Open Letter to Mayor Tory - Ending Police Enforcement of Encampment Clearings

Friday, July 23, 2021

Dear Mayor Tory,

We believe the Moss Park encampment will be moved and acted upon in the weeks ahead. This clearing comes on the heels of two days of escalating tensions between Toronto Police, encampment residents, and their supporters. 

In advance of this imminent clearing, we demand an end to the violence and extreme show of force. There is absolutely no need for batons, pepper spray or even guns, not when the work should be done by the City’s Streets to Home staff and other outreach workers. 

My Statement on Renaming Dundas Street

This week at City Council I voted in support of the staff report to rename Dundas Street and all associated Parks and public assets (ie Yonge-Dundas Square).

This report and recommendation is in direct response to a petition City Council received last year, signed by close to 14,000 individuals calling for Dundas Street to be renamed, citing its namesake Henry Dundas' role in delaying the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

My Statement Regarding the Ontario Land Tribunal’s Dismissal of ONE Properties’ Appeal at 64-66 Wellesley Street East

I am ecstatic to share that today the Ontario Land Tribunal (OLT) ruled in the City of Toronto’s favour and dismissed the appeal submitted by ONE Properties, the developer for the re-zoning application at 64-66 Wellesley Street East. This is a big win for our local planning efforts in the Church Wellesley Village and the City of Toronto.

My Statement on the Province's Inadequate Paid Sick Leave Program

Today, 411 days after the state of emergency was declared, the Government of Ontario finally responded to thousands of health care practitioners and resident calls for paid sick leave. Instead of the necessary 10 days of business-supported sick leave, the province announced three days for full and part-time workers. Not even enough time to confirm a positive Covid diagnosis. 

My Statement on the New Provincial Public Health Restrictions to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

This afternoon, the Premier announced further restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have seen data modeling that shows cases climbing to over 30,000 cases a day as of early June. Despite existing restrictions, Ontario could still see cases surpassing 10,000 per day. To that end, the Province is extending a province-wide stay-at-home order for an additional two weeks beyond its current end date of May 5. 

My Statement About a New Hate Crime Reported at Church Street and Gould Street

Today I learned of another hate crime on the Ryerson University campus. It pains me to see the rise of Anti-Asian racism across Toronto. We are one of the most diverse cities in the world yet we are not immune to this hate and far from it.

I have spoken to the Superintendent of 51 Division at the Toronto Police Service, who informs me that this new racist graffiti reported at Church Street and Gould Street contains racial slurs directed against the Asian community. This is the second act of racist vandalism reported within four days after a similar one previously reported in the Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street area on Tuesday.

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