I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below.
State of Emergency Extended
Yesterday evening, the legislature voted to extend the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30 2020.
Current emergency orders include allowing frontline care providers to redeploy staff where they are needed most, enabling public health units to redeploy or hire staff to support case management and contact tracing, limiting long-term care and retirement home staff to working at one home, and preventing unfair pricing of necessary goods.
You can find a full list of the emergency orders here.
Pop-Up Testing Centres in Scarborough
In partnership with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health, Scarborough Health Network is opening Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough locations to increase access to COVID-19 testing for our community.
Over 500 tests were completed at the pop-up assessment centre at Global Kingdom Ministries on June 2. I encourage everyone who thinks they need a test to visit a pop-up assessment centre this week.
A pop-up testing centre will be available on Friday, June 5 from 9am – 5pm at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, 145 Guildwood Parkway.
For more information on pop-up clinics, click here.
Electricity Pricing Statement
On May 26, I wrote to the Minister of Energy Greg Rickford to request that the off-peak time of use electricty rate be extended 24/7 until the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.
Earlier this week, the Province announced that a new COVID-19 Recovery Rate or 12.8 cents per kWh will replace the off-peak time of use electricity pricing. Unfortunately, this new measure will not translate into savings for residental electricity users, and will increase prices slightly for commercials electricity users.
I released a statement in response to this new measure here.
Letter to Premier Ford regarding Anti-Racism Measures
Yesterday in Question Period, I asked the Premier to restore funding to the Anti-Racism Directorate, but did not receive a direct answer in response.
Today my colleague MPP Michael Coteau and I wrote to the Premier to express our concern at the comments he made yesterday, and to advocate for concrete steps to address systemic racism in Ontario.
You can read our letter here.
I also recorded a video encouraging concerned citizens to take this moment to push for real change in our society. You can view my video here.
Public Health Information
You can find the latest public health information online at the following sources:
As the situation evolves, we will continue to provide up to date information when we receive it.
My constituency office remains closed to walk-in visitors for the time being, but we are accessible by phone at 416-281-2787 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org during normal business hours. Please contact us if you require assistance.
For previous updates, click here.