E-newsletter- May 7, 2020
I hope you are well and staying safe.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, grandmothers and special people in your life. This year, as we celebrate a little differently, please take the time to call or FaceTime! Don’t forget to go on-line to your local flower shop or visit your local garden centre and send something special. Help out a small business while making someone you love smile. #SHOPLOCAL.
Thanks to our collective efforts, we have made tremendous progress in flattening the COVID-19 curve. As the trends continue downwards and we continue to see a reduction in community spread, we are getting closer and closer to opening our economy back up.
Earlier this week, we established a framework and set the conditions for a safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces in Ontario. We also released sector-specific guidelines for employers, with practical measures to help them re-open safely and keep workers, customers and the general public safe.
As we move forward with the next steps, we will ensure that we are continuing to closely monitor virus spread and containment to avoid a resurgence, undo the progress we have made and put the safety of the public at risk. Thank you for all of your efforts.
Last week I launched my new online source for COVID-19, which can be found on my website or through this link https://www.covidsupports.ca/mpphogarth/. I appreciate the feedback and we are glad this has been a useful tool.
My constituency office staff are available by telephone 416-259-2249 and by email [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.
#ONTARIOSPIRIT at 7:30pm each evening, show your appreciation by banging pots and pans or honking your horns in support of our frontline workers!
Christine Hogarth, MPP
LIFE SCIENCES ONTARIO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
LSO’s mission is to advance the life sciences sector in Ontario, and with the support of their partners: Astellas, AstraZeneca, Bayer, Gilead, GlaxoSmithKline, Horizon Therapeutics, Janssen, Novo Nordisk, Roche Canada, Sanofi Canada and Takeda 37 undergraduate university and college students will receive financial support that will aid them with their academic fees and most importantly, receive a unique opportunity to be mentored by experienced professionals. They are all working to combat COVID 19 and advance the future of the life sciences sector. The mentoring aspect of this program will allow students to build strong connections, be exposed to and learn about the endless opportunities in the life science sector and provides evidence-based guidance as they map their future career path. Applications are open, you can apply HERE.
For the latest information, please visit:
Please continue to stay home except for essential reasons, such as:
- Access health care services;
- Shop for groceries (please shop alone, if you are able);
- Pick-up medication at the pharmacy;
- Walk pets or get exercise; and
- Support vulnerable community members.
Ontario is significantly increasing testing capacity to contain and limit community spread of COVID-19. Our joint efforts with Ontario Health and Public Health have helped us process more than 342,000 tests, exceeding our May 6 goal of 16,000 per day. Learn more HERE.
OPENING UP FOR BUSINESS
The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pick-up and delivery, as well as in-store payment at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners. The following businesses will be open operating under the same requirements as grocery stores and pharmacies.
Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries.
Saturday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m. hardware stores and safety supply stores.
Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can provide curbside pick-up and delivery.
In addition to easing restrictions on retail, the government is also expanding essential construction to include below-grade multi-unit residential construction projects like apartments and condominiums to begin and for existing above-grade projects to continue. This will help clear the way for housing and job security our economy will need to support economic recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
By following the proper health and safety guidelines these businesses were permitted to begin operations earlier this week:
- Lawn care and landscaping;
- Construction projects, including shipping and logistics, broadband and digital infrastructure, municipal and schools, as well as site preparation for institutional, commercial; industrial or residential development;
- Automatic and self-serve car washes;
- Car dealerships (includes motorcycles and trucks), open by appointment only; and
- Marinas and golf courses will be permitted to begin preparing their operations for the season.
TIME OF DAY ELECTRICITY PRICING:
Our government has extending emergency off-peak electricity pricing for time-of-use customers until May 31, during COVID-19. Learn more HERE.
JOBS AND RECOVERY
Our Jobs and Recovery Committee is developing a framework for a gradual, measured and safe re-opening of our province based on the latest data, trends and advice from our Chief Medical Officer of Health, business community and municipal partners. If you are interested in joining the committee’s next virtual consultation, please contact my office by email.
Ontario is in a strong position thanks to the actions of individuals. A successful re-opening of our province requires people and employers to continue doing their part, so our hard work and sacrifice pays off. We are almost there. And we will get there by continuing to work together. For more information click HERE.
If you are an individual or not-for-profit organization supporting the response to COVID-19, you can post volunteer opportunities and volunteer at sparkontario.ca.
LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario 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 Additions Mental Health Ontario 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 during this pandemic. Visit: https://amho.ca/ and https://bouncebackontario.ca/
SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM DURING COVID-19
My colleague MPP Jeremy Roberts has organized a webinar series for parents, if you are interested, please sign-up through the following link: https://www.facebook.com/2019540774937113/posts/3280606142163897/?d=n