Fall Newsletter 2023

  • Community Update

Message from Stephanie

Dear Constituents,

I am excited to share what the past couple of months have been like as we enjoy the autumn season. The legislature recently returned to session on September 25th. This newsletter will provide an update on the latest legislative developments, community news and events, and more.

Looking ahead, please mark your calendars for opportunities to connect with me in person and the chance to share ideas with community members.

Remember, your voice matters. As your representative, I am here to address your questions and concerns. Whether it is about legislative matters or community issues, do not hesitate to contact my office. Your insights guide our work and help us better serve our community.

Thank you for your ongoing engagement. Here’s to a season filled with progress, connection, and meaningful conversations.
Best regards,


Ontario Science Centre

The proposed move of the Ontario Science Centre has raised many concerns for months, and the government does not seem to back off the action. I have risen many times in the legislature to voice the concerns of many constituents and Torontonians who have contacted my office regarding this issue. 

Community members and advocates have started an open letter campaign to Premier Ford, Minister of Infrastructure, and other elected officials.

To learn more about the letter campaign, please click HERE.

Highlights: Legislative Updates

The new Ontario Infrastructure Bank
Ontario’s investment in the Infrastructure Bank raises concerns about increased privatization in public services. With a track record of healthcare privatization, infrastructure issues, and past scandals, allocating $3B taxpayer dollars here seems unwise.

We began the Fall positively with the government acknowledging its errors and taking steps to return land to the Greenbelt, which is reassuring. However, it raises a crucial question: can we rely on a similar, potentially flawed process in the cases of Ontario Place and the Ontario Science Centre? At the very least, I hope remedial training is being considered to prevent such mishaps.

In another significant event, we assembled to hoist the flag in anticipation of the National Day For Truth And Reconciliation. This solemn occasion was dedicated to paying homage to residential school survivors, intergenerational survivors, those who never returned, and the affected families and communities.

I had the privilege of meeting with the National Council of Canadian Muslims and CIJA at Queen’s Park firmly believe that hate should find no harbour in Ontario or Canada. Engaging in a meaningful dialogue with their representatives, we underscored the necessity for open discourse, respect, and tolerance.

In a cause close to our hearts, I proudly stood beside children and families who expressed their discontent with the government’s perceived lack of progress in addressing autism. The numbers are disheartening: only 8,000 children currently receive support, a drop from 10,000 in 2018-19, while the waitlist has more than doubled to 60,000. This government’s performance falls short of supporting those with autism.

The remarkable fifth graders from Thorncliffe Park Public School graced us with their presence at Queen’s Park. Their enthusiasm for government and civic engagement is genuinely inspiring. We encourage them to keep asking questions, participating in discussions, and shaping the future.

On October 27, we united in wearing purple to raise awareness about domestic violence and violence against individuals. Our collective commitment to shedding light on this issue is a testament to our dedication to creating a safer, more equitable society.

Highlights: Connecting with Don Valley West

In September, I and members of my office attended the Labor Day Parade, to demonstrate solidarity with our labour movement. Following labour day, I had the privilege of visiting schools, meeting parents, and warmly welcoming our students back to school, laying the foundation for a productive academic year. At Glendon Campus, my office hosted a delightful pancake breakfast, where students, faculty, and staff engaged in enlightening conversations about their studies, housing, tuition, and campus life.

During this month, I had a meaningful conversation with Community Living Toronto, where I gained insights into their exceptional work supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities in DVW and Toronto, further reinforcing our dedication to building an inclusive community.

I also attended several neighborhood meetings, including the Broadway Area Residents Association, the Leaside Towers Tenants Association and the Lawrence Park Rate Payers Association. The Broadway Area Residents Association addressed critical concerns such as flood prevention, community services, and overall well-being.

I ran as part of the Terry Fox Run at Wilket Creek to pay tribute to Terry’s remarkable legacy and his unwavering commitment to finding a cure for cancer, inspiring millions worldwide.

Additionally, along with my colleagues, we celebrated Ontario’s rich agricultural heritage at the International Plowing Match 2023, where we recognized the dedication of hardworking farmers and local volunteers who made the event possible.

Furthermore, I had the privilege of joining the commencement ceremony for Marc Garneau CI students, marking a significant milestone in their lives.

Lastly, my office actively participated in the Apple Fest on Bayview Avenue, a joyful celebration of the season’s beauty and the close-knit spirit of our community.