Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario
 

Newsletter Highlights

 

Dear Neighbour,


As 2019 draws to a close, I want to express my sincere thanks to all those who emailed, called or visited by my office, or attended one of my townhalls and roundtables. You raised issues about health care, housing, affordability, education, climate change, autism funding, provincial funding cuts, and more. Time and again, I heard how deeply Londoners care about our planet, our province, and each other. 

I brought the concerns and priorities of the people of London West to Queen's Park every chance I had. Even when the government decided to take the Legislature's longest summer break in nearly 25 years, I continued to fight for issues important to Londoners. I wrote letters to Ministers, advocated for people to get the services they need, and attended rallies pushing the government to make better decisions for the people of Ontario.

By joining together, we were able to make a difference, forcing the government to reverse course on some issues and delay planned funding cuts. Unfortunately, these partial victories are nowhere near enough. It is heartbreaking, for example, that families who pushed so hard for a needs-based autism program must still wait until 2021 for a new program to be implemented.

Despite efforts to set a new "tone" during the fall session of the Legislature, the government continued to push legislation through with as little debate and public input as possible - and then ignore the input they receive. I was proud to stand in the Legislative Assembly and share the concerns of Londoners about the environmental danger posed by Bill 132. The full transcript of the presentations made by the Urban League of London, Nature London, London Environmental Network, the Thames River Anglers Association and others to the Standing Committee on Bill 132 when it travelled to our community is available here. You can read my Hansard comments here and here. It is shocking that in the face of such strong opposition to Bill 132 from people across Ontario, the government passed the bill into law on December 10, 2019.

As we enter 2020, I know that our shared love of Ontario and optimism for our future will give us the hope and the strength to keep fighting together for what matters. Until then, I wish each and every one of you a restful and joy-filled holiday season!

As always, if you need assistance with any provincial government programs or services, please contact my community office at 519-657-3120 or psattler-co@ndp.on.ca. Feel free to reach out any time to share your views and concerns.  

All the best,
 
 

New Year's Levee &
Community Recognition Awards!

January 23, 2020
6:30pm to 9:00pm
Byron Royal Canadian Legion Branch 533
1276 Commissioners Road West


Please join me for my annual New Year’s Levee to usher in 2020. We'll enjoy a light supper, be entertained by great local musicians, and recognize some extraordinary community volunteers. 
RSVP on Eventbrite
 

Supporting Students and Education Workers

On December 18, I visited picket lines at Oakridge, Banting and Saunders to thank OSSTF District 11 education workers who are pushing back against the government's cuts and fighting to protect quality public education. Students should not have to risk falling through the cracks in classes of 30 or more students. Students with special needs deserve individualized attention from teachers and education workers. Students who struggle to learn online should not have to face the prospect of not graduating because they can't complete mandatory e-learning credits. The government should reverse their harmful cuts and get back to the bargaining table. The future of our students, and our province, depends on it.  

 

At Queen's Park

The government must close loopholes that allow employers to commit wage theft!
I called on the government to  support the vital work of conservation authorities.
I spoke in favour of the Till Death Do Us Part Act, which gives seniors the right to stay with their partner in long term care.
As the Official Opposition critic for Democratic Reform, I highlighted the need for proportional representation in Ontario.
I urged the Ontario government to support the NDP's motion to match municipal funding for public transit systems across the province.
 
With John Geha, Chad Lovell, Earl Taylor and Blair Campbell of LSTAR
With London insurance brokers Traci Boland, Suzanne Pountney and Casandra Haas
With Jessie Rodger of ANOVA at Queen's Park for Woman Abuse Prevention Month
With Bill Pigram discussing Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
With Dr. Richard Malthaner of LHSC
With my husband Neil Bradford and friend Andrew Thorne
 

Around London

12th Annual Hyde Park Santa Claus Parade
London Muslim Mosque
Multicultural Bazaar
Volunteering at the Salvation Army Centre of Hope Christmas dinner
Standing in solidarity with the Iraqi community.
At Nokee Kwe's Positive Voice program 
Volunteering at the Salvation Army kettle drive
Shopping at the Old South Christmas Market
With Gemmell Neilson at the annual OSCO Tree Sale
With Summer Burton at my annual blood donor clinic
With London delegates to the 2019 OFL Convention
Touring Western University's Child and Youth Development Centre
With vet Dr. Martha Harding at EVAH, a high-volume spay/neuter clinic for low-income families
Recognizing Bob Porter of OSCO with a 2020 Community Recognition Award
Visiting the North West London Resource Centre
With Sandy Levin, Chris Harrington, and Ian Wilcox of the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
 

New and Noteworthy

  • The Community Arts Investment Program is now open for submissions. Please visit londonarts.ca/investments to find out more about CAIP funding available to artists, artists collectives, and nonprofit arts organizations. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.
     
  • As required by the Poverty Reduction Act, the government of Ontario will be launching a consultation in January to develop the next five-year Poverty Reduction Strategy. You may submit written comments and recommendations now by e-mail to prso@ontario.ca.
     
  • Don't miss viewing the Victoria Park Winter Wonderland from the City Hall Promenade Deck! Check the City of London website for open times.
 
Community Office
240 Commissioners Rd W, Unit 106
London, ON N6J 1Y1
Tel: 519-657-3120
Queen's Park Office
Room 359, Main Legislative Building, Queen's Park
Toronto, ON M7A 1A5
Tel: 416-325-6908
Email: psattler-qp@ndp.on.ca
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Sent on December 20, 2019