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- What is your political philosophy and how does it match with the NDP’s vision?
I found my political voice in the arts. For over a decade I’ve worked in the independent film industry, beginning as a volunteer and member at Ed Video. My time there taught me that communication is a powerful tool for groups to raise consciousness around issues of discrimination, including social, environmental and economic vulnerabilities in the community.
- What issues do you hope to focus on during your nomination campaign and/or the election (should you win the nomination)?
I believe provinces serve municipalities; I will be taking the stance of opposing further water taking until a full and comprehensive water strategy can be developed. I want to see the buy back of Hydro One and to see bills cut back by 30%. We need to work together expanding funding and policies for suicide prevention in Indigenous communities and for Indigenous peoples in urban settings, and to look into expanding and maintaining funding for the Integrated Mobile Police and Crisis Team (IMPACT). I am committed to a universal health care plan with a focus on funding women’s and trans health resources. I am against unpaid internships in Ontario, and I want to eliminate exploitation through temporary agencies. I want to eradicate interest rates on OSAP and fight for a universal public post-secondary education system.
- Describe how your past experiences will help you in this endeavour.
I hold a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Guelph where I focused on a broad range of social justice issues with a concentration on political theatre in Canada. Over the years, my passion for social justice has transformed into a deeply rooted belief in civic responsibility. I affirm it is the position of politicians to listen and to ensure communication is open and accessible to every constituent.
- Is there anything else that you wish to add?
We need to elect a government with policies that support the services we use as residents and recognizes where changes in the legislature need to happen to support the needs of this community now.