E-newsletter- July 10, 2020
While the weather has been fantastic, please be careful of the heat. Make sure to stay hydrated and ensure to keep your pets hydrated. Stop by one of Etobicoke-Lakeshore’s many patio restaurants, support local businesses and enjoy a cold beverage or bite to eat.
Please do not leave your pets in the car.
Shop Local! Support Local!
Small businesses in Etobicoke-Lakeshore closed their doors to fight COVID-19. Now it is our turn to help fight for their recovery. Shop Local! Shop Safe! Shop with Confidence!
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
EDUCATION – EQUITY AND INCLUSION PLAN
Every student – irrespective of the colour of their skin, socio-economic status, heritage, or orientation – deserves every opportunity to achieve their full potential. That’s why we are breaking down barriers that have held back too many students for far too long.
Following a year of consultation and community engagement, our government is taking immediate, concrete action for students, families, and communities including in the areas of suspensions and anti-discrimination policy, de-streaming and professional development. For more information, please visit: Equity and Inclusion.
Building infrastructure projects for our transit-oriented communities will help boost Ontario's economic recovery, create thousands of jobs, allow the province to capture revenue that can be used to offset station construction costs and improve quality of life for residents. It’s about rethinking the relationship between transit, housing, and commercial spaces to create vibrant communities.
Transit-oriented communities will increase ridership, reduce congestion, and provide a mix of housing, which includes affordable housing while creating jobs as we get back to work and stimulate economic growth in the years following COVID-19.
Our Government is committed to collaborating with the private sector and our municipal partners to deliver new, modern subways and transit-oriented communities for the benefit of all individuals, families and businesses in the GTA at a lower cost to the taxpayer. Learn more here.
DIGITAL MAIN STREET APPLICATIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESS
As part of our government's efforts to help small businesses and assist in their recovery, our Ontario government has partnered with the federal government in launching the $57-million Digital Main Street initiative. The initiative will aid up to 22,900 small businesses to create, launch and enhance their online presence and expand their reach to new customers in and beyond Ontario. The program also will generate jobs for 1,400 students who will assist small businesses in their efforts.
Small businesses can apply for grants up to $2500 each to assist them in building and enhancing their small business’ online presence. The funding may be used by small businesses to support eligible costs to help implement their Digital Transformation Plan.
To apply, please visit: https://digitalmainstreet.ca/marketing-new-economy/
FREE ONLINE TRAINING
As part of our recovery from COVID-19, today, our government announced $3 million of support for critical health and safety training that job seekers need. This investment will make training online, available, and free. Ensuring job seekers get their qualifications and get back to work. Up to 100,000 job seekers may now take free online health and safety training through Employment Ontario here.
For more information, please visit: Online training.
TESTING FOR TRUCK DRIVERS
The Ontario government is piloting a new system that will make it easier for truck drivers to access COVID-19 testing through a partnership with DriverCheck. This is part of the government's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health across the province. Learn more: here.
IN THE LEGISLATURE
Bill 161, the Smarter and Stronger Justice Act passed third reading in the legislature.
This Bill delivers more than 20 legislative and regulatory updates to Ontario’s justice system, in order to:
- Simplify and update Ontario’s complex and antiquated justice system
- Stand up for victims of crime and law-abiding citizens
- Make justice more accessible and affordable for Ontarians
Passage of the bill represents another step in our Government’s ongoing efforts to make it easier, faster and more affordable for people in Ontario to resolve their legal issues so they can focus on raising their families and contributing to the growth of their communities.
Bill 171, the Building Transit Faster Act, 2020, was passed into law. Ontario is building a modern, reliable and sustainable transit system for the 21st century that will get people moving, reduce congestion and drive economic growth and job creation. The legislation enables the province to expedite the process of building Ontario’s four priority transit projects, which will get people to where they want to go. The projects include the all-new Ontario Line, the Yonge North Subway Extension to Markham and Richmond Hill, the improved three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension, and the Eglington Crosstown West Extension to Pearson airport.
Bill 197- COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, our made-in-Ontario plan for growth, renewal and economic recovery was introduced.
This proposed legislation lays the foundation to restart jobs and development, strengthen communities and create opportunities for people in every region of the province. Our government is committed to working in partnership with people, businesses and municipalities to respond to the challenges they face and support the long-term health and prosperity of Ontario’s economy.
We will continue to work closely with the federal government to help every community chart a path to a strong economic recovery. For more information, please visit: Economic Recovery Act
CITY OF TORONTO UPDATE
Effective July 7, under the Mandatory Mask or Face Covering Bylaw everyone in Toronto is required to wear a mask or face covering when entering indoor public spaces. Masks or face coverings are now mandatory when travelling on the TTC .
The City of Toronto is closing many streets for their ActiveTO project, plan your drive and avoid closures. Please visit: ActiveTO.
The city has issued parking restrictions at Marie Curtis Park, Humber Bay West Park, and Cherry Beach starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Other parks and beaches along the waterfront already have restricted access to parking on weekends due to ActiveTO road closures along Lake Shore Boulevard. Parking at Bluffers Park will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Toronto police officers will be at all parking lot entrances to ensure compliance.
For more information on the City of Toronto COVID response, please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
My constituency office will be re-opening to the public by appointment only starting August 4, 2020, we are currently available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Hogarth, MPP