E-Newsletter: April 10, 2021

 

Vaccine Eligibility, Stay-at-Home Order & More

This has been a very big news week, across Ontario and here in Etobicoke.

A return to a third provincial emergency is not the news most of us wanted or expected to hear; however, positive news about the number of vaccines and the (relatively) smooth rollout of Ontario’s vaccine program is giving us reason to be optimistic.

Phase Two of the vaccine rollout means that in addition to existing locations,
we are focusing on “hot spots;” working with public health units to setup up mobile teams and pop-up clinics; offering vaccines to select education workers Also, the immunization clinic at Cloverdale Mall will open form Monday, April 12.

Getting “vaccines in arms” is the best option we have to improve Ontario’s case numbers, and we are definitely doing that. Yesterday, over 103,000 Ontarians had their first dose, which brings the total to almost 3 million people vaccinated!

In addition, I had the pleasure to announce $3 million in funding to improve the Norseman Community Pool, and the Sir Adam Beck Rink.

National Volunteer Week is from April 18 – 24th and the theme this year is “The Value of One, The Power of Many”. Never before, have our volunteers been more important to the community than they have been over the past year, as Ontario combatted COVID-19 and the often-chaotic circumstances it has caused.

I would like to thank all the volunteers in Etobicoke – Lakeshore for their generosity and kindness. Your efforts to support our community represent the true Etobicoke and Ontario Spirit.

Stay safe,

Christine

 

Stay-at-Home Order 

On Thursday Ontario's province-wide 'Stay-at-Home' Order came into effect. This order requires people to stay at home except for essential purposes, like going to the grocery store, pharmacy, accessing health care, outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

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State of Emergency

In response to a rapid increase in COVID-19 transmission, the province declared a third state of emergency to help interrupt transmission of COVID-19. These shutdown measures have been put in place to address rapidly escalating conditions, including the spread of variants of concern.

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Education Workers

Starting the week of April 12th, vaccination of select education staff will begin. This will start with education staff who provide direct support to students with complex special education needs and all educators in “hot spot” postal codes in Toronto and Peel, then rolling out to priority neighborhoods in other “hot spot” regions. Further details with specific instructions and information will be shared in the coming days.

 

Second Dose Timeline

The interval of approximately four months between the first and second dose of the Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca vaccines is a clinical decision and a recommendation from the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations (NACI) and allows more people to receive the vaccine. That being said, as we receive more vaccines this time-line may be shortened.

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Highest-Risk Conditions

Those with the highest-risk health conditions will be contacted by their health care provider to book an appointment when vaccine supply is available.

 

Toronto School Closure

On Tuesday, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa issued a Section 22 order closing all Toronto schools until April 18th. The provincial government is committed to keeping schools open. This week Ontario's Minister of Education also outlined additional measures to keep schools safe following the Stay-at-Home Order, which does not apply to schools.

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Supporting Our O.P.P

The Ontario government is investing $12.5 million over three years to strengthen the mental health services available to Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and their families. The funding will support the hiring of 20 additional mental-health support staff and enhance the OPP's Healthy Workplace initiative to address issues of mental health and occupational stress injuries.

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Upgrading Rec Facilities

I'm excited to share news about a joint provincial-federal-municipal investment to rehabilitate the Norseman Community Pool and the Sir Adam Beck Rink. These projects will provide residents in Etobicoke-Lakeshore with upgraded facilities that are more accessible for seniors, families, children and people with disabilities.

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Daily Bread Food Bank

On Saturday, April 3rd, I was pleased to participate in the Daily Bread Food Bank's Spring Drive-Thru event. This contactless event collected more than 25,000 pounds of non-perishable food items. A big thank you to the incredible team of volunteers for putting on this event and to everyone who came out to show their support. 

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Mental Health Townhall

Join me Monday, April 26th at 3:30pm for an hour-long Townhall on mental health and wellness, and hear from Ontario's Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo. Space is limited. RSVP by 4pm on April 24th.

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COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Details
Wearing face coverings or masks
How to self-monitor
How to self-isolate
Government of Ontario
Ontario Public Health
Government of Canada
City of Toronto