Here for Ottawa West-Nepean
Chandra Pasma is a public policy researcher, activist, and mom.
Chandra is a proven advocate for workers and people who need a helping hand. As a researcher with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Chandra fights to ensure that all Ontarians have access to high quality, vital public services like health care, emergency services, and post-secondary education.
Prior to CUPE, Chandra served as an advisor to parliamentarians, delivering change on important issues like child care, affordable housing, and Employment Insurance. Chandra has also been active for over a decade as an anti-poverty activist, fighting for comprehensive solutions to ensure that everyone in our communities can live in dignity.
As a parent, Chandra has seen first-hand the effects of the Ford government's cuts to education and healthcare on our local schools and the Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Chandra is a tireless advocate for these and other public services that improve the lives of everyone in her community.
Chandra lives with her husband and three school-aged children in the Qualicum neighbourhood of Ottawa West-Nepean.
Ford must fix racism, inequity in education for incarcerated youth: NDP
QUEEN'S PARK — NDP Youth Opportunities critic Faisal Hassan (York South—Weston) urged the Ford government to ensure young people in custody are given opportunities to pursue an education, following a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report that finds many youth in detention are denied access to formal...
Session showed who leaders are working for
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath put the needs of Ontarians at the top of the agenda this legislative session while Premier Doug Ford handed out favours to his buddies and emboldened anti-vaxxers.
“We’re 20 months into COVID-19. More than 10,000 people have lost their lives to...
Horwath calls for broad, urgent roll out of free rapid COVID tests
QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is calling for the broad and urgent roll out of free rapid COVID tests to all Ontarians.
Horwath’s call echoes the advice coming from experts and takes on new urgency following worrying new modeling from Ontario’s Science Table.
Ford limits workers to three sick days in 16 months
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Labour critic Peggy Sattler (London West) released the following statement in response to the Ford government extending its paid sick day program, but adding no additional days, leaving workers with only three sick days for 16 months:
“Workers should not be forced to...
Ford failing Franco-Ontarians after years of cuts to French language services: NDP
QUEEN’S PARK – After more than three years of Doug Ford’s cuts to French language services, the results are devastating, said Guy Bourgouin, NDP critic for Francophone Affairs and France Gélinas, NDP MPP for Nickel Belt, responding to the release of the second annual report of the French language Services Unit...
Ford’s latest bad choice shows he’s not serious about hiring long-term care staff
HAMILTON — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said the fact that student personal support workers (PSW) say they’ve been misled and are dropping out is another troubling sign Premier Doug Ford isn’t going to increase staff in long-term care. According to an Ottawa Citizenreport a government-funded private career college...
FAO report shows Ford pushing climate costs to next generation: Fife
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Finance critic Catherine Fife released the following statement in response to a new Financial Accountability Office (FAO) report on the financial impacts of climate change on public infrastructure:
“Today’s FAO report shows that the costs of doing nothing are much...
NDP MPP bill would return Mount Pleasant Cemetery to public ownership
QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP Jessica Bell (University–Rosedale) will table a new bill Tuesday to enshrine Mount Pleasant Cemeteries as a public trust to prevent the multi-billion-dollar asset from permanently slipping into private ownership.
"Mount Pleasant Cemetery is a treasured site in Toronto's...
MPP Bourgouin reintroduces bill for safer winter highways in Northern Ontario
QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Guy Bourgouin held an online press conference on Tuesday to reintroduce his private member’s bill to improve maintenance standards and make winter driving safer on Northern Ontario’s main Highways 11 and 17. Bourgouin’s bill would make it the law that the province must clear the roads...
NDP says Ford’s housing ‘task force’ is looking like a farce
TORONTO — The NDP’s critic for Housing Jessica Bell (University-Rosedale) says Doug Ford's decision to appoint a multi-millionaire banker as the chair of his Housing Affordability Task Force adds insult to injury. Bell released the following statement:
"Doug Ford has had over three...
NDP pitches online OHIP card renewal using ID cards
QUEEN'S PARK — NDP MPP Jill Andrew (Toronto—St. Paul's) raised during question period Monday that the government's requirement for people renewing their OHIP card online to have an Ontario driver's license is both inconvenient and discriminatory towards a lot of Ontarians — including some people...
Parkdale-High Park MPP tables bill to study four-day work week
QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale-High Park, will table her private member’s bill Monday calling for Ontario to establish a study on the four-day work week.
The bill seeks to establish the Four-Day Work Week Commission, which would develop recommendations for implementing a four-day work...