Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Wednesday Community News Update - August 12th

Published on August 12, 2020

Dear Community,
I have exciting news to share. On August 17, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath will be visiting our riding to hear from you about your concerns surrounding the Doug Ford government’s back-to-school plans. Are you a parent or guardian living in Toronto-St. Paul’s who is worried about Ford’s inadequate back-to-school plans for students, for your child, grandchild, or relative? Would you be willing to join MPP Andrew to speak publicly about your concerns? If so, please contact our office at JAndrew-CO@NDP.on.ca.
Next, I want to share an open letter with our community regarding the shelters that are currently operating in the Yonge and Eglinton area. This issue has been particularly divisive in our community in recent weeks, and I wanted to address it directly and in the depth that it deserves. You can read the full letter here.
Today, I attended a physically distanced protest outside Queen’s Park with concerned parents, educators and education workers, organized by Ontario Parent Action Network. They created a simulated classroom on the lawn to show the challenges to social distancing with the number of students legislated in Ford and Minister Lecce’s plan. The demonstration made it abundantly clear that smaller class sizes are needed to keep kids safe.
Although Toronto has seen a slight increase in cases since entering Stage Three of the reopening plan, the city continues to do well by keeping numbers low. Our success as a city is a credit to Torontonians who have come together to follow the direction from Public Health officials. That means frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, wearing a mask when out in public, physically distancing, and keeping strict social bubbles of fewer than 10 people. But, despite our successes, we must remain vigilant. There is still no vaccine and it’s important to keep doing everything we can to prevent a second wave in the fall.
Throughout the pandemic, I have been deeply heartened to see the community come together to support one another and keep each other safe. Our community food tables program are an excellent example of this. We have had four tables operating each Saturday – this week we are at St. Matthew’s Church (11am-3pm), 529 Vaughan Road (11am-3pm), Oriole Park (11am-3pm), and Marian Engel Park (11am-1pm). Please drop by, pick up some food, or drop some food off for the community.
Meanwhile at Queen’s Park, the backlash from parents to Premier Doug Ford’s back-to-school scheme has been loud. Ford’s plan stacks kids in overcrowded classrooms — putting students’ health and academic success at risk. Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says many classrooms across the province simply aren’t ventilated well enough to have big classes crammed into them during the COVID-19 pandemic — making smaller class sizes even more urgent.
Now we see the Ford government’s first-quarter fiscal update shows that $0 has been added to the education budget, and that since April, the government spent just $218 million more on long-term care — nowhere near enough to buy the iron ring nursing homes needed.
Finally, please remember to tune in tomorrow for my adult literacy round table on Facebook Live. RSVP here. Experts Phylicia Davis-Wessling, Reb Chevalier, Alan Cherwinski, and Christine Pinsent-Johnson will join me and it starts at 7pm.


If you have a positive story from our community OR a virtual event you're hosting that you want amplified, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca.

Birthday, Anniversary Greetings
During normal times, my office sends out congratulatory scrolls to folks across the riding to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones! While we're taking physical distancing measures, I will be continuing this digitally. If you have a birthday coming up in the family and you would like a special video message from me, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca. And if you should decide to share your video on social media do tag us @JillsLastWord on Twitter and Jill Andrew - MPP, Toronto-St. Paul's on Facebook.

Calling Local Artists
If you are local artist, and you have a piece of work that you’ve been putting time into, we would love to share it with the community! We know that #ArtsSavesLives and minds especially during traumatic times. If you’re interested in sharing your art please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca

ALL art submitted MUST be accompanied by a short artists statement (50 words or less) to help contextualize the art. Additionally, there are no guarantees that submissions will be included in the newsletter. Thank you for sharing your work with us and our community."

Community Food Tables 

August 15, 2020 


St. Matthew's United Church from 11am to 3pm
729 St. Clair Ave W ( located at St. Clair West and Rushton)
Click HERE to sign up!

Oriole Park Community Garden from 11am to 3pm
201 Oriole Parkway (near Frobisher and Lascelles) 
Click HERE to sign up!

Cy Townsend Park from 11am to 3pm
455 Winona Drive (corner of Vaughan and Winona)
Click HERE to sign up!

Marian Engel Park from 11am to 1pm
285 Melita Ave (just west off of Christie)
Click HERE to sign up!