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.

My Statement on the Hate Crime at Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street

I am angered and disheartened to learn about a recent hate crime against an Asian-Canadian owned business at Gerrard Street East and Ontario Street. 

I have spoken to the Superintendent of 51 Division at the Toronto Police Service, who informs me that graffiti vandalism was reported on the side of the building and that it contained racial slurs directed against the Asian community.

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