Dear Neighbours,

I hope everyone is enjoying the sun and warm weather (finally!).

Since we last spoke, Doug Ford adjourned the legislature for five months -- so MPPs will not return until the end of October. This means that we'll have fewer opportunities to hold his government to account.

Even while we're not at Queen's Park, we have been able to push Ford on the recent patronage scandal, where friends and family members were appointed to high-paying public positions. From this scandal to cuts to public health funding, to the Ontario Food Terminal, Ford has had a lot to backtrack on lately.

Of course my team and I will continue to work throughout the summer in our community office, meeting with community members and groups, attending and hosting events, etc. If you need assistance with any provincial matter please do not hesitate to contact us.

P.S. I want to hear what issues you think need attention from the government. Send me an email or call my office to let me know what issues matter to you.
Save the Ontario Food Terminal

I announced my bill to Save the Ontario Food Terminal, tabled last month, which seeks to designate the lands as a “provincially significant employment zone”. The City of Toronto and Chief City Planner has also called on the Ford to do the same.
I toured the Terminal facility, speaking with workers and growers, and I recently hosted two roundtables and several meetings with constituents on this issue as well. The Food Terminal supports jobs and small businesses (local grocers, restaurant owners etc.), while keeping prices more affordable. It should not be closed or relocated.
Shortly after announcing my press conference, the Minister of Agriculture announced that the Ontario Food Terminal will be “staying put”. Credit goes to the workers, growers and community-based campaigns like Save the Ontario Food Terminal who pushed back and forced the Ford government to change directions.
Let's not forget what happened, however, when Ford got caught trying to develop the Greenbelt—twice. We have to watch closely to make sure the government does not try this again with the Food Terminal.
If the Ford Conservatives are going to make good on their commitment to keep the Terminal in its current location, then they should have no trouble supporting my bill. We must preserve this vital economic hub – everyone from workers to local businesses to farmers are counting on it.
Learn more about the issue and see how you can support my bill here.

Welcoming New Citizens on Canada Day
Congratulating new citizens on Canada Day.

I celebrated Canada Day with Parkdale—High Park’s 40 newest Canadian citizens and their families at the annual Canada Day Citizenship Ceremony. I acknowledged their journeys, thanked them for choosing Canada, and stressed our collective responsibility as settlers to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples and work towards reconciliation.

Happy Pride!
Marching in the Pride Parade and participating in the sit-in at the Trans March.
In June, we celebrated Pride Month! I participated in a number of events, including the annual Pride Parade and Trans March. Now more than ever, especially with the news of homophobic attacks in Hamilton, it is important for all of us to stand with the LGBTQ+ community. To all allies: Let’s make sure we celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community by...
  • Understanding Pride's history
  • Going to events, while being mindful of the space we're taking up
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ artists, businesses, organizations
  • Amplifying LGBTQ+ voices.
Celebrating Community Volunteers

I was pleased to host Parkdale—High Park’s 9th Annual Community Appreciation Gala, and it was great to have so many community members and organizations join us.

We are lucky to have so many dedicated volunteers who put their time and energy into our community to make it the wonderful place it is. It was an honour to recognize a few of them for their contributions.

Please take note of those around you who give back; the time and kindness that they give to make this world better and brighter is so integral to our neighbourhoods, our community, and our province as a whole. 

If you are a volunteer in our community, please know that your work is deeply valued. Thank you.

Senior Advisory Council
Meeting with members of Junction Seniors and collecting their feedback for the Ontario Seniors Strategy

Ontario’s Ministry responsible for Seniors is conducting a consultation survey to develop Ontario’s Seniors Strategy. I joined members of Junction Seniors last week to seek their thoughts and input on what they would like to see addressed in the new strategy. If you are part of a Seniors’ group and we have not already set up a consultation meeting, and you would like to organize one, please contact my office.

I am also happy to announce that I am forming our own Seniors Advisory Council later this fall. I want to hear from seniors in Parkdale–High Park on a regular basis so I am better able to serve you. If you or anyone you know would like to join, please contact my office.

Congrats Grads!
Celebrating with graduates at Parkdale CI!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! It was an honour to attend and speak at so many graduations this year. My wish for all our graduates is for them to bring the feeling of love they are surrounded with in this moment to all they do. When you approach any challenge with love, you will find that it will never steer you wrong.

Bhutila in the Community

(1) Calling on the new Attorney General Doug Downey to reverse cuts to legal aid at a rally organized by Parkdale Community Legal Services. (2) Standing in solidarity with the people of Grassy Narrows, calling for the clean up of mercury. (3) Celebrating Sistema Toronto receiving an Ontario Trillium Grant for $72,000. (4) Picking up some treats from the team at Glory Hole Doughnuts! (5) Participating in a ‘walk-in for education’ at a local elementary school to support our educators and oppose cuts to our public education system.

Bhutila in the News Girls Government gets Parkdale students involved in political advocacy
Getting girls involved in politics at an early age is crucial for democracy and addressing global challenges like climate change, said Karpoche, who met and consulted with the girls monthly during the school year.
“I feel very passionate about young people getting involved in politics, especially nowadays with all the big issues we face. Young people are at the forefront of these movements and are trying to get the elected officials (to listen).”

Global News: Bail hearings will no longer be covered by Legal Aid Ontario
“I don’t think that the premier understands, or perhaps he understands and just doesn’t care that, you know, low-income Ontarians are going to be severely impacted,”

West End Phoenix: Provincial Cuts Put Parkdale Legal Clinic in Jeopardy
“Parkdale Legal is already working on such a tight budget, doing so much with so little, there is no more space to make cuts. The only place you could possibly make cuts is in the advocacy piece, which is foolish, because if you don’t make systemic changes, the casework will be never-ending. You have to make the policy changes that will prevent these cases in the first place.” 
P.S. Did you know Bhutila is eligible to be nominated to be Toronto's Best MPP? You can nominate her today at NOW Toronto.
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