MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

Today, the Province is reporting 194 new cases, and Ontario remains in Step 2 of its reopening. Step 2 means 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

In vaccination-related news, this week brought two notable changes: first, fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents are no longer required to quarantine upon returning to Canada; and second,Ontario announced that all Ontarians aged 12 and over who received their first dose are eligible to book an appointment to receive their second dose. Also, the City of Toronto reports that 77.5 percent of Toronto adults have received a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and more than 50 percent are fully vaccinated. 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.
 
In national news, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that on his recommendation, the appointment of Mary Simon as the next Governor General of Canada has been approved. As Governor General, Ms. Simon will be the representative of Her Majesty The Queen in Canada. She will be Canada’s 30th Governor General since Confederation. Please read the full statement here.

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

**NEW** Emergency Cooling Centres open during heat warnings:
During Heat Warnings this summer, the 8 Emergency Cooling Centres across the city will offer a publicly accessible, air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a drink. One of the eight cooling centres is located at the Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr, and will operate from 11 am to 7pm during Heat Warnings. This interactive map is available to help locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near you.

Vaccination News

Government of Canada’s first phase to easing border measures for travellers entering Canada – As of Monday, July 5, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers who are permitted to enter Canada are no longer subject to the federal requirement to quarantine or take a COVID-19 test on day-8. In addition, fully vaccinated travellers arriving by air are no longer required to stay at a government-authorized hotel. Click here for details. 

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**

SHN and the Scarborough Ontario Health Team partners will be hosting new pop-up vaccine clinics on Thursday, July 8th and Thursday, July 15th:

Pfizer &  Moderna 1st and 2nd Dose Pop-up Clinic
When: Thursday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Mid-Scarborough Hub – Scarborough Centre for Health Communities, 2660 Eglinton Avenue East
SHN will be vaccinating with: Pfizer & Moderna
Doses available: 500
Who can get vaccinated:
·         Pfizer 1st Dose Eligibility – For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
·         Pfizer 2nd Dose Eligibility – For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago
·         Moderna 1st Dose Eligibility – For people 18+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
·         Moderna 2nd Dose Eligibility – For people 18+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
AND received their 1st dose of Moderna at least 28 days ago
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 and 2nd Dose Pop-up Clinic
When: Thursday, July 15, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Catholic Crosscultural Services, 3227 Eglinton Ave E
SHN will be vaccinating with: Pfizer
Doses available: 250
Who can get vaccinated:
·         Pfizer 1st Dose Eligibility – For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
·         Pfizer 2nd Dose Eligibility – For people 12+ who live, work, or go to school in Scarborough (M1 postal codes)
AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago
OR received their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago

How the clinics work:­
·         Walk-in appointments on the day of the clinic: 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


**NEW ** Scarborough Dash for Doses – 4 weeks this July, 3 stationary pit stops in Scarborough! These clinics will be vaccinating PFIZER 1st doses and 2nd doses to those 12+ who live/work/go to school in Scarborough (M1):

École Secondaire Catholique Père-Philippe-Lamarche | 2850 Eglinton Ave E

  • Mondays – July 5, 12 & 19 | 1pm-9pm
  • Tuesdays – July 6, 13 & 20 | 1pm-9pm

David and Mary Thomson CI | 125 Brockley Dr

  • Wednesdays – July 7, 14 & 21 | 1pm-9pm
  • Thursdays – July 8,15 & 22 | 1pm-9pm

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (Highland Hall) | 1265 Military Trl

  • Fridays – July 9 |9am-11pm, July 16, 23 & 30 | 1pm-9pm
  • Sundays – July 11 | 9am-11pm, 18 & 25 | 10am-6pm

Tickets will be provided for same-day vaccine appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID, or documentation with your address or proof of employment, a health card, if you have one and your first dose vaccination receipt. More at www.scarbvaccine.ca.

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

  • First dose: Individuals 12+ for Pfizer; Individuals 18+ for Moderna; AND live, work or go to school in Scarborough
  • Second dose: SHN is contacting eligible individuals by phone or email to book their second dose appointment
  • Moderna second dose: Eligible individuals can now book a Moderna 2nd dose appointment at www.scarbvaccine.ca. To be eligible, individuals must be aged 18+ and have received their 1st dose of Moderna at least 28 days ago; their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago; or their 1st dose of AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago.  

**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.

  • People age 12 and older are eligible to book first dose and accelerated second dose appointments at City-run immunization clinics

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 Services

Tonight (Wednesday, July 7) at 6pm, City Councillor Paul Ainslie will be hosting a telephone town hall to talk about Toronto’s vaccination program in Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood: Residents can sign up for the town hall by texting “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888. It is also possible to call into the town hall at 1-833-490-0778 at the time of the event or listen in via web stream at www.toronto.ca/vaccinetownhall.

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.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club announces Back 2 Books: Back 2 Books is ESBGC’s official kick-off event to motivate and encourage children and youth to get ready for the upcoming school year. The goal is to ensure that the youth within the community have all the essential supplies they need in order to get their work done in the upcoming school year. On the day of the event, Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts for children and youth.

Kids ReadTO Virtual Book Club: From The Reading Partnership, Kids ReadTO (KRTO) is a virtual book club that connects kids ages 9-12, from different communities, through reading! Weekly book club meetings, led by professional facilitators, allow kids to safely socialize online through guided reading activities, discussions and games that strengthen literacy skills and build their confidence. We select books from around the world, written by diverse authors that kids can relate to, and deliver them to the doorstep of each participant. 
 
Space is limited, complete your child’s online registration today. Deadline to apply is July 16th, 2021!  For program eligibility, registration and information, click here.
 
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.
 
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.

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