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- A published journalist who writes about local issues.
- Currently a student at Seneca College (York University Campus) majoring in paralegal studies.
- An active volunteer with multiple community initiatives including tree planting, park cleanups and preparing meals for the homeless with Kitchen24.
- Passionate about climate change, law, education, civil rights and gender equity.
- Previously worked for former Ward 7 Toronto City Councillor Anthony Perruzza.
Gates demands LTC Minister be made full-time job as seniors struggle without air conditioning
QUEENS PARK — NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) highlighted that the worsening crisis in long-term care requires Doug Ford to take the file seriously and appoint a full-time Minister to handle the portfolio. He released the following statement:
“Doug Ford brought legislation requiring long-term care homes...
Ford must help Safety Inspectors get fair contract
QUEEN’S PARK – During question period Thursday, NDP Labour Critic Jamie West (Sudbury) called Doug Ford to prioritize public health and safety, and demand that the TSSA, the agency responsible for administering and enforcing the Technical Standards and Safety Act, return to the bargaining table with the...
NDP tables motion for nation-leading health care recruitment and retention package
QUEEN’S PARK – The Official Opposition NDP is taking a hiring and retention plan to the legislature that will give current and future health care workers in Ontario raises, respect, and incentives equal to or better than what other provinces are offering.
“Our health care system is already on its knees,...
Ford’s municipal meddling is all about power: Burch
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Municipal Affairs critic Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) released the following statement on the Ford government Strong Mayor proposal:
“Once again, Doug Ford is demonstrating his disdain for local democracy by unilaterally interfering with municipal politics during a municipal election...
NDP: Fix Ontario’s health care crisis with public funding, not privatization
QUEEN’S PARK — Ontario NDP Health Care critic France Gélinas said the Official Opposition is horrified that Health Minister Sylvia Jones suggested to media multiple times Wednesday that health care privatization is under consideration by the Doug Ford government.
Reporter: Just to be clear, there’s not...
Ford must stop hiding from USW as workplaces in Ontario become more dangerous
QUEEN’S PARK – During question period Wednesday, NDP MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls) asked Doug Ford why his government is ignoring requests to meet with the United Steelworkers following the deaths of workers at National Steel Car. He pressed the Ford Government to meet their obligations under the law and ensure...
NDP slams budget that ignores inflation, health care crisis
QUEEN’S PARK – The Conservative government’s choice to re-table a months-old budget without any updates to deal with exploding inflation or the raging health care crisis will make those problems worse for people, says the Official Opposition.
“Two critical things have changed since this budget was...
Sattler urges Ford to pass paid sick days bill
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Peggy Sattler (London West) is calling on Doug Ford to provide permanent paid sick days as she reintroduces the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act.
"It's shameful that Doug Ford, who has unlimited sick days and has never been forced to choose between putting food on the table...
Employment numbers show how deep health care crisis runs
5,400 fewer health care and social services workers in Ontario than a year ago – and the losses are accelerating
LONDON — New numbers from Statistics Canada show Ontario has thousands fewer health care workers than a year ago, and they’re working more overtime than any other point in the last 25...
NDP wants throne speech and budget to deal with health care crisis, inflation
QUEEN’S PARK — When the legislature resumes, the Official Opposition NDP wants Premier Doug Ford’s Conservatives to table a new budget — one that deals with the health care crisis, and with exploding inflation.
“People are paying too high a price right now, in more ways than one.” said NDP interim...
More than a ‘directive’ needed from Ford to get internationally educated doctors and nurses into hospitals
NDP Deputy Leader Doly Begum (Scarborough Southwest), the Official Opposition critic for International Credentials, responded to the Conservative government’s directives to the College of Nurses of Ontario and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario:
“This announcement comes at a time when our...
Wong-Tam calls for budget funding to stop gender-based violence
NDP Critic for the Attorney General, Kristyn Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre) is calling on the provincial government to use their budget to fight back the growing epidemic of sexual violence Ontario.
Wong-Tam was joined at a press conference by Naomi Martey, sexual violence counsellor and advocate at the Toronto Rape...