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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for May 18, 2020

Happy Victoria Day!
 
I want to wish everyone in Markham-Stouffville and across Ontario a Happy Victoria Day and a great long weekend. Please stay well and remember to practise physical distancing while celebrating safely. 
Photo of Queen Victoria c. 1840 from the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum
Queen Victoria
 
Born two centuries ago, Queen Victoria was a busy working mother and a woman of such vision, integrity optimism and accomplishment that they named an entire AGE after her. Victoria was the first Queen of Canada, and her practical sense and political wisdom are large parts of why Canada has been so successful as a nation. Happy Victoria Day!

#OntarioSpirit in Markham-Stouffville

We are so proud of the Ontario Spirit in Markham-Stouffville! 

Thank you to residents of the Ballantrae Golf and Country Club for donating over $12,000 to support our local food bank! 

Read more: https://www.yorkregion.com/news-story/9985241-ballantrae-residents-donate-12-656-to-stouffville-food-bank/

Virtual Town Hall with Stouffville Chamber of Commerce
 
I had a great discussion on Friday with the Whitchurch Stouffville Chamber of Commerce on how Ontario is supporting businesses during COVID-19. Thank you to Ontario's Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for joining me. 
Passage of Bill 190, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act
 
Thank you to all parties in the House for allowing speedy passage of Bill 190, the COVID-19 Response and Reforms to Modernize Ontario Act.

Along with this bill, the government extended the Declaration of Emergency to June 2nd to ensure the province has the necessary tools and health care capacity to contain COVID-19, while gradually reopening businesses, services, and amenities safely. 

To read more about how this bill helps support the people of Ontario and our businesses, click here.
Ontario's First Stage of Re-Opening Begins May 19
 
The Ontario government announced the retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers who will be permitted to open or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. 

The workplaces opening as part this stage are well-positioned to put workplace safety measures in place and get more people back to work.

As soon as 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020:
  • Golf courses will be able to open, with clubhouses open only for washrooms and restaurants open only for take-out.
  • Marinas, boat clubs and public boat launches may open for recreational use.
  • Private parks and campgrounds may open to enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract.
  • Businesses that board animals, such as stables, may allow boarders to visit, care for or ride their animal.
Assuming trends in key public health indicators continue to improve, Ontario's first stage of reopening will begin on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will include:
  • Retail services that are not in shopping malls and have separate street-front entrances with measures in place that can enable physical distancing, such as limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time and booking appointments beforehand or on the spot.
  • Animal services, specifically pet care services, such as grooming and training, and regular veterinary appointments.
  • Indoor and outdoor household services that can follow public health guidelines, such as housekeepers, cooks, cleaning and maintenance.
  • Lifting essential workplace limits on construction.
  • Allowing certain health and medical services to resume, such as in-person counselling; in-person services, in addition to virtual services, delivered by health professionals; and scheduled surgeries
Click here for more details. For a complete list of businesses that will re-open in Stage 1, click here.
Workplace PPE Supplier Directory
Are you looking to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and supplies to safely reopen your business? Visit the Workplace PPE Supplier Directory where you can find suppliers who can assist you in protecting you and your staff with proper protective equipment. 

Before your business reopens, review sector-specific guidelines to identify personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to keep your employees and customers safe.

For more details visit: http://Ontario.ca/PPE
Celebrating Nursing Week

Our nurses and frontline workers are heroes for protecting us during COVID-19. Thank you especially to our amazing nurses at Markham-Stouffville Hospital and across Markham-Stouffville who are caring for our community each and every day. We are grateful for your heroic work.
Recognizing our Police Officers
 
This past week was Police Week in Ontario. During this time we recognized the brave efforts of everyone in Ontario’s police services who ensure our communities remain safe and resilient, especially during the COVID-19 outbreak. You are leaders in our communities, and we thank you for your service.
About the Riding

The provincial riding of Markham-Stouffville was created in 2018 and is made up of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville and some parts of the City of Markham lying east of Highway 48, McCowan Road, and the Rouge River. In Markham we take in the communities of Dixon Hill, Markham Village, Raymerville, Cornell, Box Grove, Locust Hill, Legacy, and Greensborough, to name just a few. 
Constituency Office Services
 
My constituency office is here to serve you. We offer assistance for various provincial government services such as the renewal of Driver's Licences, Health Cards, WSIB claims, ODSP/FRO cases, and any other service under provincial jurisdiction. Please call us at 905-642-2588 or email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org and my staff and I will be happy to assist you.

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville
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