Community News Update - June 12, 2023

Dear Community,

This weekend, it was such a joy to get outside in the sunshine (where has it gone?!) and celebrate 70 years of Portuguese-Canadian heritage and culture. Thank you for allowing me to celebrate alongside your incredible community with joy, music, arts, food, and more - man was it ever fun!

The opening night of Scott Joplin's Treemonisha was outstanding! I remember the first time I went to the opera when I was in my 20s. I enjoyed it, but I felt out of place. Thanks to theatre titans like Weyni Mengesha, witnessing live performance is different for us today.

Another heartfelt example of black excellence! The theatre was packed, everyone was hanging onto every word, every step, every movement. You MUST see this - truly!

Learn more HERE!

Advance polls are still open until TUESDAY! Make sure you get out there and have your voice HEARD!

Find your closest polling station to cast your ballot in this important election as step ONE to making the changes that move our city forward. Forward for all of us. 

This upcoming weekend on Saturday, June 17 is the Na-Me-Res Pow Wow at Fort York! Learn more about this fabulous event HERE!

Want to give your kid a front row seat to all that goes down at Queen's Park? Well, now's your chance through the Legislative Page Program, with applications open now until June 15, 2023.

Each year, grade 7 & 8 students are selected to take part in the coveted program, acting as aides to MPPs in the chambers, while also getting to see and learn of Ontario's parliamentary process, meet members from both sides of the aisle, and make friends from all across Ontario, Having seen many students of St. Paul's take on the important role over the years, and hear the joy and lifelong memories they & their families made, I highly encourage your child's application.

Learn more of the program and how to apply here. If you have any questions, reach out via email at [email protected] or by phone at (416) 325-7457.

With the spring sunshine well upon us, I am in awe of the abundance of gardens here in our community of St. Paul's! I'd love to share this joy with folks across the neighbourhood and celebrate your hard work stewarding a place of beauty and (sometimes) sustenance!

With that in mind, please reply to this email with a photo of your garden (from a container garden on your windowsill to a full vegetable pasture in your yard - all gardens are welcome) to have it featured in our community newsletter AND have the chance to win a small prize!

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.

Toronto Cares Initiative will be hosting their Spring Into Summer Social Fundraiser on June 14th - you don't want to miss this!

The City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot program and CIUT 89.5 FM are partnering to offer YOUTH PODCAST TRAINING! See below for information about how to apply.

In Solidarity, 

Jill Andrew
Toronto-St. Paul's



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