September 10th Weekly Update

Published on September 11, 2020
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Dear Neighbour, 

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, an international awareness day commemorated every year on September 10th. One death from suicide is one too many. It's not always easy to identify the signs, which is why it's important to check-in with your family and friends. Ask them how they are, how they're feeling. Stay informed. If you or someone you know is struggling, it’s important to reach out for support. For more information and for available supports visit: http://ontario.ca/mentalhealth.
Today, the Premier of Ontario announced an additional investment of $14.75 million to expand mental health and addiction services. This funding will help support people from all walks of life during this unprecedented time, including families, young people, children, frontline workers, and Indigenous communities. 

Of the $14.75 million: 
  • $7 million will be to invested to safely expand in-person mental health and addictions services to bridge current gaps brought on by COVID-19, including community-based services, congregate living and supportive housing;
  • $4.75 million to support culturally safe services for Indigenous communities, with a focus on children and youth; and
  • $3 million to expand virtual and online services including addictions supports, Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) and an online peer support community for mental health. 
Today, the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries announced the recipients for this year's Quest for Gold grant. I am happy to report that 12 talented Quest for Gold recipients are from Eglinton-Lawrence. With this direct financial assistance, these individuals can continue to pursue their dreams. Congratulations to all of the recipients! 
The majority of students in the Toronto Public and Catholic boards will return to school beginning next week. This year is different, and given the circumstances the government is ensuring layers of protection to keep children, staff, and parents safe. The government has invested an additional $1.3 billion to allow for a flexible and safe reopening of schools. 

I want to take the time to wish all Ontario students including the many in Eglinton-Lawrence a happy back-to-school. Have a safe, educational, and fun 2020-21 school year. You are our future. Continue to strive and aim for success.
My second children's drawing contest continues and I have already received some drawings! 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. 
People may have become tired of practising the health and safety guidelines put in place by health officials, but it's so important to continue to practise them because we're not out of the woods yet. 

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 robin.martin@pc.ola.org.
 
Stay safe, stay healthy, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

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