We have exciting news to share! On September 3, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will visit our Toronto-St. Paul’s neighbourhood. Right now, the itinerary for the day is still being finalized, but we will definitely share more details with you shortly. If you’re interested in coming out to say hello and meet Andrea -- we would love to see you! -- please connect with my office at JAndrew-CO@NDP.on.ca.
Yesterday I hosted an exciting panel of experts and advocates discussing the urgent need for an intersectional feminist response to COVID-19 to ensure our recovery from this pandemic centres the most marginalized community members.
If you missed the event, give it a watch right now.
Last year, I tabled a motion calling for an Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy. The motion demands that the government adopt a Provincial Intersectional Gender Equity Strategy that includes a thorough Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+). That means we’d assess how diverse groups may experience or be impacted by policies, programs and initiatives. Whether it’s health care, housing, worker’s rights or education, it’s critical that we understand how legislation impacts our most vulnerable populations.
And in case you missed it, check out my op-ed published in NOW Magazine last week.
On Monday, I was joined by Official Opposition critic for education Marit Stiles for a virtual discussion on back-to-school and ensuring a safe September for students, teachers and staff. I regularly hear from parents who are deeply worried about the direction that this government has taken. If you missed the discussion, you can watch it here.
Today, we got the news that the SIU will not lay any charges against the police officers in the case of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, the 29-year-old Black woman who tragically fell to her death from a High Park Avenue balcony earlier this year, after an interaction with the police. You can read the full news report here.
This summer, I spoke about this issue in the legislature more than once. Watch as I read the petition calling for the implementation of the Regis Report, a provincial human rights strategy. Regis’s death sparked large protests in Toronto and across the country, with thousands of people taking to the streets demanding justice for her, and I have been proud to stand with them.
I also encourage you to read the Ontario NDP report on police violence.
Finally, keep an eye out for an extra update to my 2020 Tenant Guide. As you may already know, Bill 184 passed in the legislature just before breaking for summer, and it contained a number of significant changes that will have an impact on tenants across Ontario. The first of the month is just days away, and that means rent is due, and I know that brings so much anxiety for many of you. I hope this update to my Tenant Guide helps provide you with the key information you need to know about what’s changed. As always, you can email my office at JAndrew-CO@NDP.on.ca if you have any questions.
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."