Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Community News Update - September 14th

Published on September 14, 2020

Dear Community,

I start today with the frustrating news that Ontario has reported 313 new cases of COVID-19 today, the highest single day jump in COVID-19 cases since early June. Of these new cases, almost 80% can be found in Toronto (112), Ottawa (60), and Peel (71). While we do not have firm data just yet on where these cases are coming from, we do know that about two-thirds of cases have been found in people under 40 years old. This increase in cases marks a potentially dramatic acceleration of an upward trend in cases that we have been monitoring for many weeks.

As we see the case numbers continue to rise, I’m again asking our community to ensure that we are doing everything within our power to limit the spread of COVID-19. We cannot let our guard down now, so that means that we all need to be wearing our masks correctly, washing our hands as often as possible, and maintaining our physical distance from anyone outside of our bubbles.

While we are seeing this increase in cases, schools across Ontario are reopening with crowded classrooms and buses. This puts students and staff at risk. Today, in response to this, the Ontario NDP has put forward a call to limit all school buses in Ontario to 50% of capacity, to ensure that students can travel to school safely. Right now, school buses across the province are being filled with as many as 70 students, creating a situation where physical distancing is impossible. Fixing this would not only keep our kids safer, but school bus drivers as well.

Doing this would mean hiring more drivers and bringing back drivers who walked away because of the unsafe working conditions that the Ford government has thrust upon them. It is a simple step that needs to be taken to ensure that physical distancing measures can be followed.

Beyond the busing situation, there is further evidence that has been released today that shows the need for smaller class sizes to allow for safe distancing in schools. Researchers from the Hospital for Sick Children have found that maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres is “not possible” with more than 12-15 students in a classroom. While this information does not come as a surprise, it adds further credence to the calls for the government of Ontario to invest in safer, small classrooms.

Finally, today I’m sending a huge thank you to everyone who helped out at our Community Food Tables this past weekend! We had another fantastic weekend, with lots of food taken and donated. We’re already looking forward to next week, and if you’re interested in volunteering your time to help out, please check out one of the links just a little further down in this email!

In solidarity,

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 September 12

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!