MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

  • Community Update

Dear friends,

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

Tomorrow, we expect to hear from Health Canada that children ages 5-11 will officially be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

As a reminder, proof of double vaccination is now required for entering specific public settings. 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 711 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.  Over 85% of eligible Ontarians are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Still need your vaccine? You can get yours as early as this Friday or Saturday. Check out the “Keeping Scarborough-Guildwood Safe” section of this newsletter for information about upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics.

Happy Gurpurab to all those celebrating the 552nd birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, tomorrow.

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 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.

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 19 | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • November 19 & 20 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • November 19 & 20 | 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • November 19 & 20 | 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

*NEW* Female Only Clinic for Third Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine- On November 27th from 10 AM to 6 PM, women can receive their third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Islamic Foundation of Toronto (441 Nugget Ave.). They must bring a form of photo ID, and a health card if they have one. Check the “Vaccination News in Scarborough” section above to ensure one is eligible for a third dose.

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

Today I called on the Premier to explain his $500 million cut to education and called for investments to keep schools safe. I also highlighted that St. Margaret’s urgently needs funding to operate in a safe condition.
On Tuesday, I debated Bill 43, Build Ontario Act (Budget Measures), 2021
On Monday, I called on the Government to deliver a new hospital for the people of Scarborough.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

COMMUNITY UPDATES

*NEW* Skilled Trades Information Session- Join the Toronto Business Development Centre, Councillor Paul Ainslie, TDSB Trustee Zakir Patel and myself to learn more about opportunities in the trades. We will be joined by a special guest from the construction industry. Learn about program requirements, the training process, salary and how you can launch into a new career. Did you know 100,000 skilled trade jobs are needed in Ontario for the next decade? The event will take place over zoom on Tuesday, November 30th at 7:00 PM. Registration is required.

*NEW* Metrolinx Open House for the Scarborough Subway Extension- On Tuesday, November 30th from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM have your questions answered and learn more about the new Scarborough Subway Extension. Register here.
*NEW* Community Call on COVID-19 and Mental Health- The Neighbourhood Pods TO project, in collaboration with the Hidayah House, is hosting a community call to look at how the pandemic has affected the community’s emotional well-being. It will take place on Tuesday, November 30th from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM over zoom. Register here.

Meeting ID: 832 4658 8093
Passcode: 670458
*NEW* Language Online Workshop- The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association is hosting a workshop to learn the skills and tools to help navigate learning English online, and explore apps.  The event is open to those 14+ and will occur on Wednesday, November 24 from 4-5 pm over Zoom. To register, contact Kasthuri Jeyaraj at kjeyaraj@tccsa.org or (647) 521-6768.
*NEW* Youth Social Media Content Creation Program- Woodgreen is offering a free 5-week training program for those ages 19 to 25 interested in pursuing a career in arts and technology. Learn about the basics of Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop, receive a certificate of completion and a $50 Android or iOS gift card. Training begins upon completion of application. Click here to register. For more information, contact Heather at (647) 248-4510 or hhunter@woodgreen.org
*NEW* Pathway to Skilled Trades Workshop- If you are unemployed, interested in exploring the trades and are experiencing financial hardship, sign up for this free 8-week program to expand your horizons! Participants will earn minimum wage to attend classes (30hrs/week) and a bonus for the program and work placement completion. It will run from January 17th to March 11 followed by a 12-week paid placement. To be eligible, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be unemployed. Assistance is also provided to cover transport, food and emergency costs, if required. For more information, email William.linton@humber.ca or dial(416) 795-5561.
*NEW* Youth Self Development Program- Tropicana Community Services is hosting a free, 8-week program called “Rise Above” which focuses on the transition from adolescence to adulthood. The program is designed with the end goal of participants achieving the skills that will aid them in leading a more positive and successful life. The content is designed specifically for those 14-18 and will take place over Zoom every Thursday from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. The program runs January to March, April to May, and October to December. Registration is open anytime . For more information click here, email registration@tropicanacommunity.org or call (437) 913-9319
*NEW* Virtual Workshop Series for Black Youth 13 to 29- Planned Parenthood is hosting virtual workshops on health and wellness as a part of the Black Youth Mental Health Initiative. A self-care workshop by Adam Benn will take place on November 22nd at 6:00 PM. An emotional liberation circle by Tenniel Brown will occur on December 6th at 6 PM. Participants will receive a $10 grocery gift card for refreshments. Contact bymhi@ppt.on.ca to register.
*NEW* Networking: Mentorship Project- The Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre is registering new mentees in the netWORKING Mentorship Program. The netWORKING TRIBE creates unique supports and connections for Black women and folks to nourish their lives today and feed their futures tomorrow! The program offers a 6-month mentorship to support your path of personal, academic and professional success. Experience inspiring panels that support and encourage your growth and workshops that honour Black girl magic, learning, leadership and wellness. To register and for more information contact Amma Gyamfowa at mentor@whiwh.com or (647) 613-0763.
*NEW* Diabetes: Virtual Peer Leader Program- Sign up for online volunteer training for people living with or caring for a loved one with Diabetes. The program runs every Tuesday and Thursday from January 20th until March 3rd from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM over Zoom. For more information, click here.
*NEW* SCHC Youth Programs- The Scarborough Centre for Health Communities’ Youth Committee, Mind & Spirit Youth Leadership (MSYL), is offering free health programs online for children and youth. These events are registration only. Learn more and register here. For questions, dial (647) 382-9193.
*NEW* Imara Generation Project- Are you a Black parent; mother, father, grandparent, uncle or aunt? Do you have an opinion on Black youth and mental health? Join TAIBU Community Health Centre for an important conversation about Black youth and mental health with other Black parents. If Interested, contact coladehinde@taibuchc.ca
*NEW* Name the Tunnel Boring Machine Contest- Would you like to be a part of transit history? Metrolinx is hosting a contest to name the tunnel boring machine for the Scarborough Subway Extension. The contest winner will get a chance to participate in a photo op before the TBM begins its journey. Learn more and enter the contest here.
*NEW* VaxFacts for Parents: Virtual Town Hall- Are you a parent of a child between the ages of 5 to 11? On November 25th from 7:00 to 8:00 PM join the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) to hear from their vaccine experts on the latest information and facts, and have your questions answered about the vaccine and children. Click here to join.
*NEW* Toronto Police Service 43rd Division Community Update, October 2021- Read it here.
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
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.
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.
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.

The Scarborough East EarlyON & Family Centre offers various programs, workshops and services for children and adults. Their November Programming Calendar can be found here.