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Dear Etobicoke Centre,
We are well into the school year, and I’d like to draw your attention to a few events that are coming up:
1.Special Education Forum – What happens after 21?
This year, our focus is on improving employment opportunities for students and graduates with special needs. Often students finish TDSB programming at 21, and then have no place to go. The province is closing sheltered workshops, but replacement opportunities are not in place and often parents are having to quit jobs to stay home with their adult children.
The solution may be offered by Joe Dale of the Ontario Disability Employment Network informed us that 86% of people with intellectual disabilities in Washington State have paid employment vs. only 26% in Ontario. The Forum has begun to advocate for curriculum changes and to strengthen our partnerships with companies that can provide employment training and opportunities for students with special needs.
2.Bicycle Safety – Have you been doored?
Like 208 cyclists in Toronto last year, I was doored. I now have a motion to reduce the number of doorings tracking to the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Oct 18th. But it needs your support to make sure it passes. If you’ve been doored, or know someone who has, have them write a one page description of their accident to firstname.lastname@example.org and include any pictures. The stories and pictures will be presented to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on Oct 18th, when they consider the motion to reduce doorings.
Also, if you can, please come to the committee meeting and depute on this motion. The meeting starts at 9:30 am. A good guide to deputing at City Hall is at: https://witopoli.com/resources/deputation-guide/
3.University Tuition Fees and Student Debt
I am currently undertaking a survey of the impact of tuition fees and student debt in Ontario. I will be presenting preliminary results at: OISE, 252 Bloor St. W, room 304, Oct 25th Noon to 1:30 p.m.
For a full list of projects I am working on, please see “About Chris” on the left.
It is an honour to serve the students, parents and schools as your Trustee. If you have any questions, please email me at email@example.com.
Wishing you all a wonderful school year!