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Tuesday, 13 March 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

If I were living in Toronto, Cheri would be my MPP. And, since I blog for all of human rights and liberation, I am posting the latest from the High Park MPP. Dr. DiNovo continues to work on behalf of those who have no voice to advocate for themselves! Thanks, Cheri! See you soon!!

Community Office: 3136 Dundas Street West|416 763-5630|Email: info@cheridinovo.caMarch 13, 2007

Celebrating International Women’s Day!

On March 8th, over 350 women from around the world stood in solidarity in our community to celebrate International Women’s Day at Masaryk Cowan Community Centre. It was such an inspiration and honour to be part of this gathering with the incredible women of Parkdale-High Park.


Gender Identity and Human Rights
On Monday March 5th, I was proudly joined by leaders from the Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual, and Bisexual community in a press conference announcing my resolution to amend the Ontario Human Rights Code to include ‘gender identity’ as an enumerated ground. People who are transexed suffer daily abuses and discrimination during a journey towards their true gender identity. Through this amendment, the Ontario Human Rights Code would go a long way towards understanding this vulnerable community, and their need for human rights. Specific protection will clearly indicate to society that discrimination and harassment of transsexual and transgender people is wrong.

In the News
“Milan has a minister of fashion, Quebec spends tax dollars to support designers, and Japan pushes its fashions around the world. But here in Ontario – the fourth-largest design centre in North America – the government doesn’t even count fashion design as a cultural industry.


“‘That points out how far behind we are,’ MPP Cheri DiNovo said yesterday. ‘In New York and other centres in the world, what fashion designers do is considered beautiful, it’s considered cultural, it’s considered an art form.’


“The NDP politician wants Ontario to add fashion design to its list of recognized cultural industries, so up-and-coming designers can qualify for government grants and tax credits like their film-producing and book-writing cousins.”
Get the whole story.

$10 Minimum Wage Campaign
Tune in to hear a radio interview with me on this issue on March 14 — CHRY 105.5 FM. Last week I spoke in Sudbury at Laurentian University. See below for a schedule of upcoming campaign events. If you would like to support our campaign, click on the image at left to download a sign (in PDF format) that you can print out. For more information about the campaign to win the minimum wage visit

Upcoming Events
March 14 (1:30pm)
Donation to Ukrainian Canadian Social Services – 2445 Bloor Street West

March 14 (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Minimum Wage Speaking Tour in Davenport – Davenport Perth Community Church 1900 Davenport Rd.

March 15 (2:00pm-4:00pm)
Townhall meeting with residents of Copernicus Lodge

March 15 (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Minimum Wage Speaking Tour in Agincourt

March 16 (1:30pm-2:30pm)
Townhall meeting with residents of The Grenadier

March 17 (9:00am-2:00pm)
Minimum Wage Speaking Tour in Ottawa

March 19 (7:00pm-9:00pm)
Minimum Wage Speaking Tour in Peterborough

March 21 (6:45pm-8:30pm)
Townhall meeting at High Park Public Library

March 22 (6:00pm-7:00pm)
High Park Marital Arts Anniversary Celebration

New Website Features
We’ve added some new features to the website, a Directory of Services for Internationally-Trained Professionals and a Community Services Directory. We hope you’ll find these useful. Please let us know if there are other things you’d like to see on the site.

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