Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario

 

 

Hello Neighbour,

Last week, our community celebrated a significant milestone when the Middlesex-London Health Unit announced that 90% of those aged 12 and over in our region have now received a COVID-19 vaccine. Many thanks to all who have rolled up their sleeves to protect our community and help us get back to normal. With the holiday season upon us, and cases of the new Omicron variant on the rise, it is more important than ever to follow public health advice on how to celebrate safely

November was a busy month in the Ontario Legislature, including debates on my Private Members' Bills on paid sick days and protecting gig and contract workers. With rapid increases in the cost of groceries, rent, insurance and other necessary expenses, my colleagues and I have been focused on the affordability crisis in our province, and helping make sure that people can make ends meet.  We have been pushing back against low-wage policies, and pushing for $10 a day childcare, stronger tenant protections, more affordable housing options, supports for small businesses, and more. We have also continued our fight to take the profits out of long-term care, as the Ford government's long-term care bill makes its way through the legislative process. Please read on for important updates.  

Before I close, I offer my best wishes for a very Happy Hanukkah to everyone celebrating in London West! 

Stay safe and take care,

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.

 
In this newsletter:
 
 

$20 Minimum Wage

Respecting workers means paying a wage that pays the bills.

It's not just saying thank you and calling someone a hero. Minimum wage earners in Ontario, including in London, can't afford to pay rent and bills without roommates, can't save for a rainy day or the future, and often work multiple jobs to make ends meet.

The price of everything is going up, and wages have fallen drastically behind. The Liberals had 15 years to make sure wages kept up, but they chose not to. Now Doug Ford's low-wage policies, like cancelling minimum wage increases and denying workers paid sick days, are squeezing people even further.

I am committed to a plan that offers hope. It's a stable, predictable path to $20/hr that respects workers and gives small businesses time and support to prepare for changes.

Everyone working a full-time job should be able to provide for themselves and their families, and I am committed to making that a reality.

Click here to add your support for a path to $20/hr in Ontario!

 

Paid Sick Days

Proud to join with fellow MPPs, healthcare professionals from the Decent Work and Health Network, and worker advocates from Justice for Workers, to tell the government that it is past time for 10 paid sick days. Appreciated meeting business owner Helmi Grosche of Grosche International, who understands that paid sick days are good for business and strongly supports the reignited fight for paid sick days in Ontario.   
 

Around London

It is always a privilege to attend Remembrance Day services in our community, to remember those who have died in service and honour all veterans. This year, I attended Muslims for Remembrance hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at community, as well as services at the Byron Legion and Manor & Highland Park Cenotaph. 
 
It was wonderful to experience once again the joy of the Hyde Park Santa Claus parade. Many thanks to the Hyde Park Lions Club and Hyde Park BIA for organizing, to the parade volunteers for bringing children such delight, and to the people along the route who generously donated vitally-needed food and other items for the Northwest London Resource Centre. 
 
I will be joining the London Muslim Community to donate blood together on Saturday, December 18. All are welcome, and the need for blood is always greatest during the winter, so now is the perfect time to make a donation!

Book your appointment at blood.ca/pfl.
 
Visit Old South this weekend between December 3 and 5 to enjoy Christmas in the Village and the Christmas Market on the Green! There will be lots of fun for everyone young and old, plus holiday shopping, and as usual, I'll be helping out at the OSCO Christmas Tree Sale!
 

The Hyde Park BIA is hosting the community’s first annual Christmas Market. Do your Christmas shopping, have a seat by the fire to roast marshmallows and have a bite to eat at one of the food trucks!  Visit the market at the Hyde Park Village Green (The Ponds on Hyde Park Road) on December 4 (12pm to 9pm) and December 5 (10am to 5pm).

For children, there will be a kids activity tent for creating Christmas crafts and ornaments overseen by community partners. There will be a mailbox drop-off for children wishing to send their letters to Santa and Mrs. Claus – who will be making appearances throughout the weekend.  

 

In the Media

Islamophobic attack in South London: Tenants being pressured to leave their homes:

London's growing pains mean brand new schools have portables on opening day, CBC London, November 29, 2021

Ontario won't commit to electric vehicle rebates as it promotes electric vehicle production, CTV News, November 17, 2021

Ford government facing push back on symptomatic testing at pharmacies, CityNews, November 17, 2021

Doug Ford’s paid sick leave program ends in less than two months. Pressure is ramping up to make it permanent, Toronto Star, November 12, 2021

MPP Randy Hillier apologizes for baselessly linking deaths to COVID-19 vaccinations, Toronto Star, November 8, 2021

 

Your Voice at Queen's Park

I am grateful to the members of the London Muslim community who came to Queen's Park to share with MPPs the difficult, exhausting and emotional stories of the Islamophobia they face every day. I am committed to working with the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM) and all political parties on the passage of the Our London Family Act. This legislation, which will be tabled in early 2022, reflects the provincial calls to action that NCCM delivered to the National Summit on Islamophobia following the hate-motivated murder of four members of the Afzaal-Salman family in our city.

The Our London Family Act will:
  • Create a provincial hate crimes accountability unit
  • Dismantle white supremacist groups by preventing them from registering as societies, and prevent acts of intimidation
  • Restore the provincial Anti-Racism Directorate
  • Give Ontario schools new tools to help young people understand Islamophobia
Click here to add your name in support of the Our London Family Act.
 
Last week, the government had another chance to say yes to permanent paid sick days for Ontario workers, but said no for the 27th time. Rarely has any policy garnered such strong consensus from Ontarians across sectors and across the province, yet the government's three temporary paid sick days (which only became available in April) are expiring at the end of the year. 
 
When the legislature debated my Preventing Worker Misclassification Act, the government had an opportunity to fix the problems in the Employment Standards Act that deny thousands of gig and contract workers their basic workplace rights. Shamefully, they voted my bill down rather than support workers. I will keep fighting for workplace rights, and you can add your support here.
 
Renters in London West are being pressured to move out of their homes, knowing they may not be able to find another rental unit they can afford. There are 6,000 people on the wait list for social housing, and 1,300 experiencing homelessness in London. Delay is not an option. Tenant protections and investments in affordable housing are needed right now.
 
50,000 children with autism are now sitting on a waitlist. Instead of fulfilling the promise of needs-based services, the government has launched an Ontario Autism Program (OAP) pilot that doesn't even meet the needs of the 600 children involved. This is absolutely unacceptable, and I will keep fighting for a comprehensive needs-based system that delivers services to every child living with autism. The Financial Accountability Officer has recently reported that $137 million was withheld by the government from the OAP.
 

WSIB claw back must be repealed

This week, the legislature passed Bill 27, a government omnibus labour bill that includes a broad range of changes to Ontario legislation. I support changes like a small step to address licensing of foreign-trained professionals, allowing delivery drivers to access washrooms, and making a start on better regulating temp agencies.

But the bill also includes a clause to return "surplus" WSIB funds to employers, even though far too many inured workers are refused legitimate claims or spend years fighting and waiting to access funds. Governments have allowed the list of compensable claims to be cut to the point that workers have been denied billions of dollars that would have helped them recover and rebuild their lives after workplace injuries. The fact that the government is now taking that so-called surplus and returning it to employers, instead of increasing coverage and reducing delays, is not on the side of working people. I am committed to reversing this harmful and disrespectful action.

Click here to read my remarks on Bill 27.

 

COVID-19 Developments

Everyone born in 2016 or earlier is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in Ontario, as well as for an accelerated second dose. Some individuals are 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)
  • COVID-19 vaccines are now available for children born between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2016. Pediatric doses are available at MLHU mass vaccination clinics and at participating pharmacies. 

    The Children’s Hospital COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic offers services for youth with the following:

    • Needle anxiety and who are behind on immunizations or avoid bloodwork
    • General anxiety that may require extra support
    • Behaviour needs that may require extra time
    • Sensory needs that may require low stimulation, limited people and a private room
       
  • MLHU will be running a walk-in holiday pop-up clinic at Masonville mall. It will be located on the lower level beside Sketchers and will be accessible through CF Masonville Place’s Entrance 6 doors, next to Thaifoon restaurant. Between December 1 and December 31, the clinic will be open from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday to Friday; from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays; and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. The Health Unit will provide first doses of COVID-19 vaccine to anyone over the age of five, as well as second and third doses to those who are eligible. 
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.