E-newsletter- June 26, 2020
Etobicoke is now OPEN!
The City of Toronto and the Region of Peel entered Stage 2 of the Framework to Reopen our Province as of, Wednesday June 24th, at 12:01 am. Many businesses and amenities across the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel have now reopened with public health measures in place.
Now is a great time to consider supporting our local small businesses who have faced unprecedented challenges in recent months. Shop local, dine local, and support local – Etobicoke-Lakeshore is once again open for business!
We are not completely out of the woods yet, so please continue to social distance, and please wear a mask if you can.
Here are a few highlights from this week:
- We released the province's new elementary math curriculum to better prepare students for work in a rapidly changing world, strengthen math competence and improve grades.
- The Ontario Government has allowed more businesses and services to reopen and getting more people back to work by moving the City of Toronto and Peel Region into Stage 2 as of Wednesday, June 24th.
- Our government is providing up to $10 million to Indigenous-owned small and medium-sized businesses to help them with much needed capital as the province begins to safely and gradually reopen the economy.
- Our government announced that it is investing $736 million more in public education for the 2020-21 school year, increasing the total to more than $25.5 billion.
- Ontario's driver testing services provider, DriveTest, has begun offering limited services across the province with the expectation of restoring full services by September.
- Ontario is moving forward with 37 major infrastructure projects across the province using the public-private partnership (P3) model. To see the 37 major infrastructure projects in detail click here.
- We are committed to helping Ontario’s youth reach their full potential. That is why we are investing over $13 million to support 43 community projects through the Youth Opportunities Fund. For more information, visit Helping youth pursue new opportunities.
STUNT DRIVING CAMPAIGN
Launched #NotWorththeRisk an anti-street racing/stunt driving campaign intending to raise awareness about the dangers of excessive speeding and performing stunts on public roads. #NOT WORTH THE RISK
NEW MATH CURRICULUM
This week, the Ministry of Education released a new math curriculum that will better prepare students for work in a world that is quickly evolving. This new math curriculum brings math education "back to the basics" while including new lessons on coding and financial literacy, starting as early as Grade 1. This will better improve problem solving and fluency with technology to prepare students for jobs in the future. To see the new curriculum grade by grade click here.
DRIVE TEST CENTRES
DriveTest Centres around Ontario have reopened with limited services, beginning with G1 and M1 knowledge tests, driver's licence exchanges and commercial driver's licence applications and upgrades.
People with birthdays between January to June will be allowed to visit a centre the first week of reopening, and people with birthdays between July to December will have access to DriveTest services the following week. Access to DriveTest services will continue to alternate weekly until full services are restored. For more information click here.
GRADUATING STUDENTS OF 2020
This week, tens of thousands of students across Ontario had graduated from different schools, embarking a new chapter within their lives. Yes, graduation this year was different - as was the year itself, something none of us would have predicted.
But that should not and does not diminish the hard work of students within Ontario. You deserve every bit of this milestone.
Congratulations to the Ontario Class of 2020. You have concluded your year with courage, determination and perseverance that has inspired Ontarians young and old. We know you will go on to change lives and make the world a better place.
There were some disturbing posters found in south Etobicoke this past week and I want to applaud the local residents in south Etobicoke who are removing these racist posters.
Racism, hate and discrimination have no place in Ontario.
I stand in support of our black, indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ and immigrant communities against disgraceful behaviour by individuals who do not represent who we are as Canadians.
DEBATED IN THE LEGISLATURE THIS WEEK
Government Order 42 – Motion to Extend the State of Emergency
Third Reading of Bill 161, Smarter Stronger Justice Act, 2020
As you continue to enjoy the summer, the good weather, amenities and businesses that are reopening in Phase 2, continue to keep in mind physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines that will keep us all safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Together, we will get through this.
CITY OF TORONTO UPDATE
The city of Toronto will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27, as permitted by Transport Canada. The ferries will operate at 50 percent maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff. This was developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health.
Registration for City of Toronto CampTO programs began for Etobicoke/York and Scarborough districts.
The City of Toronto will be distributing $4.97 million from the TO Supports Investment Fund to community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning June 22nd, 2020, lifeguards are on duty at six of Toronto’s swimming beaches. Lifeguards will supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
These beaches include:
- Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
- Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
- Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
- Marie Curtis Park East Beach
- Sunnyside Beach
- Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)
The City of Toronto has resumed the issuance of marriage licenses on an appointment-only basis.
My constituency office staff and I are available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Christine Hogarth, MPP