Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

Newsletter Highlights

Dear Neighbour,

On June 6, 2019, the Ontario Legislature adjourned for a five-month period, the longest break in 26 years. As support for the government plummets across the province, and with a federal election in the fall, this means five months without raising issues in Question Period, five months without highlighting the devastating impact of budget cuts on Londoners, and five months without any accountability to the people the government is supposed to serve.

Despite the five month break and the recent cabinet shuffle, however, Ontarians and Londoners will not quickly forget the damage this government has done in the year since it took office.   

From the very beginning, the Premier has put his friends and insiders ahead of the people of Ontario. He spent months awarding his friends and insiders with very lucrative appointments, while cancelling a pay raise and protections for our province’s most vulnerable workers. He has rammed through legislation that will have lasting, negative consequences for our environment and our communities with limited or no public input. He passed a budget that rips services away from classrooms and families of children with autism, and includes deep cuts to municipal services like child care, public health and land ambulances. His final act of the spring session was to introduce public sector wage cap legislation, setting the stage for disruptions to critical public services that families count on every day.

Whether Queen's Park sits or not, you can be sure that the Official Opposition will continue to stand up for everyday families. We have taken action on the issues  that matter most to Ontarians, such as:
  • Declaring a climate emergency in Ontario
  • Formally adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Protecting municipalities from meddling and bullying by the Premier
  • Fighting for truly universal health care, starting with pharmacare
  • Protecting auto insurance customers and preventing postal code discrimination
My colleagues and I have been standing alongside Ontario families from day one, pushing back against the government and forcing them to reverse course on some of their worst decisions. Over the next five months and in the years ahead, I will continue to work hard for the people of London West and to advocate for Londoners' priorities - like health care, education, housing, services for seniors and persons with disabilities, affordable post-secondary education, and good jobs.

As always, if you need assistance with any provincial government programs and services, please contact my community office at 519-657-3120 or [email protected]  Feel free to reach out anytime to share your views or raise concerns. 

All the best,


Please join me on August 1 for my summer BBQ!

Bring the family and invite your neighbours to my FREE summer BBQ at Springbank Park, marking six years since I was given the honour of serving London West.  

 Thursday, August 1
5:30pm - 7:30 pm
Springbank Park, Picnic Site K

The closest park entrance to the picnic site is off Commissioners Rd West, near the corner of Boler Rd. 

This is a FREE community event, with food, games, and entertainment. (You may want to bring a lawn chair if you can.)   

Springbank Park can be reached by LTC Routes 5 & 17

Re-cap: Girls' Government at Queen's Park

On May 30, the London West Girls' Government travelled to Queen's Park. This is the third year that I have run this program, which involves a small group of Grade 8 girls who work with me over a period of several months to learn how to advocate on an issue they are passionate about. 

This year, the group was made up of 11 students from Wortley Road Public School, Tecumseh Public School, and St. Martin Catholic School. The issue they selected for the focus of their government was gender equity in education. The girls did their own research and heard speakers from Anova, the Middlesex-London Health Unit, Youth Opportunities Unlimited, and the Thames Valley District School Board. They developed seven specific recommendations for government action, wrote letters to the editor and to Cabinet Ministers, created a petition, and collected signatures in support. They came to the Ontario Legislature to advocate for their ideas, holding a media conference, attending Question Period, meeting with MPPs and presenting their recommendations to the Minister of Education.  

I couldn't be prouder of these girls! (And they got great media coverage of their efforts.)   

London West Girls give the Ford government an earful, CBC News, May 31, 2019

Grade eight students call for equity, CBC Radio, May 31, 2019

London Girls group bring education concerns to Queen's Park, London Free Press, June 6, 2019
Click on the image to watch the press conference.

In the Media

Region's health administrations lose 55 jobs amid provincial restructuring, London Free Press, June 19, 2019

Health minister visits, hears case for nixed York Street supervised drug siteLondon Free Press, June 13, 2019

London-area NDP MPPs urge 'ongoing, stable' funding for Anova shelterGlobal News, June 13, 2019

Shining the light on Blackridge: Everything you need to know, London Free Press, June 7, 2019

Change needed to deal with Lyme Disease 'crisis' in Canada, CTV News, June 4, 2019

NDP compiling report on autism needs in Ontario, Blackburn News, May 28, 2019

'Alarming and cruel': Provincial cuts spark local Children's Aid Society 'crisis', London Free Press, May 28, 2019

Human rights czar: Tear down London's jail before more inmates die, London Free Press, May 24, 2019

Local MPP aims to inspire with documentary screening, Blackburn News, May 19, 2019

At Queen's Park

On May 30 I called on the provincial government to fund Sunfest and Rock the Park.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

I was pleased to be able to attend several exciting Ontario Trillium Foundation events this month. As the government cuts funding for initiatives focused on reconciliation, environmental protection, and arts and culture, access to these grants are especially important. 
At the launch of Let's Talk Science indigenous training resource for staff and volunteers 
Celebrating the culmination of the three-year London Arts Council’s Community Collaboration Initiative
At Komoka Provincial Park for the first of five Explore the Thames events organized by the Canadian Freshwater Alliance 

Around London

Learning about Junior Achievement programs in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, job readiness
Supporting student leaders at "Fridays for Future" climate strike 
With Trios College massage therapy students at St. Joseph's Hospice
With MP Irene Mathyssen at Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School 50th Reunion
At official opening of Hyde Park Giant Tiger
At Knock Down the House screening with 90-year-old Donalda Wright 
Welcoming relatives of EMDC inmates after their 200 km walk to Queen's Park
At Hyde Park BIA Pondfest 
Ready to help roll the first ball at Participation House bowl-a-thon
At Survivor Day with retired paramedic Chris Darby and Councillor Stephen Turner
At Old South Gathering on the Green
At Covent Garden Market for London Multicultural Community Association Fair 

New and Noteworthy

  • The City of London wants to hear from you! Londoners are invited to participate in London's Cycling Survey, which will gather feedback about riding bikes in our community to help inform future bicycling growth. 
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