Maple Grove United Church

Oakville’s Earth Day 2021

Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ challenge from April 19-25!

It’s time to celebrate Earth Day again, and due to the COVID-19
pandemic, events that were planned have been cancelled in order to
keep everyone safe.

The good news is that there other ways we can celebrate this important
day, while staying at home and sticking with those in your household!

Join us for an Earth Day ‘at home’ Challenge, beginning April 19 at 8
a.m., and running until April 25 at 10 p.m. New missions will be
posted daily, complete one or all! Each mission completed will earn an
entry to win a solar charging backpack, valued at $80!

To participate, download the free GooseChase app or visit the
GooseChase website and enter game code: Oakville2021.

For more information, or if you require assistance, please email
trisha.henderson@oakville.ca. Happy Earth Day!

The Earth Day Challenge supports physical distancing and COVID
friendly activities by providing missions that can be done at home, on
your property, alone or with members of your household.

Trisha Henderson
Environmental Coordinator
Climate Action
Economic Development & Corporate Strategy
Town of Oakville | 905-845-6601, ext.3948 | www.oakville.ca

Vision: To be the most livable town in Canada
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Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Program – April 16

UPDATE: April 9, 2021 – More priority populations can book appointments starting Friday, April 16
Starting next week – Friday, April 16, more priority groups identified in the Province’s vaccine distribution plan will be eligible to book an appointment to receive their COVID-19 vaccine at a Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic:
– Individuals (age 18 and older) with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver:
highest-risk health conditions include:
– organ transplant recipients;
– hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients; and
– people with neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis),
– haematological malignancy diagnosed within the past year, or
– kidney disease (eGFR<30); and
– high-risk health conditions include: obesity (body mass index over 40), or
– receiving treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity-weakening medications), and
– intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down syndrome).
– Essential workers (age 18 and older) who cannot work from home (Group 1 as identified by Province):elementary/secondary school workers (including educators, custodial, school bus drivers, administrative staff);
– workers responding to critical events (including police, fire, special constables, children’s aid society workers, emergency management, and critical infrastructure restoration workers);
– enforcement, inspection and compliance roles (including by-law enforcement, building inspectors, food inspectors, animal welfare inspectors, border inspection officers, and labour inspectors/WSIB field workers);
– all licensees, employees and students on an educational placement who interact directly with children in licensed child care centres and in authorized recreation and skill building programs;
– licensed home child care and in-home service providers,
– employees of a home child care agency and students on an educational placement;
– foster care agency workers (including customary care providers);
– food manufacturing and distribution workers;
– agriculture and farm workers; and
– funeral, crematorium and cemetery workers.
-Adults 50+ in an identified hotspot area (Adults 50 years of age and older living in the L9E postal code area, in Milton).
– Remaining health care workers who live or work in Halton and cannot work from home.I

f you know anyone who is eligible, share this information with them. Thank you.

Who is currently eligible?
Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and does not have the authority to grant exceptions. The availability of appointments will be contingent on supply. The following are residents who are currently eligible to book their appointment through Halton’s online booking system:
– all Halton residents 60 and older (born in 1961 or earlier);
– Indigenous Adults (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit populations) living in Halton, who are 18 years of age or older (must have had their 18th birthday on or before the date of their first dose appointment);
– staff and essential caregivers from long-term care or retirement homes in Halton who have not received their first dose;
health care workers identified as highest priority, very high priority and high priority (providing direct, non-virtual care at least once a week) who live OR work in Halton; and
– adults receiving chronic home care through a Local Health Integration Network or a home care agency.
– Halton residents 55 years and older (born 1966 or earlier) can book their vaccination appointment at one of 19 participating pharmacies in Halton now offering the AstraZeneca vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine is safe and effective and Halton Region Public Health highly recommends residents book through the pharmacy of their choice as another option to gain protection from COVID-19. Residents can quickly and easily find a location and learn how to book an appointment at a local pharmacy by visiting ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine. Appointments must be booked directly with the pharmacy.

What you need to know about booking your vaccination appointment at Halton Vaccination Clinic:
On Friday, April 16, more eligible groups can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment through Halton’s online booking system, including
– Halton residents with highest-risk and high-risk health conditions and one essential caregiver,
– certain essential workers who cannot work from home,
– Halton residents 50 years of age and older living in the identified hotspot area of Milton (L9E postal code area) and
– any health care worker who cannot work from home.

For a complete list of who is eligible and who will soon be eligible, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.
While booking online is the fastest way to schedule an appointment, residents can also call 311 if they require booking support. Residents who are not currently eligible to receive the vaccine are asked not to call 311 or visit the online booking system to ensure eligible residents have access.
Vaccinations are by appointment only (no walk-ins).
Please do not contact clinics directly.
Bookings for Halton residents are not available through the Provincial booking system; residents who access the Provincial booking system will be redirected back to Halton’s system.
Vaccinations at a participating pharmacy are by appointment only (no walk-ins) and must be booked directly through the pharmacy. If you are 55 or older, please visit ontario.ca/PharmacyCovidVaccine to find a location and information on how to register and book.
Eligible residents can book appointments at any one of Halton’s six COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics located in Burlington (including Joseph Brant Hospital), Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville (including Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital). Residents are reminded that parking is free at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Joseph Brant Hospital for those with scheduled appointments at these clinics.
Residents who have already scheduled an appointment for vaccination through Halton Region can now verify their appointment details online, including appointment time, date and location.
Halton Region continues to offer transportation services to and from appointments for residents who require support, free of charge.
All appointments are contingent on the availability of vaccine supply.
To maintain physical distancing and safety measures, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment (not earlier) and remember to wear a non-medical mask.

Already booked at a Halton COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic? You can check and confirm your appointment details online:
If you have already booked your appointments, you can now quickly and easily verify your appointment time and location online. This includes second dose appointments that have been rescheduled to 16 weeks (4 months) after the first dose, in alignment with Provincial direction and recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI).Check and confirm your appointment details
Visit our website to learn more about how to prepare for your appointment, including a video from Dr. Meghani on what to expect at your appointment, or read our How to Prepare for your COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet.For more information, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

https://www.halton.ca/For-Residents/Immunizations-Preventable-Disease/Diseases-Infections/New-Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccines/COVID-19-Vaccination-Clinics#book

MGUC SOCIAL ISSUES BOOK DISCUSSION – Monday, June 7th 7:30 pm

Last year some of our congregation took part in a discussion of White Fragility. This year we will be reading 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act by Bob Joseph. This relatively short and easy-to-read book describes what Chief Joseph believes to be the main issues with the Indian Act and argues that it should be eliminated.
Please join Katy Joaquim or me in a thought-provoking discussion about this book and what it says about our past, present and future with the Indigenous Peoples of Canada.
The Zoom book discussion is planned for Monday, June 7th at 7:30 pm. Please contact Sandra Onufryk at sandraonufryk@gmail.com to sign up.

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies – age 55+

Ontario COVID-19 Vaccination Program – AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in pharmacies for age 55 and up
UPDATE: April 1, 2021
Starting April 1, 2021, select pharmacies across the province are booking appointments for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines for eligible people ages 55 or older in 2021.You must have an appointment to get vaccinated at a participating pharmacy. Contact a participating pharmacy near you to book an appointment.

You must:
– be 55 years old or older in 2021
– have a valid Ontario health (OHIP) card or another form of valid government-issued identification

For a listing of pharmacies offering AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines click https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at pharmacies require an appointment to be made in advance. As of April 3, eligible adults aged 55 and over (if 55 or older as of the day of vaccination or, if will be 55 or older in 2021) who are interested in booking an appointment, can visit ontario.ca/pharmacycovidvaccine to find a participating pharmacy and can contact the pharmacy to make an appointment.

Vaccinations with the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine at primary care settings will expand according to available supply. Appointments are not being taken by request. Do not call your primary care providers to book an appointment – as of April 3, participating primary care providers in select areas will be reaching out to eligible Ontarians aged 55 or older.

Congregational Sharing Time

Right now, we are apart far more than we would like. We are testing to see if the e-news can help narrow that gap a little by keeping us up-to-date on what is happening with our members.

The enews will, with your consent, publish the big and little news of our lives such as birthdays, anniversaries, children and grandchildren or COVED19 vaccinations..

To share your message on the MGUC e-news, just send a note to: enewsmguc@googlegroups.com

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