My #COVID Update of February 2, 2021 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.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: Toronto Public Health is moving to the provincial Case and Contact Management system, a central repository for COVID-19 data in Toronto. Toronto Public Health’s reporting platform has been put on temporary paus. We can expect to resume full reporting on February 8. Toronto Public Health’s reporting platform can be reviewed online. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.  

A Province-wide declaration of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect through to February 9, 2021, unless extended further. It remains imperative that we all respect the COVID-19 orders and stay home as much as possible. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread.

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Ontario continues accelerated vaccinations of most vulnerable despite vaccine delays. Ongoing vaccine delays and reduced shipments have forced the Ontario government to update its goal of completing the administration of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents in each long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care home to February 10. Amidst these delays, vaccination teams will be distributing vaccines in First Nations fly-in communities in the north as part of Operation Remote Immunity, beginning this week. For more information please read this news release.

Ontario Community Support Program extended until 2022. The Ontario government is extending the Ontario Community Support Program (OCSP) until 2022 to ensure that low-income seniors and people with disabilities have access to food, medicine, and other essentials during COVID-19. The program was established in April 2020 and involves an innovative partnership with the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) and its large volunteer base in communities across the province. During that period nearly 800,000 deliveries have been made. During the Fall Economic Update, the government announced plans to extend the program until March 2022, in recognition of its positive impact on vulnerable Ontarians. For more information, please read this news release.

Scarborough Business Association is hosting a Cyber Breakfast Conference on Saving Scarborough Businesses: Child Care, Support, Programs & Recovery with MPP Doly Begum on Wednesday February 3rd, 2021 from 9:15am to 10am. Join like-minded Scarborough business leaders for 45 minutes of interesting discussion with a topic relevant to business resiliency, recovery, and future success. For more information and to register please visit this link.

Scarborough Community Renewal Organization’s (SCRO) Our Scarborough – Speaker Series is back this week with a new session on COVID-19 and Your Toronto Zoo: The Pandemic as an Innovative Accelerator featuring Dolf DeJong. Join on Thursday February 4th, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. To register and for more information on the series please visit this link.

Ward 19 Virtual Parent Engagement Night on Thursday February 9, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood School Council Chairs, Parents/Guardians, Community Members, Superintendents and School Staff are invited to join Trustee Zakir Patel for and upcoming Virtual Parent Engagement Night. Meet your Principals, Vice Principals and Superintendents from Secondary/Elementary/remote and virtual school. Registration is required. If you are interested in participating, please complete the registration form.

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough New Food Support. The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is committed to continuing to provide Community Food Support as we navigate through the current Covid-19 Pandemic. We will be offering Family Food Boxes weekly beginning in February until the end of March 2021 to residents in need that live within Ward 22, 23 and 24.  Those interested must register online using this link or by calling 437-324-2822 Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 3:00pm.

TD Park People Grants help build vital connections between people and parks. Apply for $2000 to support your vision for environmental education, sustainability and stewardship programs that help connect people to their local parks and gardens. Applications are open until March 1, 20201. For more information on eligibility and how to apply please visit www.parkpeople.ca/parkgrants

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24.

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough.

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please 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.

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Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: 

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website with up-to-date information:

   

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul