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Yesterday across Canada, workers recognized the National Day of Mourning. Every April 28th, we mourn workers who have been killed or injured on the job. As we remember the workers we have lost, we also recommit to fighting for safe and healthy workplaces for all workers. COVID-19 has brought this issue into direct focus for me. We have asked so many to put the personal health at risk during this emergency, but we need to do more to show our respect and care for their wellbeing. One in seven confirmed cases of COVID-19 is a healthcare worker. I will continue to make every effort to ensure that the health and safety of workers in York South — Weston is a priority now, and into the future.

I have been hearing from many small business owners in our community regarding the recently announced commercial rent subsidy. Those who have engaged with their landlords are finding some expressing an unwillingness to participate in the program. Other large corporate landlords do not qualify. This is leaving too many local businesses unable to take advantage of the subsidy. I've raised these concerns with our caucus and will continue to push for proposals to fix the problem. I know rent is due in a few days, and that this effort does not go far enough to deal with the challenges you are facing. Please read our leader's message in the press release below.

Residential rents are also due in a few days. As a tenant, I know the stress and anxiety many of you are facing. We have not stopped our efforts at providing direct support to tenants during this time. Many landlords in our community have been urging this action as well. Whether you own a rental property, or rent a portion of your home, our independent landlords know that supporting tenants will benefit them directly as well.

Thank you to everyone who has expressed their appreciation for this newsletter. I'm happy to see it provide some value to you. If you find it useful, invite a friend or neighbour to sign-up for updates HERE. That way, we can continue to spread the good news including some of the items in the community update below.


As always, my office is here to help. Please call at 416-243-7984, or email us at fhassan-co@ndp.on.ca.

Take care, stay home, and wash your hands.

Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South — Weston
 
Each level of government has useful information to support you during this crisis. For more information, visit the resources below:
News Release 
 

Reality check: Under Ford’s plan, businesses may never reopen


QUEEN’S PARK – The rent is due in three days, but business owners and advocates are worried that Ontario’s broken new rent relief program will only lead to more closed doors. Here’s just some of what Ontario’s business community has had to say:

“The main concern that I am hearing from our clients, is that the landlord may be reluctant to enrol in the program out of fear of losing the 25 per cent from their office tenants or those tenants that have the ability to pay.” Stan Krawitz, vice-chairman Savills Canada The Globe and Mail, April 27

“CFIB also has some concerns including that the program may be too complicated and too reliant on landlords to administer. In particular, as landlords do not have to participate and will be expected to accept some losses under the program, they may choose to ignore it, even if their tenants badly need it.” Laura Jones, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Federation of Independent Business CFIB, April 24

“The caveat is that tenants who need rent relief can only get help if their landlords join the program and currently there is no national ban on commercial evictions.” Wendy Paradis, President, ACTA, April 28

“I don’t know if the landlord will apply or not… I don’t want to go further into debt because of this… the stress of not knowing is what’s so upsetting to me.”​ Kerry Warnaar, owner of Jungle Oasis, an indoor playground in Orangeville, The Globe and Mail, April 24

Businesses across the province have already been forced to close forever or are currently facing eviction thanks to Conservative inaction, and it’s clear this new broken program doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. Ontario New Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to step up to the plate with the real rent relief and supports that businesses deserve.

Community News: 

Our friends at Weston King Neighbourhood Centre need your support. PPE, masks, gloves, cleaning supplies, wipes and hand sanitizer are among the list of items needed. If you can support, or you want to find out other ways you can help, reach out via their contact form at https://www.wknc.ca/contact or by calling (416) 241-9898.
The Federation of Metro Tenants Association is hosting free online workshops for tenants on their rights under the law. Invitations will be sent out the night before. You do not have to attend all the workshops. Please email Joeita@torontotenants.org to sign up. These will be closed zoom sessions and invitations will be sent out to participants the night before. The webinars will not be broadcast on Facebook. For more info, visit https://www.facebook.com/pg/torontotenants/events/.

SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart will be joined by the Leader of Ontario’s Official Opposition Andrea Horwath for a special Facebook Live event tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.

Submit your questions and tune-in live HERE.

A huge thank you to Weston Lions Club for their donation of $10,000 to the Weston Area Emergency Support (WAES) food bank! This donation will provide food for local families at such a crucial time. IF you would like to join in supporting WAES, please click HERE.
Health care workers may be at risk of developing increased symptoms of anxiety and depression. Ontario Shores Health Care Workers Assist is available to support. Learn more HERE.
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