MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe. 

This Tuesday was the last day of the legislative session until the house sits again in September. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic changing how we gathered to get work done, it was a busy time.

I supported the government on critical legislation that supports Ontarians, but voted against many bills that set Ontarians back. You can review a snapshot of my voting record during this session below:

  • Bill 171, Building Transit Faster Act, 2020 – Voted Yes
  • Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 – Voted No
  • Bill 184, Protecting Tenants and Strengthening Community Housing Act, 2020 – Voted No
  • Bill 187, Municipal Emergency Act, 2020 – Voted Yes
  • Bill 192, Protecting Small Business Act, 2020 – Voted Yes
  • Bill 195, Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 – Voted No
  • Bill 197, COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020 – Voted No

I also attended over 120 hours of hearings on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs over 15 days of meetings, hearing from nearly 200 witnesses presenting to the committee about the impact of COVID-19 on various sectors of Ontario’s economy.

Some highlights from this past session:

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

Question Period

On July 21 2020, MPP Hunter asked the Minister of Education to implement clear guidelines for a safe return to school in September, including standardized health and safety guidlines, and testing and contact tracing protocols.

Bill 197 Debate

On July 21, Mitzie debated Bill 197, the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act 2020, which allows Ontario’s boards of education to appoint Directors of Education that are not accredited teachers, removes requirement for Environmental Assessments for new development projects, and other  sweeping changes unrelated to Ontario’s economic recovery.

Mitzie on the Move

The Ontario Liberal Caucus take a physically-distant photo on the last day of the legislative session.
MPPs Hunter, Collard, and Simard pose with their masks prior to voting against Bill 195.

Woburn Local Planning Meeting

On Monday, Mitzie was invited to join the Woburn Local Planning Table meeting to connect with community leaders and hear about the important work they’re doing first hand. I’d like to thank all members of the planning table for the work they’re doing with local organizations to strengthen the Woburn neighbourhood.

Community Updates

Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall

Join the elected officials for Scarborough-Guildwood on Monday at 7 pm for a virtual town hall!

Many Regions Move Into Stage 3 Re-Opening July 24

Most businesses and places in regions in Ontario will re-open a 12:01 am tomorrow, including York, Durham, and Hamilton. Toronto, Peel, and Windsor-Essex will remain in Stage 2.

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.

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 24
Time: 12:30-2:30
Location: 100 Galloway Road

Please register here.

Spelling Bee of Canada Town Hall – July 26

On July 26th at 2pm ET, I will be joining the Spelling Bee of Canada for a town hall on diversity and inclusion. I will be joining Yvonne Wyndham and Chevalier Taylor, Speech-Language Pathologists of TDSB.

The town hall will stream live on facebook 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

Next Steps Panel on Anti-Black Racism

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 mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.