COVID-19 Updates

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer

Avoid shaking hands and close contact with people

Anyone who is not ill or has not travelled is strongly directed to stay home except for essential trips

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

If you are ill, or if you have travelled, you are ordered to stay home by the Medical Officer of Health for 14 days

As businesses begin to reopen it's important to maximize physical distancing and limit in-person access as much as possible

COVID-19 Update, April 24

Here we are, at the end of another week and a full month into the City of Toronto’s declared emergency. I want to give my heartfelt thank you to everyone for continuing to do the hard work of staying physically distanced from one another.

Next week City Council will meet virtually for the first time to debate extending Mayor Tory’s emergency powers. I’m keen to have City Council meet again as I believe there are important issues that we need to desperately review such as the City’s care for the homeless and other vulnerable populations, the lack of proper physical distancing space on narrow sidewalks and the need to accelerate and expand financial support for struggling residents and small business owners.

COVID-19 Update, April 23

While we are all trying to cope with COVID-19, the tragic events of April 18 and 19 in Nova Scotia have further devastated many in our country.  My heart goes out to all the families and community members impacted by these horrific acts of violence. 

Normally when tragedies like this happen, we would take comfort from each other, and gather collectively to grieve. With that not being possible, a locally-organized vigil called “Nova Scotia Remembers,” will take place on Friday, April 24 at 6pm EDT/ 7pm ADT and will also be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Links will be made available at heartcolchester.ca

COVID-19 Update, April 22

Today is the 50th anniversary of World Earth Day. While we can’t all come together to mark this historic day, I am grateful for the opportunity to reflect on the parallels between our fight to end climate change and our fight to stop the spread of COVID-19. Both are global challenges that require collective action and both change how we live, work and play.  Each has been hampered and exacerbated by scientific scepticism and denial. How we have responded to COVID-19 shows the magnitude of the responses needed to fight climate change. It also gives me hope that we can respond collectively to any challenge regardless of how threatening and all-encompassing.

COVID-19 Update, April 21

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario’s released its updated COVID-19 projections and announced that the curve of community-spread cases of the virus has peaked. Encouragingly, this is weeks earlier than originally projected. Following this announcement, our own Medical Officer of Health also confirmed that Toronto is currently in the peak period for reported cases. These announcements show that the public health measures, including staying home and physically distancing from each other, are working to contain the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Taking these measures seriously is working. Together, let’s continue to double down on our efforts and continue to flatten the curve. 

COVID-19 Update, April 20

It is with a very heavy heart that I begin by recognizing yesterday’s tragic events in Nova Scotia. This is a devastating day for so many, and as we learn more details, we are collectively shaken to the core. Investigators continue to piece together the details of Canada’s deadliest mass shooting. I have family in Truro, just a half-hour drive from Portapique and I hold them and all the great people in Nova Scotia tight in my heart.

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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