Statement on Recent Incidents in McGill Parkette

The month of August has left two young women sexually assaulted in McGill Parkette. Residents should know that the Toronto Police and Parks Ambassador staff are patrolling McGill Parkette several times a day, making frequent arrests, issuing tickets and responding quickly to calls for service. Community Crisis Response and Streets to Homes staff are engaging with homeless youth in and around the parkette to alert them to the danger, and to steer them towards services and helping programs.  


Statement on One-Year Anniversary of 650 Parliament Street Fire

A year ago, 1,500 tenants found themselves displaced from their homes at 650 Parliament Street due to a fire. Since then 650 Parliament tenants have lived with instability, uncertainty and frustration as they have moved between temporary housing, seen promised move-in dates get pushed further and further back and have been often left with more questions than answers about how they remain in this situation more than a year later.

Despite this, 650 Parliament residents have also shown themselves to be incredibly resilient, patient and thoughtful, using this tragedy to build new relationships both within their building and in the wider St. James Town Community. 650 Parliament is a microcosm of both Toronto's diversity and the strength of its communities, and I am proud to represent such an incredible neighbourhood.

Statement on Immediate Actions to Advance Health and Safety in the Downtown East

The health and safety of Ward 13 residents is a top priority that I have been working tirelessly to address with City staff from all divisions at the City of Toronto. Toronto is in the midst of three major crises: housing crisis, mental health and addiction crisis, and an overdose crisis that has hit urban centres across North America, including our Downtown East neighbourhood. 

Statement on Vandalism in the Village

Last night, businesses in the Church-Wellesley Village had their windows smashed in an act of vandalism that has left the community shaken. This follows on the heels of the community being targeted by preachers who have twice disrupted the Village and a series of letters, emails, and graffiti markings that appear to be motivated by, or linked to, Neo-Nazi ideology targeting community members and businesses.

Statement on Neo-Nazi Activity in the Village

Over the past few weeks, the Church-Wellesley Village has been the target of several hate messages delivered by email, regular mail, and graffiti. These are serious crimes and they appear to be motivated by, or linked to, Neo-Nazi ideology. I have met with the Toronto Police and they informed me that these incidents are being actively investigated.

Statement: Doug Ford Brings Back the OMB, Hands Planning Over to Wealthy Developers

Doug Ford is bringing back the Ontario Municipal Board, financially starving our cities, and selling our neighbourhoods to his developer friends. Today the Government of Ontario announced short-sighted changes to the Planning Act that will fail residents, sideline our communities, and cut the legs out from under Toronto's planning policies. These changes, if enacted, will not only turn back the clock on good local planning, it will set Toronto back decades.

Statement on Provincial Funding Cut of $1 billion to Toronto Public Health

This afternoon, the Provincial Government announced that they are cutting $1 billion to Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years, effective immediately. This announcement is a direct attack on Toronto. The provincial government funds approximately 72% of Toronto Public Health's operating budget. The current Ministry of Health & Long Term Care contribution to Toronto Public Health is approximately $147 million a year.

Statement on Preserving our Character Neighbourhoods

Reckless development approved by the unaccountable Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) have been an ongoing challenge for Toronto's low-rise commercial businesses and character neighbourhoods for decades. I have made it my priority to fight for affordable housing and community-responsive policies that support special character and historic areas. To date, I am proud to say that I've had four significant victories on these fronts.

Statement from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Provincial Government's Announcement on Consumption and Treatment Services Sites


Statement from Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam on Provincial Government's Announcement on Consumption and Treatment Services Sites

Late this afternoon I was informed that the Province had quietly released its decision regarding which consumption and treatment sites would be approved to operate. The news, posted online at 4:00pm on a Friday, will have immediate impacts in the City and Ward 13 communities. I have been told that a number of sites will have to cease operating as of Monday.

Two of the sites that have had their applications refused are located in Ward 13. One is Street Health, located at 338 Dundas Street East and it is expected that they will have to cease operations on Monday. The Works, operated by Toronto Public Health (TPH) at 277 Victoria Street, has also had its application refused, but will be allowed to operate for some period of time with meetings planned between the Province and TPH in the next week.

Closing sites operating today, without a robust plan to address addictions and mental health in the impacted communities, is a disservice to neighbourhoods that have been asking for more help and puts lives at risk. In the Downtown East and elsewhere, harm reduction advocates, clients, and neighbours have been asking for wrap-around services and comprehensive care strategies that fully support those suffering from addictions. The solution to our problem is to build a pathway of care that lifts people up, not to close sites without a broader plan.


Posted at 5:03pm, March 29, 2019

Chinese Canadian Leaders Stand Up Against Racism, Anti-Black Racism, White Supremacy and Islamophobia

This month, world leaders offered condolences to New Zealand after a deadly shooting rampage at two mosques killing 50 people and injuring many more. All of this was streamed live on Facebook. Prior to the shooting, he posted a 74-page so-called “manifesto” online.

The shooter identified as a "white nationalist" was fixated by racist conspiracy theories. He had been radicalized on the internet and mentioned several message boards and websites. He made repeated references to other right-wing extremists such as the shooter who killed six Muslim men in a Quebec City mosque in 2016.

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