June 18th 2020 | Weekly Update

Published on June 18, 2020

On Monday, the Ontario Government announced seven more regions in Ontario will move to Stage 2 of the Framework for Reopening the Province, but Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 1.

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Dear Neighbour,

Father's Day is this weekend, and I want to begin by thanking all the amazing fathers and father figures who have provided the love and guidance we've needed. My father passed away a couple of years ago and I continue to remember him every day. Happy Father's Day to all the dads, near or far! 
Today, the Government of Ontario announced additional steps to enhance contact tracing and stop the spread of COVID-19. These additional steps include a comprehensive case-management and contact management strategy, Protecting Ontarians through Enhanced Case and Contact Management, and in partnership with the federal government, a new made in Ontario mobile app called COVID Alert that will become available in the coming weeks. 

The government's enhanced strategy focuses on strengthening and standardizing case and contact management by: 
→ Launching a privacy-first exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19;
→ Ensuring that all new cases and their close contacts are identified early, contacted quickly, investigated thoroughly and are followed up with daily for;
→ Supporting public health units with up to 1,700 additional staff from Statistics Canada; and
→ Improving technology tools by replacing the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) with a new custom-built case and contact management system that is integrated with the Ontario Laboratory Information System.

This app will also provide quick access to Public Health advice and resources, recommend necessary action and keep Ontarians safe regardless of which province they are in, helping us towards the goal of ensuring we can all move more freely and safely. 
Recently, the Ontario Government announced the expansion of the number of people allowed to attend an indoor wedding ceremony to a maximum of 30% capacity of the ceremony venue indoors, or 50 attendees outdoors. These guidelines will also apply to funeral ceremonies. Wedding and funeral receptions continue to be subject to a limit of 10 people. 
On Monday, the Ontario Government announced seven more regions in Ontario will move to Stage 2 of the Framework for Reopening the Province, but Toronto, Peel and Windsor-Essex remain in Stage 1. The government will provide a further update on the status of these regions on Monday. 
This morning my private member's bill, the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act received Royal Assent today by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. With this, it is officially law and will come in to force on a date to be determined in the future by the government.  Thank you to everyone who advocated for and supported this idea.
As the weather gets better and people start going out, continue to keep in mind physical distancing and other health and safety guidelines that will keep us all safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Once again, Happy Father's Day to all the dad's out there! Stay safe, enjoy the weather and have a relaxing weekend.

 
Sincerely,
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

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