|Oakville North-Burlington Update – February 5th, 2021|
“Following the best medical advice, with the clear support of both Ontario’s and the local Medical Officers of Health, we are reopening schools across the province knowing that we have taken additional steps and made additional investments to better protect our students and staff. Nothing is more important than returning kids to school safely because it is crucial for their development, mental health, and future success.” – Education Minister Stephen Lecce
|Elementary and High Schools Re-Open in Halton Region |
Following the medical advice and with the clear support of both Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) and on the advice of the local Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Meghani, all elementary and secondary schools in Halton Region will open on Monday, February 8 for in-person learning. Further, the Ministry of Education, in conjunction with CMOH, has confirmed that all PHUs will reopen with access to antigen testing to complement the existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) lab testing capacity that was scaled up and made available to all PHUs in January.
In consultation with the local Medical Officer of Health, elementary and secondary schools in Peel Public Health/Toronto Public Health will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.
To support the safe return of students and staff to the classroom, Ontario is introducing new health and safety measures which includes an additional $381 million in investments to further protect students and staff: Provincewide access to targeted asymptomatic testing for students and staff, using a combination of lab-processed PCR and rapid antigen tests;Higher quality masks and mandatory masking for students in Grades 1-3, including outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained;Enhanced screening of students and staff;New guidance discouraging students from congregating before and after school and guidance discouraging the congregation of staff on and off-school property, such as in break-rooms and vehicles; andTemporary access to eligible teacher candidates who are set to graduate in 2021 to stabilize staff following high levels of absenteeism.
With this additional funding, schools are being provided with more than $1.6 billion in critical supports to protect against the spread of COVID-19, all of which has ensured Ontario leads the way with the most comprehensive plan.
To support the expansion of targeted testing, the Ontario government has procured capacity for up to 50,000 (PCR & antigen) tests per week, to be deployed at the discretion of local public health units. With the requirements for masking in schools being expanded, our government will be providing an additional 3.5 million higher quality masks for students, which will meet the enhanced 3-ply standard of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Ontario Supports Families who have Children with AutismOn Wednesday Ontario announced the next steps it is taking to implement a new needs-based Ontario Autism Program. Starting in March, the province will begin offering core clinical services based on a child’s individual needs which is a key element of the new program. These services include applied behaviour analysis, speech language pathology, occupational therapy and mental health supports.
About 600 children and youth from across the province who are registered in the Ontario Autism Program will be invited to participate. The Child and Parent Resource Institute will oversee the launch of core clinical services which will include:meeting with a family to identify a child’s goals, strengths and support needsallocating funding to families so they can purchase core services from providers of their choicesupporting families with next steps to access core clinical services of their choice.Ontario Invests in Air Monitoring Technology to Better Protect People from COVID-19This week Ontario announced it is providing CEM Specialties Inc. (CEMSI) $2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to help commercialize and accelerate production of its airborne COVID-19 detector Kontrol BioCloud (BioCloud). This innovative technology will add another layer of protection by monitoring in real time the air in places where people gather, such as schools, offices, long-term care homes, hospitals, public transit, and manufacturing facilities. The company anticipates accelerating the production of the BioCloud will create up to 250 direct jobs and up to 750 indirect jobs. With Ontario’s support, CEMSI will increase production capacity to 20,000 units per month. The product will be manufactured in London with more than 85 per cent of its components produced in province. Ontario Improving Mental Health Supports for First Responders
Monday, the Ontario government announced that it is establishing four new mental health collaborative tables to better support the mental health and well-being of policing, fire, corrections, and paramedic services personnel. The tables will help inform actions to change behaviours that stigmatize those struggling with mental health challenges, achieve a healthier work-life balance, promote mental health resiliency, and build awareness of supports, treatments and recovery options.
This initiative builds on Ontario’s Roadmap to Wellness, the government’s comprehensive plan to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system across Ontario. Despite Vaccine Delays Ontario Continues to Vaccinate Most Vulnerable
Ongoing vaccine delays and reduced shipments have forced the Ontario government to update its goal of completing the administration of first doses of COVID-19 vaccines to residents in each long-term care, high-risk retirement and First Nations elder care home to February 10. Amidst these delays, vaccination teams will be distributing vaccines in First Nations fly-in communities in the north as part of Operation Remote Immunity, beginning this week. Big Box Store Inspections
Individuals who do not follow COVID-19 rules could be issued tickets of up to $750.
Provincial offences officers, as well as local public health inspectors and municipal bylaw officers, are conducting inspections of Big Box stores and a variety of other workplaces such as retail establishments, restaurants providing take-out meals and essential service-sector establishments such as gas stations. These inspection campaigns were developed in consultation with local public health units.
This week as part of Ontario’s expansion of the Stay Safe All Day workplace inspection campaign, Provincial Offences Officers visited businesses and a variety of workplaces across Halton between Tuesday, February 2 and Friday, February 5. The primary focus of these inspections were to educate employers and staff on the latest guidance to prevent COVID-19 transmission in the workplace and how to stay safe.
Inspections focus on ensuring stores are operating at 25 per cent capacity, and workers and patrons are wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and following every health and safety measure.
Directors and officers of a corporation can be fined up to $500,000. The maximum fine for a corporation is up to $10,000,000.Consumer Protection Strengthened for New Home Buyers and Owners
Ontario has designated the Home Construction Regulatory Authority (HCRA) as the new regulator that is responsible for new home builders and vendors. The HCRA will ensure that new home builders and vendors are held to professional standards and that all buyers and owners of new homes are well-informed and feel confident that their homes have been built properly.Ontario Launches Online Consultation for Public Input on Plan for Digital ID
The Ontario government is launching an online consultation to seek input on the province’s plan to introduce a digital ID by the end of 2021. Through the Digital ID program, people and businesses in Ontario will be able to securely and conveniently prove their identity online. This will save people time and money and offer more convenient access to government and private sector services.Ontario Enhancing Security at Adult Correctional Facilities
The Government of Ontario has announced it is installing ion scanners at 10 adult correctional facilities across the province in an effort to combat contraband entering facilities, enhance security, and improve staff safety. Ion scanners are security tools used to detect and identify trace elements of drugs and are an added layer of security available to correctional staff to help prevent illegal substances from entering facilities.
This initiative builds on Ontario’s commitment to invest more than $500 million over five years to transform adult correctional services in Ontario. It is also part of a broader strategy to combat contraband in adult correctional facilities.2021 Ontario Caucas InternshipThe 2021 Ontario PC Caucus Internship Program is a great opportunity to learn about politics, develop practical skills and build a stronger PC Caucus team. Interns work in a variety of possible settings, including: Research, Multi Media, Communications, Cultural Engagement, Social Media, Graphic Design, and Constituency Work. · Gain Valuable Work Experience· Get Paid· Grow Your NetworkApplications are open until February 12, 2021!Apply Today at www.ontariopcinternship.netThank You Lisa Chung for your Donation of 60,000 masks to Ontario Schools
Lisa Chung, CEO of Kuo Hua Trading Company Ltd, donated 60,000 masks to school boards across Ontario. The following school boards will receive the masks in the next coming days. Halton District School Board will be receiving 21,800 masks from thiSchool AuthorityAmountHalton DSB 21,800Superior Greenstone DSB 3,000DSB Ontario North East 7,500Rainy River 2,000James Bay Lowlands Secondary School Board 1,000Wellington CDSB 500Lambton Kent DSB 24,200February is Black History Month, and in honor of this important occasion, I am recognizing some of the Black Canadians who have driven social change and inspired us. Ontario is proud to have strong Black communities that have been vital in our provinces social, political, and economic success. Let us take this month to learn about how we can continue supporting Black Ontarian’s.
This week we recognize the important contribution of the Hon. Lincoln M. Alexander.
Let me know who inspires you!Volunteer Opportunities to Assist with the Vaccine Rollout
Constituents who are interested in volunteering to assist with the Vaccine Rollout can call Halton Region at 905-825-6000.Effie in the Community
I joined Mayor Rob Burton, Councillor Tom Adams and friends in wishing Tyler a very happy 50th birthday! Thank you James Montague for making this possible and all your great work in our community!It was my pleasure to participate in a virtual meeting with the Rotary Club of Hamilton AM about how the Ontario Government has responded to COVID-19, the impact of the pandemic on our long-term care homes and the investments we have made to keep our most vulnerable residents and frontline staff safe. Thank you for all the hard work you do helping people in our communities and for your efforts to make a difference through the Rotary Foundation.It was a pleasure to have discussion with Kezia about how Burlington can strive to be a leader in equity and healing and how the effects of racism can divide communities and hinder progress. Thank you for the informative conversation – I look forward to continuing our dialogue on this important issueI had a very informative discussion with Oakville constituents Alicia, Brenda, Hanna, Judi, and Rose on the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses, school closures and long-term care.In recent months, I have been proud to honour a number of volunteers who have contributed to our community during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank you for your community spirit. If you would like to nominate a member of our community who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the community during the pandemic, please contact my office and let me know.Tuesday, January 28th – Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 13 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateWednesday, March 18 – COVID-19 Coronavirus UpdateFriday, March 20 – Learn at Home Portal Launched for Ontario StudentsWednesday, March 25 – Ontario’s Action PlanFriday, March 28 – Joint ONB COVID-19 UpdateMonday, March 30 – Ontario Support for Small Business and Combating Price GougingWednesday, April 1 – School and Child Care Closures ExtendedFriday, April 3 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateThursday, April 9 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 17 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, April 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 1 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 8 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 15 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 22 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, May 29 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 5 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 12 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateMonday, June 15 – Ontario Opens More Businesses and Services in Halton RegionFriday, June 19 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, June 26 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateWednesday, July 1 – Canada DayFriday, July 10 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 17 – Summer NewsletterFriday, July 24 – Weekly Oakville North-Burlington UpdateFriday, July 31 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 7 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 14 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 21 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, August 28 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 4 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 11 – Oakville North- Burlington News and Events Friday, September 18 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, September 25 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 02 – Oakville North- Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 09 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 16 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 23 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, October 30 – Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 6- Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsSaturday, November 7, Special Edition: Ontario Budget 2020Friday.November 13, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, November 20, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events Friday, November27, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday December 04, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 11, Oakville North-Burlington News and EventsFriday, December 18, Oakvile North-Burlington News and EventsMerry Christmas, December 24, Oakville North-BurlingtonFriday, January 08, 2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Breaking News: Second Provincial Emergency in Response to COVID-19 Crisis January 13,2021.Friday, January 22,2021, Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.Friday, January 29, 2021, Oakville North-burlington News and Events.