It’s no secret that our society has been enduring years of growing, systemic inequalities which the Pandemic has dramatically exposed and exacerbated. Among those losing are front-line workers without sick leave, and often earning only minimum wage; vulnerable elderly in Long Term Care facilities; poor and racialized communities, the homeless, the poorly housed and the evicted. And most unfairly, in the midst of all this, the rich get even richer?
We need to take a closer look at these issues – we cannot just go ‘back to normal’ – we have to build back better!
Get involved! Join us on Monday, March 29th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm to explore these issues with our dynamic and expert panel in an online discussion on Zoom:
Peter Tabuns, MPP for the Riding of Toronto-Danforth
Jim Stanford, Economist and Director of the Centre for Future Work
Anjum Sultana, National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communication at YWCA Canada
Our moderator is Paula Fletcher, City Councillor for Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth.
The meeting will be held virtually over Zoom. You can also call-in on the phone. You will be provided with a link and dial-in number once you RSVP.
Everyone is welcome but only members in good standing of the ONDP who reside in Toronto—Danforth are eligible to vote. For more information, or to verify your membership status, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
All New Democrats in Toronto–Danforth are invited to join us for our joint Federal and Provincial NDP Riding Association Annual General Meeting for 2020.
NEW VENUE: Metropolitan Community Church 115 Simpson Ave. Saturday, February 29, 2020 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Get updates from our elected representatives Peter Tabuns, MPP, Councillor Paula Fletcher and Trustee Jennifer Story
Elect a new Federal/Provincial riding association executive
Find out how you can get more involved with the NDP locally
Renew your membership for 2020
Find out how to get involved and volunteer
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. If you need to renew your membership, please arrive early. If you have childcare or accessibility needs, please let us know in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements.
If you are not a member yet, or if your membership has lapsed, you are welcome to attend. NDP memberships or renewals can be done during registration. Or, you can save time by renewing online in advance of the meeting at the Ontario NDP or the Federal NDP. (Print out your membership receipt or have it available on your phone to make registration go quicker.)
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
Speakers: Peter Tabuns, MPP, Olivia Chow, Jennifer Story, TDSB Trustee and Craig Scott.
Voter Eligibility: Only individual members in good standing as of April 30 whose ordinary residence is within the riding boundaries are eligible to vote. Members in good standing who maintain their membership in a riding other than the riding in which they live are eligible to vote only in the riding in which they live. It will be necessary for such individuals to provide evidence of their membership. Members in good standing that move into a riding within the 30-day period prior to a nomination meeting are eligible to vote at the meeting provided they can provide confirmation of their ordinary residence.
Voter ID Requirements: Government-issued documents like an Ontario driver’s licence, passport, Ontario photo card, Ontario health card, Ontario motor vehicle permit, statement of government benefits (child tax benefit, old age security, etc), Any document issued by the Government of Canada, Ontario or a municipality in Ontario or from an agency of such a government, Any document issued by a band council in Ontario. Other acceptable documents that include your name: utility bill (gas, hydro, etc.), cell phone bills, bank/credit card statement, school admissions letter, school transcript/report card, school tuition/fees statement, cancelled personalized cheque, cheque stub, T4 tax slip or pay receipt issued by an employer, CNIB identity card, hospital record/document, insurance policy/statement, loan/agreement with a financial institution, or residential lease, rental or mortgage agreement/statement.
This is the only voting location. There will be no advance polls. The period for candidate nomination has passed.
A light snack will be offered as some will be opening their fast at sunset
Directions to MCC Toronto – 115 Simpson Avenue Driving: Take Howland one block north to Simpson from Gerrard, between Broadview and Logan. From the King (504) or Dundas (505) streetcars – exit the streetcar at Jack Layton Way (Simpson Avenue is directly across the street.) Walk east on Simpson to the next block and you will find the church on the corner of Simpson and Howland. From the Gerrard (506) streetcar – Get off the streetcar at Logan Ave. Simpson Avenue is one short block north.
All Toronto–Danforth NDP members are invited to our 2019 Resolution and Delegate Selection Meeting to pass resolutions and select delegates for the Ontario New Democratic Party Convention in Hamilton, June 14 – 16, 2019.
Sunday, March 31
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Registration at 1:15 p.m.
Ralph Thornton Centre – 765 Queen St. East Foundation Room – Lower Level
Anyone wishing to propose a resolution should submit it by Sunday, March 24, 2019. See flyer for details.
If you would like to be a delegate but can’t make it to the meeting, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the meeting and your name will be put forward. Toronto Danforth may elect 37 delegates.
There will be gender parity in the selection of delegates to convention
Only members in good standing may be elected as delegates (To be considered in good standing, a delegate’s membership fees must be paid for 2017.)