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Seeking Understanding: Jewish and Indigenous Communities in Canada

Posted on September 22, 2016 | No Comments

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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.                                                                                    http://www.cjnews.com/news/canada/jewish-first-nations-panellists-address-identity-land-and-language

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 From the Tree, a brilliant local organization that utilizes neglected fruit trees in Toronto.  If you have a fruit tree and cannot maintain it, you can register it with them. The amazing volunteers at Not Far From the Tree then pick the fruit and split the harvest three ways: between the homeowner, their volunteers, and local food banks, shelters and community kitchens. The city of Toronto is a rich orchard with so much amazing fruit to spare—we have apples, pears, grapes, sumac, apricots and elderberries in our backyards. As we sipped delicious ciders and walked through lovely grounds (and orchard!) of Spadina House, we were all reminded of this. It was beautiful way to spend an afternoon, and I look forward to next year’s City Cider Festival!

Councillor Mihevc and I joined Sue Arndt, the director of Not Far From the Tree.

 

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 the ultimate celebration of one of my favorite ingredients! The Barns and surrounding courtyard were packed with people and booths (there was even a garlic bulb-shaped yurt!), and the smell of garlic drifted far into the neighborhood. Throughout the day, Ontario farmers sold many varieties of heirloom garlic while local chefs prepared it in tons of different dishes.  There was also live music, film screenings, a Speakers’ Corner, and cooking demos. City Councillor Joe Mihevc and I took a shift as ‘garlic baristas,’ pressing cloves of garlic for guests to eat raw. There was even a garlic breath contest to compliment the raw garlic shots! Thank you to Peter McCluskey and everyone at the Toronto Garlic Festival for making the day such a success. See you next year!

Councillor Joe Mihevc and I with Peter McCluskey, founder and organizer of the Toronto Garlic Festival.

 

Joe pressing a raw garlic shot for me!

  

Hanging out at the pizza oven with Kevin, Cookie and Anne.

 

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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Canada has lost a great Canadian – Mauril Bélanger

Posted on August 18, 2016 | No Comments

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of Mauril Bélanger “I was incredibly saddened to learn today of the death of my friend […]

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The 2016 York-Eglinton International Street Festival

Posted on August 15, 2016 | No Comments

I am joined by officers of 13 Division Toronto Police Auxiliary, MP Marco Mendicino and Veronica of the York-Eglinton BIA I am joined by MP Marco […]

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