Jessica Bell MPP, University–Rosedale

Government of Ontario

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November 18, 2020

Cap class sizes to avoid school shutdown again: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK — With Doug Ford now admitting he’s considering school closures again, the NDP is urging the Ford government to take action and invest in the safety of students and school staff. NDP E... More
November 18, 2020

Ontario's poor score on energy efficiency Ford's fault, people will pay

QUEEN'S PARK — Ontario NDP critic for Energy and The Climate Crisis Peter Tabuns says a new report evaluating the provinces' energy efficiency gives Ontario a shameful score of 45 out of 100, confi... More
November 16, 2020

NDP urges Ford to crack down on illegal evictions

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP MPP Jessica Bell’s (University—Rosedale) private member’s bill, Protecting Renters from Illegal Evictions Act, went to second reading in the Ontario legislature Monday. The bill ... More
November 13, 2020

Housing Town Hall

November 13, 2020

Transit infrastructure spending cuts reach $700 million in Ford’s budget

Ford’s 2020-21 budget doesn’t fund the transit projects people are waiting for. Transit infrastructure spending was cut by $700 million, compared to the 2019 budget, which means the chances of tran... More
November 10, 2020

Rosedale Community Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete MPP Jessica Bell's Community Survey for Rosedale. With the ongoing public health crisis, we're looking for new ways to keep in touch. This survey is meant ... More
November 10, 2020

NDP asks Revenue Canada for review of Charles McVety’s College “charity” finances

QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP is calling on Revenue Canada to review Charles McVety’s Canada Christian College (CCC) charitable tax status in light of information about the college’s finances. Documents i... More
November 9, 2020

Build Transit Right - Roundtable

From Eglinton to Lakeshore to Davenport to Riverdale, transit construction is underway across the GTHA. Building transit is vital for our region, however, residents and businesses have real concer... More
November 6, 2020

Doug Ford moving the goalposts on COVID 19 response

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Taras Natyshak has released the following statement: "Doug Ford is moving the goal posts with wider alert categories even as cases, transmission and positivity climb and cont... More
November 6, 2020

Mamakwa urges Ford government to step up and fix dire water crisis in Neskantaga

QUEEN’S PARK — Sol Mamakwa, MPP for Kiiwetinoong and NDP Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation critic, has written an open letter to Doug Ford urging him to step up and respond to the dire water ... More
November 5, 2020

Ford’s budget doesn’t take any new actions to make families healthier and safer: NDP

QUEEN’S PARK — NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said Doug Ford’s 2020 budget is waving a white flag in the battle against COVID-19, and telling people: you’re on your own. With Ontario on the brink of a h... More
November 4, 2020

Ford should pass NDP bill to ensure all Ontarians have access to broadband

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Deputy Leader John Vanthof released the following statement following the Ford government’s latest broadband announcement. “The fact that 1.4 million Ontarians have no access to ... More
November 2, 2020

Seniors Townhall: A Time to Care

On November 12th at 6pm join MPP Jessica Bell and Official Opposition seniors critic MPP Joel Harden to discuss the Ontario NDP platform for Aging Ontarians.  Join in to share your concerns, ask q... More
November 2, 2020

Burch’s Bill to Regulate Supportive Living Accommodations Wins Unanimous Support

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPP Jeff Burch (Niagara Centre) has released a statement after his private member’s bill, Protecting Vulnerable Persons in Supportive Living Accommodation Act, 2020 (Bill 164), w... More
October 30, 2020

Horwath denounces Ford’s penny pinching as schools and daycares dominate COVID-19 outbreaks

QUEEN’S PARK —  With child care centres and schools a dominating source of COVID-19 outbreaks in Ontario’s hot spots according to data released Thursday, Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwa... More
October 30, 2020

Ford must deliver funding to support Vermont Square, facing one of Ontario's worst outbreaks: NDP

October 28, 2020 TORONTO — The NDP MPP for University—Rosedale, Jessica Bell, asked Doug Ford why his government isn't helping to fix testing delays, understaffing and an aging HVAC system at Vermo... More
October 30, 2020

Ford must stop ignoring Neskantaga emergency and provide support now: Mamakwa

October 28, 2020 QUEEN’S PARK – Doug Ford must stop turning his back on the people of Neskantaga and help the community through a public health crisis after it lost running water last w... More
October 29, 2020

NDP tabling motion to cap food delivery fees to save Ontario small businesses

QUEEN’S PARK — The NDP is tabling a motion to cap food delivery charges by third-party delivery services, which are taking outrageous margins — as high as 30 per cent — from restaurants... More
October 29, 2020

NDP calling for education funding bump as thousands of students flee in-class learning

QUEEN’S PARK — Thousands of students are fleeing in-class learning and opting for online classes — proof that families have lost confidence in the safety of our schools under Doug Ford’... More
October 26, 2020

ACT NOW: Defend local democracy

Doug Ford's omnibus Bill 218: Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act overrides local democracy by scrapping ranked ballots without consulting voters or their local municipalities. Our First-Past-the-Pos... More
October 23, 2020

Gates: Ontarians need to know which workplaces have outbreaks

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Wayne Gates (Niagara Falls), Official Opposition NDP critic for Workplace Health and Safety, took Doug Ford to task Monday for not releasing information on which Ontario employer... More
October 23, 2020

Long-term care and home care system is at least 6,000 PSWs short

QUEEN’S PARK — The Ministry of Long Term Care admitted the government knew over the summer that the system was short as many as 6,000 personal support workers (PSWs) – yet the Ford government is st... More
October 23, 2020

Lindo’s Seniors' Advocate Act passes unanimously

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Laura Mae Lindo (Kitchener Centre) has released a statement after her private member’s bill, Seniors' Advocate Act, 2020 (Bill 196), was passed unanimously at second reading in t... More
October 23, 2020

Scrapping ranked ballots was a complete surprise to local municipalities

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP MPPs Peggy Sattler (London West), the NDP’s critic for Democratic Reform, and Ian Arthur (Kingston and the Islands), say Doug Ford is overriding local democracy by scrapping rank... More
October 23, 2020

Bill 222 set to change the way transit construction takes place in Ontario

The Ontario government recently introduced Bill 222, a bill which purportedly aims to speed up transit construction by taking away the rights of businesses, residents and municipalities. While Bill... More
October 22, 2020

It's time Doug Ford ramp up support for the TTC and made-in-Ontario transit

Today, the TTC is voting to order more buses, subways, streetcars, and Wheel-Trans buses, but the order will fall short of what is needed to replace aging vehicles. If the Premier fails to ramp up ... More
October 22, 2020

NDP MPPs call on Ford to help Toronto buy made-in-Ontario transit vehicles to create jobs, ease overcrowding

TORONTO AND THUNDER BAY — MPP Jessica Bell (University Rosedale) and MPP Judith Monteith-Farrell (Thunder Bay-Aitikokan) are calling on the Ford government to help Toronto buy more made-in-Ontario ... More
October 16, 2020

Ford hikes electricity bills again, dragging people’s bills further in the wrong direction

Ford has blown his 12% hydro reduction promise TORONTO — At a time when people need relief from monthly costs, the Ford government is hiking electricity prices again — dragging Ontario’s high elect... More
October 16, 2020

Horwath demands to see a plan and funding to end three- and four-resident LTC rooms

QUEEN’S PARK — Having three or four long-term care residents in a room is a dangerous cause of COVID-19 spread — and the Ford government knows it’s happening all over the province, and isn’t taking... More
October 16, 2020

MPP announces motion to restore municipal authority on construction noise

TORONTO — The NDP MPP for University-Rosedale, Jessica Bell, will table a motion in the legislature to restore authority to municipalities to set their own construction noise bylaws. Bell is respon... More