I hope you all had a wonderful Labour Day weekend. On Labour Day, we acknowledge and celebrate the importance of workers' rights and what workers and unions have accomplished. It is important that we continue to fight for a fair minimum wage, equal pay for equal work, and to make it easier to join a union. When we are united, there’s nothing we cannot do!
Today is the first day of the school year. If you are a student: I hope your first day went beautifully. This is an opportunity to start the school year fresh and organized, make new friends, and start your good study habits. If you have an opportunity, I encourage students to reach out to someone who is sitting alone at lunch, in the classroom, or in the lecture hall, and extend a smile and friendship.
For all adults commuting on the roads during rush hour: Please be aware of excited young ones on our streets, bike lanes and sidewalks. Remember to stop for any school bus with its lights flashing, even if you are on the other side of the street! And thank a crossing guard if you see one, for keeping our students safe.
For teachers and educators: I hope your first day went smoothly, and that your year is full of hope and excitement. While the year ahead will present certain challenges due to the cuts in education, our Parkdale—High Park community and I are so grateful for all you do every day to help shape the leaders of tomorrow.
I'm looking forward to this fall, with so many new beginnings. I hope you are, too.