I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe.
Tomorrow, many regions of the province will be moving into Stage 3 re-opening. Toronto and the Greater Toronto and Hamilton region will remain in Stage 2.
My office will continue to keep you updated as new developments emerge. I encourage everyone to stay safe and continue to follow public health guidelines.
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
On July 14 2020, MPP Hunter debated Bill 195 which would grant the province emergency powers after the State of Emergency has ended. You can watch her remarks at the link below.
Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
MPP Hunter is a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (SCFEA). The Committee has been consulting with groups across Ontario sectors, including Tourism and Culture industries, to study the impact of COVID-19.
This week, MPP Hunter is continuing her work in the committee as they hear from municipalities, construction & building sectors.
Mitzie on the Move
This week, Mitzie visited the Parents Engaged in Education initiative to provide “Learn at Home” kits for children in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. She was given a tour of the project from Executive Director Theresa Pastore.
Volunteers sort and pack these kits, which contain curriculum related materials for individual grade levels. They also include creative materials and learning games to help improve the mental health and stress that children are living with, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
Mitzie joined the Scarborough Business Association’s weekly virtual breakfast to discuss economic recovery in Scarborough.
Many Regions Move Into Stage 3 Re-Opening July 17
Most businesses and places in regions outside of the GTHA will re-open a 12:01 am tomorrow. Toronto and surrounding regions will remain in Stage 2 for the time being.
As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:
- Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
- Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
- Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.
Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events. Places of worship will continue to be allowed to open at 30% of their facility capacity.
Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage.
The following high-risk spaces and activities will not be allowed to re-open in Stage 3:
- Amusement parks and water parks;
- Buffet-style food services;
- Dancing at restaurants and bars, other than by performers hired by the establishment following specific requirements;
- Overnight stays at camps for children;
- Private karaoke rooms;
- Prolonged or deliberate contact while playing sports;
- Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars;
- Table games at casinos and gaming establishments.
For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health guidance necessary to keep the people of Ontario safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.
Federal Government Announces $19 Billion to Provinces
Today, the federal government announced that it will provide $19 billion in new funding for provinces.
The money will focus on seven priority areas, including enhanced COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line workers and businesses, funding for municipalities for transit, a national sick leave plan and child care so that parents can get back to work. My office will share more details as they’re available.
Scarborough Subway Extension
On July 10, Metrolinx published the Environmental Project Report (EPR) Addendum for the Scarborough Subway Extension (SSE) at www.metrolinx.com/scarboroughsubway for public review.
The proposed SSE will bring the TTC’s Line 2 subway service nearly eight kilometres farther into Scarborough. Since the completion of the 2017 EPR, a number of changes have been proposed that are inconsistent with the previous design and need to be assessed in the upcoming EPR Addendum. These changes are: an extension of the alignment, two new stations, and a revised station location at Scarborough Centre. As a result, the SSE will extend further north into Scarborough and provide more transit connections.
Small Business Resources and Support
You can find support, resources, tools, and programs to help your small business address the challenges of COVID-19 via the Toronto Board of Trade website. You can also market your business digitally via the City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street program online here.
Parents Engaged in Education Survey – Participate by July 16
Parents Engaged in Education are conducting a short survey to prepare a report for the City of Toronto’s reopening and recovery team. To make sure your voice is heard, please fill out the survey here by July 16.
Drive-Thru/Walk-Thru Hot Lunch
The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club will be providing a free hot lunch in the parking lot of their club tomorrow.
Date: Friday July 16
Location: 100 Galloway Road
Please register here indicating the number and type of hot lunch needed.
AFROFEST Virtual Launch
Held annually, AFROFEST takes place the first weekend of July at Woodbine Park in the heart of Toronto. Started in 1989 by Music Africa, AFROFEST showcases the best in African music, art, crafts, culture and food.
Due to the impact of COVID-19, the festival is moving online. From July 17 – 26, 2020 at 8:00 PM, festivities will stream live on their youtube channel here.
Amazon Now Hiring in Scarborough
Job postings for Amazon’s YYZ9 Scarborough location are now available. YYZ9 is located near Markham Road and Steeles Avenue East, and will be opening this summer. Amazon is currently hiring over 600 full-time permanent Warehouse Associates. All interested candidates can apply online by visiting Amazon.Force.com.
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 email at email@example.com or by phone at 416-281-2787.