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I wanted to send you a quick update on news that may be of interest to you. I know there can be a great deal of information floating around, so I hope I can provide some clarity on the latest efforts to support you and the families of York South  Weston as we combat the COVID-19 virus.

For households experiencing unemployment or lost income as a result of COVID-19, the NDP is proposing the government subsidize 80 per cent of the household’s monthly rent, up to $2,500 per home, per month, for up to four months. We also support making the same payments accessible to help small and medium-sized businesses with their leases. Find out more HERE.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Education recently announced the release of phase 2 of their "Learn at home" initiative. Our caucus has concerns about how grade 12 students grades will be handled, as well as accommodations for families without the necessary devices, but you can find out more from the government's announcements HERE.

The Federal government announced today that Canadians can start applying for the Canada emergency Response Benefit (CERB) on April 6. The benefit provides up to $2000 a month to Canadians who have lost work or wages during the pandemic. In order to prepare for swift processing of your payment, please be sure to a CRA "My Account" setup, if you have not done so already.

I'm also excited to announce that the Falstaff Early Learning & Child Care Centre in York South - Weston will be included in the list of emergency child care centres that are available to health care and frontline workers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Details will follow.

Lastly, our leader, Andrea Horwath, presented a six-point package aimed at providing support to our courageous frontline staff. In these trying times, we need to ensure health care workers have all the support they need and deserve. I've included her press release below.

I'll be in touch soon. Please reach out to my office with any questions by replying to this email, or by calling 416-243-7984.

Take care and wash your hands.


Best Regards,



Faisal Hassan
Member of Provincial Parliament
York South 
Weston 
 

Government needs to step up support for health care workers: Horwath

QUEEN’S PARK — Dire messages have been coming from the front lines of health care where more resources are needed to fight COVID-19 — and the provincial government can and must fix some of the concerns right now, says NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and the Official Opposition.

“Our health care heroes need more help to contain the spread of COVID-19 and care for those already sick,” said Horwath. “The government can take a number of steps now — starting today — to support health care workers.”

  1. Issue an emergency order to ensure workers can have personal protective equipment
    • Legally protect the right for health care workers to determine – based on their professional and clinical judgement – when they require access to personal protective equipment like masks.
  1. Issue an emergency order to require all organizations to donate personal protective equipment they’re not using
  1. Hike Personal Support Worker (PSW) pay to $22
    • Aggressively ramp up recruitment efforts to get more staff into seniors care homes. Many trained PSWs are not working in home care or long-term care because of underpaying and understaffing. More staff gives workers in long-term care and home care time to care for people, and take necessary precautions with virus containment protocols
    • Create a retention fund for PSWs
  1. Give health care workers mental health supports
    • Invest $5 million to provide round-the-clock, emergency mental health supports for health care workers
    • Provide Presumptive WSIB coverage for frontline health care workers whose mental or physical health is affected by COVID-19
  1. Scale up free child care centres for health care workers now
    • Ramp-up opening child care centres
    • Locate child care centres located near hospitals, long-term care homes, COVID-19 assessment centres and other health care facilities
    • Set required standards for cleaning and disinfecting the temporary child care centres
  1. Cancel all parking fees at hospitals and other health care facilities
SCAM ALERT #1: Toronto Community Housing tenants are reporting calls from people offering to buy groceries for tenants. As conversations progress, these people are asking for credit card or banking Information. DO NOT believe these callers as first responders or Toronto Community Housing will never ask for your credit card or banking information.

SCAM ALERT #2: Residents of Ontario are receiving text messages regarding the new emergency response benefit program. If you receive a text like this, DO NOT CLICK OR RESPOND. The government website is the best place to find reliable information on the benefits that the government will be providing.

Volunteer Toronto is a charity that connects volunteers to the causes that need them.

  • For non-profits: Any non-profits or grassroots groups can contact Volunteer Toronto to start recruiting for urgent response efforts or remote support during COVID-19. Complete this short form and a staff member will reach out: https://bit.ly/2WplJX3. All fees have been waived for this service. 
  • For individuals: Volunteers play a crucial role in helping communities fill urgent needs. For individuals looking to get involved, join Toronto's COVID-19 Volunteer Response Team here: https://info.volunteertoronto.ca/covid19. Alerts with urgent community needs are sent to your inbox every 3-7 days.
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