Faisal Hassan considering NDP leadership run

Faisal Hassan, our former MPP who narrowly lost to Michael Ford, is considering a run for the leadership of the NDP, according to The Star.

An MPP who lost his York South-Weston seat by just 796 votes to Progressive Conservative Michael Ford — the premier’s nephew — said he is also mulling a leadership bid.

“I know I’m not part of the party establishment,” Faisal Hassan told the Star, saying more racial diversity is needed in the contest. Hassan said he was discouraged he didn’t get more help from other NDP candidates in the GTA who won their ridings by comfortable margins.

Act fast to send feedback on large proposal at Weston and Little

If you would like to provide feedback about the large buildings proposed at Weston and Little, a reader has sent along the following information—but you need to act fast. The deadline is noon tomorrow.

You can send written comments by email to the Etobicoke York Community Council at [email protected]   If you want to address the committee meeting on Monday, you can register to speak at the same email address.

You can also call 416-394-8101.

The details of the file are as follows

The developer is Weston Asset Management Inc, and they are asking to “To Amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law” with application number 19 219985 WET 05 OZ.

In short, they are asking to build two large, tall buildings at 1956-1986 Weston Road and 1, 3, 3a and 5 Little Avenue.

You can also, I’m sure, include Councillor Frances Nunziata on your email. Her address is [email protected]

PC’s Michael Ford wins

Michael Ford won the provincial election last night with 36.6% of the vote. Incumbent NDP candidate Faisal Hassan came a close second, trailing by 800 votes. Liberal candidate Nadia Guerrera came third with 24%.

I found the results surprising. Polls had found the Liberals in second place and the NDP quite far behind. In the end, the NDP came very close to taking the riding.

Ford’s win is historic; it’s the first time since 1955 that a Conservative has eld the seat (when it was York South). He has only a narrow mandate, though; more than 60% of voters supported left-leaning parties.

Ford tweeted “It will be my honour to represent you down at Queens Park and get real results for our community and all Ontario’s working with Premier Ford.”

Hassan said, “While the results are not what I had hoped for, please know that you can count on me to have your back in the days ahead.”

Mount Dennis doctor vaccinated kids under 5

A Mount Dennis doctor vaccinated “hundreds” of children under 5, according to the Toronto Star.

Sun practices out of the Crosstown Family Health Team clinic.

In a conversation with the Star, Sun said he gave the COVID vaccine to about 500 kids between the ages of six months and five years during a three-month span, a decision he said he made “to protect children.”

Sun, who believes he was “one of the only people in Ontario” vaccinating children under five, said he felt compelled to give the COVID vaccine “off label” to this age group after some parents started to ask for the shot in late December. They told him they wanted to protect their families during the Omicron wave.

The Star says Sun was asked to cease by Toronto Public Health and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and that he has done so.

Westonians make the news

Three Weston residents have interesting articles in the news this week. Celia Chandler wrote about York South–Weston residents voting against their own self interest in Rabble.

The nurse up the street has a blue sign on their lawn. Yet, Bill 124, passed by the Ford government in 2019, has long-lasting damaging effects nurses and and other health-care professionals. Houses with basement suites have them too. The creators of those blue sign have decimated the Landlord and Tenant Board by failing to fill vacancies, creating delays of more than a year.

Even the couple who wheel around the neighbourhood in their matching mobility scooters, three dogs sitting on the platform, are rooting for Ford. He who overlooked Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) in the April 28 budget but nonetheless promises to hike the monthly payments by five percent if elected (inflation is at almost seven percent).


Bob Murphy and Chiara Padovani wrote about falling social assistance payments in NOW Magazine.

After the past two decades of Liberal and Conservative governments, people on social assistance are​ now worse off than in the 1990s when Harris first cut social assistance.

After Harris’s cuts, social assistance support was frozen. And under the four premiers since Harris, in the few years when social assistance was increased, the meagre increases were quickly outstripped by inflation. Now, adjusted for inflation, a person surviving on ODSP is actually $264 ​poorer each month than in 1996.