September 3rd Weekly Update

Published on September 03, 2020


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Dear Neighbour, 

This week is National Convenience Week - a week to celebrate our amazing convenience stores and their owners who, at the height of the global pandemic, kept their doors open and served neighbours including here in Eglinton-Lawrence. Convenience stores are once again partnering with Make-A-Wish Foundation to raise donations for children with life-threatening illnesses throughout the week. 

To recognize our convenience stores, I had the opportunity to meet with some store owners this and present them with a scroll in recognition of their ongoing service to our community. 
This week, I also hosted my second annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony. The ceremony this year was different because it was held virtually, but it still allowed us to recognize 25 selfless volunteers who have contributed to various organizations in Eglinton-Lawrence.
Often, volunteers and their great work goes unnoticed. Many of the volunteers who I recognized this week had dedicated their time and service tirelessly including during the pandemic and I wanted to show my gratitude for their selfless efforts which make our riding a better place. COVID-19 has increased the importance of volunteerism in our community and it couldn't have been a better year to recognize these amazing volunteers. 

Congratulations to all of them for receiving the 2020 Eglinton-Lawrence Volunteer Service Award. 
This week, the Ontario Government made two significant policy changes affecting Long Term Care residents and their families. 

Effective immediately, residents can spend time away from their long-term care homes for day trips or overnight absences. For 'short-stay' absences — those that do not include an overnight stay — homes must provide residents with a medical mask to be worn at all times when outside of the home, if tolerated, and remind them of the importance of public health measures, including physical distancing.

When they return, residents must be actively screened but are not required to be tested or to self-isolate. Residents may also leave for 'temporary' absences of one or more nights. For the protection of their neighbours, residents who leave on a temporary absence will be required to self-isolate for 14 days when they return to the home. If a home makes the decision to deny a temporary absence request, they must communicate their rationale in writing.

The Ontario Government also updated the visitor policy for long-term care homes this week to help operators implement consistent visiting practices for caregivers across the province. The updated policy provides clarity that caregivers are allowed to visit homes at any time, including during an outbreak, subject to direction from the local public health unit. This will support better implementation across homes.

Each resident and/or their substitute decision maker may designate a maximum of two caregivers who can visit, without time limits. If a home is not in outbreak, and the resident is not self-isolating or symptomatic, caregivers can visit together. If a home is in outbreak, or the resident is self-isolating or symptomatic, they must visit one at a time to limit risk of transmission and follow direction from the local public health unit.

By updating this policy, the government will continue to make every effort to support the safety and emotional well being of residents and the staff who care for them.
After a great success with my first Children's Drawing Contest, I am now accepting drawings for my second contest. This contests' best drawings will be displayed in my 2021 Calendar! All drawings will be displayed once again in my constituency office. I received a lot of great drawings from many young constituents in my first contest and including a few of the drawings in my recently published newsletter.

You can submit the 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 name in the sent 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. We have a long weekend ahead, I want you to enjoy the good weather, get outside, limit your contact, wear your masks, and wash your hands!

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].
Happy Labour Day long weekend,
Robin Martin, MPP

(416) 781-2395 - [email protected]
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