Community News Update - July 24, 2023

Dear Community,

Last week, the Financial Accoutability Office - in other words, Ontario's fiscal watchdog - found that Doug Ford is underspending by a total of 7.2 BILLION DOLLARS.

This is while housing costs and homelessness are at record highs, ERs continue closing all across the province, and workers' wages are kept well behind rates of inflation; $7.2 billion could go some ways in rerouting the province from this disastrous path we're headed on.

Instead, Ford is pinching pennies on the backs of Ontarians who are struggling more and more to get by and calling it "fiscal responsibility." I think I speak for many across Toronto-St. Paul's and the province as a whole when I say, BFFR.

With the next session around the corner, I want to hear from YOU. How would this $7.2 billion work to make you & your family's lives more manageable? Email [email protected] with how I hold the Ford government to account for our community this fall!

The Midtown Yonge BIA sure knows how to throw a party! Thank you to the entire team, local vendors, small businesses, our community, and volunteers for making this inaugural block party a HIT!

Music lovers! Wanna join us this summer for Music in the Park?

Come on out to Suydam Park on Saturdays 1-3pm until October! It's free and it's family-friendly (including our fur babies too)!

Yesterday Big Smoke Brass Band rocked the house (well Park lol!) and up next Saturday we've got Tara Moneka!

High fives to team Forest Hill Village BIA for such outstanding programming!

For those who don't know I played piano for many years in my youth and also loved singing! Maybe just maybe one day you might catch me in the park :)

If you have donations to spare, please consider bringing them down to Marian Engel Park on Saturday between 11AM - 1PM! If you need some extra groceries, come on down no questions asked (we have tote bags)!

Each year across Ontario, thousands of lives are lost to overdoses. We need every level of government to prioritize implementing harm reduction strategies to combat these senseless deaths, and you can help.

As many of you know, Naloxone is a medication that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose, and these kits are FREE with training at participating pharmacies across the city. Together, we can prevent unnecessary deaths and work toward a more compassionate society that is safe safe for everyone.

Find a pharmacy with Naloxone kits near you, and make sure you can recognize the signs of an overdose.

In Solidarity, 

Jill Andrew
Toronto-St. Paul's


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