COVID-19 Relief Payment for Seniors

A reminder that Seniors eligible for the one-time tax-free payment from the Government of Canada should receive their payments beginning this week.  The payment will be made to your bank account if you are enrolled for Direct Deposit.  If you are not enrolled for Direct Deposit, you will receive a cheque in the mail.

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In Need of Prescription Sun or Eye Glasses?

wptryonIf you haven’t tried Warby Parker out yet, you’re probably overpaying for your glasses and missing out on some pretty cool frames. Warby Parker was founded in 2010 by Wharton School students who noticed that most of the “designer” glasses are simply licensed to a few giant eyewear companies and sold in bulk to optical shops. They realized that if they cut out the middle man by designing their own glasses and selling them online, they could pass on huge savings to the customer.

Glasses start at only $150 including frames, lenses & free shipping to your home. If lenses are scratched within a year, they will replace them for free. They even have a fun virtual try-on app and a no questions asked free return policy.  What’s even better is that Warby Parker is also firmly committed to social goodincluding donating personal protective equipment to healthcare workers and supplies to communities in need.

Visit their website to see all the latest styles in sunglasses and eyeglasses.

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Reimagining Our Communities in a Just Recovery

The Social Planning Council of York Region and York Region Food Network invite you to participate in their COVID-19 recovery initiative, Reimagining Our Communities in a Just Recovery“.  

Those interested in supporting this effort can join in by emailing  socialplanningcouncilyr@gmail.com

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Canada Day

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Life Hack Videos

life-hack-definition5 Minute Crafts is a popular YouTube Channel dedicated to ingenious hacks, diy-projects and fun crafts to do at home.

Check out their 42 Holy Grail Hacks that will save you a fortune,  Garden Hacks and a full 40 minutes of the Best Life Hacks.  Many more videos can be found on their channel.

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Mayor Interview in 2 minutes

He will be on in the next few minutes.

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Interview with Mayor Regarding Mandatory Masks – 10:00am Today

Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti with join Global News Radio at 10:00am to discuss his move to make masks mandatory.

Listen live (click play symbol at top right of page) or tune in to 640am on your radio.

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Senior Discounts

Senior-discountWho doesn’t love a discount?  Dealhack Canada maintains a verified, up-to-date list of brands offering special discounts for those aged 50+.  Also see their list of over 70 brands offering Birthday Freebies!

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Supporting Ontarians’ Mental Health through COVID-19

brainThe Ontario government has announced an expansion of online and virtual mental health supports, including BounceBack, to help Ontarians navigating the difficult realities in the wake of COVID-19.

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.

Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health. To receive telephone coaching support, clients must either be referred by their primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or psychiatrist, or they may self-refer as long as they’re connected with a primary care provider. For those who are not quite ready for coaching, our online videos can provide helpful tips.

BounceBack is not a crisis service, psychotherapy or counselling, but a life-skills program that participants work with to develop coping techniques so they can overcome challenges now or in the future. Typically, participants take three to six months to complete the program.

If BounceBack is right for you, get started with more information for Youth (15-18) or Adults (19+).

If BounceBack isn’t the right support you need, find a local CMHA branch, other provincial mental health supports, or try these mental health tips to help you manage during COVID-19.

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Recognizing Local Heroes

Read a message from Logan Kanapathi, MPP for Markham-Thornhill.

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