MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

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

This week is Emergency Nurses Week. I want to express my sincerest gratitude to all nurses for their sacrifices, perseverance and hard work as we work to beat COVID-19 and for stepping up for our community during these challenging times. 

We also mark the start of the hockey season this week. It was great to see our Toronto Maple Leafs win last night’s home opener with Scarborough’s very own Michael Bunting on the scoresheet in his Maple Leafs debut.

In Ontario, October is also Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic-Canadians to the growth and prosperity of our province. Thank you to all members of the Hispanic and Latin -Canadian community for sharing the warmth of your culture with our province and for your contributions to Ontario’s vibrance and multicultural success story. 

Today, Ontario is reporting 417 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. 

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.

To all those observing Navratri, please accept my best wishes for a joyous celebration. Shubh Navratri and Happy Dussehra!

Warm regards,

Mitzie

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News

*NEW* Effective Saturday, October 9, 2021, at 12:01 am, capacity limits are lifted to allow 100 percent capacity in the following settings:

  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas; 
  • Spectator areas of facilities for sports and recreational fitness (would not include gyms, personal training);
  • Meeting and event spaces (indoor meeting and event spaces will still need to limit capacity to the number that can maintain physical distancing);
  • Horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues; and
  • Commercial film and television productions with studio audiences.

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 15 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • October 15 & 16 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • October 15 & 16 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • October 15 & 16 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd
  • October 16 | 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM | Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley 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 ON THE MOVE

Grant Funding Celebration for the SCHC 

Yesterday I joined the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities to celebrate their accomplishments and funding received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Nick Nurse Foundation Event

On Sunday, I joined residents at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough for the Nick Nurse Foundation’s First Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway!

Daily Bread Foodbank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive

On Friday, I stopped by Fire Station 231 to support the Daily Bread Foodbank’s Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Fall Harvest with Native Child and Family Services

Earlier that day I also had the privilege of joining Native Child and Family Services to give food hampers to members of the community as we marked the Fall Harvest.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

*NEW* Free Online Homework Help –  The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough has introduced their new “Level Up” Homework Program.  Level Up provides children in grades 1-6 with a tutor to help them complete their homework and improve on their academic skills through interactive games and online activities over zoom. The program begins this Monday, October 18th and will run on Mondays and Fridays from 4-5 PM. Spots are not guaranteed, and registration will put the student on a waitlist. Participants will be contacted if they have been placed with a tutor. Register here.

*NEW* Free Virtual Cooking Classes for Teens- The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will be launching a fun virtual cooking program called “ Food 4 Thought” (F4T). F4T offers youth ages 13-18 with hands-on food experience focusing on nutrition, food safety, food preparation, food selection and cooking skills. The program includes eight 2 hours workshops that run every Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM beginning on October 28th and concluding on December 16th. Register here.

*NEW* Scarborough Centre Family Fitness Day –  Deputy Mayor Thompson will be hosting a free family-friendly event “Scarborough Centre Family Fitness Day” this Saturday, October 16th at Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd)  from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Meet your neighbours in a safe setting and learn about the fitness and wellness programs offered by the City of Toronto and local organizations. The Scarborough Health Network will also be onsite to administer vaccines ! Residents are asked to register in advance due to capacity limitations. Sign up here.

*NEW*Volunteering Opportunity- The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is seeking volunteers for their Palliative  In-Home Visiting Program. Through the program volunteers will provide compassionate support as well as emotional, social, spiritual and and practical (non-medical) support to people with life-limiting illnesses, their caregivers and families. Volunteers will receive Certified Palliative Volunteer Training. To apply, click here. For more information contact Susan Endicott at  sendicott@schcontario.ca or (647) 525-1016

*NEW* The Village Fair-  Mark your calendars! This Saturday, October 16th from 10 AM to 2:00 PM,  join the Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church (140 Guildwood Parkway)  for an outdoor shopping experience. Attendees are asked to wear a mask.

*NEW* Toronto Star Santa Claus Fund Box-  Families who are looking for some extra support this holiday season can sign up to receive a gift box for a child 12 or younger. The box may contain personal hygiene products, winter wear, a snack and a small toy that is age appropriate. Applications are open until tomorrow. You can fill an application form out at the Boys and Girls Club East Scarborough at 100 Galloway Rd. Social Service Clients are advised NOT to apply at an agency as duplicate applications will result in children not receiving a box. 

*NEW* Youth Drop-In Sports Program

*NEW* Business Confidence Survey- The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has launched their 2022 Business Confidence Survey to inform their 2022 Ontario Economic Report. The survey serves as an opportunity to have your voice heard on post-pandemic recovery, the provincial economy, support from government programs and confidence in your organization’s success. The survey is hosted by a third party independent consulting firm and is completely confidential.  You can complete the survey by November 12 at midnight and fill it out here. Survey entries will also enter you in a draw for a $100 gift card. 

*NEW* Toronto Arts Foundation Awards- Nominations are currently open for the following awards: RBC Newcomer Arts Award, Arts for Youth Award, Celebration of Cultural Life Awards, Breakthrough Artist Award, and Emerging Jazz Artist Award. Learn more 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 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.

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.