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Welcome to the Markham-Stouffville
Weekly Update for October 3, 2020

Premier of Ontario makes an announcement at Queen's Park | Oct 2
Ontario Implementing Additional Public Health and Testing Measures
 
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, local medical officers of health and public health experts, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures. At the same time, in response to the second wave of COVID-19 and in preparation for the cold winter months, the government is taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk.

New Measures for Testing

The government is taking additional steps to respond to the second wave of COVID-19 and prevent and stop the spread of the virus, while safely keeping schools and businesses open. These include:
  • Transitioning to appointment-based testing at Ontario assessment centres beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020, providing certainty to patients as to when they can receive a test during the cold winter months and allowing assessment centres to conduct enhanced screening to ensure adherence to the guidelines released on September 24, 2020;
  • Beginning on Sunday, October 4, 2020, assessment centres will discontinue walk-in testing services, so the province's lab network can make significant progress in processing tests and to allow assessment centres the necessary time to reset, deep clean and ensure preparedness for the new appointment-based model;
New Public Health Measures

As the number of new cases continues to rise, the province is taking decisive action to prevent and stop the spread of the virus and avoid future lockdowns. They include mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities and workplaces.

Targeted measures will also be implemented in Ottawa, Peel, and Toronto as a result of their higher than average rates of transmission. These include:
  • Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table, requiring operators to ensure patrons lining up or congregating outside of their establishment maintain physical distancing, and mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected;
In addition, the government is:
  • Extending the pause on any further reopening of businesses, facilities, and organizations for an additional 28 days, unless already permitted to open under O. Reg 364/20;
  • Pausing social circles and advising that all Ontarians allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physical distancing from everyone else. Individuals who live alone may consider having close contact with another household.

Click here for more information: 

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58645/ontario-implementing-additional-public-health-and-testing-measures-to-keep-people-safe
Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum Visit
 
I had a great visit at the Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum where I got to tour the Archeology Alive Exhibit, showcasing the history of the Huron-Wendat in Markham-Stouffville. Thank you to the staff at the museum for having me.
Ontario Expands COVID-19 Testing to Pharmacies

The Ontario government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies in the province. As of September 25, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks.
 
Pharmacies may choose to provide testing for Ontarians who have no COVID-19 symptoms. Individuals, within provincial testing guidance, will be able to visit select pharmacies by appointment only, and they will be pre-screened and then tested at no charge. When visiting a pharmacy, Ontarians should continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures, including wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and maintaining physical distance from those outside their household or social circle.
 
Read here for more information:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58492/ontario-expands-covid-19-testing-to-pharmacies
 
In Markham-Stouffville, make an appointment to visit Rexall Drugs at:


90 Copper Creek Drive, Markham, ON, L6B 0P2, (905) 209-7965, https://www.rexall.ca/storelocator/store/6933
Ontario Delivers COVID-19 Fall Preparedness Plan

On September 30, the Ontario government released its $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province's health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season.
 
Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians.
 
Visit this link to read the plan:

https://files.ontario.ca/moh-preparing-for-future-waves-of-covid-19-en-2020-09-30-v1.pdf
Ontario Revises COVID-19 Screening Guidance for Schools and Child Care

On October 1, the Ontario government updated its COVID-19 school and child care screening guidance. This additional information will help parents determine when it is most appropriate for students, children and their families to seek a test for COVID-19.

The school and child care screening guidance has been updated with two sets of questions about symptoms and information to help parents make informed decisions about whether their children should attend school or child care, need to consult a health care provider, or get tested for COVID-19.

Click here for more information:

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/
New Regulations Will Modernize the Province’s Real Estate Market
 
On October 1, the Ontario government announced the first phase of regulatory changes related to the Trust in Real Estate Services Act, 2020 (TRESA). The new changes will modernize rules for registered real estate brokerages, brokers, and salespersons across the province while also addressing consumer concerns.
The first phase includes regulations that more closely align real estate brokerages and professionals with modern business practices. The new measures will:
 
  • Allow real estate professionals to incorporate and be paid through Personal Real Estate Corporations (PRECs).
  • Let salespersons and brokers use additional advertising terms such as "real estate agent" and REALTOR® in their advertisements, better reflecting the services they provide to consumers across the province.
 
Expected later this Fall, the second phase of regulatory development will include public consultations with consumers and real estate professionals that focus on further measures to support trustworthiness and the highest ethical standards in the real estate sector, including:
 
For more information, visit this link:

https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/58624/ontario-removing-hurdles-for-real-estate-professionals-and-addressing-consumer-concerns
Mid-Autumn Festival

I would like to wish everyone celebrating a Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! May this coming year be filled with peace and prosperity
Rowan's Law Day

Rowan’s Law Day was commemorated on Wednesday September 30. It was named for Rowan Stringer, a high school rugby player from Ottawa, who died in the spring of 2013 from a condition known as second impact syndrome (swelling of the brain caused by a subsequent injury that occurred before a previous injury healed).
 
Rowan is believed to have experienced three concussions over six days while playing rugby. She had a concussion but didn’t know her brain needed time to heal. Neither did her parents, teachers or coaches.
 
To learn more, visit:

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/sport/rowans_law_day.shtml
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.

To reduce in-person visits to ServiceOntario, a number of provincially-issued documents have extended expiry dates until further notice. Please click here for further information. 

Best regards,

Paul Calandra, MPP
Markham-Stouffville