Friday, June 1, 2022
Peggy Joins Community in Opposing Closure of Keele Pool
Peggy (right) joins School Board Trustee Irene Atkinson (left) and local MPP Cheri DiNovo at a recent towhall meeting regarding the proposed closure of Keele Pool.
Dear Friends and Neighbours:
In Ottawa this week, our attention was rightly drawn to the crisis in the manufacturing sector and the loss of good-paying, full-time, made-in-Canada jobs. On Wednesday, the Canadian Labour Congress (http://www.clc-ctc.ca/) organized a rally on Parliament Hill to demand jobs and justice for Canadian working families. I was pleased to join my NDP colleagues and NDP Leader Jack Layton in calling for strategy from the federal government to help save our jobs. We've lost almost 100,000 jobs in manufacturing out of 500,000 around the GTA region since 2002 and the time for action is now.
At the Government Operations and Estimates Committee, where I serve as Vice-Chair, I have been asking tough questions about how we might leverage the billions of dollars in federal procurement to help create jobs in Canada. Just like Toronto City Council did recently made sure that new subways would be built in Thunder Bay rather than overseas. It is my feeling that Canadian tax dollars should be helping to create Canadian jobs. In the United States, they have “Made in the USA” policies that ensure investment in domestic companies and jobs. Stay tuned for more developments as I continue to pressure the committee and the government to provide leadership and fairness for Canadian workers.
Back in Toronto, I was pleased to help launch the RESPECT campaign with my provincial colleague, MPP Cheri DiNovo. The campaign calls on all governments to respect peoples right a decent wage, a full-time job, union protection and social supports. (see below for more details)
I also returned to Toronto last Wednesday to express my opposition to the Keele pool closure. (see below for more details)
Today, I also launched a campaign for tax fairness for artists at Gallery 1313 in the heart of Parkdale Village. As you know, Parkdale – High Park is home to so many talented artists in all different mediums. The arts are an integral part of our social environment that enrich our society with cultural achievement that should be rewarded by fair and equitable tax laws that encourage creativity and value cultural productivity. (please see below for more information)
With the warmer weather, I am sure I will be seeing lots more of all of you at the many wonderful events our riding has to offer.
Thank you for your continued support.
Peggy Nash – Newswire
May 30, 2022
TORONTO - On May 30 residents in the High Park/Keele area packed a meeting at Keele St Public School out of concern for the announced closure of their neighbourhood school.
Peggy joined School Trustee Irene Atkinson, Local Councillors Gord Perks and Bill Saundercook and MPP Cheri DiNovo.
Trustee Atkinson explained that the pool capital costs are the responsibility of the province and that the school funding formula is flawed because it doesn't cover the cost of the pools. The operating costs are paid by the city.
Peggy condemned the announced closure and vowed to work with the committee to get the decision reversed.
“Now that school physical education programs are cut back, we have a problem with childhood obesity, so our kids need access to their local pool for exercise. It’s also a safety issue because children need to learn to swim.”
Peggy is an area resident and her family uses the pool frequently. So do many other residents including many seniors and people with disabilities. With no local pool their quality of life will suffer.
DiNovo and Nash vowed to work with a local coordinating committee to help organize the community opposition.
Nash suggested that they join with the eight other neighbourhoods whose schools have been cut in order to send a message to the McGuinty Government to fund schools properly.
NASH AND DINOVO CALL FOR GOVERNMENT ACTION NOW, LAUNCH “RESPECT” CAMPAIGN
BY LISA RAINFORD – BLOOR WEST VILLAGER
Nash: "We are seeing a growing gap between more well-off people getting richer and richer while everyone else is falling behind. Personal debt is at an all-time high, costs are going up, but incomes are stagnant."
DiNovo and Nash are calling on the Liberal government to:
>> respect people's right to a minimum wage of at least $10
June 1, 2022
TORONTO – Cultural professionals are at a considerable tax disadvantage. Their incomes fluctuate greatly from year to year. That’s why Peggy Nash (Parkdale – High Park) has introduced a motion in the House of Commons calling for tax fairness for Canadian artists.
“The average income of artists in this Canada is less than $25,000 a year,” said Nash. “The arts are an integral part of our social environment that enrich and reward our society with cultural achievement that should be rewarded by fair and equitable tax laws that encourage creativity and value cultural productivity.”
In the years they do well, artists pay income tax at a high bracket which means they have little opportunity to save for the very lean times which are all too often just around the corner. That is why Nash believes that Canadian artists should be able to average their income over a period of several years.
Until 1982 when tax averaging was abolished in Canada, self-employed workers could spread their taxes over more than one tax year so that they were not penalized by the system while others benefited from lower taxes on regular incomes and could rely on benefits for unemployment.
PEGGY IN THE COMMUNITY
Here is a list of some of the events Peggy has attended in the community:
PEGGY IN OTTAWA
Here is a list of some of the meetings and events Peggy has attended in Ottawa:
1. Canada Day with Peggy Nash
2. Workshop on Bill C-394 “Once in a Lifetime”