Teresa Pun

Toronto—St. Paul's

About

Dr. Teresa Pun is a first-generation immigrant, born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto. Thanks to her mother, she is fluent in Cantonese and English.

She completed medical school at the University of Toronto​, ​an Internal Medicine residency at Memorial University in Newfoundland and subspecialist fellowship training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba. She practices Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Presently residing in Toronto-St. Paul’s, she has an office on Eglinton Avenue and another in Richmond Hill.

Teresa was a Green Party of Ontario candidate in 2 previous elections, in Thornhill (by-election) and Willowdale.

As mother of a 3-year-old daughter in preschool and a 5-year-old daughter in public school, Teresa is a staunch supporter of public school education and seeks to merge Ontario’s 4 school boards to better serve our students, teachers and education staff. She also supports increased government investment in affordable and safe childcare, for stronger support of working families.

As a physician, Teresa is committed to improving health care for all Ontarians. One priority is working toward establishing a provincial electronic health record to improve ​existing systems in hospitals and clinics, which presently​ function as unconnected silos.

​This change would ensure that treating physicians have the most up-to-date information to better serve Ontarians. A provincial electronic health record also​ would include a built-in specialist referral process, for ​improved efficiency.
​Mental heath is another very important issue that requires our attention and further investment. Access to mental health services is sorely lacking in urban and rural areas. Increased investment in mental health providers will make a positive impact for the many Ontarians who are suffering on a waiting list at present.

Our most vulnerable citizens desperately need our support to lift them out of poverty and offer them opportunity to fulfill their personal potential. Teresa supports the development of a Guaranteed Annual Income to provide maximum financial support to our citizens, while decreasing the unnecessary expense, bureaucracy and red tape associated with a myriad of disconnected programs.

Climate change is a crisis that cannot be ignored. To ensure a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren, we need to address climate change now. To reduce our carbon footprint, Teresa aims to eliminate use of single-use plastic containers, including shopping bags, straws and water bottles. All single-dwelling housing projects will include a south-facing roof, giving Ontarians the option to use solar energy. Condo development projects need to contribute to building the infrastructure necessary for neighbourhoods to be vibrant communities. A dedicated and sustainable fund for public transit would ensure that more Ontarians can choose public transit for their daily commutes.

​Lastly, Teresa will work towards electoral reform to ensure that Ontarians can vote for their preferred candidate, rather than settling for their least offensive choice. ​

To learn more, please subscribe to Teresa Pun’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_JYky1BsHESq12YE-KvewQ and follow her on Twitter @DoctorAndGreen

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