Jill Andrew MPP, Toronto–St. Paul's

Government of Ontario

Community News Update - September 9th

Published on September 9, 2020

Dear Community,

I hope that you have had a safe and enjoyable Labour Day weekend, hopefully with an opportunity to relax and decompress from the many layers of COVID-19 stress that we are all facing.  

As we move through September, stress levels are once again rising as we are faced with a great deal of uncertainty for what the future holds. COVID-19 cases are once again creeping up in Ontario, while schools are in the process of reopening. So, as I like to do occasionally, I’m starting today with a little nudge to everyone to make sure to try and find some time for self-care amidst the challenging times facing our world right now. Whether that means sitting down with your favourite book, going for a walk, or even just phoning your loved ones, we all need to check-in with ourselves right now.

COVID-19 has hit everyone hard, but something that we have seen in the research that is already coming out about its impact is that women have been disproportionately impacted from the fallout of COVID-19. Women account for the majority of jobs lost due to the pandemic, and many women have been unable to get back into the workforce since the onset of COVID-19. On top of that, with the uncertainty swirling around the safety of the school reopening plan, many parents, particularly mothers who would like to go back to work, are now staying home.

Today, along with my colleague MPP Catherine Fife, the Ontario NDP critic for Economic Growth and Job Creation, we have issued a statement to address what is being dubbed, the “she-covery”. What we know right now is very clear – our economic recovery plan must centre women.

You can read our full statement here.

This week, we are also seeing schools begin to open around Ontario, and we’ve already seeing dozens of students in Ottawa self-isolating due to a chance of exposure on a school bus. It’s frankly unbelievable to me that this government is moving forward with this reopening plan, as we know that it’s vital that we allow physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19. Just taking this simple step of ensuring that class sizes are capped at an appropriate level would do so much to quell the fears and would be an important step forward in ensuring the safety of our education system.

On the 14th of September, we will be returning to sit in the Legislative Assembly, and you have my word  that I will continue to fight for safer, smaller classrooms in Ontario.
Tomorrow morning, Skills for Change is offering another fantastic online workshop that will cover goal setting and time management. If you are interested in attending – you can find out more information and register by clicking here.  

Finally, I want to remind everyone that this Saturday our Community Food Tables will be back up and running. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at one of the links below 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!