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Hello <<First Name>>,

Once again, our community has been touched by violence. Once again, our friends and neighbours are feeling fearful in their own homes. We all deserve to live with safety and security and it pains us all to know that these issues persist. I have spoken repeatedly of the steps we need to take to address the long term concerns with gun violence. Increased community supports, and opportunities for our youth, among others. As I've visited the Falstaff community, they've shown an open appreciation for the long term effort required to defeat this scourge, but they've also been clear that urgent action is required.

The Community has made requests for increased security measures, some of which you can read in the press release below. These are sensible ideas that can quickly provide peace of mind to many members of the Falstaff neighbourhood. This won't be easy, but we have to work together on short-term solutions for the immediate safety and security of York South—Weston as we continue the long-term struggle of eliminating violence in our streets.

Thank you to the first responders who secured the scene and worked to stabilize the victim. I will be meeting with stakeholders in the coming days and will continue to engage with constituents affected by this issue to work together on community-led solutions.


Education Update:
Unfortunately, the government has chosen to dig in on it's return to school plan. In the face of overwhelming oppositions from parents and educators, the government has chosen not to bring forward additional investments that would allow for safer distancing in our classrooms. In the coming days, school boards will be finalizing plans which may include a staggered start to the school year. We will be sure to highlight those details as they become available and will cover these issues in another Virtual Conversation on a Safe School Re-open next Wednesday at www.facebook.com/faisalhassanNDP.


Transit Privitazation:
As we witnessed with Long Term Care Homes, when we make profit the focus of service delivery, we set ourselves up for failure. And now, the government is asking for the same approach to our transit system, withholding necessary funding unless the TTC opens up to the privatization of certain bus routes. I can tell you I will oppose this approach and will continue to advocate for dedicated, long-term funding from the province, not privatizing routes at the expense of municipalities and riders.

COVID-19 Testing in our Community:
We are continuing to press public health agencies to provide the necessary testing our community requires. Local and convenient testing capacity has been an issue that I've been fighting for and raising in the legislature since the onset of the pandemic. Please read my most recent letter to Ontario Health, where I make clear the demands of our community.

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, wear your mask, and wash your hands.

Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South—Weston
 
FAISAL IN THE COMMUNITY:
News Release

NDP MPP Faisal Hassan’s statement on shooting in Jane Falstaff community


TORONTO — Faisal Hassan, NDP MPP for York South–Weston, released the following statement concerning the recent shooting in the Jane Falstaff community:
 

“Today, I visited residents and community members in the Jane Falstaff community, who have endured three shootings this month. Residents in my riding have been very clear about what they need to be safe in their community, and how government on all levels can help end the violence.

At a community meeting this time last year, residents called for dedicated TCH special constables onsite overnight, improved lighting, high-quality cameras that can read license plates and better capture faces, and regular community safety meetings to update the community.

In light of recent events, we are also requesting gating at both entrances to the community, with TCH special constables stationed there. Community members have also been clear that investments in young people in the form of jobs and programs at the local community centre are a critical part of addressing the root causes of violence. That is why I have personally raised these issues with Toronto Police Services 12 Division and Toronto Community Housing.

People in York South–Weston, and across our city and province, deserve to feel safe and secure in their homes and their community. That’s why we have to address the problem of gun violence from all angles — from investing in the services folks count on to addressing root causes like poverty, to a gun and ammunition ban in crowded cities.”

Community News: 

Frontlines is providing a community pin-up resource to share events, jobs, programs and volunteering activities in York South—Weston. Visit https://frontlinespinup.ca/ for details.

Exciting news for theatre fans! Shakespeare in Action is partnering with Theaturtle for Alphonse in the Park in Little Avenue Memorial Park tonight at 7pm! The show will run from August 20 - 23.  Toronto's first professional outdoor theatre production of the COVID-19 era will start its tour in the heart of Weston.   All safety protocols issued by the City of Toronto and Province of Ontario will be followed.   For more details click HERE.

Our friends at Supercoffee in Mount Dennis have announced that they will be matching donations to the FYI scholarship fund through August 14! All you need to do is donate and add “supercoffee” to the comment field in the payment area. Thank you to Supercoffee for this generous initiative! To donate, click HERE.
York West Active Living Centre is continuing to provide virtual programming to residents. For a program schedule, click HERE.
On Aug 26, at 3pm EST, FoodShare and Food Network Canada will be hosting a panel titled "It's time to end white supremacy in food systems. They'll be joined by a stellar lineup of panellists based in three different countries (Canada, U.S and South Africa) all working in some way to dismantle white supremacy in food systems.For tickets, click HERE.

Please join local Trustees for a Joint Ward Forum to discuss a return to school in September. Senior staff will be in attendance to answer your questions.

Registration is required. When registering you will be able to submit your questions in advance. To register for the meeting, click HERE.
On Thursday August 20, crews at Caledonia will be pouring concrete to form a wall connecting to the
stations roof. During the pour, westbound Eglinton Ave W will be reduced to one (1) lane only between
Blackthorne Ave and Gabian Way. Lane reductions will begin as early as 6:30am and last for approximately
nine hours. 
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