MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Community Update

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Dear friends,

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy. After 50 years of trying to get a national childcare program, I am pleased to see the province and federal government have struck a deal. This Canada-Ontario early learning and child care agreement is a five-year deal to reduce child care fees in the short term, deliver $10-a-day child care for Ontario families, and create 86,000 new licensed early learning and child care spaces in the province. This will support families in Scarborough-Guildwood now and into the future.

Although COVID-19 regulations have been reduced, experts warn of an impending wave of cases. 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.

Ramadan begins this week for those in the Muslim community. Ramadan offers an opportunity for Muslims to grow spiritually and deepen bonds with those they love. I offer my heartfelt support to all those who observe the holy month. Ramadan Mubarak!

World Autism Day, also called Autism Acceptance Day, is tomorrow, April 2nd. This is the 15th World Autism Day since the day was established with the intention of raising awareness about autism. The early years are key for children with autism. The earlier someone is diagnosed the sooner they can receive the support required for them to thrive. As such, increased awareness is incredibly useful. If you’re interested in getting involved, I would recommend seeking out local autism support organizations, like the SAAAC.

April is BeADonor Month in Ontario. There are currently about 1,500 Ontarians waiting for an organ transplant. The goal of BeADonor Month is to raise awareness and encourage registration for organ and tissue donation. The more people who register, the more Ontarian lives that could be saved. For more info on how you can get involved, click here.

April is also Sikh heritage month. Sikh Heritage Month has featured the work of local and international artists and has collaborated with more than 20 community partners. Every year, Sikh Heritage Month brings communities together to celebrate art, heritage, and culture. Click here to learn more and get involved.

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

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.

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Cold/Flu/COVID-19 clinic at SHN’s General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave. E.  The clinic offers 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 clinic 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

Additional Health Services

Parents with questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccinations for children should reach out to The Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts Clinic. The 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

Homebound Sprint is a program to complete first dose vaccination for homebound Toronto residents. Adults 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. This service is accessible through primary care or homecare service provider. The Toronto Seniors Helpline by phone at (416) 217-2077 or online: www.torontoseniorshelpline.ca/web-chat can help if individuals do not have access to primary or homecare services,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

This government’s interim one-time funding is not enough for children with autism to receive the necessary services for their early development. After years of delay, when will the government stop making Ontario families wait?
The government reduced plan spending on health, children and social services, & education in favour of a 5.6 billion dollar pre-election spending spree. “What are these billions of unallocated funds for? There always seems to be a lack of transparency when it comes to this government” 

MITZIE ON THE MOVE

Special thanks to the Bangladesh Centre & Community Services (BCCS) for inviting me to a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate Bangladesh’s independence. Happy Independence Day of Bangladesh!
I had the pleasure of meeting a group of accomplished X University (formerly Ryerson University) politics students to discuss life as a female elected official. If these women are any indication, the future is bright for Canadian politics.
I was lucky enough to be invited to a flag-raising ceremony hosted by the Consulate General of Greece in Toronto to celebrate the anniversary of Greece’s independence. Happy Greek Independence Day!
I was honoured to receive a “Women Empowering Women” certificate from the Women and Dignity International non-profit organization. I hope to continue to live up to the mandate the certificate outlines!
This weekend was a wonderful celebration of Jamacia’s Independence. It was great to celebrate with my peers and fellow Jamaicans. Here’s to another 60 years and more!

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* Stone Cottage Pub Ukraine Donation- Craving something home-cooked and want to help? Ukrainian Holubtsi or Stuffed Cabbage Rolls are a labor of love and the epitome of an ultimate comfort food meal. Not unlike traditional cabbage rolls, these feature a blend of ground beef and pork and a savoy, chunky tomato sauce. Served with a house salad. 

Best of all 100% of all sales go to the Ukraine Emergency relief fund, through UNICEF. If you’re not a big cabbage fan, we can add a donation to the bill. ALL proceeds will be sent on April 6.

*NEW* Metrolinx DSBRT update- The proposed Metrolinx’s Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit project has been approved by the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. As such, the project will be able to continue. Public transit is a helpful, if not necessary service, particularly for those in low-income areas. Maintaining a robust and extensive public transit network is advantageous for developing strong and successful communities.

*NEW* Metrolinx Scarborough Golf Club Road Grade Separation Update- The grade separation that was slated for Scarborough Golf Club Road will not be proceeding. This is due to project costs coming in significantly higher than estimated. Metrolinx will continue to invest in the Lakeshore East tail corridor. Future work includes track upgrades and the installation of electrification infrastructure to allow for the future operation of quieter, cost-effective, and environmentally-friendly electric trains.

*NEW* Reading Partnership- has announced its Spring programs which are all now open to registration.

  • 360° Stories Online is a virtual creative writing program led by industry professionals. Kids ages 9-12 will get the 360° experience of bringing a book to life.
  • Kids ReadTO is a virtual book club for kids aged 9-12 from different communities reading books from around the world by diverse authors.
  • Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a free book gifting program where (once a month) registered children receive an age-appropriate book in the mail for free until the month of their 5th birthday.

Click here for more info and to register.*NEW* Love, Scarborough Pop-up – Scarborough Health Network Foundation is launching a Pop-up to raise money in support of Scarborough hospitals. Come to the Centre Court at Scarborough Town Centre to win prizes and buy merch! The shop will be open daily until April 10th.

Learn more at LoveScarborough.ca

*NEW* YWCA Job Fairs and Events– YWCA is hosting a variety of job fairs and information events this month in a multitude of industries including:

-TTC Connects: Women As Transit Operators Virtual Information Session on April 6th at 9:50 AM over Zoom. The session offers info on employment opportunities and work-life at TTC. 

-Legends Job Fair – Hiring For Budweiser Stage and Echo Beach on April 7th at 1:50 PM over Zoom. Legends is looking to hire over 150 employees for the upcoming concert season from May to September.

-YWCA Toronto Employment Centre Virtual Open House on April 11th at 1:50 PM over Zoom. The session details exclusive job opportunities and programs. 

For more information or to register, call (416) 264-5788. Be prepared to send your resume and dress for success!

*NEW* The Progress Career Planning Institute- offers various free career development, employment, and training services often funded by either the Federal, Provincial, or Municipal Government. Upcoming events include a Volunteer Toronto Information Session, Information & Technology Trends from guest speaker Jay Allain, Service Canada Information Session, and more. See all their upcoming events and their full calendar here.

*NEW* Food 4 Thought is back for its Spring session- F4T is a virtual cooking program for youth between the ages 13 – 18. The program consists of eight 2 hour workshops where youth learn cooking skills and receive nutrition information. There is no cost for the program thanks to the generous donation of PC Charities and BGC Canada. Classes are held over Zoom every Wednesday from 04:30 pm – 06:30 pm from April 06 – May 25, 2022. Click here to register.
*NEW* BOSS: Bring Out Skill & Success – The MAAT Youth Innovation & Cultural Centre in partnership with Spice Food & Wine Group presents BOSS – Bring Out Skill & Success. BOSS is a career mentorship program for youth 15 and older interested in becoming an Entrepreneur or working in the hospitality industry. This program runs bi-weekly every other Tuesday starting April 05, 2022 – May 31, 2022, from 5:00 pm — 6:00 pm on Zoom. Register here.

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.

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/

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.

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.

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. Registration closes on April 10th. For more information on Tropicana’s Auto Body Pre-Apprentice L-1 program, click here.