I applaud the great work of local faith groups in my ward for supporting newcomers to our city. On Monday evening, RevivalTime Tabernacle welcomed a group of asylum seekers that were taken off our streets and transported into safer indoor accommodations. This re-location was due in thanks to the tireless advocacy of volunteers and on-the-ground community organizers.
I had the honour of visiting the church yesterday to thank staff and volunteers for opening their doors and to offer the full support of my office. In support of their efforts, I would like to share with you some of the items the church needs to assist our most vulnerable at this time:
Efforts by local organizations and community groups that lend a hand to our most vulnerable should be applauded. However, it is clear that the Federal and Provincial governments must do more. Yesterday’s announcement of additional investments by the Federal government is welcomed news but falls short of providing a long-term strategy to support municipalities address the needs of newcomers that arrive into our city and surrounding regions on a daily basis.
I am glad that there is a clear line of communication between all orders of government who have all met yesterday to discuss solutions to this issue. I look forward to working with Mayor Chow and the rest of council in acquiring the support this City needs to effectively aid and house all who have chosen Toronto to be their new home.
James Pasternak City Councillor for Ward 6 – York Centre Chair, North York Community Council Chair, General Government Committee
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