Category Archives: Community

Statement on Anti-Black Racism

As members of the Toronto-Danforth NDP, we stand in solidarity with Black communities during these difficult times. It’s time for us to do our part. As a riding association, we commit ourselves to supporting the Ontario NDP’s commitment to Ending Police Violence and Investing in Black, Indigenous and Racialized People’s Lives.

The recent deaths of racialized people in the United States, of Ejaz Ahmed Choudry, Chantel Moore and Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Black and Indigenous resident of Parkdale, and of Black and Indigenous people across Canada as a result of police brutality has sparked anger and rage in Toronto and across the globe. However, the issue of anti-Black racism did not start with these recent incidents. Anti-Black racism has and continues to exist in our institutions. Further, anti-Black racism must not be separated from anti-Indigenous racism and the deep-rooted violent legacy of colonialism.

For far too long Black people have been over-surveilled and are disproportionately overrepresented in our criminal justice system — results of systemic anti-Black racism. The colour of our skin continues to determine our experiences with police, education, healthcare, other social institutions and with each other. We need to break down, rethink and rebuild our systems together.

This month we are engaging in anti-oppression training for members of our riding executive so we can do a better job implementing an anti-oppressive framework to the work we do. We encourage everyone to support local Black-owned businesses and consider making a donation to:


As members of the Toronto Danforth NDP, we are calling for real action on addressing anti-Black racism in our institutions with actionable plans. This includes ending discriminatory practices such as carding, overhauling police oversight so police are truly accountable to the public and the communities they serve, and the collection of race-based data in policing, healthcare, education and employment. 

We are calling on all levels of government to prioritize resources and support for Black and Indigenous people which must include informed, authentic consultation with, and listening to, community leaders.

Finally, we unequivocally denounce the Toronto Police’s long history of anti-Black racism.

We need to look at alternatives to policing, such as demilitarizing police forces by diverting spending on military-grade hardware into community services, and replacing armed police with non-police first responders for calls related to mental health, addictions, homelessness and school discipline.

Communities across Ontario have called for defunding the police and as members of Toronto Danforth NDP, we believe that the response starts with de-escalation, intervention, mental health and addiction support, housing and poverty reduction.
  

COVID-19 Update

ONDP Leader Andrea Horwath has been asking Doug Ford and his government to provide families, child care centres and other organizations with answers to specific questions regarding the COVID-19 situation the province is facing.

The questions are being asked on behalf of Ontarians include:

  • Should parents be sending their kids to child care centres, or should those centres close over the next three weeks?
  • What compensation will there be for waged workers who miss work to stay home with their children during the school closures?
  • What protections will be in place to ensure workers cannot be fired or disciplined for missing work during this period?
  • What provisions are being made for the children of health care workers who will be desperately needed during this pandemic?
  • What economic supports will be available to small and medium-sized businesses that do the right thing and provide staff with the ability to stay home with their children, or to self-isolate?
  • If Ontarians fall behind on their rents or mortgages through no fault of their own, how will they be protected from losing their home?

Thank you, Andrea and the ONDP MPPs for standing up for Ontarians during this difficult period! Read more.

We’re sharing this very informative post from our City Councillor Paula Fletcher about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please remember to check credible sources for updates and information.

We’re also sharing this webpage from the Canadian Government which includes travel advice.

We can get through this together! 🧡

NDP Leadership Debate: Sustainable Cities for All - Leadership Debate

Cancelled: NDP Leadership Debate: Sustainable Cities for All

Due to unforeseen scheduling issues, we regret to inform you that the “Sustainable Cities for All” debate has been cancelled.

To those of you that reserved tickets, we thank you for your interest in the event.

Thanks so much everyone and we are really sorry this went down this way. Please stay tuned as we are still working on bringing you a leadership event later in the summer. 🙁

(And remember if you want to vote in the leadership race, you have to have your membership in order by August 17. Join or renew at: https://secure.ndp.ca/membership_e.php )

Sincerely,
The Toronto–Danforth Federal NDP Executive

The Toronto–Danforth NDP Riding Association was is proud to sponsor a city-focused debate for the candidates running for leader of the Federal New Democrat Party. The theme is: Sustainable Cities for All.

Sunday, June 18
2 – 3:30 pm

Streetcar Crowsnest Theatre
345 Carlaw Avenue

 

Tenant Meeting

Peter Tabuns, MPP, is holding a Tenants Meeting at Bethany Baptist on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 pm.

Join Peter,  Councillor Mary Fragadakis, Bhavin Bilimoria from Flemingdon Community Legal Services (the local Ward 29 Legal Aid funded clinic) and Geordie Dent from the Federation of Metro Tenants Association to discuss the increasing demands for renters in Toronto.

In addition, ACORN Toronto and the East Toronto East York Housing Help Centre are to be in attendance. 

  • End Vacancy Decontrol: Rents control should be based on the unit and not the tenancy.
  • Above the Guideline Increases: The current unfair system doesn’t protect tenants and needs to change.
  • Landlord Registry
  • Landlord tenant board queries
  • Tenant organizing

7 – 8:30 pm
Bethany Baptist Church
1041 Pape Ave. at Cosburn

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Join the Facebook event.

Ten Years as MPP. Time to Celebrate!

TABUNS' TEN

We have the hardest working MPP right here in Toronto-Danforth!
And he’s been fighting for us for the last 10 years – so it’s time to celebrate.
Come join the fun as we thank Peter for his hard work at Queen’s Park and in our community.

TABUNS’ TEN

Thursday, September 15 at 7 PM – 10 PM
Fox and Fiddle on the Danforth
535 Danforth Ave
Snacks • Fun • Cash Bar

(Tickets are $10 and available from Toronto-Danforth NDP Executives, online at Eventbrite or at the door.)

Public Meeting on Disability Services and Law

Are you and your family concerned about legal resources for Ontarians with Disabilities?

Peter Tabuns, MPP, is hosting a public meeting along with guest speaker Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer ARCH Disability Law Centre.

Get information and learn about your rights on:

  • Access to Justice and Legal Capacity
  • Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Education Law
  • Attendant Services

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WoodGreen Health & Wellness Centre
721 Broadview Ave., Lower Level (south of Danforth Ave.)

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Mobile Community Office: Meet with Peter Tabuns, MPP

Peter will be holding mobile offices in addition to regular office hours so that he has more opportunities to speak to you individually. Please come and discuss any concerns you may have regarding provincial programs and services. Meeting with constituents in the community and talking about your issues is important to Peter.

PeterTabunsSpeakingMeeting_20140914MOBILE COMMUNITY OFFICE hours on Saturday, April 11, 2015:

  • 10 am – 12 noon at S. Walter Stewart Library, Meeting Room 170 Memorial Park Avenue
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm at Gerrard Square, 2nd Floor 1000 Gerrard St. East

Our Neighbours at the Red Door Family Shelter Need Toronto-Danforth’s Help

30 years of Sheltering Homeless Families are now Threatened by Condominium Development

The building that houses the Red Door Family Shelter has been put into receivership and is now being bid on by condo developers, leaving this essential community service without a concrete future. Join with your neighbours at an emergency community meeting on Monday evening at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East from 7 – 9 pm.

Find out what you can do to help.

Save the Red Door Family Shelter

 

 

 

 

Like the Save the Red Door campaign on Facebook.