The weather is truly getting beautiful outside. While it’s okay to go for walks to get some movement, I want to remind everyone it is vital that we are maintaining our physical distance from one another to prevent further community spread. This means that even our trips to the groceries are no longer family 'social outings' but really should be one person if possible.
I also want to take a moment to update the community about a concern that has been raised with my office consistently over the last week. We’ve heard from many members of our community about the ongoing construction work that is happening in our neighborhood. I want you to know that I’ve heard these concerns, and today I’ve issued a public letter demanding that unsafe construction sites close.
Currently some work sites are not operating safely, and it is putting the construction workers at risk. This also places our larger community at risk as there is increased density and foot traffic.
Finally, we’ve also heard loud and clear about the noise pollution. More people than ever are staying in their homes (and thank you for doing so!) and for some - especially those with infants and neuro-diverse members of our community - it has taken a toll on their physical and mental health during these already taxing times.
I have communicated my concerns with Toronto Public Health and the Provincial Government.
I thank you all for your continued community strength and I am truly grateful to the many of you who have checked in on me to see how me and my loved ones are doing. I really appreciate that. Let's keep on doing that for each other.
If you have a positive story from our community OR a virtual event you're hosting that you want amplified, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca
Upcoming Online Event - Grief Literacy Training
Saturday April 4th at 7PM
News and Daily Updates
- Toronto now has a two-metre physical distancing law with fines of up to $5,000 possible.
- Justin Trudeau is holding a call with Canada’s premiers at 5:30 this afternoon, to discuss coordinating efforts to fight COVID-19 – namely, the need to obtain crucial medical supplies to meet an expected surge of the virus.
- After calls from the NDP to support frontline workers with 24/7 free mental health resources, the Ontario government said it will expand online mental health services as Ontarians endure the COVID-19 crisis.
- The government said a change could be on the way to shrink the list of essential businesses allowed to stay open. Andrea Horwath sent Doug Ford a letter on that yesterday. More news to come.
- Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath called on the Ontario government to intervene and prevent city staff lay-offs around the province by funding municipalities to keep staff on the payroll – this call comes as Windsor looks at laying off 500 city workers.
Horwath is asking the Ford government to follow in the footsteps of provinces like British Columbia and Alberta, and release the province’s infection modelling numbers.
“If everyone had a clearer picture of what lays ahead if they do stay home — and what lays ahead if they don’t — I think we’d see folks take physical distancing even more seriously,” said Horwath.
Here are some things we’re hearing from our community members:
- We’re still hearing about evictions and eviction notices going out, leaving tenants worried they’re going to lose their home.
- We’re hearing from small businesses that the supports currently in place won’t be enough to keep them afloat throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Email me to let me know how you’re doing, what you’re concerned about: JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca