Community Update October 11, 2022

  • Community Update

Dear Friends, 

This Monday marks Thanksgiving. The long weekend serves as a time to reflect on our values and spend time with our loved ones. I have a lot I am grateful for and I want to extend my best wishes to all residents for a safe and happy Thanksgiving, filled with smiles, laughter, friends and family! 

In Ontario, October is also Islamic Heritage Month. This month offers the opportunity to celebrate the beautiful diversity of Scarborough and Ontario and the amazing contributions of our local Muslim community. Islamic Heritage Month is also a great time to learn about the rich history and cultures of Islam.

Ontario’s seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being fueled by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant. Please be aware that parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 are also eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose). For the full details click here

As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing support, or needs help booking a vaccination, please call my office at 416 281-2787 or send an email to mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

Warm regards,

Mitzie

Community Updates

REMINDER: Metrolinx: Upcoming Scarborough Subway Extension Community Pop-Up Events – The Community Relations team for the Scarborough Subway Extension would like to share some information regarding upcoming pop-up events. Metrolinx has scheduled a few recurring pop-ups and created a tab on their engage website to raise awareness..

REMINDER: Buy Scarborough, Hire ScarboroughIf you lead a business in Scarborough, or are connected to the Scarborough business community, please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this survey or pass it on to your contacts! The East Scarborough Storefront and the Scarborough Business Association have created this highly worthwhile survey for Scarborough-based businesses. You could win 1 of 3 Scarborough Business Association Memberships (value of up to $325) or a 6th Gen iPad!  The survey is part of a Buy Scarborough Hire Scarborough strategy that champions supplier diversity, local hiring, and social procurement in Scarborough. Your responses will maximize your business’ potential to benefit from the Buy Scarborough Hire Scarborough strategy!

NEW: Momiji Japonica Fundraiser – Japonica is an annual fundraiser where vintage Japanese items are sold. Some of the categories that will be displayed include: Kimono, dolls, and artwork. Delicious Japanese food and desserts will also be available to be purchased. All proceeds go to Momiji Health Care Society to help seniors who live at Momiji and in the community. The fundraiser will take place at the Momiji Health Care Society – 3555 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON, M1M 3W4

NEW: Opportunities for New Immigrants at Catholic Crosscultural Services – The Catholic Cross-Cultural Services are offering two excellent opportunities that new immigrants in our communities may benefit from. These FREE opportunities are: a) Enhanced Language Training for Healthcare Professionals; & b) Sector Specific Language Training for Childminding. These programs are offered both online and in-person so that anybody can join from anywhere. And, these trainings include voluntary job placement to provide newcomers with opportunities to learn about Canadian workplace culture as well as networking. Please see the flyers below for more details:

NEW: YWCA Toronto Employment Centre –  2425 Eglinton Avenue East is hosting some special job fairs and events for the month of October 2022, please see the flyers below:

Keeping Scarborough Guildwood Safe

Vaccination News

**REMINDER**: COVID-19 Vaccine Bookings to Open for Children Aged Six Months to Under 5 Years – Parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromisedyouth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose).
Appointments are available through theCOVID-19 vaccination portal and the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre, directly through public health units using their own booking system, participating primary care providers and paediatricians, as well as atparticipating pharmacies and Indigenous-led vaccination clinics.

**REMINDER**: COVID-19 Paid Sick Days Extended to March 31, 2023 – The Ontario government is also ensuring workers do not lose pay if they miss work due to COVID-19 by extending paid sick days to March 31, 2023.
Eligible workers will continue to receive up to $200 a day for up to three days if they need to get tested, vaccinated, receive booster shots, self-isolate, or care for a family member who is ill from COVID-19. The government will continue to reimburse eligible employers for the paid leave days.

**UPDATE**: Ontarians Aged 18+ Eligible for Second Booster Shot – The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for second booster doses to Ontarians aged 18 and over in order to provide an extra layer of protection to those who may need it.

Eligible individuals can book an appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Eligible individuals can also book an appointment directly through public health units that use their own booking systems, through Indigenous-led vaccination clinics and participating pharmacies. Appointments are based on availability, which may vary by region.

For more information about the Ontario government’s announcement, click here. 

**NEW**: SHN announces VaxFacts expansion boosters for 5-11 – The Ontario government announcedexpansion of eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine third dose boosters for children aged five to 11. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and our Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners are pleased to share that we will be administering third dose boosters to individuals in this age group. 

Starting September 1, appointments for third dose boosters for this age group can be booked at www.ScarbVaccine.ca. The Ontario Ministry of Health recommends eligible children receive their third booster dose at a recommended interval of at least six months following their most recent dose.

In addition, the VaxFacts+ service has also partnered with the Black Physicians’ Association of Ontario to create a dedicated stream for Black communities, and SickKids to provide focused consultation on the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding people across Ontario. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation with a physician by calling 416-438-2911 ext. 5738 or visiting VaxFacts – Scarborough Health Network (shn.ca)

**NEW**: Bivalent Available for 18+ – The Ontario government announced that the (Moderna) bivalent COVID-19 booster is available immediately for everyone aged 18 and over. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and Scarborough Ontario Health Team (SOHT) partners continue to encourage all eligible community members to get their Fall vaccine booster, including the bivalent booster that protects against two strains of COVID-19 (the original strain and the current predominant strain). SHN’s Scarborough Vaccine Team is pleased to invite community members to begin booking appointments at our Centenary Vaccine Clinic by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

**NEW**: Paediatric Pfizer Vaccine for Under 5 – The province also announcedit’s distributing the Pfizer vaccine across Ontario for children aged six months to under five years old. This is in addition to the Moderna vaccine available to the same age group. It is recommended for infants and children to receive the same vaccine – either Pfizer or Moderna – for all doses in a primary series. SHN and their SOHT partners are encouraging families to book an appointment for their children by visiting www.ScarbVaccine.ca.

Mitzie in the Legislature

Press Conference for Bill 9: The Safe and Healthy Communities Act