Community News Update - June 23, 2023

Dear Community,

Today is the beginning of PRIDE WEEKEND here in Toronto! I hope you'll consider joining us in the celebration of love, acceptance, and the vibrant diversity of our communities!

Let's also honour the profound political roots that birthed this powerful movement. Pride emerged from the tireless activism of 2SLGBTQIA+ pioneers who fought bravely for equity, visibility, and justice - activism led by Black queer and trans folks. Pride was a riot. So while we dance, march, and embrace, let's also remember that our celebration is not just a joyous occasion, but also a testament to the ongoing struggle for equal rights. For dignity. For love.

Let's also reflect on the violence faced by trans youth today, and let's stand together in our support for them, advocating for a world where all individuals can thrive as who they are without fear or discrimination.

Come be a part of this historic moment and help us forge a future where ALL members of our communities are safe!

Are you looking for an activity to complete with your kids this weekend? Want to participate in the PRIDE conversation?


I'd love love love to read what the young people in your lives have written! Feel free to reply to this email with a photo or scan of the completed page!

Monday is election day here in Toronto, and this vote will shape the future of our city.

As you cast your ballot, each of you is participating in the creation of inclusive policies that address systemic inequities and discrimination. It is through this active engagement that we can work toward dismantling oppressive structures, challenge discriminatory practices, and build a more accessible city for all our neighbours.

EVERY vote counts, and our choices can make a profound difference in advancing the rights and well-being of those who have been and continue to be historically marginalized and oppressed.

When you get to your voting location on Monday, please vote like your life depends on it - because some do.

You can find all information for where to vote HERE!

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)!

Time to get our your calendars and mark down everyone's favourite St. Paul's weekend: SALSA ON ST. CLAIR!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone out and about for the festivities on July 8 & 9!

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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