E-newsletter- May 14, 2020
I hope you are well, staying safe and practicing social distancing.
As we continue to see the number of new COVID-19 cases decline, we have been preparing to reopen more and more of our economy. Over the past few weeks, we have been laying the groundwork and helping businesses get ready to transition to this new environment.
We have provided support and relief in the fight against COVID-19 and established the right framework for reopening the economy. We are going to get Ontario working again as quickly and safely as possible.
Garden centres and nurseries, hardware and safety supply stores have opened their doors under the same guidelines as pharmacies and grocery stores.
Today our government announced details of stage one under the Framework to Reopen Our Province, which will begin on May 19th, provided that public health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction.
Workplaces and services that may reopen in stage one are well-positioned to adopt workplace safety measures and get more people back to work, while not overburdening public transit and other services.
We are taking a cautious, practical and reasonable approach to reopening the economy, guided by the advice of health and science experts. This approach will allow business owners and service provider’s time to ensure workplaces are safe for staff, consumers and the general public.
My constituency office staff are available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns. Don’t forget my COVID-19 support link found on my website or at this link: https://www.covidsupports.ca/mpphogarth/.
Christine Hogarth, MPP
DAY OF ACTION ON LITTER
I know that many of you volunteer and some of you organize our many park clean-ups in the spring. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 they had to be cancelled - but we still can do our part!
The Day of Action on Litter, May 12 kicked off 365 days of action to make our communities cleaner and healthier places to work and grow. There are actions all of us can still take to put litter in its proper place while physically distancing. Take a photo and tag #ActONlitter as you help clean up our parks and waterfront. For more information, please visit: Act ON Litter.
Every day individuals and families can reduce, prevent or divert waste. We can stop waste before it becomes a problem by choosing products with less packaging and replace single-use food wraps with reusable storage containers.
A clean environment begins at home. Become your family’s expert in what goes in the green bin and blue box.
Just a reminder, please ensure to throw masks and gloves in the garbage.
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REOPENING OUR PROVINCE
The province has begun easing restrictions as part of a stage-by-stage approach to reopening the economy.
Today, Premier Ford announced the reopening of the following businesses as soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
- Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
- Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
- Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
- Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
Further, Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:
- Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
- Seasonal businesses and recreational activities for individual or single competitors, including training and sport competitions conducted by a recognized national or provincial sport organization. This includes indoor and outdoor non-team sport competitions that can be played while maintaining physical distancing and without spectators, such as tennis, track and field and horse racing.
- Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming, training and other regular veterinary appointments.
- Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
- Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
- Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling and scheduled surgeries based on the ability to meet pre-specified conditions as outlined in A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as resuming professional services such as shifting Children's Treatment Centres from virtual to in-person.
Learn more about the first phase of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Action Plan for Vulnerable People.
Learn more about the COVID-19 Action Plan for Protecting Long-Term Care Homes.
VOLUNTARY REDEPLOYMENT OF EDUCATION WORKERS
Everyday Ontarians are making an incredible difference to help those most in need during the COVID-19 outbreak. The government is working together with the province’s education sector to voluntarily place available employees in staffing roles needed at congregate care settings during COVID-19.
This initiative is part of the government’s ongoing efforts to redeploy broader public sector workers to areas where they are needed most, such as hospitals, long-term care, retirement homes and women shelters. Education sector staff who volunteer will be able to register through a matching portal that will be open this week. Subject to a local agreement of the framework, eligible staff will be matched through an online tool with congregate settings that are facing staffing shortages.
We know that we must do more to care for our seniors. That is why this agreement is so important - it will help pave the way for more staff to be deployed to help give dignity, support and comfort to our most vulnerable citizens.
We want to thank our education workers for stepping up to help and for standing out as true leaders within our communities. For more information please visit HERE.
PLAN TO RESUME SCHEDULD SURGERIES AND PROCEDURES
Ontario has developed a framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. It’s a framework on ‘the how’, not ‘the when’, directing hospitals on how to determine what is right in our communities. For more information visit HERE.
We are protecting licensed child care in Ontario during the COVID-19 outbreak by ensuring parents retain access to local licensed child care, as well as EarlyON Child and Family Centres. The government unveiled a plan that, together with our federal and municipal partnership, provides targeted supports to licensed child care providers to ensure they remain sustainable and ready to open when parents return to work.
This builds on the first objective of our plan: saving parents money by prohibiting child care providers from charging families during the closure period. For more information, visit HERE.
This week is National Nursing Week (May 11 to 17). Thank you to the RNs, RPNs, NPs and nursing students who provide quality care for their patients every day, especially during COVID-19. We appreciate you! https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/news-room/events/national-nursing-week.
This week is also Police Week in Ontario! Through the COVID-19 outbreak, our police service have played a crucial role in enforcing emergency orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keeping our communities safe. As we mark Police Week, let us thank them for always being there to protect and serve our communities. Thank you 22 Division!
LOOK AFTER YOU – YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) provide critical services and supports that help Ontarians during their recovery process, including community-based counselling and case management, peer support, residential treatment, withdrawal management, supportive housing and hospital-based programs.
Mental health and addictions is becoming a significant concern among the many challenges Ontarians are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic. With AMHO member organizations having been deemed essential services by our government, they are prepared to serve Ontarians by providing in-person, phone-based or online/virtual supports. Visit:https://amho.ca/ and https://bouncebackontario.ca/.
ARE YOU A LOCAL CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION? HELP IS HERE:
Through the COVID Relief Fund, local charitable organizations can apply (once a month) for up to $400 for funding, and individuals can donate to support the fund and our community.
For more information to donate or apply for funding, please visit the Kiwanis Club of Kingsway Humber website at the following link: http://kingswayhumberkiwanis.com/. #ONTARIOSPIRIT