I’d like to thank you for your ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. It has been a challenging autumn for many, with added stresses from the unconventional school year, “modified Stage 2” closures, and remaining physically apart from family, friends, and loved ones. If we all continue to do our part, we can get the spread of the virus under control.
If you have any events, updates, or stories from your neighbourhood that you’d like to share, please get in touch!
Mitzie in the Legislature
The Legislature is not sitting this week at Queen’s Park, but Mitzie is still hard at work to advocate for the safety of Scarborough-Guildwood.
Mitzie on the Move
Ontario Medical Association Town Hall on Long-Term Care
Save the Date: Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall October 26
Please join me, MP John McKay and Councillor Paul Ainslie for another Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall on October 26 at 7:00 pm. This month, we will be joined by Scarborough Health Network President & CEO Liz Buller, TAIBU Community Health Centre Executive Director Liben Gebremikael, and Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Executive Director Jeanie Joaquin. As before, the event will stream live via Microsoft Teams and you will have the opportunity to submit your questions during the event.
Toronto, Ottawa, Peel, York in Modified Stage 2
Beginning last week, the Ontario government introduced modified Stage 2 restrictions in Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel for a minimum of 28 days.
Today, the Province announced that York region will also be put in modified Stage 2 restrictions beginning on Monday, October 19.
Measures under a modified Stage 2 include:
- Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained
- Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls;
- Closing of:
- Indoor gyms and fitness centres (i.e., exercise classes and weight and exercise rooms);
- Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
- Indoor cinemas;
- Performing arts centres and venues;
- Spectator areas in racing venues;
- Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.;
- Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service (e.g. makeup application, beard trimming);
- Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).
Schools, child care centres, and places of worship will remain open in these communities and must continue to follow the public health measures in place.You can find more information on the decision and measures here.
Applications Open – Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB)
Applications are now open for the Canada Recovery Benefit.
The CRB will provide $500 per week for up to 26 weeks to workers who have:
- Stopped working due to COVID-19;
- Had their employment/self-employment income reduced by at least 50% due to COVID-19; and
- For those who are not eligible for EI.
To find out if you are eligible, click here.
Applicants will need to re-apply every two weeks as necessary to a maximum total of 13 eligibility periods (26 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.
If you are eligible for the CRB, you can apply through CRA’s My Account or by calling 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041.
New Federal Commercial Rent Support
Last week, the federal government announced new direct supports to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue.
The Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy will:
- provide simple and easy-to-access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations affected by COVID-19.
- be provided directly to tenants, while also providing support to property owners.
- support businesses, charities, and non-profits that have suffered a revenue drop, by subsidizing a percentage of their expenses, on a sliding scale, up to a maximum of 65 per cent of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020.
Organizations will be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020.
You can find more information on the program here.
TDSB Delays In-Person/Virtual Switches for Elementary Students
Today, the TDSB announced that the next opportunity for elementary students to switch between in-person and virtual learning will be in January. Students will no longer be able to switch in November. The announcement was made to keep classes, including student numbers and staffing, stable.
Drive-In Community Food Drive
Social Assistance Workshop for OW/ODSP Recipients
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 email@example.com.