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.


Investing in Scarborough’s Youth – Sat. Nov. 24


Investing in Scarborough’s Youth

Join Respect Scarborough in this very important Youth Forum that will focus on systemic issues and social solutions in Scarborough, and the ways in which all levels of government can invest in our youth.

Youth, front line organizations and service providers are invited to connect with one another and participate in a community discussion.

Youth activists who are making a difference will also be recognized and celebrated at this event.  We have five different award categories:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Overcoming Challenges
  • Making Change in the Community
  • Workplace Activist

To nominate yourself or someone else you know for one of these awards, click on Youth Award Nomination Form to download form.

School Closures in Scarborough


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In 2010, Area Review Committees (ARCs) recommended 8 schools be closed as a means to save the Toronto District School Board on costs of operation and staff.  Unfortunately, the TDSB voted to adopt these recommendations from ARCs and between 2011 and 2013, the first round of school closures will begin.

Since former premier Mike Harris brought in a funding formula that penalized schools for unused space, even schools with a 90% utilization rate like Brooks Road Public School are not removed from this threat.  Instead of investing and providing resources towards the schools in operation today, a $13 million dollar reconstruction is underway at a neighbouring school, High Castle P.S., to accommodate the students of Brooks Road.  And when it does close, its French Immersion program will be split between two schools.  This is truly a shame.

Parents and residents alike should be alarmed at this first round of slated school closures because certainly more are to come.  For those concerned, the Campaign for Public Education has a specific campaign called Save Our Schools which calls on all those who have a stake in public education to fight back.


Scarborough Community Meeting – Inequality Crisis & Tax Fairness


Come out to a community meeting to discuss inequality in Scarborough and the need for tax fairness!  Please note that this event is not organized by Respect Scarborough, but we believe in equality and fairness for all.

This event is sponsored by Canadians for Tax Fairness.

Sunday, June 24, 2 pm
Auditorium, Albert Campbell Library
496 Birchmount Rd. (TTC and parking available)

 Rob Howarth of Canadians for Tax Fairness
 Dr. Susan Woolhouse of Doctors for Fair Taxation

For more information, please contact:
Coline Gardhouse 416-266-7902
or Diana McLaren 416-699-9455