Community News Update - July 4, 2022

Dear Community,

To begin today, I am issuing a call on the Ford government to immediately expand fourth dose eligibility across Ontario. As it stands, fourth doses are only currently available to people aged 60 and over, Indigenous people and their family members, and only certain vulnerable populations.

While initially prioritizing these groups made sense, it’s now time to ensure that fourth doses are made accessible to more Ontarians, especially in this moment when we are seeing case counts begin to rise again. In other jurisdictions, we have already seen this expansion take place (in the United States and Quebec for example anyone aged 18 or older is eligible), and Ontario must follow suit quickly.

In fact, around the world, we are seeing COVID-19 cases rising.

There was an 18% global increase in cases just in the last week, and with doctors becoming increasingly concerned about a potential fall wave of COVID-19 infections, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) is calling for expanded eligibility.

I will be sure to keep our community updated as we continue to pressure the Ford government to act on this file.

Over the weekend, I was thrilled to swing by the Afro-Caribbean Farmers’ Market for its first weekend of this summer! The market, located in Little Jamaica is back for its second season in our community, and I am thrilled to offer them my full support.

The market received some great attention this weekend, including a visit from Global News.

I want to congratulate the entire team that works on the Afro-Caribbean Farmers’ Market, as well as all the vendors who bring it to life.

For anyone who’s interested in dropping by the market this year, here is the schedule:

  • Every Sunday from July 3 to September 25
  • 11AM to 3PM
  • 1531 Eglinton Ave West
  • In the Green P Parking Lot – by Alameda and Eglinton (at the end of Reggae Lane)

This weekend, I held a volunteer appreciation party for everyone who volunteered with my re-election campaign in the spring. It was an absolute pleasure to be able to give back to everyone who supported our work, and who was part of the movement that we were able to build during the campaign.

I can never say it enough – so thank you to everyone who supported our campaign.

I also took some time to have dinner with my staff team this week at a delightful Thai restaurant in our Hillcrest Village – Chai Pochana. If you have an affinity for great food – you should check it out!

Finally today, I want to thank everyone who sent in their pet pictures over the weekend! We got a good group of pictures – but we’re still looking for more! So – if you’ve got an adorable pooch who deserves more attention, a puuur-fect cat, or a beautiful budgie – we want to see it!

So send your submissions to [email protected] with the subject line “Pets of Toronto-St. Paul's”!

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

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