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Hello <<First Name>>, 

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend and found some time to enjoy the spring weather. It was a perfect weekend for gardening, and I noticed many of my neighbours hard at work. Monday's gentle rain fed those thirsty roots, and we should expect beautiful gardens and community spaces in York South—Weston to continue to bloom. I hope you enjoy the renewal that comes with spring as much as I do.

There are three big news items to discuss today. The latest is the announcement comes from the Ministry of Education. Schools will be officially closed for the remainder of the year, meaning that the learn-from-home initiative will continue until the end of June. There will be optional summer schooling available to augment the learning that has taken place over the past few weeks. An announcement on a plan for September will also be announced prior to the end of this school year. Many questions remain, such as how the government plans to accommodate individuals needing childcare to return to work. To learn more about the government's announcement, please read their press release HERE.

The other important piece of news is around our demands for a full public inquiry into the Ontario long term care home tragedy. The Ontario NDP leader, Andrea Horwath, tabled a motion calling for a full, independent, public inquiry into Long Term Care in this province. Today, we learned of 11 more deaths at Weston Terrace, right here in our community. Those families deserve to know what went wrong and to ask for accountability from their leaders. On Personal Support Worker Day, we should respect the contributions of PSWs by getting answers on why so many were placed in harm's way. What they don't want is an investigation where the government places a finger on the scale. The Conservatives voted against our motion. To learn more about our efforts, please see our press release below.


Finally, Ontario's phase one business re-opening is now underway. Retail spaces, seasonal work and pet services are some of the businesses allowed to resume operations if they follow public health guidelines. While I can appreciate the opportunity to return to work, the government is still falling short on efforts to ensure employee safety is respected.  We can all do our part to address some of the risks by keeping a safe distance, washing our hands, and when distancing is difficult, wearing a mask. A spike in cases will result in businesses being closed up again, and this can be avoided using a prudent, cautious approach that respects public health advice.


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
 

‘Unconscionable’: Horwath on Ford blocking long-term care inquiry


PC MPPs voted unanimously against Horwath motion to launch find-and-fix public inquiry


QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement after the Ford government voted down an NDP motion calling for a full, independent public inquiry into Ontario’s long-term care system:
 
“It’s unconscionable for the Ford government to refuse to launch a full, independent public inquiry into how badly Ontario’s long-term care system has failed vulnerable seniors, and how to fix it. Voting no to a public inquiry is salt in the wound of families grieving the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 in long-term care, and for health care heroes who are run off their feet and still pleading for personal protective equipment. It is a cause for us all to worry that the painful, dangerous, decades-in-the-making problems in long-term care are not going to change.
 
To fix the system, we need to give a voice to seniors, workers, experts, and families who’ve lost loved ones. We need to closely examine the role of private, for-profit corporations in long-term care. 
 
The NDP wants this public inquiry to be find-and-fix — which means we can urgently address the problems in long-term care as soon as they’re identified. In fact, we could start that today with a permanent $4 raise for personal support workers, by creating minimum care hours for each resident, and with regular mandatory comprehensive inspections.
 
For the government to review the government with a behind-closed-doors government-controlled commission is not good enough. People deserve better.”

Community News: 

Happy 10th anniversary to our local news source, WestonWeb.ca! Adam Norman has been covering stories large, small, and local within Weston and is a trusted source to many in our community. Here's to another 10 years!
Toronto Community Benefits Network "Career Talks" in Construction online conversations is hosting an Indigenous Women in Construction panel will be taking place on Saturday, May 16th2020, 1:00pm to 2:30pm. To RSVP, or learn more about their Women Leaders in Construction series, click HERE.
Job Opportunity:

North York Woman's Centre is hiring a peer support worker. Applicants must be between 15-30 years of age. Deadline for applications is May 25th.
The Afri-Can FoodBasket is a community based non-profit organization that has been at the forefront of championing Food Justice and Food Sovereignty for Toronto’s African, Caribbean, Black (ACB) community since 1995. They are looking for PPE donations to continue safe operations. If you would like to donate, please reach out at 416-832-5639
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