Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Women in Leadership fundraiser with Hon. Tracy MacCharles

On April 29th, a terrific gathering of over 100 women leaders from business, not-for-profit, and academic circles occurred in downtown Toronto to celebrate an inaugural Women in Leadership event, hosted by Ontario's Minister of Children and Youth Services and Minister responsible for Women’s Issues, the Honourable Tracy MacCharles.

The landmark action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment and Ontario's efforts to improve women's representation on boards of directors and in senior management of companies are two reasons why women were keen to come out to show their support for such achievements - not only for women but for the province and the cause of equality for all citizens.

 It was a pleasure to work with an outstanding team of chairs to support this successful event.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tenants meeting in Parkdale

Last week I attended a tenants organizing meeting in Parkdale that was quite well attended, as you can see from the photos.

There was a hearing this morning at the Landlord-Tenant board at 79 St. Clair Avenue East at 9 am and a demonstration outside the board - part of what last week's organizing meeting was about. One of the Parkdale buildings was the subject of a hearing today on the issue of back to back yearly above guideline rental increases. Additionally, there is a group building challenge to the landlord's legal ability to remove superintendents from the site of these buildings.

When I ran during the provincial election of 2014, the difficulties tenants are having in Parkdale with this one landlord in particular, the foreign-owned Akelius, came up repeatedly. So, during the summer and into the fall of 2014, I continued to pay attention to these issues and began to try to help based on the concerns I had heard.

You can read more about the meeting here.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Commentary - Political integrity in Ontario

I wrote about the President and CEO of Postmedia's public endorsement of Patrick Brown for the leadership of the PC party of Ontario, here.