MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear Friends,

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. 

Ontario is officially in a second wave of COVID-19, and as the situation continues to evolve, there is new guidance from public health experts in Ontario.

Dr. Eileen De Villa has recommended that Toronto residents avoid close contact with anyone outside of their households and is no longer recommending “social bubbles” of 10 people as community spread continues to rise. Please continue to practice physical distancing, good hand and cough hygiene, and wear a mask when you’re in close contact with anyone outside of your household.

Thank you for all of your efforts to keep our families and communities safe. Together, by being vigilant about our health, we can prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities.

October is Fire Safety Month, a great occasion to check your smoke detectors and learn about how to prevent fires in your home. It’s also Small Business Month – so be sure to shop local to support the Scarborough business community!

If you have any events, updates, or stories from your neighbourhood that you’d like to share, please get in touch!

Warm regards,


Mitzie in the Legislature

Question Period:

MPP Mitzie Hunter asks the government to commit to the legislated election date in 2022 and not call an early election in the midst of a public health crisis.

Statement: Government Can Afford Small Class Sizes, Chooses Chaos

Mitzie on the Move

Small Business Month – Shop Local!

Last week, MPP Hunter visited the Olde Stone Cottage Pub with MP John McKay. As we celebrate Small Business Month, consider shopping local to support independent restaurants & small businesses!

Community Updates

Update on COVID-19 testing eligibility at SHN Assessment Centres

As we navigate the increasing volume of COVID-19 testing across the province and in Scarborough, SHN is working to be adaptive and responsive to new government measures.

On Thursday, September 24, the Ontario government issued a statement announcing changes to the COVID-19 testing guidelines.

Ontarians should only seek testing at assessment centres if they:

  • Show COVID-19 symptoms;
  • Were exposed to a confirmed case of the virus, as informed by your public health unit or exposure notification through the COVID Alert app;
  • Reside or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified and informed by their local public health unit, and;
  • Are eligible for testing as part of a targeted testing initiative directed by the Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Long Term Care

Alternative Options:


Individuals who are not showing symptoms may be tested for COVID-19 at select pharmacies if they live or work in at at-risk setting, such as a long-term care home, homeless shelter or other congregate care setting. To find the closest pharmacy, please visit  


Community members are also encouraged to speak with their primary health care provider and to continue to follow public health measures, including wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and maintaining physical distance from people outside their household or social circle.

The Intended Impact

The intent of these changes is to help bring down wait times and prioritize testing for those who are at the greatest risk. This marks a province-wide shift away from untargeted, asymptomatic testing that is being driven by a need to ensure testing resources are available for those who need them the most.The province’s approach to testing will continue to evolve, based on evidence from Ontario and other jurisdictions, as well as public health indicators that are being closely monitored.

We appreciate your help and understanding as SHN makes the adjustments necessary to be in compliance with the new guidelines. More information about our COVID-19 Assessment Centres is available at

For any questions regarding the new COVID-19 testing guidelines, please email

Leadership by Design Program – Accepting Applications Now

The Leadership by Design program provides opportunities to eligible Black youth for personal and social growth, for leadership development and for career exploration.

The deadline for early applications is October 7, 2020.

Who should apply?
We encourage applications from GTA-based African-Canadian students who are :

  • currently enrolled in Grade 10 (fall 2020)   
  • performed well in their Grade 9 academic courses, and are
  • willing to commit to a rigorous program given to leadership development, career development and the pursuit of opportunities which provide pathways for personal and social growth. Parental participation is required.   

For more information or to apply, click here

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek – Virtual Event

Each year in October, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) celebrates the annual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek, in Morningside Park. The event brings watershed residents from across the region to view the annual salmon migration from Lake Ontario, up Highland Creek, through Morningside Park.

Although we won’t be able to host The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek in person this year, we will still be celebrating, just in a different way. The Salmon Festival is going virtual! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on our website starting October 5, 2020. People can participate by visiting:

Contact Us

We’re working hard to serve the community. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to bring an event or special story to our office’s attention, please get in touch by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at