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Dear Neighbour, 

Yesterday, the legislature unanimously passed my first Private Member's Motion, urging the government to mandate that school boards, community police services and others work together to develop and adopt an Anti-Human Trafficking Protocol in each jurisdiction - which will make it easier for educators to identify potential cases and for early interventions to be made.

Human Traffickers prey on some of the most vulnerable members of our society. The average age of recruitment is 13 years old. And it reaches every community in our province. 

This motion was inspired by work undertaken in York Region, where community agencies, educators, and police have come together to combat human trafficking to great success. It's my hope that we will see this happen in other parts of the province.
This week I had the opportunity to visit a small business in our riding, Segal Ladies Fashion, who has put a new spin on curbside retail with 'Fashion in a Bag.' I found this quite interesting, particularly the ambition, creativity, and passion put forth by Sharoll, who owns this store.

I urge all residents to consider shopping local this holiday season. Let's keep our hard-earned dollars local and support businesses like Segal Fashions, who, despite the hardship we're all facing, are able to continue to contribute to Ontario's economy, with our support and purchases. 
I mentioned last week in my newsletter, but I would like to reiterate the programs our Government has launched including the property tax and energy bill rebates for small businesses who are required to lockdown and/or significantly restricted due to the current lockdown imposed on the City of Toronto.

Types of businesses that are eligible for support include:

  • restaurants and bars
  • gyms, facilities for indoor sports and recreational fitness activities
  • performing arts and cinemas
  • bingo halls, gaming establishments, casinos, conference centres and convention centres
  • community centres, multi-purpose facilities, and museums
  • personal care services (with the exception of oxygen bars)
  • racing venues
  • meeting or event space
  • in-person teaching and instruction
  • retail required to close for in-person shopping
  • shopping malls
  • personal services
  • driving instruction
  • tour and guide services
  • photography services
  • campgrounds
Funding will cover the entire length of time that regionally targeted public health restrictions are in place. For further information and to apply click here. 
My constituency office continues to be open by appointment only. If you are in need of any assistance,  you can contact my office at (416) 781-2395 or email robin.martin@pc.ola.org.
 
Stay safe, stay healthy, 
Robin Martin, MPP
Eglinton-Lawrence
 
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