MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

Happy and safe Canada Day! This year, in light of the tragic discoveries at residential schools, Canadians will be celebrating differently. Let’s take time to thoughtfully reflect upon our collective history. I hope this Canada Day we renew our efforts towards reconciliation and the urgent action that must be taken in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission so we can all move forward together.
 
As an immigrant myself, Canada is my chosen home and I am forever grateful. I love this country and I hold Canada close to my heart. That’s why I hope this important day will be part of the change that is needed.

The big news today is that Ontario has moved into Step 2 of its reopening. This means we can get a haircut! According to the Roadmap to Reopening plan, Step 2 means that additional restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 are being lifted. Small indoor gatherings of up to five people from different households are now permitted and outdoor gathering limits have increased to 25 people. For more details, please see the updated summary of what will be open by visiting the “Reopening Ontario” webpage. You can also review the regulation for the full list of public health and workplace safety measures that need to be followed. 
 
In vaccination-related news, Ontario has opened up eligibility to make all Ontarians aged 18 and over who received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine now eligible to book an appointment to receive their second dose. Remember, you can always find out the latest news about the numerous clinics, pop-ups and pharmacies in Scarborough that are administering the vaccine by checking my Vaccination News webpage.
 
Wishing all our students, teachers and school staff a safe, fun and happy summer!
As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If anyone has any concerns or challenges accessing support, or needs help booking a vaccination, please call my office at 416 281-2787 or send an email to mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org.

Warm regards,

Mitzie

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News

Government of Canada’s first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada – Beginning Monday, July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada will not be subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air will not be required to stay at a government-authorized hotel. Click here for details. 

To read more details about the updated guidelines for vaccinations from the federal government, click here.

Vaccine Clinics and Pop-up Clinics
SHN Update on vaccine eligibility and opportunities to receive 2nd doses:

SHN is offering 1st doses to people who live, work, or go to school in an M1 postal code. First dose clients will be given priority access at our pop-up clinics, and are encouraged to walk in or book an appointment through www.scarbvaccine.ca
SHN is offering 1st doses and 2nd doses at pop-up clinics this weekend, including new pop-ups at the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (see details below). 
SHN is reaching out by phone and email to people who received their 1st doses at our community vaccine clinics and are now eligible to book a 2nd dose appointment. SHN will be following the provincial guidance on when people are eligible to book 2nd dose appointments.

**Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics**

Pfizer 1st & 2nd Dose Pop-up Vaccine Clinic
Where: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3840 Finch Ave East
When:  Wednesday, June 30, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
We will be vaccinating with: Pfizer
Doses available: 800
First Dose Eligibility: For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).
Second Dose Eligibility: For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Delta variant hot spot postal codes M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1R, M1S, M1T, M1P, M1E, M1W, M1V
·         AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
·         OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

Pfizer 1ST & 2ND Dose Pop-up Vaccine Clinics
Where: David and Mary Thomson Collegiate Institute, 125 Brockley Drive
When:  Friday, July 2 and Saturday, July 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We will be vaccinating with: Pfizer
Doses available: 1500/day
First Dose Eligibility: For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).
Second Dose Eligibility: For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Delta variant hot spot postal codes M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1R, M1S, M1P, M1E, M1W, M1T
·         AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
·         OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

Back to Business – Pfizer 1st and 2nd Dose Pop-up
Hosted by Scarborough Business Association. Drop by to get your COVID-19 vaccine and for food, music and give-aways!
When: Sunday, July 4, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: SHN General Hospital, 3050 Lawrence Ave East (Located in back parking lot)
We will be vaccinating with: Pfizer
Doses available: 300
Pfizer 1st Dose Eligibility – For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).
Pfizer 2nd Dose Eligibility – For those 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Delta variant hot spot postal codes: M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1R, M1S, M1P, M1E, M1W, M1T
·         AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
·         OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

Pfizer 1ST & 2ND Dose Pop-up
When: Sunday, July 4, 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: Toronto Simpson Chinese Alliance Church, 200 Commander Boulevard
We will be vaccinating with: Pfizer
Doses available: 600
Pfizer 1st Dose Eligibility – For those 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes).
Pfizer 2nd Dose Eligibility – For those 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Delta variant hot spot postal codes: M1B, M1G, M1J, M1K, M1L, M1R, M1S, M1P, M1E, M1W, M1T
·    AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
·    OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

For All Clinics
How it works:­
·   Walk in on the day of: Tickets will be provided for same day appointments starting on the day of the pop-up on a first-come first-served basis.
What to bring:
·    You must bring proof of your home, work, or school address (such as: mail addressed to you, your school report card, work ID with address) in Scarborough
·    For 2nd doses, please bring your First dose vaccination receipt, if possible (download a copy from the Ministry’s COVID-19 Vaccination website). Showing it on your phone is fine!
·    You must bring a form of ID to receive the vaccine (such as drivers license, passport, PR card).
·    No OHIP/health card? No problem!
More information on www.scarbvaccine.ca


Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligibility criteria and booking information is available at www.scarbvaccine.ca

  • First dose: Individuals 18+; Individuals 12+ at the Centenary College and TAIBU Community Health Centre sites
  • Second dose: Individuals eligible for an accelerated second dose appointment at SHN will be contacted directly to reschedule their appointment. DO NOT BOOK a second dose appointment online.
  • To cancel a vaccination appointment through SHN, use: vaccinebooking@shn.ca

**PLEASE NOTE** The telephone number for SHN vaccination clinic inquiries has changed. The new number is: 416-495-2593.

City of Toronto Immunization Clinics & Eligibility: Eligibility criteria and booking for first and second dose appointments can be found online at www.toronto.ca/covid19 or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

  • First dose: Everyone aged 12+ is encouraged to book their first dose appointment online or through the provincial booking line.
  • Second dose: Residents 70+; Anyone who received a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna on/before May 30; those who received AstraZeneca at least eight weeks ago; FNIM individuals & non-Indigenous partners & household members

City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Registration at Mass Immunization Clinics: 
City-run clinics are open at the following locations seven days a week from 11am to 8pm: 
Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Dr.
Malvern Community Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.
Toronto Congress Centre, 650 Dixon Rd.
Mitchell Field Centre, 89 Church Ave, North York 
The Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd, North York
Carmine Stefano Community Centre, 3100 Weston Rd. 
Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall 
North Toronto Memorial Community Centre, 200 Eglinton Ave. W. 

Locations Map: All COVID-19 Immunization Clinics across the city, including City-run facilities, pharmacies and hospitals, are now mapped on the City’s website. Residents can search for the clinic closest to them by location or address. 

Toronto East Health Network Mobile & Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic: Open to all individuals 12+ who live/work/attend school in any “M” postal code, with priority access for select populations. Visit the pop-up vaccine page for more details: www.tehn.ca/VaccinePopUps

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

  • First dose: Individuals 12+ to get the Pfizer vaccine; Individuals 18+ to get the Moderna Vaccine
  • Second dose: (AstraZeneca) received 1st dose at least eight weeks ago; (Pfizer or Moderna) received 1st dose at least 28 days ago

For more information please visit this site.

*Reminder* In addition, GuildCrest Pharmacy, located at 3775 Kingston Rd,
is now offering doses of Moderna vaccine (appointment needed, call 416-238-8136). 

The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Health Care
Vaccine registration: CCRIHC Vaccination Clinic (google.com)
Mobile Clinic located at 4158 Sheppard Ave East.
Clinic Hours: Tuesdays, Saturdays from 9:30a.m. to 3:00p.m. and Thursdays 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Age Groups: 12+ 

The City of Toronto and Community Partners support accelerated second doses for eligible residents without OHIP cards – News Release. Residents without OHIP cards who meet current eligibility for accelerated second doses can request assistance booking their accelerated second dose appointment at a City-run immunization clinic by contacting Access Alliance, Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and FCJ Refujee Centre.

Additional Health News

*NEW* Team Toronto vaccination partners have launched “Homebound Sprint” to complete first dose vaccination for remaining homebound Toronto residents – News Release. Adults 18 years of age or older who live in Toronto and cannot physically leave their home to receive the vaccine for medical, physical, cognitive or psychosocial reasons are eligible for in-home vaccination.  Anyone with questions about homebound vaccination should speak with their primary care or homecare service provider. Homebound individuals not linked with either a primary or homecare provider, can speak to a representative at the Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at 416-217-2077 or online: www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat.

Transportation to get to your vaccine appointment: If you are a Scarborough-based senior, adult with a disability, or adult who is immuno-compromised, you can request free transportation to and from your vaccine appointment through SCHC’s Scarborough Ride. Call 416-736-9372 or visit their webpage to book a ride. (for information about free transportation options in other parts of the City, see this press release about the vaccine transportation equity plan)

Vaccine Hunters Canada can help residents quickly find available vaccine appointments at City-run clinics. Vaccine appointment availability at all nine City-run clinics and will be displayed @VaxHuntersCan. More information is available on the City website.

Vaccines for COVID-19 Information in 15+ Different Languages: @GovCanHealth has translated important COVID19 information into over 15 languages. Watch videos and download fact sheets on topics such as travelling, vaccines and more: http://ow.ly/DI8m50EN6NC

COVID-19 Testing Sites – updated daily: COVID-19 tests are available at assessment centres, pop-up and mobile testing facilities and pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 testing locations and eligibility, including locations of upcoming pop-up testing sites, by visiting toronto.ca/COVID19Testing.The website features a map to help you easily find a testing location near you.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

I would like to thank everyone who tuned in to this week’s Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall meeting. I would also like to thank my colleagues, MP John McKay, Councillor Paul Ainslie, and our special guest Dr. Jeffrey Schiffer, Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, for an important discussion about residential schools and the history and culture of Indigenous peoples in Scarborough. If you missed the live event, the full meeting is available here.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

Every Child Matters Walk: Join Toronto Fire Council on Thursday, July 1st, to honour and support former students of Residential Schools and the thousands of Children who perished while attending Kamloops-Brandon-Cowessess. For more details please see this post.
 
BGC East Scarborough – Be Boundless – In-Person Fundraiser
July 17, 2021 | 11am-6pm | 100 Galloway Road (main site back parking lot)
$3 Entry Fee
To register, call 416-281-0262 or sign up online here.
 
Scarborough East Early ON June Program calendar: The Scarborough East EarlyON Child and Family Centre is conducting virtual programs and workshops. These are being delivered via Zoom with the exceptions of  pre-recorded programs. Check flyer for the virtual program calendar.
 
If you require support with program registration or admission, please contact Munira Fatehi at (416) 559-2604. To register, please visit www.esbgc.ca and type in “EarlyON Virtual” on the search bar for our full list of programs.
 
Petition for CCTV Cameras in the Cornell Community: Residents have requested the installation of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to address the gang violence in the Cornell community. The use of CCTV cameras would not be intended as a replacement for police officers; this would represent an added public safety tool. The Toronto Police Service acknowledges that the use of a CCTV camera must be balanced between public safety and the privacy rights of individuals, and a petition is being circulated. To view the petition, click here.
 
*NEW* TransformTO – Get Involved: The City of Toronto is implementing bold actions to get to net zero emissions. Share your thoughts on the actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Until July 26, watch the video , complete the survey , host a community discussion , and share your thoughts on an online idea board.
 
Nominations open for Toronto Arts inaugural Indigenous Artist Award and Community Arts Award! The deadline to nominate is August 16, 2021! For more information on eligibility criteria and how to nominate please visit this website.
 
Scarborough Business Association Survey: If you operate a business in Scarborough, the Scarborough Business Association wants to hear from you! Please take 5 minutes and answer 5 questions about how the pandemic has impacted you. Click here to take the survey.
 
The East Scarborough Storefront and VIBE Arts, in collaboration with the City’s StART program, are creating a community engaged mural for the exterior wall of the East Scarborough Storefront facility, and they want to hear your ideas! Please fill out this survey to submit your ideas.
 
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities’ Hope Exists After Loss (HEAL) Youth Program. FREE 8-week youth program for ages 12-19. An engaging and meaningful peer mentorship for youth living in Scarborough experiencing loss from death. Starting Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 4pm to pm. For more information and to register please visit www.schcontario.ca/heal
 
Toronto Public Library COVID-19 Update: TPL is now providing access to computers and washrooms, in addition to ongoing contactless holds pick-up and drop-off of library materials at the entrance. All other in-branch services are unavailable at the time. Please visit www.tpl.ca/covid19 for updates and how to prepare for a visit.
 
Our Scarborough Centre Review! Phase 2 of public engagement continues. Participate in two new events, Little Scarborough and ShowUsSC! Learn more about Scarborough Centre Secondary plan here.

MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE

Today, I sent an Open Letter to MPP Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, calling for a Third Round of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant for the small businesses in Scarborough-Guildwood.  Please find the complete letter below.

Dear Associate Minister Tangri, 

I want to extend my congratulations to you on your appointment to Cabinet as Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. This is an important portfolio in our province as small businesses are the heart of main streets in our communities across the province.  I am writing to you today on behalf of small and medium-sized businesses in my riding of Scarborough-Guildwood who urgently need support to avoid permanent closure or bankruptcy. Scarborough has been the hardest-hit community in Ontario when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, and area businesses have endured lockdowns and restrictions for over a year now. As the province moves through the stages of reopening, businesses in Scarborough need support in order to survive. 

Complaints have come into my office about how unfair it has been for small and medium-sized businesses that were unable to apply for the first round of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant and were subsequently excluded from the second round. While the point of this grant is to help small businesses remain afloat, the unfortunate reality is that a significant number of businesses that applied have yet to receive funding.  It is clear that a third round of this grant with expanded eligibility is needed.

Businesses have struggled to fend off bankruptcy and permanent closure. Hard working Ontarians have invested in their businesses to ensure that both employees and customers remained safe from contracting COVID-19.  Now, as they gradually reopen under the province’s staged approach, they need support to transition to the new post-COVID economy.

I am asking your government to quickly open a third round of the Ontario Small Business Support Grant, and to expand the program criteria to include businesses that did not qualify in the first and second round of the grant. 

Back in March, the CFIB called on the province to do more, warning of “thousands of hard-hit small businesses across the province that remain ineligible”, and urging the province “to expand eligibility for this important program.”

As I have stated, small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our province’s main streets and critical to my riding of Scarborough-Guildwood. One of the reasons our community is so strong and vibrant is because we have many family owned and operated businesses, including specialty grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, pet stores, gyms, print shops, and personal care services. Now, in their hour of need, it is vital that we do not turn our backs on them and that we do all we can to help them to survive. 
 
Sincerely,

Mitzie Hunter
MPP Scarborough-Guildwood

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