MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

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

This Monday marks Thanksgiving. The upcoming long weekend serves as a time to reflect on our values and spend time with our loved ones. I have a lot I am grateful for, but this year I am particularly thankful for the strength and resiliency of our community during these challenging times. I also express my sincere gratitude for our community’s united effort in getting vaccinated so we can beat COVID-19. I want to extend my best wishes to all residents for a safe and happy Thanksgiving, filled with smiles, laughter, friends and family!

In Ontario, October is also Islamic Heritage Month. This month offers the opportunity to celebrate the beautiful diversity of Scarborough and Ontario and the amazing contributions of our local Muslim community. Islamic Heritage Month is also a great time to learn about the rich history and cultures of Islam. Thank you to the Scarborough Muslim Association for their ongoing work for all members of our community, including: their food drives, preparing over ten thousand meals for those in need, hosting vaccination clinics, free mental health services and programs for children, seniors and more!

Today, Ontario is reporting 587 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. 

This week the legislature resumed for its fall session. I look forward to continuing to be your voice at Queens Park and fighting for the needs of our community. 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

*NEW* Ontario launches a COVID-19 rapid antigen screening program for unvaccinated children in schools where the risk of transmission is high. The tests will be made available through participating public health units.

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.  

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 8 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • October 8 & 9 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • October 8 & 9 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • October 8 & 9 | 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.

MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE

Yesterday I rose in the Legislature asking the Government to ensure rapid COVID-19 tests will be available to every student in Scarborough. I also asked for them to ensure a plan for vaccine rollout in our schools.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

Rally to Save Eye Care in Ontario

Yesterday I joined optometrists, students and advocates outside Queens Park to call on the Government to return to the negotiating table with eye care providers so that children and seniors can receive OHIP insured eye examinations.

#RiseUpForLTC Rally 

On Monday, I heard the heartbreaking stories of families with loved ones that were in long-term care homes. I had the privilege of speaking at this rally outside Queens Park, calling on the Premier to deliver justice for those taken from us too soon.

Scarborough Day

Sunday, I joined residents at the Scarborough Town Centre as we celebrated Scarborough Day! Thank you to the Scarborough Business Association for safely bringing our community together, and for the opportunity to show our appreciation for local businesses, art & culture.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Last Thursday marked the first National Day for Truth and Reconcillition. A day to honour the lost lives and survivors of Canada’s residential school system, reflect on the tragic and painful history that occurred on the land in which we situate ourselves and acknowledge the intergenerational trauma of Indigenous families. I had the honour and privilege of speaking at the Traditional Opening Ceremony by Native Child and Family Services at the Toronto Zoo. I also visited the Tabor Hill Ossuary.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

*NEW* The Scarborough Sexual Health Clinic has Reopened- The clinic is operating by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment, dial (416) 338-7438 between 9 AM and noon and 1 PM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.

*NEW* The (future) Tamil Community Centre (TCC) is hosting a virtual community townhall on October 13th at 7PM. The event offers residents the chance to learn more about the pre-design study and share their thoughts! Register here. You can learn more about the TCC and also share your feedback before October 13 through an online survey here.

*NEW* Basketball Skills Development Program– The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will be offering their “Coach ‘Em Up” program for youth ages 14 to 18 every week starting this upcoming Wednesday, October 13th at 7 PM. 12 spots are available, register at your earliest here. For more information contact Kareem Milson at kmilson@esbgc.ca or  Christian Casimir at ccaasimier@esbgc.ca. No spectators allowed. Pick up and drop off at the gym doors located at 100 Galloway Rd. Participants must bring their own basketball and water bottle. Register here.

*NEW* Mentorship Program for Black Boys and Young Men- The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will be offering their “Men(t) to Succeed” program for Black young men ages 14 to 16 every week starting this upcoming Thursday, October 14th at 6PM on Zoom. The program provides participants with a role model to talk and share the experiences of growing up, to know they are not alone in their struggles and is designed for those at-risk of educational failure, dropping out of school, juvenile delinquency or gang-related offences. For more information contact Kareem Milson at kmilson@esbgc.ca or  Christian Casimir at ccaasimier@esbgc.ca. Register here.

*NEW* Multi-Sports Program- The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will be offering their “Night of Champions” program for youth ages 14 to 16 every week starting this upcoming Tuesday, October 12th at 6PM. The program provides participants with the opportunity to build their skills on a variety of sports in a fun, active and healthy learning environment. 12 spots are available, register at your earliest here. For more information contact Kareem Milson at kmilson@esbgc.ca or  Christian Casimir at ccaasimier@esbgc.ca. No spectators allowed. Pick up and drop off at the gym doors located at 100 Galloway Rd. Participants must bring their water bottle. Register here.

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.

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 East EarlyON & Family Centre offers various programs, workshops and services for children and adults. Their October 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.