Community News Update - January 13, 2023

Dear Community,

I remain concerned by the state of our health care system under the stewardship of the Ford government. Recently, we have seen reports of plans to increase the role of private delivery of services in Ontario's health care system.

We've all seen how the Ford government has been starving the public health system of funding. That they are also planning to increase the role of for-profit institutions could be a major problem. I join my colleagues Marit Stiles and France Gelinas in condemning this development.

On January 26th at 7 pm I am hosting an online town hall with Ottawa Centre MPP Joel Harden to discuss the private-public partnership (P3) model's effects on our efforts to build light rail transit (LRT) systems in Ottawa and Toronto.

I've spoken out about the problems with the Crosstown LRT in the past:

https://www.ontariondp.ca/news/ndp-demands-transparency-ford-and-metrolinx-devastating-eglinton-lrt-delays

https://www.ontariondp.ca/news/andrew-little-jamaica-deserves-compensation-after-another-delay-eglinton-crosstown-p3

During the event we will hear testimonies from transit workers, transit riders, impacted small businesses and municipal decision-makers in Ottawa and Toronto, with time for questions at the end.

If you want to join us, RSVP here.

The Ontario pre-budget consultation is fast approaching! Register by 12 PM onFebruary 7 at 12 PM. Hearings will be held on Zoom in Barrie and Toronto. Hearing date Feb 13 – must be registered to attend. Contact [email protected] for more info! You can also use this link.

There are any number of things folks can speak to at these meetings: concerns around housing, affordability crisis, food insecurity, the public health care crisis, environmental issues...the list goes on!

When it comes to budgetary issues: EVERY VOICE MATTERS! Make sure yours is HEARD!

The spectacular Holy Blossom Temple Out of the Cold Community Dinner commenced last night and will be running EVERY THURSDAY at 5PM until March 30th at 1950 Bathurst St (entrance on Dewbourne Avenue)! Spread the word to folks in need!!!! Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who make services like this possible!

See here for more info:
https://holyblossom.org/.../community-dinner.../2023-01-12/

Doors open each Thursday at 5PM and close at 7PM.

In Solidarity, 

Jill Andrew
Toronto-St. Paul's

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