Today, we remember the six men who were murdered four years ago in a terrorist attack on the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. Their deaths are a solemn reminder that it is up to all of us to take action to address Islamophobia, hate, and racism in our communities.
May they rest in peace.
Mamadou Tanou Barry
I also want to extend a special thank you to the Women’s Mosque of Canada for hosting a vigil tonight to remember the victims of this heinous attack. If you’re interested in finding out more about their work, check out their website here.
As we begin another weekend, I want to encourage everyone to try and find some time for self-care.
We may never fully be able to quantify the impact that COVID-19 is having on us right now, and the psychological impacts of the events that we are all living through cannot be overstated. So whether it’s reading your favourite book, calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in while, or making your favourite meal – take some time for you.
On the note of self-care, last night, I was happy to join Rachelle and Michelle from ‘being here, human’ for a discussion about mental health and grief during COVID-19. I want to thank them for participating in the event, as their insights were incredibly valuable.
If you missed it, you can watch the entire replay here.
In COVID-19 news, we have reported another 1837 cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, with 595 of those cases in Toronto. This continues our downward trend, with the new seven-day rolling average standing at 2010. While our case numbers are still down from a couple of weeks ago, it’s important that we all stay focused on doing everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
So let’s all commit once again to wearing our masks, washing our hands, and limiting all non-essential trips out of our homes.
One of the key COVID-19 challenges that we’re facing here in Toronto continues to be over-crowding on our public transit system. Many essential workers don’t have the luxury of working at home, and as a result, are still commuting to their workplaces. This week, I was able to join the team at Metro Morning for a conversation about this unique challenge and issue a call for increased funding for municipal transit systems to reduce crowding during the pandemic.
This coming Monday will be the start of Black History Month, and this morning I was happy to speak on Newstalk 1010 about Black History Month, and what it means to me, and it has inspired me to issue a call out today – to ask the same question to our community.
What does Black History Month mean to you?
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