QR App, Supporting Small Businesses, and COVID-19 Updates

I want to begin by responding to the derogatory comments made by Premier Ford at a news conference yesterday. He made reference to new immigrants coming to Ontario, and immediately signing up for Ontario Works, which he referred to as “the dole”. These disappointing comments from the Premier are xenophobic and divisive. Also, they are misinformed. The majority of permanent newcomers to Canada are economic class -  skilled workers, and skilled trades. These skills and the financial assets required to enter Canada, and sponsor a family, would place any newcomers well above the asset limits required for Ontario Works. Dr. Jennifer Robson, an Associate Professor at Carleton University, explains the system well, and consequently fact-checks the Premier’s dismissive and repugnant comments. Once again, Premier Ford demonstrates why he is not fit to lead the most diverse province in Canada.

This afternoon my office learned of a 2nd alarm fire at 127 Isabella Street, a non-profit rooming house. Toronto Fire Service was able to extinguish the fire quickly and, thankfully, there have been no reports of injuries.

Capacity Limitations, Menstrual Products, Coming Out Day, and COVID-19 Updates

I hope everyone had a restful Thanksgiving and was able to spend some quality time with your families and loved ones. It’s so important to find opportunities to rest amongst the ever-changing landscape of the pandemic.

Supreme Court Ruling, Throne Speech, Council Roundup, and COVID-19 Updates

On Friday, I was disappointed and disheartened to learn that the Supreme Court upheld Premier Ford’s controversial slashing of City Council in 2018 in the middle of the municipal election. Back in 2018, that was the first of many cuts Premier Ford made in order to swipe at democracy and local governance. At that time, he said it was in an effort to save costs, but there were no such savings. Instead, it cost the City $1.93 million with an increased staffing budget, and cost residents equitable representation in their local government. 

Vaccine Milestone, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, and COVID-19 Updates

Toronto’s vaccination roll out continues. As of today, 80.4 percent of individuals over the age of 12 have been fully vaccinated in Toronto. This is a huge and important milestone, and we should all be very proud. While the ongoing uptake of vaccination by Toronto residents is positive, analysis and modelling of the fourth wave demonstrates that ongoing vigilance is required to both promote increased vaccination and monitor progress towards reducing COVID-19 transmission.  

Vaccine Passport, Federal Election Recap, and COVID-19 Updates

Today we saw 574 new cases of COVID-19 reported, and over 800 this weekend. This is to be expected as schools continue to operate with in-person classes. The Province of Ontario is now reporting hospitalizations by vaccination status as well as COVID-19 data in our schools, as over 9% of Ontario schools now have confirmed cases.

Vaccine Certificate, Back-To-School, Voting, and COVID-19 Updates

Today, the Province of Ontario announced clarifying measures and enforcement protocols around the newly implemented vaccine certificate. Starting on September 22, proof of vaccination status will be required to eat indoors at restaurants and bars, to enter a gym, movie theatre, sporting venue, or concert, and to use a large meeting and event space. Ontario residents will need to either print or download their second dose receipt from the government website until an “enhanced” certificate becomes available on October 22. They can also use a receipt signed by an Indigenous health provider or a receipt from “another jurisdiction.” The new rules will not impact children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

Accessible Vaccine Certificates, Save Main Streets, and COVID-19 Updates

Late last week, we saw new cases of COVID-19 rise to 825 new cases. This is not the trend we want. Last Thursday, the Ontario Science Table confirmed that we are indeed in the fourth wave and that an 85% vaccination rate is needed in order to avoid a full lockdown this autumn. 

This morning I was informed by the City’s Fire Chief about a second alarm fire that broke during 1:35 am at 77 Huntley. Toronto Fire Services was met with a serious working fire in a unit located on the 7th floor and encountered heavy smoke immediately.

Back-to-School, Housing Promises in Federal Election, and COVID-19 Updates

On Friday, Health Canada announced that it has authorized the Moderna vaccine for children as young as 12 years of age to help in the fight against COVID-19. Health Canada has reported that so far any adverse reactions are consistent with those among the adult population including swelling at the site of injection, fatigue, and headaches, and that these reactions typically only lasted three days. We don’t have information yet as to when they’ll begin administering Moderna, and I will keep you updated as more information becomes available. 

Foundry Victory, Mandatory Vaccinations, and COVID-19 Updates

This past Friday August 20, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and the St Lawrence Neighbourhood Association agreed on a settlement to preserve a significant portion of the Foundry buildings, located at 153-185 Eastern Avenue in the West Don Lands and Corktown neighbourhood.

Statement on the Agreement in Principal for the Foundry Buildings

Together, we saved the Foundry!

Today the City of Toronto announced that the City and the Province of Ontario have reached an agreement in principle regarding the provincially-owned Dominion Foundry Complex, former industrial lands comprised of four heritage buildings known as the Foundry Buildings located at 153-185 Eastern Ave. 

As part of the agreement, the Province has committed to conserving a majority of the cultural heritage value of the property, while also protecting in writing the provision for some affordable housing. The plan includes the retention of significant buildings and features of the site and the demolition of others. 

Vaccine Passport, Save Main Streets TO, and COVID-19 Updates

I want to start by expressing my concern for the people of Afghanistan as soldiers and democracy workers from the United States and Canada plan to leave after twenty years on the ground in support of the country’s struggling democracy.

We're Hiring! Constituency Assistant

Job Posting - Constituency Assistant 

Kristyn Wong-Tam is the City Councillor for Ward 13 - Toronto Centre: a fast-paced, high-intensity and always evolving downtown ward with over 120,000 residents, 14 dynamic neighbourhoods and five Business Improvement Areas.

This position is ideally suited for an energetic self-starter who is keenly interested in municipal government and politics and understands the importance of using a social justice and equity lens to city building.

Back to School, Small Business Tax Class, and COVID-19 Updates

Last week, the Province announced their plans for back to school in September. The goal is to get as many students back in the classroom and learning alongside their peers as possible. Part of this plan includes mandatory masks while indoors for grades one through 12, and is recommended for students in kindergarten. 

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