Your Invitation to a Public Meeting on“The Economy and the Environment”The Parkdale High-ParkCOMMUNITY COUNCIL ON FEDERAL ISSUES

Saturday, October 17, 2009
2:00pm – 4:00pmRunnymede Public School357
Runnymede Road (at Colbeck Street)

Parents and children welcome! Child care can be provided with 48 hours notice.
Dear Friend:

Please join me for my sixth “Community Council on Federal Issues”. It is an opportunity for me to learn your views on current federal issues and to let you know about the initiatives that I am undertaking on your behalf.

Our next meeting will focus on the Economy and the Environment and I will be asking our community to get involved in a new Carbon Challenge to help seniors and all of us reduce our carbon footprint. I will also seek your advice and input on Canada’s participation at the upcoming Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December.

I invite you to help shape Canada from Parkdale-High Park by joining my non-partisan “Community Council on Federal Issues”. The council is made up of interested community members and leaders of local organizations. Members are invited to attend regular public town hall meetings, receive MP reports as well as review information and provide advice on issues that they care about.

For more information:Phone: (416) 769-5072
Or visit our office at:2849 Dundas Street W.(at Keele St.)

Current Initiatives- please consider taking part!

Parkdale-High Park Community Council on Federal Issues – over 350 area residents have attended five meetings to date to discuss unemployment, federal budget, childcare, and economic measures, and about 1,800 residents have joined. A report on MP meetings, with votes and perspectives on current issues, goes out every four to six weeks. Meeting locations are rotated around the riding for fair access.

Child Care Action Group – this is a new group formed at the community council meeting in May to promote a national policy of universal child care and to take actions to improve the number of spaces available in our neighbourhoods in the short term.

Parkdale Agency – is a proposal to enhance the capacities of existing social agencies in South Parkdale with new resources, and to engage residents in shaping their community with respect to development, housing and jobs.

Carbon Challenge – helps seniors and local residents to save money on their heating and electricity costs in their households while exerting pressure for an effective climate change policy for the country ahead of the international discussions in Copenhagen this December.Eliminating

Mental Health Stigma – permits local residents to encounter their potentially mistaken or false perceptions of persons with mental health illnesses, with a view to increasing the possibilities for full participation in society through work, supportive housing and good family and neighbourhood supports.

Let Them Stay – War Resisters to Iraq War – supporting an existing community campaign, which includes many supporters and several war resisters in the riding, to compel the federal government to respect the wishes of the majority of parliament and Canadians, through public information and parliamentary measures.

GO/Metrolinx Piledrivers - working with a local neighbourhood group in efforts to dramatically decrease the excessive noise and vibration impact of railway construction through advocacy and an appeal to the Canadian Transportation Agency.

Canada Communities Network – influencing national infrastructure, cities, communities and housing policies by connecting interested individuals and organizations to my work as the Official Opposition Critic. The goal is to ensure the federal government is in a position to be an effective partner for better quality of life in our communities, and that current infrastructure projects benefit our neighbourhoods.