Happy Friday everyone,
Tomorrow is the June 27 Miracle food drive, happening across Windsor-Essex. Volunteers, including Gale and I, will be out collecting food from people’s doorsteps between 12-4pm and giving it to people in need. For more information on the initiative, please visit their website. I hope you will take part!
Windsor City Council announced that they were waiving the fees associated with patio applications for restaurants and bars, while also allowing new patios and extensions of existing patios as long as the follow the guidelines outlined by the AGCO. Additionally, some businesses in Walkerville between Gladstone Ave. and Argyle Rd. will be constructing a boardwalk style patio plan to allow businesses to extend patios without encroaching on walkways. You can read more here.
The Health Unit has a released a guide for hosting and attending yard sales. You can find it here.
There were 5 new cases of COVID-19 reported today, bringing the total for Windsor-Essex up to 1,374. No new deaths were reported.
The Steps To Justice website is a great resource for legal questions in Ontario. They also have a COVID-19 specific page with some frequently asked questions. You can find that here. They also have this convenient chart that outlines income benefits in Ontario, who is eligible, and how to apply.
The provincial government announced $4 million for the Seniors Community Grant Program to help non-profit organizations, local services boards, or Indigenous groups develop programs for seniors that focus on combatting social isolation, promoting seniors’ safety and well-being, improving financial security and making communities age-friendly. The application period is running now until August 7 and can be found here.
While no new details about Stage 3 of the re-opening framework were announced, the provincial government confirmed that it will be done using a regional, staged approach when the time comes.
The Prime Minister noted that applications for the expanded Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) are now available through Canada’s large banks. Eligibility was broadened last month to include sole proprietors, farmers and businesses who use contractors or pay themselves through dividends.
The Prime Minister also announced the Canada is almost completely self-sufficient when it comes to production and supplies of PPE. You can read the article here.
I would like to remind everyone to please continue following the advice of our medical experts. We need to continue to social distance from others in public, wear a mask whenever possible, and wash our hands often. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.