This has been a great month filled with summer fun in the community. This past weekend we had our booth at the Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival 2022, and I had the pleasure of meeting many attendees while I was there. The weather was great and I was reminded once again of how wonderful it feels to be out and about meeting Scarborough-Guildwood residents in person again!
With the legislature set to return on August 8th, I look forward to getting back to work with my colleagues at Queen’s Park and speaking up for Scarborough-Guildwood. Some of the priority issues I will be focused on include housing affordability, rising inflation, community safety, access to quality healthcare, and better transit.
Ontario’s seventh wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is still being fueled by the Omicron BA.5 subvariant, which is now the dominant strain in the province. The big news this week is that parents and caregivers of children aged six months to under five years are now able to book appointments for the paediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Immunocompromised youth aged 12 to 17 will also become eligible to schedule their second booster dose (fifth dose) if at least six months have passed since their first booster (fourth dose). For the full details click here.
The Ontario government is also ensuring workers do not lose pay if they miss work due to COVID-19 by extending paid sick days to March 31, 2023.
I hope you’re having a safe and happy summer. August is just around the corner and the month kicks off with Emancipation Day, which marks the day that the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 came into effect and formally ended slavery throughout the British Empire. Those who fought enslavement were pivotal in shaping our society to be as diverse as it is today. Therefore, each August 1st, Canadians are invited to reflect, educate and engage in the ongoing fight against anti-Black racism and discrimination.
Remember, the month of August falls within the hottest part of the summer season. The City of Toronto will be running its Heat Relief Network, which is made up of more than 300 cool spaces throughout the city, including libraries, community centres and indoor and outdoor pools/wading pools/splash pads, civic centres, drop-ins, and several private and non-profit organizations, including some shopping malls and YMCA locations. The network also includes shelters and 24-hour respite sites that are available to individuals experiencing homelessness.
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 email@example.com.
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NEW: Metrolinx: Upcoming Scarborough Subway Extension Community Pop-Up Events
The Community Relations team for the Scarborough Subway Extension would like to share some information regarding upcoming pop-up events. Metrolinx has scheduled a few recurring pop-ups and created a tab on their engage website to raise awareness.
REMINDER: “Focus on Scarborough” YouTube Channel – Visit the “Focus on Scarborough” YouTube channel to watch a speaker series hosted by the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (SCRO). You can access the channel here. For more information on the series, check out the SCRO webpage.
Save The date: Scarborough Ribfest
Location: Thomson Park
The Scarborough Ribfest ribfest will be on the August long weekend starting July 29 and finishing August 2nd.
REMINDER: Upcoming event – The Scarborough Folk Fest
August 7, 2022 | 11:00am to 9:00pm
Thomson Memorial Park
REMINDER: Youth Assisting Youth Program – Youth Assisting Youth is a non-profit that aims to provide kids with older mentors to act as positive role models and supportive figures in their lives. They currently have three programs running to support kids in our community:
1) One-to-one Peer Mentorship: Their award-winning program where youth go one-to-one with at-risk kids in their community. Mentors will meet with their mentees once per week and do all sorts of activities together. They can play sports or video games, learn how to bake together, engage in creative hobbies like music and drawing, and more! To sign up, click here.
2) Virtual Tutoring Program: Initially created in response to kids struggling with learning during the pandemic, they provide virtual tutoring to youth needing academic support. This program serves as an opportunity for volunteers to use their leadership and teaching skills to create a positive learning environment for youth. To sign up, click here.
3) Girls Empowerment Program: They help young girls in the GTA/York Region become the person they dream of becoming! Participants can expect to learn about financial literacy, nutrition, diversity, anti-bullying, and more. GEP volunteers assist the GEP Program Coordinator in co-facilitating activities and group discussions for young girls. To sign up, click here.
NEW: BGC East Scarborough – STEM Summer Programs 2022
The MAAT Youth Innovation & Cultural Centre presents its roster of free Summer STEM programs. The programs are virtual and will be delivered by Wiz Kid. The programs are as follows:
Web Design 101 (Age 12 – 15): Throughout this program, youth will learn key concepts in the HTML language, learn to style their pages with CSS, add interesting effects with CSS animations and use links to tell stories! Youth will leave this class having a good understanding of how the internet works, how to be safe online, how to create and publish content online, and how to design beautiful websites.
Please use this link to register.
Game Design & Video Sensing with Scratch (Age 7 – 12): In this course, youth will learn intermediate-level coding concepts using Scratch. Even if the youth has seen Scratch before, the projects in this course will introduce new and fun tools, such as Video Sensing to develop fun projects. Youth will learn about Game Design, how to score points, move characters and use random to increase difficulty in games.
Please use this link to register.
Skilled4Success: Counselor in Training (CIT), this program strives to equip youth 15 – 29 with the prerequisites needed for the job application process. CIT puts an emphasis on jobs related to the social service sector and hopes to employ its participants as future BGCES staff. CIT will be delivered at the MAAT Youth Innovation & Cultural Centre, 62 Orchard Park Dr., ON M1E 1W7 between Monday to Friday, from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm starting July 4th, 2022 – September 9th, 2022.
Please see the flyer above for more details and sign up here: CIT.
Leaders in Training: Registration is closing soon and we still have a few more spots open. The Leaders in Training (LIT) is a program designed to teach effective leadership skills to youth ages 12 – 14 that can be used throughout life and to effectively work with children. LIT combines leadership training and team-building experiences. LIT will be delivered at Joseph Brant Public School, 270 Manse Rd, Scarborough, ON M1E 3V4 from Monday — Friday from July 4th, 2022 — August 18th, 2022, 10:00am – 4:00pm; with fun life skills field trips and an opportunity to earn High School Volunteer hours.
Please see the flyer above for more details and sign up here: LIT.
REMINDER: Frontier College Math Workshop
Math Basics online: July 14- August 18, 2022
Strides Toronto – Newcomer Youth Engagement Program Summer Calendars –
The Newcomer Youth Engagement Program wants to share their summer program calendars with you. This program serves newcomer youth between the ages 12 to 21, who hold a Permanent Resident or Conventional Refugee Status.
Summer 2022 Well Being Guide – The TDSB has put together a “Summer 2022 Well Being Guide” with many resources for students/families (identity affirming/CR and students with special educational/complex needs). This guide has been translated into the top 20 TDSB spoken languages and will be available on their Mental Health and Well-Being website: Mental Health and Well-Being (tdsb.on.ca)
NEW: Engineering Summer Camp Opportunity – Engineering Outreach is pleased to be running Summer Camps for students in Grades 1 to 12 (virtually and in-person) in partnership with Ontario Tech Continuous Learning and the Faculty of Education.
We understand that this is a hard time for all families with the COVID pandemic and the financial strain this places on families in our community. In order to make our program as accessible as possible, we are proud to be offering bursaries for families to send their children to our programs! These bursaries are available for summer programs run through Ontario Tech University through the collaboration of Continuous Learning, the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. This is possible due to the generous support of Engineering Outreach sponsors including Actua and General Motors Canada. For more information click here.
Summer camp is right around the corner! Registration is now open in-person at 100 Galloway Rd or online at www.esbgc.ca for all locations.
NEW: Buy Scarborough, Hire Scarborough – If you lead a business in Scarborough, or are connected to the Scarborough business community, please take 5-10 minutes to fill out this survey or pass it on to your contacts! The East Scarborough Storefront and the Scarborough Business Association have created this highly worthwhile survey for Scarborough-based businesses. You could win 1 of 3 Scarborough Business Association Memberships (value of up to $325) or a 6th Gen iPad! The survey is part of a Buy Scarborough Hire Scarborough strategy that champions supplier diversity, local hiring, and social procurement in Scarborough. Your responses will maximize your business’ potential to benefit from the Buy Scarborough Hire Scarborough strategy!
NEW: YWCA JOB FAIRS AND EVENTS – Toronto Employment Centre, 2425 Eglinton Avenue East is hosting some special job fairs and events for the month of August 2022.