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Embodying Social Justice During the Pandemic - Marit Stiles, NDP Member of Provincial Parliament

April 08, 2020 janetheclapp Season 1 Episode 6
Clapp with Jane with Jane Clapp
Embodying Social Justice During the Pandemic - Marit Stiles, NDP Member of Provincial Parliament
Show Notes

I met Marit Stiles, Canadian politician, many years at my last studio and got to know her first as a human being wanting movement coaching, not a politician. I wanted to speak with her and you all to meet her to see she lives and breathes her commitment to social justice to her very core.

Marit was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the 2018 Ontario general election. She represents the riding of Davenport as a member of the Ontario New Democratic Party. She is the Official Opposition Education Critic.

Now, whenever I listen to her speak out for social welfare during the COVID19 crisis, I feel hopeful knowing people like her and her team are advocating for people in need.

Marit embodies the Mr. Rogers quote: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

We talk about things that apply to folx all over the world:

  • Housing insecurity in the most expensive city in Canada and lack of clear protection for renters and what your local politician can do to help you.
  • The fear for small businesses and commercial lease obligations and how many small businesses could 'go under' and what you can do now to protect yourself.
  • Focusing on non-partisan politics in order to get support to people ASAP.
  • Efforts in Toronto to provide safe shelter to the homeless and why this can't be the case without a pandemic.
  • The concern for kids in violent homes who no longer have a safe space to go every day. 
  • The complications of working from home and intentionally coming together every day as a family.

And more...

Marit is truly a solid human being you all need to meet personally, in her home, navigating this crisis both personally and professionally. 

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