More warming centres on the way, but they need proper staffing

The City’s announcement of opening warming centres will only help if these sites are properly staffed. Existing drop-ins, like the Peter Street Referral Centre, have seen nights with 80 individuals and only two staff when this location is not equipped nor staffed to act as a shelter. The safety of Toronto’s homeless and of shelter […]

Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive take office

CUPE Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive have taken office. Click here to learn a bit about each member of the Executive Committee.  Local 79 President Dave Mitchell ran on a plank of “members first” and says he plans to fulfill that promise by increasing Local 79’s responsiveness to members’ requests for support on grievances and WSIB/benefits-related issues. […]

There’s a shelter crisis in Toronto: Mayor Tory needs to call a state of emergency

On Monday November 20th, 2017, the City’s Community Development & Recreation Committee (CDRC) called for the Mayor to declare a state of emergency and immediately open 1000 additional shelter beds after hearing from numerous groups about how the homelessness crisis is overwhelming our shelter system. More than 5000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any […]

Maguire tells City it’s not doing enough to confront Toronto’s shelter crisis

Toronto’s homeless are under-housed and our shelters are understaffed. More than 5,000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any given night. Shelters are consistently above the 90% occupancy rate set by Council and shelter use by families has gone up 50% from last year. Toronto is experiencing a homeless crisis. Watch Local 79 President Tim Maguire […]

Local 79 calls for better plan to tackle recreation waitlists

Waitlists for recreation programs have grown by 74% over the last three years to 198,236 and, if nothing is done, the waitlist will grow to 400,000 by 2025. Click here to read our briefing note on the recreation file and watch below as Local 79 member Asasha McCreath and President Tim Maguire tell the City’s […]

Recreation waitlists expected to grow to 400,000 if nothing is done

Toronto waitlists for Recreation programs expected to grow to 400,000 if nothing is done. Help us push for expanding programs across the City. A new report going before the City’s Community Development and Recreation Committee (CDRC) this Monday shows that waitlists for recreation programs have grown by by 74% over the last three years to […]

Focus on longterm care & childcare at CUPE Ontario political action conference

This week, CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire and other union activists attended CUPE Ontario’s first political action conference. Conference participants (pictured above) are coming away from their discussions to push two immediate actions. To make a care standard for nursing home residents.  Ontario funds long-term care at a lower level than just about any other Canadian […]

2018 Budget Townhall

Do you want to see changes made in your neighbourhood? Are you passionate about making your community a better place to live in? Do you want to learn more about how you can make an impact? Share your vision for a better Toronto and help your city councillors decide on the people’s budget. Come to […]

Maguire calls for contingency plan amongst child care centre closures

Amongst a host of recommendations to the City’s Community Development & Recreation Committee (see our briefing note), Maguire told the City’s Community Development & Recreation Committee that the closing of two child care Centres will reduce the City’s childcare capacity by 67 spaces for a period of time. When Centres are slated for closure, the City […]

Local 79’s 75th Anniversary Good Jobs Gala

On Saturday, October 28th, 2017 — CUPE Local 79 celebrated 75 years of building good jobs that deliver quality services in Toronto. We reflected on highlights of the last 75 years and talked about our path forward. Attendees enjoyed delicious dishes and wines presented by Chef Annick using ingredients gathered from local and sustainable sources […]