Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Community News Update - August 24

Published on August 24, 2020

Dear Community,
 
As the summer winds down, it is important to remember to take some time for self-care. Living through a global pandemic and managing unprecedented stress has taken a toll on many of us. We have seen so many of our community members lose their jobs, watched loved ones get sick, or been forced to endure a long separation from family. It’s heartbreaking to see the global death toll now surpassing 800,000 people.

Dear Community,
 
As the summer winds down, it is important to remember to take some time for self-care. Living through a global pandemic and managing unprecedented stress has taken a toll on many of us. We have seen so many of our community members lose their jobs, watched loved ones get sick, or been forced to endure a long separation from family. It’s heartbreaking to see the global death toll now surpassing 800,000 people.
 
Today, public health officials said they anticipate an increase in cases as the summer comes to an end. In Ontario, there are 105 new cases today, 30 of which are in Toronto. Right now there are 1,175 active cases in Ontario. That means that since Toronto’s first COVID-19 case in January, there have been 15,808 individuals diagnosed in the city. Our success in keeping cases low is a credit to the people of Toronto, and all Ontarians.
 
As fall approaches, we must remain vigilant to prevent a second wave of the virus, especially as health officials are warning that the regular flu season could have an impact on COVID-19 cases. When it’s colder outside, people tend to spend more time indoors in close proximity to one another, which could potentially facilitate viral transmission. That’s why it’s as important as ever to keep following the recommended guidelines from public health officials to stay safe: wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, wear a mask if you go out, always maintain physical distancing, and keep your social bubble as small as possible, but no more than 10 people.
 
As we inch closer to September 1, I continue to hear from parents, staff, educators, and students about their fears and concerns about back-to-school. This government has had months to plan a safe re-opening of schools, but their plan continues to fall short.
 
The first of the month also means rent is due, and I know that comes with so much anxiety for many of you, especially since this government started allowing landlords to evict tenants again beginning on August 1. Last week, The Toronto Star published research confirming what many already know: the Toronto neighbourhoods where tenants have faced the highest eviction filing rates mirror the neighbourhoods where COVID-19 hit the hardest.  
 
Here’s an interesting item you may have missed: Temporary historical plaques have gone up around the city, revealing the history behind some of Toronto's street names. One of the plaques, installed in the Baby Point area, reads, "These roads are named after Jacques 'James' Baby. He was a member of the Baby family who enslaved at least 17 Black and Indigenous people in the late 18th and early 19th centuries in Canada. Some of these enslaved people were 'passed down' through the generations of the Baby family." Another plaque outlines the history of the Jarvis family, explaining, in part, that William Jarvis "vehemently opposed" making slavery illegal in Upper Canada in 1793, "which meant that enslavement was gradually phased out instead of being abolished." Mysteriously, the person or group who installed the plaques remains unknown. When Essex County Black Historical Research Society president Irene Moore Davis saw the photos of the plaques, she said she was "just amazed" and keen to find out who was behind it. "Nobody had any clue who was doing this," she said.
 
Tomorrow, August 25 at 2pm, I’ll be hosting a virtual discussion on the need for an intersectional feminist response to the pandemic. Please join us by RSVP’ing here: https://www.facebook.com/events/593458481319652/.
Be sure to bookmark the background resources:
YWCA report, A Feminist Recovery for Canada: https://www.feministrecovery.ca/
Canadian Women’s Foundation report Re-setting Normal: https://canadianwomen.org/resetting-normal/
And in case you missed it, check out my op-ed published in NOW Magazine last week: https://nowtoronto.com/news/ontario-feminist-recovery-plan-coronavirus
 
Finally, I want to send a big shout-out to the Toronto Raptors for sweeping the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs! Go Raptors!


In solidarity,

Jill
 

  
Jill 

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.


Birthday, Anniversary Greetings
During normal times, my office sends out congratulatory scrolls to folks across the riding to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other milestones! While we're taking physical distancing measures, I will be continuing this digitally. If you have a birthday coming up in the family and you would like a special video message from me, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca. And if you should decide to share your video on social media do tag us @JillsLastWord on Twitter and Jill Andrew - MPP, Toronto-St. Paul's on Facebook.

Calling Local Artists
If you are local artist, and you have a piece of work that you’ve been putting time into, we would love to share it with the community! We know that #ArtsSavesLives and minds especially during traumatic times. If you’re interested in sharing your art please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca

ALL art submitted MUST be accompanied by a short artists statement (50 words or less) to help contextualize the art. Additionally, there are no guarantees that submissions will be included in the newsletter. Thank you for sharing your work with us and our community."

 

Table Locations for Saturday August 29

 
St. Matthew's United Church from 11am to 3pm
729 St. Clair Ave W ( located at St. Clair West and Rushton)

Oriole Park Community Garden from 11am to 3pm
201 Oriole Parkway (near Frobisher and Lascelles) 

Cy Townsend Park from 11am to 3pm
455 Winona Drive (corner of Vaughan and Winona)

Marian Engel Park from 11am to 1pm
285 Melita Ave (just west off of Christie)