COVID-19 - October 15 Update

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Thanksgiving long weekend with their households and had the opportunity to connect with their family and friends online. Over the weekend, I joined Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club to help deliver meals to residents of Pelham Park Gardens, to help ensure all families had a meal for them to enjoy.

Late last week, the province announced enhanced public health measures for several municipalities, including Toronto, where COVID cases were climbing. This has placed increased restrictions on gatherings to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors, closed indoor dining, and a number of other facilities and services (see the list in the link above).

Our City’s restaurants have been on life support through this period, and it is important that with these restrictions back in place, we take steps to support them further. This week, the Mayor announced a plan to achieve that, by creating Open For Business – a collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales. If you are a business owner, you can learn more here.

Last night, many of you joined me for the second Davenport Speaker Series event on addressing Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Racism. We had important discussions around equity, systemic racism, policing and other challenges faced by BIPOC communities every day. Thank you to everyone who joined me, and I encourage you all to register for the final event at www.anabailao.com/speakerseries.

With Halloween fast approaching and traditional trick-or-treating seeming more unlikely, I have teamed up with the West End Phoenix to deliver stories to kids in our community on Halloween! Starting at 11AM on Saturday, October 31, gather the little ghouls and goblins and join me with writers from the West End Phoenix to enter spooky worlds together. You can register for this event at http://www.anabailao.com/spookystories.

Public laneways provide a hidden opportunity to introduce nature and community space near our homes. On Monday, October 19 at 6:30pm, join the Laneway Project for a project kick-off meeting about reshaping a Carleton Village laneway.

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

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Local Updates
    1. Dovercourt Park Natural Ice Rink: Call for Volunteers
    2. Traffic Enforcement Update
    3. Shining a Light on Breast Cancer
    4. Beautifying Lisgar Park
    5. New Mural in Earlscourt Park 
    6. Oasis All Together Now Campaign
    7. 12th Annual EcoFair
    8. Call to action against Anti-East Asian racism
    9. Quayside Public Engagement Sessions
    10. Metrolinx - Eglinton Avenue West Road Closure for Tower Crane Relocation at Oakwood Station
    11. Metrolinx - Traffic Configuration Change at Fairbank Station
    12. Online Classes with the AGO
    13. Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study: Virtual Public Information Session
    14. Earlscourt Hallowe’en Hullabaloo
    15. BWXT Facebook Live Event
    16. Drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days
  3. Recent Announcements

Question 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.

What do the new provincial restrictions mean for hockey arenas and ice rinks?
Within Toronto, the restrictions that apply to the use and operation of hockey arenas are:

  • The sport of hockey cannot be practiced or played within the facility but training sessions for members of a hockey team that do not include games or scrimmage games may continue.  
  • Any training sessions must be operated so that the drills are designed to avoid players coming within two metres of each other.
  • The capacity limit for the hockey arena is established by the Provincial regulation that sets the total number of participants in a class, organized program or organized activity (such as a team practice/training session) at the facility.  Currently under Stage 2, the capacity limit cannot exceed 10 people per room or in this context, per ice rink.  For instance, a multi-plex of ice rinks could have 4 rinks each with a maximum of 10 people.
  • No spectators are permitted.
  • Any person using the facility, including players who are not on the ice surface must maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from any other person, including when seated on benches
  • Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses in the facility are closed unless the rooms provide access to equipment storage, a washroom, or a first aid room.

Any changes to the Province’s COVID-19 measures and regulations must be addressed through the Ontario government.

Local Updates

Dovercourt Park Natural Ice Rink: Call for Volunteers
Residents near Dovercourt Park have reached out to our office with the hopes of creating a natural ice rink for this upcoming season!  Parks staff need a dedicated team of volunteers, and we need a handful more.

If you are interested please e-mail councillor_bailao@toronto.ca and we will get this volunteer team going!

Traffic Enforcement Update
Six full-time City of Toronto Traffic Agents will be recommended for designation as special constables at next Thursday’s Toronto Police Services Board meeting. Once approved and sworn in, these newly hired individuals will be designated as special constables and will be permitted to manage traffic at signalized intersections in Toronto.

Under the Province’s Highway Traffic Act, only police officers are allowed to manage traffic at signalized intersections in Ontario. The Toronto Police Services Board, the City and the Toronto Police Service worked with the Province to ensure Traffic Agents could receive special constable designation and make this program possible.

Shining a Light on Breast Cancer
Today we shine a light on breast cancer in support of survivors and their families. Please join me in raising awareness for the women and men affected by breast cancer, and let them know we stand with them in support.

Beautifying Lisgar Park
I am happy that we could work with neighbours in the West Queen West Triangle towards a 'beautification crew' for Lisgar Park. This new bin will be used to store tools and materials for the community cleanup crew. I especially want to thank Randy Goldman for all his work and his commitment to our community.

New Mural in Earlscourt Park 
Earlscourt Park first opened 100 years ago! Last year, we brought together local organizations and residents to form the Earlscourt Centennial Planning Committee. Throughout the year, we have been working to create celebrations sharing the park's heritage. While many of our plans had to change, this new mural helps us commemorate the history and celebrate the stories this public green space has helped to create.

Oasis All Together Now Campaign
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt severely in our community. Visits to Oasis Food Bank are up 65%, with many community members visiting for the first time. Oasis’ community meal program provides a hot supper for 70 people each week, and there are never any leftovers.

Right now, an anonymous donor is matching all funds donated between now and December 31st, 2020, up to $10,000! That means that any support you give will be doubled. If you can, please consider donating.

12th Annual EcoFair
The EcoFair organizing team was not about to let a global pandemic stop them from celebrating all the awesome and inspiring individuals, green groups, and eco-friendly businesses that are helping us learn and live more sustainably. When they started to plan, they discovered they had so many ideas, people and groups to invite, that the one-day EcoFair expanded into four weeks of events.

Be sure to check out their website for all events running from October 15 to November 8.

Call to action against Anti-East Asian racism
The City of Toronto launched a social media campaign to bring attention to the need to combat racism in our city, including anti-East Asian racism. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in incidents of racism against all East Asian communities in Toronto. Racial harassment/discrimination against East Asians can occur through stereotyping and overt prejudice, or in more subconscious, subtle and subversive ways.

To raise awareness and put an end to anti-East Asian racism, the City partnered with the CCNC-SJ and a coalition of community partners to develop a campaign that focuses on confronting harmful stereotypes and myths, and challenges Torontonians to reflect on how they may be – consciously or unconsciously – participating in anti-East Asian racism and encourages them to speak up to prevent racism when they see it.

Quayside Public Engagement Sessions
Waterfront Toronto is holding a public engagement throughout October to let you know about the latest plans for Quayside, listen to your views and get you involved. They are looking for feedback on their updated goals—inclusive, resilient and dynamic—to ensure that Quayside reflects what matters most to you about where you live, work and play. 

Metrolinx - Eglinton Avenue West Road Closure for Tower Crane Relocation at Oakwood Station
On Friday October 16, 2020, Eglinton Avenue West will be closed between Times Road and Oakwood Avenue for approximately 20 hours as crews relocate the tower crane from the Secondary Entrance to the Main Entrance of Oakwood Station. The closure will be in implemented at 3:00 a.m. on Friday October 16 and remain in place through to 11 p.m.
 
During this work, no thru traffic will be permitted through Eglinton Avenue West between Times Road and Oakwood Avenue, however, property access will be maintained. More information can be found at www.thecrosstown.ca.

Metrolinx - Traffic Configuration Change at Fairbank Station
Starting today, the traffic configuration at Dufferin St and Eglinton Ave W will change to accommodate the next stage of construction for Fairbank Station. Traffic on Dufferin St will be shifted to the east side, and traffic on Eglinton will remain on the south. This stage will be in place for approximately four months. More information can be found at www.thecrosstown.ca.

Online Classes with the AGO
Beginning Tuesday, October 13, the AGO invites students in the classroom or at home, to connect via Zoom for a new series of free guided art conversations, happening LIVE every weekday, Monday to Friday. 

Registration for each or all of these conversations is free of charge. To see a full schedule of upcoming conversations and to register, click the link in the title.

Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study: Virtual Public Information Session
Recognizing that change is coming to our community with the future GO/Smart Track Station near Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West, I worked with neighbouring City Councillor Frances Nunziata to initiate a process that will guide development in this area for years to come.

The City of Toronto City Planning Division is undertaking a study of the Keele-St. Clair area to plan for a complete community.

We would like you to join us at a Virtual Information Session on October 21, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to learn more and provide your feedback. Register Here.

 This event is open to everyone. We encourage you to share this invitation with your neighbours and social networks.

More information about the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study, including future events and other ways to participate, can be found online at www.toronto.ca/keelestclair.


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Earlscourt Hallowe’en Hullabaloo
Theater Direct is organizing a great Halloween community activity for the kids near Earlscourt Park, working with the Earlscourt Park Centennial Planning Committee. Learn how to get your kids involved: https://theatredirect.ca/halloween-hullabaloo/

BWXT Facebook Live Event
BWXT is hosting a Facebook Live on Monday, October 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on their Facebook page. At this event you can tune in to learn more about BWXT NEC’s operations, licence renewal, safety, emissions, emergency preparedness and more. BWXT NEC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions and if you wish to submit questions in advance, please email them at questions@bwxt.com.

Drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days
Community Environment Day events will run until November 1. This year, Community Environment Days will be set up as drive-thru events at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots. This is a great opportunity to help reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfills and to safely dispose of household hazardous waste.

At the events, you will drive to different stations to drop off clothing, books and unwanted items for donation and to dispose of batteries, old paint and other household hazardous waste. Free bagged compost will be available (limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last).

A list of event dates and more information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/environment_days.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

City of Toronto signs agreement to deliver Automated Shuttle Trial planned for Spring 2021
The City of Toronto has signed an agreement with Local Motors by LM Industries to deliver the City’s planned Automated Shuttle Trial, set to begin operating next Spring.

The Automated Shuttle Trial is delivered in partnership with TTC and Metrolinx, with funding from Transport Canada – under the program to Advance Connectivity and Automation in the Transportation System. The trial is part of Toronto’s Automated Vehicles Tactical Plan and Readiness 2022 which is the first comprehensive automated vehicles plan for a North American city.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Response for People Experiencing Homelessness
Update on actions taken to date to support people experiencing homelessness.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 (October 14)
There are 23,338 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 296 new cases today. There are 108 people hospitalized. In total, 19,523 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,327 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Provincial

Ontario Hiring Hundreds More Contact Tracers and Case Managers
The Ontario government is taking immediate action to expand case and contact management to help track, trace and isolate new cases of COVID-19. The province has hired 100 new contact tracers, many of whom are starting work this week, with up to 500 more recruits expected to be hired by mid-November.

Ontario Continues to Support Restaurants During COVID-19 Pandemic
To provide relief for local restaurants and other businesses impacted by the new public health measures, Ontario announced $300 million to help offset fixed costs, including property taxes, hydro and natural gas bills.

Federal

Building a More Inclusive Canada: Government of Canada Announces Funding for Anti-Racism Projects Across the Country
Today, the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, announced the Government of Canada is providing $15 million for 85 anti-racism projects across the country, which will address barriers to employment, justice, and social participation among Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities, and religious minorities.

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