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Weekly Update for August 23, 2021

Ontario Expanding High Speed Internet Access in Markham-Stouffville

I joined Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt, Ward 2 Councillor Maurice Smith and members of the Vivian Rd community to announce that the Government of Ontario is investing $477,775 to expand high-speed broadband access to over 150 households on Vivian Rd. Our community has been patiently waiting for this funding and thanks to our government, residents living here in rural Whitchurch-Stouffville will benefit from this record investment.

The Ontario government has committed $2.8 billion to connect every region in Ontario to reliable, high-speed internet by the end of 2025. This is part of the largest single investment in high-speed internet, in any province, by any government in Canadian history!

Learn more: https://www.paulcalandra.com/blog/ontario-expanding-high-speed-internet-access-in-markham-stouffville
Markham-Stouffville Youth Council 
I had a great first meeting with members of the Markham-Stouffville Youth Council earlier this month. These bright students from our riding will be advising me on youth-related issues and how the Ontario government can better serve our young people.

We have had some great initial discussions and I'm looking forward to our future meetings!
80% of Ontarians 12+ Have Received At Least One Dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine

Ontario has administered over 20 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Thank you to every Ontarian who has rolled up their sleeve to get their shot! Let’s keep going and build the best protection possible for our communities.

The need for large scale immunization clinics is decreasing due to the success of York Region’s vaccination rollout.
Effective end-of-day on Sunday, August 15, 2021, the following York Region Public Health-led mass vaccinations clinics will closed:

  • Aaniin Community Centre, City of Markham
  • Richmond Green Sports Complex, City of Richmond Hill
York Region COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now accepting accept first and second dose walk-ins for all eligible individuals who live, work or go to school in York Region. 

Individuals who have a vaccination appointment booked at any of these clinics after the scheduled closure date will have their appointment automatically rebooked at another nearby York Region COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

  • Cornell Community Centre in the City of Markham
  • Georgina Ice Palace in the Town of Georgina
  • Maple Community Centre in the City of Vaughan
  • Ray Twinney Complex in the Town of Newmarket
  • SoccerCity Drive Thru in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Trisan Centre in the Township of King
All remaining clinics above will be closing by the end of August. To access a vaccine after this time, you can visit a local pharmacy, pop-up clinic, or your family doctor. To find a vaccine, visit: visit ontario.ca/bookvaccine or york.ca/covid19vaccine.

Ontario currently offers the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines are over 90% effective at preventing serious illness and death due to COVID-19. 
Individuals aged 12 to 17 will receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as it is the only vaccine currently authorized by Health Canada for use in this age group.
Ontario Makes COVID-19 Vaccination Policies Mandatory for High-Risk Settings
In response to evolving data around the transmissibility of the Delta variant and based on the recent experiences of other jurisdictions, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is taking action to increase protection for our most vulnerable, including frail seniors, immunocompromised individuals and young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. This includes making COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory in high-risk settings, pausing the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen and providing third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to vulnerable populations. The government is also expanding eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to children born in 2009 or earlier.

To protect vulnerable patients and staff in settings where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 and the Delta variant is higher, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a directive mandating hospitals and home and community care service providers to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for employees, staff, contractors, students and volunteers, and for ambulance services to have a COVID-19 vaccination policy for paramedics. The vaccination policy must be effective no later than September 7, 2021, and at a minimum will require these individuals to provide proof of one of three things:
  • Full vaccination against COVID-19;
  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19; or
  • Completion of a COVID-19 vaccination educational session.

Individuals who do not provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to undertake regular antigen testing. These settings will be required to track and report on the implementation of their policies to the provincial government. This is similar to the vaccination policy requirements currently in place for long-term care homes.

Learn more: 

Vaccination Clinics in Schools
The Ontario government is working with public health units and publicly funded school boards to plan and host vaccination clinics in or nearby schools to continue to fight COVID-19. The voluntary program is part of the province’s last mile strategy to target those who have yet to receive a first or second dose and will provide accessible and convenient access to vaccines for eligible students and their families, as well as educators and school staff who are returning to school this fall.
As of August 15, more than 69 per cent of youth aged 12 to 17 have received a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 56 per cent have received a second dose. School-focused vaccination clinics will support increased uptake for eligible students, as well as education staff, and a safer return to school in the fall.

While COVID-19 vaccination continues to be voluntary for anyone eligible in Ontario, health experts encourage anyone who is able to get the vaccine as a highly effective tool in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants.

With respect to consent at school-focused clinics, COVID-19 vaccines will only be provided if informed consent is received from the individual, including eligible students, and as long as they have the capability to make this decision. Health care providers, the school, and families must respect a young person’s decision regarding vaccination. Parents and guardians are encouraged to discuss vaccination with their children prior to attending a school vaccination clinic.

Learn more: 


Ontario Providing More Support to Communities during COVID-19
The Ontario government is providing $13,000,800 to help York Region deliver critical services, create longer-term housing solutions and keep vulnerable people safe.

This announcement is part of the province’s additional $307 million investment to help municipalities and Indigenous community partners respond to COVID-19. This investment builds upon the $765 million dollars of Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) announced in 2020- 2021, for a total support to communities of over $1 billion.

Municipalities and Indigenous community partners can use the funding to protect homeless shelter staff and residents, add to rent banks, build affordable housing, and support plans to prepare for potential future outbreaks and/or emergencies.

Learn more: https://www.paulcalandra.com/blog/ontario-providing-more-support-to-communities-during-covid-19
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.

Due to the risk of COVID-19, my office is open by appointment only. However our staff remain avaliable to respond to your inquiries via phone or email. Should you require any assistance, please email paul.calandra@pc.ola.org or call 905-642-2588. We will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

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
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