Queer. Racialized. Facially Different. He/Him/His.
I am running to be your NDP MP for Toronto Centre, to be a new voice who will advance structural policies that will build and sustain our communities for years to come.
For our everyday working class, I’ve fought for them at PSAC, OPSEU, and now SEIU Healthcare supporting solidarity and workers’ rights. I’m proud of the work I’ve done in successful organizing drives, on campaigns such as We Own It and Keep Hydro Public, and many workplace enhancements that make a real difference in the lives of workers. And during this pandemic, standing up for frontline healthcare workers has never been more important as they do their best to ensure that our elderly and communities are kept safe.
For our beautiful arts and cultural storytellers, I’m an active choral musician, singing most often with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and in collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. I have written hundreds of published articles and columns promoting the vibrant Toronto music and culture scene as a freelance journalist. It also means that I know just how impacted and devastated our arts and culture sector has been. Over 20,000,000 million empty seats to shows over the last 200 days. Our arts and culture sector need critical investments for stability and recovery.
For our community and next generations, I’ve taught alongside Olivia Chow at the Chang School and the Institute for Change Leaders at Ryerson University and across the province. In addition to years of service with local organizations such as the 519 and ACAS, I’ve spent over a decade advocating for equity, fairness, and inclusion in our diverse communities. I've worked and supported diverse candidates at every level of office because representation matters.
For our environment and future, I have spent my education and a lot of my activism fighting for joint ecological and social justice. I have an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy and Practice from the University of Toronto and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University. I studied and wrote about sub-national climate change policy, participated in the critique of refurbishment of nuclear power in Ontario with Greenpeace, and served on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Environmental Law Association. I've spent years focused on environmental justice and equity. I want to bring this advocacy to the national stage.
I am committed to bringing progressive change to Ottawa as your NDP Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre. Will you join me?