Act with empathy for each other and stand against hate
Like all Canadians, I was deeply saddened by Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel and the dire and worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza, where over a million people are suffering and being forced from their homes. Israeli and Palestinian civilians cannot be caught in the crossfire of a conflict they bear no responsibility for.
Our government condemns Hamas and demands the immediate release of all hostages. Canada also calls for the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid and the immediate creation of a humanitarian corridor so that food, water and fuel can be delivered to civilians in Gaza. We must never lose sight of the sanctity of human life.
I have heard from many concerned residents and recognize the immense pain felt by the Muslim and Jewish Communities. The situation is far from resolved, and I ask that we all act with empathy and compassion for one another and stand against hate.
Lowering and Removing Banking Fees
Canadians deserve to be treated fairly by their banks and protected from rising mortgage payments and junk fees. Last month, the federal government introduced new measures to make banking more affordable and stabilize prices for Canadians:
- Direct banks to provide tailored mortgage relief for mortgage holders at risk of defaulting on their principal residence. Bank compliance will be monitored by the Minister of Finance.
- Increase access to low-cost and no-cost banking accounts that offer greater debit transactions, online bill payments, and e-transfers without the extra fees.
- Lower the NSF fees charged by banks – these fees, currently as high as $50, disproportionately impact the financial well-being of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque.
An update on this work will soon be announced in the Fall Economic Statement.
Connecting Scarborough via The Meadoway
Last month, we celebrated the grand opening of a new trail connection in The Meadoway – a vibrant 16-kilometre corridor of urban greenspace and meadowland that will soon connect Scarborough neighbourhoods with the downtown core and the Rouge National Urban Park.
From this new trailhead – located near the intersection of Ellesmere and Orton Park Road – visitors can traverse a new pedestrian bridge overlooking the annual salmon run, stroll across an elevated boardwalk over a wetland, and follow a scenic switchback showcasing the beauty of the surrounding valley.
As one of Canada’s largest linear parks, The Meadoway is proudly funded by the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Weston Family Foundation.
Remembering Our Soldiers, Past and Present
On Remembrance Day, I join all Canadians in honouring those who served, fought, and made the ultimate sacrifice for Canada. From the Battle of Vimy Ridge to the landings at Juno Beach, our soldiers have lent strength to Canada in its most uncertain and precarious chapters. I want to especially thank members of the Canadian Armed Forces who stepped up to save lives and whole communities during this year’s ferocious wildfire season.
I encourage everyone to show their support by buying a poppy, visiting our local Royal Canadian Legion Branch, or simply thanking a service member, both past and present.
We are forever in their debt. Lest we forget.
Connect With Us
My team and I are always happy to hear your thoughts, answer any questions, and assist you with any federal matters you may have. I encourage you to contact my office at 416-283-1414 or Gary.Anand@parl.gc.ca.