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MPP Report ~ June 2021

This month's newsletter is longer than usual and is indicative of the many news items that I would like to pass along for the summer months. You will find below many links regarding the Province's response to COVID-19 and information pages for a range of things from business support to seniors -- and ticks and Lyme Disease.

The big news this month is the success of Ontario's vaccination program -- we have more than 4 million Ontarians fully vaccinated! There is light at the end of the tunnel.... For those still looking to schedule your vaccine appointments, you can do so with an online form here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/ or by phoning 1-888-999-6488.

Stay current with the Province's latest updates by regularly checking this COVID-19 information page:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/.

I trust everyone is looking forward to the summer months! Enjoy and please stay in touch,



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If you are 18+ and have received your 1st dose of the COVID-19 vaccine you are now eligible to receive your 2nd dose sooner. As the Ontario Premier said, “It’s a two-dose summer.”

 

As long as the supply continues to be allotted by the federal government to Ontarians, all of us have the chance to be fully vaccinated by the end of August. Learn when and where you will be eligible to book an appointment for your second dose of the

With continuing improvements in key public health indicators and the provincewide vaccination rate, Ontario will move into Step Two of its Roadmap to Reopen on June 30 at 12:01 a.m.
 
Step Two of the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities and limited indoor services. Read what this step entails here: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000399/ontario-moving-to-step-two-of-roadmap-to-reopen-on-june-30
 
The Province's Roadmap to Reopen is a 3-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures. Read all the details of the government plan:  https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000161/ontario-releases-three-step-roadmap-to-safely-reopen-the-province

For businesses and all retail outlets, keep your employees safe. Rapid tests can help detect asymptomatic cases of the virus. Consider Ontario’s COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program as a proactive way to protect against workplace spread.

 

Learn about rapid antigen testing and find out if your organization is eligible to access free test kits. Apply for the Provincial Antigen Screening Program (PASP). The PASP provides free rapid antigen test kits to high-risk communities, organizations and essential workplaces. Learn more here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-free-rapid-tests.

 

In Ottawa, the Ottawa Board of Trade also is providing free test kits and I encourage businesses to look to the Board and to the City to see the extent of support services that are available.

On June 23 I hosted a Community Volunteer Roundtable Discussion - the third such roundtable I have held with local charities and volunteer groups. I appreciate the local groups who came together to share their experience and insights on activities in our community. Your perspectives are remarkable and your hopeful outlook is infectious. Caring volunteers are the glue that holds the community together!

 

Read more about the roundtable here: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/mpp_hosts_another_volunteer_roundtable_discussion

 

The roundtable discussions are part of the Kanata-Carleton Community Volunteer Initiative -- an initiative to raise the level of awareness of the benefits that volunteering offers individuals and to promote the many opportunities to volunteer in our community.

As the Province re-opens I want to urge everyone to consider buying local. Shop at your local retailer. Contract local services. Shop online from Kanata and West Carleton businesses. In supporting local businesses you are supporting our community.

 

Read more about my "Shop Local" awareness campaign here:

https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/please_shop_locally_and_support_our_business_community

 

Shop locally was the main message in my recent article appearing in the Community Voice. In case you missed it, read the column here: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/summer_and_our_local_business_community

Please consider buying your vegetables and meat from our local farmers.

 

The second week of June was “Local Food Week”, an opportunity to thank and recognize our farmers, agri-food businesses, food processing workers and all the agri-food people. Did you realize that Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 837,100 jobs & contributes more than $47.7 billion in GDP to the Province? So, when we buy local food products, we are helping to strengthen our communities and boost our economy.

This summer, also consider taking in local attractions and events – like visiting the Diefenbunker Museum in Carp.

 

I want to thank Susan and Christine for providing me with an update on the re-opening of the museum and all that is planned this summer at the Diefenbunker

 

We have many fun attractions in Kanata and West Carleton – enjoy them in the months ahead!

As MPP for Kanata-Carleton I am proud to promote Kanata North, our country’s largest tech park. I am pursuing the objectives of my Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative. I am actively promoting and supporting local business enterprises so that our community will continue to be prosperous. This initiative provides a framework for my collaborative efforts with local business leaders to profile and advance Kanata and West Carleton business interests at Queen’s Park. Read more: Kanata-Carleton’s High Tech and Business Initiative and here is my November 2020 update.  

This month I was very pleased to take part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative at West Carleton Secondary School. I commend all students who showed leadership & their commitment to our community and its charities. Congratulations and thank you to the teachers and organizers of this significant and special program. It is inspiring to see the grade ten students advocate for local charities.

For this summer, I will be posting a friendly challenge to enjoy physical activity each and everyday. Get outside and "Let's get active."

Go for a walk in your neighbourhood .
visit the woods . hike a trail . run .
bike . swim . paddle . sail .
play catch with a baseball or football .
frisbee . golf . bocci . tennis...

 
Kanata and West Carleton residents may recall that in Spring 2020 I launched a Let's Get Active campaign to encourage physical activity. Here is the link to the original paper that launched the campaign: "Let's Get Active" - a call for our youth to get up, get out, and get going. 
Stay alert this summer and watch for blacklegged ticks. Early indications are that 2021 may prove a very bad year for ticks. With unnoticed ticks comes Lyme Disease… So, look carefully when performing your tick check because they are small and often hard to see.
 
Learn how you can protect yourself and your family from the bites of blacklegged ticks -- which may carry Lyme disease. Click here for information: https://www.ontario.ca/page/lyme-disease

June was Seniors Month. The Ontario Government has a lot of information for seniors on how to age well. See what programs and services are available to help you lead a healthy, active and engaged life over 65. Get tips on staying healthy and learn how to get coverage for prescription drugs and assistive devices. Visit the Ontario Government pages dedicated to seniors: https://www.ontario.ca/page/information-seniors

You may also wish to call the Seniors' INFO Line to speak to someone:  1-888-910-1999 or 1-800-387-5559.

In the recent Ontario budget, the Province made substantial expenditures on health and long-term care services and programs. Ontario’s total investments in health care since the start of the pandemic amounts to $16.3 billion. Read more about these investments here: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/index.html.

And COVID‑19 has had a particularly devastating impact in long-term care homes around the world, including in Ontario. The Ontario Government is committed to protecting residents, caregivers and staff from future outbreaks by building on earlier pandemic response measures. Read more about the measures in the recent budget for long-term care: https://budget.ontario.ca/2021/chapter-1a.html#section-2

Here are some recent announcements that partially cover the historical investments the Province has made in improving Ontario’s long-term care system:

Stay connected and stay informed. Make it a habit to visit the news pages on my MPP website to get the latest details on provincial news, programs and services that impact our Kanata-Carleton community. Visit: https://www.merrileefullerton.ca/news.

If you have missed one of my monthly newsletters, you can access an index of the MPP Report here: MPP Merrilee Fulllerton's Monthly Newsletters

Please do not hesitate to connect. I am only a phone call or email away. 

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