Respect Scarborough Youth Forum a Huge Success!

An amazing group of diverse and inspiring youth came together at Respect Scarborough’s forum this Saturday to demand respect. Youth heard from panelists talk about issues such as affordable housing, transit, youth programming, education, and good jobs. Creative breakout sessions followed where youth created videos, banners, spoken word, and learned more about how to make deputations.  For pictures of the event, click here.

The following Scarborough youth who have made change in their community received awards for their leadership and initiative:

Rehana Robin
Award:  Making change in the community

Rehana is involved in a youth-led group called BITSY. She challenged the city to develop a former rifle range into a vibrant youth space

Ebone Davis
Award:  Making change in the community

Ebone Davis has played an important leadership role in Girl Talk group – inspiring other girls and providing support as a youth leader.

Tamu Stevens
Award:  Making change in the community

Tamu has been really involved in organizing outreach events in Malvern and working on after school programs to support her peers

Khushbu Nurogho
Award:  Making change in the community

Khushbu is a role model for young people in her community. Through her work in the Community Design Initiative project, she has changed the way people think about a priority neighbourhood.

Troy Russell
Award: Overcoming Challenges

Troy has overcome many challenges and is now a mentor to students in the Boys to Men program at L’Amoreaux Collegiate. Troy’s determination to succeed despite the challenges he faced has made him a strong youth leader.

Gobi Sooriyakumar
Award:  Workplace Activist

Gobi is a young student page at Malvern public library. He has been involved in his workplace and is actively involved in his union as a steward. Gobi has also been involved in the Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s Scarborough outreach efforts.

Eric Sin
Award:  Workplace Activist

Eric has been vocal at his workplace and was the youngest union representative representing the recreational workers. Eric is the co-chair of the young workers committee at CUPE Local 79.

 

Scarborough Council Budget Meeting – January 10, 2012

  Scarborough Council Budget Meeting – January 10, 2012

So many residents were concerned about the effect of the cuts on their community that there was only standing room at Council Chambers.  Residents from across Scarborough poured in to speak, make written submissions, or watch the proceedings. The room was packed with concerned residents until late into the evening – 11:30 p.m.

As a result of people speaking about how cuts would make poverty and inequality worse in Scarborough, City Council voted 23 to 21 (7 days later on January 17) in favour of reversing the cuts that would harm Scarborough.  The two Scarborough councillors that supported the reversal motion were Raymond Cho and Lee Chin.  In fact, Councillor Cho proposed the motion to stop further cut backs on the libraries.  To read more about the Council vote, click here:  http://torontoist.com/2012/01/budget-2012-the-votes/  

To read more about the RS event, click here:  http://www.insidetoronto.com/print/1278146