MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. 

This week is National Truth and Reconciliation Week, and tomorrow will be Canada’s first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a federal holiday. This week we reflect on the tragic and painful history that occurred on the land in which we situate ourselves, honour the lost children and survivors of residential schools and acknowledge the intergenerational trauma of their families and communities. Thursday is also Orange Shirt Day. Tomorrow, I hope you will join me in wearing orange as we stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities and open the door for conversations about reconciliation. Read my full statement here.

Today, Ontario is reporting 495 new cases of COVID-19. As we continue to face threats of new variants, vaccines are critical for protecting our community and bringing Ontario back to life. As a reminder, proof of double vaccination is now required for entering specific public settings. To read updated guidance for businesses and organizations implementing proof of vaccination requirements, click here.

80% of eligible Torontonians and Ontarians are now fully vaccinated! However, many people are still at risk of the virus and its new variants, especially those not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. I urge all eligible residents to take the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, effective, critical to saving lives and are our ticket to overall recovery. Later in this newsletter, you can find information about upcoming pop-up clinics near you. 

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

The Provincial Government now requires 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 now 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).

Note: 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.  

Print your proof of vaccination for free at any TPL branch

Vaccination receipts can be printed or downloaded from the provincial booking portal. You can also call the Provincial Vaccine Information Line at 1-833-943-3900 for further assistance. More details are available here.

To support those who do not have access to a printer, TPL is offering free printing of vaccination receipts at library branches across the city. People can also use computers and free wifi at library branches to access and download their documentation, or submit a print request from anywhere using TPL’s Print anywhere – Mobile Printing

For more information, visit the Toronto Public Library website here

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.

  • October 1 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • October 1 & 2 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • October 1 & 2 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • October 1 & 2 | 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

Pop-up Clinic at Progress Church

Progress Church will be hosting a vaccination clinic. No appointments required walk-ins welcome. 1st or 2nd dose of mRNA vaccine are available and OHIP is not required. Other forms of ID are accepted. 

  • Wednesday, October 6th 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM | Progress Church, 4242 Kingston Rd

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

*NEW* Mental Health Research Canada Post Doctoral Fellowship –  The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health has partnered with Mental Health Research Canada to offer a Post Doctoral Fellowship! The $60,000 one year opportunity is available to advance knowledge in the child, youth, and family mental health sector in Ontario. Proposals must fall under the theme of supporting child and youth mental health/addictions. More information can be found here.

Join the SBA at Scarborough Town Centre for Scarborough Day- On Sunday October 3, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM join this outdoor community celebration of business, arts and culture. This first-of-its-kind Scarborough event will feature something for everyone – over 100 local businesses, entertainment, music, dance, visual arts, special offers, giveaways, free samples and great food. While you are there, stop by my booth to meet me and my constituency team. I hope to see you there!

Registration now open for City of Toronto fall recreation programming- Registration for Fall recreation programs and December holiday programs are now open for the Scarborough District. Programs will begin on Saturday, October 16th, 2021. Register at www.efun.toronto.ca. Phone registration is also be available at 416-396-7378. More information about Fall Recreation: www.toronto.ca/fall-recreation-programs/.

The Scarborough Tennis Federation (STF) year-end Junior/Adult/Senior Singles Championships – The Scarborough Tennis Federation (STF) will be holding their year-end Junior/Adult/Senior Singles Championships on October 9, 2021. See below for details.

Location: Curran Hall Tennis Club

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Registration Fee: $15.00 (Please provide exact change)

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 5th

Categories Offered: U12, U14, U16, U18 Boys. U12, U14, U16, U18 Girls. Adult Men’s A & B. Ladies Open. Seniors Open ( 55+ ).

To register, please email STFTournament@hotmail.com with the following information below. Due to the volume of registrations, please allow up to 2 days to receive confirmation of your entry. All information must be provided to secure your spot.

  • First & Last Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Tournament date and category you intend to enter
  • Club you are currently a member at
  • Contact phone number

Join Kids ReadTO’s virtual book club for kids ages 9-12! This virtual book club will run on Tuesdays at 5pm from October 19th to November 23rd. Space is limited, register online today. Deadline to apply is October 1st, 2021. For more details and to register, click here.

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

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). Visit canadianabilities.org/nomination to make a nomination. 

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.