COVID-19 - June 3 Update

Over the past few weeks, we have all been hard at work at the City to slowly and carefully reopen our City. We have opened a number of park amenities and have been supporting retail businesses so they could reopen in a way that protects their employees and patrons. In addition, we have brought many city services back to full-service levels.

To add to this list, and in time for the summer season, all licensed street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks are now permitted to operate. In order to ensure the safety of the staff and customers, operators will need to maintain proper physical distancing requirements and proper health and safety measures. If you find yourself visiting one of these vendors, I urge you to continue practicing proper physical distancing. We continue working towards developing a plan to support our restaurants and bars, including expanded patio space and hope to have an update soon.

Over the weekend, we will also be opening over 10 kilometers of streets for walkers, runners and cyclists through the ActiveTO program. This is the largest space we have opened so far and this will provide much needed space to people from across the city so they can enjoy the warmer weather safely.

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.

If you have a friend or relative in hospital on a non-Covid-19 issue, can you visit them?

Generally, all hospitals in the Greater Toronto Area and across the province have instituted a no-visitor policy to protect against the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Some hospitals will consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis in situations requiring end-of-life care, labouring persons or patients under the age of 18. However, this is at the discretion of the health care facility. You should check with the specific health care facility and also inquire about potential contact with patients via phone or other virtual means. The link below will assist you in connecting with health care institutions in Toronto.
http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/common/system/services/hosp/toronto.aspx

Is there special direction for people who are older in terms of public health?
Yes, older residents of our City have been advised to be extra vigilant to ensure that they reduce their risk of being exposed to or contracting the Covid-19 virus. The City has information specifically for older persons and the links are below that provide information on this.
https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/8e84-COVID-19-Guidance-for-People-Who-Are-Over-70.pdf
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-advice-for-those-with-unique-needs/

Local Updates

Lansdowne Cone
The Lansdowne Cone has served as an important business in our community, creating accessible job opportunities for youth with disabilities. Sadly, they are being forced out by new building owners. The community and I have been working to convince the new owner to compromise. While our team tried to do all we could to encourage further negotiation, we ultimately could not stop this decision. This decision is disappointing and stands in stark contrast to what our community believes and values. I hope that they will be able to find a new home in our community. In the words of their owner, while we are heartbroken, we are not defeated.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto announces more than 10 kilometres of major weekend road closures for ActiveTO this weekend
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will close sections of three major roads this weekend, in total making more than 10 kilometres of roadway available for walking, running and biking, as part of ActiveTO. This weekend, the closure on Lake Shore Boulevard West will return and the Lake Shore Boulevard East closure will be extended east to Leslie Street.

Street food vendors, food and ice cream trucks resume operations just in time for summer
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks can resume operations just in time for this year’s summer vending season.

Street food vending and food trucks allow for a broad range of food in Toronto that is safe, healthy, affordable and culturally diverse.

Toronto Public Health COVID-19 case and contact management work critical for re-opening Toronto
There are 11,652 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 139 cases since yesterday. There are 378 people hospitalized, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,948 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 165 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 845 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial

Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature earlier today.

Ontario Marks First Anniversary of Inquiry Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, issued the above linked statement on this important date.

Ontario Celebrates Local Agri-food Heroes
The Ontario government is celebrating local agri-food heroes who have stepped up to ensure the province's food supply chain remains strong during the COVID-19 outbreak. Individuals, businesses and organizations are highlighted in 2020 Local Food Report: Ontario Spirit - A Celebration of Local Food Collaboration.

Federal

Minister Garneau announces new measures for the use of face coverings in the Canadian transportation sector
To reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, Transport Canada and the transportation industry have implemented a layered system of measures, such as increased sanitization, health checks for passengers, and allowing passengers to remain in their vehicles on ferries. However, there are still points in the transportation system where workers must be in close proximity to co-workers and travellers.

Prime Minister welcomes appointment of new Auditor General
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today welcomed the appointment of Karen Hogan as Canada’s new Auditor General. This appointment is effective June 8, 2020.

The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to Sylvain Ricard, who has been serving as Interim Auditor General since March 2019, for his contributions to the Office of the Auditor General of Canada.

Statement from Minister Bennett, Minister Monsef, Minister Lametti, Minister Miller, Minister Guilbeault and Minister Blair marking the one-year anniversary of the Final Report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, Maryam Monsef, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, Minister of Indigenous Services, Marc Miller, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair, issued the above linked statement today.

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