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Dear <<First Name>>, 

Many of you in the community stood in shock and disbelief over the past week as we watched Putin's army invade Ukraine. I stand with those of you who are personally impacted by these unfortunate events. The actions of the Kremlin will be met by Canada and its allies with strict economic sanctions, increased troop levels at the eastern border of Europe, and a coordinated economic punishment. Over the coming weeks and months, Russia will be unable to export goods, including oil. They will not be able to tap into foreign financial markets as countries around the world ban the flow of credit and cash, including the use of SWIFT, a cross-border money transferring mechanism. 

Over the past years, Canada has been at the forefront of condemning Russia and in helping Ukraine build up military capacity. In 1991, Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine's independence. In 2014, Canada was a leader in imposing sanctions against Russia for annexing Crimea. In the past two weeks, Canada has imposed even more sanctions on Putin's inner circle, bans on Russian exports, and helped provide anti-tank and anti-aircraft supports, ammunition, and further financial support to help Ukrainians fight this war.
 

The resumption of Parliament this year has been eventful but constructive. As you may know, the House of Commons has successfully passed Bills C-2, C-3, C-5, and C-6. 

Over the past month, a number of new government bills have entered into the debate of the House of Commons. Specifically,

  • Bill C-8, An Act to implement certain provisions of the economic and fiscal update, 
  • Bill C-10, An Act respecting certain measures related to COVID-19, and 
  • Bill C-12, An Act to amend the Old Age Security Act (Guaranteed Income Supplement). This bill passed unanimously.
These supports will help our community recover economically from this pandemic.

On February 14, 2022, I voted against the (failed) Conservative motion to lift federal mandates. Decisions to lift mandates (most of which are provincial) should be guided by the advice of public health professionals and epidemiologists, not by politicians and not by protestors blockading vital arteries in our cities and across the country.

On February 22, 2022, I voted in favour of the motion to confirm the declaration of the Emergency Act. The blockades which have been cleared were seditious violations of the rule of law. Nobody is above the law and the charter-compliant Emergencies Act was necessary to contain these acts of sedition and insurrection.

I would like to thank the many residents of Scarborough - Guildwood that have been responsible in the following of public health guidelines and in getting vaccinated. Tens of thousands of lives have been saved over the past two years because of the willingness to follow public health guidelines and get vaccinated. 

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You're Invited: Townhall on March 7

Monday, March 7th, 2022 at 7PM

You are cordially invited to my next townhall with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority!

To join the town hall, visit: https://rebrand.ly/MAR7

Questions can be submitted to john.mckay.c1@parl.gc.ca or by clicking here.

Previous Townhall with Minister Bill Blair

Did you miss my latest townhall on public safety with special guest Bill Blair? Check it out here.

Multicultural Calendar

International Women's Day

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 marks International Women's Day. International Women's Day is about recognizing the excellent contributions of women and girls in Canada and across the world. The roots of International Women's Day tracks back to 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. In 1975, it was recognized officially by the United Nations.

This Tuesday, lets share our appreciation for the amazing women and girls in our community.

Congratulations Team Canada!

Special congratulations to our Team Canada Olympians who proudly competed at the recent Winter 2022 games. The Olympics served as the culmination of their years of hard work and determination. Go Team Canada!

In Parliament

Member's Statement on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22, 2022 marked the National Human Trafficking Awareness day. Please see my member's statement on this important issue here.

Speech on the Emergency Act

On February 21, 2022, the House of Commons voted to confirm the declaration of emergency in response to the blockades which took place across the country last month. You can see my speech on Facebook here.

Canada supports Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces financial sanctions, support for Ukraine, and condemnation of Russia's invasion into the Donbas region of Ukraine. 
After years of proxy intervention through Russian separatists and months of military escalation on the borders of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has further decided on February 22 to escalate the situation in Ukraine with an all-out invasion.

Putin has ordered the moving of Russian troops, planes, and tanks into Ukrainian territory, terrorizing Ukrainians all across the country with troops presence, artillery strikes, bombardment, and gunfire. 

Canada's position throughout this crisis has been to support Ukraine's sovereignty and international law. Russia's threat to Ukraine's sovereignty is a threat to the global rules-based order and a threat to democracy. There is reason to believe that Russia's invasion is a direct security threat to Canada and its allies.

In addition to already pre-existing sanctions against Russia, Canada has further extended sanctions by banning financial dealings with the so-called independent states and by sanctioning all members of the Russian parliament that voted to unlawfully undermine Ukrainian sovereignty over the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. Canada has also committed to supporting the NATO response with Canadian air, naval, and land capabilities. Canada has also increased its commitment to Ukraine by sending support in the form of funding, anti-tank weapons, and ammunition. 

Canada is banning Russian oil, a key commodity funding Putin and his government. Canada is also banning all transactions between financial institutions and the Russian Central Bank, preventing Russia from accessing its international currency reserves it would otherwise use to further fund this war. Russia will also no longer be able to access sovereign debt and sovereign assets held in Canadian institutions.

Canada stands with Ukraine.

For Canadians currently in Ukraine requiring assistance, contact sos@international.gc.ca.

If you would like to help, you can donate to a matching fund which will allow you to multiply your contributions to the Red Cross during this crisis to help those facing war. 

COVID-19 Updates

You can view Ontario's Public Health Measures here: COVID-19 public health measures and advice | COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario

Boosters Available for Ages 12 to 17

The Ontario Government announced the expansion of eligibility for booster doses to children aged 12 to 17. Parents of children in the eligibility group can now book appointments at ScarbVaccine.ca.
Parents are invited to book appointments now for their children at ScarbVaccine.ca.
  • Must be turning 5 years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016)
  • Parent/Guardian must accompany child
  • Must not have received any other vaccine in the last 14 days
  • Must provide a photo identification with your child's name and birthdate, such as a health card or government-issued identification

Vaccination Progress

Vaccine Development and Approval in Canada
The Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines
These resources can be previewed in English, Farsi, Arabic, Hindi, and several other languages

As of March 3rd, 2022, over 81 million vaccine doses have been administered across Canada. Over 84% of Canadians (aged 5+)  are fully vaccinated. (Source)

Booking a PCR Test

You can book your test online below. 

COVID-19 Testing in Scarborough-Toronto, Canada | Swift Clinics

Our Medical Services - Town Care Medical Clinic in Scarborough (townclinic.ca)
The Scarborough COVID-19 Vaccine Team is now administering boosters (3rd doses) by appointment only. These are the certain groups that are eligible to get their booster shot:
  • Individuals aged 70 and over 
  • Health care workers and designated essential caregivers in congregate settings 
  • Individuals who received a complete series of a viral vector vaccine (two doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine or one dose of the Janssen vaccine) 
  • First Nation, Inuit and Metis adults and their non-Indigenous household members
Booster doses for these groups must occur at least 6 months after their last dose. 

Eligible individuals can book an appointment today at www.ScarbVaccine.ca 

Community Updates

Metrolinx Virtual Open House on March 7

This Monday March 7 from 6:30PM to 7:30PM, Metrolinx is hosting a virtual open house to help residents learn more about the work of the three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension.

Join them virtually at: metrolinxengage.com/SSE-live

ESBGC Events

The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club is hosting a series of March break programs, events, and workshops! To register, visit www.esbgc.ca and click "Register for programs". See what is available below:

Camp UofT Scarborough

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From March 14 to March 18, children aged 5 to 12 can participate in virtual activities with Camp UofT Scarborough!

Learn more here: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/retail-conference/camp-u-t-scarborough 

Love, Scarborough Campaign

Check out the Scarborough Health Network's video on the Love, Scarborough Campaign.
The Scarborough Health Network Foundation launched the Love, Scarborough campaign. This campaign is an open letter to Toronto seeking to shed light on the healthcare inequities the Scarborough community faces. The campaign's goal is to raise $100 million dollars for our Scarborough hospitals. Learn more at www.lovescarborough.ca.

Community Sport for All Initiative

Sport helps bring health and strength to our communities. Organizations interested in supports for Community Sport-related initiatives are encouraged to check out the Community Sport for All Initiative. Learn more here: https://bit.ly/349pXbx

Who's Hiring?

The East Scarborough Storefront has compiled this week's list of all the available jobs in Scarborough. 
View the List
Metrolinx is also hiring for several positions. View their job opportunities below. 
Metrolinx Job Opportunities
Palliative in-home visiting volunteers are needed in our community. If you want to make a difference in someone's life while learning new skills and training, visit schcontario.ca/schc-hospice-home-visiting or contact hpcvolcoodinator@schcontario.ca.

Food Access List

The East Scarborough Storefront has compiled a list of food banks and food relief programs in our community.
View the List

Immigration Information

Update: On January 31, 2022, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced a suite of new measures that will help reduce wait times and modernize Canada's immigration system. These include:
  1. The hiring of 500 new processing staff.
  2. Expansion of online applications for PR applicants.
  3. Creation of a PR tracker for spousal sponsorship applications.
  4. Update to online processing times tools to give applicants estimates on the time it will take to process their applications.
More information can be found at https://t.co/Ems0qoalRO.
Check out the following immigration related resources: Need further resources? My office is happy to assist you with immigration matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca.  

If you are a resident of Scarborough-Guildwood seeking assistance with a federal service or program, please provide the following:
  • Your full name;
  • Address, including postal code;
  • Telephone number;
  • File number
  • Date of birth
  • Brief summary of your situation
If the matter is time-sensitive, then please call the office directly at 416-283-1226. If we are unable to answer your call immediately, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as we can.
 

News on the Hill

In the News:

Toronto Star - "‘Modern slavery’ draws more attention as new bill increases pressure on Ottawa to act"

SaltWire - "23 Liberal MPs signed letter urging cabinet to rescue Afghan interpreters"

Connect with my Office

My office looks forward to connecting with you about all federal matters by phone at 416-283-1226 or by email at John.McKay.c1@parl.gc.ca. We will return all calls and emails.

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Sincerely,
 
Hon. John McKay, P.C.,
Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood
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