October 22nd Weekly Update

Published on October 22, 2020
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Dear Neighbour, 

On Tuesday, I was proud to host the Premier and Minister of Education at Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School where we announced the Ontario Government will be investing $550 million in 2020-21 to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province.

One of those projects is at Loretto Abbey, which will receive $24 million in funding for infrastructure improvements. When completed, 620 new student spaces will be available through upgrades to the existing building infrastructure.

This investment will support the needs of our growing community here in Eglinton-Lawrence while preserving the historic legacy of this school, which is one of the oldest educational institutions in the City of Toronto. 
Halloween is quickly approaching and I know many of you have had questions regarding the health and safety guidelines that surround this yearly event. This week, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) released guidance specifically for Halloween. As you know, the City of Toronto, Ottawa, and the Regions of York and Peel are all currently under modified Stage 2. 

Given the high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions above, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended. It's important to follow these health recommendations in order to ensure our children and families will be safe. People should and can consider alternative ways to celebrate.This can include, but is not limited to:

  • Encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities and parties;
  • Organizing a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household;
  • Carving pumpkins;
  • Having a movie night or sharing scary stories; and
  • Decorating front lawns.
This week is #SmallBusinessWeek in Ontario. It has never been more important to be celebrating and supporting the backbone of Ontario's economy. Many small businesses have faced signfiicant challenges due to COVID-19.

But we can help.

I encourage you all to shop local. When you purchase your groceries, buy gifts for the upcoming holiday season, or even order take-out, consider purchasing from a local small business to help keep our main streets vibrant.  

I want to take this opportunity and congratulate all the small business owners in Eglinton-Lawrence, this week is your week. Thank you for contributing to Ontario's economy. I know times are tough, I truly do, but together, we will get through this, collectively, with the help of our community as well. 
With the onset of COVID-19, many services and businesses have had no choice but to digitize. The Ontario Government has had to adapt many of the services we most rely on. 

Going forward, the Government wants to improve these services as well as consult and innovate new ideas that will help make the public sector more efficient, effective and swift, overall affecting the operations and decisions of the government as well as Ontarians. 

Some of these services include:
→ Making government services more digitally accessible
→ Reducing red tape and simplifying policies, while protecting public health and safety
→ Improving government purchasing
→ Creating more responsive and flexible public services

To read the entire action plan click here.
We are in a second wave. So it is extremely important that we continue to play our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Wash your hands, wear a mask when in public spaces, physical distance, stay home if you're sick, even if they're mild symptoms - together we will get through this. 

My constituency office continues to be 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 [email protected].
Stay safe, stay healthy, 
Robin Martin, MPP

(416) 781-2395 - [email protected]
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My second children's drawing contest continues! All drawings will be displayed once again in my constituency office, with some displayed in my 2021 Calendar!

You can submit original drawings by mail at 2882 Dufferin Street, Toronto, Ontario, M6B 3S6. Please ensure that the contact information including the address and the artist's first name is sent in the mail. The deadline to submit drawings is November 15th, 2020.