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Hello <<First Name>>, 

I want to thank everyone who participated in our telephone town hall meeting yesterday evening. We received a number of questions on a broad range of topics related to COVID-19. I heard your concerns about re-opening the economy, our education system, direct support to residential and commercial tenants, as well as long term care, and the need for a public inquiry. I was also thrilled to have experts from West Park Health Care Centre participate in the call address some of your medically related questions as well. If you would like to listen to the discussion, you can find it HERE.

As we approach another long-weekend, we can celebrate the fact that your hard work continues to pay off. The trendline on new cases is continuing to move in a positive direction, and it is due to the sacrifices we are all continuing to make. Rigorous hand washing, social distancing, and limited social gatherings have worked. I also see so many more individuals wearing masks in public, as we try to keep our friends and neighbours safe. Please continue these efforts so we can remain on the path to recovery.

The government now has to do its part to address the other vital part of the strategy to defeat COVID-19. I was disappointed to hear of technical errors in new case reporting from the province yesterday. And to date, the Ford Government's testing capacity still falls far short of what it needs to be. Testing, combined with contact tracing, is imperative to ensuring some return to normalcy. We need a patient approach that respects public health, as well as worker's rights to a safe workspace. You can find out more about some of the business that can re-open HERE.

The federal government has announced an extension of the Federal Wage Subsidy until the end of August. This measure will help businesses retain staff as they work through the economic impact of the pandemic. We are continuing to urge the provincial government to do more to support business owners, especially small and medium-sized businesses. The press release below outlines our efforts on this matter. I've heard from so many businesses in our community looking for direct support. I was pleased to have the opportunity to hold the government to account on this issue at the Legislature this week and will continue to advocate for supports that small businesses can rely on.


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 
 

NDP’s Fife says latest job numbers show the Ford government needs to step up right now with the supports small businesses need to survive


WATERLOO – Catherine Fife, NDP critic for Economic Growth and Job Creation, has issued a statement following Friday’s latest job numbers released by Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office (FAO):


“Over these incredibly difficult months, Ontarians have worried not only about their health, but their family’s financial health. Today’s numbers show that life isn’t getting any easier and that the programs to help businesses keep staff on and pay the rent have missed the mark.

Once again we see that women are bearing the brunt of the economic pain. This continues to be a she-cession, with women continuing to lose their jobs at an even faster pace, with over 575,000 women being laid off in Ontario since February.

Each day we still hear from more small business owners across the province, including so many women entrepreneurs, who are being forced to shut their doors without the help they desperately need.

That’s why the Doug Ford government needs to stop passing the buck to the federal government. Ford needs to step up to offer real financial supports to workers and small businesses in Ontario, especially women, so they can get through the worst of this crisis and begin to re-build our economy once the pandemic is over.”

Community News: 

On May 6, our community lost a frontline hero. Leonard Rodrigues served for 30 years as a PSW, and was the 5th to die in the province. A fundraising campaign has been created to ease the economic burden and assist with contributing to the family’s household expenses for the coming months as they mourn and financially re-adjust to life after his death. Please consider donating HERE.
North York Woman's Centre is asking for your help to identify low income, home-bound senior women in our community. Participants may be eligible for a free computer tablet, individual support and instruction on how to use it, and six months of internet access. For a referral form or more info, please contact ana@nywc.org or 647-574-3911.
Toronto Community Benefits Network "Career Talks" in Construction online conversations is hosting an Indigenous Women in Construction panel will be taking place on Saturday, May 16th2020, 1:00pm to 2:30pm. To RSVP, or learn more about their Women Leaders in Construction series, click HERE.
In these difficult times, many local organizations are struggling. Masjid Al-Rowda at Weston and Lawrence is also looking for your support. The Masjid runs on donations and is looking to cover four months of rent and other expenses with a fundraising campaign. If you would like to support their cause, please visit their gofundme page HERE.
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