COVID-19 - May 26 Update

This morning I joined Mayor John Tory to announce Phase 2 of Housing Now, which is will create up to 1,710 new residential units, including up to 1,240 purpose-built and 620 affordable on six sites. These units are in addition to Phase 1, which is expected to create 10,750 new residential units. The Covid-19 public health emergency has demonstrated very clearly that safe, secure and affordable housing is essential to our health and well-being. By creating housing opportunities for residents, we invest in our own recovery and the health of our communities. The implementation of Housing Now and HousingTO 2020-2030 requires strong partnership between governments, non-profits and the private sector. Together, we can build a more resilient city, province and country for everyone.

In March, following advice from the Medical Officer of Health and in support of the City of Toronto’s coordinated response to COVID-19, the City suspended a number of City services, including the issuing of new business licenses as well as renewals. Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) has created a waitlist for businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto. Businesses that are on the waitlist will be contacted directly by MLS staff, in order of registration, with information about next steps in online licensing and resumption of services. Businesses wishing to be added to the waitlist can email mlsapplication@toronto.ca. More information on business licensing and application requirements is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/permits-licences-bylaws/.

On Thursday, Toronto City Council will be meeting virtually for the second time since the provincial shutdown. You can find the full agenda here and can watch it live on the City’s YouTube page.

On Thursday, June 4 at 7pm, I will be hosting my third Virtual Davenport Town Hall to bring our community together, share updates from the City and hear from you about how we can support our community further. You can register for this event here, or by calling our office at 416.392.7012. I look forward to connecting with you.

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 a person has Covid-19 or has been potentially exposed to it, are there any special considerations that should be considered with regard to pets?
In fact yes, Public Health Ontario has a number of guidelines that should be followed when caring for pets if there is a positive test for Covid-19 or potential exposure to the virus. The information on how to protect and manage pets is pasted below.
https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/factsheet-covid-19-domestic-animals.pdf?la=en

We've been told to wash our hands frequently and I have been told there is a proper way to wash hands to protect against Covid-19. Is this true?
Yes, there is a proper way to wash your hands to reduce the chances of contracting or spreading the Covid-19 virus or other viruses. Public Health officials have repeatedly stated from the beginning of the pandemic that one of the most effective ways to avoid contracting Covid-19 or spreading is by proper and regular hand washing. Below is a guide that clearly indicates the proper way to wash your hands during the pandemic and always.
https://www.publichealthontario.ca/-/media/documents/ncov/factsheet/factsheet-covid-19-hand-hygiene.pdf?la=en

Local Updates

Salsa In Toronto
With summer almost upon us and Toronto’s festivals at a halt due to COVID-19, The Canadian Salsa Festivals Project (CSFP) invites Canadians to `Keep Dancing` with today`s announcement that the salsa party will go on! Canada’s largest celebration of Latin culture – the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival – will take place virtually on July 18th & 19th delivering a TV and Digital Festival Experience for Canadians across the country.

Go to salsaintoronto.com and stay connected on social @salsaintoronto for all the latest updates including the virtual event lineup, artist announcements and special programming.

Volunteer with LEAF
Want to help improve our urban forest? LEAF is hosting a virtual volunteer orientation on Monday, June 15 from 6:30-7:30pm. More details at: https://yourleaf.org/event/jun-15-2020/volunteer-orientation-virtual/

Toronto Public Health partnering with COVID-19 Near You
Toronto Public Health is partnering with COVID Near You to monitor the frequency of COVID-like symptoms in Toronto. COVID Near You relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking you to take a few seconds to report if you or your family members have been healthy or sick.

Toronto Public Health is asking residents to help them learn how symptoms of COVID-19 may be moving through our community by completing a short survey about their current symptoms. A link to the COVID Near You survey can be found on the Reduce Virus Spread page.

COVID Near You uses crowdsourced data to visualize maps to help citizens and public health agencies identify current and potential hotspots for the recent pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19.The website is a sister tool of Flu Near You, created by Ending Pandemics and Boston Children's Hospital in 2012 and maintained by the Boston Children’s Hospital team.

#One2Give Campaign in Support of Sistering
A group of amazing local women have launched an initiative in support of Sistering titled #one2give. This purpose of this initiative is to show that every donation counts – its not about infrequent large donations, but small and often!

There are many ways you can give – find out how! https://www.sistering.org/.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Second Phase of the Housing Now Initiative released; new City-owned sites identified to create more affordable homes in Toronto
Today, I joined Mayor John Tory to announce the release of the Phase Two sites of Housing Now, a signature initiative to increase the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income, mixed-use and transit-oriented communities on City-owned lands across Toronto.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 10,373 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 161 cases since yesterday. There are 365 cases in hospital, with 89 in ICU. In total, 7,627 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 118 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 768 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto.

Provincial

Ontario Takes Immediate Action to Investigate Worst Hit Long-Term Care Homes
Today, the Ontario government outlined key findings from the Canadian Armed Forces report on the five long-term care homes at which the military has been assisting. The report details serious concerns around infection prevention, safety, staffing and level of care. The report also indicates that these five homes are beginning to stabilize with the support of the armed forces.

Federal

Prime Minister to join UN Secretary General and the Prime Minister of Jamaica to convene high-level meeting to address economic devastation caused by COVID19
Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will join Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and UN Secretary-General António Guterres to convene a special high-level meeting on 28 May to advance concrete solutions to the development emergency caused by the COVID‑19 pandemic.

DND launches a call to innovative thinkers for solutions to COVID-19 challenges
As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to refocus existing innovation programs to support the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the Department of National Defence (DND) announced today the first of a series of calls for innovations aimed at addressing some of the key challenges Canada is facing.

Government of Canada enhances Youth Employment and Skills Program to help create new positions for youth in the agriculture sector
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Canada is taking steps to ensure the resilience of the food supply chain and to provide support to keep the agriculture sector strong. The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, today announced an investment of up to $9.2 million to enhance the Youth Employment and Skills Program (YESP) and fund up to 700 new positions for youth in the agriculture industry.

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