|Premier Ford Announces Ontario will Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings|
|Oakville North-Burlington Update – September 24th, 2021|
“These temporary measures are meant to allow for the continued progress of reopening our economy and will help offset the effects of the fourth wave of this pandemic. I am confident in the safety measures Ontario has put in place. Requiring proof of vaccination reduces risk and will encourage eligible Ontarians to get their shot, which is critical to protecting our hospital capacity and supporting businesses.” – Effie Triantafilopoulos MPP
|Ontario Now Requiring Proof of Vaccination to Access Certain Businesses and Settings|
To further protect Ontarians as the province confronts the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government is now requiring people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings.
As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians now need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities.
This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;Sporting events;Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).These mandatory requirements do not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements do not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores and medical supplies. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.
Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.
Ontarians currently have access to a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card.
All Ontarians who registered their vaccines are encouraged to download their vaccine receipt as proof of their vaccine status until an enhanced vaccine certificate with a QR code is available. https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
Ontario will introduce an enhanced digital vaccine receipt that features a QR code, which is safe, more secure and with you wherever you go. This digital vaccine receipt can be kept on a phone and easily used to show that you’ve been vaccinated if you need to. In addition, the province will launch a new app to make it easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid, while protecting your privacy.
|Effie in the Community|
September 19th was the Terry Fox Run to raise funds for cancer research in honour of Terry’s Marathon of Hope. Thank you for all your efforts walking, running or riding!
|With Mayor Rob Burton and Councillor Tom Adams, I attended a Franco-Ontarian flag raising at Oakville Town Hall. It was a pleasure to share in the celebrations of Franco-Ontarian Day and recognize the vitality and invaluable contributions of Ontario’s Francophone community to our province’s rich history, culture, society and economy. Ontario is home to 600.000 people with French as their mother tongue. The Franco-Ontarian flag was designated as an official emblem of Ontario in June 24, 2020. My colleague PC MPP Natalia Kusendova introduced the legislation which was passed by the Legislature. Thank you to Dominique Janssens and Espace Francophone de Halton for organizing the flag raising.I am committed to working with Francophones in Halton and across Ontario to ensure a strong and vibrant community across the province.|
|It was a pleasure meeting with local REALTORS® from Oakville North-Burlington who shared their ideas on how to best support the dream of home ownership. Thank you for your recommendations on how to lower the cost of owning a home – particularly for first-time home buyers. This is an issue that is very important for many families in our community.|
|Chinese, East Asian and South Asian communities in Oakville North-Burlington and across Ontario gathered this week to enjoy family traditions, give thanks for the harvest, and enjoy some delicious traditional treats. To everyone who celebrated, I hope you are surrounded by happiness and that this upcoming year is filled with peace and prosperity. From my family to yours, happy Mid Autumn Festival! Zhong cho jie kuai le!|
|September 21st, we celebrated 30 years since Armenia declared its independence and freedom from the Soviet Union. To all those who celebrated, I wish you a happy Armenian Independence Day!|
|Ontario Supports People Living with Dementia|
The Ontario government is investing up to $527,900 to expand the Finding Your Way program through Dementia Friendly Communities so that people living with dementia can be included in all aspects of community life. The Dementia Friendly Communities approach is a new model of community development which will help expand the Finding Your Way program to reach new target populations, including Indigenous communities, newcomers, police, fire and EMS first responders and local service providers to promote a better understanding of the safety risks people with dementia may face.
|Ontario Supports the Cultural and Economic Vitality of French-Speaking Communities|
The Ontario government is providing a total of $2 million in project-based funding to 51 organizations serving the francophone community through the 2021-22 Francophone Community Grants Program, twice the investment of prior years. This reflects the Ontario government’s ongoing commitment to the province’s francophone community and aligns with the overarching Francophone Economic Development Strategy, which seeks to support francophone entrepreneurship, strengthen Ontario’s bilingual workforce, and promote Ontario’s francophonie as an economic asset.
|Charitable Events in our Community|
Halton Women’s Place – Hope in High Heels
Hope in High Heels is a walk taking place throughout Halton Region, where our community comes to together to raise awareness & funds supporting Halton Women’s Place. Tomorrow is the last day to participate – lets all join together to help end intimate partner violence. For 2021, all Registration fees have been waived, all you’ll need to do is create your fundraising page and spread the word! To register.
Hike for Carpenter Hospice
September 25 is the Hike for Carpenter Hospice in Burlington, which you can join live at the hospice or do in your own way. This event will take all precautions to ensure participants, staff, and volunteers can support the Hike for Carpenter Hospice while practicing physical distancing.
All support will help provide in-hospice care to people in the last stages of their lives and community care for people dealing with grief or a life-limiting illness. Each individual/member of a team commits to raising a minimum total of $50 in pledges with the goal of reaching $125,000. To register.
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 be located alternately at Milcroft and Tansley Woods Parks, Tuesdays September 14th to October 5th at 1:30pm. Tai Chi will be hosted at Milcroft Park on Thursdays from September 16th to October 7th at 10:30am.
Details and registration can be found by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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.
Halton Indigenous People’s History – September 28 from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Glen Abbey United Church 2021 Virtual Speaker Series
Glen Abbey United Church is hosting a presentation from local organization Grandmother’s Voice. Grandmother’s Voice is as a body of unified Indigenous people creating a safe, secure community that advances education, knowledge, understanding of Indigenous cultures and practices.
This presentation will provide background on Oakville’s Indigenous people’s history and discuss the work and initiatives of Grandmother’s Voice. They will also discuss how to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Report.
For more information on Grandmother’s Voice please visit www.grandmothersvoice.com
Register here for the free online presentation:
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.
|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.