Community News Update - March 8, 2021

Dear Community,

Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m sending a message of support and solidarity to all the women across Ontario – and I want to invite you to tune in right now (starting at 7PM) to an International Women’s Day Town Hall with Andrea Horwath on Facebook Live.

You can tune in now by clicking here.

We know that COVID-19 has had a disproportionately heavy impact on women, and I will be fighting tooth and nail for a she-covery plan that won’t leave anyone behind.

Whether it is increasing the wages for PSWs by $4/hour, creating more affordable childcare, or supporting the victims of gender-based violence, so much more needs to be done to support the women of Ontario.

Tomorrow night, I will be hosting an International Women’s Day Town Hall with Bhutila Karpoche and six incredible guests from our communities to discuss the she-covery; it will begin at 6PM!

It will be a fantastic conversation, and I want you to join us! If you’re interested in tuning in, please RSVP here and we will send you the link to tune in!

Today in the Legislature, I had the honour of giving both a Member's Statement about International Women's Day, and asking a question to the Government as well. You can watch those here:

In COVID news, the Toronto stay-at-home order has ended, and we are now moving back to “Grey-Lockdown.” Meanwhile, as we make this transition, Ontario has reported 1631 new cases of COVID-19, the most, new cases that we’ve seen in over a month. Note: this number is inflated due to a “data catch-up process”, and the real case count is likely closer to 1300.  

Even accounting for a reporting spike in the data, 1300 cases are too many, and as restrictions are being lifted, I want to start today by urging everyone in our community to please continue to take all necessary precautions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Even with reduced restrictions, we all need to be wearing tight-fitting masks, washing our hands frequently, maintaining our physical distancing, and only breaking physical distancing with other residents of our homes.

We must maintain our vigilance.

An important update regarding vaccinations: priority groups can now pre-register with local hospitals to receive their vaccinations.
The priority groups that have been identified at this stage are:

  • Persons 80 and older
  • Indigenous Adults
  • Adults who receive home care
  • Health-care workers

To find the Toronto vaccination site nearest to you, click here.

Most residents in Toronto-St. Paul’s over the age of 80, should also be able to pre-register with the University Health Network or at Sunnybrook.

To pre-register with the University Health Network, click here.

To pre-register with Sunnybrook, click here.

The City of Toronto has also announced that it will be able to open 3 mass vaccination sites two weeks ahead of schedule, on March 17. They will be located at:

  • Metro Toronto Convention Centre
  • Scarborough Town Centre
  • Toronto Congress Centre

The Ontario NDP released our Green New Democratic Deal on Saturday. This is a key commitment from our party for the next election, as we plan to build an Ontario that is net-zero and carbon neutral. We will lead a shift to a clean and sustainable economy that is rooted in equity, affordability, and reconciliation.

We will launch an ambitious set of reforms that will create well-paying jobs, and ensure a transition to a green economy that doesn’t leave anyone behind.

We know that this can be done – and if you’re interested in reading more about our full proposal – click here.

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

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