Dear Toronto Centre Community,
I hope you’ve had a wonderful new year so far and have been staying warm this winter! It has been an absolute pleasure to have spent the last couple of months in our neighbourhoods. I’ve particularly enjoyed going door-to-door and getting to chat with constituents. Our neighbourhoods house such diverse communities, and my favourite part of my job is meeting with you all and hearing your stories. My staff and I have been working hard to make sure we’re prepared to advocate for you and the issues you care most about when the Legislature resumes on February 19th.
Over the last month, I held Community Update meetings in Regent Park at the Centre for Social Innovation and the Church-Wellesley Village at Glad Day Bookshop. It was great being able to inform you personally about how the changes in laws have affected and will affect our communities, and hearing about your greatest concerns. If you came out to these meetings, thank you so much. Listening to you, hearing your concerns, and connecting with you is so important to me; they are necessary for me to effectively represent and stand up for our communities.
In January, I stood with Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to call on Toronto’s city council to declare our city’s homelessness and housing crisis a state of emergency, so that our residents may get the support and relief they need. Affordable housing is a common concern that has come up time and time again when I speak to you and when I hear from you at Community Update meetings. I strongly believe that affordable housing is a human right, and will continue to advocate for affordable housing for all residents of Toronto Centre and Ontario.
I’ve also been working hard alongside your local representatives to support the residents of 260 Wellesley St. East and St. James Town. I have been meeting with residents of 260 Wellesley Street East to better understand the unique challenges they are facing during this time, and will continue to communicate directly with them. I wrote an open letter to Minister Clark, Minister MacLeod, and Minister Jones calling on the provincial government to support the City of Toronto in its emergency management efforts. I have been in contact with these Ministers to ensure that our communities will be properly supported by the provincial government in the event of future emergencies in our neighbourhoods.
It has been my honour to be your Member of Provincial Parliament for the past eight months, and I am excited to continue doing everything I can to support and advocate for you. As always, my staff and I are always happy to help you with the issues you encounter interacting with your provincial government at our Community Office. We look forward to continuing to working with you, and fighting for you in the Legislature.