Community News Update - January 27, 2021

Dear Community,

Ontario’s daily COVID-19 case counts are continuing to decline, and today we have recorded 1670 new cases across the province, with 450 of those cases here in Toronto. The province-wide daily case count is the lowest that we have seen since the end of November.

As we continue to see declining case numbers, I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone in our community who is working hard right now to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and acknowledge the sacrifices that are being made to keep us all safe.

So, let us make sure to keep our focus on the task at hand, and continue to take all the necessary steps to continue to drive the daily case counts down in our community. That means continuing to restrict our non-essential trips out, washing our hands, and diligently wearing our masks.

The effects that COVID-19 is having on all of us are hard to overstate, and frankly, the full toll that this pandemic is taking on people around the world will not be fully understood for many years. The collective trauma, grief, and isolation that we are enduring is impacting everyone differently – but we all need tools to be able to process what we are experiencing.

That is why I have partnered with the incredible team from being here, human to organize a Mental Health & Grief Check-In tomorrow evening on Facebook Live. The event will be led by facilitators from being here, human, who will be facilitating a discussion about grief literacy to help us get through the days ahead.
You can tune in tomorrow here, and you can RSVP here.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day when we reflect on all the victims of the Holocaust. We honour the memory of the six million Jewish people who were murdered, as well the countless other victims of the horrific Nazi regime.  It is not difficult to recognize the evil of the Nazis; it can be harder, but more importantly, to be critical of ourselves as well. Those six million victims include almost a thousand people who were refused asylum in Canada and had to return to Germany, where they were killed.  

On this day, let us all redouble our commitment to ensuring that all our future generations are educated about the Holocaust – and reaffirm our commitments to battling antisemitism, racism, sexism, and all forms of hate.

When the Ontario Legislature returns, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath will be introducing a motion asking all parties to support the construction of a Holocaust memorial on the grounds of Queen’s Park.

You can read her full letter to Doug Ford about this proposal here.

In Solidarity,

Jill Andrew
MPP for Toronto—St. Paul's

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