Community News Update - July 28, 2023

Dear Community,

There's another scorcher on the books in Toronto today! I want to take this opportunity to remind all of our housed community members and neighbourhood renters about their rights related to air conditioning fees!

You can learn more by reading through my 2023 Tenant Guide which is now available on line.

Have more questions? Email my office!

A reminder, too, if you're able to check on the unhoused community members in your area. With the federal government clutching their pearls and refusing Mayor Chow's request for support, our shelter system continues to be stretched thin and folks are forced to languish in this unbearable heat without respite.

A bottle of water could go a long way in helping someone avoid unnecessary heat stroke!

This week, our community member and friend Mark Lewis passed away.

Mark was passionate about his work with The Carpenters' District Council of Ontario and the needed work of recruiting women and diverse workers to the industry.

My sincerest condolences to Mark's beloved family and all who knew him. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

Those who wish to honour his memory can join me in donating to his chosen charity.

I was honoured to attend the Centre of Excellence for Black Student Success this morning and speak with the many talented participants of the Black Student Summer Leadership Program!

This is such a fantastic paid opportunity for Black students to explore experiential opportunities and access mentorship and training in areas they're passionate about.

I'm so proud of every attendee in this program and I can't wait to see what WONDERFUL things you will go on to accomplish. A bright future awaits!

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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