MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

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

This week, Ontario has returned to full capacity for certain settings and we now have a timeline for the end of COVID-19 restrictions. I invite you to visit the Vaccination News section in this newsletter to learn more!

October 27th is #DressPurpleDay. Join me in wearing purple as we raise awareness to the role individuals and communities play in helping children, youth and families face challenges & stand in support with the vulnerable. 

With this weekend being Halloween, I would like to wish all residents a fun and safe Halloween, with no tricks and lots of treats!

Today, Ontario is reporting 321 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.

This month is also Korean Heritage Month, a chance to recognize and celebrate the contributions of our local Korean community to our Ontario’s multicultural fabric. To all those celebrating, happy Korean Heritage Month!

Warm regards,

Mitzie

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News

*NEW* Ontario Releases a Plan to Safely Reopen Ontario and Manage COVID-19 for the Long-Term– The plan would lift all remaining public health and workplace safety measures by March 2022. This Monday, the first set of changes came into effect as the province lifted capacity limits in the vast majority of settings where proof of vaccination is required, such as: food or drink establishments, indoor areas of sports and recreational facilities, gaming establishments and indoor meeting and event spaces.

The Government will also allow other settings to lift capacity limits and physical distancing requirements if they choose to require proof of vaccination, including: personal care services, indoor areas of museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens, amusement parks, fairs, rural exhibitions, festivals, indoor tour and guide services, boat tours, indoor areas of marinas and boating clubs, indoor clubhouses at outdoor recreational amenities, open house events provided by real estate agencies, locations of wedding, funeral or religious ceremony, and indoor areas of photography studios and services.

On November 15th, the Government intends to lift capacity limits in establishments with dance facilities, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs. On January 17th, proof of vaccination requirements may also begin to be gradually lifted at this time, including for: food and drink establishments, sports and recreational facilities and gaming establishments. Proof of vaccination may also be lifted at night clubs, strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs beginning February 7th. By March 28th, the Government hopes to lift all public health and workplace safety measures including masking and proof of vaccination.

Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate with QR Code and Verify Ontario App Available for Download- This tool makes it easier for individuals to provide proof of vaccination and for businesses to verify the validity of certificates while protecting people’s privacy. Enhanced certificates are available for download at the COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can also obtain your enhanced certificate over email or mail by contacting the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Vaccine certificates without QR codes will continue to be accepted, but you are encouraged to obtain an enhanced certificate for your convenience and privacy. Businesses and organizations can download the free Verify Ontario app from the Apple App and Google Play stores. The app will only scan and read official, government issues QR codes, such as Ontario vaccine certificate and those from Quebec, British Columbia and Yukon Territory.

Proof of Full Vaccination Will Soon be Required for Air/Rail/Marine Travel within or from Canada– Effective October 30, air passengers travelling from Canadian airports, travelers on VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer trains, and travelers on non-essential passenger vessels on voyages of 24 hours or more will need to be fully vaccinated. For travelers in the process of getting vaccinated, they must show a valid COVID-19 molecular test within 72 hours of travel; this exemption is temporary and will remain in effect until November 29th.

Canadian COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination for Travel – The Government of Canada has announced a new proof of vaccination certificate for when travelling internationally and within Canada. For Ontarians, the “enhanced vaccine certificate” will serve as this document. Please still avoid non-essential travel. This certificate does not guarantee entry to another country.

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 29 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • October 29 & 30 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • October 29 & 30 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • October 29 & 30 | 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

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.
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 asked the Government for a plan to vaccinate children ages 5-11, as they soon will be eligible. 
Yesterday, I presented a petition before the Legislature calling on the Ministry of Education to provide funding to the Toronto District School Board so that they can rebuild St. Margaret’s Public School.
Today, I debated the Speech from the Throne delivered by the Government earlier this month through the Lieutenant Governor.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

Empty Bottle Drive

Last year, Beer Store customers donated over $2.5 million to support front line COVID-19 relief efforts, local food banks and shelters. On Friday, I visited the Markham/Lawrence location to thank them for giving back to our community in Scarborough and for supporting the Scarborough Health Network  Foundation.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall on Transit- On November 2nd at 7 PM, join me, MP John McKay, and Councillor Paul Ainslie and special guests from Metrolinx for our next Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall.  Come have your questions answered on transit projects in Scarborough. Please send your questions to mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org by Oct 28th at 12 PM or ask them live during the event.  Click Here to Join

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit Information Session and Q&A- Join Metrolinx to learn about a new transit project and have your questions answered. Tune in  tomorrow night at 6:30 by registering here.

SCHC Cross Community Violence Intervention Program (CCVI)- On October 28th at 6 PM, join the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities to learn about their new CCVI program and meet the team behind it. CCVI is a pilot-program focused on enhancing supports and addressing youth violence through prevention and intervention, throughout the duration of 2021-2022. It includes interactive programming for parents and youth and mental health/crisis supports for families impacted by bereavement, violence and trauma. The event takes place at 629 Markham Road, Unit #2. Enter through the Greenholm Circuit side entrance. Register here. For more information, contact ccvi@schcontario.ca

Scarborough Community Safety Forum- The Scarborough Civic Acton Network (SCAN) is hosting an online forum for residents to engage in meaningful dialogue about community safety in Scarborough. The event will take place on November 3rd at 6 PM. To learn more and register, click here.

Transportation Listening Circles- Suburban Mobilities Cluster (University of Toronto Scarborough) wants to hear from residents of Scarborough to understand their transit needs and priorities. If interested you can join one of their virtual listening circles. The first event is on Thursday, October 28th at 6 PM and the other will take place on Wednesday, November 3rd at 3:30 PM. Learn more and register here.

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.

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. 

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