Toronto’s planning needs less...

When I saw Doug Ford’s new planning legislation my first thought was “wow, I can’t believe we’re up to Bill 108 already.” We all know planning in Toronto can be improved. Having worked in the City Planning...

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An Update on Small Business as Ontario...

Hi everyone,  As we start to reopen the economy now felt like as good a time as any to share an update. Lots of detail below but two key points to highlight: Yesterday, PM Trudeau announced that the Commercial Emergency Rent Assistance...

Urging the Province to Stop Commercial...

With the Ontario legislature reconvening today and the Premier asking for emergency powers to be extended until June 2nd, Toronto City Councillor Brad Bradford and the small business community are calling on the Province to introduce a moratorium...

East Ender-tainment Music Series!

After being postponed by a Council meeting last week, we're back for the finale of East Endertainment! We'll be joined by some incredible artists to end this series and I can't wait for showtime. GetLocalGiftCards.ca is also back to continue...

Support Small Business and Stop...

May 1st is just over 24 hours away. We need to stop small business evictions until money starts flowing from the Federal-Provincial rent assistance program. This will incentivize landlords to sign-up and make the program more impactful. I wrote to...

Updates for Small Businesses (Part 2)

Hi everyone,  I hope you’re keeping well as can be. It’s been a few weeks since my last update. I wanted to make sure we continue to be close (virtual) contact. By now, you’ll likely know the main headlines but I’ve provided a...

Supporting Toronto's Artists

We have many incredible artists in Beaches-East York. Regardless of what medium they practice, our local artists are hurting. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in cancelled shows, festivals, and performances. It's vital that we continue to support...

A 24-Hour Virtual Ride to #CRUSHCOVID!

Hi there, In these uncertain times, the East End is finding new ways to channel our relentless drive to dig deep, come together and give back. Michael Garron Hospital Foundation and Toronto Hustle are hosting a 24-hour...

Updates for Small Businesses (Part 1)

Hi everyone, I hope you're keeping as well as can be. I know the start to April has been hard for many. Thank you for everything you're doing to support each other as well as yourselves in the past few weeks. There's a lot of work happening...

Enjoy Easter While Physically...

Easter is an important time of the year. People come together, go on Easter egg hunts, and enjoy spending time with their families. COVID-19 and the new practice of physical distancing have made it more difficult to enjoy these traditions. One...

Clarifying the rules around essential...

I’ve been hearing from many community members about construction work that’s still happening in the community, whether or not it’s essential, and whether workers should be practising physical distancing. The simple answer is that everyone...

Clarifying the Rules Around Parks and...

There has been a lot of confusion around whether or not the beach is open. My office has been inundated with calls and emails from people wanting to clarify the rules.  With the better weather coming I understand the desire to be outside but I...

Supporting Local Businesses Through...

I've spoken with and received survey feedback from over 300 business owners across Toronto over the past two weeks. To be blunt - their feedback has been stark. Many local businesses are in serious danger because of the global pandemic. The most...