COVID-19 Updates

Vaccination Hotspots, Variant Transmission, First Parliament, and COVID-19 Updates

Last week, many of us in Ward 13 were thrilled to learn that the province was opening up vaccine eligibility to residents aged 18-49 in three neighbourhoods: M4X, M5A, and M5B. Unfortunately, when the Premier made this announcement he did so before communicating with the city, and without increasing the allocation of vaccines being made available. This led to much confusion and frustration over the weekend, as I struggled to get clarity and answers for residents.

Increase Case Counts, Ontario Budget, Anti-Asian Racism, and COVID-19 Updates

Today there are 2,336 new cases of COVID-19 in Ontario, and while the vaccine rollout is underway, this is not the trend we want. We are still in the midst of the third wave of a global pandemic with contagious variant counts rising. It is hard to express the urgency that is needed right now because it has been a year of crisis. I don't want to sound alarmist, but it is important that we recognize the impacts that COVID-19 continues to have. Patients arriving at ICUs in the GTA are having to be transferred across the province to maintain capacity. We are at a critical moment to ensure that we do not lose equitable access to life-saving critical care.

Save Small Businesses

Toronto Centre is the heart of Toronto’s downtown. We are home to some of Canada’s most iconic business districts and small businesses, from Canada’s largest gay village to the Financial District, to the re-invigorated historical districts such as Yonge Street, Corktown, St Lawrence Market and more. We also know that businesses across our community are in trouble.

To save small businesses, the Provincial and Federal governments need to step up and legislate a moratorium on commercial rental evictions and restructure the CERCA to allow tenants to directly access the 50 percent government relief if their landlords indicate they will not apply. The Government should also look at expanding the amount of money made eligible through Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). In urban centers with high rental and operating costs, for many business owners, the $40,000 is already gone. 

Please add your name and call on the Provincial and Federal governments to make the necessary legislative changes we need to save our small businesses and our main streets.

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