MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Community Update

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Dear friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. Now that Spring has begun, it’s time to get outside and enjoy the changing season.

With COVID-19 regulations loosening, it is of the utmost importance that everyone has all three doses 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.

This Monday was the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Racial Discrimination is something that many in the Scarborough-Guildwood community are all too familiar with. While fighting against these injustices can often feel discouraging, I remain dedicated and optimistic. If we work together and ensure that those who are often ignored are given a voice we can make strides to improve the lives of everyone in our community

A reminder that Earth Hour is this Saturday, March 26th from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Join the worldwide movement by turning off your lights for the hour to raise awareness for climate change and unsustainable resource consumption. 

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 In Scarborough

Indoor Masking Requirements lifted for certain places– Ontario has removed the mandatory masking requirement in almost all public settings. Places that still require a mask include public transit, health & congregate care settings, and long-term care homes.

Ontario Expands 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 week of April 6th. 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.

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. 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 clinics will continue in local malls and other public spaces across Scarborough for walk-ins:

Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Road 

Every Friday from 12 – 6 p.m.

  • Ages 12+ (1st, 2nd and booster doses)
  • Walk-ins welcome – no appointment required
  • Learn more at www.ScarbVaccine.ca 

William G. David Junior P.S., 128 East Avenue
Thursday, March 24 from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • Ages 12+ (1st, 2nd and booster doses)
  • Kids 5-11 (1st & 2nd doses)
  • No appointment required

Tropicana Community Services, 1385 Huntingwood Drive
Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This pop-up will be hosted by Tropicana on every last Saturday of the month 

  • Ages 12+ (1st, 2nd and booster doses)
  • Kids 5-11 (1st & 2nd doses)
  • No appointment required

Additional Health Services

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) announced that while restrictions are easing in other sectors, active public screening will continue at SHN and visitors must show proof of at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Their universal masking policy will continue as well, in hopes of ensuring the safety of all patients.  

As the COVID-19 Vaccine is now available for children 5-11, 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 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 ON THE LEGISLATURE

I speak on the progress and importance of Bill 86 (our London Family Act) in an effort to fight against Islamophobia and all forms of hate-motivated attacks in Ontario. “All parties agree Bill 86 must be passed and it must be passed now.”
The cost of living is up & COVID-19 has made it harder for people to get by. It’s unacceptable that we’re the only province yet to sign the federal plan. I urge the Premier to accept the offer from the Federal Government for $10/day child care.

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

I was honoured to visit the Church of Holy Trinity on Sunday and meet the congregation. Thanks to Reverend Kirkegaard for allowing me to speak, and to the Holy Trinity team for bringing light, unity, and peace to our community.
Word of Life Ministries celebrated their 22nd anniversary. Over its 22 years, the church has been, and continues to be, an integral part of the Scarborough community. The church provides programs that emphasize youth mentorship, senior wellness, women’s empowerment, and men’s empowerment. Their dedication to our community is an inspiration.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

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, Ellesmere Road and Markham Road area, Jason Scott- Fifteen-year-old Jason Scott was last seen on Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 8:50 a.m. in the Ellesmere Road and Markham Road area. He is 5’10” with a think build and short brown hair. He was wearing a fitted hair cover, black winter coat with fur-trimmed hood, a zip-up dark hoodie, black pants and white Nike running shoes. 
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* Meals on Wheels Drivers at SCHC Needed- Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is looking for volunteer drivers to deliver hot and frozen meals to isolated seniors and persons with disabilities. Routes are Mondays to Fridays from 11:30am to 1:30pm. To sign up or get more info call Lori Beesley at (416) 847-4127 or email volunteerprogram@schcontario.ca.

*NEW* MAAT Youth Innovation & Cultural Centre is launching a new program: Black Gold- The Black Gold program is designed to teach participants 13 years and older (adults included) how to compose and divert their organic waste away from garbage disposal sites.

*NEW* 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. For more information on Tropicana’s Auto Body Pre-Apprentice L-1 program, click here.

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/

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.

YWCA Job Fairs and Events– YWCA is hosting a variety of job fairs and information events this month in a multitude of industries, including a Sinai Health System – Mount Sinai Hospital Career Information session. For more information or to register, call (416) 264-5788. Be prepared to send your resume and dress for success!

The Progress Career Planning Institute- PCPI is offering various free career development, employment and training services often funded by either the Federal, Provincial or Municipal Government. On March 25th, they are offering a virtual interview with successful professionals Mohamad Fakih and Nazanin Akahavan-Khaleghi. The rest of PCPI’s March programming calendar can be found here.

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 infor@jeanaugustinecentre.ca