I want to start by sending a message of solidarity to the entire community.
Yesterday's news was not the easiest to hear. The provincial government announced an emergency COVID-19 BIll 188. While we supported the bill because Ontarians are in need now more than ever, we felt the bill didn't go far enough. Today alone we've heard from so many of you and we've heard your frustration about this emergency legislation.
Please know I am standing with you and I share your feelings that the bill was underwhelming and didn't take into consideration the needs of renters, small and mid-sized businesses or even the pressures facing our front-line health care workers.
Please know that I will continue to fight for you - for us.
To those who are still out there working in essential services and to everyone who is currently physically distancing and staying in their homes: Thank you for putting our community first and working together to keep us safe in these difficult times.
This community has a rich history of pulling together, and it brings me great solace to know that so many people have mobilized to support those who are in need of support – and I know that this generosity of spirit will never dissipate in our community.
We’re truly in this together.
If you have a positive story from our community that you want amplified, please email us at JAndrew-CO@ndp.on.ca
Changes to Alcohol Sales Rules
Starting immediately, licensed restaurants in Ontario can now sell beer, wine and spirits as take out or delivery – as a part of a food order. This is a key point: it must be purchased along with food.
There is no set limit for the amount of alcohol that may be purchased.
They will be allowed to sell between the hours of 9AM and 11PM.
For more information read the full press release here:
All people returning from foreign travel must self isolate.
As was announced yesterday, there will now be legal consequences for those who refuse to self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Further, anyone who is returning to Canada who displays symptoms at the border will not be allowed to use public transit to travel to their place of isolation.
It has come to our attention that there are text scams that are currently attempting to profit from fears around COVID-19. I would please ask that anyone who is looking to secure government assistance rely only on official government websites for these resources. If you are unsure about where to find these resources, please contact my office.
Community Resource Highlight
The NIA Centre for the Arts has gathered an incredible list of resources that provides information on art-based funding assistance and other government supports.
You can find their list of resources here: