June 2020 E-Newsletter

Published on June 08, 2020

 

Message From the Desk of Your MPP

Dear Neighbours,

It is encouraging to see the weather improve and the sun come out more often, signaling the beginning of summer. As summer starts to set in, we are seeing more facilities open up and are gradually returning to our New Normal. Although it is tempting to step outside and enjoy the sunshine, we request you to stay resilient, stay safe, and stay indoors. Practicing social distancing and employing all necessary personal protective equipment when going outdoors is necessary to maintain community wellbeing. 

As conditions had started improving, it was disheartening to hear the tragic news in Minneapolis about George Floyd. The global spread of COVID-19 has already been a source of confusion and helplessness and the news of George Floyd has further intensified the grief and frustration. We must learn from our neighbours and work to ensure that we do not repeat the same mistakes. As Canadians, we have always been compassionate and we must continue to uphold our Canadian values and respect each other regardless of our differences.

In doing our part to champion racial equality and help resolve ambiguity around police confrontation, I stand in support of body cameras for police officers. The use of body cameras will aid in eliminating assumptions and ensuring that both parties involved are treated equitably. My team and I want to stand for this worthy cause and diminish issues relating to racial discrimination. Our goal is to continue taking actions that help make Mississauga-Malton a place where everyone can feel safe regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender or faith.

Let’s remember that together we are stronger. It is very important to be introspective as well as take actions to become more aware and educated. I urge you to stay safe and begin summer with a fresh perspective. My team and I wish you a healthy and productive summer season.

 

Sincerely,


Queen's Park Update

  • Declaration of Emergency extended until June 30
  • Amended Directive #2 to support the gradual restart of all deferred and non-essential and elective medical and health services, including in hospitals and for all regulated health professionals.
    • Dentists, opticians, massage therapists, physiotherapists, naturopaths are some of the health professionals, who can resume their services
  • COVID-19 testing will now be available to more people in more locations across the province. People will no longer need a referral to go to any of the more than 130 assessment centres across Ontario.
  • The government is investing $935 million more in hospitals across Ontario this year, including $594 million to meet current and future demands for regular services.
    • Trillium Health Partners will receive $23,497,400 (2.8% increase)
    • William Osler Health Systems will receive $17,236,700 (2.9% increase)
  •   Phase 1 of reopening continues
    • All retail stores with street entrances have been allowed to operate provided social distancing rules and regulations are being followed
  •   Ontario will continue the time-of-use suspension and introduce a fixed COVID-19 Recovery Rate for time-of-use use electricity customers from June 1 to October 31
    • Flat rate of 12.8¢/kWh will be applied to all time-of-use customers' bills, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
  •  Over 40 Service Ontario services available online as a safety measure to reduce in-person service and protect staff and customers
    • Expiry dates extended for health cards, driver's licenses and other common renewals 
  • Independent Commission to look into Long-Term Care Homes’ Response to COVID-19
    • Hospitals Assume Management of Some Long-Term Care Homes
  • People using the Ontario Drug Benefit Program will not be required to pay any co-payment until July 1 for any prescription of 30+ days that is now being dispensed in installments.
  • All Ontario Parks now open for limited day-use activities like walking, hiking, birdwatching and biking.
  • Short term rentals, including lodges, cabins, cottages, homes, condominiums and B&Bs can resume operations

Strengthening Consumer Protection 

COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of life including shopping habits. The efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 has had a substantial impact on consumers and businesses. The government wants to hear from you. Please give your feedback and be part of the decision making. Click here to fill out a survey

 

 

Connecting Virtually

COVID-19 has been a stressful time for everyone and often people have questions and concerns surrounding issues that have arisen as a result of safety measures in place and about the pandemic in general. To help ease these tensions and answer some questions, we have been hosting townhalls with different groups. 

Townhall for Small Businesses 

On May 8, I met virtually with small business owners in the riding to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on business operations and will have in the future. Many businesses brought up concerns regarding rent and the need for direct financial assistance. All attendees appreciated the opportunity to speak directly with us and having their voices be heard and their ideas and suggestions passed on to the Ontario Jobs Recovery Cabinet Committee.

Townhall for Residents

Resident townhalls are a regular feature of the calendar but due to COVID-19 it had to be held virtually. On May 14, I hosted my first virtual townhall for the residents of Mississauga-Malton. I want to take this opportunity to thank the community for their preparedness to adapt to the new normal and doing their part to conquer COVID19. My staff and I will continue to work diligently to address your concerns.

 
Townhall for Places of worship

On May 20 and May 22, we held two consultations with places of worship – one with faith groups in the riding and the other with Hindu temples across Ontario. We focussed on re-opening places of worship in a way that is in the best interest of their staff, devotees and visitors. Though there is no date in place for re-opening places of worship currently, all the feedback received will be sent across to the concerned ministries so that they can make informed decisions.

Townhall for GTAA
On May 25, I met with representatives of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to discuss COVID-19 impacts on Toronto Pearson and the aviation sector. We had a fulsome discussion around what air travel will look like in the future and how airports will have to adapt to our new normal.
Townhall for Education

On May 26, Peel District School Board’s Director of Education Peter Joshua joined me for an open discussion on how the pandemic has impacted our highschool students. School board trustees, parents, students, teachers and administrators joined in as we talked about graduation ceremonies, how grades will be formulated, and hybrid learning formats. Director Joshua addressed concerns about grades, exams, report cards, safety measures for September, online learning etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Statement in the Legislative Assembly

I used my opportunity to speak in the House to talk about Ontario Spirit and give a shoutout to great community organisations like Malton Masjid, Jame Masjid, Superfan Nav Bhatia, Ram Mandir, Saigon Park, Yogi Divine Society, YMCA of GTA, United Sikhs, Canada India Foundation, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, My Indians in Canada Association, care4cause, Punjabi Food Seva, Sew and Save that display this spirit so well.

 

 

Monthly Initiatives

 

Uplifting Spirits With Teachers of Morning Star Middle School

The Morning Star Middle School staff and I visited Mississauga-Malton kids, families and seniors who are conquering Covid-19 together. 

Mental Health Matters 

I highlighted the government resources that are available to community residents who are facing mental health challenges due to Covid-19 and social distancing. 

  

Celebrating our Brave Heroes 

With the help of Sai Dham Food Bank, we treated Peel Police officers to delicious meals to thank them for their ongoing community service. 

 

 

 

 

Ontario Spirit at Toronto Pearson Airport

We delivered meals to our frontline heroes at Toronto Pearson who are ensuring the safety of passengers and the transportation of essential goods. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Metrolinx Projects 

Upgrades to Malton GO station for Kitchener line expansion

To increase GO service for Malton GO station's Kitchener extension, construction will take place to accommodate new track alignment and make upgrades associated with sections of north service track.

Work scheduled for weekends of both June 6 and June 13. The work will happen during the night due to heavy train traffic during the day 

 

 

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