December 2022 E-Newsletter

To all my friends, supporters and colleagues, thank you for electing me to serve Ward 13 Toronto Centre!

I am so thankful for every vote, every phone call, every sign that was put up to get me here today. I am honoured to be your City Councillor for Ward 13.

Councillor Updates

Since the election, my team and I have hit the ground running. I have met with all our local Business Improvement Area’s and have had the chance to properly introduce myself to the community through events like the Regent Park Film Festival, and neighbourhood association annual general meetings. I have engaged with numerous City staff to learn about ongoing projects, and I have heard from the community about the current status of TCHC buildings, traffic concerns and the need for improved City services. I take all concerns seriously and will continue to work for residents of Toronto Centre by addressing them.

Recently, I have been working with my fellow Councillors to address Bill 39 that was introduced by the Province of Ontario. Bill 39 sets a dangerous precedent of allowing minority rule to overturn decisions that conflict with the Province. Unfortunately, the bill has passed and these powers can be used at any time there is a provincial priority being voted upon.

I have been working closely with Shelter, Support & Housing Administration staff at the City to ensure all individuals in encampments in Allan Gardens are being housed. We are working hard to push for more permanent housing for all individuals. I hope to have a more fulsome update for you shortly.

I would also like to bring attention to the recent statement I released regarding Toronto Public Library’s new Intellectual Freedom and Equity Statements. I stand by my transgender peers and value everyones right to safety.

As of December 4th, I am no longer using my Twitter account. For social media updates, follow me on Instagram and Facebook. Keep an eye out, as my team and I will be launching a new community engagement platform and a text messaging service in the new year!

Commitee Appointments

I am happy to announce that I have been appointed as the Chair for the Indigenous Affairs Advisory and 2SLGBTQ+ Advisory Committees. I have also been appointed as a member to:

  • Board of Health
  • Budget Committee
  • Economic & Community Development Committee (Small Business Advocate)
  • Toronto & East York Community Council
  • Toronto Transit Commission

I appreciate the opportunity to serve on all these bodies and I’d also like to inform you of my membership on:

  • CNE Association Board of Directors
  • TOLive Board of Directors
  • Toronto Parking Authority
    Yonge-Dundas Square Board of Management

As you can see, I am in a unique position to speak to the diverse and interconnected issues we face here in Toronto Centre, and my team and I are committed to delivering results.

Introducing the Ward 13 Team

Top left to right: Yussuf Hussein, Juliet Akhadia, Councillor Moise (me!), Tyler Johnson, Edward LaRusic
Bottom left to right: Lucas Granger, Sharon Ma, Mary Hassan, Marzio Silva

My team and I would like to wish everyone happy holidays, and inform everyone that my office will be closed beginning December 17 to January 2nd. All inquiries and communications will be addressed when we return to office. In case of emergency, or immediate danger please call 911.

Upcoming Events and FYIs

Did you know? The St. Lawrence Market has updated their hours of operations, the South Market is now open from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:00AM to 7:00PM, Saturdays from 7:00AM to 5:00PM, and Sundays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The market continues to be closed on Mondays.

We are anticipating snow showers beginning this Sunday, December 11. If there is a large accumulation of snow on your roads, please call 311 for clearing.

The 519 is hosting the following vaccine events in the coming days, and I encourage everyone to attend and prepare for the flu season.

COVID-19 & Flu vaccines, and Chai & Chat
When: Wednesdays in December (last one on Dec. 21st)

Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM
Where: The 519 (519 Church St) - Third Floor

Extra COVID-19 and Flu Clinic
When: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 11:00AM - 4:30PM
Where: The 519 (519 Church St) - Third Floor

They will also be holding an MPox vaccine clinic as well, see details below!

MPOX Vaccine Clinic
When: Tuesday Dec. 20th

Time: 2:30PM - 6:00PM
Where: The 519 (519 Church St) - GLR and 204

 

Happy Holidays Toronto Centre!

Sincerely,

 

Chris

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