MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

Today, Ontario is reporting 660 new cases of COVID-19. Locally, there are 151 new cases in Toronto. We continue to be in Step Three of the province’s reopening plan. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. It is still a good idea to review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for the latest public health guidance, provincial regulations, and City bylaws. 

As we continue to face threats of new variants, vaccines are critical for protecting our community and bringing Ontario back to life. We have just surpassed a vaccine milestone in Toronto. 75% of those eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine are now fully vaccinated. 

If you have not booked your first or second COVID-19 dose, you can now walk into any City-run vaccination clinic to receive your vaccine. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/covid19. As always, you can 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.

My Constituency Office is always 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

*THIRD DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE* for the following immunocompromised groups:

  • Transplant recipients (including solid organ transplant and hematopoietic stem cell transplants) 
  • Individuals receiving treatment with an anti-CD20 agent (e.g. rituximab, ocrelizumab, ofatumumab), commonly used for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, leukemias/lymphoma etc. 
  • Individuals receiving active treatment (chemotherapy, targeted therapies, immunotherapy) for malignant hematologic disorders (e.g. Acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia)

More information can be found at www.scarbvaccine.ca

*LAST MILE STRATEGY* With over 82 per cent of eligible Ontarians having received one dose of the vaccine and 75 per cent having received both doses, Ontario is deploying a last mile strategy to further increase vaccination rates –News Release. These latest last mile efforts continue to make vaccines readily and conveniently available, especially in lower-vaccinated areas, and include proactively contacting individuals who have not booked their accelerated second dose appointment.

If you have not booked your first or second COVID-19 dose, you can now walk into any City-run vaccination clinic to receive your vaccine. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/covid19.

Residents who have an appointment for their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccines may be eligible to receive their vaccine sooner! Appointments at City-run clinics can be cancelled or changed at www.vaccine.covaxonbooking.ca/manage or by calling the provincial booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

Vaccine Pop-up Clinics

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st and 2nd Dose. These clinics will be vaccinating individuals who live/work/go to school in Scarborough in these eligibility groups: Pfizer 1st Dose: born 2009 or earlier; Pfizer 2nd Dose: born 2009 or earlier AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago or AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago; 3rd dose: Must fulfill eligibility criteria as set out by the Government of Ontario. More info on www.scarbvaccine.ca.

  • August 27 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • August 27 & 28 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • August 27 & 28 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • August 27 & 28 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • August 27 & 28 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd
  • August 29 | 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Malvern Family Resource Centre, 90 Littles Rd

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

Additional Health Services in the Community

*NEW* The City of Toronto’s “VaxTO” campaign aims to help residents access COVID-19 vaccination information and resources. The campaign is hosting two upcoming telephone town halls to provide residents with the opportunity to ask questions about the COVID-19 vaccination program directly to community leaders and vaccine providers. 

  • August 26 | 6:00 PM | Hosted in Spanish
  • August 30 | 6:00 PM | Hosted in English

Join the conversation by dialing 1-833-490-0778 or joining the web stream here.

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)

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 for travel at Guildcrest Pharmacy. Results are available within 24 hours, site located at 3775 Kingston Rd. Call (416) 238-8136.

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

It was a pleasure visiting the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club’s new MAAT Youth Innovation and Cultural Centre

COMMUNITY UPDATES

Enjoy a night out at the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation Drive-In! The SHN Foundation will be hosting a drive-in movie theatre at the Scarborough Town Centreon August 26th and 27th. Proceeds will support frontline workers and the purchase of urgently needed medical equipment. For more information or to purchase your tickets, click here

Youthlink Needs Assessment Survey for Scarborough 2SLGTBQ+ – Youthlink wants to hear from members of the Scarborough 2SLGBTQ+ community ages 12-29 and community service providers on their experiences finding and accessing 2SLGTBQ+ resources/events in Scarborough. The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. Click here for the Youth Survey and here for the Service Provider Survey.

The Scarborough Women’s Centre has one upcoming pop-up webinars:

  • Tuesday, September 14 | 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM |The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

For more information and registration, click here.

Sign up for the Ontario Business Registry– Launching on October 19th, businesses and not-for-profit corporations can access Government services through a new online 24/7 Ontario Business Registry. Companies will be able to complete over 90 transactions, including registering a new business and dissolving an existing one. Sign up and stay up to date with registration information here.

Islamic Foundation Toronto (IFT) Needs Assessment Survey for those 55+ in Scarborough- IFT is seeking information from those 55+ to support their project “AFC for All.” The data from this survey will help IFT create an age-friendly action plan focused on developing inclusive communities and contribute to policy and program development decisions that meet the short and long-term needs of seniors in Scarborough. For more information and to complete the survey, click here.

The 8th Annual Back to School Supply Drive & Car Show will be held on Sunday, August 29th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E.). To register, call The Storefront at (416) 208-9889 or email info@thestorefront.org.  Click here for more information.

Free Community BBQ- The Progress Church is hosting a free Community BBQ on August 29th from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM at 4242 Kingston Rd. There will be food, drinks and music. For more information call: (416) 299-7930.

East Scarborough Boys & Girls Club and Love the Game have joined forces to present “Hang Time Hoops Summer Program.” The free program offers learning, growth, and mentorship opportunities through sport-specific training, active lifestyle education and building healthy relationships. Sessions will run every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays (until August 31st) at 100 Galloway Rd. Ages 11-14 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Ages 15-18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  Register here

The Scarborough East EarlyON & Family Centre offers various programs, workshops and services for children and adults. Their August Programming Calendar can be found here.

Nominate a Special Caregiver for recognition and One Wish Awards (worth up to $10,000). Visitcanadianabilities.org/nomination to make a nomination. 

The Rosie Mentoring Program. The Rosie Mentoring Program has been developed to address the limited access women have to role models and mentors. Women in  STEM and skilled trades careers are encouraged to participate in our program where they will be matched with Mentors and Protégées one-on-one. The Rosie Mentoring Program is currently accepting applications for Mentors and Protégées within STEM and skilled trades areas for the second cohort to begin in September 2021. If you are interested in participating in this program, please read more here.

Terra Lumina returns to Your Toronto Zoo – Tickets are on sale now! Your Toronto Zoo is excited for Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future to be returning for the 2021 season beginning Thursday, July 29th.  To learn more and purchase your tickets here.

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.

In Case You Missed It! Complete your 2021 Census online today. By filling out your census questionnaire, you help shape your community and support important decision-making that affects all Canadians. Complete your 2021 Census online here.