|Oakville North-Burlington Update – May 28, 2021|
“Team Ontario has shown what we can do when we have a steady and reliable supply of vaccines. Having made so much progress administering first doses, we are now in a position to begin delivering second doses for a two-dose summer. If we receive more vaccines from the federal government, we’ll be able to accelerate our rollout further to offer more protection to Ontarians even sooner.” – Premier Ford
|Ontario Accelerates Rollout of Second Shots Targeting a Two-Dose Summer65 per cent of Adults Have Received First Doses, Ahead of ScheduleOntario has reached a key milestone in its fight against COVID-19, having achieved its target to administer first doses to 65 per cent of Ontarians aged 18 and over ahead of schedule. Ontario is also preparing to roll out the eligibility for accelerated second dose appointments starting with individuals aged 80 and over, beginning on May 31, 2021. If there is sufficient vaccine supply, it is anticipated that the majority of Ontario residents who choose to receive the vaccine will be able to be fully vaccinated by the end of summer.Due to a reliable and increased supply of vaccines throughout May, Ontario has been able to quickly expand eligibility and access at mass vaccinations sites, hospital clinics and pharmacies, with all Ontarians aged 12 and over eligible to book an appointment to receive the vaccine ahead of schedule.|
|Ontario Administers 8.6 Million Vaccine Doses – and Rising!As of May 28, more than 8,600,000 doses of vaccine have been administered in Ontario and almost 620,000 people are fully vaccinated. Our record day for vaccinations was May 22, when more than 190,000 people received their first dose. You can read the full numbers, updated daily, at covid-19.ontario.ca/Here in Halton Region, as of May 27, 63% of adults have received their first vaccine dose.You can keep updated on the vaccine rollout, eligibility and where to book at the Halton Public Health pages on Halton Region’s website. Just go to halton.ca|
|A Personal Note from Effie on Vaccinations:Last week, I received my first dose of vaccine at PharmaChoice Palermo Pharmacy beside my constituency office.Thanks to Olivia and the team for your easy, quick and efficient service. I encourage everyone to get your vaccine as soon as you are eligible through Halton Public Health or at a local listed pharmacy. Find out where to book at https://www.halton.ca/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics.|
|Ontario Achieves Air Conditioning for All Long-Term Care HomesIt may be hard to believe, but until our government took office, there was no guarantee that seniors in long-term care would have air conditioning in the summer months. Premier Ford, Minister Fullerton and our government have now achieved this.On April 1, our government updated regulations under theLong-Term Care Homes Act, 2007, which require designated cooling areas of all homes be served by air conditioning and be maintained at a comfortable level during specified periods and will enhance the effectiveness of enforcement. These new regulations came into effect May 15, 2021 and all 626 long-term care homes in Ontario are in compliance. In comparison, last year nearly 13 per cent of long-term care homes had no air conditioning at all. Currently, 60 per cent of homes are fully air conditioned, including in all resident rooms, compared to 42 per cent last summer. An additional 23 per cent of homes are working toward being fully air conditioned as soon as possible.The Ontario government made a $246 million commitment in our March Budget to improve living conditions in long-term care homes. We are also providing homes up to $100 million in joint provincial-federal funding to upgrade and improve HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) and sprinkler systems in long-term care homes across Ontario.|
|Protecting our Cherished Great Lakes – 50th AnniversaryThe Great Lakes are a treasured resource that are integral to the health and well-being of millions of Canadians. Canada and Ontario are committed to strong, ongoing collaboration with their partners to protect and restore the Great Lakes. This is the ninth agreement between the two governments and marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the first Canada-Ontario Agreement by the PC Government of Premier Bill Davis in 1971.The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they have signed the new Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health, which sets out specific actions each government will take to protect and restore the Great Lakes, such as preventing toxic and nuisance algae, improving wastewater and stormwater management, reducing plastic pollution and excess road salt, restoring native species and habitats, and increasing resilience to climate change.The agreement includes a renewed commitment to completing environmental clean-up actions with an emphasis on six historically degraded areas, conserving key habitats around the Great Lakes, and continuing to restore Lake Erie. It also includes a new focus on protecting Lake Ontario, supporting nature-based recreation opportunities, and strengthening First Nation and Métis engagement in the implementation of the agreement.|
|Ontario Supporting Cultural Tourism and Local Events Ontario’s heritage, sport, tourism and culture industries were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic – and will take the longest to recover. Cultural tourism events – which range from large art and music festivals to smaller events that celebrate local culture and heritage – strengthen the social and cultural fabric of Ontario communities.Our government continues to support organizations that are finding new ways to engage with and reconnect Ontarians, while preserving jobs and supporting the province’s economic and social recovery. That’s why government is providing more than $4 million to 54 cultural tourism organizations through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Ontario.|
|Ontario Recognizes Paramedics for BraveryThe province is honouring paramedics with the Ontario Award for Paramedic Bravery. This award is given to paramedics who performed individual acts of outstanding bravery in the face of danger.Premier Doug Ford presented awards to 13 individuals in a virtual ceremony, honouring 11 recipients from nominations submitted in 2019 and two recipients from 2020.The recipients are being recognized for their individual acts of courage, including saving a swimmer from drowning, rescuing a trapped driver from a vehicle, delivering medical treatment to a patient in a confined space and rescuing a mother and her two children from a residential fire.Paramedics have played a critical role in Ontario’s fight against COVID-19, from conducting swabbing and testing, protecting health system and hospital capacity by supporting patient transfers, and they continue to support Ontario’s vaccine rollout, including administering vaccines to individuals who have limited mobility and cannot travel to a mass immunization clinic.|
|Olympic Medallist Donovan Bailey Inspiring Youth on the 25th Anniversay of Double Golds at the Atlanta OlympicsOakville’s own Donovan Bailey joined in a virtual conversation with the Oakville Community Foundation in which youth asked him direct questions about his life and career. He shared his journey from Oakville graduate to Olympic gold and his passion for future generations in his new initiative Pass the Baton Canada (www.passthebatoncanada.com). This summer is the 25th Anniversary of his double gold medal win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.|
|New Bill to Combat Anti-Asian Racism |
This week Effie joined her friend and colleague MPP Vincent Ke as he launched Bill 299, which would establish the month of May as Anti-Asian Racism Education Month. Ministers Lisa MacLeod, Stephen Lecce, Raymond Cho, Lisa Thompson, Steve Clark, Prab Sarkaria, Senator Oh and other caucus colleagues joined to support the launch of this important bill.
We know that racism is wrong. It is damaging to people’s lives, their mental health and well-being. Whether it’s adults who face discrimination at work or in public, or young people who face racism at school or online. Racism can leave lasting scars.
An important part of MPP Ke’s Bill is the focus on education as a tool to fight racism. This means teaching anti-racism in our schools and it means leaders speaking up in public, in their workplaces, businesses and religious institutions.
It’s also important to educate people about the long history and accomplishments of Asian Ontarians. Ontario’s Asian community has contributed to our province since before Confederation – socially, culturally and economically.
I want to congratulate MPP Ke for introducing this historic legislation.
|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.