As the City of Toronto begins work on recovery from COVID-19, over 20 local organizations have written a letter to city council, proposing ten principles for a bold, green, just recovery from COVID-19.
These organizations collectively represent tens of thousands of people across the city and include many Atkinson partners, including Blue Green Canada, the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre, Parkdale People’s Economy, Toronto Community Benefits Network, and the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Many of these organizations are also Power Lab partners.
They write, “We cannot return to what was normal in Toronto.” The letter points out that city was already facing many crises related to affordability – housing, child care, transit, income inequality. Many services were underfunded and had inadequate access. They continue: “The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened these inequities, exposed them as public health risks, and shown that their burden is felt most acutely by people experiencing poverty, women, and Black, Indigenous, racialized, newcomer and LGBTQ2S+ communities, people with disabilities, and seniors – especially those who hold intersecting positions. Those who were already most vulnerable in Toronto are the very people most impacted by emergencies like COVID-19…. Toronto’s financial sustainability was precarious prior to COVID-19, but now, more than ever, the status and work of our city must be re-imagined so that we can proudly and urgently build a Toronto that works for everyone.”
The ten principles they propose are:
Read the full letter here.