COVID-19 - July 21 Update

Tomorrow, we will virtually commemorate the Danforth Tragedy that occurred two years ago, remembering the two young women whose lives were claimed and the 13 others seriously impacted. For those wishing to participate virtually, more details can be found here.

Yesterday evening, I participated in a community discussion with our neighbours about issues facing our community, as well as city-wide issues. While we discussed several topics, our conversation largely revolved around how we conduct policing in the City of Toronto. This was an important meeting which gave us the opportunity to come together as a community and discuss how we can bring about structural changes as quickly and effectively as possible. I want to thank everyone who took the time out of their evening to participate on this call and to reaffirm that this just the beginning of us moving forward to a safer, more care-focused model of community support.

I am pleased to share that we are also moving forward with the Bloor bikeway extension on an accelerated timeline. An incredible amount of work and consultation has been done to be able to move this project forward this August, which will provide cyclists with a safe way to commute from Runnymede Road to the existing Bloor bike lanes. Our team has also been working closely with City staff to ensure that this project and CafeTO are done in coordination, to ensure our community and businesses will benefit from both important projects.

At Executive Committee today, we discussed a number of important items, including moving the Eglinton East Corridor Priority Bus Lanes forward. With a similar proposal scheduled for Dufferin Street, I successfully included an amendment requesting robust consultation with the local community and stakeholders immediately, and for this information to be taken into consideration as part of the Transit Network Implementation Study.

Click to hear Councillor Bailao speaking about Bus Priority Lanes

Our office continues to work to serve you remotely. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or by phone at 416.392.7012.

In community,

Ana

Questions from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.

What will change when Toronto moves to Stage 3 of Reopening?
While the City of Toronto remains in Stage 2, several regions have been moved to Stage 3. In Stage 3, more restrictions will be loosened and nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen, as long as they follow the public health advice and workplace safety guidance necessary to keep everyone safe.

Several high-risk places and activities will remain closed including amusement parks, buffet food services, overnight camps, and non-performer dancing at restaurants and bars.

How do I share my ideas or concerns about the Quiet Streets Program?
The Quiet Streets program is a useful tool the City has to give residents more space to physically distance when walking or cycling, as well as minimize and slow traffic. While this is a great program, we know that improvements can be made. To get community feedback, the City has launched this survey where you can share your ideas and concerns.

Local Updates

Reopening of Community Centres and Pools
The City of Toronto’s community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools have reopened as of yesterday, Monday July 20.

As Toronto remains in Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan, a total of 119 community and recreation centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools will reopen to the public for limited use on July 20. Indoor pools will reopen for drop-in lane and leisure swimming.

People will be able to visit community recreation centres and make use of lounges, meeting and multi-purpose rooms, computer labs and washrooms. Opening these locations will provide more recreation opportunities and help increase Torontonians’ options for relief from the summer heat and prevent heat-related illnesses.

When the centres open, the following amenities will not be available:

  • gymnasiums
  • fitness or active areas (including walking tracks)
  • kitchens and studios
  • saunas and whirlpools

Mandatory Masks on GO Transit and UP Express
As of today, Metrolinx has made masks mandatory on GO transit and UP Express. While the focus is on education over enforcement, it is the expectation that everyone wear a face covering while onboard a Metrolinx vehicle as well as in the stations. Everyone is encouraged to wear a mask, but customers will not be denied entry to stations or onboard vehicles.

Free Virtual Activities for Seniors
As the City learns about free online activities/programs for seniors, they have been adding them to the Stay, Play & Learn at Home webpage (which has activities for all ages). There are some phone-based activities for seniors who don't have internet as well.

Davenport Just Recovery Webinar
Green West Wave, Davenport Mutual Aid Network, and St. Anne’s Church will be hosting another webinar for their Just Recovery series, focused on housing and homelessness. This event is happening tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22 at 7:00PM. You can register for this event here

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City recommends next steps on the legacy of Dundas Street and other public assets
The City of Toronto is committed to addressing the legacy of Dundas Street and establishing a process to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs and naming policies.

City of Toronto to shift Gardiner Expressway lane reductions between Jarvis and Cherry Streets for final phase of project
The City of Toronto has achieved a construction milestone in the Strategic Rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. Crews have replaced the concrete deck and steel girders on the north half of the expressway, the westbound off-ramp to Sherbourne Street and repaired the westbound off-ramp to Yonge-Bay-York Streets, and will now transition to renew the south half of the expressway for the final phase of work.

City of Toronto launches ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX to provide free outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
Mayor John Tory joined by Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 7 Humber River-Black Creek) and Tanya Mruck, Executive Director of MLSE Foundation and MLSE LaunchPad, and City recreation staff launched two new outdoor recreation initiatives for Toronto children and youth. ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will engage Toronto youth, children and their families and help animate up to 100 local Toronto parks and outdoor spaces this summer.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,144 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 107 cases since Friday. There are 111 people hospitalized, with 26 in ICU. In total, 13,498 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 121 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,137 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial

Province Invites Ontarians to Safely Enjoy Summer at Ontario Place
The Ontario government is providing Ontario Place with $2 million to support on-site activities, including several innovative festivals and events that give people the opportunity to safely reengage in arts and culture experiences. As the province safely and gradually reopens, these initiatives will help with the economic recovery of the arts, entertainment and hospitality sectors in Ontario.

Federal

Government introduces legislation to support Canadian workers, businesses and persons with disabilities
Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced in Parliament Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures. Upon receiving Royal Assent, this legislation would make the CEWS more targeted, expand eligibility, and help more workers get back to their jobs as the economy continues to reopen.

 

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