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Hon. Carolyn Bennett, MP


Neighbourhood Checkups- Oct. 1st & 2nd, 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 | No Comments


Neighbourhood check-ups are this weekend in Toronto-St. Paul’s! I hope to see you at one of the six meetings in our riding to discuss your questions and concerns. It will be a great opportunity to consult on #Budget2017. Please contact my constituency office as soon as possible with any accessibility needs so we can plan ahead to make these gatherings accessible to all!



My Column in the September 2016 Town Crier on Shopping Local

Posted on September 28, 2016 | No Comments

carolyn_bennett_columnLet’s #ShopLocal Together

We all benefit when we shop and dine in our own neighbourhoods

This summer, I stopped by the Eglinton Way BIA’s second annual Scavenger Hunt, which takes place just around the corner from my house. It immediately brought back memories from my childhood, and our family rule to shop locally.

My mother was Eunice Denby of Eunice Denby Flowers. My father went into business with her after the Second World War. When I was born, we lived in the apartment above the store at 453 Eglinton Avenue West. When we were old enough (about 8!), my sister Jill and I were put to work at the store. Every holiday—Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day (and the Jewish holidays too!)—we reported for duty!

We were always welcomed by the local shop owners as we dashed out to buy presents for our family on our breaks! When I learned to drive and wanted to venture up far-flung places like Morgan’s at Lawrence Plaza or Yorkdale, my Dad would bark “What do they have up there, that you can’t find here?”

It’s exciting that once again our neighbours are choosing to shop where they know the vendors and the quality of the product. Many cities strongly affected by the 2008 recession have recognized the most effective way to revitalize and maintain their economies is to encourage the growth of small, local businesses. By doing so, they give their citizens more opportunities to directly invest in their own economy. When we shop in large chain-retailers, most of what we spend does not filter back into our economy.

Last summer, when we set up our campaign office on St. Clair Avenue West, our whole team fell in love with the variety and quality of the local businesses. Shops like Ecoexistence and Acappella Clothing, restaurants like Albert’s Fine Jamaican Foods, Pukka, Prop, World Class Bakers, and coffee houses like Curtis Coffee, Krave, and Zaza Espresso enriched the lives of many volunteers.

Currently Eglinton Avenue West and St. Clair Avenue West are under construction. More than ever, it’s really important for us to enjoy and support the small-businesses that define and support our country’s economy and character.

For me, shopping locally is also a chance to say thank you to business-owners like my father, and those of Beatties Boys Wear, The Fireplace Shop, and their Forest Hill Rotary Club, who all sponsored my son Jack’s North Toronto Hockey League teams.

I am so fortunate to still live in the same unique and vibrant neighbourhood where I was born. I learned as a little girl that supporting local businesses was a good thing.

Many years later, I am even more convinced that we all benefit when we shop and dine in our neighbourhoods. So let’s #shoplocal and grow our economy at the same time.

*For more Town Crier columns, visit their website



Seeking Understanding: Jewish and Indigenous Communities in Canada

Posted on September 22, 2016 | No Comments


I am joined by Dr. Seymour Epstein, Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Rabbi Adam Cutler, Berl Nadler, Tamara Podemski, Steve Strauss, and Rabbi Chaim Strauchler on September 6th, 2016 at Shaarei Shomayim.

I had the pleasure of being invited by the Shaarei Shomayim Sisterhood, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Holy Blossom Temple, Ve’ahavta, and The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), to attend a very important discussion on the parallels between the experiences of Jewish and Indigenous peoples.

It was an important dialogue and one that I look forward to continuing – to acknowledge the similarities of the histories of Jewish community and First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada. Together, we can build awareness, respect and appreciation, correct misconceptions, and develop stronger relationships between communities.

Eleni Pappas - Metis Nation
I am joined by Eleni Pappas of Métis Nation of Ontario

To read more on this discussion I would like to direct you to an article written by the Canadian Jewish News.                                                                          

Toronto City Cider Festival

Posted on September 19, 2016 | No Comments

On September 18th, I stopped by Spadina House for the 5th annual Toronto City Cider Festival. The event was presented by Spadina Museum and Not Far […]

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Toronto Garlic Festival 2016

Posted on September 19, 2016 | No Comments

On Sunday, September 18th, the Wychwood Barns were once again home to the Toronto Garlic Festival. Now in its sixth year, the Toronto Garlic Festival is […]

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Toronto-St. Paul’s Electoral Reform Town Hall

Posted on September 12, 2016 | No Comments

We had a full turnout at Christ Church Deer Park for our town hall! Thank you so much to our brilliant panelists, Dr. Nicole Goodman, Dr. […]

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Join the Electoral Reform Dialogue!

Posted on September 12, 2016 | No Comments

Thank you to everyone who came out to yesterday’s Toronto-St. Paul’s Town Hall on Electoral Reform! My colleague, the Hon. Maryam Monsef (Minister of Democratic Institutions) […]

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Toronto-St. Paul’s Constituency Youth Council

Posted on September 9, 2016 | No Comments

Constituency Youth Council   Our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has said that “young voices must be part of our decision making process” and that’s why I […]

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See you this weekend at our town hall on Electoral Reform!

Posted on September 7, 2016 | No Comments

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UPCOMING EVENT: Town Hall on Electoral Reform

Posted on August 26, 2016 | No Comments

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