MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe. 

Today, the province announced plans for re-opening schools on September 8. Masks will be required for students in Grade 4 and above, and are encouraged for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3. You can read the back to school plan here, and more details can be found by scrolling through this newsletter.

Beginning tomorrow, Toronto will move into Stage 3 re-opening. 

Many businesses and spaces will re-open, but a number of high-risk businesses and activities will not be allowed to operate yet. These include amusement parks, water parks, buffet-style food services, dancing in restaurants and bars, overnight camps for children, private karaoke rooms, contact sports, saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars.

All restaurants, bars, concession stands, and other food and drink establishments are allowed to reopen for indoor dining in Stage 3.

Gyms and fitness studios will re-open with safety protocols in place. Playgrounds, community centres and libraries will also reopen. 

Personal care and grooming services  that involve a customers’ face, such as facials, will be allowed to resume.

Indoor gathering limits will increase to 50 persons, and outdoor gathering limits will go up to 100. Please continue to follow all public health guidelines during this critical step forward. Masks remain mandatory in indoor public spaces, and you should continue to practice good hand hygiene and practice physical distancing whenever possible. 

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.

I’d also like to wish a happy Ei al-Adha to the Muslim community celebrating in Scarborough & around the world. As you celebrate with family & loved ones, please continue to stay safe and follow public health guidelines. Eid Mubarak! 

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 House has risen for the rest of the summer, but Mitzie is still hard at work advocating for Scarborough-Guildwood.

Statements & Letters

Statement: Ford Government Shortchanges Hospitals During Pandemic

Open Letter to Minister Lecce regarding a Safe Return to Schools


Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs

Mitzie is a member of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs which is meeting to consult with various sectors of Ontario’s economy about the impacts of COVID-19 and the recovery ahead. They are currently hearing from witnesses in the Construction sector.

Education – Safe Return to School

MPP Hunter speaks about what is needed from Ontario’s leaders for a successful back-to-school plan.

Mitzie on the Move

CARES Site Visit

MPP Hunter visited the CARES (Collective Action and Response for Everyone in Scarborough) initiative to meet with volunteers packing emergency food & hygiene kits for distribution to the Scarborough community. The CARES initiative is in partnership with GlobalMedic, the City of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. You can learn more about the program here.

PURE Ministries Panel on Anti-Black Racism

MPP Hunter joined PURE Ministries in Scarborough for a solution-based conversation on addressing systemic anti-Black racism in Canada.

Scarborough Business Association – Virtual Breakfast

Yesterday, Mitzie joined the Scarborough Business Association for their weekly virtual breakfast chat. This week, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips spoke about Ontario’s economy recovery and Premier Ford stopped by to voice his committment for hospital and transit funding for Scarborough.

Spelling Bee of Canada – Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall

Mitzie joined the Spelling Bee of Canada’s monthly town hall to discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion for youth participating in the organization’s literacy programs.

Community Updates

Province Announces Back to School Plan

Elementary students will return to school 5 days a week, with masks being mandatory for students in Grade 4 and above. Masks for students in JK-Grade 3 will be encouraged but not required.

Most high schools will open with a hybrid model, whereby cohorts of 15 students will alternate between in-class instruction and online learning.

Teachers and staff will be provided with medical masks and face shields.

You can read more about the government’s plan here.

By-Law Requires Masks in Condo and Apartment Common Spaces

The City of Toronto has implemented a temporary requirement that most people wear masks while inside lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms and other shared spaces in condo and apartment buildings.

The new bylaw requires building owners or operators to have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn by individuals in enclosed common spaces. They must also post corresponding signage in the buildings.

You can find more information about the by-law and how to properly wear a mask or face covering here.

In Case You Missed It: Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall

On July 27 2020, MPP Mitzie Hunter, MP John McKay and Councillor Paul Ainslie were joined by Scarborough Business Association President Andrea Hazell and City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture General Manager Mike Williams. They took live questions and had a lively discussion about economic recovery in Ontario.

You can watch the town hall video here.

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 31
Time: 12:30-2:30
Location: 100 Galloway Road

Please register in advance here.

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club Back 2 Books – Volunteers Needed

Supports for Small Business

The Ontario Chamber has partnered with RBC, along with other companies, associations, chambers and major media from across the country where everyday Canadians and large businesses come together in support of small and local businesses.

Canada United is offering small business relief grants of up to $5,000 to help small Canadian businesses with recovery efforts as a result of COVID-19. The grant funds will grow over the next several weeks as every video watched and social post liked from Canada United will result in a 5¢ contribution from RBC. Funds can be used for PPE, renovations, or e-commerce capabilities.

You can learn more about the initiative here.

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.