MPP Mitzie Hunter Community Update

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Dear friends,

Welcome to another beautiful week in Scarborough-Guildwood! This is an important time for many different faiths. Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh. Happy Vaisakhi to those in the Sikh community! Chag Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover to those of Jewish faith! Ramadan Mubarak to our Muslim neighbours! And happy Easter to my fellow Christians! With our unique faiths, the timing of these holidays is a reflection of how the differences in our culture can be opportunities for understanding and connection. Scarborough is a diverse community and that is one of our greatest strengths. May we all use this time to celebrate with family and friends, reflect, and grow!

As cases continue to increase, please seek out vaccination options, if you haven’t already. Those eligible can receive their 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, protect us and those around us, & reduce the burden on our healthcare system. To book your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you can visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can also receive your vaccine at one of the pop-up clinics happening now. Visit the ‘Upcoming Pop-up Clinics’ section of this newsletter to learn more.

As always, my Constituency Office is ready to hear from you. If you have any concerns or challenges accessing support, need assistance applying for provincial programs, or would like 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

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility for 4th dose booster- the 4th dose COVID-19 vaccine boosters is now available for certain groups.  The Scarborough Health Network is currently administering 4th doses.

The following groups are eligible:

  • Individuals aged 60 and over (born in 1962 or earlier) who have received their 3rd does at least 5 months ago
  • First Nation, Inuit, and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members who are aged 18 years and over who have their received 3rd dose at least 5 months ago

Click here to book your 4th dose appointment.

Ontario Extends Access to Free Rapid tests for the General Public- Five million rapid tests will be made available each week to Ontarians at pharmacies and grocery stores until at least the end of July. Households are limited to one box of five tests per visit. There are many pick-up locations in Scarborough. Click here to find your nearest rapid test pick-up location.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Cold/Flu/COVID-19 clinic at SHN’s General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave. E. The clinic offers assessment, testing, and care for patients who develop moderate symptoms common to COVID-19, the flu, or a cold and need to see a doctor. The clinic will operate from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week, by appointment only. Book your appointment here

Upcoming Pop-up Clinics

Scarborough Health Network pop-up clinic for walk-ins:
Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Road 

Saturday April 16th, Friday April 22th, & Friday April 29th 
from 12 – 6 p.m.

  • Ages 12+ (1st, & 2nd doses and 3rd dose booster)
  • Kids Ages 5-11 (1st & 2nd doses)
  • Ages 60+ and First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and non-Indigenous household members who are 18+ years (4th dose booster)
    • Must have received their last vaccine at least 5 months ago
  • Walk-ins welcome – no appointment required
  • Learn more at www.ScarbVaccine.ca

Tropicana Community Services, 1385 Huntingwood Drive 

Saturday April 30th from 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.

  • Ages 12+ (1st, & 2nd doses and 3rd dose booster)
  • Kids Ages 5-11 (1st & 2nd doses)
  • Ages 60+ and First Nation, Inuit, Métis, and non-Indigenous household members who are 18+ years (4th dose booster)
    • Must have received their last vaccine at least 5 months ago
  • Walk-ins welcome – no appointment required
  • Learn more at www.ScarbVaccine.ca

Additional Health Services

Parents with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children should reach out to The Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts Clinic. The clinic is here to connect you with qualified doctors who can answer your questions and provide you with the information you need to make the right decision. They are ready to talk, listen and help you get the facts. Schedule a one-to-one phone conversation at shn.ca/VaxFacts or (416) 438-2911×5738

Homebound Sprint is a program to complete first dose vaccination for homebound Toronto residents. Adults 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. This service is accessible through primary care or homecare service provider. The Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at (416) 217-2077 or online: www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat can help if individuals do not have access to primary or homecare services.

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: Health Canada has translated important COVID-19 information into over 15 languages. Watch videos and download fact sheets on topics such as traveling, vaccines, and more: http://ow.ly/DI8m50EN6NC

COVID-19 Testing Sites – updated daily: COVID-19 tests are available at assessment centres, pop-up, and mobile testing facilities & pharmacies. Learn more about COVID-19 testing locations and eligibility, including locations of upcoming pop-up testing sites, by visiting toronto.ca/COVID19Testing.

MITZIE IN THE LEGISLATURE

https://youtu.be/YBY8LkQyHJQ
When it comes to health spending after the first year of the pandemic, Ontario is in last place behind every other province despite having a higher tax revenue than the average of other provinces. Why does this government refuse to invest in the future of Ontario?
https://youtu.be/iSKx7qrGjVc
There were a number of tragic shootings across Ontario this weekend. Bill 60 addressing gun violence will help Ontario’s suffering from the trauma and the pain of gun violence. It must be passed as soon as possible.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

Global Kingdom Ministries welcomed me this weekend to celebrate Palm Sunday. Special thanks to Paster Bob and the Global Kingdom congregation. We celebrate the start of Passion Week marking the death and resurrection of Jesus!
Special thanks to Councillor Paul Ainsile and the City of Toronto for organizing a Community Environment Day Event. Community members were invited to reuse, recycle, and safely dispose of unwanted items. Proper disposal is an integral part of any community, visit toronto.ca/wasteapp to learn more about waste disposal.

COMMUNITY UPDATE

Mitzie Hunter’s Youth Advisory Council- Register today for MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Youth Advisory Council. MPP Hunter’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a non-partisan opportunity for Scarborough youth ages 14 to 26 interested in sharing their thoughts on policy issues affecting our community. Participants will have the opportunity to amplify the voice of their generation while helping shape the future of Scarborough and Ontario as a whole. Participation in the YAC can count towards the “Community Involvement Hours” required to graduate high school. Click here to register.

*NEW* Missing Boy, Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East area, Dermoy O’Connor- Fourteen-year-old Dermoy O’Connor was last seen on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. in the Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East area. He is 5’7” with a slim build. He was wearing a red jacket, a grey and white shirt, grey pants, red and black Nike shoes, and carrying a Roots backpack. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or at www.222tips.com.

*NEW* YWCA Job Fairs and Events– YWCA is hosting a variety of job fairs and information events this month in a multitude of industries including:

  • Employment Opportunities for Professionals at the University of Toronto Scarborough on April 19th at 1:50 PM over Zoom. The session provides the opportunity to hear from UTSC staff regarding their recruitment process, examples of job opportunities, interview tips, and more.
  • Service Canada Information Session on April 20th at 1:50 over Zoom. The event will cover topics like their job bank, apprenticeship grants & loans, employment insurance, and more.

For more information or to register, call (416) 264-5788. Be prepared to send your resume and dress for success!


UCC Ukraine Response- The Ukrainian Canadian Congress is organizing a national response to the invasion of Ukraine. If you’re interested in how you may be able to help, visit https://www.ucc.ca/


Tropicana 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship accepting participants- Tropicana Community Centre is accepting participants for its 2022 Auto Body Pre-Apprenticeship L-1 program, a program designed to deliver students with an understanding of autobody repair and arms them for apprenticeship on the production floor. Registration has been extended to April 28th. For more information on Tropicana’s Auto Body Pre-Apprentice L-1 program, click here.

BGC Programs in April –  East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club has announced its April programs and workshops. They offer a variety of programs for children of all ages, adults, and seniors both in-person and online. Visit their website to find out more about programs that might be right for you https://www.esbgc.ca/.


CO-OP at Metrolinx- Metrolinx recently posted Co-Op/summer opportunities for post-secondary students. If you are a student in the community seeking a placement over the summer, the closing date for some of these opportunities have already passed but many are still open. Click here for more information and find out how to apply.


The Progress Career Planning Institute- offers various free career development, employment, and training services often funded by either the Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Government. See all their upcoming events and their full calendar here.


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