Letter to Premier Doug Ford and Minister of Long-Care Fullerton on Sunnycrest Nursing Home Outbreak

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

December 2, 2020 

The Honourable Doug Ford, M.P.P.
Premier of Ontario

The Honourable Merrilee Fullerton, M.P.P. 
Minister of Long-Term Care

Dear Premier Ford and Minister Fullerton: 

Re: COVID-19 Outbreak at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby 

I am deeply concerned about the recent outbreak at Sunnycrest Nursing Home in Whitby. The rapid increase in cases and lack of communication with families has left many in my community scared and worried for the well-being of their loved ones.

I have been in touch with the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Seniors to convey my serious concern for the situation. 

I also want to emphasize my support for an independent public inquiry into the state of Ontario’s long-term care system. 

For too long, the issues and challenges in our long-term care system have gone unnoticed or ignored. The pandemic has only exacerbated issues that already existed and stretched an already fragile system to the breaking point.  

I know you both agree, our seniors, the people who built this country, deserve better.  

Urgent action is needed for the residents of Sunnycrest Nursing Home to get the COVID-19 outbreak under control and ensure the recovery of those who have contracted the virus.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull 
Member of Parliament for Whitby 

c.c.: 

The Honourable Christine Elliott, M.P.P., Deputy Premier and Minister of Health 
Lorne Coe, M.P.P., Whitby

Updated Statement on COVID-19 Outbreaks in Whitby

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

I have heard from a number of constituents concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak at Sunnycrest Nursing Home. As someone whose own mother is in a senior’s residence, I want you to know how alarmed I am at the rapid increase in cases at this facility and the stories I am hearing from constituents about conditions at the facility.

Though long-term care is managed by the Ontario Government, I have reached out to Sunnycrest to offer my support on anything the federal government can do.

I have been in contact with Federal Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu, Federal Minister of Seniors, Deb Schulte, and Federal Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair to convey my serious concern. The Federal Government remains ready to assist if called upon by the Ontario government.

I have written to Premier Doug Ford and Ontario’s Minister of Long-Term Care, Merilee Fullerton conveying my deep concern for the situation and repeating my support for an independent, public inquiry into Ontario’s long-term care system.

We must all work together to protect our community. We simply cannot allow those who built our country to be treated this way.

Letter to Ministers Advocating for Dedicated Infrastructure Support for Post-Secondary Institutions

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

November 19, 2020

Hon. Navdeep Bains, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

Hon. Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
House of Commons
Ottawa ON K1A 0A6

Dear Ministers:

RE: Dedicated Infrastructure Support for Post-Secondary Institutions

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadians have been able to count on our government to support them. Thank you to you both for your leadership over the past months as we have shifted our focus to getting through, and rebuilding from this pandemic.

As Canadians have made changes to their lives and plans to adapt to the realities of COVID-19, post-secondary institutions have found themselves hard hit with declining revenues in addition to pandemic-related expenses. Many have been forced to run significant deficits due to COVID-19.

We can all agree that post-secondary institutions are vital to Canada’s economic development and make immeasurable contributions through the innovation that they produce.  Currently, post-secondary institutions require direct support. Dedicated support streams for post-secondary institutions grappling with the economic effects of the pandemic would ensure the long-term viability and health of our institutions and would ensure that the innumerable benefits they bring to our communities continue.

Furthermore, I have heard from these stakeholders that post-secondary institutions are unable to apply for funding independently from municipal governments, and currently having to compete with other municipal infrastructure projects. This makes obtaining funding particularly challenging for post-secondary institutions as they must compete against a long list of local government priorities.

I urge you to consider a direct financial support stream for post-secondary institutions, similar to the Strategic Infrastructure Fund, as well as administrative changes required to allow them to apply for funding available to other public-sector organizations.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull

Member of Parliament for Whitby

Letter to Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on Business Supports for Businesses Opened during the Pandemic

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

November 19, 2020

Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

RE: Business supports for businesses opened during the pandemic

I have appreciated your responsiveness and commitment to helping businesses, workers, and all Canadians through this pandemic. I am very appreciative of the support programs we have rapidly put in place.

I am proud of the resilient entrepreneurs and business owners who have been able to keep their businesses open during this challenging time. I am especially proud of those who have started new businesses, a testament to boldness and tenacity even in ideal circumstances.

After connecting with some of my constituents who have opened new businesses during this pandemic, it was brought to my attention that the eligibility criteria for some of our business support programs excludes those businesses opened after March 2020. While I understand that the purpose of the supports, including the CEBA, and CEWS, were intended to help existing businesses survive the pandemic, this eligibility criteria puts those businesses that have opened in recent months at a disadvantage. As we aim to build back better and recover from the coronavirus recession, it is imperative that we provide new businesses with the same supports as businesses that were in existence on March 1st, 2020.

I am requesting that your officials review the eligibility criteria for the CEWS and the CEBA to allow new enterprises to qualify.

I sincerely appreciate how responsive you and your department have been to the feedback and concerns expressed by Members of Parliament and I want to thank you sincerely for that.

Yours very truly,

Ryan Turnbull
Member of Parliament for Whitby

Letter to Minister Qualtrough on Student Loan Repayment

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

November 16, 2020

Hon. Carla Qualtrough, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

RE: Canada Student Loan Repayment

Throughout this pandemic, our Government has taken strong action to support Canadians. Through measures such as the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB), the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) enhancement of the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ), and a 6-month interest-free moratorium on Canada Student Loans, our Government has been there for Canadians and we will continue to be.

As you know, the moratorium on repayments for Canada Student Loans ended on September 30, 2020. With the second wave of COVID-19 upon us, it is imperative that we support students and new graduates. One of the best ways that we can do that is to extend the moratorium on student loan repayment so that students and recent graduates can focus on getting through this pandemic.

I have heard from many students and recent graduates in Whitby about how extending this moratorium would provide them with more flexibility, peace of mind, and resources during this uncertain time.

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull

Member of Parliament for Whitby

Statement by Ryan Turnbull, MP for Whitby on Rent Assistance and Commercial Eviction Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2020

Statement by Ryan Turnbull, MP for Whitby on Rent Assistance and Commercial Eviction Ban

WHITBY – Ryan Turnbull, joined by local business owners and community leaders, Member of Parliament for Whitby, made the following statement today:

“Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us today.

“We gather today on the traditional territory of the Missisaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, which is covered by the Williams Treaties.

“The provincial government has put in place a commercial eviction ban to protect small businesses in the COVID-19 pandemic in the Protecting Small Business Act. I have heard from many small business owners in Whitby whose livelihoods are threatened by illegal evictions and many more who are worried about what happens when the commercial eviction ban is lifted at the end of this month.

This is not about party politics, but instead about working across party lines and orders of government to find solutions for the residents and business here in Whitby. Small business owners, their employees, their suppliers, and their families are all counting on us to help them during this pandemic.

“The federal and provincial governments worked together successfully to develop the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program and I am calling on them to continue to work together, as I know they have been, to offer further rent support. I am also asking for the provincial government to extend the ban on commercial evictions until December 31st.

“The CECRA, or Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance, is working. I have heard from businesses in Whitby who have benefited from this vital help. Landlords should be participating in this program, and it is in the interests of small business owners and landlords to keep businesses in our community thriving. I have personally called landlords multiple times to ensure that their voices and any concerns they have about the design of this program are heard.

“I have also written a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland to advocate for this, and I’ve also, just yesterday, written a letter to Ontario’s Minister of Finance Rod Phillips which you can find on my website at TurnbullWhitby.ca.

“Small businesses, we all know, are at the heart of our economy. They are innovators, they’re job creators. More than ever, these small businesses will be vital to our building back better and ensuring that our economy bounces back successfully.

“I have launched a broad consultation on how we, in Whitby, can cultivate the most innovative ideas for building back a stronger, more resilient, more sustainable economy and I have committed to delivering those best ideas to the Prime Minister myself. I hope you’ll help me and lend your voices to the many chorus of voices in Whitby and across the country in looking forward to our economy recovery plan.

“Thank you very much.”

Local business owner, Benito Suppa of Durham Escape Rooms, added:

“COVID-19 has impacted everyone from business owners and families, to employees and landlords. The struggle for us is not being able to operate our business fully. Consumers and our guests have not been able to do things and there is still some consumer confidence lacking. We need to do things to ensure that business owners can continue operating as we navigate through COVID-19.”

Whitby Councillor Jo-Anne Drum added:

“Our small businesses are the heart of our community. I firmly believe the downtowns are the barometer of the community. Now is the time to all of us to band together to give a hand up to our small businesses and remove barriers. We need to make it a better journey for them in order succeed.”

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For more information, please contact

Bryan Crockett, Office of Ryan Turnbull
bryan.crockett.514@parl.gc.ca
905.242.8125

Letter to Ontario Minister of Finance, Hon. Rod Phillips

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

August 24, 2020

Honourable Rod Phillips, M.P.P.
Minister of Finance
Ministry of Finance
Frost Building South
7th Floor
7 Queen’s Park Cres.
Toronto, ON M7A 1Y7

URGENT

Dear Minister:

RE: Commercial Eviction Ban

I, along with many of my constituents, were very pleased with your government’s decision to pass a commercial eviction ban as part of the The Protecting Small Business Act, 2020. I also want to express my gratitude to your government for their participation in the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program. This vital program has saved many small businesses from closure during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many of my constituents have reached out to me with concerns that their commercial landlords are illegally locking them out of their businesses. Some landlords are refusing to participate in the CECRA and are waiting for the moratorium on evictions to lapse in order to evict their tenants. During this time, this threatens the survival of their business and threatens the overall stability of the economy. I am sure that you can appreciate how important it is to support small business, especially considering the tremendous economic benefit they provide to the local community.

We must work together, across party lines and orders of government, for the good of our province and in order to protect small businesses during this difficult time.

I respectfully request that your government take immediate action to:

  • Extend the ban on commercial evictions until December 31st; and
  • Work with your federal counterparts to extend the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program until December 31st.

We know that the livelihoods of many family-run, small businesses hang in the balance and they are counting on us to ensure they can recover.

Thank you for your consideration in this regard.

Sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull
Member of Parliament for Whitby

cc:

The Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Minister of Finance

The Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario

The Hon. Doug Downey, Attorney General of Ontario

Mr. Lorne Coe, MPP for Whitby

Letter in Support of Summer Camps

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

August 14, 2020

The Honourable Bardish Chagger, P.C, M.P.
Minister of Diversity, Inclusion, and Youth
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

COVID-19 has impacted many facets of our lives and our young people have been particularly hit hard. Their school year ended early and many of them have not seen their friends for months. Summer camps across Canada have been struggling as a result of the pandemic. I write today to express my support for the government to provide financial assistance to Canada’s summer camps.

We all know the positive impacts the summer camp experience has on children across the country and it is important that we ensure that these opportunities continue to be available in the future. These experiences teach critical life skills to children and give them a lifetime of memories. These organizations also employ 70,000 Canadians and add a $1 billion to the Canadian economy. Many of these organizations have nearly lost all of their revenue this year and some will not survive without targeted financial support from government.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to working together to ensure Canada’s young people can enjoy the camp experience for generations to come.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull

Member of Parliament for Whitby

cc:

The Hon. Bill Morneau, P.C.,M.P., Minister of Finance

The Hon. Steven Guilbeault, P.C., M.P., Minister of Canadian Heritage

Mr. Matt Brundage

Ms. Catherine Kennedy

Mark Diamond, Vice-President, Ontario Camps Association

Letter to Minister Schulte on Long Term Care

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

August 14, 2020

The Honourable Deb Schulte, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Seniors
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

Following up on our previous conversations, I write today with my wholehearted support for a national standard for long-term care.

The pandemic has laid bare what we have known for decades and failed to act on when it comes to long-term care. Some homes provide an inadequate level of care to our seniors. It is unbecoming of a country such as Canada to have those who cared for us and raised us to be treated in the ways described in the media.

I look forward to working together to improve the quality of life of our seniors.

Yours sincerely,

Ryan Turnbull

Member of Parliament for Whitby

Letter in Support of the Durham Black Accountability Coalition (DBAC)

Ryan Turnbull Member of Parliament

August 13, 2020

To whom it may concern,

The Black Lives Matter movement for racial equality and justice has stirred our collective conscience these past few months. While the struggle against Anti-Black racism and police brutality has continued over the past several decades, we remain determined to ensure that the rise in activism and solidarity by so many Canadians will lead to substantive and meaningful changes by all levels of government, and our society at large.

As Members of Parliament representing constituencies in the Region of Durham, we are proud to serve diverse communities that have been built and supported through the contributions of Black Canadians.

The Durham Black Accountability Coalition (DBAC) is a community group working to address systemic Anti-Black racism and ensure that real, tangible steps are taken to respond to the demands for racial justice and equality. Their work includes a petition, signed by over 15,000 residents, to reallocate financial resources from Durham Regional Police Services to better equip mental health response teams and alternative community-centric programming to policing.

The Parliamentary Black Caucus, chaired by MP Greg Fergus, recently proposed concrete policy solutions to address the roots of systemic Anti-Black discrimination. As allies, we support the proposed reforms that it outlines. This includes changes that would collect race-based data to measure the pervasiveness of systemic discrimination, implementing a Black Canadian justice strategy and establishing community justice centres across the country as an alternative to imprisonment. We also support calls by the Parliamentary Black Caucus to ensure that Governments provide economic assistance to support Black-owned businesses and Black artists and creators.

Words of solidarity are important, but they are simply not enough. As Parliamentarians in Durham Region, we support the work of DBAC and will continue to push for strong reforms and a new approach to dealing with systemic Anti-Black racism.

Yours Sincerely,

Jennifer O’Connell
MP, Pickering-Uxbridge

Mark Holland
MP, Ajax

Ryan Turnbull
MP, Whitby