COVID-19 - July 7 Update

On Monday, July 20 at 5:30PM, I will be hosting my fourth Davenport Virtual Town Hall for people in our community, so we can connect to discuss local and City concerns. If you wish to attend this event, you can register here.

Today marks the first day of the mandatory use of masks or face coverings when entering indoor public spaces in our City. It is important that you know how to wear and maintain your mask properly, ensuring it covers your nose, mouth and chin and minimizing adjustments as well as washing re-usable masks or coverings after each use. The more we adhere to these directives, the safer we make it for our communities and the people working in public spaces. It also helps to create the circumstances where we can move to step 3 of the recovery process more quickly.

There are exemptions in place for people with medical conditions and these individuals do not require proof of their conditions. While it is important that we all follow these new measures as much as possible, please be sensitive to the fact that some individuals have additional challenges that we must respect.

You can learn more about these new requirements including best practices here.

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.

Is there a site where I can get updated information with specific detail about the status of Covid-19 cases in the City of Toronto?
Yes, the City maintains a web page for this purpose including an interactive map that details the status of Covid-19 cases on a community and neighbourhood basis. The site is updated daily and provides a considerable about of information on the status of Covid-19 in our City. The link below will take you to the site.
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/

What is contact tracing and where can I get information about it?
Contact tracing is essentially a means to identify and notify people who may have come into contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19. Using this process allows public health officials to educate and monitor people who have tested positive for the virus and in so doing limit its spread. Below is a link to the Public Health Ontario site that provided more details on contact tracing.
https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/contact-tracing-initiative

Local Updates

Green Line Public Meeting
Finding new parkland in the built-up downtown core is a challenge. The Hydro corridor that runs from Davenport and Macpherson Ave west and northwest towards Earlscourt Park presents a rare opportunity to create a linear open space amenity within a rapidly intensifying city.

A public meeting is taking place tonight at 6:30PM. Visit http://toronto.ca/greenline to register and for more details.

Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras
Speed limits are not a suggestion, they are the law, and it is far too common to see drivers risk their lives and the lives of others by speeding on our streets. To help change this culture, the City has received provincial approval to use of Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras in community safety zones near schools. The City has been utilizing 50 cameras across the City (two per Ward), choosing locations based on traffic and speeding data. This is an important new program that I hope we can expand throughout the ward and he City to create safer streets. You can learn more about this program at Toronto.ca/ASE.

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival: Keep Dancing
Canada’s biggest celebration of Latin culture continues with a TV broadcast event on TLN Television and online streaming on tln.ca. This event will be broadcasted on Saturday, July 18 at 6PM and Sunday July 19 at 7PM.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Mandatory masks or face covering bylaw in effect today
On June 30, Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw. The measure follows advice from the Medical Officer of Health, who recommended City Council use its authority to legislate mandatory masks and coverings for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of persons across our Toronto.

Beginning today, masks or face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto reopens outdoor sport and multi-use fields
Starting yesterday, the City of Toronto’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields are open for team training and permits will be issued to organizations for the remainder of the 2020 summer season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto.

City’s 15 Emergency Cooling Centres to stay open for Heat Warning this week
Environment and Climate Change Canada has extended the Heat Warning for Toronto for the rest of this week.

The City of Toronto has opened 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning. Malvern Recreation Community Centre cooling centre remains closed for air conditioning repairs. The cooling centre has been relocated to Burrows Hall Community Centre (1081 Progress Ave., Scarborough) until the issue at Malvern Recreation Community Centre is resolved.

An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an ECC near them.

Provincial

Ontario Launches Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

 Federal

Final Components of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations Announced
Minister Guilbeault today announced the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of a $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.

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