Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario
 

Hello Neighbour,

There are no words to describe the overwhelming pain and grief and anger felt by many Londoners today. Our community has been shattered by news of the vicious hate-motivated murder of four innocent people out for a summer stroll. A child lies in hospital after losing his parents, sister and grandmother.

We are collectively reeling as we try to comprehend the incomprehensible - that someone could commit such an unspeakable crime against fellow human beings. Islamophobia is deadly and must be eradicated. Our hearts ache for the family, friends, neighbours, coworkers and the faith community of those who were lost.

Our resolve is stronger than ever to confront and uproot the evil of Islamophobic hate. London MPPs, the City of London and our entire community stands united in support of our London Muslim family. 

Please reach out to Muslim friends and neighbours to let them know you are thinking of them and that you stand with them. If you or someone you know is struggling to process this horrific act, please access the resources that are available to help:

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration:
519-672-6000 ext. 309
mrcssi.com

Victim Services of Middlesex London:
519-678-4631 or [email protected]
vsmiddlesex.org

In addition, the London Police have set up a tip line, and ask that anyone with information regarding this incident call in at 519-661-5515 ext. 5842. Anonymous tips can be provided through London-Elgin-Middlesex Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or londoncrimestoppers.com.

Take care and stay safe,

 

Although my community office is closed to in-person meetings, we remain available to help with provincial programs and services by phone at 519-657-3120 or by email at [email protected]


In this newsletter:
 

Ontario Moving to Step 1 on Friday

The province has announced that all of Ontario will move into Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes but is not limited to:

  • Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;
  • Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;
  • Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per cent capacity of the particular room;
  • Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;
  • Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;
  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;
  • Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
  • Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;
  • Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers, among other restrictions;
  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and
  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days to evaluate any impacts on key public health and health system indicators. If at the end of the 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will move to Step Two of the Roadmap.

You can find a simple, easy-to-understand summary of restrictions in place before Step One of Ontario's reopening at ontario.ca/reopen.

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Londoners deserve the same opportunity to be fully vaccinated as the rest of Ontario, but the Middlesex-London Health Unit estimates that our region's allotment fell about 20,000 doses behind what we needed and has not yet caught up to where it should be. Terence Kernaghan, Teresa Armstrong and I are calling on Doug Ford to deliver our fair share of doses immediately. You can read our letter here.

Eligibility

Everyone aged 12 and over is now eligible for a vaccine in Ontario. You can book a first-dose appointment at a mass vaccination clinic or at a participating pharmacy. (Note that individuals 12-17 can only get Pfizer and should be sure to book where it is offered.) As always, you can find full eligibility details on the Middlesex-London Health Unit website.  

Second Doses

Earlier in the vaccine rollout, the province mandated an extended four-month interval between first and second doses in an effort to deliver first doses to as many people as possible. There are some exceptions to this rule, and as vaccine supply increases, more people are becoming eligible for a shorter interval between doses: 28 days for those who received a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna and 12 weeks for those who received a first dose of AstraZeneca.

Earlier Second Dose Already Booking in MLHU:

  • Individuals with certain health conditions
  • Some health care workers
  • First Nations, Inuit and Metis individuals
  • Individuals aged 80+
  • Individuals who received a first dose of AstraZeneca (12-week second dose interval)
  • Students 17 and under returning to school in September (56-day second dose interval)
* Individuals who received a first dose of AstraZeneca can choose whether to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca or an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna). 

Earlier Second Dose Eligibility Coming Soon in MLHU:
Beginning Thursday, June 10, individuals aged 70+  as well as anyone who received an mRNA shot on or before April 18, and who had a first dose of Pfizer or Moderna can re-book their second dose to be no less than 28 days after their first. 

In addition, the province has set the following estimates of when individuals may become eligible for a second dose 28 days after their first dose. The exact timing will depend on local supply and therefore, may vary by health unit:
  • July 19: people who received a first dose on or before May 9
  • August 2: people who received a first dose on or before May 30
  • August 9/16: people aged 12 - 25
  • August 9: all others

Mass Vaccination Clinics

If you are eligible, please book an appointment. You must have an appointment to get a vaccine. If you arrive at a clinic without an appointment, you will be turned away.

Book online at covidvaccinelm.ca or by calling 226-289-3560 (8:00 am to 7:30 pm daily)
 

Ontario Small Business Support Grant

I continue to hear from London West small business owners who are experiencing issues with their Ontario Small Business Support Grant applications or payments—months after the funds should have been delivered.

I urge the government to address these issues immediately and get these grants to the people who desperately need them. You can read a recent letter to the Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction and Small Busienss here.

If you applied for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant or related grants, and have been unable to resolve any outstanding issues, please contact my office for support.

 

As of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday June 16, the CMHA Elgin-Middlesex Addictions and Mental Health Crisis Centre will be relocated to 534 Queens Ave in London for the next six to eight months. During the relocation, the Centre will continue to offer all the same services at 534 Queens Ave that are currently offered. You can find more details here.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, the Centre is open 24/7 and provides immediate crisis assessment, intervention, stabilization and links to community resources.

 
The response to COVID-19 is evolving rapidly, so please refer to linked sources and the following websites for the most up-to-date information: 
Canada.ca/coronavirus 

You can also find a range of helpful resources on my website at peggysattler.ca/covid19resources.