De Montis endorses Ford for PC leader

Mark D Montis, the PC candidate for York South–Weston, has endorsed Doug Ford as PC leader.

Ford is seeking the leadership in the wake of Patrick Brown’s resignation. Ford is a populist, anti-environment, anti-elite millionaire.

 

Andrea Horwath outlines NDP platform.

Provincial NDP Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at the York Civic Centre on Monday night.

On Monday night at the annual general meeting of the York-South Weston NDP, special guest speaker, Party leader Andrea Horwath outlined the major planks of her platform for the upcoming June 7th provincial election.

In his introduction to Ms. Horwath, York South-Weston riding nominee Faisal Hassan described her as an incredibly strong, passionate woman and a champion for working families who is working hard to build a brighter future for all Ontarians.

Ms Horwath went on to outline what an NDP government will do if elected.

Specific promises:

  • Bring Hydro back into public ownership and lower bills.
  • Expand affordable not for profit quality child care (currently over $2000 monthly in Toronto).
  • Expand minimum wage to everyone (e.g. restaurant servers)
  • Make it easier to form unions
  • Make temporary  workers permanent after 3 months
  • Match funds with the Federal and City governments for social housing repairs and maintenance
  • Give all Ontarians access to free prescription drugs
  • End the layoffs of workers
  • Fund healthcare to cover inflation and take care of the unique needs in each community.
  • Make sure healthcare funding matches population growth
  • Stop school closings – schools will become vibrant, well-funded community hubs
  • Combat anti-black racism through re-innstituting the Anti-Black Racism Secretariat (an earlier version of today’s Anti-Racism Directorate) and fight all forms of discrimination and hate.
  • Reduce our carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions in a way that’s fair and not costly to the poor – make polluters pay.
  • Ensure that indigenous people are able to have a decent life.

Mr Hassan will be facing Liberal incumbent Laura Albanese and Conservative nominee Mark DeMontis.

Mark DeMontis petitions to recognize Drake

Westonian Mark DeMontis launched a petition yesterday to add “Home of Grammy Award Winning Artist Aubrey Drake Graham” to the Welcome to Weston signs around town.

Aubrey Drake Graham, better known by his middle name, grew up in Weston before becoming one of the world’s biggest stars. Yesterday was his birthday.


DeMontis is running for the Progressive Conservative candidacy, and your correspondent had the chance to speak with him and record WestonWeb’s second-ever podcast. We spoke, among other things, about his memories of Drake, and being in a picture Drake posted yesterday on Instagram.

My bar mitzvah board 😂

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New PC candidate: Mark DeMontis

The Progressive Conservatives have long been total also-rans in York South–Weston, but that looks about to change. Mark DeMontis has announced his candidacy for the PC nomination.

DeMontis, a Westonian, is well known for rollerblading across Canada to raise money for Courage Canada, a charity that helps blind and low-vision people get into hockey. DeMontis was a promising hockey player himself before losing much of his sight in early adulthood.

Past PC candidates have been total duds, and have barely campaigned. DeMontis, by contrast, has been present in the community and has been increasing his presence on Twitter for several months. He may prove a challenge in this traditionally centre-left community.

Mark DeMontis arrives home in Weston

Weston superstar Mark DeMontis arrived home today after in-line skating all the way from Halifax. He was embraced by his family and friends at the Weston Lions Arena, and several hundred people came out to cheer his arrival.

DeMontis has skated all the way across Canada to raise money for Courage Canada, a group that promotes hockey for the blind. DeMontis was a promising hockey player but lost his sight when he was still a teenager.

Carrying the Canadian flag onto the ice, DeMontis thanked his family, supporters, and sponsors, and gave a rousing speech about the reasons he skated across Canada. He skated, he said, for all the young people who had approached him on his trip.