I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.
Please find a summary of the latest COVID-19 updates below.
Drive Thru/Walk Thru Lunch at East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club
Tomorrow June 5, the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club will be giving away free warm lunches to the members in our community from their parking lot at 100 Galloway Rd). Drop by between 12:30pm-2:30pm!
You can view the flyer here.
New Federal Support Announced for Seniors
Today Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive a special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6.
Seniors eligible for the OAS pension will receive a payment of $300, and those also eligible for the GIS will receive an additional $200, for a total of $500. Allowance recipients will also receive $500.
You can read the announcement 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.
A pop-up testing centre will be available tomorrow June 5 from 9am – 5pm at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute, 145 Guildwood Parkway.
For more information on pop-up clinics, click here.
Province Appoints Special Advisor to Develop Health Data Platform
Today the Province announced the appointment of Dr. Jane Philpott as the special advisor to support the design and implementation of the new Ontario Health Data Platform (formerly known as PANTHR).
This data platform will provide recognized researchers and health system partners with access to anonymized health data that will allow them to better detect, plan, and respond to COVID-19. As well, this platform will support projects from the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund.
You can read more about the announcement here.
Statement on Premier’s Council on Equality of Opportunity
Today, the Premier announced the creation of a Council on Equality of Opportunity, an advisory group to advise how young people can overcome social and economic barriers.
I released a statement in response to the announcement with my colleague MPP Michael Coteau. We note that this council is similar to programs for black youth that the Premier cut two years ago. You can read our statement 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.