August 20th Weekly Update

Published on August 20, 2020

 

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Dear Neighbour, 

This has been a historic week in our province with progress on a number of transportation projects, including the issuance of Requests For Proposals for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension and the Scarborough Subway Extension. These are long-term investments will make commuting easier within the City of Toronto and the GTHA. 

Under this plan, the future Eglinton Crosstown will be extended west from the current terminus at Mount Dennis, connecting Toronto and Mississauga and creating a one-stop connection from our riding directly to the airport. The Scarborough Subway Extension will replace the aging Scarborough RT with a state of the art three-stop subway. 

The release of these RFPs is another step forward in delivering the largest subway expansion in the country's history to commuters and businesses in the Greater Toronto Area.

In April 2019, the province announced its historic new transportation vision, with a preliminary estimated cost of $28.5 billion. In addition to the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, this plan also includes the all-new Ontario Line and the Yonge North Subway Extension. Planning is underway for all four priority projects with procurements staged to ensure each project is delivered successfully.

On August 5, 2020, Ontario announced three teams of bidders per project were shortlisted to advance tunnelling work on two of the four priority transit projects, the Scarborough Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, included in the Subway Transit Plan for the GTA.
 
Today, the Ontario government announced the hiring of an additional 200 Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers. These new recruits will provide OPP frontline officers with the additional resources they need to better protect communities.

This new hiring initiative is part of our government efforts to improve the OPP’s workplace culture and support the mental health and well-being of OPP personnel as they go above and beyond to serve and protect our communities.
I've been enjoying the great outdoors participating in this month's 30x30 challenge. Try to spend a minimum of 30 minutes outdoors a day, it's great for your physical and mental health. This past weekend, my husband and I rode 30KM from Simcoe to Port Dover. This is also a great way to spend some travel/tourism dollars by taking a staycation somewhere in Ontario to help support local businesses and strengthen Ontario's economic recovery. 

My constituency office is open by appointment only. If you are in need of any assistance, you can make an appointment by calling my constituency office at (416) 781-2395 or email me at robin.martin@pc.ola.org.
 
Until next week,
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

(416) 781-2395 - robin.martin@pc.ola.org
 
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