By the time you read this it will officially be spring, but that has certainly not brought with it the hopes and delights of that new season. This year has not been what I anticipated. I would have never imagined that we would be facing the challenges that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed on us and the entire world. They are calling this a global pandemic. This is causing our way of life to be dramatically changed for a period of time. The arrival of this virus is a huge challenge for us, our community, our country and beyond.
(Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are making The Marklander March 2020 issue available in PDF format. If you would like to download a copy of The Marklander, follow this link: http://www.marklandwood.org/images/Marklander/PDF/Mar_2020.pdf)
By now you have heard all the precautions that the government and the public health officials have instructed us with to protect ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours. I would like to reinforce these instructions by repeating them here:
- Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds each time.
- Use hand sanitizer when washing facilities are not available.
- Do not shake hands.
- Practice social distancing: that is stay at least 2 metres or 6 feet from other.
- Stay away from large crowds.
- Do not touch your face especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
- If you have any symptoms such as coughing, sneezing and fever, self-isolate for 14 days or you may choose to be tested.
- If you are tested and are found positive for the virus, you wil be quarantined for 14 days.
There are currently 5 dedicated COVID-19 assessment centres in the GTA. The closest one to Markland Wood at this time is the Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga. The Ministry of Health has indicated that additional assessment centres will be established as the outbreak grows.
I encourage everyone to rely on the advice and guidance of public health authorities. This includes the COVID-19 information provided by the government of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Health and the public health official for the City of Toronto.
Please rely on the facts that are provided to us through these authorities to make the appropriate decisions that will help to protect yourself and others. We cannot rely on rumour and misinformation. This is a time when we must all work together and support each other so we can all get through this. Please call your neighbours to be sure they are doing well. The elderly folks in our community may need extra help and support during this very difficult time.
The MWHA Board would like to express its thanks to our MP Yvan Barker who attended our March meeting. The MP discussed several issues with us including the expansion of transportation with Metro Links (Eglinton West LRT), and the Airport. MP Baker is very supportive of our community and is very knowledgeable about our issues. There is an article in this edition of the Marklander written by our Airport Committee. Please read it carefully as it outlines the latest news from the GTAA.
It has come to our attention that 240 Markland Drive is up for sale. We are having a preliminary meeting with the potential buyer at the end of this month. We will forward any further information to you in the April edition of the Marklander. (this meeting has now been postponed)
Please take care of yourself, your family and your neighbours. The next few weeks will be incredibly challenging but we will overcome and survive if we all work together.
Stay safe, stay well!
Georgina Balascas, President
Markland Wood Homeowners Association