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Dear Neighbours,

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.

Warmly,

Bhutila
P.S. I want to hear what issues you think need attention from the provincial government. Send me an email or call my office to let me know what issues matter to you.
Some Personal News!
I'm so happy to share that just a few days ago we welcomed a beautiful baby boy into our family. We couldn't be more excited!

As you can see, our daughter is taking her role as a big sister very seriously, and loving it!

Thank you all for your love and support. 
Anti-Choice Protesters in our Community
Joining neighbours at a local counter-protest at Bloor and Dundas.

As you may have seen, anti-choice protesters and their horrifying graphic posters popped up across our community yet again this summer. I have received numerous calls, emails and messages about these, and I, too, am appalled by these acts. Unfortunately, this is legal, as it falls under the blanket of freedom of speech law. 

You can, however, take a step to prevent flyers from being dropped in your mailbox. Last year, I joined my colleague, MPP Peter Tabuns, and our former City Councillor, Sarah Doucette, in creating a do not trespass letter to file for your address, that can be sent to the organization responsible for the flyers so you don’t get them at your home. You can download it here.

Finally, you may call the police to intervene if the group is engaged in harassing behaviour, blocking traffic, or blocking the sidewalk.

Case Work Wins!
At my community office, our team has been working hard to help the residents of Parkdale—High Park with any provincial issues they have. Here are some wins we've had over this past month:
  • Helped a family whose elderly loved one was desperately waiting for long-term care secure a crisis placement in a long-term care facility;
  • Successfully helped a constituent struggling with traumatic circumstances communicate more effectively with the Ontario Disability Support Program to help them get the services they needed;
  • Assisted a constituent who had lost their identification and was missing key information obtain a new birth certificate from the Ontario Registrar General by providing knowledgeable assistance.
  • Effectively assisted a constituent to obtain their renewed health card by helping them navigate the required documentation procedures.
If you need help with a provincial matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office.
Organ and Tissue Donation
Today in our province there are over 1,600 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, including 20 people that call Parkdale—High Park home. They might be your friends, colleagues, or neighbours. A single organ donor can save the lives of up to 8 people through the gift of organ donation, and significantly enhance the lives of 75 others through the gift of tissue.
39% of eligible residents in Parkdale—High Park have already registered their consent to donate. There is still a lot of work to do to save more lives. I encourage everyone to register their consent to donate and to take a moment to talk to your loved ones about this important, life-saving decision. You can register your consent to donate online at BeADonor.ca or in person at any ServiceOntario location.
Vote Bhutila as Toronto's Best MPP

Hey readers, Team BK here! We think Bhutila has done an outstanding job as our MPP. When she's not holding the government to account at Queen's Park, or attending events in the riding, she's out canvassing, chatting with neighbours about the issues we are passionate about as a community. She never stops!

Bhutila has been nominated as one of Toronto's Best MPPs. The other MPPs are also doing great work, but we think Bhutila is the best. If you think so too, you can vote for her today!

Vote Bhutila Karpoche as Toronto's Best MPP
Bhutila in the Community

(1) Out on one of our last canvasses of the summer! (2) Celebrating with students and teachers of the 2019 Tibetan Language Summer Camp graduation at Karma Sonam Dargye Ling. (3) Discussing the poisonous drug and opioid crisis in Canada with British Columbia MP Don Davies.

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Tel: 416-763-5630
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