MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

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Dear friends,

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

As tomorrow marks Remembrance Day , we honour those who have served our country and made sacrifices so we can live free. Please join me in reflection and wear a poppy as we remember. Lest we forget.

Have you downloaded your Enhanced COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate? The new certificate makes it easier for individuals to provide proof of vaccination and for businesses to verify the validity of certificates while protecting people’s privacy. They 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

Today, Ontario is reporting 454 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. Are you yet to receive your vaccine? You can get yours this Friday and Saturday. Check out the “Keeping Scarborough-Guildwood Safe” section of this newsletter for information about upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics.

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 tomhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org. 
 

Warm regards,

Mitzie

KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE

Vaccination News in Scarborough

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 vaccine
  • First Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members
  • Transplant 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.

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.

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 12 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • November 12 & 13 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • November 12 & 13 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • November 12 & 13 | 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

The Legislature is not in session this week and will resume activities on November 15th.

MIZTIE ON THE MOVE

COMMUNITY UPDATES

*NEW* YWCA Toronto Employment Centre Open House- On November 23rd at 1:50 PM join the YWCA Toronto Employment Centre for an information session on their free employment supports for women, men and youth. To obtain a zoom link, call +1 (416) 264-5788. The YWCA offers:Free connections to employersFree virtual job fairs and workshopsFree resume and cover letter writingFree winning interview techniquesFree career counsellingFree second career information
*NEW* BGC Bedtime & Naptime Workshop– Interested in learning about making bedtime routines more calm and relaxing? This Friday, November 12th from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, join the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough and the Early ON Child and Family Centre for a zoom workshop where parents can learn suggested steps to create a bedtime routine, and strategies that support independence and confidence in children. Parents will also learn ideas to support a gentle method to encourage children sleeping on their own. Register here. For more information contact Grace at gtameta@esbgc.ca.
*NEW* BGC Positive Parenting Program- The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough and the Early ON Child and Family Centre are hosting a three week workshop series on the power of positive parenting and tips to boost childrens’ confidence and resilience. The program begins on November 18th, concluding on December 2nd and will run from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Register here. For more information contact Grace at gtameta@esbgc.ca.
*NEW* BGC Healthy Routines Workshop- On Friday November 26th, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, attend a zoom workshop that offers tips for establishing and maintaining healthy routines, learn why some routines fall apart and how to get back on track. The program will cover morning, bedtime and mealtime routines and the importance of physical activity. Register here. For more information contact Munira at mfatehi@esbgc.ca or call +1 (416) 559-2604.
*NEW* Holiday Help Program Registration- The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough will be assisting with the facilitation of the CP24/ Chum Wish Toy Drive which helps families in need offer Christmas gifts for their children. If you can use this help, registration for Holiday Help packages are open now until November 19th at 6:00 PM. To register, complete the form here and email it to lmills@esbgc.ca.
*NEW* Career Up- Calling youth ages 16-19! Are you seeking employment? The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is hosting a fun, online interview skills development event called “Career Up” one November 18th from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. The workshop will help boost confidence, reduce stress and anxiety and help prepare participants for job interviews. You will also have the opportunity to be dressed by a professional stylist (appointment only). Register here.
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.
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.