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IN THE NEWS: Globe & Mail - Federal funding helps salvage Downtown Eastside Vancouver social housing project

The project had to be put on pause in June when the CMHC financing did not come through at the last minute. Anhart co-founder Keith Wiebe and MP Jenny Kwan said the pause was the result of the CMHC treating non-profits like commercial builders when they are granting low-cost financing.

The site has been sitting with a hole in the ground and some early signs of construction since.

IN THE NEWS: CBC - Couple calls on new immigration minister to act on backlogged spousal sponsorship files, issue visitor visas

Kwan has also joined calls from family advocacy groups and the Canadian Bar association's immigration branch to remove or update section 179(b), and to provide TRVs to spouses who have been stuck in application processing queues for more than a year.

"Every MP in the country will know exactly what I'm talking about and will know this is a major issue for their constituents in their own riding, so it is in the best interests of the government to take action," said Kwan.

Jagmeet Singh and the NDP urge Liberals to help Canadian seniors

OTTAWA – Seniors across the country were shocked to learn that benefits they rely on such as the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) have been cut because they received pandemic supports like the CERB. New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to fix this devastating situation that has left many seniors worried they won't be able to afford their rent, food and medication.

Prime Minister Must Reverse Decision to Cut GIS for Low-Income Seniors

The Prime Minister must take immediate action to ensure low-income seniors who rely on their Guarantee Income Supplement (GIS) continue to receive this critical support.

The pandemic has hit Canadians hard and seniors are not exempted from the economic impact of Covid-19. Seniors who were working to supplement their GIS prior to the pandemic and received the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) are now losing their GIS or having it severely reduced. These seniors now find themselves without the support of CERB, employment income or GIS. Furthermore, seniors who received CERB are also losing some provincial benefits such as their annual bus pass.

NDP calls on Liberals to urgently reconvene Parliament to help Canadians

OTTAWA – Following the announcement that Parliament would reconvene on November 22nd, NDP House Leader, Peter Julian, wrote to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government urging them to get Members of Parliament back to work earlier to help Canadians struggling in this fourth wave of COVID-19. Instead of urgently calling back Parliament after an election that resulted with virtually the same make up as last one, Justin Trudeau chose to make people and small businesses struggling with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis wait longer for the help they need.

NDP ready to continue fighting and standing up for Canadians in the new parliament

OTTAWA — Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, joined by newly elected NDP MPs, laid out his plan to continue fighting for Canadians amid the fourth wave of COVID-19. As Alberta and Saskatchewan are hit hardest in the fourth wave, Singh committed to keep fighting to extend supports, to bring in a national vaccination passport and better sick leave to help workers.

IN THE NEWS: Globe & Mail - Vancouver mayor Philip Owen became an unlikely ally of drug users

Former city councillor and provincial MLA Jenny Kwan, now an MP, said she told him once he needed to go down to Main and Hastings, the city’s busiest spot for street drugs, and talk to people.

He did. “To his credit, he stayed for two hours. He came back a changed man,” said Ms. Kwan, who admired how he went “all in despite the pressure from his colleagues.”

IN THE NEWS: Globe & Mail - Trudeau flies to Tofino for a vacation with family as Canada marks first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh attended a local event in Vancouver. Mr. Singh went to the Orange Shirt Day walk and ceremony, outside of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, along with NDP MPs Jenny Kwan, Don Davies, Peter Julian and MP-elect Bonita Zarrillo. Orange Shirt Day, which also falls on Sept. 30, is a commemorative day to honour Indigenous children who survived residential schools and remember those who did not.

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