COVID-19 - May 8 Update

Today is Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), the day we recognize the end of the Second World War in Europe. This year is of particular note as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We honour those who sacrificed so much for freedom and all that they endured to bring the war to an end.  We are eternally grateful to them.

The Ontario government has announced that all retail stores with a street entrance may provide curbside pickup beginning Monday. To ensure that everyone remains safe under these revisions, the City is acting through its CurbTO program to make sure there is sufficient physical distancing space on sidewalks and roads.

In its first week, the CurbTO team were able to install 21 expanded physical distancing locations across the City. Businesses that have a high volume of curbside pick-ups may request a Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zone in close proximity to their business. The City has also been working closely with Business Improvement Associations on this initiative and is providing additional communications on lane re-purposing and streetscaping soon. For businesses not apart of a BIA, I encourage you to visit Toronto.ca/covid19BusinessTO to complete a brief survey. For anyone who has questions on the CurbTO program, you can e-mail them CurbTO@toronto.ca. To assist businesses further, we have provided a number of printable posters on our website.

On Tuesday, May 12, I will be participating in an important live discussion, and question and answer session, organized by the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals. I will be joined by MP Peter Fonseca and MPP Nina Tangri. Attendance is limited, so to secure your spot and submit a question, please visit FPCBP.com.

The Prime Minister provided an important update today, announcing that the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy will be extended beyond June. The Federal government advised business owners who have had to release employees, to look into rehiring them to assist in restarting the economy.

Also announced, was the Industry Strategy Council, which will look at how pandemic is affecting specific sectors, and how to support them. This decision is important, as each sector of our economy is facing unique challenges and we cannot apply a one-size solution for every industry. Equally as important is federal announcement of new support coming to the cultural sector. Artists and musicians have been impacted significantly by this pandemic, and as we ease back to normal life, they will be affected for a longer period than most. We need to recognize this particular challenge and create a unique solution to support them.

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 out about how to submit ideas I have to assist with the Covid-19 public health situation?
We are all in this together and many people will have innovative ideas about how to assist with managing the Covid-19 emergency and the recovery period. The provincial government has set up a dedicated web site where people across the province can submit ideas they may have to help all of us to deal with the pandemic and the recovery process. You can submit your ideas and innovations through this site.
https://covid-19.ontario.ca/how-your-organization-can-help-fight-coronavirus?_ga=2.158452858.1329815157.1588855975-2023371954.1557234312

What is happening with testing for Covid-19?
The management of Covid-19 testing across the province and within our City is for the most part managed by the provincial government through the Ontario Ministry of Health. The province has committed to ramping us daily testing and is working with local medical officers of health to ensure this occurs. To date nearly 350,000 Ontarians have been tested and as noted the number of tests are increasing. There is information on testing found here.
https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/05/ontario-significantly-increases-daily-lab-testing.html

Local Updates

Davenport Diamond Night Work Update
I have been working with residents to insist on better precautions and considerations for the community that is being affected by Metrolinx' (provincial transit agency) work on the Davenport Diamond project. My advocacy included my writing to the President of Metrolinx. Major issues included noise and lighting. Metrolinx has now provided us with an update, stating they will further reduce daytime train service, which will allow for more work to be moved from night work, to daytime work. This will also allow them to conduct their work on an accelerated timeline, reducing the amount of time construction will take place in the neighbourhood. For community members with questions on this project, you can contact the Metrolinx team for this project at torontowest@metrolinx.com. Our office remains available as always.

MPAC Requests for Reconsideration Update
The request for reconsideration deadline for MPAC is typically on March 31 of the applicable taxation year. However, taking into consideration the provincial declaration of emergency, the deadline for the 2020 taxation year will be 16 days after the emergency is lifted. For questions about your MPAC assessment, please contact them.

The Stop Community Food Centre (Donate)
Thank you to everyone who donated to The Stop! Together, our community was able to raise over $3,000 in donations ($6,500 with the matched donations by The Arrell Family Foundation). These contributions will make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbours!

Toronto Public Library – New Website
While library branches are temporarily closed, TPL has updated their homepage on tpl.ca to make it easier for you to discover all that they have to offer virtually, and find what you want and need.

They will be updating the homepage regularly with fun activities, reading recommendations by their library staff, live event details and much more. So be sure to bookmark the page and check back often!

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto announces plan to support retail stores re-opening for pickup and delivery service
As the Province of Ontario moves towards re-opening businesses, services and public spaces in stages, the City of Toronto today announced its plan to support retail stores as they re-open for curbside pickup and delivery on Monday.

City of Toronto commemorates the 75th anniversary of V-E Day
Today, the City of Toronto commemorates the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day), which officially marked the end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8, 1945. It was a day celebrated by many in Canada, Europe and other Allied Nations around the world. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety, the City is recognizing this significant milestone through online tools and symbolic gestures.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of yesterday afternoon, there are 7,114 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, including 4,717 recovered cases and180 new COVID-19 cases. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; as of yesterday, 532 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. 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 Supports Job Creators as People Start Returning to Work
As people gradually begin returning to work, the Ontario government continues preparing for the next phase of restarting the provincial economy through the implementation of its Framework for Reopening our Province. At the same time, the government has been supporting struggling business owners directly impacted by COVID-19 by providing tax deferrals and commercial rent relief, and by removing regulatory roadblocks.

Canada and Ontario Take Additional Steps to Protect Agri-Food Workers During COVID-19
The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $2.25 million in provincially licensed meat processing plants to better protect employees and ensure the continued supply of healthy products for consumers during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ontario Investing in Innovative Ways to Modernize the Justice System
Today, Attorney General Doug Downey released a statement on building a justice system for the 21st century that is more accessible, responsive and resilient for Ontarians.

Ontario Eases Restrictions on Professional Sports Training Facilities
Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, issued a statement in response to Ontario permitting professional sport training facilities to reopen.

Federal

Chief Justice of Canada and Minister of Justice Launch Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19
The Right Honourable Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of Canada and Chairperson of the Canadian Judicial Council, and the Honorable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, have established an Action Committee on Court Operations in Response to COVID-19. The Action Committee held its first meeting today by teleconference.

Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations: next steps to support the industry impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic
The Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, today shared further details regarding the Government of Canada’s April 17 announcement of temporary relief measures to support the culture, heritage and sport sectors as they manage the challenges and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and plan for the future. A total of up to $500 million has been set aside to help alleviate the financial pressures of affected organizations.

Minister Bains announces new Industry Strategy Council
Today, the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the new Industry Strategy Council, chaired by Monique Leroux—a strong business leader with a distinguished career in Canadian finance. This council will serve as an advisory board to assess the scope and depth of COVID-19’s impact on industries and inform government’s understanding of specific sectoral pressures. By enlisting senior business leaders, the Council will build on Canada’s strong partnerships between government and industry, notably the Economic Strategy Tables, to support Canadians and their jobs.

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