Today begins an exciting week, as we will be visited by Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath this Thursday. Andrea will be coming to the riding to visit with local residents and leaders and will be dropping by a special Community Food Table that is being organized for Thursday afternoon at St. Matthew’s United Church (729 St. Clair Ave W) from 1:30 to 2:30PM.
All are welcome, and if you are interested in attending, please sign up here. Please note that for anyone attending, we ask that you maintain a physical distance of two metres away from anyone who is not in your social bubble, and that you wear a mask for the duration of your attendance.
One issue that Andrea will be addressing during her visit is the province’s reopening plan for schools, a plan that has been widely panned by both medical and educational experts.
Today, it was announced that the major teachers’ unions in the province have filed a labour board challenge over the reopening plans that have been laid out by the province. One of the key contentions is that the province has not taken the necessary steps to ensure that they will be providing workers with every reasonable precaution to keep them safe. Central to the concerns being raised in the filing are the class sizes that are being mandated by the provincial government.
This lack of preparation is particularly alarming, coming as we are seeing an increase in daily COVID-19 cases in Ontario and as Quebec’s Premier says that their own spike in cases could compromise his province’s reopening of schools.
Right now, we are at a potential inflection point with regards to COVID-19 in the province of Ontario – and it is vital that the next steps we take are measured and safe. We cannot risk a reopening plan that rolls the dice with the safety of students, teachers, education workers, custodians, and their families. Now is not the time to cut corners to save on short-term costs – we need a full investment in our education system.
Back to school is also a very difficult time for many families, as school supplies can be very expensive.
Here in our community, there are some amazing community members from St. Clement’s Church organizing what they are dubbing a “drive-through back to school supplies event”. At this event, community members are encouraged to drive by and drop off backpacks and other school supplies (backpacks are the most sought-after item). If you are dropping off school supplies, you are asked to put them in a separate plastic bag.
If you’re able to donate, they will be running this program on Wednesday September 2nd, from 4:30 to 6:30PM at St. Clements Church (enter the parking lot off St Clement’s Avenue just west of Duplex and exit on Briar Hill – one block north).
They will be using a hockey stick to collect donations to ensure safe physical distancing!
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."
Special Community Food Table
with Andrea Horwath!
Join us this Thursday at St Matthew's United Church at 1:30PM for a special edition of our Community Food Tables with Andrea Horwath!
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