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Statement from Peter Tabuns NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth): Ontario must act immediately to end social housing crisis

Peter Tabuns NDP MPP (Toronto-Danforth) issued the following statement.

“Social housing is at a crisis point in the city of Toronto, and in communities across the province, because Premier Wynne refuses to provide provincial support to clear the repair backlog.

Today’s alarming news that more than 3,000 families and individuals are at risk of losing their homes in the next five years when half of all TCHC properties will be in critical condition shows that the province must act immediately to stop today’s crisis from becoming a disaster.

Kathleen Wynne’s recent provincial budget ignores families on the affordable housing wait-list in Toronto and throughout the province, and provides no new money for social housing and urgent repairs.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has committed to Toronto Mayor Tory, to the people of Toronto, and to communities throughout the province that under an NDP government the province will pay its fair share to repair social housing units – a one-third split between provincial, federal and municipal governments.  

New Democrats will stop the downloading and cuts. We will be partners in safe, affordable housing.”

CONSTITUENCY ASSISTANT – CASEWORK/OUTREACH Permanent - Full-time, Peggy Sattler MPP – London West

 

Objectives:  To assist the Member by completing assigned casework and outreach duties.

Responsible to Member for:

  • Dealing with enquiries, solving problems and advocating for constituents (case work).   Contacting and responding to constituents by telephone, writing, and in person.  Contacting  senior government personnel, officials from outside organizations, and local government on behalf of constituents.
  • Preparing all documentation related to casework and maintaining organized casework files.
  • Responding to requests for research or information from the MPP’s constituents.
  • Preparing, gathering, maintaining and compiling research material as requested by Member to aid in communicating with constituents and organizations in the constituency.
  • Keeping informed in policy areas assigned by Member and liaising with interest groups within the constituency.
  • Monitoring local media to track local issues and ensure a strong media presence for the Member. May include preparing weekly columns, drafting op-eds, standard media releases and arranging stand-up interviews. 
  • May include working with the MPP and caucus communications department to maintain a strong social media presence and managing online social media to increase MPP’s visual identity, and assisting with outreach and engagement to help promote awareness of the MPP in the riding. 
  • May include travel throughout the Riding to perform outreach, casework or attend events on behalf of the Member and other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Ability to understand and prepare cases and to advocate effectively on behalf of the Member’s constituents.  Ability to meet deadlines, produce accurate work and maintain organized records.  Strong written and oral communication skills.  Familiarity with community resources and services in the London area, and knowledge of Ontario government programs and services.  Excellent computer skills.  Knowledge of the Member’s constituency and key stakeholder groups in the region. Experience in  NDP organizations, the Canadian labour movement, Ontario government, or federal government would be an asset.  Second language skills preferred.  As this will be the primary caseworker, candidates with a Bachelors or Masters in Social Work are encouraged to apply.  

The NDP Caucus is an equal opportunity employer.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Accommodations for job applicants with disabilities are available on request.

Applications to Human Resources Coordinator NDP Caucusresumes@ndp.on.ca, Fax, 416-325-2266.

Ontario NDP MPPS: on transportation, Wynne has history of big promises, little follow through

Today southwestern Ontario NDP MPPs Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe), Peggy Sattler (London West), Lisa Gretzky (Windsor West), Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh), Taras Natyshak (Essex), Catherine Fife (Kitchener-Waterloo) and Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls, ONDP Transportation Critic) issued the following joint statement on the Liberal high speed rail announcement: 

Premier Wynne may make promises when it comes to our transportation infrastructure, but is always light on action. Although today's announcement was actually a re-announcement, it could be a step in the right direction and we have high hopes for this environmental assessment, but people in our communities are wondering today whether this is just another hollow election promise. 

Despite repeated promises to implement all-day, two-way GO train service to both Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo, the people of these communities have seen no action.

Southwestern Ontario families and businesses have been hit with Wynne's skyrocketing hydro bills, while she's doing nothing to help people in our communities deal with the loss of so many manufacturing jobs. Our communities are concerned that this is another case of the premier looking for votes for herself while ignoring the needs of the rest of us. 

Horwath, Krmpotich urge Sault residents to have their say on Wynne hydro scheme

NDP critical of Conservatives support for hydro privatization

Today Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and NDP byelection candidate Joe Krmpotich urged the people of Sault Ste. Marie to have their voices heard on the Wynne Liberals' hydro borrowing scheme, which Ontario now knows will cause hydro bills to soar. 

Premier Kathleen Wynne is poised to use her majority to force her bill through the legislature in just a week, allowing only very limited time for Ontarians to push back. 

NDP bill to protect vulnerable adults in unregulated supportive living homes passes second reading

Today, a bill from Welland MPP Cindy Forster designed to protect vulnerable adults and seniors in Supportive Living Accommodations (SLAs) passed a critical vote in the legislature. 

Forster’s bill, the Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, would put in place licensing rules for privately operated SLAs, as well as increased protections to prevent mistreatment of vulnerable high-risk adults and seniors living in this type of housing. Included among the safeguards proposed in Forster's bill is a provision that would require housing providers to be provincially licensed in order to collect ODSP cheques and other types of support payments on a resident’s behalf.

NDP demands Wynne act now and provide Toronto needed funds to stop opioid crisis

During question period on Thursday, the NDP’s health critic, France Gélinas, demanded that Premier Kathleen Wynne give Toronto the funds needed to save lives and stop the growing opioid crisis. Wynne is holding back money the Toronto Board of Health needs. 

“Ontario is in the midst of an opioid crisis that demands urgent action,” said Gélinas. “People are losing their lives, every day, on the streets of this city.”

 

Wynne must respect right to correct sex designation on birth certificates: MPP DiNovo

During question period on Thursday, Cheri DiNovo, the NDP’s LGBTQ issues critic, demanded that the Wynne government abide by the Ontario Human Rights code and allow Ontarians the right to correct their sex designation on their birth certificate.

“Joshua M. Ferguson is a queer non-binary person who has applied to change their sex designation on their birth certificate,” said DiNovo, MPP for Parkdale-High Park.

Statement from Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Ontario’s New Democrats are a part of the global movement against homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia because we believe no one should ever be discriminated against because of who they are, or who they love. In Ontario, and around the world, everyone deserves to be safe, tofeel safe, and to be empowered to freely express themselves.

Taking time to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is an important opportunity to raise awareness of the realities that members of the LGBTQ2 community continue to face, especially at a time when divisive politics seems to be on the rise.

New Democrats are proud to stand alongside the LGBTQ2 community in the fight for recognition and safety and we’re proud to take this fight to the Ontario legislature. That includes leading the fight to ban conversion therapy, entrenching gender identity protections in the Human Rights Code, and introducing a historic motion to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a moment of silence at Queen’s Park.

We mourn those we have lost, and celebrate the victories we have won. Most importantly, we remind ourselves that there is still so much work to do before we can say that all Ontarians live free of prejudice or violence.

NDP calls for legislative session to be extended

Kathleen Wynne is about to enact a plan that will cause hydro bills to soar for decades, and the public isn’t even being given time to weigh in. That’s why the NDP is calling for the legislative session to be extended by at least one week.

Today, Wynne’s Liberals will force through a motion that will limit debate, and cut the window for public hearings down to a meagre six-hour window.

Wynne failing to cover medication for Ontarians with diabetes: NDP

During question period on Tuesday, NDP health critic France Gélinas called out Premier Kathleen Wynne for failing Ontarians living with diabetes by excluding them from provincial drug coverage. The NDP has proposed the first universal Pharmacare plan, which will provide drug coverage for all Ontarians, regardless of age or income.

Gélinas participated in an Ontario round table organised by Diabetes Canada on Tuesday, where she found that their number one issue was access to medications and supplies.

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