Tom Parkin for Parkdale-High Park

People are counting on us to win — and fight for them

In Walkerton, six people died and 2,000 became ill from E. coli in their drinking water. After caring for the sick, the urgent priority was to clean up the water. A provincial crown corporation, the Ontario Clean Water Agency, took over Walkerton’s water operations and secured the drinking water supply. But OCWA was on the …

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Inaction matters to people. It sure mattered to Lori Dupont. Lori Dupont worked as a nurse at a Windsor hospital; her ex-boyfriend was a doctor there. And in their workplace he stalked her, harassed her, hit her and made violent comments at her. When Lori’s friends told administration, it was “Lori is an adult and …

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In Canada, the lobbyists are in charge. We’re the only ones who want to change it. Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin scandal showed that corporate lobbyists are so powerful inside the Liberal Party they can get custom-designed criminal code amendments. They can get legal penalties reduced. They can get the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the …

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I’m running to be our NDP MP to bring Parkdale-High Park communities together with labour and environmental movements into a Green New Deal — one that can reverse the growing disrepair of our schools. I want fundamental change and a Green New Deal. Join me. After decades of cuts, Toronto’s public buildings, like schools and …

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If the SNC-Lavalin scandal proved one thing, it’s that corporate lobbyists seeking special deals get a warm reception in Trudeau Ottawa. SNC lobbied to get their own legislation creating an alternative to a trial. They lobbied to get the penalties dropped. They even lobbied to have the Prime Minister and the Clerk of the Privy …

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People in Parkdale-High Park are well-informed about their community — partly because we keep them informed. This morning, transit riders were gladly taking information about Ford’s proposed plan to split up their public transit system and take over their subway. The TTC Riders’ information pickets across the city this morning were like deja vu for …

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My kids have been raised in Parkdale-High Park — in the public parks, pools and schools. Public spaces and services are critical to our community — and bring a measure of equality in an increasingly unequal city. My wife and I have lived in South Parkdale and Bloor West. It’s a strong community because there …

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July 17, 2019 — Go stand on the Bloor-Yonge platform at 8:30am. Or drive through 404 and 401. Take the King streetcar. Or the McCowan North bus. This city doesn’t work right. Former Mayor Rob Ford takes most the blame. But every Mayor and Premier since Transit City has contributed to the mess. The city …

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July 9, 2018 — On March 5, 2011, about 10:00pm, Jeune Sterson and Louis Frantz were hanging election posters for a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. Haitian police abducted them. And their lifeless bodies were found the next day. In June that year, Serge Démosthène was arrested by Haitian police and died as a …

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