October 29th Weekly Update

Published on October 29, 2020
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Dear Neighbour, 

The Ontario Government is investing up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. This investment is extremely important to support many local jobs as well as retrofit, repair and/or build new essential buildings that will benefit Ontarians in the long run. 

Eligible projects under the COVID-19 Resilience stream will fall under four main categories:

  • Community, recreation, health and education renovations (e.g. retrofits, repairs or upgrades to long-term care homes, publicly funded schools and co-located childcare centre facilities, recreation centres or shelters);
  • COVID-19 response infrastructure (e.g. heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, new builds or renovations to enable physical distancing);
  • Active transportation (e.g. parks, trails); and
  • Disaster mitigation, adaptation, or remediation (e.g. flood mitigation).
I am thrilled to share the Government of Ontario has formally adopted the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. This makes us the first province in Canada to do so, and is a huge win for Ontario's Jewish community.

In recent months, MPP Will Bouma and I have been working to move a similar proposal forward through a Private Member's Bill, and now the government has acted to implement the definition immediately.

I also want to extend a special thank you to everyone who worked to advocate for this, including a number of constituents who reached out directly to express their support in recent months. We will always stand strong against anti-Semitism.
Today, I was proud to rise in the House and thank the Ontario Government for being the first province in Canada to adopt the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism. Click on the video to hear it.

The Ontario Government has given the Toronto District School Board approval to tender a major retrofit to Sir Sandford Fleming Public School in our riding of Eglinton-Lawrence, to accomodate the consolidation of Baycrest Public School and child care. The $7.4 million investment will improve the learning environment for the students. This project is part of the province’s capital investment program to support students with better learning spaces.

Halloween is this upcoming weekend. I want to reiterate how important it is to listen to the advice of public health experts to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Eglinton-Lawrence is situated in one of the four hotspots that are in modified stage 2, and the Chief Medical Officer of Health has recommended against traditional trick-or-treating this year. I know it's upsetting to many of our youngest residents who will not be able to go trick-or-treating, but its truly for the safety of our kids and their families. 

Instead, let's celebrate in different ways by: 
  • 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.
Unison Health & Community Services has teamed up with North Toronto Ontario Health Team to provide Flu Shots to local residents through an appointment only clinic at the Lawrence Heights Community Centre. Details are in the flyer above.

The flu shot is also available at participating pharmacies, doctors, nurse practitioners or at a local public health clinics. It is recommended that you call ahead to confirm availability and make an appointment if required. 
Finally, just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Don't forget to turn your clocks back before you go to bed Saturday night! 

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. Let's keep each other safe by taking extra precautions. 

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
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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.