Government of Ontario

Rima Berns‑McGown

MPP, Beaches–East York

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Rima Berns-McGown is the Member of Provincial Parliament for Beaches-East York. She is a member of the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly and the Official Opposition Critic for Poverty and Homelessness. 

Before getting elected, she was a lecturer at the University of Toronto at Mississauga where she taught diaspora studies and served as Research Director of The Mosaic Institute. She holds a PhD from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, an MA from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of John Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University. Most recently, she also completed the Directors Education Program with the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

Rima and her partner David have lived in Beaches–East York for 25 years, where they raised their four kids. You can sometimes catch them walking their dogs Elliot and Kuma along the boardwalk. She advocates for systemic change that creates meaningful inclusion, accountable institutions and the elimination of all systemic oppression.

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May 14, 2019

VIDEO: Rima on Cuts to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office

Last week, it was revealed in the Government's budget estimates that they will be slashing funding to the Poverty Reduction Strategy Office in half. Today in Question Period, I asked the Government... More
May 13, 2019

VIDEO: Rima on a Climate Call to Action

We are in a full-fledged climate emergency and we cannot afford to wait any longer for bold and immediate action. Our future generations depend on this. More
May 10, 2019

Save The Date! Community Conversation on the Endangered Species Act

SAVE THE DATE! The UN has just told us that climate change is threatening a million species but the Ford government has introduced legislation that would allow developers to pave over valuable an... More