Recent Events

  1. Condos are for Kids too!
  2. Meet the Candidate in Harbord Village
  3. A Grand Opening Indeed!
  4. Slacking off at Slacks?
  5. A Toast to a Successful Campaign
  6. Candidates' Debate draws Kensington Crowd
  7. A Senator's Welcome
  8. Rack it and Rocket!
  9. Fearless in Pride
  10. Clean And Beautiful City
  11. Support Don't Deport
  12. Robert St. Party to meet the Candidate

Condos are for Kids too!

Helen attended the opening ceremony of a childcare center at 335 Bremner Boulevard on October 4. This state-of-the-art facility for 72 children was built as an agreement negotiated by Helen and then Councillor Olivia Chow with the condo developer as part of an on-going effort to help ensure downtown Toronto remain family and children-friendly.

Meet the Candidate in Harbord Village

David Gilmour played host at a campaign event on October 3rd at Harbord Village's Dessert Trends Bistro & Patisserie. Helen and her supporters enjoyed the generous hospitality and wonderful dessert creations of owners Donald Duong and Wayne O'Brien.

A Grand Opening Indeed!

October 1st was Helen's campaign office grand opening. Helen and her team are thrilled to have their campaign office located at a wonderful venue in the heart of the ward - St Stephen-in-the-Fields Church at the corner of College and Bellevue.

St Stephen's is about to celebrate its 150th Anniversary. It has been an entry point for thousands of immigrants, and now runs Sunday services and weekend breakfast programmes. About a year and a half ago, the church's doors were nearly shut for good. As part of her campaign with local activists and the congregation, Helen succeeded in getting heritage protection for this historic building. It is now open to the community for rentals, and Helen is thrilled that her campaign can help them on their way.

Guests at the grand opening include Trinity Spadina Interim Councillor Martin Silva, MPP Rosario Marchese, MP Olivia Chow, Senator Nancy Ruth, and community activist/singer-songwriter Faith Nolan.

Slacking off at Slack's?

Allison Bain hosted a LGBT community event for Helen at Slack's on Church Street on September 28th. Slack's owners Karen and Michelle showed their support for Helen by serving up free drinks and yummy hors-d'oeuvres all evening.

A Toast to a Successful Campaign

Entertainment District residents held a wine-tasting fundraiser for Helen on September 14th. Helen had a few well-deserved sips after a busy day of canvassing and volunteering to help Cheri DiNovo win the by-election for Parkdale-High Park.

Helen Joins CUPE Ontario officials in the annual Labour Day Parade

Helen joins CUPE Ontario President Sid Ryan and Secretary-Treasurer Fred Hahn in the annual Labour Day Parade on September 4.

Candidates' Debate draws Kensington Crowd

Helen addressed a Kensington crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a fun and unconventional Candidates' Debate organized by PS (Pedestrian Sunday) Kensington.

A Senator's Welcome

On August 23rd, Senator Nancy Ruth invited a number of Helen's supporters into her home. They came to meet Helen and to hear more about her vision for our city. The attendees' generosity was overwhelming following Helen's passionate and heartfelt speech. During the evening, Helen and the Senator autographed away copies of photos of the duo by Mitchel Raphael.

Rack it and Rocket!

Helen joins Councillor Martin Silva at Bathurst Street subway station to mark the TTC's one year anniversary of the pilot program to put bike racks on buses so that cyclists can take their bikes with them on designated routes.

  1. Full details on the pilot program
  2. More information on biking in Toronto

Fearless in Pride

Helen and the Amazons Motorcycle Club led the Dyke March on Saturday June 24. Then Helen and Olivia Chow checked out the crowd outside the 519 before their volunteer shift.

Clean And Beautiful City

April 22 morning, Helen participated in a variety of activities across the Ward as part of the Clean and Beautiful City initiative. Work began at Ecology Park in the Annex, then we moved on over to help out the neighbours in Vermont Square in Seaton Village, winding up clearing garbage from the railway tracks at Bathurst and Dupont with Mayor David Miller. We had backhoes and dump trucks at the CP tracks, and we needed them. Someone is using that section of the rail lines as a dumpsite. We pulled out 700 tires!

Support Don't Deport

April 22 afternoon, Helen took off her gloves and went on to Queen's Park to join Olivia Chow and hundreds of marchers walking to City Hall to protest the deportation and detention of non-status immigrants who have an unblemished record in Canada. Contact Helen for details on how to get involved in the Support Don't Deport Coalition.

Robert St. Party to meet the Candidate

Tim Grant from Robert Street hosted a meeting for local neighbours to introduce Helen as our candidate. Questions flew, from Toronto Island airport, to government accountability, to ways to ensure neighbourhood preservation in the face of increasing populations, to the role of police in society. She promised to be a strong advocate for trees, parks and the environment and for strengthened urban planning to ensure developments are supportive of city life, not destructive. Bottom line for the candidate: a stimulating meeting with thought-provoking questions from intelligent folks.