Peggy Sattler MPP, London West

Government of Ontario
 

Hello Neighbour,

On Thursday, the world woke up to a horrifying and escalating crisis, as a ruthless thug launched an unprovoked attack on the people of the Ukraine. My heart goes out to the thousands of Ukrainian Londoners who are filled with deep worry for their homeland and fear for loved ones overseas. In the Ontario Legislature, all MPPs joined together to condemn Russia's violent aggression against Ukrainian sovereignty and independence.

In solidarity with the Ukrainian community, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath called for a ban on Russian products from LCBO shelves and for Ontario to provide increased aid through the Canada-Ukraine Foundation by matching all donations made by Ontarians. We were encouraged by the Ontario government's direction to pull Russian products from LCBO shelves as a sanction imposed on Russian-based businesses and a demonstration of our strong opposition to this illegal military action.

Many thanks to all those who responded to my last newsletter with your priorities and concerns for the return to Queen's Park. You told me about the shortage of affordable housing, the need to reduce health care wait times and increase mental health services, the problems with home care, the lack of respect for nurses and health care workers, the challenges for those living in poverty, the high cost of child care (and the urgency of signing the $10-a-day child care deal), the importance of high quality public education, and more. Please know that I will keep fighting for improvements on these and other issues in the Ontario Legislature. As always, I welcome hearing your thoughts and perspectives.

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:
 

Around London

I attended a London Health Coalition event this week as part of a province-wide campaign to fight back against health care privatization and advocate for urgently needed improvements in care. Many thanks to the leaders and experts who discussed the local impact of increasing privatization and funding cuts. If you missed the press conference, you can watch it here.
 
On March 22, a panel of experts will explore the innovation, ideas and technologies that contribute to food system sustainability. This free event is presented in partnership by Fanshawe College, Western University, Brescia University College, Ontario Centre for Innovation and London Economic Development Corporation. Click here to learn more and register.
 
This year, I will be hosting my London West Community Recognition Awards virtually on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.The awards celebrate the passion and commitment of London West volunteers who work tirelessly to make our community a better place. Click here to read about the 70 inspiring volunteers who have received a Community Recognition Award since 2017!

While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to create challenges for our community, I am proud of the efforts of the brave and compassionate volunteers who have stepped up over these last two years to support their fellow Londoners. They have nurtured the flame that COVID-19 threatened to blow out. The Community Recognition Awards are an opportunity to show our appreciation for their commitment and service.

I hope you will join me for a virtual celebration of some amazing Londoners!

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If your organization would like to nominate an outstanding volunteer for a Community Recognition Award, please contact my community office at [email protected] or 519-657-3120.
 
 

In the Media

 

Your Voice at Queen's Park

I am honoured to co-sponsor the Our London Family Act, which was introduced on February 23 in the Ontario Legislature. Many thanks to the National Council of Canadian Muslims for their leadership in developing this legislation, which includes specific legislative changes to help end Islamophobia, white supremacy and organized hate in Ontario. It was wonderful to welcome many local leaders who joined us to mark the introduction of this historic bill. 

I am hopeful that the Our London Family Act will receive all-party support and be passed into law before the election this June. You can add your name in support of this important legislation by collecting signatures on the petition at peggysattler.ca/ourlondonfamilyact. I will present completed petitions in the Legislature.
 

I was proud to present petitions I received from London West resident Nicole Abbott, who collected signatures in our community to demand decent work for all. Thank you, Nicole, for your advocacy with Justice for Workers!
 

This week, my Ontario NDP colleagues also introduced bills to permanently remove tolls on Hwy 412 and 418, to protect kids from the harmful effects of vaping, and to recognize Black Mental Health Day every March.
 
 

Next week, we will force a vote on providing the $1.3 billion needed to tackle the overwhelming backlog of surgeries in this province, and for a targeted strategy to focus on meeting the health care needs of rural and small town communities.

It has been estimated that up to a million Ontarians have been forced to postpone surgeries, and the government's 2021 budget promised less than half the funding needed to clear the backlog. We know that people in rural areas are likely to face a longer wait for necessary procedures than people in urban areas. As Londoners, we have an important relationship with our rural neighbours, and we know how important it is that they receive the services they need.
 
 

New & Noteworthy

Ontario is eliminating licence plate renewal fees and the requirement to have a licence plate sticker for passenger vehicles, light-duty trucks, motorcycles and mopeds, effective March 13, 2022.

All licence plate sticker fees paid between March 1, 2020 and March 12, 2022 for vehicles owned by individuals will be refunded.

To get a refund for your individually owned vehicle, make sure the address on your vehicle permit or driver’s licence is up to date, as that’s where your refund will be sent, and pay any outstanding fees, fines or tolls by March 7, 2022.

 

COVID-19 Developments

  • The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) will be closing its vaccination clinic at the Earl Nichols Recreation Centre a week from today. The last vaccination clinic at the Earl Nichols site will be held on Friday, March 4th, before the facility is returned to its former role as a community recreation centre and arena.
     
  • Ontario’s GO-VAXX Bus will be at the East Lions Community Centre in Argyle this coming Saturday, February 26th. Individuals will be welcomed on a walk-in basis, or anyone who would prefer to book an appointment in advance may do so by visiting covid19.ontariohealth.ca or by calling 1-833-943-3900. 
     
  • On Thursday, Ontario's Chief Medical Office of Health said he now anticipates that the provincial mask mandate will be lifted in its entirety, rather than in some places and not others (as he suggested a week ago).
     
  • The province plans to request a supply of  recently approved COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government. Novavax and Medicago are considered more traditional shots, making them more likely to appeal to those who are still unvaccinated. Ontario could start receiving Novavax doses in mid-March and Medicago doses later in the spring.

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.