Minister MacLeod Announces Ontario Investment of $100 Million to Help Tourism Sector Rebound From COVID-19
“COVID-19 has posed significant challenges and hardships for our tourism industry. This funding for the sector will help to protect jobs and give for-profit tourism businesses assistance in reopening safely. Tourism plays a critical role in Ontario’s economy including in Oakville and Burlington, and I am grateful the government is helping relieve and stabilize the industry.– Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP 

Tourism Recovery Program to Help Protect Jobs in Communities Across Ontario
The Ontario government is investing $100 million through the new Tourism Recovery Program to help stabilize the province’s tourism industry as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19. The program will help for-profit tourism businesses in the attraction, accommodation, and leisure travel sectors protect critical jobs in communities across the province and help them prepare to reopen and safely welcome back visitors.
The Ontario Tourism Recovery Program will support tourism businesses that have experienced a loss of at least 50 per cent of eligible revenue in 2020-21 compared to 2019. Program funding will help successful applicants prepare to reopen safely, develop innovative tourism products, retain and create tourism jobs, and support tourism recovery in their region and throughout Ontario. Applications for this program will open on October 13, 2021.
Effie in the Community
 
I was so pleased to participate in a five kilometre walk for the Hope in High Heels fundraising event which was organized by Halton Women’s Place to raise public awareness and end intimate partner violence. I had a great time breaking out my pink attire and choosing how I wanted to walk – no heels necessary! I would like to thank the staff and all the volunteers who made this event such a success.
Hike for Carpenter Hospice is an annual tradition that raises funds and awareness for Carpenter Hospice – an organization dedicated to providing individualized hospice palliative care for people at the end of their life and for those dealing with grief or a life limiting illness. I was pleased to show my support for the vital work being done by Carpenter’s dedicated staff and volunteers by walking five kilometres.
I dropped by the Heritage Fall Fair in North Oakville at the Palermo Schoolhouse. There were displays of heritage artifacts, crafts and a book sale. It’s organized by the Trafalgar Township Historical Society, which celebrates and preserves the rich heritage of North Oakville and the Township of Trafalgar. It’s important to keep the history of our community alive and the Heritage Fall Fair is a great way to do it.
This week, I had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services & Women’s Issues in Halton. We toured the Bethany Residence in Burlington which provides residential care to individuals who suffer from chronic and severe mental illness and cognitive impairments. It was an honour to meet with staff and individuals who benefit from the vital services provided in our community.
We also visited Radius Child and Youth Services located in Oakville. It is a not-for-profit agency that offers assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and families who have experienced abuse and neglect.
We ended our tour with a visit to ErinoakKids in north Oakville.  ErinoakKids is the largest of Ontario’s 21 Children’s Treatment Centres and provides therapeutic and support services for children with physical and developmental disabilities and families.
Small business is the life blood of our community. It was an honour to meet Dr. Sangita Sharma and Kelly Arnott and to congratulate them on the official opening of Avella Injury & Pain Management in Burlington.
Additional Steps to Protect Long-Term Care Home Residents
Ontario is taking further action to protect long-term care residents and staff during the Delta-driven fourth wave. This includes making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for all in-home staff, support workers, students, and volunteers by November 15, 2021, unless a staff member has a valid medical exemption, as well as expanded inspections of homes and redirecting provincial resources to enhance and audit existing testing in homes.
To ensure the health and safety of staff and residents, mandating vaccination for in-home staff has now become essential, and homes are now required to meet the following requirements:Staff, support workers, students, and volunteers will have until November 15, 2021 to show proof that they have received all required doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, or to show proof of a valid medical exemption.Staff who do not have all required doses or a valid medical exemption by the deadline will not be able to enter a long-term care home to work.Newly hired staff will be required to be fully vaccinated before they begin working in a home unless they have a valid medical exemption.Homes will begin randomly testing fully vaccinated individuals, including staff, caregivers and visitors, to help detect possible breakthrough cases of COVID-19 as early as possible.
September 29th marked the fourth annual Rowans Law Day, in memory of Rowan Stringer, a young athlete who died after sustaining multiple concussions. Let’s take this opportunity to learn about Rowan’s story & promote concussion safety.
Orange Shirt Day and the National Day for Truth and ReconciliationSeptember 30th was Orange Shirt Day, a day to honour and remember residential school survivors and their families as well as children who did not survive the residential school system. The recent discovery of the remains of Indigenous children at five former residential schools has made this year’s Orange Shirt Day even more meaningful and significant.Working with Indigenous partners, elders, knowledge holders and education stakeholders, the Ontario government has announced a plan to expand First Nation, Métis and Inuit content and learning in the elementary curriculum. These changes will further strengthen mandatory learning on residential schools and foster greater understanding within the province’s education system of the intergenerational legacy borne by Indigenous families.This work builds on Ontario’s first phase of curriculum revisions in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, which were implemented in 2018. In addition, in 2021-22, the ministry is providing $23.96 million in Indigenous Education funding to support First Nations, Métis and Inuit students as part of a
Ontario Proposing to add to the Greenbelt

The Ontario government is announcing its intention to add to the Greenbelt wetlands connected to the Bowmanville Creek, Soper Creek and Wilmot Creek. Following public consultation and engagement with Indigenous communities this fall, the government could begin the process of extending the existing Bowmanville Creek, Soper Creek and Wilmot Creek urban river valleys, which connect the Greenbelt to Lake Ontario.
The proposal to add these wetlands came from the Municipality of Clarington and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, as part of a 60-day initial consultation to grow the Greenbelt. The addition of these wetlands would add 115 acres to the Greenbelt and help to provide permanent protection of these lands so they can continue to be enjoyed by future generations
Ontario Improving Access to Mental Health Services

The Ontario government is investing over $34.6 million to support upgrades and the addition of new facilities at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) so they can continue to provide high-quality care and better address the unique mental health needs of patients.
The expansion includes upgrades to the existing forensic services facility and additional indoor and outdoor support spaces. Once completed, the newly renovated space will include dedicated family visitation areas in the inpatient units, enclosed outdoor areas to support recovery, outpatient services, security and building support services.
Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation – Parkinson’s in the Park Program Burlington
The Passion for Parkinson’s Foundation will be hosting Parkinson’s in the Park exercise programs for free in Burlington and Mississauga! These programs include Tai Chi and Walking/Pole Walking classes. These classes are intended to help those with Parkinson’s get physical activity outdoors and provide them with opportunities to be in a social environment.

Walking/Pole Walking classes will alternate between Millcroft and Tansley Woods Parks, Tuesdays September 14th to October 5th at 1:30pm. Tai Chi will be hosted at Millcroft Park on Thursdays from September 16th to October 7th at 10:30am.
 
Details and registration can be found by emailing info@passionforparkinsons.org

Rotary Burlington North – Virtual Turkey Trot
This year, from October 1-11, Rotary Burlington North will host its annual Turkey Trot virtually in support of Burlington Food Bank! Please consider joining Rotary Burlington North by walking, running or riding and help raise $25,000 for our neighbours in need this Thanksgiving. To register.
 
United Way Halton and Hamilton – Walk This Way Fundraiser
Show your Local Love for our community and helped ensure that United Way’s network of 266 programs can stay active and responsive for our most vulnerable. The challenge requires you to complete 266 minutes (or more) of activity between September 24th – October 4th in support of vulnerable people. Join in any way you like! Roll, stroll, bike, hike…this walk is for everyone! To register and for more information: https://www.uwhh.ca/event/walk-this-way/.
 
Green Connections Treeplanting at Arbourview Park
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Oakvillegreen Conservation Association will be hosting tree planting at Arbourview Park. To participate in the tree planting, no experience is required, and tools and gloves will be provided. Please join me and my team of volunteers on Oct. 2nd by signing up to contribute to our tree canopy and bettering our environment! Register here.
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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.