Whereas the provincial government has not contacted city of Toronto staff or the City Councillor regarding construction or demolition of the Foundry at the Dominion Foundry Complex at 153 to 185 Eastern Avenue;
Whereas this land contains the Dominion Foundry Complex, the largest concentration of heritage buildings to be preserved within the 80 acre precinct, and the demolition of these heritage assets would be an incalculable detriment to proper city planning;
Whereas the MZO issued for this site contradicts the principles of good, local planning that should be driven by local communities and the long-term public interest, not dictated by heavy handed orders from the province;
Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to call on the Provincial Government to immediately stop any and all demolition activity of the Foundry buildings and to work collaboratively with the City of Toronto, communities and stakeholders on this important site, without exception.
No one should be forced out of their home in the middle of the pandemic.
COVID-19 has highlighted the importance of having a safe, secure place to call home.
Right now thousands of tenants are unable to pay their rent and are about to be evicted. Many have nowhere to go. They are on the verge of becoming homeless - in winter, in the middle of the pandemic.
Lives are at risk.
On February 16th my bill to Stop to COVID evictions will be debated in the legislature.
We need the Provincial government to take action on this important issue and pass the bill as soon as possible.
Help us organize to Stop COVID evictions:
1. Call and email the Premier and the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Ask them to stop COVID evictions.
Premier Doug Ford
Hon. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
2. Tell your friends and family to contact their local MPP and ask them to put pressure on the Premier to sign an emergency order to ban COVID evictions today.
3. Sign the petition below to call on the provincial government to reinstate the moratorium on evictions and prohibit evictions for the nonpayment of rent for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.754 signatures
WHEREAS renters across Ontario are currently having a hard time paying rent and other bills, especially if they have lost their income during the Covid-19 pandemic;
WHEREAS rent across Ontario is already too high and many families are barely managing to live month-to-month; shelters in communities across Ontario are full and with homelessness already a crisis;
WHEREAS the rights of tenants are already limited, and the Ontario Landlord & Tenant Board is expediting eviction hearings without consideration to the public health consequence of pushing tenants out of their homes in the middle of pandemic;
That, in the opinion of this House, the provincial government should immediately take additional steps to help protect residential tenants by reinstating the temporary moratorium on residential evictions until Ontario has entered a post-pandemic recovery period and by prohibiting evictions for nonpayment of rent for the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whereas the Ford government did not notify city of Toronto staff or city councillors prior to issuing Minister’s Zoning Orders for three sites in the West Don Lands;
Whereas these orders sidestep the local planning process and shutter community input;
Whereas local planning should be driven by local communities and the long-term public interest, not dictated by heavy handed orders from the province;414 signatures
Therefore we, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to call on the provincial government to stop its lobbyist-driven MZOs in the West Don Lands and elsewhere, and restore transparent and evidence-based planning that includes public consultation and respect for heritage conservation, the environment and local decision-making.
You can read this open letter MPP Morrison and fellow MPPs sent to the Ontario government about construction noise here.
TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS the Ontario government altered the lawful construction working hours to allow for a 6:00 AM start, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week;
WHEREAS residents living near residential and commercial construction sites are jolted awake every morning by the sound of delivery trucks and other construction noise;
WHEREAS many residential and commercial construction projects are not truly essential, yet are still being given essential status amidst the COVID-19 pandemic;698 signatures
THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to reinstate the previous City of Toronto noise by-laws for construction hours for residential and commercial projects immediately without delay and stop the endless construction noise impacting the quality of life of Toronto residents.
MPP Suze Morrison supports MPP Andrea Horwath's Save Main Street Plan. MPP Morrison is deeply concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on local businesses and has circulated this open letter thanking businesses for the courage and preserverance.
MPP Andrea Horwath has said small and medium-sized businesses, charities and community-based non-profits need more help to make it through the COVID-19 storm, and the provincial government should offer that lifeline.
“Many small and medium-sized businesses, non-profits and charities are counting down the number of days they can keep their heads above water since COVID-19 has taken away their revenue,” said Horwath. “We not only want them to survive, we want them to be able to keep staff on the payroll as much as possible.
“The federal wage subsidy program and loan options are a welcome relief, but still leave small operations unable to pay the rent and bills without sinking into debt. The provincial government can solve that problem.”
Horwath’s said small and medium-sized businesses, charities and community-based non-profits should get help from the province, including:
- A 75 per cent commercial rent subsidy up to $10,000 a month for three months
- A ban on commercial evictions
- A utility payment freeze
- A remote-work set up fund, which could help them with things like setting up an online retail operation, or buying laptops and software for staff
- An auto insurance grace period for taxis and car-sharing drivers, established in partnership with the insurance industry and the Financial Services Regulatory Authority
- A designated emergency fund for small businesses and entrepreneurs who have faced historic barriers to accessing traditional capital, as proposed by the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce.
Federal support for small operations means many businesses will be unable to pay the rent and bills without sinking further into debt.
We must ensure that small and medium-sized businesses have the support they need now by subsidizing commercial rents, freezing utility payments, and offering support for setting up online retail operations.
Ontario's economy depends on small and medium-sized businesses, we must support these businesses during this global pandemic.
Add your name to support small business today
TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
WHEREAS the Ford government slashed rent control for new units;
WHEREAS Tenants are no longer protected from predatory increases of their rents;WHEREAS We have already seen landlords exempt from rent control increase tenants' rents by almost 25%;430 signatures
THEREFORE WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to support MPP Suze Morrison's Private Member's Bill, the Rent Control Act, which aims to reverse the cuts to rent control made by the Ford government.
TO THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF ONTARIO:
- Whereas some landlords are negligent in maintaining their properties in a reasonable state of repair
- Whereas tenants pay for maintenance as part of their rent
- And whereas failure to adequately maintain rental properties exposes tenants to risk of displacement, personal injury, and property loss
Therefore, we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
To require that landlords set a portion of each month’s rent aside for the purpose of maintaining their rental units, and require that landlords provide a partial refund of rent when they fail to meet their maintenance obligations to their tenants.Sign up
Vulnerable road user deaths are at an all time high and it is past time that the government took action.
Under Bill 62, the Protecting Vulnerable Roads Users Act, penalties would apply to all driving offences under the Highway Traffic Act that result in the death or serious injury of a vulnerable road user. It includes community service, license suspension, driver re-education and also requires a culpable motorist to attend court for sentencing and to hear victim impact statements. Vulnerable road users include cyclists and people who use mobility devices like walkers or wheelchairs.
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS vulnerable road users are not specifically protected by law; and,
WHEREAS Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act allows drivers who seriously injure or kill a vulnerable road user to avoid meaningful consequences, facing only minimal fines; and,
WHEREAS the friends and families of victims are unsatisfied with the lack of consequences and the government’s responses to traffic accidents that result in death or injury to a vulnerable road user,
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to direct the Government of Ontario to commit to reducing the number of traffic fatalities and injuries to vulnerable road users; create meaningful consequences that ensure responsibility and accountability for drivers who share the road with pedestrians, cyclists, road construction workers, emergency responders and other vulnerable road users; allow friends and family of vulnerable road users whose death or serious injury was caused by an offending driver to have their victim impact statement heard in person in court by the driver responsible; and, pass Bill 62, the Protecting Vulnerable Roads Users Act.