Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

 

 
 

Hello Neighbour,

I hope you are making the most of this beautiful summer and enjoying some of London's many outdoor activities. To those who celebrated Eid Al Adha on the weekend, I wish you a joyful Eid Mubarak! 

London's Pride festivities are now in full swing. Pride London has compiled an exciting list of events to help you navigate the many celebrations and events happening around the city. Please consider dropping by my table and visiting the other vendors participating in the first-ever Wortley Pride this Saturday July 16.

I am pleased to once again serve in the Legislature as Official Opposition House Leader and critic for Democratic Reform. Official Opposition Interim Leader Peter Tabuns also announced two new Deputy Leaders for our party, MPP Sol Mamakwa who will be the first First Nations MPP to be named deputy leader, and MPP Doly Begum, who will be the first Bengali MPP to hold this important role. You can read the full list of NDP Official Opposition Critics here. Our team is ready to hold Doug Ford to account and put forward positive alternatives to his government’s harmful policies.

With the seventh wave of new COVID infections confirmed in Ontario - and in the London wastewater signal - the long-awaited announcement of expanded eligibility for second boosters of the COVID-19 vaccine was welcomed by many Londoners. Please read Interim NDP Leader Peter Tabuns' statement on our call for fourth doses to be made available at family doctors and home care settings.

I appreciate all those who have already contacted me to share your concerns and priorities in advance of the August 8 return of the Ontario Legislature. Among the top issues are fixing our broken and underfunded healthcare system (with chronic staffing shortages, unacceptably long wait times, and ER closures), unaffordable and rising rents, addressing the climate crisis through strong climate action, the inadequacy of ODSP, and the need for leadership to deal with the resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall.  If you haven't already, please click below to let me know your thoughts and suggestions.

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Thanks as always for reading!

My community office is available to help with provincial programs and services by phone at 519-657-3120 or by email at [email protected] In-person meetings can be arranged by appointment only.

 
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Around London

A Canada Day worth celebrating must start with recognizing, mourning and honouring the missing children and survivors of residential schools. On July 1, I joined hundreds of Londoners and local Indigenous communities at the Turtle Island Healing Walk to proclaim that Every Child Matters and to demonstrate our commitment to healing and justice for Indigenous communities. The ON Canada Project has compiled a list of resources and steps-of-action to help non-Indigenous people navigate their roles and responsibilities on the journey for truth and reconciliation. 
Later on July 1, I attended the kick-off of London's Canada Day celebration and had the privilege of meeting inspiring 100-year-old hero Tom Hennessy who marked the day by completing his 100-mile walk for homeless war veterans. In the evening, I dropped by Byron Optimist Park, where hundreds of families gathered to enjoy spectacular fireworks. 
Sunfest was back in our city bigger and better than ever after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Many thanks to Alfredo Caxaj, the visionary Sunfest founder, and the many vendors, artists, staff and volunteers who make this one-of-a-kind celebration of global music, culture and cuisine possible. I was delighted to run into Malvin and Maryam Wright of Yaya's Kitchen and talented local musician Sarina Haggarty.
Eid Mubarak to Muslim communities in London and across the globe who celebrated Eid Al Adha this past weekend, and special thanks to the Canadian Pakistani Association of London for the invitation to attend their first-ever Eid Picnic. 
It is always a pleasure to connect with the impressive youth leaders and advocates in our community! At the Western University Student Council (USC) Partners' Reception, I enjoyed meeting Jessica Look, Western USC Vice President of External Affairs and newly-elected President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Association. 
I was honoured to deliver Leading Women Leading Girls certificates to two recipients who missed the earlier celebration. Margaret Hoff was nominated by Lisa Widdifield and Shelley Yeo for her advocacy, mentorship and compassion, which inspired and supported many Londoners to become involved in political life, including me. Patty Lee was nominated by Margaret Hopkins and Jane Roy for brightening the day of more than 13,000 Londoners with her "Chain of Smiles" gifts and cards.  

Many thanks to those who gave so generously in support of my hygiene donation drive. These much-needed items were delivered to the Northwest London Resource Centre for distribution to struggling London West families and individuals. Your kindness is appreciated! 

 

At Queen's Park

Hospital underfunding and a chronic staffing crisis is forcing some emergency rooms across the province to temporarily shut down. These closures will have dire impacts, leaving many Ontarians with no other option than to drive hours to the next nearest hospital in order to get the care and treatment they need. The Ontario NDP is calling on the Ford government to take urgent action to address this healthcare crisis. The Ford government must repeal Bill 124, recognize internationally trained healthcare workers, address and improve poor working conditions in healthcare settings, and allocate funding to recruiting and retaining healthcare workers.

With Ontario spending less per person on health care than every other province and territory, the NDP is also calling on Doug Ford to not only fight for increased federal health transfers, but to commit to spending more in health care - immediately. Too many Ontario patients are waiting in pain for far too long, while exhausted health care workers are run off their feet and leaving in droves. Please read the statement from NDP Interim Leader Peter Tabuns pushing for increased federal health transfers and an increase in provincial health spending
 

In the Community

Supporting local businesses means supporting your community. From July 18 to August 28, you can win $500 for yourself and a local business by shopping local! This is a great incentive to encourage investment in our local economy. Please visit ShopLondon2Win for details. 
Last month, the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe V Wade. The Ontario NDP recognizes that abortion care is health care, and that preventing access to safe and legal abortions will have devastating consequences. A peaceful pro-choice protest has been organized at Victoria Park to show support for those without access to abortion services.  
Muslim Fest 2022 is returning to London once again, featuring interesting vendors, great food and lively entertainment. All are welcome to attend!
Are you looking to make your home more sustainable, but don't know where to start? Greener Homes London offers a free home checkup to help you turn your home more green and cut down on your bills.
Connect with 211 Southwest for assistance in finding the right summer program for your family.
Calling all youth ages 14-25! If you have a passion for community development there is still time to register for the free Youth Impact Zone workshop beginning Monday July 18, 2022. You will access support and resources to help you achieve your goal, and get a chance to win up to $500. The six-week program concludes with an opportunity to share your project with key local stakeholders - a great networking event for aspiring entrepreneurs. 
The London Black History Coordinating Committee is hosting their first-ever Community Picnic this month at Gibbons Park. This is a free event with fun activities and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! You can RSVP to this event through this link.
Enjoy and support the work of local artists at the Summer Reverie Art Show from July 29 to July 31! 
 

In the Media

 

COVID-19 Developments

After continuous advocacy from the Ontario NDP and many concerned Ontarians, the Ford government has now expanded the eligibility for second booster shots to include all individuals aged 18 and up. Individuals can receive their second booster shot three months after their first booster, however, it is recommended to wait five months.

Health Canada has approved Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of five, the first vaccine for this age group. Details surrounding its distribution have yet to be announced. 

Chief medical officer of health, Dr. Alex Summers, warns Londoners of the current seventh wave of COVID-19, led by the extremely contagious BA.5 sub-variant. Practicing the standard public health measures that have been advised throughout the pandemic - mask-wearing, hand washing, avoiding large crowds, and receiving all eligible doses of the COVID vaccine - remains the best form of protection against the virus.

The provincial government has lifted the mask mandate in most public settings, with the exception of long term care and retirement homes. However, masks may still be required in businesses and workplaces that choose to implement it.

MLHU opened their new mall-based vaccination clinic at Westmount Shopping Centre this month. The clinic will operate every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through the month of July from 11:30am to 5:30pm on a walk-in basis. You can receive any dose that you are eligible for at this location.
  • Make an appointment at an MLHU mass vaccination clinic
    • Call the Boys & Girls Club transit services at 519-434-9119 (8am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday) to book a ride if you have mobility issues and cannot get to a clinic yourself
    • You can also get vaccinated in your car at a mass clinic (call 226-289-3560 to book, 8am - 7:30pm, Monday - Friday)
  • If you cannot leave your home, arrange a vaccination at home (call 519-663-5317, 8am - 7:30pm, Monday - Friday
Ontario is dispensing Paxlovid, a COVID antiviral pill, through participating pharmacies for higher-risk groups. These are the following eligibility requirements: 
  • Individuals aged 18 and over who are immunocompromised (have an immune system that is weakened by a health condition or medications);
  • Individuals aged 70 and over;
  • Individuals aged 60 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses; and
  • Individuals aged 18 and over with fewer than three vaccine doses and at least one risk condition (e.g., a chronic medical condition)
  • You can find participating pharmacies here.
Free rapid antigen tests will remain available at participating pharmacies and grocery locations while supplies last. You can find participating locations here

Everyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario, and everyone aged 12 and over is now eligible for a third booster dose.

  • Make an appointment at an MLHU mass vaccination clinic
    • Call the Boys & Girls Club transit services at 519-434-9119 (8am - 5:30pm, Monday to Friday) to book a ride if you have mobility issues and cannot get to a clinic yourself
    • You can also get vaccinated in your car at a mass clinic (call 226-289-3560 to book, 8am - 7:30pm, Monday - Friday)
  • Visit a walk-in pop-up clinic
  • Make an appointment at a participating pharmacy
  • If you cannot leave your home, arrange a vaccination at home (call 519-663-5317, 8am - 7:30pm, Monday - Friday)
For the most up-to-date information, please refer to linked sources and the COVID-19 information provided at the Middlesex-London Health Unit website, COVID-19.Ontario.ca, London.ca/covid-19, Canada.ca/coronavirus. You can also find a range of helpful resources on my website at peggysattler.ca/covid19resources.
 
 
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