, the NDP announced their commitment to a $15 Federal Minimum Wage. For years, Yafet Tewelde and I have been fighting for $15 and Fairness, which is why this announcement is just one more reason I know he'll make a great MP for York South-Weston in the upcoming federal election. If you haven't had a chance to meet him, I encourage you to come by his campaign office opening on Saturday September 21st!

 

Mount Dennis in the News

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Transit connections in Weston-Mt. Dennis offer new possibilities to solve chronic problems

Excerpt from The Toronto Star: Lifelong area resident and tenant Chiara Padovani, 31, [is] mindful of the connection between hunger and housing, [and] has been working with tenants in the area over the past year to create a York South-Weston tenants network. “Even though there are a lot of challenges in the community, tenants and other community members are getting together and demanding better,” she said in her office, located in a sprawling industrial warehouse on the former Kodak lands that holds numerous other community organizations. “That’s what I find really exciting about this process. I have seen people step up and come together.”

 



TAKE ACTION

 

Have Your Say in Toronto's Child Care and Early Years Programs

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Toronto Children's Services would like to hear from you about how you find, learn about and participate in child care and early years programs and services. Adults can complete the survey here and children can complete one just for kids here.

 

Stand up for Affordable Child Care

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Last month, Premier Ford announced that his harmful cuts to child care and health care will be going ahead next year. Too many families in York South-Weston are already struggling with the highest child care fees and the longest waitlists in the country. Our kids deserve better! Sign this petition to urge the Province and the City to fund the child care programs that our kids deserve.

 



PROGRAMS


Apply for a Neighbourhood Climate Action Grant

Do you have an idea to make your neighbourhood greener? Up to $7,500 is available for resident-led climate action projects in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs). Eligible neighbourhoods in York South-Weston include Weston, Rustic, Mount Dennis, Keelesdale-Eglinton, Rockcliffe-Smythe and Beechborough Greenbrook. Find out how to get involved in your Neighbourhood Planning Table here and more about the Neighbourhood Climate Action Grant here.

 



WHAT’S ON IN YSW THIS MONTH?

September 5: York South-Weston Neighbourhood Planning Table Meeting
September 7: Weston Farmer's Market
September 12: Humber River Heritage Talk
September 12: Rustic Community Network Meeting
September 13: Fall Festival
September 14: Joshua Glover: The Opera in Little Avenue Memorial Park
September 14: Weston Farmer's Market
September 15: Joshua Glover: The Opera in Little Avenue Memorial Park
September 19: Rockcliffe-Smythe Neighbourhood Action Partnership Meeting
September 21: Yafet Tewelde's Office Opening
September 21: Weston Farmer's Market
September 21: Joshua Glover: The Opera in Little Avenue Memorial Park
September 26: Mount Dennis BIA's Coffee Culture With Durpy at Supercoffee
September 28: Weston Farmer's Market