COVID-19 - April 2 Update

Mayor John Tory has signed a new bylaw legally requiring physical distancing of 2 meters in City parks and public squares. This applies to persons who are not from the same household.  These are difficult decisions to protect public health and fines of up to $5,000 can be issued.

As you know parking lots at parks, etc. have been closed. Unfortunately, people have been removing closure barricades and entering anyway. As a result there will be enhanced security measures installed and parking enforcement officers will be increasing patrols. It is essential that these measures be respected and that physical distancing is maintained. These are not arbitrary measures, they are put in place to save lives.

Premier Ford announced that he will be providing more in-depth details regarding the potential projections associated with the Covid-19 emergency. This information will be difficult to receive but the Premier is indicating that it is important for all of us know the situation so that everyone can be clear why difficult decisions have had to be taken.

In community,

Ana

Local Updates

Happening Multicultural Festival by Muse Arts
Happening Multicultural Festival will go on-line and will engage immigrant, newcomer and refugee artists through live-streaming workshops and performances.  

Muse Arts continues working with partners and artists, building the communities we envision and creating space to promote inclusion, celebrating the work of immigrant, refugee and newcomer artists.

To participate, draw an image of a dove with a message in any language, take a photo and share it with @MuseArtsTO

Aangen’s #HungryToHelp Campaign (Donate)
In response to COVID-19, Aangen has stepped up their catering and cleaning services to help the homeless shelters they serve better support their clients. They are also working harder to ensure our grocer clients can keep their shelves stocked with our farm-fresh products and are supporting families, seniors and other community members in crisis, and taking care of our employees. We are all here for the long haul to help our city’s marginalized people.

Now, Aangen is inviting you to take part in their social justice work. Today, on Abraham Maslow’s birthday, they have launched the #HungryToHelp campaign to help those who are struggling the most during this pandemic. Please consider donating to support this important cause.

#FamilyMealTO (Donate)
#FamilyMealTO is a new collaboration between Chef Dani Bee & The Depanneur. Dani was once a homeless youth in the shelter system who worked her way up the kitchen to become Chef. Now she’s taking over The Depanneur’s commissary kitchen on a mission to turn surplus bar & restaurant ingredients into wholesome meals to give back to the overburdened and short-staffed shelter system amid the COVID19 crisis.

If you can support with food, containers, or with pickup/deliver, contact Dani Bee or post @FamilyMealTO

If you can support the project financially, you can donate here.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Mayor Tory signs emergency order encouraging physical distancing in parks and public squares
Today, Mayor John Tory signed an emergency order further regulating physical distancing in City of Toronto parks and public squares.

Provincial

Ontario Increasing Mental Health Support During COVID-19
The Ontario Government is making it easier for everyone, especially those on the front lines, to reach out for mental health support during the COVID-19 outbreak. To improve access, the province is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports and $2.6 million to hire new psychologists and other mental health workers to support Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) personnel.

Ontario Strengthening Victim Services in Response to COVID-19
Attorney General announces $4 million to support victims and protect front-line justice staff

Federal

Government of Canada provides guidance on services and functions deemed essential to Canada’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19
Today, the Honourable Bill Blair, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, has released the “Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic” to assist various jurisdictions and businesses in their decision-making around the types of employees considered essential to maintain the health, safety, security and economic well-being of Canadians throughout this health crisis.

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