COVID-19 - March 19 Update

The current situation with respect to the Covid-19 (Corona Virus) public health emergency is evolving quickly and so I am committed to keeping you informed of all important developments. If you require support from our office, please do not hesitate to contact us by emailing councillor_bailao@toronto.ca or calling (416) 392-7012. In an attempt to provide information as quickly as possible, I am regularly posting updates on my social media platforms, but will continue providing updates through these emails.

Local Updates:

  1. Support Local Organizations
  2. Support Our Neighbours
  3. Toronto Police announces changes to on-street parking enforcement
  4. Credible Social Media Channels

Recent Announcements: 

  1. Municipal - City of Toronto provides update on impacted and continuing services
  2. Provincial - Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19
  3. Provincial - Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards
  4. Provincial - Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19
  5. Federal - Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research projects

Local Updates

Support Local Organizations
The challenges associated with the current COVID-19 public health emergency is difficult for all of us and our families. It is particularly challenging for those in our City and beyond who are vulnerable or have financial challenges. This includes of course the many local community organizations and charities that work so diligently to support those most in need. Below, I have provided information on organizations and community groups who would very much welcome any support that you are able to provide.

St. Michael’s Homes (Donate)
Our Place Community of Hope has recently merged and become a program of St. Michael's Homes, a charitable organization that provides a variety of programs, services and supports for men living with addictions and mental health issues.

Aside from the Engagement Support Services, all St. Michael's Homes programs continue to run, despite the COVID-19 outbreak. They have specifically mentioned a need for contactless thermometers.

Oasis Dufferin (Donate)
Provides support to those most in need in the Dufferin and Dupont community.

Accepting: Non-perishable food items, hygiene products, toilet paper, facial tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes and monetary donations

Know of a local organization doing great work and in need? Send us an email to Councillor_Bailao@toronto.ca so we can feature them!

Support Our Neighbours
I understand that the current situation may be a stressful transition for you and your families. Getting accustomed to this new routine is very challenging for all of us. While we all do our part to ensure we keep our families and others safe, I encourage you to recognize and appreciate that others you interact with are sharing similar experiences and difficulties. While some people in our community and City are fortunate to work remotely or in relative isolation, there are many – front line health care workers, emergency responders, City crews, TTC operators, grocers and service workers among many others -- who continue providing all of us with the resource and care we need to maintain these new routines. In these trying moments, we must all take extra care to be kind to one another and extend support and appreciation to those who are taking risks on our behalf to help support our communities.

I also want to encourage you to support our many amazing businesses who continue to operate often in very altered ways while taking extra precautions to keep their stores safe and clean and in many cases are volunteering resources to help those in need. We must remember that this is a difficult time for them as well and it is important that we support our whole community through this pandemic.

Toronto Police announces changes to on-street parking enforcement
Full Release

Given the changing needs of our city, particularly for those who are self-isolating or working from at home, caring for others and trying to ensure the flow of goods and services, Toronto Police Service has adjusted parking enforcement.

Parking enforcement has been suspended for the following offences:

  • On-Street Permit Parking Areas
  • On-Street Time Limit Offences such a 1, 2 and 3 Hour Parking
  • North York Winter Maintenance Bylaw
  • Expired Vehicle Validation License Plates
  • Boulevard Parking
  • School Zones with posted No Stopping/No Standing/No Parking Signage

Credible Social Media Channels
If you utilize social media for updates, please only get your information from a trusted source. Below are a number of local, provincial and federal Twitter accounts that are regularly posting updates. I am also providing updates on all of the announcements on my own social media pages.

Local:
City of Toronto: https://twitter.com/cityoftoronto
Toronto Public Health: https://twitter.com/TOPublicHealth
Dr. de Villa: https://twitter.com/epdevilla
TFS Chief Pegg: https://twitter.com/ChiefPeggTFS
Mayor John Tory: https://twitter.com/JohnTory
Brad Ross: https://twitter.com/bradrossTO

Provincial:
Government of Ontario: https://twitter.com/ONgov
Public Health Ontario: https://twitter.com/ONThealth
Premier Ford: https://twitter.com/fordnation
Minister of Health Christine Elliot: https://twitter.com/celliottability

Federal:
Prime Minister Trudeau: https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau & https://twitter.com/CanadianPM
Dr. Theresa Tam: https://twitter.com/CPHO_Canada
Minister of Health Canada Patty Hajdu: https://twitter.com/PattyHajdu
Federal Public Service: https://twitter.com/pspc_spac
Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada: https://twitter.com/GovCanHealth
Global Affairs Canada: https://twitter.com/GAC_Corporate

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto provides update on impacted and continuing services
Full Release

The City’s COVID-19 response webpages, available at toronto.ca/home/covid-19, have now been updated with the temporary service impacts. Fire Chief and Manager of the Office of Emergency Management Matthew Pegg today provided greater clarity on what residents should expect from today until April 5.


Provincial

Ontario Supporting Workers, Municipalities and Retailers in Response to COVID-19
Full Release

Today, the Ontario government convened an emergency sitting of the legislature and passing two pieces of legislation which will protect the jobs of employees who self-isolate or quarantine, help keep store shelves stocked and give municipal councils the flexibility to continue operations while maintaining social distance.


Ontario Extending Validation Periods for Driver, Vehicle and Carrier Products, Services and Health Cards
Full Release

As part of the province's enhanced measures, the Ministry of Transportation and Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services and ServiceOntario, is extending the validity period of driving products, services and health cards. These changes reduce the need for in-person visits to ServiceOntario, International Registration Plan offices and DriveTest centres during the COVID-19 outbreak, helping to promote social distancing and contain the spread of the virus.


Ontario Protecting Critical Front-Line Justice Services in Response to COVID-19
Full Release

Adjustments are being made throughout the justice system to minimize disruption and continue to provide seamless, responsive justice services to all Ontarians, particularly the most vulnerable members of our communities.


Federal

Government of Canada funds 49 additional COVID-19 research projects
Full Release | Details of Funded Projects

The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister of Health, today announced the next rollout of $25 million, allowing the Government of Canada, through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to rapidly double the number of COVID-19 research projects funded, adding 49 new projects to the 47 projects previously announced on March 6. That brings the total to 96 projects led by researchers across the country that will focus on developing and implementing measures to rapidly detect, manage, and reduce the transmission of COVID-19.


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