June 4th 2020 | Weekly Update

Published on June 04, 2020

June marks Italian, Portuguese and Filipino Heritage Month. I am proud to represent many Italian, Portuguese and Filipino residents who reside in Eglinton-Lawrence. These three rich cultures have significantly contributed to Ontario's economy and continue to do so. 

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Dear Neighbour,

Today, Premier Ford announced our government's plan to support young people from disadvantaged communities across Ontario. This plan includes a new Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity which will be compromised of youth from 18-29 years of age with expertise from community organizations, not-for-profit businesses, education, and government services.

The council will focus on the challenges facing young people today, such as completing an education, skills training, and employment. As an immediate priority, the council will identify strategies to support vulnerable and marginalized youth to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Those interested in joining the council are invited to apply to the Public Appointments Secretariat by Thursday, June 18, 2020. Eligible candidates should have expertise in areas such as community service, business, education, and government services such as youth justice and child welfare.
June marks Italian, Portuguese and Filipino Heritage Month. I am proud to represent many Italian, Portuguese and Filipino residents who reside in Eglinton-Lawrence. These three rich cultures have significantly contributed to Ontario's economy and continue to do so. 

Let's join these three vibrant communities and celebrate the values that echo diversity, unity, and respect. Happy Italian, Portuguese and Filipino Heritage Month! 
June also marks National Indigenous Month. Throughout this month, we recognize the history and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and reflect how their rich history has shaped our province and country.

This past week our government established a new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council that will provide culturally-relevant advice on violence prevention.  This council will confront and eliminate the root causes of violence so that Indigenous women and girls today, and for generations to come, will be able to live their lives feeling safe and secure. 

Currently, there is no dedicated provincial forum for Indigenous women and LGBTQ2S leaders and experts to engage on violence prevention issues. The Council will be key to ensuring Indigenous women’s voices guide Ontario’s priorities on a range of critical issues.

Ontario will benefit from 11 First Nations, Métis, Inuit and LGBTQ2S leaders and experts in violence prevention who will make up the Council, which will meet twice annually. An Elder/Traditional Knowledge Keeper will also be invited to guide and support the Council.
I know many of my constituents continue to face hardship because of the pandemic which has caused many individuals to be out of work and caused many individuals to be at home. Our government initially put forth relief on electricity rates. 

As of June 1st, the Government extended that relief by announcing the COVID-19 Recovery Rate which will provide 12.8 cents per kWh, which will be automatically applied to all time-of-use customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This fixed electricity price will be in place from June 1 - October 31, 2020. 

Starting November 1, 2020, customers will be able to choose a plan that best suits their household and lifestyle with the option of either Time-Of-Use (TOU) electricity rates or tiered pricing, which will provide a set rate for electricity up to a certain level of consumption.
In recent weeks, a number of constituents have contacted my office in regards to short-term rentals including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, and condominiums. Previously, short-term rentals were restricted under the emergency orders. As of tomorrow, June 5 at 12:01 am, the Ontario government is allowing short-term rentals to resume operations. Property owners should consult with health and safety related to the tourism sector guidelines when considering how they can reopen their doors to guests.

Deadline: June 10th, 2020

This week marks the last week of my drawing contest so continue to send them [email protected] or mail them into my Constituency Office. They will all be displayed on my Drawing Contest Submission Window. Every participant will receive a Letter of Appreciation from me. 

Although my constituency office remains closed to walk-ins, my staff and I are working remotely and remain available to answer your inquiries via phone or email. Please contact us if you are in need of assistance - we are here to support you and appreciate your patience as it may take us longer than normal to get back to you.

Robin Martin, MPP

(416) 781-2395 - [email protected]

I've launched a dedicated website which provides a one-stop resource detailing programs to support individuals and businesses from the Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be updated frequently as new information becomes available: http://covidsupports.robinmartinmpp.ca

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, use Ontario’s interactive self-assessment tool to help determine how to seek further care: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment 

If you’re worried you have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it, you should get tested – even if you don’t have any symptoms. For more information, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid-19-assessment-centres

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
  • The City of Toronto has launched CafeTO in efforts to provide outdoor dining areas to help patrons and restaurants enjoy the summer months on the patios while ensuring physical distancing measures are upheld. 
  • All Library Branches in the City of Toronto are now accepting drop offs for library materials.
  • The City of Toronto has started to reopen some of the 200 park washrooms across the city. 
  • Property owners with a good payment history as of March 2020 can request additional time to pay their taxes without incurring interest and late fees for a six month period effective June 1st to November 30th, 2020. Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship resulting from COVID-19.


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