Back to school is very different this year. I’ve heard the concerns of parents and educators alike wanting to ensure a Safe September. That is why the Federal Government is working closely with provinces and territories to be sure that they have everything they need to ensure a safe return to school for students and faculty. We have announced $2 billion in support for provinces and territories through the Safe Return to Class Fund to provide the funding needed to ensure the safety of students and staff members throughout the school year. This can include adapted learning spaces, improved air ventilation, increased hand sanitation and hygiene, or the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment and cleaning supplies. Our number one priority is the safety of Canadians, including our students. The Government of Canada will continue to be there for Canadians as we manage our way through this global pandemic.
COVID-19 has impacted our lives in many ways and many people in our community continue to struggle. Outstanding community organizations like Food for Life, the Burlington Food Bank, and Food4Kids have been supporting Burlington the whole time. This time of year, these agencies often see a decrease in donations. If you’re able, please consider making a donation in kind (see most needed items) or monetary so they can help those in need in Burlington. On September 13th, the Gift of Giving Back, in partnership with the Appleby Line Street Festival are hosting a Help Feed Our Kids Back to School food drive in the Appleby Village Parking Lot from 1-5pm. If you are able, I encourage you to stop by and make a donation.
If you, or someone you know, are in need of assistance, I encourage you to contact the agencies above, or reply to this newsletter and a member of my staff will be able to assist you.
A Canadian tradition in September is the Terry Fox Run. For this year's event, the Burlington Terry Fox Run will be a virtual experience where you can participate around your neighbourhood, in your backyard, or down your street. To register for the Burlington Terry Fox Run, please consult the link found here. 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope and we continue to carry Terry's torch forward to support cancer research.
This September, don’t forget to support our local small business owners, many of whom are struggling to keep their doors open. Shopping locally helps support our local economy and builds resilience amongst our business owners. I’ve had lots of conversations with small business owners in Burlington who are having a tough time. Buying locally can make a big difference for our community!
As pictured above, Ward 2 Councilor Lisa Kearns and I had the opportunity to stop by Picadilly Café and thank owners, Sandy and Masoud, for over 20 years of service to our downtown community. Sandy and Masoud recently closed their business and are looking forward to a well deserved retirement. Congratulations and thank you for everything you have done for our community.
As the weather gets colder and we move indoors more and more, I encourage you to continue listening to the guidance from public health officials, practice physical distancing, and remain dedicated in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Hon. Karina Gould
Member of Parliament
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