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A Candlelight Christmas at the museum

The annual tradition of heading to the

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum to enjoy A

Candlelight Christmas will be extra special

this year.

SEE PAGE 3

MSHF Raffle of Hope raises $92,000

The MSH Foundation’s Raffle of Hope raised

over $92,000 this year to help the MSH frontline

team be prepared for any scenario and provide

life-saving care to each and every one of their

patients.

The power of shopping local

SEE PAGE 4

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has launched Powered by Neighbours, a shop local brand, to support wintertime campaigns that are

designed to support local businesses. Mayor Iain Lovatt encourages hungry residents to order food for takeout and #skiptheapps.

Council will continue to appoint

regional chair

SEE PAGE 5

York Regional Council has voted against the

direct election of the regional chair, which

means it will maintain the status quo and

appoint the position.

SEE PAGE 8

More funds for long-term care homes

The Ontario government is investing an

additional $761 million to build and renovate

74 long-term care homes across the province,

including $34,030,152 in Stouffville.

SEE PAGE 11

COMMUNITY

HEALTH & SPORTS

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Spreading joy this holiday season

Mark your calendars as Santa is coming to

the library. Santa will be at the Whitchurch-

Stouffville Library for socially-distanced

family photo shoots

YRDSB gets approval for a new

Stouffville elementary school

The Ontario government is investing $550

million in accelerated funding to build 20 new

schools and make upgrades to eight existing

facilities.

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Discover Markham

your way.

visitmarkham.ca

MSH transforms assessment centre

for cold and flu season

In anticipation of the flu season and second

wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Markham

Stouffville Hospital has made enhancements to

its COVID-19 Assessment Centre.

Shop

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COMMUNITY

Decades of window delights on Main

BY FRED ROBBINS,

STOUFFVILLE HISTORIAN

I made a point recently to stop in to the

Stouffville Florist shop now located on the

north side of Main Street at 6280.

I received a warm and friendly welcome

from Kim Everson, the current owner. As

I waited for my turn (spaced properly), the

front windows caught my eye. She certainly

has a talent for display windows.

“It’s the most beautiful display on Main

St,” people often said in 1984 when Everson

first started doing the window displays.

At the time, the business was located at

what was 6 Main St. W., now known as 6343

Main St. The florist shop was previously

called Hudson’s Florist and was previously

owned by Grahame W. Hudson who purchased

the property on Sept. 14, 1965, for

about $15,500.

Renovations were undertaken in November

of 1971. During this time period,

the store was closed. However, the shipping

room at the rear would continue to be operated

as usual until renovations were completed.

The store was then sold to Allen and

Kimberly Everson on November 2, 1984, for

$85,000. Grahame and Kay Hudson retired to

reside in Goodwood.

As Everson directed her attention to me,

we began to chat about her time on Main St.

over the years including the former location

that I was especially interested in. The flower

shop has a long history on Main St. covering

170 years. But that is another story for later.

I had a strange item photographed that

was a wire rack or holder from days gone by.

Everson lit up and knew right away what it

was.

“This is a gates of heaven,” she said.

I was totally surprised. My thoughts

were it was a display for hardware or tools.

Upon coming home I did check it out. The

gates of heaven were used by florists that

would tie and fasten flowers around the frame

and leave the “gates” open. This is the kind

of knowledge you can get from the shops in

downtown Stouffville.

This year, Everson is pleased with her

window and hopes admirers on the outside

will soon be admirers on the inside, if just to

say a friendly hello.

As I stepped outside the store, I noticed

that the one Christmas tree in the display was

loaded with cardinals and gifts. It reminded

me of years past when I would walk down

Main St. during the Christmas rush and

purchase my gifts from the local shops and

stores. Back then the owners would also ask

if you would like it wrapped. I would return

back along the same route in reverse and

pick up my items all wrapped in ribbons and

bows.

The Christmas window display at

Stouffville Florist Shop is one to entertain

and delight neighbours and friends during

this year’s holiday season. I hope you’ll stop

by the shops of Main Street and I hope your

Christmas is filled with joy and happiness.


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Spreading joy this holiday season

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Mark your calendars as Santa is coming

to the library.

Santa will be at the Whitchurch-

Stouffville Library for socially-distanced

family photo shoots on December 5 from

10:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Appointments will be five minutes

in length and families will be able to take

photos with their own cameras. Interested

families can contact Kate Scheiers, via email

at kate.scheiers@wsplibrary.ca or by phone

at 905-642-7323 ext. 5237 to book an appointment.

With the holiday season approaching,

the library is giving its customers a gift in the

form of the new Fast Reads collection. The

Fast Reads collection will comprise of the

new, hot titles that the library staff know our

community wants to read.

“This Fast Reads collection is wonderful

for our community as it allows our customers

to be able to access and read the bestselling

titles they want in a timely manner,” library

CEO Margaret Wallace says.

The Fast Read collection, which debuts

on December 8, will be consistently monitored

by staff to ensure that the biggest new

titles are available for checkout. These titles

will be able to be checked out for seven days.

Another holiday initiative that the

library is participating in is the Holiday

Snack drive to benefit 360Kids. Residents are

being encouraged to drop off snacks in their

original, sealed packaging to the library until

December 18 during open hours. Examples

of snacks could include chips, crackers,

granola bars, and candy. These snacks will be

distributed to 360Kids, a York Region-based

charity that provides programs and services

for at-risk and homeless youth.

Visit www.wsplibrary.ca for more details.

A Candlelight Christmas

at the museum

The annual tradition of heading to the

Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum to enjoy A

Candlelight Christmas will be extra special

this year as we all deal with living with the

COVID-19 pandemic and look forward to a

nice escape.

Decorated for the season, the museum

comes to life with the traditions of Christmas

past. Costumed staff will guide you through

the museum’s heritage buildings for a charming

tour.

The price is $20 plus HST for adults and

children aged 3-12 are $15 plus HST. This

year’s admission includes a seasonal family

photograph.

This year’s event takes place December

12 and 19. Call to book your tickets as space

is limited due to Covid-19 restrictions. Walkins

are not admitted.

Visit www.wsmuseum.ca for more details.


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The power of shopping local

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BY JAKE MACANDREW

The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has

launched Powered by Neighbours, a shop

local brand, to support wintertime campaigns

that are designed to support local businesses.

“Powered by Neighbours speaks to

the sense of community and small-town

nature that Stouffvillians enjoy,” said Town

Economic Development Officer Dave Tuley.

“It is hard to capture Whitchurch-Stouffville

in three words, but if COVID has taught us

anything, Stouffville is community driven

and locally supported.”

The first campaign under the Powered

by Neighbours banner was launched

November 16, entitled “What’s for Dinner”

and carries a hashtag #skiptheapps. Local

restaurants are being encouraged to register

daily lunch and dinner specials on the town’s

L4A.ca website calendar.

“When it is dinner time and you are

trying to figure out what to eat and who to

support, just go onto the calendar,” Tuley

said.

The town launched the L4A.ca website

last summer to help local businesses through

the pandemic. The What’s for Dinner

campaign was implemented by town staff

with the assistance of community volunteers,

such as Laura Cusack (Hummingbird

Hub), Susan Tucker (Stouffville Bulletin)

and Taya Dekker. The Stouffville Chamber

and Stouffville Review have offered to do

anything possible to help with the campaign.

Stouffville branding consultants, Trajectory,

helped with the creative process in developing

a brand.

“It is hoped that this campaign will help

people #skiptheapps by taking food out,”

Tuley said.

The popular food delivery apps have

been heavily utilized and amalgamated into

our lives in recent years. Although these

apps have been around for quite some time

now, they are becoming more popular than

ever. As these apps received more traction,

they became available in more rural areas.

Mayor Iain Lovatt poses next to a Powered

by Neighbours billboard in Stouffville. Photo

courtesy of Dennis Hristovski.

A few years ago, the major apps came to

Stouffville and we have been using them

ever since. With the pandemic, people

have started to use these apps even more.

Although they are great when we want to

get our restaurant favourites delivered home,

they take a huge chunk of our local restaurant’s

profits.

Looking at Stouffville specifically,

many if not most of our local restaurants are

registered for at least one of these apps. In a

time where the government is forced to put

restrictions on restaurants due to COVID-19,

restaurants rely on these services to receive

orders. Of course, orders are good for a business.

It means they are getting income, but in

an industry with slim profit margins, the cost

of these delivery services takes a big toll on

locally-run restaurants. According to Restaurants

Canada, the average profit margin for a

food service business is under five per cent,

while the leading food ordering apps charge

a commission of anywhere between 20-30

per cent for delivery. As a result, we must

consider more beneficial ways to support our

local restaurants.

“We need to perform a local restaurant

rescue,” Town CAO Rob Adams said. “The

most beneficial way to support a local restaurant

is to call them directly to order and pick

up your food at the restaurant. By doing this,

the restaurant makes a larger profit margin

and you get to give back to your community.

Our business community deserves extra attention.”

Additionally, with take-out one can save

money by avoiding the app’s delivery fees.

Savings aside, restaurant owners and workers

are some of the many people that help

our community thrive. They provide a taste

of culture, hospitality, and personality that

adds to our town’s identity.

Overall, when this pandemic is over and

we take a look at our town’s main streets,

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are two scenarios. Do you want to see streets

filled with restaurants run by community

members or streets filled with empty buildings

that used to house the coffee shops,

restaurants, and bars that the people of

Stouffville used to congregate?

“Please keep in mind, as we continue

to be amid the COVID pandemic, we need

to support local businesses in the best way

possible,” Tuley said. “So, next time you are

craving a meal from your favourite foodservice

institution, consider calling them

directly and picking up your order.”


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Stouffville unites to Trim the Town

The town’s events team has launched

Trim the Town which is a new event that is

being offered this year that will bring the

spirit of the season to our community.

They are asking local residents and

business owners to join them in a festive

challenge that will unite our municipality in

the common goal of decorating our town.

Trim the Town is a decorating contest

that takes place throughout the month of

December.

MSHF Raffle of Hope

raises $92,000

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“Everyone can participate – whether

they’re decorating or voting for their favourite

pick, we’ll all be coming together to

share in the fun,” said Julia Troiani, Acting

Special Events Coordinator.

“We will be working with the Trentadue

Torres Group, our Presenting Sponsor,

to bring this offering to our community,”

Troiani said. “The event provides an inclusive

way to celebrate the season.”

Criteria for entry is very simple: decorate

your home or business and submit your

photo. Entry photos will be displayed in two

categories: Residential and Business. There

will be first, second and third place prizes

awarded in each category. Winners will be

determined by members of the public and

the voting will take place through the event

website. Residences and businesses must

be located within the town boundaries to be

Redefined Finds holiday window display

includes an elegant festive theme. Owner

Alison Jackson plans to be one of the many

businesses participating in this year’s Trim

the Town event.

eligible to receive votes.

Photo submissions will be accepted

until December 11 at 5 p.m. Voting will be

open by 9 a.m. on December 18 and run

until January 1 at 5 p.m. Winners will be

announced in early January. In addition to

viewing all entries on the website, families

are encouraged to drive around and view

all the décor. A map will be provided on the

event website indicating the locations of

entries.

For more information, visit www.

trimthetownstouffville.weebly.com or e-mail

questions to events@townofws.ca

Raffle of Hope winner Sergio Montero who is behind the wheel (centre) poses for a photo with

Allan Bell of MSHF along with Kevin and Jennifer Baxter.

With 28 surgeons performing over 20,200

surgeries at Markham Stouffville Hospital

(MSH) every year, including preventative and

diagnostic procedures such as biopsy, colonoscopy

and endoscopy, new surgical equipment

and technology is an ongoing need.

It is imperative to keep up with demand

as well as keep pace with medical advances.

To meet the increasing demand and optimize

health outcomes, the time has come for MSH

to outfit a new fluoroscopy-equipped hybrid

operating room.

The MSH Foundation’s Raffle of Hope

raised over $92,000 this year to help the MSH

frontline team be prepared for any scenario

and provide life-saving care to each and every

one of their patients.

Stouffville Toyota dealer principal Kevin

Baxter takes pride in supporting local causes

and regularly gives back to the community,

especially to our local hospital.

The top prize for this year’s Raffle of

Hope, generously donated by Baxter, was a

Toyota RAV4 which was won by Sergio Montero.

For more information, visit mshf.on.ca.

Trim the Town

Seasonal decorating contest open to all residents and businesses.

Prizes to be awarded to top 3 in each category: Home and Business.

Submit a photo of your decorated house or business to participate.

Winners to be announced in the New Year!

December 5, 2020

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Hoover Park Drive

Starting at Mostar Street and Heading West

Pre-registration required.

Visit us at stoufvillesantaclausparade.com

PRESENTING SPONSOR:

To enter:

trimthetownstouffville.weebly.com

events@townofws.ca

905-642-4139


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Enjoy the Holidays

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WHITCHURCH-STOUFFVILLE

MUSEUM &

COMMUNITY CENTRE

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YRDSB gets approval for a new

Stouffville elementary school

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Education Minister Stephen Lecce and MPP Paul Calandra tour the site of the new Stouffville

Elementary School, which will be located at the intersection of Edward St and Millard St.

The Ontario government is investing

$550 million in accelerated funding to build

20 new schools and make upgrades to eight

existing facilities.

As part of its plan for a safe return to

school, the province is supporting the York

Region District School Board with approval

for a new Stouffville elementary school.

For local families, this investment will

mean an improved, quality learning environment.

This new school is part of the province’s

2020-2021 Capital Priorities Program

to support students with better and more

modern learning spaces.

“I am thrilled with today’s provincial

government announcement of $13.7 million

in funding to York Region District

School Board towards the building of a new

elementary school on the old high school site

on Edward Street,” Stouffville Mayor Iain

Lovatt said.

It is critical that Ontario continues to

invest in safe and modern schools that meet

the needs of students, especially during the

COVID-19 pandemic.

“These are not just investments in bricks

and mortar, our government is investing in

the future of our children by creating a better

learning environment,” said Paul Calandra,

MPP for Markham-Stouffville.

The Stouffville Elementary School will

be located at the intersection of Edward

Street and Millard Street in Whitchurch-

Stouffville.

Helping ‘hometown heroes’

improve safety

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An inflatable fire safety education house

that will help members of the community

plan their escape in the event of a fire and

that is accessible for people with disabilities

promises to help ensure a safer community.

Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and Emergency

Services is purchasing the safety

education house with a $15,000 grant from

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of

Canada. The house will be used to provide an

interactive fun fire safety learning experience

and educate the community on smoke alarms,

candles, kitchen safety and space heaters.

The wrath of Hurricane Katrina, which

resulted in more than 1,800 deaths and $125

billion in damage in 2005, especially in the

city of New Orleans and surrounding areas,

inspired the founders of Firehouse Subs to

establish the Firehouse Subs Public Safety

Foundation in the U.S. in 2005.

Ten years later, with the opening of

the first Canadian restaurant in 2015, the

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation of

Canada was established. The registered charity

has since donated more than $1.2 million

to the ‘hometown heroes’ in Canada. The

Foundation raises money through the sale of

five-gallon pickle buckets at each restaurant

and donation containers on register counters

that invite patrons to ‘round up’ their bill to

the nearest dollar.

“We are committed to helping organizations

such as Whitchurch-Stouffville Fire and

Emergency Services continue their lifesaving

work within local communities,” executive

director Robin Peter says. “We are honoured

to be able to award this grant and do our

part to ensure that the Town of Whitchurch-

Stouffville is safer for everyone, including

first responders.”


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Golden

Student of the month

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Council will continue

to appoint regional chair

McDonald’s is proud to salute this month’s

Golden Student of the Month,

Jeremy Thummel

Chairman Wayne Emmerson

Jeremy Thummel is a Grade 11 student at Stouffville

District Secondary School. He volunteers at the

Whitchurch-Stouffville Public Library’s facilitating

programs for all ages and as a leader in the Library’s

Teen Advisory Group. He has proven to be an outstanding

volunteer: always going above and beyond the expected

for whatever task he is asked to undertake. For example,

as a Teen Tech Mentor in our New Horizons Program he

selflessly stays after our Seniors’ iPad Class to offer

more one-on-one help to those having challenges with

the technology. Jeremy is a passionate supporter of the

Library and always brings a fun and cheerful attitude to

every event he attends.

CONGRATULATIONS JEREMY!

It’s excellent volunteers like you that make Stouffville such

a great place in which to live!

A motion to make the York Region

Chair an elected position was deferred until

this fall. Regional Council has since voted

against the motion and will maintain the

current approach of appointing the Regional

Chair position.

While Council must review the number

of members on council that represent the

lower-tier municipalities this term and following

every second regular election, there’s

no requirement to review the method of

selecting the head of council or any other

member of council.

Section 4 of the Region’s Procedural

Bylaw sets out the process for appointing

the regional chair, which must be confirmed

by vote at the inaugural meeting of Regional

Council. The regional chair has been appointed

by members of Regional Council

since York was established in 1971. Similar

motions were defeated by Council in 2012

and 2016.

Among other things, the regional chair

is responsible for opening and presiding

over regional council meetings and may vote

on issues in the event of a tie, and acts as a

member of the York Regional Police Services

Board and CEO of the York Region Rapid

Transit Board. The regional chair also acts

as the primary spokesperson on public issues

and is York’s representative both within and

outside the municipality.

Chairman Wayne Emmerson was first

elected by a majority of regional councillors

in December 2014 and is currently serving

his second term as Chief Executive Officer

for York Region.

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‘Innovative’ exhibit earns

prestigious award

Going hog wild in the country

It would be nice to try to forget about

COVID-19 for an afternoon while visiting a

sanctuary. Thanks to a local lady, there are

some pigs enjoying life at the Sweet Acres

Pig Sanctuary located at 2798 Vivian Rd.

Five years ago, Kristen Duggan rescued

a six month old potbelly pig called Sadie.

“I had heard about Tea Cup pigs and,

much to my horror, I realized what breeders

were doing to make money, selling piglets

way too young,” Duggan said. “Keeping

them small due to lack of food. Once I

became part of other sanctuary’s the door

opened up to many more pigs that needed

homes due to bylaw issues and growing too

big, lack of education and understanding.”

Duggan now has 11 rehomed and rescued

potbelly pigs living at Sweet Acres Pig

Sanctuary.

“Every pig at the sanctuary has a safe

home, and is treated with unconditional

love,” Duggan said.

She has opened her doors to the public

with educational tours for Sparks, Girl

Guides and homeschooling groups, just to

mention a few.

Families are allowed to pet and feed the

pigs and fall in love with their favourite ones.

Sponsorship for their favourite pig is also an

option.

“I ask for a voluntary donation of $20

per family,” Duggan said. “This goes towards

food and straw and pen repairs.

She also has two amusement rides for

the kids, bon fires and games. Families are

able to hug a 150-year-old willow tree which

makes for a great family photo.

For more information, you can find

Sweet Acres Pig Sanctuary on Facebook or

you can contact Duggan at 416-805-6607 to

book a tour.

A Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum

exhibit lauded as “technically ambitious and

innovative” has earned the 2020 Ontario Museum

Association (OMA) Award of Excellence

in Exhibitions.

Archaeology Alive! The Jean Baptiste

Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville

pays tribute to a late 16th-century ancestral

Wendat community through artifacts on loan

from the Canadian Museum of History and

the Huron-Wendat Museum, a 3D virtual

longhouse gaming experience created in partnership

with Toronto’s Ryerson University

(and which will become part of the museum’s

permanent collection) and oral histories from

Huron-Wendat Nation members.

“We are tremendously excited and

proud to accept this recognition,” Curator/

Supervisor Krista Rauchenstein says of the

award, which was presented at the OMA’s

first virtual conference on October 29. “This

is a testament to the many hours of hard work

put in by our staff and exhibit partners and to

the importance of recognizing Huron-Wendat

history in the community.”

The Jean Baptiste Lainé Site, previously

referred to as the Mantle Site, was discovered

in southeast Whitchurch-Stouffville between

2003 and 2005 during excavation for a future

development. “We are proud to be able to

collaborate with the museum and we thank

everyone who contributed to this exhibition

being seen,” the Huron-Wendat Nation says.

“We also thank Town Council for its support

of the Huron-Wendat Nation.”

Archaeology Alive! The Jean-Baptiste

Lainé Site in Whitchurch-Stouffville is open

to the public until August 2021. Contact the

Museum at 905-727-8954 or wsmuseum@

townofws.ca to book your visit. Components

of the exhibit can be seen virtually at L4A.ca.

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HEALTH & SPORTS

DECEMBER 2020

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MSH transforms assessment centre for cold and flu season

When the air gets crisper and the nights

get longer, it is a signal that cold and flu

season is on its way.

In anticipation of the flu season and

second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic,

Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) has

made enhancements to its COVID-19 Assessment

Centre.

Building on lessons learned from the

first wave of COVID-19 and feedback

received by community physicians and local

partners, MSH has transformed its former

cafeteria into a COVID-19 Assessment Centre,

complete with 10 assessment bays.

This new space brings patients inside

and provides an appropriate setting for

physicians to assess patients who may have

COVID-19, cold and/or flu. The enhanced

assessment centre has been opened since

October 14 and is staffed predominantly by

primary care physicians (who are part of the

Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario

Health Team) and one emergency physician

at peak hours. It can serve up to 650 patients

a day and is a place where patients can be

Staff waiting to see patients at the newly transformed COVID-19 Assessment Centre, which

has moved inside the hospital. Photo courtesy of Andrew Aggerholm.

assessed safely for COVID-19, cold and/or

flu and tested for COVID-19.

To meet the evolving needs of the community,

the assessment centre has moved to

an online scheduling system. Patients can

schedule their own appointment online for a

timeslot up to 48 hours in advance.

This collaboration between MSH and

the Eastern York Region North Durham

(EYRDN) Ontario Health Team (OHT) partners

ensures that patients in the Markham,

Stouffville, Thornhill, Uxbridge and Brock

have seamless access to the care they need

right in their community.

Following the successful enhancement

of the COVID-19 Assessment Centre,

EYRND OHT partners have now shifted

gears and have initiated a mobile flu clinic

for congregate settings such as group homes

and retirement homes within the Markham,

Stouffville and Thornhill area. Their focus is

on immunizing individuals who are considered

high risk and cannot get to a clinic to

receive their flu shot.

The mobile flu team also has their sights

on creating a paediatric flu clinic to vaccinate

children between six months and five

years old that do not qualify for vaccination

in pharmacies.

For more information about MSH’s CO-

VID-19 Assessment Centre or how to book a

test visit msh.on.ca.


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More hospital beds for MSH

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The Ontario government is providing

$116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds

at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities

across the province at a time when many

hospitals are dealing with surgical backlogs

and trying to improve access to care during

the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Markham Stouffville Hospital will

be receiving up to $3,664,700 for up to 15

hospital beds and five additional critical care

beds.

“As Markham Stouffville Hospital

responds to COVID-19 and works to meet

higher demands for inpatient care over the

coming months, this significant investment

in our hospital will allow us to continue to

deliver safe high-quality care to everyone

who comes through our doors,” said Joanne

Marr, President and CEO, Markham

Stouffville Hospital.

The new beds announced are in addition

to the $234.5 million investment for 139

More funds for long-term care homes

The Ontario government is investing an

additional $761 million to build and renovate

74 long-term care homes across the province,

including $34,030,152 in Stouffville.

The additional funding is part of the

province’s new funding model that helps

break down historic barriers and accelerates

the construction of urgently needed longterm

care projects, providing seniors with

the quality care they deserve.

“We are bringing the long-term care

funding model into the 21st century,” MPP

Paul Calandra said. “The province’s targeted

approach to improving and expanding longterm

care capacity in our communities will

ensure that our loved ones will have comfortable,

modern places to live, near family

and friends, with the support they need,

when they need it.”

Mon Sheong Stouffville Long-Term

Care in Stouffville is receiving an additional

investment of $32,991,360 helping

them build 320 new spaces. This money is

in addition to the 2019 announcement of

$556,911,926 funding.

Bloomington Cove Care Communityin

Whitchurch-Stouffville is receiving an additional

investment of $1,038,792, helping

them upgrade 10 spaces. This million dollars

is in addition to the 2019 announcement of

$1,727,853 funding.

“Our government has been taking

historic steps to improve the quality of life

for our loved ones by adding capacity and

upgrading Ontario’s long-term care homes,”

Long-term Care Minister Merrilee Fullerton

said. “We introduced the modernized fundcritical

care beds and up to 1,349 hospital

beds included in Ontario’s fall preparedness

plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for

Future Waves of COVID-19.

This brings the total investment to $351

million for more than 2,250 new beds at

57 hospitals and alternate health facilities

across the province – beds that will add more

capacity for hospitals, help with occupancy

pressures and support the continuation of

surgeries and procedures.

“Our government is making the necessary

investments to quickly and effectively

increase hospital capacity and reduce wait

times for patients and families in Markham-

Stouffville,” MPP Paul Calandra said. “This

additional investment will ensure our health

care system is able to respond to future

waves of COVID-19 and help patients waiting

for surgeries and other procedures get the

care they need, faster.”

ing model to build and renovate these homes

faster, and we’re already seeing results, with

thousands of new, safe, and comfortable

spaces in progress.”

The modernized funding model is helping

the government deliver on its commitment

to create 30,000 beds over 10 years.

The new model moves away from a onesize-fits-all

approach, and instead, provides

tailored incentives to address the needs of

developers in different markets: rural, midsize,

urban, and large urban. It also introduces

an up-front development grant to address

high cost barriers to construction.

Working together with long-term care

partners, Ontario continues to use innovative

ideas and modern solutions to help end hallway

health care and increase long-term care

capacity in communities across the province.

The government is also driving the development

of new long-term care spaces by selling

surplus lands with the requirement that

long-term care homes be built on portions of

the properties, and through the Accelerated

Build pilot program, which is adding 1,280

spaces in a matter of months, not years.

Dr. David Santone, Orthopaedic Surgeon

Currently on a 12 hour shift and self-isolating

from his three children.

For our heroes,

this is home

for the holidays.

Help our MSH Heroes combat COVID-19

This holiday season, our MSH Heroes won’t be home

for the holidays. They’ll be on the front lines, away

from their families, working night and day to keep our

community safe and healthy.

Knowing that you support them means everything.

Government funding doesn’t cover all the urgent,

life-saving supplies they need. Make this season glow

a little brighter for our MSH Heroes.

Donate today

MSHHeroes.ca


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