GJFA’s October 2019 forum on Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for developing part of Toronto’s lakefront was filled to capacity. GJFA sent a letter outlining wide-ranging concerns and conditions for consideration as Waterfront Toronto decides on October 31st whether and how to proceed.
This primer, a work in progress, is an educational and discussion piece pointing to some of the fundamental issues raised by the Sidewalk Labs (Google) plan for 200 acres on the Toronto Waterfront. A plan which proposes fundamental changes to city governance and data collection, changes that could affect all of us who live in the city.
Something’s Really Wrong with Workers’ E.I. Safety Net
We Need to Fix EI!
Here are some questions to ask Federal election candidates.
We need to start paying attention to the huge cracks in our EI system – or pay the price with the next economic slowdown or recession.
Politicians may focus on EI parental or seasonal benefits but the main job of EI is to provide income security when we’re laid off or lose a job.
We pay weekly EI premiums so the safety net’s there when we need it.
EI rules are too harsh, especially for those in part-time and temporary jobs.
Last Friday, 25 million people worldwide marched for climate action, and this Friday, tens of thousands are expected to march in Canada. It’s never been clearer that people from all walks of life want immediate, meaningful action to drastically reduce greenhouse gases.
It is well past time for Toronto to declare a climate emergency. Dozens of Ontario municipalities like Ottawa, London, and Sudbury have formally acknowledged the urgency of the climate crisis. Toronto has not. Yet.
Climate change is the key issue of our time. While it is incumbent on all individuals, corporations, and governments to do more, Toronto is uniquely positioned to “think globally, act locally.” As Canada’s largest city and North America’s fourth largest municipality, Toronto must act responsibly, even ambitiously, in this critical fight.