Julie Dzerowicz
Julie Dzerowicz
Member of Parliament for Davenport
Statements & Letters to Our Davenport Community

One of my most honoured duties as the Member of Parliament for Davenport is to represent our community's collective voice at the national level and direct it at decision-makers. Davenport residents care about many different national and local issues, and when they write to me or call about a particular subject, I always publish my responses.

On this page, you can read letters I have written addressing various issues important to the Davenport community.

 

These letters are organized in reverse chronological order, starting from the most recent -

 

Most Recent Letters

1.MP Julie Dzerowicz’s Reply to Letters on Long-term Drinking Water Advisories

Recently Davenport residents have written several letters to me about the need to finally end long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations. We have made significant progress since 2015, and Budget 2021 makes new investments to urgently close this gap. Read my full letter here.


2. MP Julie Dzerowicz’s Response to Calls for More Funding for Child Care, March 17, 2021. 

Many Davenport residents let me know about a proposal from the Toronto Community for Better Child Care and the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, calling for more funding for child care. Our government has taken first steps to create a national child care system. Read my full response here.


3. MP Julie Dzerowicz’s Response to Letters on Proposed Highway 413, March 17, 2021.

Over the last few weeks, I have received hundreds of letters from Davenport residents about the Ontario government’s proposed Highway 413. I urge the province to cancel the project, and look forward to the results of the Environment Minister’s consideration of whether to designate it for federal assessment. Read my full response here.


4. MP Julie Dzerowicz’s Response to Concerns on Pfizer’s Pre-Budget Submission, March 17, 2021.

Several Davenport residents have raised concerns with my office about a submission made by Pfizer Canada to Finance Committee’s pre-budget study. See my response here.


5. Letter to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson on Strengthening Bill C-12, the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act - February 19, 2021.

Over the last several weeks, I have been meeting with engaged, informed, and organized members of the Davenport community who have suggestions for how to make Bill C-12, the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, even stronger. I passed their feedback to Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. Please read this letter.


6. Davenport 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation Letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Freeland - February 19, 2021.

On February 10, 20201, I held a virtual pre-budget consultation with Davenport residents. I listened to all their ideas, and to those who submitted their ideas in writing, and wrote a letter with all of their suggestions to Minister Freeland. Please read this letter.


7. Letter to Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland on ways for self-employed artists and gig economy workers to access the Canada Recovery Benefit - January 27, 2021.

I recently shared with Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland recommendations from self-employed artists and gig economy workers in Davenport on how to make the Canada Recovery Benefit more accessible. Please read this letter


8. Statement on the Closure of the Post Office Located at 1117 Queen Street West - January 15, 2021.

For an update on the Canada Post location at 1117 Queen St., please read this letter


9. MP Dzerowicz's Response to the Situation in Long-Term Care Homes - January 15, 2021.

Many of you have reached out to me, calling for urgent action to help our vulnerable seniors in long-term care facilities here in Ontario. I hear your concerns, and I strongly agree that we must take action. Read my full statement here


10. Statement on the Renewal of the BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto - January 14, 2021.

I have received many letters and phone calls from Davenport residents regarding the safety of BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto. I have advocated on behalf of Davenport for BWXT and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to provide more transparency and better communications. The safety of Davenport residents is the top priority.


11. MP Dzerowicz Supports Adding Proud Boys and White Supremacists to List of Terrorist Entities - January 14, 2021.

I have received a number of letters and phone calls from you regarding the recent events in the US Capitol, urging our federal Liberal government to add Proud Boys and White Supremacists to the list of terrorists entities. These groups must be strongly condemned.


12. MP Dzerowicz Speaks in Support of Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights - October 23, 2020.

Many Davenport residents have written to me about the recent violence and racist behaviour against Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable. 


13. Reply to School Reopening Plans - August 11, 2020.

The cost of childcare and safe reopening childcare centres during the Covid-19 pandemic. 


14. Calling for More Mental Health Resources and an Alternative to Police Wellness Checks - July 21, 2020.

Ejaz Choudry, Chantal Moore, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and D’Andre Campbell, all lost their lives unnecessarily during police wellness checks. These incidents, which happen far too often, highlight the need for a different approach – for a mental health crisis response that does not include the use of force. I am calling for a review of how mental health support is delivered to all Canadians, including crisis response, an increase in mental health support, and a particular focus on mental health support for our youth. 


15. Response to Calls to Fund TTC and Stop Fare Inspection - July 21, 2020.

Many of you have written to me to advocate for more funding for the TTC, and to argue that fare inspection should not be brought back in the middle of this pandemic. 


16. Calling for a Green Economic Recovery - July 21, 2020.

As we prepare for an economic recovery after the pandemic, we must take steps to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. I have been unequivocal in my support for meeting our Paris targets and moving as swiftly and boldly as possible to a low-carbon economy. 


Inclusive Workforce

  1. Response to Calls to Fund TTC and Stop Fare Inspection

Many of you have written to me to advocate for more funding for the TTC, and to argue that fare inspection should not be brought back in the middle of this pandemic. Please see my response here.  July 21, 2020


      2. Response to Discrimination in Davenport & Israel’s Proposed Annexation of West Bank

I have received many letters from you over the past week regarding controversy around a local business owner who made remarks which many feel strayed into antisemitism. Many have also written to oppose Israel’s planned annexation of territory in the West Bank. Full statement here. July 8, 2020


 

Immigration and Refugee Protection

  1. Statement on the U.S. Southern Border Detention Centres

Like many of you, I have been disturbed by reports of the unacceptable conditions at the southern border of the U.S. When human rights are compromised, it is time to speak up.

Please read my statement regarding the U.S. administration's treatment of migrants here August 20, 2019


      2. Statement on U.S. Administration's Child Separation Policy

Julie Dzerowicz, Member of Parliament for Davenport, today issued the following statement:

“Like so many Canadians, I am horrified by the U.S. administration’s cruel and unjustifiable policy of separating children from their parents.

“I will be speaking directly with our Prime Minister and members of our cabinet to emphasize the importance of Canada taking every possible action to urge the U.S. administration to end a policy that is inflicting trauma on children that will be with them for the rest of their lives.” June 20, 2020


 

Arts and Culture

  1. Letters to Canada Post and Minister Anand

Canada Post currently owns a depot located at 1117 Queen St W, Toronto. It is classified as a heritage building by the City of Toronto. Over the last year, it was deemed surplus with current parcel business going to the Portlands depot. We have been told by Canada Post that this building may be up for sale in the coming year(s).

Davenport residents who live in the neighbourhood of this post office have contacted my office to urge me to do all that I can to ensure this building remains a local community and arts hub. I have written letters to the President & CEO of Canada Post and the federal minister responsible for Canada Post to advocate on their behalf. Read the letters here: 

 

Environment

  1. Calling for a Green Economic Recovery

As we prepare for an economic recovery after the pandemic, we must take steps to significantly reduce our carbon emissions. I have been unequivocal in my support for meeting our Paris targets and moving as swiftly and boldly as possible to a low-carbon economy. Full statement here. July 21, 2020.


       2. Response to a Green New Deal & the Climate Emergency

Davenport constituents have written to me regarding a Green New Deal and the climate emergency. You can find my response here. November 21, 2020.


       3. Statement On The Amazon Forest Fires

Dear Davenport,

Like many Canadians, I too am very troubled by the reports of the 84% increase in forest fires in Brazil this year many of which continue to burn out of control now, and the 278% rise in deforestation over the last year as monitored by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), and validated by a number of other satellite monitoring systems.

As the Amazon is the planet’s largest tropical rainforest famed for its biodiversity, and one of the largest global carbon sinks – there is understandably widespread concern about what is happening in Brazil.

You can read my statement here. August 27, 2019.


       4. Statement on the Trans-Mountain Expansion Project

Some Davenport residents have reached out to me regarding the Trans-Mountain Expansion project to learn more about the details of the re-approval, including the re-investment of almost $500 million annually in clean technology and renewable energy.

Our federal Liberal government has spent the last four years doing more for our environment than any other government in Canadian history and we continue to be committed to reducing our carbon emissions to move towards a low-carbon economy.

Please find my statement on the project here. July 19, 2019.


 

Indigenous Issues

  1. MP Dzerowicz Speaks in Support of Mi’kmaq Treaty Rights

Many Davenport residents have written to me about the recent violence and racist behaviour against Mi’kmaq people in Nova Scotia. This behaviour is absolutely unacceptable. Full statement here. October 23, 2020.


      2. Response to Wet’suwet’en Protest of Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C.

Many Davenport residents have written and called my office over the past few weeks to voice their views on this tough situation, both in sympathy with Indigenous protesters and in opposition to the rail stoppages. Our federal government understands the impact the blockades have had on small businesses, farmers, rail employees, and communities who need rail service to get essential products, and we have worked around the clock to come to a peaceful resolution. Full statement here. March 5, 2020.


 

Guaranteed Basic Income

  1. MP Julie Dzerowicz Supports MP Leah Gazan's Motion M-46

Earlier this year, I introduced my Private Members Bill C-273: An Act to establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income in the House of Commons. Full statement here.

2. In Support of a Universal Basic Income

On March 9, I wrote to the Minister of Families, Children, and Social Development to voice my support for a Universal Basic Income pilot program across Canada. Full statement here.


 

Systemic Racism

  1. A Statement from the Parliamentary Black Caucus & Allies

As an ally of the Parliamentary Black Caucus, I joined my colleagues across party lines to demand immediate action to address systemic Anti-Black racism and discrimination in Canada, in all levels of government. Full statement here. June 16, 2020


      2. BLM - Statement on Regis Korchinski-Paquet

Over the last few days, a number of you have written to me asking about my thoughts re an investigation into the recent tragic death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet during an interaction with the Toronto Police. 

“Most of you have written asking for my support, and let me lend it here. Black lives matter. You have written to ask me to call for a transparent, independent investigation of what happened to Regis, and I unequivocally echo that call.” Full statement here. 


      3. Response to Taking Action Against Systemic Racism and Defunding the Police

Davenport friends and neighbours,

I have received many letters and phone calls from you over the past several weeks regarding police reform, police defunding, and systemic racism and discrimination. We are in the middle of an incredibly important moment, and I want to thank all of you for your advocacy and respond publicly to some of these issues here. June 17, 2020


      4. MP Dzerowicz Supports Adding Proud Boys and White Supremacists to List of Terrorist Entities

I have received a number of letters and phone calls from you regarding the recent events in the US Capitol, urging our federal Liberal government to add Proud Boys and White Supremacists to the list of terrorists entities. These groups must be strongly condemned. Full statement here.  January 14, 2021. 


 

Commission Public (CNSC) Hearings

BWXT License Renewal

  1. Correspondence with BWXT & CNSC

In light of the upcoming licensing renewal public hearing for the BWXT Facility, organized by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), I've written letters to both organizations. February 24, 2020

Read the letter to BWXT here.

Read the letter to CNSC here.


Updated Letters:

Read the response from BWXT here.

Read the response from CNSC here.

  1. I presented at the BWXT re-licensing hearing on March 2. You can watch a video recording of my intervention on the CNSC website or read a written summary of my statement. March 6, 2020.
  2. The Toronto license renewal application for BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc., located at 1025 Lansdowne Ave, has engaged many Davenport residents and activists. As such, I wanted to provide an update on the status of that renewal application since the conclusion of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Public (CNSC) Hearings on March 6th, 2020. Full statement here. May 13, 2020.

Statement on the Renewal of the BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto

I have received many letters and phone calls from Davenport residents regarding the safety of BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto. I have advocated on behalf of Davenport for BWXT and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to provide more transparency and better communications. The safety of Davenport residents is the top priority. Read my full statement here. January 14, 2021.


 

Education and Childcare

  1. Reply to School Reopening Plans

The cost of childcare and safe reopening childcare centres during the Covid-19 pandemic. Full statement here -- Link. July 20, 2020. 


      2. Response to Letters on Child Care

I have received many letters from Davenport residents over the past few weeks with concerns about rising child care costs. You can read my response, including what our government is doing to help, here. July 20, 2020.


      3. Response To Trustee Donaldson's Query on Federal Funding for Ontario School Boards

Dear Davenport,

Our Toronto District School Board Trustee, Stephanie Donaldson, raised an important query with me via Twitter on the status of the $41 million that the federal government has earmarked for Ontario school boards for energy efficiency retrofit projects.

You can find my response here.

For any other questions, comments or concerns, my office is always available at 416 654 8048 or [email protected]. August 19, 2020.


 

Mental Health

  1. Calling for More Mental Health Resources and an Alternative to Police Wellness Checks 

Ejaz Choudry, Chantal Moore, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and D’Andre Campbell, all lost their lives unnecessarily during police wellness checks. These incidents, which happen far too often, highlight the need for a different approach – for a mental health crisis response that does not include the use of force. I am calling for a review of how mental health support is delivered to all Canadians, including crisis response, an increase in mental health support, and a particular focus on mental health support for our youth. Full statement here. July 21, 2020


 

Community Engagement

  1. Letter to Metrolinx Community Relations from MP Julie Dzerowicz

As Metrolinx moves their consultations online, I made a number of suggestions that Metrolinx could implement to improve their community engagement. Full statement here.

Please see the response from Luiza Sadowski, Senior Manager of Metrolinx Community Relations, Toronto West.

Thank you to Erin Pleet from Options for Davenport for bringing this to my attention and for your advocacy.


2. Statement on the Renewal of the BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto

I have received many letters and phone calls from Davenport residents regarding the safety of BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada Inc.'s facility in Toronto. I have advocated on behalf of Davenport for BWXT and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) to provide more transparency and better communications. The safety of Davenport residents is the top priority. Read my full statement here. January 14, 2021.


3. Statement on the Closure of the Post Office Located at 1117 Queen Street West

For an update on the Canada Post location at 1117 Queen St., please read this letter. January 15, 2021.


 

Gun Violence

  1. Gun Violence in Our Communities

Over the past few years, Canada has experienced a troubling increase in gun violence across the country. In neighbourhoods that are affected and communities that are particularly vulnerable, gun violence has had a dramatic negative affect on all aspects of quality of life.

I am disturbed and saddened by the number of incidences that we have experienced across Toronto, and in Davenport. Gun violence has taken far too many lives in Canada, and the time for action is now. Read the full statement here.  December 9, 2019.


 

Support for Seniors

  1. MP Dzerowicz's Response to the Situation in Long-Term Care Homes

    Many of you have reached out to me, calling for urgent action to help our vulnerable seniors in long-term care facilities here in Ontario. I hear your concerns, and I strongly agree that we must take action. Read my full statement here. January 15, 2021.


 

Federal Budget 2020

  1. Davenport Letter for Federal Budget 2020

On behalf of Davenport, I wrote a letter to Minister Morneau outlining the priorities that I've heard from Davenport residents and what they would like to see reflected in the 2020 federal budget. Full statement here. February 14, 2020.


 

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