For Muslim members of our community, this week saw the commencement of Ramadan, and we wish them a holy and blessed period of reflection and generosity. We also join in celebration with Sikhs in our community who are celebrating the new year.
I am pleased to share that over 20% of Torontonians have received their first COVID-19 vaccination dosage as of Monday. I know there remain a lot of questions and concerns within our community about the vaccination process. Tonight (Thursday) at 6:00 PM, MPP Marit Stiles and I will be hosting our second vaccination town hall, with special guest Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. You can still register for this event to have your questions answered!
One concern I have heard from our community and communities across Toronto is that communications around the vaccination rollout are unclear. One of the most confusing aspects was the provincial announcements on vaccinations being available for those 18-49, without any dates or details being shared. This degree of miscommunication should not be occurring and is a source of understandable anxiety and worry. The people of our community and City deserve clear and concise information on who can get vaccinated when and how to make appointments. To help bring clarity to this situation, our team has developed anabailao.com/vaccinations, which we will keep up to date with the latest vaccine information available for our community. The City has also created this eligibility list which is an easy and accessible way to see if you presently qualify for a vaccine.
Another communication challenge we are working to address is reaching individuals who do not rely on or have access to online communications channels. Our City recognizes that it is our responsibility to ensure that seniors, those without internet, and those who do not comfortably speak English have access to the same information as the rest of us, so they are informed on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. To achieve this, the City has announced its Vaccine Engagement Teams, reflecting 155 community organizations to engage 280 resident ambassadors trusted in our City's communities, who will help share our message and answer questions in their communities.
We all have a role to play in addressing vaccine hesitancy. To help do your part, you can add the pink bandage to your social profiles after getting vaccinated.
Our office continues to work to serve you remotely. If we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.
- Question from the Community!
- The City of Toronto purchases two buildings to create 334 homes with support services for people in need
- City Council Update
- Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
- Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
- Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
- Perth Realignment Update- April 15 at 5:00 PM
- St Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road Development Meeting – April 20 at 6:30 PM
- West Toronto Railpath Update Meeting – April 27 at 6:00 PM
- 1319 Bloor Street (Value Village) Community Consultation
- Bloor Street Study
- Park People’s 2021 Canadian City Parks Report Survey
- Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Salem Avenue from Bloor Street West to Southview Ave and Bartlett Avenue from Bloor Street West to Shanly Street
- Model City Hall
- City of Toronto announces 2020 Telecommunicators of the Year
- Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
- High Park cherry blossoms go virtual again with #BloomAtHome, park remains open for local use
- Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines to address equity gaps in vaccine access for people with disabilities
- Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines
- Team Toronto administers more than 800,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses across Toronto
- City of Toronto awards $5.5 million in COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams Grants to local agencies for vaccine outreach in vulnerable communities
- City of Toronto to open three COVID-19 immunization clinics tomorrow
- City of Toronto reports highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases as Toronto moves into first weekend of new Stay-at-Home order
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 in each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at [email protected].
Where can I find information to share on COVID-19 and vaccines in different languages?
Vaccine-related posters, graphics and other resources in multiple languages help share messages about the immunization program. You can find them hosted on the City’s website here.
The City of Toronto purchases two buildings to create 334 homes with support services for people in need
Today, I was pleased to join Mayor Tory and federal Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, to announce the City's first two locations the City purchased through the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). These buildings, 877 Yonge St. and 222 Spadina Ave will be dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities and people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and will offer a variety of support services to the tenants.
The creation of these new homes is an integral part of our City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan and the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Response Plan.
Last week, City Council approved several important items. I wanted to provide you with an update.
Toronto Rent Bank and Eviction Prevention in the Community Programs - Update
Since the start of the pandemic, the City has made significant commitments to expand support for households at risk of eviction to prevent people from becoming homeless, including calling for accelerating work to improve the Toronto Rent Bank and Eviction Prevention in the Community programs.
Changes in this motion include piloting the Toronto Rent Bank program as a grant program instead of a loan program until March 31, 2022, and an additional $3 million investment of COVID-19 emergency funds into the Toronto Rent Bank program.
Enhancing Policing Accountability through a Memorandum of Understanding with Ombudsman Toronto
As recommended by the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, City Council requested the Toronto Police Service to negotiate a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ombudsman Toronto to conduct policy and program reviews of the Service. This is an important step in increasing accountability and transparency in our policing services.
In reviewing TPS procedures and programs through a fairness lens, Ombudsman Toronto will ensure that they provide a fair process, including giving the opportunity for those affected to be heard, fair outcomes which are properly based on the rules, policies and procedures, and fair treatment, so all people are treated in an equitable, inclusive and accessible way.
Preserving the Past and Protecting the Future of Little Jamaica
We called on City Planning to work with local Black-led Organizations rooted in our community to help develop a comprehensive heritage survey to support the preservation of the Little Jamaica community on Eglinton Avenue West. Late last year, Councillor Mike Colle and I also provided additional protections to this community, which was facing increasing pressures due to construction in the area.
Last year, ActiveTO proved to be a popular and helpful program to get people to get outdoors safely. After reviewing the data, staff showed us that it helped people get more active, re-start biking and had support to be reintroduced. While some traffic congestion coordination challenges were raised as concerns, specifically around Lakeshore Blvd., I am pleased that we could include several improvements for residents, including on Lakeshore Blvd.
One motion, which I supported, also called for Transportation Services to continue pursuing opportunities on Bloor to provide more space for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders to allow for better physical distancing through ActiveTO Major Road Closures and Cycling Network Expansion Projects, in consultation with local stakeholders.
Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is looking to pre-qualify artists to create integrated artworks for seven subway stations that are part of TTC's Easier Access & Second Exit Project: Bay, Castle Frank, Christie, Donlands, Keele, Lansdowne and Spadina. Applications can be submitted until May 6.
Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
The Garden + Suites project is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative. A Garden Suite is a detached housing unit, usually located in the rear yard, separate or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit. Find more information and a survey link above!
Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
The City licenses multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses, to ensure that they are safe and well-maintained.
The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to encourage and regulate safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across the city.
Perth Realignment Update- April 15 at 5:00 PM
Date: April 15, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM
Marlin Spring and Hines are hosting a Virtual Community open house to discuss the public work construction on Perth Avenue and Sterling Road. A link to this session will be posted at https://t3sterling.com/community-updates/.
St Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road Development Meeting – April 20 at 6:30 PM
Date: April 20, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Developers are hosting a community meeting on April 20 to hear your thoughts about their proposal for a new mixed-use development on this site. A planning application has not yet been submitted to the City. You can register for the meeting through the link above.
West Toronto Railpath Update Meeting – April 27 at 6:00 PM
Since our last public meeting on the West Toronto Railpath, just before the pandemic hit Toronto, I worked with City staff to keep progress moving with Metrolinx on the West Toronto Railpath extension and the commitments they made for the realignment. This year, I was also able to secure the construction funding for this project in the City's budget.
Given that some time has passed since our last meeting, and with work in the corridor expected to begin this year, I have ensured that a further meeting with Metrolinx is to be scheduled to update our community on what they can expect moving forward. While Metrolinx has not yet created the registration page, it will be hosted on the Metrolinx Engage page linked above.
1319 Bloor Street (Value Village) Community Consultation
Last night, residents, City Planning staff and I attended a planning application meeting for 1319 Bloor Street West. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can find a recording here. You can also find submitted materials for this application here. If you have additional questions on the application, you can email the City Planner on file, Victoria Fuze, at [email protected], or contact my team at [email protected].
Bloor Street Study
The City is developing a vision to guide growth and future development within the Bloor Street West, Perth Avenue and St. Helens Avenue area by developing a planning framework for this area which includes; the evaluation of appropriate built form, transportation and pedestrian networks, and overall public realm strategy including parks and open spaces and potential heritage sites.
Earlier this week, residents, City Planning staff and I attended a meeting to discuss this study further. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can find a recording here.
Park People’s 2021 Canadian City Parks Report Survey
Park People is researching to learn more about how you have been using parks and green spaces in Toronto.
Your responses will help them to better understand how to make parks and green spaces in Canadian cities more safe and welcoming as we move forward with COVID-19 recovery.
Watermain Cleaning and Relining on Salem Avenue from Bloor Street West to Southview Ave and Bartlett Avenue from Bloor Street West to Shanly Street
The City of Toronto will be cleaning and structurally relining the watermains on Salem between Shanly St and Bloor and on Salem Ave between Southview Ave and Bloor Street W from April 2021 until September 201. The work will take place on Salem Avenue from Bloor Street West to Southview Ave and Bartlett Avenue from Bloor Street West to Shanly Street. During this process, the City will also replace the City-owned portion of any substandard water service pipes. You can reach the field ambassador at 416-508-3164 or [email protected]. Project number: 21TW-CTS-03CWD.
Model City Hall
Opportunity for GHTA youth: The delegate application for the Model City Hall 2021 virtual conference is now open until the deadline of April 28! All high school and post-secondary students residing in the GTHA are welcome to apply!
April 15 - City of Toronto announces 2020 Telecommunicators of the Year
April 15 - Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
April 14 - High Park cherry blossoms go virtual again with #BloomAtHome, park remains open for local use
April 14 - Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines to address equity gaps in vaccine access for people with disabilities
April 14 - Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines
April 14 - Team Toronto administers more than 800,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses across Toronto
April 12 - City of Toronto awards $5.5 million in COVID-19 Vaccine Engagement Teams Grants to local agencies for vaccine outreach in vulnerable communities
April 11 - City of Toronto to open three COVID-19 immunization clinics tomorrow
April 9 - City of Toronto reports highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases as Toronto moves into first weekend of new Stay-at-Home order
April 15 - Canada Raising Awareness on Zero-Emission Vehicles With Mobile App
April 15 - Minister Mendicino launches plan to accelerate caregiver application processing
April 15 - Government of Canada invests in reducing plastic waste and supporting the transition of a circular economy for plastics