I hope you’re keeping well and staying safe.
Today marks Jamaica’s 58th Independence Day. Ontario is home to a vibrant Jamaican diaspora, and I am proud to be a member of the Jamaican-Canadian community. Happy independence day to all celebrating!
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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
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. This week, Mitzie heard further testimony from witnesses in Ontario’s construction sector.
The Committee is holding hearings on the Small and Medium Enterprise sector. The deadline to register for an oral presentation to the committee is 5:00 pm tomorrow, August 7. The deadline for written submissions is 6:00 pm on August 24.
You can find more information here, or by scrolling through this newsletter.
Mitzie on the Move
Emancipation Day March
Saturday August 1 marked Emancipation day, commemorating the date on which slavery was outlawed in much of the British empire, including Canada (then British North America).
This year, Mitzie participated in an Emancipation Day March in downtown Toronto to call for an end to systemic anti-Black racism in Canada’s institutions.
Call for Submissions: Small and Medium Enterprise Consultations
The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet for the study of the recommendations relating to the Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020 and the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on certain sectors of the economy.
The Committee intends to hold public hearings on the Small and Medium Enterprises sector by videoconference (Zoom) on Monday, August 17, 2020, Tuesday, August 18, 2020; Wednesday, August 19, 2020; Thursday, August 20, 2020; Friday, August 21, 2020; and Monday, August 24, 2020.
Interested people who wish to be considered to make an oral presentation on the Small and Medium Enterprises sector by videoconference or teleconference are required to register by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, August 7, 2020.
Those who do not wish to make an oral presentation but wish to comment on the Small and Medium Enterprises sector may send a written submission by 6:00 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, August 24, 2020.
To register or send a written submission, please visit the following link: ola.org/en/apply-committees.
Grants for Community Non-Profits
The Ontario government is investing $83 million through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to provide grants to help eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs and Royal Canadian Legion branches, recover from COVID-19 and continue the delivery of vital programming in their communities.
For more information, visit the Ontario Trillium Foundation website on eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club Back 2 Books – Volunteers Needed
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.