E-Newsletter: August 13, 2021


Christine Hogarth, MPP Etobicoke-Lakeshore


Great news Etobicoke! Ontario has reached another exciting milestone in our vaccine rollout – over 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered - more than any other province or territory. Although the province continues to make excellent progress, the job is not over yet. More Ontarians still need their first and second shot to make sure that they are protected from this virus, especially against the Delta variant. 

As Canada prepares to reopen its borders to international travelers, our position remains that effective measures at the border are required for those who are not yet fully immunized. We continue to expect the federal government to implement a quarantine approach for non-vaccinated travelers that is enforced and effective. Canada's approach to international arrivals should be consistent across each mode of entry and at each point of entry across the country. 

I am pleased that the federal government has recognized its responsibility for vaccine verification for international travel. International relations and travel are the responsibilities of the federal government, so they are best positioned to provide appropriate information to allow Canadians to travel. To be clear, provinces and territories should not operate 13 separate systems to manage and track individuals who enter or return to Canada. 

We are glad the federal government is committed to implementing a single, national system, including proof of vaccination that is recognized by Health Canada and our international allies. 

I hope you are all enjoying your summer!



Vaccine Schedule


Everyone (aged 12 and older) is eligible to book their second vaccination appointment. Please visit the following sites for walk-ins:

  • Monday (August 16): The Go-VAXX bus will be administering the Pfizer vaccine at 165 The Queensway (Ontario Food Terminal). You do not need an appointment. Please note that the Go-VAXX bus will be at the location between 9:00 AM to 7 PM. For more information please click here.
  • Tuesday (August 17): The Go-VAXX bus will be administering the Pfizer vaccine at 165 The Queensway (Ontario Food Terminal). You do not need an appointment. Please note that the Go-VAXX bus will be at the location between 9:00 AM to 7 PM. For more information please click here.

You can also drop-in for your vaccination at:


Cloverdale Mall (250 the East Mall) Toronto COVID-19 Immunization Clinic

Walk-ins are available for anyone 12+ from 12:00 PM to 7 PM. For more information please click here.


Get your COVID vaccine

Our Chief Medical Officer of Health published an op-ed concerning the importance of getting vaccinated. It highlights why the protection offered by vaccines means that rising case counts don't mean the same thing as they did just a few months ago. Learn more

Back to Class

Improving Ventilation

Our government is investing up to $25 million in additional funding to support the purchase of approximately 20,000 new HEPA filter units. The province will ensure students return to well-prepared classrooms this fall. 
Learn more

Reconnect Festival

Reconnect Festivals

I am happy to announce that Ontario  invested over $1.2 million to support festivals and events across Etobicoke-Lakeshore and west Toronto through the Reconnect Festival and Event Program. These funds will ensure the long-term success of the festival sector. Learn more

GTA High Speed Internet

GTA Internet Investment

This pandemic has shown how much we rely on our internet connections, making access to fast online services even more critical. Together with the federal government, we are investing over $73 million to bring high-speed internet to almost 26,000 rural Ontario households in the GTA. Learn more

Quarter Finances Report
Waste Free Wednesday

Quarter Finances Report

We have released the 2021-22 First Quarter Finances which maintains the government’s commitment to regular timely and transparent updates on Ontario’s finances. Learn more

Waste Free Wednesday

Building on the success of the Provincial Day of Action on Litter, we have launched Waste-Free Wednesday Cleanups throughout summer 2021. Learn more

Update on Eye Care

Eye Care



Our government is committed to working with Ontario’s health care providers with a goal to support improved patient outcomes. This includes helping to ensure Ontarians receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time by the right provider. We value the ongoing commitment from optometrists in Ontario to provide quality eye health and vision care for all Ontarians, especially in supporting the health system’s capacity as we’ve continued to fight COVID-19.


To be clear, our government will always continue to fund OHIP optometry services. If there is a decision to withdraw optometry services, it is the decision of optometrists alone. We know this issue is critical for Ontarians, and have been engaged in active discussions with the Ontario Association of Optometrists on the current rates of OHIP insured optometry services, with a focus on evidence, best practices, and how to improve patient outcomes.


The Ministry of Health stands ready to continue meaningful and productive discussions with Ontario’s optometrists to ensure Ontarians can continue to access the high-quality eye health and vision care services they deserve.

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Back to School Drive

Drive-In HUGS

Honks for Hope Drive-In Hug is a fun event with a car parade, a high-energy 90-minute stage show, food and games for everyone to enjoy! This year, internationally renowned artists, Jim Cuddy, Devin Cuddy, and Sam Polley will be headlining the show. This event will take place on Sunday, September 12, 2021. Learn more

Back to School Drive

Delta Family Resource Centre's joint, Student Family Advocate and SNAP programs are supporting racialized students and families. You are welcome to donate any school supplies and/or apparel to assist this great initiative. Please visit https://dfrc.ca/service if you want to help. Learn more

Updated Guidance on the Management of COVID-19 

As the province prepares for students to return to classrooms in September, we are taking a balanced and cautious approach in order to ensure schools remain open for in-person learning for the full school year.


Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health has provided updated guidance on the management of COVID-19 cases, contacts, and outbreaks - including in school settings. The guidance provides information for local public health units investigating cases, outbreaks, and suspected outbreaks associated with elementary or secondary (K-12) school settings. 


I hope this information will be helpful to you as we move towards the beginning of a new school year:

Christine gold medal

Olympics Heroes

Yesterday, I had a great chat with our Canadian Olympians who just returned from Japan. Their hard work and dedication made millions of us happy across Canada. They are still eager to win, and I am sure they will soon do us proud again in Paris.