COVID-19 - October 29 Update

This year Halloween is going to be different for all of us and particularly for the kids. But, this doesn't mean we haven't been able to come up with safe and enjoyable alternatives to our usual Halloween activities. While Toronto Public Health has recommended that we do not go door-to-door this year, they have provided creative ideas to celebrate safely. Below, you will see our list of local Halloween activities, including our Spooky Stories at 11:00am on Halloween Day and the Earlscourt Halloween Hullabaloo. These are fun and safe alternatives and we can all hope that by this time next year we'll be back to trick or treating and enjoying our normal Halloween fun.

This morning, Mayor Tory announced MoveTO, the City’s plan to address congestion in Toronto. The plan proposes five key measures to keep people moving and to make our transit system more resilient, including installing smart traffic signals and intelligent intersections, Advanced Transit Signal Priorities and more.

Speaking at Council on the need to be bold in our recovery plan.

It has been a busy week at Council, where we discussed our plan for recovery and our public health response to the pandemic. COVID has shown that governments, and others, can be quick and responsive when crises occur. While much about the road ahead remains uncertain, it is important that we as a City outline what the recovery will look like and our focus is on it being green, equitable, and resilient to future challenges. Our success will be based on quickly identifying and implementing the changes we know must occur.

With the Covid second wave occurring, it is important that all governments work together to address this challenge. Working to create a more equitable society, Council is calling on other levels of government to join with our City to help reduce the impacts on people who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid pandemic. Our City needs assistance to fund and move forward strategies associated with social determinants of health - affordable housing, eliminating homelessness, poverty reduction, food security, overdose prevention, anti-Black racism, and Indigenous health and well-being. We also called on the province to increase the accessibility and availability of COVID testing sites, to make it easier for people to get tested. You can learn more about all the recommendations here.

Last Friday, I joined Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Ahmed Hussen, Mayor Tory and City Councillor Gary Crawford to announce a major milestone in the development of modular supportive housing in our City. We met at one of the two modular housing sites currently being constructed, 11 Macey Avenue in Scarborough. The other being at 150 Harrison Street.  Modular supportive homes are a socially and fiscally responsible approach that meets the targets to provide homes to those most in need as set out in the HousingTO 2020-2030 action plan.

With our bars and restaurants trying their best to adapt to the realities that COVID presents, we need to do all we can to support them. With indoor dining temporarily closed, Council is working to extend CafeTO to allow for curbside cafés and frontage cafés to continue operating until April 14, 2021. Registration for the Winter CafeTO program will be posted here on November 2.

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. Halloween Activities
  2. Question from the Community
  3. Local Updates
    1. Fatima House Information Session (TONIGHT!)

    2. Road Reconstruction at Dundas and Sterling, Lumbervale Ave, St Helens Ave and College St North

    3. Bloor Street West Study
    4. 150 Harrison Park - Information Session and Share your Thoughts

    5. Federal Rapid Rehousing Initiative

    6. Earlscourt Centennial Mural

    7. Dovercourt Natural Ice Rink Update

    8. Earlscourt Splash Pad

    9. Green Line - Geary Avenue Park Expansion Virtual Public Info Session

    10. Oasis All Together Now Campaign

    11. Inclusionary Zoning Public Consultations

    12. Drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days

  4. Recent Announcements

Halloween Activities

Davenport Spooky Stories


With Halloween fast approaching and traditional trick-or-treating not being recommended, 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 your little ghouls and goblins and join me with writers from the West End Phoenix to enter spooky worlds together.

Regal Heights Residents’ Association Pumpkin Carving Contest


Due to the pandemic, the RHRA has moved their pumpkin carving contest online. Send them a picture of your Jack-O’-Lantern and they will add them to their virtual pumpkin parade on their website!

Northcliffe Village Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Northcliffe Village Pumpkin Carving Contest has also moved online. Submit your carved creation to info@northcliffevillage.com and be entered to win from 10 special prizes!

Bloordale Pumpkins Vote

Businesses in Bloordale will have pumpkins on display in their storefronts or windows. Take some time and stroll the street visiting local businesses with their pumpkins from October 26th to November 1st.

Also use the hashtag #BloordalePumpkins to look for the pumpkins online!

Voting on your favourite pumpkins begins October 26th and ends on November 1st at 11:59pm.

Vote for your three favourite pumpkins!


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.

I follow the City of Toronto dashboard regarding the situation with respect to Covid 19 here in Toronto. Is there a place where I can view Covid 19 information across the country?
Yes, Public Health Canada, an agency of the federal government maintains a web page that is regularly updated that provides information on the situation across Canada as well as other pandemic related updates. The link is below.

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html


Local Updates

Fatima House Information Session (TONIGHT!)

At 6:30PM tonight, a community information session will be held on the women’s shelter, Fatima House, which will be located at 1059 College Street. The registration link has been posted at www.toronto.ca/ShelterExpansionSites for those wishing to attend.


Road Reconstruction at Dundas and Sterling, Lumbervale Ave, St Helens Ave and College St North

From today until Monday, November 2, the Dundas will be closed at Sterling Road to allow for a TTC track replacement and intersection improvements.

Road reconstruction work has begun on Lumbervale Avenue, St Helens Avenue from College Street [North] to Lumbervale Avenue and College Street [North] from College Street to St Helens Avenue.

Once the road reconstruction work is completed, the City will be delivering the following safety enhancements. They include:

  • Closure of Segment of St Helens Avenue: Closure between College Street and College Street [North] will be achieved with pavement markings, bollards and stones. Further pedestrian and cycling enhancements, including a Bike Share station, will be installed once road construction has been completed.
  • Changes to Traffic Flow: In addition to the planned closure at the south end of St Helens Avenue, traffic flow on College Street [North] will change from two way to one way westbound, and St Helens Avenue from one way southbound to one way northbound. Lumbervale Avenue will remain a two-way street. All-way stop signs will be added at the intersection of St Helens Avenue and Lumbervale Avenue.

More information on future improvements can be found here.


Bloor Street West Study

With growing development pressures on Bloor Street West between Perth and St. Helens, we need to create a comprehensive plan for the community. On Nov 5 at 6:30pm, join me for the Bloor Study community kick-off meeting to learn more and share your thoughts.


150 Harrison Park - Information Session and Share your Thoughts

A new park is coming to 150 Harrison St! The park is part of a new Modular Housing Initiative to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.

A public information session will be held on November 12 at 6:30PM, which will be posted to the link above.

 The proposed park is in the initial design phase which will be developed through consultation with the community. The proposed plan for the new park may include the following:

  • An open lawn area
  • A new playground
  • Seat walls
  • New benches
  • Game tables
  • New trees and planting beds 

The City will be conducting an online survey in late October/early November to gather feedback from the community on the conceptual design and priorities for the new park’s amenities.


Federal Rapid Rehousing Initiative
This week, the federal government announced a $1 billion commitment to affordable housing. This initiative commits $203 million of these funds to support new affordable homes in our City. This is a good start to address the immense housing challenges we face, but we still have much more to do. My statement.


Earlscourt Centennial Mural

Earlscourt Park has been an important community space for 100 years. To help celebrate that history, Muse Arts has painted a beautiful mural showcasing the history and future of the park. Here is a video of their work, and the support from the community.


Dovercourt Natural Ice Rink Update
We are so thrilled at the level of enthusiasm and commitment shown by the community for the creation of a natural ice rink at Dovercourt Park. The volunteer crew has already met virtually and are always looking for more members. If you are interested in helping out this winter, please feel free to e-mail our office at councillor_bailao@toronto.ca.


Earlscourt Splash Pad

A new splash pad is coming to Earlscourt Park and we want your input! At 6:30PM on November 3, join us for a virtual public meeting to learn more and share your thoughts.


Green Line - Geary Avenue Park Expansion Virtual Public Info Session

The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division invites you to learn more about the expansion of Geary Avenue Park, which is part of the Green Line Implementation Plan. A preferred concept plan has been developed, which is informed by stakeholder and community feedback on the preliminary concept plan options that were presented in July 2020. Staff are hosting a virtual community consultation meeting to:

  • Provide a project update
  • Present preferred concept plan for feedback
  • Identify community perspectives and priorities

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30PM.


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.


Inclusionary Zoning Public Consultations
City Planning staff will be hosting three virtual public meetings to consult on draft inclusionary zoning policies and zoning requirements as well as a proposed definition of affordable rental housing. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about inclusionary zoning and share ideas and feedback on how this new affordable housing tool should apply in Toronto.

A community meeting notice with the meeting information is attached and public meeting details are as follows:


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 Council unanimously approves motion to request the province to temporarily cap commissions for food service deliveries
Toronto City Council unanimously approved Councillor Michael Ford’s (Etobicoke North) motion to request the Province of Ontario to implement a temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies.

The City of Toronto does not have the municipal authority to regulate food delivery service companies or cap the fees that they charge.

City of Toronto taking action to protect neighbourhoods in Northwest Toronto
There are 27,530 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 321 new cases since yesterday. There are 140 people currently hospitalized. In total, 23,025 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,358 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Three Northwest Toronto wards – Etobicoke North, York South-Weston and Humber River-Black Creek – have neighbourhoods that are currently experiencing higher rates of COVID-19 transmission, lower testing rates and higher positivity rates for the virus, compared to other neighbourhoods in Toronto. Each ward is home to approximately 4 per cent of the city’s population. Etobicoke North accounted for 8.3 per cent of cases and Humber River-Black Creek accounted for 8.1 per cent of Toronto cases of COVID-19 in the past three weeks, while York South-Weston accounted for 6.9 per cent. Over the past three weeks, these wards, with 11.5 per cent of the city’s population, have 23.3 per cent of all Toronto COVID-19 cases.

Toronto Public Health launches fourth flu vaccine clinic location
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is launching a fourth community flu vaccine clinic on October 31 at the Scarborough Town Centre, Exterior Unit D3, located at 410 Progress Avenue. The clinic is operated by appointment only. Appointments must be booked online through an online booking system which launched for this clinic this morning. This is to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed at the clinic to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.

City Council approves extended winter patio program for curbside cafes and expanded private patios
Toronto City Council has unanimously approved Mayor John Tory’s key Council item that will extend the City's winter patio program to provide more outdoor dining options to support local restaurants this winter and into the spring.

City Council approves first strategy to improve how freight and goods are moved in Toronto
Toronto City Council has approved the City’s first Freight and Goods Movement Strategy that will help make transportation of freight and goods safer, more reliable and more sustainable in and around Toronto.

The Freight and Goods Movement Strategy identifies 24 strategic actions that the City, led by the Transportation Services division in partnership with other divisions and external partners, will undertake immediately and over the next several years.

City Council unanimously approves framework to create new permanent, supportive housing in Parkdale in partnership with the University Health Network and United Way Greater Toronto
City Council approved a framework to activate the Social Medicine Initiative (SMI) housing partnership that will create new permanent supportive housing in the Parkdale neighbourhood.

Recognizing the inextricable link between poverty, health and social outcomes, and the need to take a systemic approach to improving the lives of residents across the city, the City of Toronto, the University Health Network (UHN) and the United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) have developed a unique SMI model that will use land owned by UHN in Parkdale to create new permanent supportive housing. The plan will coordinate resources from all three partners to develop a range of housing and important health and social services onsite.

City of Toronto partnership with Ritual – Open For Business – supports more than 1,000 local businesses with free delivery until November 8
More than 1,000 local business that have enrolled in Open For Business – the City of Toronto’s collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash – will receive free delivery until November 8.

City urges drivers to slow down and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists ahead of time change
The City of Toronto is urging all road users – drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians – to stay alert and obey the rules of the road as daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 1.

Toronto Public Health teams up with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment to promote ways to reduce COVID-19 spread
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is pleased to partner with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) local athletes and coaches to raise awareness on actions residents can take to reduce COVID-19 spread and help keep everyone safer as we deal with this virus. Through this partnership, a series of public service announcements are being launched on social media to promote these important health messages at a critical time.

Automated Speed Enforcement devices issue more than 15,000 tickets during second month of operations
The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 15,175 tickets between August 6 and September 5, the second month of issuing tickets to vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The program began enforcement on July 6. The cameras are located in community safety areas and near schools. It is important that people drive safely.  The objective of the cameras is not to issues tickets, but to get people to drive more safely.

Provincial

Province Proudly Promoting Ontario-Made Products to Spur Economic Recovery
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), with the support of the Ontario government, is launching a new Ontario Made Consumer Directory. This guide will make it easier for shoppers to find made-in-Ontario products, while supporting local businesses and manufacturers. By promoting Ontario-made products, this initiative will support good-paying jobs and set the province down the path to further growth, renewal and long-term economic recovery.

Ontario Launching COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream
The Ontario government is providing up to $1.05 billion in combined federal-provincial funding through the new COVID-19 Resilience infrastructure stream to build or renovate health and safety related projects in long-term care, education and municipalities. The funding is part of the federal government's Investment in the Canada Infrastructure Program and reinforces the commitment of both the federal and provincial governments to protect the health and well-being of individuals and families during the pandemic.

Ontario Adding Over 760 Hospital Beds Across the Province
The Ontario government is providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. This investment will help reduce surgical backlogs and improve access to care during COVID-19. The funding is in addition to the $2.8 billion the province is providing in the government's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan.

Ontario to Release 2020 Provincial Budget on November 5
The Ontario government will release its 2020 Budget on Thursday, November 5, 2020. It will focus on protecting the health and safety of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed supports to families, workers, and employers, and laying the foundation for future growth, renewal and economic recovery. 

Federal

New Rapid Housing Initiative to create up to 3,000 new homes for Canadians
Everyone should be able to have a place to live, raise their families, and build their future. That’s why, since 2015, the Government of Canada has helped more than 1 million people have a safe and affordable place to call home. This work is more important than ever as communities across the country continue to deal with the impacts of COVID-19. By investing in affordable housing, we can create jobs and grow our middle class, build strong communities and fuel our economic recovery, and help reduce homelessness and support vulnerable Canadians. The City of Toronto is to receive $203 million of the $1 billion available under the RHI.

Prime Minister announces funding to advance the development of Canadian COVID‑19 vaccine technologies
As we continue to address the health, social, and economic impacts of COVID-19, the Government of Canada is actively pursuing the purchase and development of vaccines, treatments, and related supplies to protect Canadians from the virus and support our recovery from the pandemic. This includes investing in Canadian projects, and strengthening our country’s biomanufacturing sector and capabilities to fight future pandemics through leading-edge vaccine technology.

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