Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Monday Update - Coronavirus - May 4, 2020

Published on May 4, 2020

Dear Community, 
I want to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who joined me on Saturday night for my  Education Town Hall on Facebook Live. We had a great turnout to hear from our guest speakers, MPP Marit Stiles, TCDSB Trustee Norm Di Pasqule, and TDSB Trustee Shelley Laskin. It was a very informative conversation on the many facets of our education system that have been affected by COVID-19. We also discussed many of the areas where education has needed additional supports well before this pandemic too. If you’re interested in catching the next Facebook Live Town Hall, make sure to like my Facebook Page Jill Andrew – MPP, Toronto-St. Paul’s so you’re notified when I’m live next!
The weather this weekend was genuinely gorgeous.
But while it’s been tempting to go hang out – it is important that we continue to limit the amount of time we’re spending outside – to reduce the chances of exposure to COVID-19 or the potential transmission of the infection. As new case numbers fall, we have to recognize that this is happening because of the physical distancing measures that are being taken. We must also remember that since Ontario is not yet at its optimal level of daily testing an entirely comprehensive picture remains illusive. 
Please make sure that when you are going outside you are following all the necessary precautions – especially staying at least six feet away from anyone else. We also need to make sure we’re all washing our hands, not touching our facing, and supporting those in our community who need it the most.
Staying inside is going to get harder as summer approaches, but it’s vital that we don’t lose our focus on flattening the curve. Stay inside, save lives.
Next, today the NDP has released a plan to protect our agricultural sector across Ontario. The Ontario NDP is calling for a suite of safeguards to ensure agribusinesses can weather the COVID-19 storm – especially as we have not seen significant supports for this sector yet. Farmers have been hit hard by COVID-19, and it is vital that they get this support. One of the key things that we are calling for is urgent action to save the restaurant and hospitality sector, key customers for Ontario’s food producers.  We are calling for a wide variety of supports and you can read a full press release on this issue by clicking here.
My office has also been hearing from people across the province who are working on the frontlines of COVID-19, and who are not receiving hazard pay. People who are working as medical lab technicians, for example are not receiving this extra pay.

We’re looking to find people in our community who are being affected by this to amplify the call to rectify this immediately. If you, or someone you know is in this situation, please make sure to reach out to my office at jandrew-co@ndp.on.ca or 416-656-0943. I want to hear from you so that I can make your voice heard at Queen’s Park.

Finally, on a housekeeping note, I want to let everyone know that I am going to be moving to issuing newsletters three times per week instead of five. Newsletters will be coming out to the community on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. We have heard your request with regards to the volume of daily news and are now trying this new model at least temporarily.  As always, if you have a question or concern, you can reach out to my office at jandrew-co@ndp.on.ca!
Remember to connect with your loved ones in creative ways. Physical distancing does not have to mean emotional isolation.  Try to stay strong everyone and please do stay safe.

In Solidarity,

Jill Andrew

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.

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."

News and Updates 

Here are today’s new developments:
  • Canada’s Health Minister is stressing to Canadians that the pandemic is not over, despite the fact some provinces are beginning to cautiously ease restrictions. Canada’s COVID-19 caseload today exceeded 60,000, she warned, and people mustn't slack on social distancing measures.   

Here are some concerns the NDP is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:


Featured Art Submission

False Ghosts, Minor Fears


By: See Through 4
In their own words:

The debut album from See Through 4, featuring 7 new slices of prog chamber jazz from the ever-expanding See Through Music universe. This record features performances that blur the lines between composition and improvisation in the tradition of the Jimmy Giuffre 3, Carla Bley, and Ornette Coleman, with some 1980s-era King Crimson thrown in for good measure.

Note: On Friday, we accidently including the wrong link for False Ghosts and Minor Fears! We have now corrected the link and I would encourage everyone to check out the project!