May 7th, 2020 | Weekly Update

Published on May 07, 2020

I want to start off by saying I know Mother's Day will be celebrated differently this year, but it's important to keep everyone safe and healthy. Take a moment to call or video chat your mom if you cannot visit her.

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Dear Neighbour,

I want to start off by saying I know Mother's Day will be celebrated differently this year, but it's important to keep everyone safe and healthy. Take a moment to call or video chat your mom if you cannot visit her.  And to all mothers in Eglinton-Lawrence, I hope you have a very Happy Mother's Day!

I know how hard these unprecedented times are, which is why our government is doing everything in our power to keep Ontarians safe. We've made progress, but there is still a long way to go. It's important we continue to listen to health officials and maintain our physical distancing measures to keep everyone safe.

I hope you have been staying updated with my weekly newsletters and have been able to make use of the information provided. My office staff and I continue to answer calls and emails to provide the support our constituents need.

DIGITAL ACTIVITY BOOK FOR KIDS 

 
Download my recently released Activity Book for kids. I know how hard it is to keep your kids busy at this time - so I hope this book will provide them a bit of fun, while keeping them busy! Click on the photo to direct you to the Activity Book! 
For my younger constituents, I recently published a Digital Activity Book - feel free to share it or download and print it at your own discretion. I've also launched an Eglinton-Lawrence Children's Drawing Contest. I'm happy to say that I've already received a number of submissions! The best drawings will be published in my next quarterly mail-out newsletter, and all participants will receive a letter of appreciation. Below are the details: 
I cannot wait to see the talent that children of Eglinton-Lawrence have! Mail in your drawing to Robin Martin, 2882 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON, M6B 3S6 - alternatively you can email it to robin.martinco@pc.ola.org.
Tell your friends and family who have children to participate! 

Deadline: June 10th, 2020
For those in need of information on available supports for individuals and businesses, I've launched a website which provides a one-stop resource detailing programs. It will be updated accordingly as new information becomes available:
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.

 
Sincerely,
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence

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

         PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT        

Opening of Retail Businesses 

The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. 

As of Friday, May 8 at 12:01 a.m., garden centres and nurseries will be able to open for in-store payment and purchases.

As of Saturday, May 9 at 12:01 a.m., Hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases. 

As of Monday, May 11 at 12:01 a.m., retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery.

Businesses must follow public health measures and should review the workplace safety guidelines, such as promoting physical distancing and frequent handwashing, sanitizing surfaces, installing physical barriers, staggering shifts, and using contactless payment options to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Read more about the reopening of businesses
 
Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief

The Ontario government has extended emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. 

Read More about Extension of Electricity Relief Rates
 

Ontario Releases Plan to Resume Scheduled Surgeries 

The Ontario government has developed a comprehensive framework to help hospitals assess their readiness and begin planning for the gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures, while maintaining capacity to respond to COVID-19. Timelines will vary from hospital to hospital and be conditional on approval by regional oversight tables involved with planning and coordinating Ontario's response to COVID-19.

The framework, A Measured Approach to Planning for Surgeries and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic, contains clear criteria that must be met before hospitals can resume scheduled surgeries, including ensuring that the hospital and its region have the following:

  • A stable number of COVID-19 cases;
  • A stable supply of personal protective equipment;
  • A stable supply of medications;
  • An adequate capacity of inpatient and intensive care unit beds;
  • An adequate capacity of health human resources; and
  • The availability of post-acute care outside the hospital that would be required to support patients after discharge.

These criteria will ensure hospitals take a measured and responsible approach that prioritizes the health and safety of patients and health care workers, while maintaining plans to support long-term care homes in their region.

Read More about Resumption of Scheduled Surgeries
 

Ontario Continues to Enhance Mental Health Support Needs 

The Ontario Government recognizes many Ontarians are experiencing increased anxiety because of COVID-19 and are worried about their health, the health of their family and friends, and the future of their livelihoods and are feeling anxious in physical isolation. The government wants to help those who need support and have taken immediate action to ensure everyone can access the high-quality care they expect and deserve.

Recently, the government announced up to $12 million in emergency funding to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports. This brings additional access to care for people across the province and specific services to our frontline heroes.

Read more about Mental Health Support Needs
 
Ontario Significantly Increases Daily Lab Testing
 
Ontario has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes, and other congregate settings. In partnership with Ontario Health, Public Health Ontario, local public health units, and hospital and community laboratories, the Ontario government has developed an integrated laboratory system which has established the province as a national leader in daily testing over volumes per capita.

On May 2, 2020, the province released updated guidance to the health sector to ensure consistency across the province, and to help guide decision-making on the testing of priority population groups.

To date, Ontario has conducted over 342,000 tests, with testing results being made available to patients through the user-friendly online portal. The portal was developed to help ease pressure on frontline workers, allowing them to focus their efforts on combating COVID-19.
Read more about Testing and Tracing Capacity
 

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 

Click here for information on local assessment centres, including who should attend one. For more information, please contact your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000.

For the most up-to-date COVID-19 information from the Government of Ontario visit ontario.ca/coronavirus
 

           FEDERAL GOVERNMENT          

Canada Child Benefit (CCB)
Families who receive the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will be receiving an extra $300 per child in May. Eligible families will automatically receive this one-time increase as part of their scheduled May payment.

COVID-19 Supply Council
The Federal Government has launched a COVID-19 Supply Council which will provide advice on building supply chains for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) production. 
 

         MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT         

60-day Grace Period For Property Tax Ends May 15th
The 60-day grace period for property tax, utility bill payments and late penalties ends on May 15th. Residents who pay these bills will receive a mailed notification of their revised bill due dates. Final tax bills will be mailed in mid-May. 

ActiveTO
The City of Toronto has unveiled a new program called ActiveTO which will give pedestrians and cyclists more room on the streets to ensure physical distancing. 

Opening of Community Gardens
The City of Toronto will begin opening its community and allotment gardens for the 2020 gardening season. The City will follow a phased approach in opening its 81 community gardens and 12 allotment gardens. 
 
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