Community News Update - February 28, 2021

Dear Community,

I am writing today with a special Sunday update.  

First, I would like to share that I will be sending a letter to the Minister of Health, and Toronto Public Health tomorrow morning about the vaccine distribution plan for Toronto—St. Paul’s.

Since the recent announcements from the provincial government, my office has received questions from our community about the plan.

In my letter, I will be addressing two key items that have been raised.

  1. How can organizations in our community offer their spaces to be vaccination sites?
  2. Are there plans for mobile vaccination sites – who could visit those who may not be able to travel to a vaccination site?

Once I receive answers to these questions, I will be certain to share the response with our entire community.

Next, I would like to let you know about an important event that is being organized by the City of Toronto, for this Thursday (March 4th) at 6:30 PM about Little Jamaica. This is a part of a study about the past, present, and future of Little Jamaica, and how to protect and celebrate this historic space in our community.  

If you’re interested in attending or finding out more, click here.

Protecting Little Jamaica from the pressures of development and gentrification is vital, and this is an issue that I am committed to. To this end, last year I introduced a motion to implement a Little Jamaica Small Business Economic Health and Community Wellness Strategy that would see the provincial government provide economic support to local businesses in need.

You can read more about my proposal here.

Finally, while on Friday I gave a shout out to our local BIAs for the work that they have been doing, today I would like to recognize them by name for their work.

So, to the Hillcrest Village BIA, Wychwood Heights BIA, Oakwood Village BIA, York-Eglinton BIA, Eglinton Way BIA, Uptown Yonge BIA, Midtown Yonge BIA, Yonge-St. Clair BIA, Mount Pleasant Village BIA, Dupont By The Castle BIA, and the Rosedale Main Street BIA, thank you!

In Solidarity,
Jill Andrew
Toronto—St. Paul's

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