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Happy Earth Day! Every year on April 22nd, we mark the birth of the modern environmental movement. This year marks the 30th anniversary of political action and civic participation around the globe. Like many of you, these unique times have allowed me to gain a new appreciation for Mother Nature and all she contributes to our wellbeing. We've seen examples of nature encroaching back into urban centres around the city, and spring is in full gear. Please take some time to enjoy the weather, while practising social distancing, and re-consider our impact on the planet. When we move past the worst of this crisis, global warming will continue to be an existential threat that we need to tackle. Our leader, Andrea Horwath put out a statement on this topic that you can read below.

On the COVID-19 front, we have a couple of updates. First, the Federal Government announced the Canadian Emergency Student Benefit today. It's a $9 Billion program aimed at post-secondary students that aren't eligible for the CERB. Eligible students will receive $1,250 per month from May to August, with all payments from Canada Revenue Agency being made retroactive to May 1. Students who care for others or live with a disability will receive $1,750 per month through the new benefit. For more information, please read the Government press release HERE.

The Ontario Government announced that they are calling in the Canadian Armed Forces to stop the spread of the virus in long-term care homes. The Government indicated that the military's role will be to provide assistance with the day-to-day operations, coordination, medical care and general support at the facilities identified as needing the most help. We have also received confirmation from Minister Todd Smith the ODSP and Ontario Works recipients will see any benefits from CERB clawed back at a rate of 50% if you were enrolled in social assistance prior to March 1st. Those who enrolled in those programs after March 1st will see 100% of the benefit clawed back. It is disappointing to see this extra income taken away from the province’s most vulnerable people during a pandemic. Learn more about our position HERE.

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
 
News Release 
 

Statement from Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath marking Earth Day

 

QUEEN’S PARK — “Today marks the 30th annual Earth Day, where Ontarians join people across the globe in celebrating this planet we all share and re-dedicating ourselves to tackling the climate crisis.

Ontario is blessed with more than 250,000 lakes, which contain a third of the fresh water in the world. We have a third of North America’s boreal forest and a quarter of the world’s wetlands. We have a lot to be thankful for – and a lot to be vigilant in protecting.

Ontario’s New Democrats have been proud leaders on the environment for decades. We created the position of Environmental Commissioner, passed an Environmental Bill of Rights, and also passed the Crown Forest Sustainability Act. But as the climate crisis accelerates, it’s time to ramp up our work.

That’s why we are dedicated to a Green New Democratic Deal that will make Ontario net-zero by 2050, cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and kick-start the largest building retrofit program in the world.

I know that Ontario can be a leader in the fight against the climate crisis, and that we can create over a million jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity. Especially in the wake of COVID-19’s economic devastation, I believe that our plan for climate, jobs and hope can re-build our economy to make sure every community thrives, and no one is left behind.

Happy Earth Day!”

Community News: 

Urban Arts needs your support. In order to continue to ensure the programs our community needs, they need to raise $10,000 by May 30th. This organization does so much to support our community, and without the ability to host their annual fundraiser, they need us more than ever. Please consider a donation, if you can. https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/urbanarts-community-arts-council/campaign/play-your-part-for-art/
 
Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network is a volunteer network of mental health professionals dedicated to supporting frontline workers during the evolving crisis. If you know someone who needs support, please refer them to https://covid19therapists.com/.

Wiff Restaurant is open! Their famous samosas are available for takeout any time. If you prefer something off of their menu, you can also order ahead of time. Call 416-240-9433 to place your order, or visit them at 1804 Weston Road.
As we've mentioned previously, UrbanArts has announced #UAFROMHOME. Free online arts programming, specially designed by their facilitators for the diverse residents of York South — Weston.

Find details on how you can register, and more information via their latest newsletter HERE.
April is National Poetry Month. Please submit any personal works to our office. The best ones will be featured in future newsletters. In honour of National Poetry Month, please enjoy this poem from Windsor's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Mulhern.

Rainbow over Covid

In my walk along the river
 
A rainbow appears on the sidewalk
 
Bright colors of chalk
 
Pink, blue, green, purple, yellow, orange and red
 
The words, “Be Kind”, sing with light
 
A child runs to me
 
“I made the rainbow
 
My Mom helped me write the words”
 
A little boy, barely five
 
Smiles up at me
 
His mother takes his hand
 
Morning sun warms us
 
A blessing
 

Thank you so much for the sacrifices you and your family are making to get us past this crises. We are seeing encouraging signs, but we need to remain vigilant. Stay home if you can, and practice vigorous hand washing. 
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