COVID-19 - April 9 Update

I would like to wish everyone a joyous Passover and Easter for those who are marking these celebrations. I know this is a particularly challenging year for these important occasions and want to thank you for making responsible choices to keep our families and communities safe. 

Thank you to everyone who participated on last night’s Facebook Live event. At this challenging time, it is important that we are able to come together to share our questions and be updated on the actions being taken to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. If you were unable to participate in the event but would like to watch it, you can do so here. If you have any questions, my office remains available to assist you at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

COVID-19 has taken a toll on many people’s mental health. To assist residents experiencing stress and anxiety due to being isolated, quarantined with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, experiencing financial hardships or other mental health stressors, the City has partnered with key mental health service providers to support the mental wellbeing of Toronto's most vulnerable residents during this time.

Residents can call 211 to access support and get connected to one of seven primary mental health service partners for direct phone support. Mental health service information is also available at 211toronto.ca.

The Government of Ontario has launched a new Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee which will focus on getting businesses up and running and people back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. While the government's primary focus is on combatting the virus, supporting frontline health care workers and providing immediate relief to people and businesses, this new committee will be developing a plan to stimulate economic growth and job-creation in the weeks and months ahead.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

National Day of Remembrance of Vimy Ridge
Flags on official flag poles at Toronto City Hall and Old City Hall, were flown at half-mast to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

CAMH Mental Health Supports (Donate)
Navigating mental health supports can be tricky and overwhelming. CAMH has created an easy-to-use FAQ for individuals and families here.

Free University of Toronto “Managing your Mental Health During COVID-19” Courses
 COVID-19 related free online courses and webinars offered through the University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus. Register here.

Grocery Store Closures for Easter Weekend
Major grocery stores will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. If you have enough groceries for the weekend, please consider staying home. If you do need to go shopping, here is a list of what is open and closed.

BrazilFest Cancellation
I regret to inform you that due to concerns surrounding COVID-19 the Toronto International BrazilFest management team have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel The 17th Annual Toronto Brazilian Summer Festival which was due to take place on July 19th, at Earlscourt Park.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto announces mental health support strategy for residents
The City of Toronto has developed a mental health support strategy to support the mental health needs of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures put in place over the past three weeks to slow the spread of COVID-19 have created stress and anxiety for many individuals, which may be compounded by financial loss and loss of critical supports.

City of Toronto urges residents to stay home and keep their distance from others over the holiday weekend
The City is urging residents to continue staying at home and keeping their distance from others during the upcoming holidays, leaving only for essential reasons. Residents are encouraged to connect with loved ones, friends and vulnerable members of the community online or by phone.

Provincial

Ontario Starts Planning for Economic Recovery
Premier Ford Appoints Team to Develop Plan for Post-Pandemic Growth and Prosperity

Ontario Creates Partnership with Volunteer Hub to Help Seniors
The Government of Ontario is partnering with SPARK Ontario to help seniors and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self isolate during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Federal

Minister Morneau and Minister Ng mark the launch of the Canada Emergency Business Account
Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, issued a statement on supporting small and medium-sized businesses during this unprecedented time of crisis.

CRTC update on its proceedings further to COVID-19 pandemic
Broadcasters are doing their best to help Canadians navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic by disseminating accurate and high-quality news and information updates, despite facing some challenges.

Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on the release of national modelling on the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada
Today, the Government of Canada released national-level modelling on the COVID-19 epidemic in Canada. The modelling attempts to show how the epidemic might unfold over the coming months based on our knowledge of how the virus behaves and the potential impact of public health measures.

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