My January 12, 2021 #COVID Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough #Toronto

Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

Town Hall Meeting January 14

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Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 11, 2020) There has been an increase of 879 COVID-19 cases in the City with 447 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 71,923 cases of COVID-19, of these, 60,859 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,075 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the Ontario government has declared its second provincial emergency. 

The government will enact additional public health restrictions and actions including issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, effective Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01amThis order and other new and existing public health restrictions and actions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.Additional Public Health restrictions include limited shopping hours from 7am to 8pm, reducing outdoor gathering limits from 10 to five people, and limiting office spaces to essential personnel, ensuring that employees who can work from home do so.

Restricted shopping hours do not affect groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for take out and delivery. New enforcement measures under the declaration of a provincial emergency provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home order, those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors, and or to retail operators and companies who do not enforce these measures. Schools in Toronto, Peel Region, York, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex public health units will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021.

New health and safety measures will be implemented in Ontario childcare settings, such as enhanced screening, voluntary participation in targeted testing and additional infection prevention control measures. For more information on today’s announcement please view this news release. For specific information of updated public health and safety measures including today’s update please view this link.COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at

The Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge is back for 2021! TPL is challenging you to read widely and try new books, authors and genres. Participate by reading or listening to 12 books in 12 brand-new categories between January and December 2021. Through the year TPL will be publishing reading lists, running virtual Reading Challenge events and hosting a book discussion group on Facebook. Are you up for the Challenge? Learn more online.

Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime. The death or disappearance of a child is devastating and can leave parents unable to work. Parents or legal guardians who have taken time away from work and suffered a loss of income to cope with the death or disappearance of their child or children may be eligible for federal income support of $450 per week. For more information on eligibility and how to apply please visit this webpage.

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is hosting a virtual volunteer information session Tomorrow January 13 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Learn more about SCHC, what it takes to become a volunteer and the various roles. To attend the session RSVP to by 12noon on January 13. For more information about volunteering at SCHC please visit their volunteer webpage

Scarborough Business Association is hosting another Cyber Breakfast Conference – Post COVID-19: Small Business Economic Update on January 20, 2021. Attend the SBA Cyber Breakfast from your home or office and be back to work by 10am. Be sure to login by 9:15am to network, connect and share information prior to the presentation. For more information and to register please visit this link.

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24Please click here for a list of food banks in East ScarboroughPlease click here for a list of food banks in ScarboroughPlease remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE.insidehousing: News from Toronto Community HousingCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERE

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE.Subscribe HERE.What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERESubscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletterCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir PatelCheck out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto Zoo Press ReleasesLatest issue HERE. Contact to subscribe. City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.caIf you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:City of TorontoProvince of OntarioGovernment of CanadaWorld Health OrganizationOfficial Global Travel Advisory  The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. T

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Councillor Paul Ainslie
Paul Ainslie

Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at 

All my Best,