July 2nd Weekly Update

Published on July 02, 2021
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Dear Neighbour, 

I hope you had a very happy Canada Day yesterday, and are looking forward to the weekend! 

Starting on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., youth aged 12 to 17 across the province will be eligible to book an accelerated second dose appointment to receive the Pfizer vaccine through the provincial booking system, directly through public health units that use their own booking system, and through participating pharmacies.

Ontario’s vaccine rollout has been widely successful, surpassing targets and continuing to expand eligibility ahead of schedule. During the week of June 21, 2021, the province administered more than one million doses in four days. Notably, 26,771 doses were administered in a single day at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena Clinic, setting a North American record. To date, the province’s public health units, mass vaccination clinics, hospital sites, pharmacies and primary care providers have administered over 15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, with more than 77 per cent of adult Ontarians having received their first dose and more than 42 per cent fully immunized.

The Ontario government is making life easier for Ontario Photo Card holders by providing the option for card renewals online, no longer requiring in-person renewals at a ServiceOntario centre.

The Ontario Photo Card provides Ontarians who do not have a driver’s licence with access to their government-issued identification, making it easier for them to do things such as open a bank account, receive a ballot when voting, and perform any other activities that require official identification.

This is the latest service offered as part of the Ontario government’s Digital First Strategy, which commits to designing digital products and services that are user-friendly and simpler, faster and better for people to use.

For those who cannot or choose not to renew online, Ontario Photo Card renewals at a ServiceOntario centre will still be available.

The Ontario government is taking strong action to protect road users against unsafe and aggressive driving with the Moving Ontarians More Safely Act, 2021 (MOMS) Act, that came into affect yesterday. The law will enforce new measures to combat high-risk driving and improve road safety, including longer driver’s licence suspensions and longer vehicle impoundment periods for drivers who engage in stunt driving, street racing and aggressive driving.

Starting July 1st: 
  • Roadside driver’s licence suspension and vehicle impoundment periods for drivers caught street racing/stunt driving from seven days each to a 30-day driver’s licence suspension and a 14-day vehicle impoundment.
  • Introduce escalating post-conviction driver’s licence suspensions for drivers convicted of street racing/stunt driving:
    • For a first offence, a minimum of one to three years
    • For a second offence, a minimum of three to 10 years
    • For a third offence, a lifetime suspension that may be reduced at a later date to be established by regulation, and
    • For fourth and subsequent offences, a lifetime driver’s licence suspension.
  • Create a lower speed threshold for stunt driving charges of driving 40 kilometres per hour (km/h) or more above the speed limit on roads where the speed limit is less than 80 km/h.
  • Introduce a default speed limit of 80 km/h on a highway not within a local municipality or a built-up area.

We're going to have beautiful weather this upcoming weekend, and what better way to enjoy it than exploring the great outdoors? The Ontario Government is happy to announce Free-Fishing Week kicks off tomorrow. Ontario families can enjoy fishing province-wide without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card, from July 3 to 11, 2021.

Families that take part in these activities are reminded to respect the regulations under Step 2 of the Roadmap to Reopen.

If you and your family are fishing during licence-free fishing periods or at other times, it’s important to help keep recreational fisheries healthy for future generations by:

  • Following conservation licence catch limits
  • Obeying size limits and sanctuaries
  • Following all other fishing regulations and rules.

My constituency office is open for appointments only. In efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we encourage you to continue to contact us at (416) 781-2395 or email [email protected]. We remain ready to assist.

Stay safe, 
Robin Martin, MPP
To book a COVID-19 vaccination, visit Ontario.ca/bookvaccine or call 1-888-999-6488
For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
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