Cheri’s 5th Annual
June 12, 2013
Please join us again this year for Cheri’s 5th Annual Spring/Summer Levee.
Cheri will be honouring local activists and volunteers, and a delicious free dinner will be provided in the elegant setting of Lithuanian Hall.
We look forward to seeing you there!
What: Cheri DiNovo’s 5th Annual Spring/Summer Levee
When: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 6:30 PM
Where: Lithuanian Hall, 1573 Bloor Street West
Who: Open to the public
Why: To celebrate another wonderful year in Parkdale-High Park, and recognize our community activists and volunteers who help make PHP the best place in the world to live and work.
DiNovo to host Community Meeting
over Proposed Toronto Casino
NOTE: THE DATE OF THE MEETING HAS BEEN CHANGED FROM WEDNESDAY APRIL 24th TO TUESDAY APRIL 30th
Parkdale-HighPark—NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo today announced she would be holding a community meeting over the proposed Toronto casino complex that could see the complex adjacent to her riding in Exhibition Place.
In response to a flood of calls and e-mails from of Parkdale-HighPark residents concerned about the impact of a possible casino, DiNovo called for an open meeting to address community concerns.
“The overwhelming community response towards a casino has been very negative.” stated DiNovo. “Residents are concerned about the negative impacts that a casino would bring as well as being turned off by the rather opaque proposal process where everyone’s revenue projections seem to be different.”
DiNovo has planned a meeting for Tuesday April 30th 2013 from 7-9:00 PM at Lithuanian House 1573 Bloor St. West.
DiNovo has invited activists from the No Casino Toronto who will be making a presentation and providing material at the community meeting.
2nd MPAC Town Hall
Property assessment time is once again upon us. Several neighbourhoods in Parkdale-High Park are expected to see an increase in their property values above the 22.8% average increase calculated for the entire city. The Toronto Real Estate Board Index has noted that The Junction and High Park neighbourhoods have seen some of the largest increases in property values in the city, and it is expected that the MPAC assessments will also reflect this.
Cheri will be hosting town halls on MPAC between November and February. The next meeting is Tuesday February 12th 2013 from 7-9 PM at Fern Avenue Public School, 128 Fern Ave.
Please feel free to share this flyer with any residents who have any questions or issues with their MPAC assessment and we hope to see you out on the 12th.
Important Metrolinx Meeting June 27th
Last week the World Health Organization announced that diesel engine exhaust is to be classified as a Level One Carcinogen. Other Level One carcinogens include asbestos, arsenic, mustard gas and cigarette smoke.
This announcement should raise red flags for the McGuinty Government. The Air-Rail Link will run through neighbourhoods full of small businesses, schools and family homes. Given the stringent regulations governing everything from building materials to smoking, this is a significant oversight on the part of the McGuinty government which will have serious long term consequences to our community’s health and quality of life.
Please email Dalton McGuinty at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli at email@example.com to let them know you are concerned about running diesel trains in our communities and that you want to make them electric.
Please join your neighbours on June 27th at a Metrolinx Meeting addressing electrification of the Georgetown South and Lakeshore West GO Train lines. The environmental assessments for electrification on these lines have been completed which can serve as a basis for future electrification of the Air-Rail Link. Metrolinx now says they will start with diesel trains on the Air Rail Link, and electrify the line at some undetermined point in the future. That is unacceptable given the health risks from diesel. We need to show the government and Metrolinx that the community is united on this issue; build it right the first time!
Date: Wednesday, June 27
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St West
Budget Town Hall on April 11th
On April 11th, Cheri will be c0-hosting a Town Hall on the Federal & Provincial Budgets with MP Peggy Nash. They will discuss the impact of the budgets on the residents and businesses of Parkdale-High Park. Please come out to share your opinions and concerns about the budgets.
Wednesday April 11th 7-9 pm
Fern Ave Public School
128 Fern Ave.
This month, Cheri plans to attend the following events (updated as public events come in):
- March 5th, 7:15pm: Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf Fundraiser (The Hole in the Wall, 2867 Dundas W)
- March 6th, 5:00pm: Epilepsy Day of Action reception at Queen’s Park
- March 19th, 6:00pm: Parkdale Community Development Group fundraiser for Queen West Art Crawl (Gallery 345 Sorauren Ave)
- March 21st, 6:00pm: JS Woodsworth Awards Ceremony (St. Lawrence Lounge, 900 Bay St.)
- March 24th, 11am-4pm: West End Seedy Saturday (Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre)
- March 24th, 1:30pm on: High Park Martial Arts 20th Anniversary Celebration
- March 28th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm: King George Public School 100th Anniversary Celebration
- March 31st, 7:45pm: Earth Hour Candelight Walk @ High Park Zoo (Grenadier Restaurant)
Daycare In Parkdale-High Park
Daycare is an ongoing issue in Ontario, and every parent in Parkdale-High Park knows that our community is one of the worst hit when it comes to wait times, daily costs and new daycare openings.
Did you know that daycare costs only $17/day in Manitoba?
…And only $7/day in Quebec?
Yet here in Ontario, no provincial daycare plan exists, and parents are, in many cases, paying more than $100/day for unsubsidized daycare.
WHERE IS OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT ON THIS?
Parents need affordable daycare, yet daily we see parents who can’t afford to enrol their children, parents who call weekly to retain their place on years-long wait lists, and daycare operators and providers who languish waiting for provincial licensing staff to even look at their files, much less license them to open for families desperate for a spot.
Cheri at the opening of new daycare Windermere Kids, who struggled to obtain a license due to countless Ministry delays. Our office was happy to help them, and continues to help local daycares who are having problems with Ministry issues.
WE NEED ACTION FROM THE PROVINCE.
Cheri will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss these issues. We ask you to join us to listen to our panelists and share your stories and opinions.
WHAT: Daycare Town Hall
WHEN: Thursday, Jan 26th, 7:00 – 9:00pm
WHERE: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School, 1515 Bloor St. W (Dundas and Bloor)
In the staff room (follow the signs)
WHO: Hosted by MPP Cheri DiNovo and featuring a panel of guests including:
- Ward 13 Councillor Sarah Doucette
- Ward 14 Councillor Gord Perks
- Andrea Calver (Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care)
- City of Toronto Staff.
Don’t forget to write to Mayor Ford and your City Councillor to help keep Toronto’s Child Care Centres open, and make sure you also email them telling them how important affordable, quality daycare is to your family.
DID YOU KNOW?
Cheri DiNovo has a Facebook fan page! I’ve reached my friend limit on my “friend” page, but you can join me on my fan page here: https://www.facebook.com/
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