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FORUM: What can we do to fight for safe public education? (Aug. 2020)

September 9th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: What can we do to fight for safe public education? (Aug. 2020)

Premier’s plan creates chaos, sows division

By Jessica Bell

Since school closed in March, our family has been struggling with the impossible job of full-time work and full-time parenting our two school-aged children. I, along with the parents of Ontario’s other two million school-age children, have been waiting for the Ontario government to release its back-to-school plan. However, its release — just weeks before school is scheduled to begin and without any serious consultation with the community — brought feelings of relief, anxiety, hopelessness, and rage.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

August 7th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: Ford failing to address homelessness, racism, schooling (July 2020)

Telling parents to prepare for every eventuality is not a plan

By Jessica Bell

As the pandemic drags on, the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable are getting worse. I want to draw attention to three communities that need our help.

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

June 15th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: COVID-19 has exposed issues in long-term care homes (May 2020)

We need to summon the political will to make long-term change

By Jessica Bell

The COVID-19 pandemic is not only exposing how poorly our economy and society treat our most vulnerable, it’s making it worse. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

May 1st, 2020 · Comments Off on NEWS: Clinton’s Tavern on Bloor closes after 83 years (Apr. 2020)

The tavern that’s been serving the west-end community with drinks, dance parties, and DJ nights announced in mid-February it will close permanently.

In a post to social media pages, Clinton’s Tavern announced its sudden closure.

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Tags: Annex · News

FORUM: We need to do our part (Mar. 2020)

March 24th, 2020 · Comments Off on FORUM: We need to do our part (Mar. 2020)

Listen to public health officials, cancel play-dates, work from home

By Jessica Bell

We are in a new normal. The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our country, our city, and our community. While our healthcare workers, public health staff, and others – including pharmacists, grocery store workers, and TTC staff – are working around the clock to keep us safe, we also need to do our part. 

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Tags: Annex · Opinion

LIFE: Unsung heroes of Uni-Rose feted (Jan. 2020)

January 31st, 2020 · Comments Off on LIFE: Unsung heroes of Uni-Rose feted (Jan. 2020)

MPP Bell hosts community appreciation celebration

Multi-generational activists Roy Bateman, Malina Fritz-Schwarts (on behalf of Allie Rougeot), Betty Robinson, and Zoe Keary-Matzner with MPP Jessica Bell. NICOLE STOFFMAN/GLEANER NEWS

By Nicole Stoffman

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Tags: Annex · Life