Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Wednesday Community News Update - July 29th

Published on July 29, 2020

Dear Community,
 
Today it has been announced that Toronto will be moving into Stage Three of the reopening plan on Friday, and this comes on the heels of Toronto reporting just one new case of COVID-19 yesterday.
 
Stage Three comes with new revisions to our gathering limits, and we are now allowed to have gatherings of up to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors (note: individuals must still maintain a physical distance of 2 metres). City of Toronto Playgrounds, play structures, community and recreation centres and libraries will also be opening once again. Recreational sports will be allowed to resume, however, prolonged or deliberate impact while playing sports continues to be restricted.
 
While most businesses will be able to reopen, there will be a few exceptions. Those exceptions include, buffet restaurants, overnight camps for children, and karaoke rooms. You can find more details about Stage Three of the reopening here.
 
While we are moving into Stage Three, the threat of COVID-19 remains ever present – and we must stay vigilant. The social bubble restrictions still apply, we must maintain our physical distance from one another, and you should be wearing a mask while you’re in public. Taking all of these steps is going to be even more crucial now that we’re opening up our community further. Along these same lines, the City of Toronto has now also made it mandatory for residents of apartment or condo buildings to wear masks in common areas of their buildings.
 
One space where our community still has many questions is around schools in Ontario, and what their potential reopening will look like in September. For weeks, we have been hearing the concerns of parents, students, educators, education workers, and custodians, as they prepare to return to classrooms across this province. And while reports by different school boards have shown us that schools are going to require a serious financial investment from the province to operate safely – we still haven’t heard what the plan is yet from this Ontario government.
 
What we know is that schools are going to need to hire more teachers, so that they can keep class sizes down to around 15 students. They will need to hire more custodians to sanitize the schools, and they will need to ensure that schools are renovated with barriers and stocked with PPE to limit the spread of COVID-19. I am happy to say that I am in full support of these demands.
 
This afternoon, I had the opportunity to meet with local stakeholders outside my constituency office to discuss these issues. I was glad to meet with parents, grandparents teachers and students, to discuss their concerns about going back to the classroom, as part of a province wide day of action for a #SafeSeptember. I am sending a sincere thank you the organizers of this event, the Ontario Parent Action Network and Ontario Families for Public Education, as well as anyone who participated across Ontario. If you want to help amplify this campaign, please use the hashtag #safeseptember!
 
Finally today, I want to remind everyone that our Community Food Tables will be back up and running this weekend at four locations across our neighbourhood! We are still looking for volunteers to sign up – so if you’re interested in helping out – please click here!

Should you have any additional questions always feel free to reach out to us at jandrew-co@ndp.on.ca.
 
In Sol,

  
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."

Community Food Table Locations for Saturday August 1

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

Oriole Park Community Garden from 11am to 3pm
201 Oriole Parkway (near Frobisher and Lascelles) 
Click HERE to sign up!

Cy Townsend Park from 11am to 3pm
455 Winona Drive (corner of Vaughan and Winona)
Click HERE to sign up!

Marian Engel Park from 11am to 1pm
285 Melita Ave (just west off of Christie)
Click HERE to sign up!

Featured Art Submission

Special Edition

In a special edition of the Featured Art Submission, I'm excited to share with you two pieces of art delivered to my constituency office by local students!