Community News Update - August 9, 2021

Dear Community,
 
We have started this week with 325 new cases of COVID-19. While a decrease from yesterday’s 423, this is nearly double the number reported on the same day last week. Today’s number have also contributed to an increase in the seven-day average of daily cases.
 
As of yesterday, 52.2% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 had gotten both doses of vaccine, while 58.1% of adults 18 to 29 had both shots. We need to get our younger population vaccinated! Amongst the general population eligible to get the vaccine, 71.6% of Ontarians have had both doses.
 
I again urge you to get vaccinated if you are eligible and haven’t already. And, if you are vaccinated, help us spread accurate information about the vaccines.
 
This Thursday (August 12) and Friday (August 13), from 9 am to 7 pm, there will be a pop-up vaccination clinic at Fairbank Public School (2335 Dufferin Street). To book an appointment or for more information, contact the York-Fairbank Centre for Seniors at 416-651-8300 or [email protected].
 
For those who missed the announcement last Friday, I will be organizing a virtual Education Townhall with MPP Marit Stiles on August 16 at 5:30 pm. We will be discussing steps needed to ensure a safe return to schools in September.

RSVP here and email your questions to [email protected] with the subject "Education Townhall.” We are also distributing flyers this week to promote the event. Considering the importance of this matter, we want to ensure folks who do not necessarily have access to this newsletter can join. If you are interested in volunteering for this, please sign up here.
 
On another note, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released a new report highlighting that changes in Earth’s climate are being felt in every region and across the whole climate system. This startling report shows that the urgent actions to cut emissions and transition to a clean economy proposed in the NDP’s climate plan, “Climate. Jobs. Justice. A Green New Democratic Deal,” are critical and cannot wait.
 
My Party is also pushing Ford to sign an agreement with Ottawa to bring in $10-per-day childcare. Quebec, British Columbia, Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador have all signed the deal, while Ontario parents are still waiting.
 
Finally, we decided to cancel the food tables last Saturday due to the rain forecast. But we plan to be back next weekend (if the weather allows). Sign up to volunteer and help our Community thrive!

Our food tables happen in the following locations on Saturdays, from 11 am to 1 pm:
 
Marian Engel Park - 285 Melita Ave. (Christie St. and Melita Ave)
Click here to register to volunteer.
 
St. Matthew’s United Church - 729 St. Clair Ave West. (St. Clair Ave W. and Rushton Ave.)
Click here to register to volunteer.
 
Cy Townsend Park - 455 Winona Dr. (Vaughan Rd. and Winona Dr.)
Click here to register to volunteer.
 
Oriole Park Community Garden - 201 Oriole Parkway (Located near Lascelles Blvd. At the south entrance to Oriole Park)
Click here to register to volunteer.

In Solidarity,

Jill Andrew
Toronto—St. Paul's

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