E-newsletter- July 24, 2020
Here in Etobicoke-Lakeshore just like everywhere in our great province, we have so many places that offer natural and cultural experiences to discover and enjoy all year round. From our waterfront to our many parks our community has so much to enjoy.
Across Ontario, our tourist businesses have shown tremendous patience and responsibility in these challenging and unprecedented times.
And it’s paying off.
Now that it is becoming safer to do so, I invite you, your friends and family to explore all that Ontario has to offer. Summer will be different this year, but Toronto still has all these great local offerings for you to enjoy!
Travel safe, travel local and let’s go out to rediscover our own backyards in beautiful Ontario.
The province is also promoting Ontario Live — a new virtual hub designed to promote and support businesses in the tourism, sport, and creative sectors. Ontario Live reconnects Ontario artists, tourism operators, attractions and businesses with online audiences from across the province and around the world.
Artists, operators, attractions and businesses are encouraged to register now on Ontario.live for the opportunity to connect with online audiences.
We will continue to work with the tourism and arts sectors to ensure that as the province gradually reopens, Ontario will be in the best position to welcome the world back to the province.
Just a few notes:
Toronto (Etobicoke-Lakeshore) remains in Stage 2 and will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10 people. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide.
For more information on the Stage 3 plan, please visit: Ontario.ca/reopen
Please pick-up after your pet and do not litter, throw all PPE in the garbage, not the recycling bin. Special thanks to everyone who has pitched in to keep our community clean.
HERE ARE A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THIS WEEK:
INVESTING IN SCHOOLS – 2019-20 Capital Priorities
We are putting students first by investing in new schools and renovations and creating a better learning environment for our students. We are investing over $500 million to build 30 new schools and make permanent additions to 15 existing facilities across the province, ensuring that students have modern learning environments that support their success and well-being. This investment will also generate nearly 900 new licensed child care spaces, as part of our commitment to creating up to 30,000 new child care spaces in schools over the next five years. Many of you have been advocating for a new school to replace Bishop Allen Academy. I will continue to advocate for this replacement school as it is desperately needed and long over-due. Stay tuned! Find out more: Investing in Education
STEPS TO COMBAT HATE-MOTIVATED CRIMES
Our government has zero tolerance for racism, hate, or discrimination in all its forms. As Ontarians, we cannot rest complacently under the assumption that discrimination is a problem only affecting people elsewhere. We know that racism, hate, and discrimination are urgent problems that continue to create real-life barriers that span across many aspects of society.
Over the last number of weeks, racialized communities across our province and country, and around the world, have come together to speak up against the injustice, intolerance, and discrimination they continue to experience.
To help tackle racism and hate, our government is announcing an investment of $1.7 million over the next two years in community-based programs to combat hate-motivated crimes through the Safer and Vital Communities Grant.
The theme of this year’s grant program, Preventing Hate-Motivated Crime through Community Collaboration, focuses on integrated community-based solutions to tackling hate-motivated crime and aims to address the increase of police-reported hate crime in Ontario. This new investment is open to community-based, not-for-profit organizations as well as Indigenous community-based, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation Band Councils.
Applications can include recreational programs that positively affect the development of children and youth, raising awareness of hate-motivated crimes, as well as the improvement of security infrastructure
Effective solutions cannot come from government alone and the Safer and Vital Communities grant will allow community-based organizations to be full partners in the fight against hate in Ontario. We will continue to work with partners and communities to ensure everyone who calls Ontario home, can feel at home. For more information visit: Prevention
ACCELERATED BUILD PILOT – LTC BEDS
Premier Ford and Minister Fullerton recently announced the new Accelerated Build Pilot Program that will enable the construction of two new long-term care homes in Mississauga in a matter of months, not years. By working with Trillium Health Partners and Infrastructure Ontario, the province intends to add up to 640 new long-term care beds by 2021.
Through a range of accelerating measures such as modular construction, rapid procurement and the use of hospital lands, the government and its partners are targeting completion of the projects in 2021, years faster than the traditional timeline.
Working together with long-term care and health system partners, our government continues to use innovative ideas and modern solutions to help end hallway health care and increase Long Term Care capacity in communities across the province. For more information visit: LTC Pilot
IN THE LEGISLATURE
The Ontario legislature has adjourned until September 14 after an unprecedented session that saw cross-partisan collaboration in the fight against COVID-19.
The people of this province expected us to work together and we reached across party lines to quickly introduce and pass critical legislation.
From the passage of 18 bills, one-third by unanimous consent of all parties, to the ground-breaking study into the economic and fiscal impacts of COVID-19 by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, our government has been working cooperatively to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians
Emergency legislation introduced and passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes:
- Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 ensures important measures remain in place to address the threat of COVID-19 once the provincial declaration of emergency has ended. These measures will provide the province with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak as Ontario moves towards recovery. The Act will come into force on July 24, 2020 to coincide with the termination of the declared provincial emergency.
- COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act, 2020will help create jobs and generate development by getting key infrastructure projects built faster. It will also strengthen communities by ensuring municipalities are equipped with the tools they need to continue to provide critical services, along with protecting consumers, modernizing services, improving the education system and removing social and economic barriers for young people.
- Economic and Fiscal Update Act, 2020:The government’s first steps in its response to COVID-19 were set out in the March 25th Economic and Fiscal Update. This included $7 billion in additional resources for the health care system and direct support for students, families and seniors. Moreover, we made available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures and other deferrals to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.
- COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act, 2020:Legislative changes that made it easier for people to conduct business and practice physical distancing by providing Ontario corporations temporary flexibility to hold meetings virtually, defer certain annual meetings and allow the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to accept copies of documents, electronic signatures on documents, and electronic filing of documents.
- COVID-19 Support & Protection Act, 2020: The second phase of the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which included temporary relief for repayment of student loans, extending expiring development charge by-laws, suspending time limits for planning matters, and extending deadlines for municipal Community Safety Plans.
- Protecting Small Business Act, 2020:To support small businesses that experienced a significant decline in revenue during COVID-19, the government temporarily halted or reversed evictions of commercial tenants and protected them from being locked out or having their assets seized if they are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance.
We will continue to work for the people of Ontario to help them get back on their feet as we chart a path to recovery for every region in the province. For more information visit: Legislation
The City of Toronto closes many streets for their ActiveTO project, plan your drive and avoid closures. Please visit: ActiveTO.
For information on the City of Toronto COVID-19 response, please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/
My constituency office will be re-opening to the public by appointment only starting on August 4, we are currently available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Hogarth, MPP
Please visit my COVID-19 link: https://www.covidsupports.ca/mpphogarth/ for the latest COVID-19 news and support.