October 15th Weekly Update

Published on October 15, 2020
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Dear Neighbour, 

Last Friday, the Ontario Government introduced additional public health measures on the advice of the Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, in response to alarming public health trends in Toronto, Ottawa and the Region of Peel. These additional public health measures include: 
 
  • Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained. The two limits may not be combined for an indoor-outdoor event;
  • Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls;
  • Closing of:
    • Indoor gyms and fitness centres (i.e., exercise classes and weight and exercise rooms);
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
    • Indoor cinemas;
    • Performing arts centres and venues;
    • Spectator areas in racing venues;
    • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.;
Effective tomorrow, Friday October 16th, short-term and temporary absences for social or personal reasons will not be allowed at long-term care homes in areas of the province where there is higher community spread of COVID-19. This directive has only been issued in the City of Toronto, Ottawa and the Region of Peel. 

Access to homes will continue to be facilitated for essential caregivers. Each resident or their substitute decision maker may appoint up to two essential caregivers, which can include family members. Under current visitation guidance, only one essential caregiver may attend at a time. 
Today is Global Handwashing Day - which is a habit I'm sure we have all been practicing over the past few months. One of the simplest ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by washing your hands frequently! 
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. 
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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       HIGHLIGHTS      
    PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT   
 
     HIGHLIGHTS     
    FEDERAL GOVERNMENT   
  • The Federal Government has opened the application process for the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) on October 12th, 2020.
  • Applications for the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) and the Canada Recovery Caregiver Benefit (CRCB) opened on October 5, 2020.   
  • The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended to protect jobs and help businesses, charities and non-profits re-hire workers.
 
     HIGHLIGHTS     
    MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT   
  • The City of Toronto is extending its partnership with Ritual to launch Open For Business – a collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales.
  • Effective Tuesday, October 13, the following Parks and Recreation programs and services are suspended:

    → registered and instructional programs such as learn to skate and swim programs, dance, group fitness and wellness program
    → hockey games and scrimmages
    → drop-in sports programs other than leisure and lane swim and leisure skate
    → table tennis, billiards, foosball
    → access to the City’s two conservatories
    → indoor permits for social gatherings and sport games/group fitness

 
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