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.

MEETING REMINDER:
Workshop on Bill C-394 “Once in a Lifetime
Hosted by the League of Ukrainian Canadians, The Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, The Canadian Ukrainian Immigration Aid Society and Peggy Nash, MP
Ukrainian Cultural Centre on Christie St.
Sunday, June 10, 2022 * 2pm – 5pm
Please note that this Meeting will be conducted in Ukrainian

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
MP Parkdale-High Park


Peggy speaks with reporters about loss of manufacturing jobs in Toronto, at the 'Made in Canada Matters' rally hosted by the Canadian Labour Congress.

Peggy Nash – Newswire

May 30, 2022
PEGGY OPPOSES KEELE POOL CLOSURE

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.



(click to read full article)


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
>> respect the right to have a stable full-time job
>> respect the skills and experience wherever they were gained
>> respect the right to have a union voice at work
>> respect the right to social benefits, if they are needed

(Click here to read the entire article from the Bloor West Villager)


Peggy holds news conference to promote tax fairness for artists

June 1, 2022
NASH CALLS FOR TAX FAIRNESS FOR ARTISTS

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.

(Click here to read more)


Peggy attends Tibetan Mother's Day celebration with local MPP Cheri DiNovo and executive members of the Tibetan Women's Association

PEGGY IN THE COMMUNITY

Here is a list of some of the events Peggy has attended in the community:

  • Tibetan Mother’s Day
  • Afghan Mother’s Day
  • Respect Campaign – Press Conference
  • Respect Campaign – Public Meeting
  • Michael Coren Show – Federal Issues Panel
  • 10th Anniversary fundraiser for Gallery 1313 - http://www.g1313.org/
  • Canadians for Children at Health Risk fundraiser
  • Rennie Park Community Garage Sale
  • St. John’s Anglican Yard Sale and Doors Open
  • Annette School Family and Friends BBQ
  • La Lech League Yard and Bake Sale
  • Asian Heritage Month Celebrations TCHC
  • Ontario Foundation for Visibly Impaired Children
  • Greenest City community garden launch in Parkdale
  • 15th Anniversary – High Park Martial Arts
  • West Toronto Services for Seniors Fundraiser http://www.servicesforseniors.ca/

 


Peggy with a member of the Afghanistan Parliament at an Afghan Mother's Day event

PEGGY IN OTTAWA

Here is a list of some of the meetings and events Peggy has attended in Ottawa:

  • Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) – Opinions Forum http://www.clc-ctc.ca/
  • Made in Canada Matters Rally
  • Meeting with the Canadian Printing Industries Association
  • Government Operations Committee meeting with Minister Fortier

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

1. Canada Day with Peggy Nash

2. Workshop on Bill C-394 “Once in a Lifetime”
Hosted by the League of Ukrainian Canadians, The Ukrainian Canadian Social Services, The Canadian Ukrainian Immigration Aid Society and Peggy Nash, MP
Ukrainian Cultural Centre on Christie St.
Sunday, June 10, 2022
2pm – 5pm