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Hello <<First Name>>,

I want to start by wishing Eid Mubarak to my friends and family in the Muslim community. Thank you for showing the strength and resolve that other faith groups in our community have shown during these difficult times. Though we may have been physically distant, we were joined in the unity of faith. I also want to thank those of you who participated in our weekend Eid-al-Fitr Facebook live event for taking part in the discussion and sharing greetings with family members.

I'm disappointed to inform you that, once again, the province has failed to meet testing targets over the weekend. The government is falling far short of its goals on this front and is now aiming to expand testing. The province is now encouraging individuals who are showing mild symptoms or may have come into contact with a positive case, to seek testing. If you or someone you know would like to be tested, you're asked to visit one of the local testing centres closest to you. For a list of available locations, click HERE
We will continue to urge the government to take action on testing priorities, with a focus on congregate settings, workplace testing, and mobile testing of random, asymptomatic individuals throughout Ontario. It is the only way to ensure the unsettled economic re-opening can proceed safely.

The Ontario government is also continuing to struggle with the issue of pandemic pay. We were thrilled when the government took the Ontario NDP position to provide pay increases to healthcare workers. However, a whole month later, details and execution have been lacking, as our frontline heroes continue to wait. The voices of ineligible workers like those of lab technicians, pharmacists, medical residents, occupational therapists, security staff and maintenance workers (amongst others) continue to be ignored. The Ontario Hospital Association has now written an open letter to Premier Ford highlighting the stress and concern this is causing. To learn more about our concerns, please read the press release below.


Finally, I will be at Queen's Park tomorrow as my colleague and Municipal Affairs Critic, Jeff Burch, tables a motion that would give sorely needed emergency financial support to municipalities that have been deeply impacted by COVID-19. Last week, we heard concerns from Mayor John Tory that drastic cuts to city services may be on the table if the province does not come forward with funding soon. I have advocated for a healthier relationship between the province and municipalities for some time, but at this moment, the need for action is critical.

As always, my office is here to help. Please call at 416-243-7984, or email us at fhassan-co@ndp.on.ca.

Take care, stay home, and wash your hands.

Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South—Weston
 
Each level of government has useful information to support you during this crisis. For more information, visit the resources below:
News Release
 

Promised pandemic pay needs to flow now: NDP

 
QUEEN'S PARK — Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement in response to a letter from 11 health care CEOs to Premier Doug Ford asking for the province to release the pandemic pay bump it promised a month ago:
 

"Workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle are putting their lives on the line every day, yet many of these workers — the PSWs, paramedics and many others who are seeing us through the pandemic — may be struggling to make ends meet thanks to low pay.

NDP MPP offices have been flooded with calls and e-mails from essential workers who deserve a pandemic pay top-up, yet have failed to see that money flow, whether because the Ford government neglected to include them on its list or because they are on the list, but have not seen a single dollar of the wages they were promised.

It is unacceptable for Doug Ford to call frontline workers heroes, then fail to give them the small raise he promised a month ago. Frontline workers should receive their pandemic pay immediately, retroactive to the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

The workers on the front lines deserve so much better from the government."

Community News: 

DISTRACTION THEFT: Residents are asked to be aware of a recent spate of thefts targeting seniors in the community. The suspects distract and steal the jewellery directly from unsuspecting victims. You can learn more about this threat from the local news story HERE.
Recently, we learned of the passing of Megan Whitfield. Megan was an active member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists & the first Black President of Local 626, the largest local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Whitfield was a fierce advocate for worker rights and social justice. She always took the time to really listen when she spoke to you, and made you feel like you were the only person in the room. I was proud to call her a friend. I want to offer my condolences to her family and loved ones. May she rest in power.

In another shining example of community support, West King Pharmacy is providing free prescription delivery and covering excessive government co-pays related chronic medication for seniors. You can pay them a visit at 2077 Weston Road, or give them a call at 416-248-4485 to find out how they can support you or a loved one during the crisis.
YMCA at Home is free for everyone and is a virtual YMCA connecting people to at-home workouts, children’s programs and physical activity, and personal wellness resources. For more info, visit their website at https://www.ymcahome.ca/
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