Teresa Armstrong MPP, London-Fanshawe

Government of Ontario

Weekly update: June 13th

Published on June 13, 2020

Dear friends and neighbours, 

It’s astounding to think how much our lives have changed in such a short amount of time. Simple things like running errands, hugging friends and eating out have us weighing consequences like we’ve never had to before. Some of us are lucky to be able to work from home and are busier than ever, some of us are struggling to get by. Most importantly, many of us have lost people that we love unexpectedly, suddenly and without the ability to grieve them.

Stage 2 of re-opening is set to begin tonight. While I’m sure many are relieved for life to resume as before, we must remember to remain vigilant and mind the safety of others as well as ourselves. Unfortunately, we have more questions than answers in regards to Stage 2. For example, many child care centres in London have said they’ve yet to receive any guidelines from the province, let alone financial assistance to cover the extra health and safety costs.

Here
is a detailed list of what is opening in London and how.    

Thank you for continuing to share your issues, concerns and comments with me. I do take them all into consideration. As you can imagine, our office is experiencing a higher volume of calls and emails than usual. We ask for your patience. You will hear back from us. 

Thank you for continuing to do your part. 

Sincerely, your MPP, Teresa Armstrong


Provincial government updates

  • Ontarians are now allowed to create a close group of up to 10 people. To be clear, these new guidelines allow for the formation of “social circles,” not to be mistaken with new rules around “social gathering.” Ontarians who wish to form a safe social circle should follow these five simple steps from the Chief Medical Officer of Health:

  1. Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
  2. If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends;
  3. Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
  4. Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
  5. Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.

Long-term care in Ontario


Federal government updates


Here are some concerns the Official Opposition is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

“It’s disturbing that the Minister of Education hired an investigator to investigate his investigation, and despite all these reports pointing to serious systemic anti-Black racism in Peel schools, Stephen Lecce is again taking no actual action to address it," Lindo said in a statement.

Please continue to reach out to my office with feedback, concerns and questions. Hearing from you is integral to how we push this government into much needed action. Email me at TArmstrong-CO@ndp.on.ca to let me know and we’ll do our very best to help.



 

Resources available in the community:

 

Addiction Services Thames Valley

ADSTV has launched a selection of Supportive Information Sessions online at adstv.ca. These recorded sessions and downloadable tools are based on ones previously offered nearly every weekday at their facility. ADSTV is also preparing to provide services in a face-to-face setting. Visit their website for updates

Online Tool to Find COVID-19 Financial Help

The Government of Canada has released a new web-based benefits finder tool to help people living in Canada determine which government benefits programs best meet their needs. The tool includes provincial benefit programs. 

Friendly Callers

The Canadian Mental Health Association has launched Friendly Callers, a new outreach program that matches volunteers with seniors for a weekly check-in. If you, your parents, your neighbours, or any senior you know would like to participate in this program, call CMHA at 519-434-9191 ext. 2223 or email iabs.intake@cmhamiddlesex.ca Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Emergency Community Support Fund

Community service agencies can now apply for emergency funding through the Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF). These funds are for you to respond to COVID-19 in your community. 

Living Life to the Full webinar series

A new webinar series by Canadian Mental Health Association will discuss the mental health impact of COVID-19.Webinars will be hosted weekly between June 12 and July 3, with topics related to loneliness, young adult mental health, older adult advocacy, and the mental health fallout of the pandemic.

  • The City of London has an FAQ to help simplify what Londoners can and can’t do in light of COVID-19. 
  • LifeSpin put together this list of resources for folks in London. 
  • The Ontario Government has created a centralized COVID-19 page which can be found here.
  • Middlesex-London Health Unit has opened two COVID-19 screening centres. For more on that and other public health information visit Middlesex-London Health Unit’s page here.
  • If you are interested in up-to-date information regarding Ontario Government announcements and programs I recommend monitoring the Ontario Newsroom.