MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

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Dear friends,

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

The big news this week is that Ontario has now expanded the eligibility criteria for the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Check out the “Vaccination News” section of this newsletter to learn more!

November is Hindu and Albanian Heritage Month! Thank you to members of those communities for your contributions to Ontario’s rich multicultural fabric.

Today, Ontario is reporting 563 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. 

Happy Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas to all those celebrating this week!

Warm regards,

Mitzie

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News in Scarborough

*NEW* THIRD DOSE OF COVID-19 VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE for the following groups:Individuals 70+ (born in 1951 or earlier)Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings Individuals who received two doses of Astra Zeneca or one dose of the Janssen vaccineFirst Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household membersTransplant 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)For more information visit www.scarbvaccine.ca.
*NEW* Proof of Full Vaccination is Now 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.

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.

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.

  • November 5 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • November 5 & 6 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • November 5 & 6 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • November 5 & 6 | 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 atwww.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 Premier to reverse his cuts to ODSP and other social services. 
Yesterday, I responded to the 2021 Fall Economic Statement presented by the Ministry of Finance. 

On Wednesday, I asked the Premier to accept the Federal Government’s $10/day Child Care proposal. 

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

Diwali at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall: Transit

On Tuesday, I was pleased to co-host another Scarborough-Guildwood Virtual Town Hall with MP John McKay and Councillor Paul Ainslie. We discussed transit projects in Scarborough with special guests from Metrolinx. Click above to watch it all!

COMMUNITY UPDATES

*NEW* Sip, Shop & Celebrate Women, Girls Night ‘In’ Edition- This Scarborough Health Network Foundation Annual Event is back to raise funds and awareness to improve healthcare within the Scarborough community. Participate in interactive networking sessions, hear from celebrity speakers including Scarborough’s very own Olympic Gold Medalist Natalie Spooner and Mark McKinney (“Glenn” from NBC’s Superstore), and a huge silent action with over $20,000 worth of items from small and local businesses! The virtual event takes place on November 18th, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased here. Contact communitydevelopment@shn.ca for any inquiries.

*NEW* Service Canada Information Event– On November 15th 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 November Programming Calendar can be found here.
 
Sign up for the Ontario Business Registry– Businesses and not-for-profit corporations can now 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. Learn more here.