I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. For the many parents and students having March Break next week, hopefully you are able to enjoy more time together and have a fun-filled week.
The big news from the Legislature this week is that my Private Member’s Bill, Bill 60, the Safe and Healthy Communities Act, was fast-tracked in the law-making process, bypassing second reading and sent for review before the Standing Committee on Justice Policy. Bill 60 addresses gun violence as a public health issue. It would also ensure that people in communities affected by the trauma of gun violence would receive counselling covered through the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). Click here to watch me call on the Government to urgently move Bill 60 forward.
Other big news this week is that the Ontario Government will remove mandatory masking requirements in most settings on March 21st. Learn more in the ‘Vaccination News in Scarborough’ section of this newsletter.
With the threat of new variants, it is incredibly important that we all have three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines are safe, protect us and those around us & reduces the burden on healthcare systems. To book your COVID-19 vaccine or booster, you can visit the Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Portal. You can also receive your vaccine at any of the three pop-up clinics happening now until Monday. Visit the ‘Upcoming Pop-up Clinics’ section of this newsletter to learn more.
Tuesday was International Women’s Day. I am honoured to have served my community over the last nine years because representation matters. Let’s continue to embrace this year’s theme and #BreakTheBias so all women and girls know that they can lead and make bold changes in our world. I always say, “if you can see me, you can be me!”— Full Statement.
This week is also Black Mental Health Week and we are reminded that Anti-Black Racism continues to impact Black Ontarians. I would like to recognize the TAIBU Community Health Centre, and thank them for offering culturally responsive health promotion & services for our local Black community— Full Statement.
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 email@example.com.
KEEPING SCARBOROUGH-GUILDWOOD SAFE
Vaccination News in Scarborough
|*NEW* Indoor Masking Requirements to be lifted on March 21 for certain public settings– Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health has announced that on March 21st, Ontario will remove the mandatory masking requirement in almost all public setting except, public transit, health & congregate care settings and long-term care homes.|
|Ontario Expands Access to Free Rapid tests for the General Public- The Ministry of Health has announced that as of February 9th, 2022 five million rapid tests will be made available each week to Ontarians for the following eight weeks at pharmacy and grocery stores. Households will be 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.|
|Ontario Offers new Support for Small Businesses, Workers and Families- The Province of Ontario will provide a $10,000 grant for eligible businesses subject to closures under the modified Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. Eligible businesses that qualified for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant will be pre-screened to verify eligibility and will not need to apply to this program. Newly established and newly eligible small businesses will need to apply once the application portal opens in the coming weeks. Businesses that qualify can expect to receive payment in February. Applications are now open until March 11th at 11:59 PM EST and you can apply here.Ontario will also offer a six month interest- and penalty free period starting January 1, 2022 for Ontario businesses to make payments for most provincially administered taxes.|
|Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program- Applications are now open for this program which provides support for eligible business affected by public health measures in response to the Omicron variant. The program includes rebates on property tax and energy costs. Learn more and apply here.|
|The Scarborough Health Network (SHN)has reopened its Cold/Flu/COVID-19 clinic at SHN’s General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave. E. The clinic will offer 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 and will operate from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM seven days a week by appointment only. Book you appointment here.|
Upcoming Pop-up Clinics
*NEW* The Scarborough Health Network is holding two pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics:
Saturday, March 12
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Scarborough Chinese Alliance Church
139 Silver Star Boulevard
Monday, March 14
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Sri Radha Krishna Temple
9-1960 Ellesmere Road
Those receiving their third dose must have received their last dose at least 84 days ago. Children 5-11 must not have received another vaccine within the last 14 days or a first dose within the last 21 days. If you require transportation support, dial (416) 736-9372. Appointment encouraged. Walk-ins welcome. Book at www.scarbvaccine.ca
Scarborough Health Network pop-up clinics will return to local malls across Scarborough this March for walk-ins, starting with Parkway Mall on March 4. This pop-up clinic will run every Friday throughout the month. More locations to be announced.
Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Road
Every Friday from 12 – 6 p.m. (starting March 4)
- Ages 12+ (1st, 2nd and booster doses)
- Walk-ins welcome – no appointment required
- Learn more at www.ScarbVaccine.ca
Additional Health Services
As the COVID-19 Vaccine is now available for children 5-11, I understand some parents may have questions or concerns. The Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts 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
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: Health Canada 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 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.
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|*NEW* 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 are as early as Thursday, March 17th. Click here for more information and find out how to apply.|
|*NEW* Women in Careers Workshop Series- The Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment is hosting a workshop on Women in the Trades for those 13-17 on March 25 from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Volunteer hours will be provided and participants will be entered for a chance to win a gift card. For more information, call (416) 253-9797 or email firstname.lastname@example.org|
|*NEW* YWCA Toronto Employment Centre Open House- On March 16 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 employers, free virtual job fairs and workshops, free resume and cover letter writing, free winning interview techniques, free career counselling, and free second career information.|
|*NEW* Service Canada Information Event– On March 22 at 1:50 PM, join the YWCA for an information session on Service Canada. Service Canada is the program operated under Employment and Social Development Canada responsible for the Social Insurance Number, the Old Age Security Program, the Canada Pension Plan and more. Topics include: Job Bank, Employment Insurance, Apprenticeship Grants/Loans, Federal Student Work Experience Program, Young Canada Works, Student Loans, Service Canada Accounts and Social Insurance Number. For more information or to register: Dial (416) 264-5788|
|The Progress Career Planning Institute offers various free career development, employment and training services often funded by either the Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government. Their March programming calendar can be found here.|
|Racial Equity Impact Assessment- Professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah and Professor Scott Wortley from the University of Toronto are leading a Racial Equity Impact Assessment and would like to hear from Black youth and adults willing to share negative experiences with TTC fare inspectors or special constables. The virtual sharing session will be on Saturday, March 12, 2022. For those 16-24, the session will take place from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. For those age 25 and older, the session will take place from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. All responses will remain confidential in all reports and presentations that result from the research. Participants will be paid $50 for their involvement,. If you are interested in participating, contact email@example.com|