Mark Gerretsen
Mark Gerretsen
Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands
April 14th- Third Wave, Resilience, Budget 2021, and Vaccines

Dear Community,

We are hearing from many members of our community who are feeling worried about recent headlines or are experiencing pandemic fatigue as they navigate another lockdown under the province’s latest Emergency and Stay at Home Order.

Despite a surge in new cases in Kingston, KFL&A Public Health Unit’s Medical Officer, Dr. Kieran Moore, identifies this region as one of the safest places in southern Ontario with the lowest spread. In order to keep our community safe, please protect yourself and others by following public health guidelines.

We can do this, Kingston and the Islands!

Individuals and Families At Home:  

We know the month of April will look different now with the recent notice that schools in Ontario will remain closed after the April Break. Here are some suggestions to make the most of your time at home by connecting with nature, culture, science and the arts! 

Never underestimate the value of the Great Outdoors

Exercise is good for your physical and mental health. Go for a walk in your neighbourhood, or on a local trail – you will never regret time spent in nature!

**Please remember to wear masks and remain 2 metres apart should you encounter doing the same.**

Take a Virtual Tour or Find Activities Online

Did you know that there are 30+ local museums/galleries and historic sites in this area? You can experience some of them virtually! Visit a Museum from Home

Beyond this region: The Canadian Museums Association has put together a list of museums across the country that provide virtual tours and interactive exhibits online – history, science, arts and more, there is something for everyone. Find a Museum  

Science is everywhere and learning can happen anywhere – check out these free activities available online from the Ontario Science Centre.

Get Crafty

Explore the world wide web and you can find all kinds of ideas and tutorials to create at home! Here’s one website that families might enjoy: Family Art Workshops.

Looking for Support?

We know household budgets might be stretched again this month, with temporary lay-offs, sickness, or self-isolation requirements, or needing to look after children at home during Spring Break. Check out the  financial support available.  

You may also be seeking COVID-19 resources. Kudos to our local Seniors Association, which has assembled a helpful list for our community here.

Resilience

As our resilience is tested during this third wave of the pandemic, I want to highlight the incredible story of a brave young boy who went missing just north of here, and the heroic three-day search and rescue that brought him safely home.

You can view my statement in the House of Commons here: (insert link).

I hope this story inspires you, as it has me.

Federal Budget 2021:

Mark your calendars!

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will present Budget 2021 in the House of Commons on Monday, April 19th, 2021 at approximately 4:00 p.m. ET.  You can view this presentation online via www.cpac.ca or on television (consult local channel listings for your cable provider here).

COVID-19 Vaccine Update:

Keep safe. Find ways to stay connected while you are apart from your loved ones. A phone call, text message, or video chat can go a long way in brightening the day.

Take care, 

Mark

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