"Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, communities around the world come together to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to a drug overdose.
Here in Toronto, there was a commemorative walk from Trinity Square to Nathan Phillips Square, where a remembrance vigil was held. The CN Tower will also be lit up purple tonight to honour those we have lost.
As our province and country grapple with the ongoing opioid crisis that claims thousands of Canadians' lives every year, we recognize these deaths are preventable. It doesn't have to be this way. That's why New Democrats once again call on the government of Ontario to declare a state of emergency to combat this crisis.
We also call on the government to restore the $330 million a year in mental health funding they've cut and heed the advice of harm reduction workers, public health and addictions experts calling for the opening of new life-saving overdose prevention sites.
Ontarians deserve a government that takes this escalating crisis seriously and will take immediate action to save lives."
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition NDP critic for GTA Issues Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale – High Park) welcomes the Federal government’s announcement for refugee supports, however, is continuing to sound the alarm on Toronto’s financial challenges:
QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s Conservatives have taken the next step in bulldozing ahead with their rigged and fiscally irresponsible scheme to close the Ontario Science Centre and hand over Ontario Place to a private corporate conglomerate for a luxury spa.
QUEEN’S PARK – Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park), the Official Opposition critic for GTA Issues has released the following statement regarding media reports of staffing shortages in schools across the Greater Toronto Area: