• Hillcrest Village BIA

Messages from MPP Jill Andrew 

Updated: 2 days ago

To contact MPP Andrew click here.


Community Updates & Events











The Wychwood Branch of the Toronto Public Library (1431 Bathurst St,) has reopened following a long renovation. Drop by to borrow a book or check out the lawn bowling green.


At Queen’s Park this morning I asked the government a question about their continued allowance of Above the Guideline Rent Increases (AGIs), despite the fact that they are routinely abused and are harmful to tenants in Ontario.


For those who don’t know, AGIs are a tool for landlords to recoup the cost of capital investments in their buildings – by allowing them to increase the rent on tenants by up to 3% per year (on top of the standard rent increase).


You can sign my existing petition on AGIs here.


Watch my questions from today in the Legislature here and here.






COVID-19 Updates

the Ontario government is beginning to roll out a new bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine that targets both the original COVID-19 virus and the Omicron variant that’s become dominant. The first wave of appointments will be targeted on folks from vulnerable populations, including:

  • individuals aged 70 and over;

  • residents of long-term care homes, retirement homes, Elder Care Lodges and individuals living in other congregate settings that provide assisted-living and health services;

  • First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over;

  • moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals aged 12 and over;

  • pregnant individuals aged 18 and over; and

  • health care workers aged 18 and over.

Of note, while the second wave of distribution will begin on September 26 – everyone can begin booking their appointments today. According to the Ministry of Health, they recommend getting this new booster at least six months after your last dose – but the minimum waiting period is three months (84 days). Read the full press release from the Ministry of Health here. Click here to book your appointment.




Mental Health Supports

Family Service Toronto

https://familyservicetoronto.org/our-services/programs-and-services/counselling/

Family Service Toronto Counselling Services offers individual, family and couple counselling. Counselling may be able to help you. Counselling helps people (from all walks of life) explore options, find solutions, develop coping strategies, identify strengths, locate information, provide resources and promote healing, resiliency and self-empowerment.

Our professional staff can work with you using a variety of tools and approaches including but not limited to cognitive behavior therapy, EMDR, Sensory Motor, Trauma informed therapy, narrative therapy and Emotional Focussed Therapy.

Fees: Charged on a sliding scale based on household income and are designed to be accessible for all income ranges for anyone living or working in the city of Toronto


Schlifer Clinic

https://www.schliferclinic.com/services/counselling/

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. In her memory, the Clinic assists approximately 4,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation and language interpretation. We amplify women’s voices, and cultivate their skills and resilience. Together with our donors and volunteers, we are active in changing the conditions that threaten women’s safety, dignity and equality.

Fees: Free for women-identifying survivors of violence


Catholic Family Services (in Toronto-St. Paul’s)

http://www.cfstoronto.com/

Our professional counselling staff help people resolve problems that challenge their lives. The helping process acknowledges the needs, strengths, values and goals of individuals and families. Our counsellors recognise and sensitively respond to differences in cultural, racial, gender, and religious backgrounds of clients.

Fee: Charged according to a client’s income level. No one is denied service because of his/her inability to pay fees.


Woodgreen

https://www.woodgreen.org/services/programs/counselling-and-social-work/

Programs

Counselling and Support Services: Our registered Social Workers provide counselling, psychotherapy and support services to individuals 16 years of age and older who are experiencing problems with mental health issues, substance use, and other difficulties in their lives.

Social Work and Full Circle: Our registered Social Workers work with older adults and seniors, their families and caregivers to develop the skills and abilities to function independently, through counselling and case management. Social Workers also offer support groups for caregivers or bereaved persons.


Full Circle Art Therapy

https://www.fullcircleatc.com

Art Therapy is a mental health profession, which helps individuals externalize and organize their thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to articulate. The guided creative process as well as the end product can be used to enhance a person’s emotional, spiritual, social, cognitive, and physical well-being.

Fees: $100-145 but therapists offer sliding scale fees


YWCA Toronto: Healing Through the Arts

https://www.ywcatoronto.org/ourprograms/supportservices/healingthroughthearts

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence.

Relevant Programs

Healing Through Expressive Arts: for women who have experienced violence or abuse

Stepping into Connection: an open group for women who may be new to group support and who have experienced violence or abuse

Creating Safety and Possibilities: for women dealing with the effects of intimate partner abuse.

Fee: Free


Gestalt

https://gestalt.on.ca/low-cost-therapy-clinic/

Student therapists in the clinic receive a minimum of 3 ½ years of training, and some have many more years of diverse personal and professional experience. They will work with you in the present moment in a warm, honest and direct manner. All of the therapists have a supervisor and all of their client cases are reviewed confidentially. Neither the Student Clinic nor the Gestalt Institute of Toronto has access to your files or in any way manages or supervises the therapist’s practice.

Fee: $40.00


Affordable Therapy Network

https://affordabletherapynetwork.com/

Provides an online database of therapists across Canada (incl. Toronto/Ontario) that provide low-cost ($50-$65) or sliding scale ($70-$120) rates. You’re able to reach out to individual therapists for consultations and filter based on therapy-type or issue.

Fees: low-cost ($50-$65) or sliding scale ($70-$120), determined based on income/need.

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