Community News Update - February 5, 2021

Dear Community,

Today, Ontario has reported another 1670 cases of COVID-19, as well as 45 more deaths because of the virus - of these cases - 667 have been registered here in Toronto.

Looking at today’s numbers, it should be noted that the province-wide positivity rate of the tests completed today was 2.5% - which is the lowest it has been since late October. This is of course a positive development and shows that the measures we’re taking are working. We cannot afford to relent now and lose the progress we’ve made.

Instead, it remains vital that we all continue to observe the best advice from our medical experts, including maintaining our physical distancing, washing our hands, and limiting our trips out of our homes.

February is Black History Month, and this afternoon I was very glad to be able to join CTV’s The Social for a discussion about what it means to Canadians. It was great to have the opportunity to speak on the panel and take a moment to highlight the importance of not only looking to the past during Black History Month, but also thinking about how we can do better right now to support Black lives today, and Black futures moving forward.

If you would like to watch a clip from the episode, you can find them here.  

Last night, I met with residents from the fantastic tenants’ association at 440 Winona in the Oakwood and Vaughan area to answer their questions about tenants’ rights during COVID-19. Throughout this pandemic, I have been calling on the Ford government to implement more supports for renters in our community, through rent subsidies, a real eviction freeze, and more. It was great to have the chance to speak with everyone who attended.

I want to send a special thank you to Prophetess Reid, the Chair of the 440 Winona Tenants Association for helping organize the evening.

Have a safe weekend everyone!

In Solidarity,


Jill Andrew
MPP for Toronto—St. Paul's

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