As we head into the final weekend of August, I hope you take some time to enjoy these last few moments of summer. I hope you get a chance to spend time with loved ones and enjoy some sunshine together outside.
Perhaps you’ll want to visit The Stop Wychwood Barns Farmers’ Market and pick up some delicious local fruit and vegetables. It’s wonderful to see that The Stop has now re-opened! The market is open every Saturday between 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you're planning to attend this weekend, please read the information on their website and learn how to stay safe.
This Tuesday is September 1. That means rent is due for many of you and with that comes worry and anxiety, especially for those of you who still have not returned to your jobs. Know that my office is here to support you. You will soon receive an update to my 2020 Tenant Guide. As you probably already know, Bill 184, which passed in the legislature before the summer break, made a number of significant changes that impact tenants across Ontario. I hope my Tenant Guide update provides you with the key information you need to know about the changes. As always, you can email my office at JAndrew-CO@NDP.on.ca.
Speaking of housing inequity, a new study reveals what many of us already know, that race and poverty play significant roles in evictions in Toronto, and that Black people are at a higher risk of being forced out from their homes. The report found that eviction filings are four times higher in neighbourhoods with high populations of Black and racialized people and low income people. Check out the full report from the Wellesley Institute.
The historic neighbourhood of Little Jamaica isn’t just iconic Black history, it’s an integral piece of the cultural fabric of this city, and we must do everything we can to protect and preserve it. In case you missed it, check out this Toronto Star feature on the renewed calls for official recognition of Little Jamaica to help the area recover from the effects of COVID-19, construction and gentrification — this is a call that has been ongoing since the Metrolinx Crosstown LRT project broke ground in 2011.
I am honoured to stand with those of you who will be rallying for our community’s history tomorrow August 29, at 3pm, at Bana on the Block, a rally for Canadian Afro-Caribbean rights and community occupation. The event is in support of Black-owned businesses on Eglinton West that have seen a decline in sales due to construction and COVID-19.
Finally, I want to send my condolences to the friends and family of Gerald Wong, the founder of Gerry’s Fast Foods on St. Clair Ave W. Gerald was a fixture in our neighbourhood for many years, and helped create the wonderful community that we know and love today. Since his passing there has been an outpouring of stories and memories of Gerald, demonstrating his real impact on so many. While Gerald will missed dearly, he remains present through Gerry’s, where you can still pick up some of the best food in Toronto.
May he rest in peace.
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."
Table Locations for Saturday August 29
729 St. Clair Ave W ( located at St. Clair West and Rushton)
Oriole Park Community Garden from 11am to 3pm
201 Oriole Parkway (near Frobisher and Lascelles)
Cy Townsend Park from 11am to 3pm
455 Winona Drive (corner of Vaughan and Winona)
Marian Engel Park from 11am to 1pm
285 Melita Ave (just west off of Christie)