COVID-19 - May 29 Update

As we head into another weekend, I encourage people to enjoy the weather but remind everyone of the importance of doing so safely. Please practice physical distancing and be safe.

Moving towards our restart and recovery, it is important that we continue to keep our reduced contacts with people in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We know that there will be challenges, and that we cannot go back to the rush hours of the past. In order to address this proactively, the City has been reaching out and encouraging large downtown employers to consider a number of options that will allow for employees to remain safe, including allowing employees to continue working from home, a phased in return, stagger start times, and provide masks to their employees. In addition, this effort will aid in keeping pressure off the TTC and Metrolinx. I am happy to share that The City has received commitments from several major employers to support a gradual and proactive approach to reopening. You can find the list in the news release below.

Today the City has also opened applications for its Community Crisis Response Fund to help communities respond to the impact of violent incidents and associated crises during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund, which was first established in 2016, provides financial assistance of up to $3,000 for initiatives that address the impact of a violent traumatic incident within a neighbourhood or across multiple communities. A total of $200,000 is available through the Community Crisis Response Fund. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, the types of community initiatives eligible for funding has been revised to reflect the need for physical distancing. Organizations eligible for funding include not-for-profit and faith-based organizations in partnership with community agencies. Potential applicants can join a virtual information session on June 12 to learn more about the fund and how to apply.

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.

Where can I find a full list of all the changes to City services as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic?
The City maintains an updated interactive web page that provides updates on all City services. The information includes what services have been suspended and which are still operating and information about City parks, buildings, etc. that are open and closed.
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/

I've heard that the City is advancing certain construction projects and continuing others. Is there a place where I can get information about construction projects in Toronto?
Yes, the City maintains a detailed web page divided by City wards that contains information on construction projects including the construction notices that are delivered to communities in advance of work commencing. Most of these projects are proceeding but there may be some that are impacted by the public health emergency.
https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/building-construction/infrastructure-city-construction/current-construction-projects/

Local Updates

Season 14 Finale of the Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Singing Contest with John Santos
The lockdowns for COVID-19 may have prevented Long & McQuade from having their originally scheduled Grand Finale on April 25, but I am happy to share that they are moving the contest online! You can join them this Saturday, May 30, starting at 8:00pm! I hope you will be able to tune into their live streamed event and vote for your favourite singers in the Juvenile and Adult categories.

Watch at: youtube.com/thesingingcontest1 or via the GoLiveTV app (free download at golivetv.ca)

Vote at: thesingingcontest.ca

Collision from Home
Collision from Home will take place between June 23rd to 25th, 2020 and is expected to attract over 30,000 leaders from the technology community, bringing together over 450+ speakers, 1000+ investors and 1,300+ start-ups from over 100 countries.

Attendees will participate virtually from wherever they are in the world, streaming talks from tech CEOs, international policy makers and global cultural figures. They will chat and connect with each other through the bespoke Collision from Home app, and will engage with some of the world’s most influential companies and fastest-growing start-ups.

Peter’s No Fills Live Cam
A creative and thoughtful resident has created a live webcam so you can see how busy Peter’s No Frills is and visit during the off peak times. I encourage you to check it out!

Dupont Street Businesses – Photo Journal
Our community is blessed with many fantastic businesses. This project by imagefoundry highlights the human side of this pandemic's impact on our local shops, putting faces to many of our favourite shops.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City working with large downtown employers to extend working from home efforts, invites public input on Recovery and Rebuild efforts
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto and a number of the city’s other major downtown employers, as well as Toronto’s post-secondary institutions, will continue to support employees, where possible, to work from home until September at the earliest.

City of Toronto weekend update on services and amenities
The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

Residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise, but are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto City Council approves property tax relief to help sustain live music venues
Yesterday, Toronto City Council approved recommendations to help address the unprecedented challenges threatening live music venues in Toronto. Council expanded the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclasses to provide property tax relief for live music venues.

City of Toronto opens applications for Community Crisis Response Fund with updated COVID-19 criteria
Today, the City of Toronto opened applications for its Community Crisis Response Fund to help communities to respond to the impact of violent incidents and associated crises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 10,901 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 175 cases since yesterday. There are 372 cases in hospital, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,086 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 142 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 810 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial

Ontario Opens Up COVID-19 Testing Across the Province
As the province carefully and gradually reopens the economy, the Ontario government is implementing the next phase of its COVID-19 testing strategy to detect and quickly stop the spread of the virus. Testing will now be available to more people in more locations across the province.

Support for Small Business Tenants and Landlords Now Available
All commercial landlords in Ontario can now apply for rental assistance to help their small business tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This initiative will keep more small businesses in operation and more people employed as the province gradually and safely restarts the economy.

Federal

Prime Minister announces additional funding for health, economic, and social support for Indigenous peoples and communities
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new funding to provide critical support to Indigenous families and communities during this crisis, based on needs that have been identified.

Minister Garneau announces updated measures for cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters up to October 31, 2020
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced updated measures pertaining to cruise ships and passenger vessels in Canadian waters.

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