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Oakville North-Burlington Update – February 12th, 2021
“My friends, the measures are working. Staying home is saving lives. And I want to thank team Ontario, every single person, for doing your part, for following the public health measures. Together we are bending the curve, we are protecting our hospitals and we are looking out for the most vulnerable…My friends, this is a critical time. We can find a way forward, but we need a plan that continues to protect the health and safety of each and every person in this province, while ensuring more businesses can safely reopen and getting more people back to work…
…For those business owners who are struggling, I want you to know that we have listened. We have been working day and night to find every possible way to safely allow more businesses to reopen. And now we are taking decisive action. Under the revised framework, we will be allowing non-essential retail businesses to reopen with stronger restrictions including, capacity limits, even in the grey lockdown zones. I am confident with this revised framework in place, with mandatory testing at our borders, and a strong plan to stop the spread of these new variants, we will be able to protect our people, our front-line heroes , our communities, and our businesses.” – Premier Doug FordHalton Region Public Health Returns to Red “Control” Category

 Based on a general improvement in trends of key indicators, including lower transmission of COVID-19, improving hospital capacity, and available public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, many public health regions including Halton, will be moving back to the Framework on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. and will no longer be subject to the Stay-at-Home order.
The updated restrictions can be found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open#prevent consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is transitioning twenty-seven public health regions out of the shutdown and into a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open (the “Framewo
Ontario Delays March Break to Reduce Community Transmission of COVID-19
Based on the advice of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health officials, and consultations with many local Medical Officers of Health, Ontario has announced that in a collective effort to keep schools safe, it is postponing March Break until April 12-16, 2021.  Postponing March Break will limit opportunities for congregating and will reaffirm the evidence that schools are safe for students.
 
By continuing to follow public health advice, and by introducing additional safety measures and more testing, we are supporting efforts to keep COVID-19 from entering Ontario’s schools.Ontario’s Third Quarter Finances
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Bethlenfalvy delivered the 2020-21 Third Quarter Finances, outlining record levels of government spending as our province deals with the global pandemic. The Ontario government is spending $25 billion more this year compared to last year to protect and support people and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes an additional $2.6 billion in investments our government has made since the fall 2020 Budget.
 The 2020-21 Third Quarter Finances shows that the COVID-19 Contingency Funds have now been fully allocated. As a result, Ontario also announced that the government will make an additional $2.1 billion available for our COVID-19 response. The government will provide its next update on Ontario’s finances and the government’s plan to continue the fight against COVID-19 in the 2021 Budget, to be delivered no later than March 31, 2021.Workplace Inspections are Helping to Create Safer Workplaces in Ontario
In 16 inspection campaigns so far this year, inspectors have visited 2,308 big-box stores and other retail businesses and issued 218 tickets as of February 7. Results from recent inspections show the health and safety compliance rates of essential retail businesses have increased by nearly 19 per cent. Provincial offences officers from across government, alongside local public health units and by-law departments, are continuing to support local communities through February. Upcoming campaigns are being planned for the public health regions of: Peterborough, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Eastern Ontario.Ontario Working with Municipal Partners to Improve Social Assistance

 On Thursday, Ontario announced the next steps in the province’s plan to modernize the delivery of social assistance, and help vulnerable people achieve greater financial independence. COVID-19 has demonstrated that a new approach is needed – Ontarians are looking to the province for help with basic needs, to stabilize their family’s lives, and to get back to work and financial security.
The province has worked with municipalities to design a Vision for Social Assistance Transformation to ensure people are getting the right supports at the right time so they can re-enter the workforce. At the core of this vision is a strategy to help more people access supports to stabilize their lives including housing and childcare and giving local caseworkers more time to help their clients overcome barriers to employment and achieve greater independence.
To support the vision and provide clients with the resources they need, the province will begin shifting the roles and responsibilities of the province and municipalities in their delivery of social assistance.Ontario Extends Off-Peak Electricity Rates Until February 22nd
 
The Ontario government is once again extending electricity rate relief for families, small businesses and farms to support those spending more time at home while the province maintains the Stay-at-Home Order in the majority of public health regions. The government will continue to hold electricity prices to the off-peak rate of 8.5 cents per kilowatt-hour until February 22, 2021. This lower rate is available 24 hours per day, seven days a week for Time-Of-Use and tiered customers.Ontario Increasing Mental Health Funding for Postsecondary Students
This week the Ontario government announced an additional $7 million investment to help increase access to mental health and addiction services for postsecondary students during COVID-19. This funding will provide more supports for students, both on-campus and virtually, to respond to their mental health needs, including those related to COVID-19.  This new investment is part of the Ministry of Health’s $147 million in mental health support in response to COVID-19.Family Day in the City of Burlington and the Town of OakvilleFamily Day is quickly approaching! For a full list of which City of Burlington services and facilities are available on the Family Day holiday weekend, please visit burlington.caFor more information on what family day activities are available in Oakville please visit https://www.oakville.ca/events/family-day.html and for information on closures in Oakville due to Family Day please visit https://www.oakville.ca/townhall/pn-21feb10.htmlMillcroft Greens application – Public Meeting on March 2nd 2021

The City of Burlington will be hosting a virtual Statutory Public Meeting on Tuesday March 2nd, 2021 at 1:00 pm regarding the Millcroft Greens application to gain feedback from the community. To access the meeting through the City of Burlington’s online calendar, please visit www.burlington.ca/calendar. You can find the notice of this meeting online at Statutory Public Meeting Notice.To speak during the meeting there is no need to register in advance however if you wish to do so please visit www.burlington.ca/delegation or contact Jo-Anne Rudy, Committee Clerk at (905) 335-7600 ext. 7413 or email Jo-Anne.Rudy@burlington.ca. You can view the Millcroft Greens webpage here for additional information about the application, including supporting materials and technical comments available for the public to view.Effie at Queen’s Park
I participated at the Legislature’s Select Committee on Emergency Management Oversight with Solicitor General Sylvia Jones who reported on the Ontario Government’s plans to transition Public Health Units from shutdown measures to a revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework. I asked about the criteria that were used in deciding which PHUs were allowed to move forward sooner, while others with low case counts like Halton Region, were not. I also asked for an update on the preparations for mass vaccinations, once Ontario has the vaccine supply.Effie in the Community
It was a pleasure to participate in Monday Matters – joining MPP Daisy Wai, Premier Ford and my MPP colleagues to welcome the Year of the Ox and celebrate Lunar New Year! May the Year of the Ox bring everyone health, happiness and good fortune for 2021! Sun Lin Fai Lok!I visited Fire Station 7 in Burlington and dropped off a donation of baby food for the Share the Love food drive. This food drive is being organized by One Burlington in support of Burlington Food Bank and donations can be made until February 13th. Donations will be accepted at any Burlington Fire Station, City Hall or local grocery store that has collection bins. Please give if you can!I participated in a Halton Youth Vaping Roundtable with MP Pam Damoff, Councillors Jeff Knoll, Natalia Lishchyna, Beth Robertson, Tom Adams, Pavan Parmar and Dr. Deepika Lobo from the Halton Public Health Unit, along with representatives from Halton District School Board. Thank you to Stephanie Menezes from Heart & Stroke Foundation who provided new data on the negative health effects of vaping on our young people. Thank you for the very informative meeting – its vital that we examine what we can do at all levels of government to help address this health problem in our community.It was a pleasure to participate in the City of Burlington Black History Month Proclamation and Celebration with the theme on the Black Family – hosted by the African Caribbean Council of Halton. Ontario recognizes the contribution of Black Ontarians in our province. Halton Region has a rich vein of black history and the Black community has been part of the fabric of the province and the country since before Confederation. The government is proud to support strong Black communities and families which are vital to our social and economic success. Thank you for hosting this wonderful ceremony!MPP Stephen Crawford and I hosted a pre-budget consultation with special guest – MPP Rudy Cuzzetto, Parliamentary Assistant to the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. We heard from members in our community about their priorities for the next provincial budget. Thank you to everyone who participated.Oakville North-Burlington Spirit Awards
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.Friday, February 5, 2021 Oakville North-Burlington News and Events.