Christine's Chronicle - July 2021

Published on July 15, 2021

Summer has arrived and like many of you, I’m enjoying the sunny and warm weather. I’ve always said that Newmarket and Aurora have some of the most beautiful trails in the province, and I encourage everyone to go outside and explore the things that make our community so unique.

 

Now that the Legislature has risen for the summer and Ontario is safely and gradually reopening, I have been able to spend more time in our community.

 

Last week, I had the opportunity to meet with some of our seniors at the drive-thru barbeque at the Aurora Seniors Centre.  It was great to connect with so many wonderful individuals and discuss their hopes for the near future. Our seniors have done a wonderful job supporting each other and our community, and it’s always a pleasure to see their happy faces.

 

I also made a trip to the Aurora Farmer’s Market. If you haven’t had a chance to visit it yet, take some time to do so and enjoy the variety of fresh food, unique crafts and tasty treats. The past year has been challenging for many of our local businesses, and it’s important that we continue to support them as our community recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

 

It’s great to be able to walk around the community and meet so many families and local business owners. Part of the reason we can enjoy things like this is because of the improvements we are seeing in key public health and health system indicators, including the provincewide vaccination rate. Last week, we reached another exciting milestone in our vaccine rollout with over five million Ontarians aged 12 and over fully vaccinated.  This includes over 40 per cent of adults aged 18 and over. As of July 6, over 15 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.

 

I know that it has been a difficult year, but we know that there are brighter days ahead. All Ontarians aged 12 and over are now eligible to book an appointment to receive their second dose sooner, and we anticipate that Ontarians will benefit from a two-dose summer.

 

Thank you to the members of our community for rolling up your sleeves to get your shots and continuing to follow to public health measures. Every dose brings us closer to the things we miss, such as catching up with family on a patio, taking personal time to get a haircut or enjoying a concert in the park with friends.

 

Finally, I want to share a short message for the 2021 graduates in Newmarket and Aurora.  While this year’s graduation may have looked a little different from previous years, that doesn’t change how incredibly proud you should be. Your hard work, determination and achievements will continue to shape you in the coming years and set you up for success.  I encourage you to pursue your dreams, embrace the opportunities presented to you and be confident in your abilities.  No matter what challenges you face, you are capable of rising above and will always have a strong community ready to support you.  Congratulations!

 

I look forward to seeing you in the community this summer. 

 

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact my office at 905-853-9889 or by emailing [email protected].