MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

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Dear friends,

As we begin a new season and enter a busy time of year, I hope that you were able to enjoy the past long weekend. 

This week is special for some children, as it is their first week of school. Congratulations on the start of your academic journey! To all students, including those returning to the classroom, I would like express my best wishes for good health, safety and academic success.

Today, Ontario is reporting 554 new cases of COVID-19. Locally, there are 118 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. 

Due to the Delta Variant of COVID-19, the average daily case count tripled over the course of August, and cases continue to surge. 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. However, there are still many people at risk of the virus in the city of Toronto, especially those who are not eligible for the vaccine. I urge all residents eligible to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective and critical to saving lives. Please do your part. 

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

Effective September 22nd, the Provincial Government will require Ontarians to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) to enter specific public settings. This means a COVID-19 vaccine receipt and photo ID must be provided upon entry to the following:  

  • Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
  • Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
  • Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres (for wedding or funeral receptions, attendees may alternatively offer a privately purchased negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours prior);
  • Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities except for youth recreational sport;
  • Sporting events;
  • Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
  • Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
  • Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
  • Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).

The new restrictions do not apply to children 11 years of age or younger or those medically exempt and can provide a doctor’s note.  

*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

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 – 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.

  • September 8 & 9 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | University of Toronto Scarborough Campus (Highland Hall), 1265 Military Trail (Free Parking in Lot A)
  • September 10 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • September 10 & 11 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • September 10 & 11  | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • September 10 & 11 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • September 10 & 11 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or a 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

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.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

Free Japanese Drumming Concert- The Toronto Arts Foundation is hosting a free in-person concert, “Ancient Rhythms, Future Echoes,” on September 18th at Maidavale Park (1031 Birchmount Rd.) from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Witness the Nagata Shachu Japanese Taiko and Music Group LIVE, bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and experience traditional Japanese folk drumming for a fun-filled community event.

2021 Annual Harvest Festival- The Scarborough Village Community Garden will be hosting their annual Harvest Festival on September 18th at Fred Johnson Park (3630 Kingston Rd.) from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Community Arts Guild will be contributing live music, art installations, reusable decor, art activities and a participatory parade. For more information, click here.

Service Canada Information Event– On September 14th at 1:50 PM, join the YWCA for an information session on Service Canada. Service Canada is the program operated under Employment and Social Development Canada responsible for the Social Insurance Number, the Old Age Security Program, the Canada Pension Plan and more. Topics include: Job Bank, Employment Insurance, Apprenticeship Grants/Loans, Federal Student Work Experience Program, Young Canada Works, Student Loans, Service Canada Accounts and Social Insurance Number. For more information/ to register: Dial (416) 264-5788 

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

Reading Partnership for Parents (RPP)  ONLINE- Exclusive to the Kingston-Galloway-Orton Park community, the RPP is a ten-week virtual program that guides parents through the process of teaching their children (ages 4-6) to read. Applications are open until September, 10th. For more information and to apply, click here.

Scarborough Walk of Fame Star and Rising Star Award Nominations are Now Open- Do you know someone who has achieved a high degree of excellence in their field or is a role model for future leaders? They could be eligible to be a Star on Scarbrough’s Walk of Fame! The committee is also accepting nominations for the Rising Star Award, created for those between 16 and 25 who have demonstrated leadership and significant community engagement. Nominate online here! Nominations close on October 15th.

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.

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

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.