Today, Ontario has reported another 321 new cases of COVID-19, bringing our seven-day case average to 366, down from 407 one week ago. Here in Toronto we’ve found another 66 new cases of COVID-19, and 88% of eligible Ontarians are either partially or fully vaccinated.
Of course if you are not yet fully vaccinated I encourage you to get vaccinated, and you can book a vaccination appointment by clicking here.
Coming up this Sunday is Halloween, and this year I’m excited to announce that I’ll be handing out candy at my Constituency Office at 803 St. Clair Ave West!
I’ll be outside my office from 6:00 to 7:30PM to hand out candy, and say hello to all the trick-or-treaters.
If you’ve got a young one, make sure to bring them by!
To help get everyone else in the spirit of Halloween, I’m also going to be hosting a costume contest! To enter is simple, you can either send an email to [email protected] with ‘Costume Contest’ as the subject line, or you can tag my in your social media posts (@JILLSLASTWORD on Instagram and Twitter). I’ll be looking through all the submissions with my staff and we’ll have a surprise for the winners!
I love Halloween and can’t wait for the opportunity to get dressed this year!
Our community is lucky to be graced by many incredible people. In today’s Community News Update, I’m going to take a moment to congratulate Honey Novick, in light of her being chosen as a Star Metroland Media 2021 Urban Hero Award Winner in the Arts category, People’s Choice!
I’ve gotten to know Honey over these last few years, and I can say confidently that she is truly an incredible person – through and through. She has done fantastic work in the arts and culture sector, where she works with a brilliant combination of creativity and tenacity.
You can read the full article about this award here.
Next up, the For Youth Initiative is doing more great work in the community, and this week they’ve put out a call for artists, who will be painting canvases for their youth centre.
In their own words: "FYI on Oakwood is looking for three local artists to paint canvasses for our youth centre. Artists must either live and/or go to school in the Oakwood Vaughan community. Painting should reflect the artist’s personal connection to the community. Materials and honoraria will be provided to each artist.
Samples of work and ideas must be submitted by November 26, 2021.”
To submit your application, email [email protected].
This morning, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath laid an important piece of our upcoming 2022 election platform, by announcing the Ontario NDP’s plan for Ontario’s first zero-emissions vehicles strategy, which will mean that by 2035 every new car sold in Ontario will be electric.
With our plan, we will invest in retooling auto-manufacturing plants in Ontario to produce electric vehicles and introduce world-leading incentives to encourage Ontarians to purchase electric vehicles. On top of that, we will require that charging stations come standard in new home builds, and we will give families $600 to install a charging station at home.
Frankly, because of inaction from previous Liberal governments, and an aggressive attack from the Ford government on the environment, Ontario is now lagging behind in our transition to electric vehicles, and I’m excited to get to work on this transition.
To read more details of our plan, click here.