Oakville North-Burlington Update – February 26th, 2021
“We are taking monumental steps to protect our most vulnerable and provide the highest quality of care when and where residents need it. We will achieve this by recruiting and training some of our best and brightest to be PSWs. This will improve the quality of life for our seniors and begin to correct the decades of neglect in this sector.” – Premier Doug FordVaccine Update: Clinics and Booking an AppointmentOntario is developing an online booking system to support the next phase of vaccination distribution. A customer service desk will be made available to those who are unable to book an appointment through the online tool. Details will be provided over the coming weeks. Physicians will also be identifying those in priority groups in their practice. They will not be delivering shots in the early phase of this distribution. They will be assisting their patients to make an appointment at a mass vaccination site.For Halton Region COVID-19 vaccination information plans click HERE for a link to local vaccination clinics and future booking information.Here are first two sites planned for vaccinations:

St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre
280 Dundas Street West, Oakville

Compass Point Bible Church
1500 Kerns Road, BurlingtonClinics are not yet open, however both clinics will serve priority populations identified by the province – beginning with adults 80 years and older in the third week of March. More information will be coming at the Halton Region Public Health Unit webpage in the coming weeks.Ontario Invests in Accelerated Training for Personal Support Workers

The Ontario government is investing $115 million to help train and support up to 8,200 personal support workers (PSWs) for high-demand jobs in Ontario’s health and long-term care sectors, starting in October 2021.

In collaboration with Colleges Ontario, this innovative, fully funded Accelerated PSW Training Program will be offered by all 24 colleges starting in April 2021 to help communities experiencing a shortage of personal support workers in long-term care and home and community care.

In addition to funding 6,000 brand new PSWs, 2,200 students in the process of completing an existing PSW program at a publicly assisted college in Ontario will be eligible to receive a $2,000 tuition grant to help them finish their studies. In total, the funding will support the entry of up to 8,200 PSWs into the workforce by the end of 2021.

The government will also be investing more than $4.1 million to help train 373 Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and provide working PSWs with additional health and safety resources during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our investment will help ensure Ontario has more PSWs to provide the best care for seniors and residents in long-term care homes, while connecting people with meaningful, in-demand work. This funding supports a number of PSW training projects in regions hard hit by the pandemic. A full list of projects can be found in this backgrounderGreenbelt Foundation Funding From Ontario Government

As part of the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan commitment to protect and recover Ontario’s natural spaces, the government is continuing its support for the protection and stewardship of the Greenbelt, for future generations. It is investing $12 million to support the Greenbelt Foundation’s ongoing work to protect, promote and improve the Greenbelt in the Golden Horseshoe region. 

The projects delivered through this funding will prioritize planting trees to increase natural cover, enhancing recreational opportunities for Ontarians to experience nature, maintaining and enhancing green infrastructure and building climate resilience.

Have Your Say in our Greenbelt Expansion Consultation To Comment: greenbeltconsultation@ontario.ca Visit The Environmental Registry of Ontario at https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-3136 by April 19, 2021Ontario Introduces New Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation

The Ontario government has introduced new legislation to build upon the province’s $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy which reinforces Ontario’s commitment to fight human trafficking.

The proposed changes include two new acts – the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy Act, 2021 and the Accommodation Sector Registration of Guests Act, 2021 – as well as amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 and the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017. Together, the proposed changes would support the government’s response to human trafficking.Protecting Ontario Elections Act

The Protecting Ontario Elections Act will make it easier and safer to participate in provincial elections and ensure individuals remain at the centre of the electoral process.

If passed, the Protecting Ontario Elections Act would make it easier to cast a vote safely in an advance poll or on election day in a COVID-19 environment. It would also help guard against threats such as the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, under-regulated third-party advertising, and irregular campaign spending and collusion.2021 Summer Employment Opportunities programAre you a student or recent graduate looking for a summer job? The Ontario Public Service offers over 70 different job types in areas like science, tech, business, environment and more.The program gives participants the opportunity to learn and grow by:·         Gaining valuable work experience·         Getting exposure to a range of different career areas·         Improving their French/English language skills, where applicable·         Giving them an opportunity to network and learn about a career in the OPS·         Have fun while earning an income over the summerIf you are interested in learning more about the Summer Employment Opportunities program or the Ontario Public Service, we encourage you to visit: www.ontario.ca/summerstudents.Wednesday February 24 was Pink Shirt Day.Wednesday was Pink Shirt Day, a day where we took a stand against all forms of bullying. Students in Ontario deserve to feel safe, supported and accepted in their schools – help is available to youth being bullied at the Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868.Black History Month 

Black History Month has been marked in Canada since 1995, when it was established by the Hon. Jean Augustine by the Canadian Parliament. During this past month, I have recognized members of the Black community including the Hon. Lincoln Alexander. the first Black Canadian to be elected  as a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister  as well as many others who have made a significant contribution in our province and country.I joined Premier Ford and other MPP colleagues in a celebration of Black History Month with the Conservative Black Congress of Canada which focused on Black Excellence and celebrating the UN International Decade for People of African Descent. Conservative Black Congress of Canada is a not-for-profit organization that brings Black Conservatives across Canada together with a common goal of civic involvement and shared conservative values.
 It was an honour to join the African Caribbean Council of Halton to participate in the Black History Month Proclamation and Celebration by the Town of Oakville. The month of February has been an opportunity to recognize the contributions of Black Ontarians in our community and province.Effie in the Community
I had the pleasure of participating virtually in the Ontario Volunteer Service Award ceremony with Premier Ford and Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Cultural Industries Lisa MacLeod, where 26 members of our community were awarded for their volunteerism.

The Ontario Volunteer Service Awards are the Province’s largest annual volunteer recognition program and was introduced in 1986 to recognize the contributions volunteers make to a single organization. Since then, more than 250,000 volunteers have been recognized across our province. This year 6,658 volunteers were recognized across Ontario for their selfless acts of volunteerism in their communities.

The following eight individuals were recipients of the Ontario Volunteer Service Awards in Oakville North-Burlington:Sanjana AdigaAdil Alidina   Priya Basa    Jennifer Bowman   Henry Cheung           James Cory  Mark Egbedeyi-EmmanualDonna Johnston     Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers in our community that contribute every day to make a difference and make our communities better  – you truly represent the Ontario Spirit.It was an honor to bring greetings on behalf of Premier Ford and to celebrate Chinese New Year with members of the Oakville Chinese Network and the Green Oak Seniors Club. Greetings were also offered by Senator Victor Oh, Mayor of Oakville Rob Burton, and my MPP colleague Stephen Crawford.
The two-hour virtual event featured musical performances by Oakville seniors.I participated in the annual Halton Women’s Place gala joined by Councillors Angelo Bentivegna, Mike Cluett, Sean O’Meara at our virtual table to support fundraising efforts to help keep women and children safe.
 
The event surpassed its fundraising goal of $100,000 and funds will be used for the Public Education Program in schools and the community. Education is a vital strategy in raising awareness in keeping women and children safe by preventing violence and ending the cycle of abuse.I was pleased to join in wishing James Montague a very Happy 29th Birthday. James is actively involved in Special Olympics Oakville as an athlete and fundraiser and helps organize and plan events that benefit young adults with disabilities in Oakville. Thank you for your leadership and community spirit!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.
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