COVID-19 - April 1 Update

To those observing Passover, I wish you chag sameach. For those celebrating Easter, I wish you joy as you mark this special celebration. During the challenges we have faced over this past year, it is more important than ever to take a little time to take care of ourselves and those we love. This weekend I hope that you have the opportunity to celebrate with those in your home, rest a little or maybe call a friend or a family member. If you can, please consider supporting our local businesses by ordering some food from our local restaurants, buying some flowers to freshen up your home from our local florists or some delicious treats from our local bakeries!

We need to be working on getting as many needles in arms as possible. That is why the City called on the province to lower the vaccine eligibility age to 60. A few moments ago, we received word that starting tomorrow, April 2, at 8 AM, those 60+ can begin booking vaccination appointments at City clinics. This change will allow us to vaccinate more people and enable the City to use our mass-vaccination sites more efficiently, providing as many vaccinations as our supply allows.

This long weekend is also an excellent opportunity to get vaccinated or help someone you know who may have trouble making an appointment. The City's vaccination clinics will be operating over the Easter long weekend. Vaccinations are our best defence against COVID-19 and the surest way we can make it safe to gather for these important holidays next year. Remember, anyone born in 1961 or earlier is eligible to get vaccinated. We are in this together and need to support and care for one another through this challenge.

Further on vaccines, yesterday Mayor Tory announced partnerships with Black, South Asian and Persons with Disabilities Organizations to support the vaccination campaign. This includes $370,000 in funding the community agencies to assist groups at higher risk for COVID-19, those experiencing vaccine hesitancy, or facing other barriers to accessing a vaccine.

While we will always work to refine our systems and make them more equitable, I am also proud of the City for delivering over 531,000 vaccines across Toronto to date.

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. The Davenport Virtual Egg Hunt Returns
    2. Davenport's Second Vaccination Town Hall
    3. Securing Relief from Metrolinx on the Davenport Diamond Construction
    4. Dufferin Grove North West Corner Revitalization Update
    5. Working for affordable housing in Oakwood Vaughan Community
    6. Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
    7. Corso Italia Shop To Win!
    8. Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
    9. Bloor Street Planning Study – April 12 at 6:30 PM
    10. Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village)
    11. Perth Realignment Update- April 15 at 5:00 PM
    12. St Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road Development Meeting – April 20 at 6:30 PM
    13. April Is Be a Donor Month!
    14. Daily Bread Food Bank Easter Food Drive
    15. Theatre of the Beat's UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence
    16. Kiwanis Club of Toronto – Leadership Grants
    17. Winona Bike Lane Survey
    18. Be a part of the Earth Month Mosaic
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. Torontonians age 60 or older eligible for vaccination at City-operated immunization clinics starting Friday
    2. City of Toronto in-person Spring Break CampTO cancelled based on public health advice
    3. Short-term rental operators in Toronto must file and pay the Municipal Accommodation Tax for the 2021 first quarter by April 30
    4. Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    5. City of Toronto announces portion of College Street will be closed for up to eight weeks for emergency repair work
    6. New vaccine manufacturing facility announced in Toronto
    7. More than 800,000 visits during the City of Toronto’s outdoor skating season
    8. Mayor John Tory kicks off more than $1 billion City of Toronto 2021 construction season
    9. City of Toronto to open Malvern Community Recreation Centre and Mitchell Field Arena COVID-19 vaccination clinics tomorrow for seniors with confirmed appointments

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 [email protected].

Where can I find information on COVID-19 and Vaccinations in multiple languages?
The City has many materials that provide information on COVID-19 and vaccinations in multiple languages to share our message. You can find these materials here.

Key Updates

The Davenport Virtual Easter Egg Hunt Returns
Each year, we come together as a community for the beloved Easter Egg Hunt in Dufferin Grove Park. It's an opportunity to gather as friends and neighbours to enjoy the warming weather and each other's company. This year, while we cannot come together in person for our Easter Egg Hunt, we can still celebrate together online, from the comfort of our own homes.

Last year, because of the challenges we faced, our community tried something a little different by sharing our celebrations online through a #DavenportEggHunt social media community event. This year, we are bringing this successful event back!

Let's once again bring our families, friends and neighbours together to draw, colour or create our very own eggs and then put them on your windows or porches for your neighbours to see. If you take a photo and tag me on social media @AnaBailaoTO using the hashtag #DavenportEggHunt, I will be sure to share it with the whole community!


Davenport's Second Vaccination Town Hall
Given the success in answering many of your questions during our last Town Hall, MPP Marit Stiles and I will be hosting a second town hall on April 15 at 6:00 PM. I am happy to share that we will be joined by the Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa. You can learn more and register through the link above.


Securing Relief from Metrolinx on the Davenport Diamond Construction
As our office has been receiving an increase in reports from community members about the Davenport Diamond night (and day) work, and given this work will continue for a considerable amount of time, we have been explicitly asking Metrolinx for additional measures to be put in place to address the noise caused by their caisson drilling work. While they have maintained the noise fall under permitted decibel levels, yesterday, they informed our office that they would be installing silencers on the drills, which will drop the decibel level by ten and hopefully make it more manageable for the community.  

If you have concerns about this work, please do let us know. Thanks to residents reaching out, we have secured many adjustments to the work, including installing additional noise monitors, adjusting lights away from residences, reducing idling and better containment of sand and dust from the Lansdowne laydown.

As many are responsibly staying at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Metrolinx needs to take extra care in the impacts they are making through construction noises. While residents understand the urgency and need for this work, many have to live day and night with the disturbances and need respite.


Dufferin Grove North West Corner Revitalization Update
Construction on the Dufferin Grove facilities was initially slated to begin at the end of 2020. In response to community feedback, construction was delayed to keep the skating rink open for the 2020-21 winter to provide residents with outdoor activity space during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the skating season coming to a close, construction fencing began to be put in place on March 28 to allow construction to begin. This construction is expected to be completed in early 2023.

More information on this project can be found here.

Questions and concerns can be sent directly to [email protected]

 


Working for affordable housing in Oakwood Vaughan Community
The Oakwood Vaughan Community Organization and Community Plan TO want to hear from Eglinton & Oakwood Vaughan tenants. What would you like to see from a local community affordable housing working group? If you wish to participate, please complete the above-linked form by April 7th.


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, and is 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!


Corso Italia Shop To Win!
You can win big by supporting Corso Italia! Every Monday until April 26, you have a chance to win $500. Visit the link above to learn more.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
Date: April 6, 2021 
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Join a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting hosted by City Planning Staff to learn more about the proposed development application, which will include presentations and a Question and Answer period providing local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.


Bloor Street Planning Study – April 12 at 6:30 PM
On April 12 at 6:30 PM, join us for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the Bloor Street Planning Study, share your vision for the community, ask questions, and share your comments. Registration will be posted at the link above.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village)

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the proposed development application, which will include presentations and a Question and Answer period providing local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.


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/.

 

Support the Oasis Community Dinner
For the past 25 years, Oasis has been a place where everyone is welcomed to share, learn and grow. Throughout COVID, they have been welcoming 60 guests every Tuesday night for a take-out meal.

You can help them by sponsoring a meal and providing a great meal to people in need.

For more information, call 416.536.4431 or email [email protected].


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.

 

 


April Is Be a Donor Month!
April is Be a Donor Month! Did you know one organ donor can save eight lives? Make sure you're registered to be an organ and tissue donor at www.BeADonor.ca.


Daily Bread Food Bank Easter Food Drive
Since the pandemic began, weekly visits to Daily Bread Food Bank have gone from 15,000 people to over 25,000.

From 11 AM – 3 PM, they will be hosting a contactless drive-thru food drive at Daily Bread (191 New Toronto Street, Etobicoke). 

There, you can drop off your non-perishable food donations from your car safely. Let's reach their goal of collecting 225,000 lbs of food to ensure our neighbours in need have access to food!


Theatre of the Beat's UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence
Theatre of the Beat, a Toronto-based company rooted in social justice theatre work, is presenting their latest show free to audiences throughout March and April.

UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence is a virtual, forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. Theatre of the Beat has partnered up with the Assaulted Women's Helpline for a special presentation of UNMUTE on April, 3 for the International Day Against Victim Blaming. Register for your free ticket HERE.

Not available to watch on April 3? You can check out all of UNMUTE's showtimes HERE.

Content Advisory: UNMUTE deals with abuse and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 13. 


Kiwanis Club of Toronto – Leadership Grants
Now more than ever, we need effective leaders to build resilient communities. The Kiwanis Club of Toronto is awarding grants up to $10,000 to support initiatives that support the leadership and mentorship of children. Applications open today.


Winona Bike Lane Survey
The City is proposing creating a neighbourhood cycling connection in the Oakwood community to provide safer cycling options to travel from Eglinton Avenue West to Davenport Road along Winona Drive. On March 22, we held a public meeting where the community provided their input. If you were unable to attend, you can still share your thoughts through the survey, until April 5.


Be a part of the Earth Month Mosaic
For the whole month of April, you can join www.earthmonth.ca in creating a mosaic of action in support of Earth Month. To add your photo, make a post with #thinkearth.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

 April 1 - Torontonians age 60 or older eligible for vaccination at City-operated immunization clinics starting Friday
 April 1 - City of Toronto in-person Spring Break CampTO cancelled based on public health advice
 April 1 - Short-term rental operators in Toronto must file and pay the Municipal Accommodation Tax for the 2021 first quarter by April 30
 April 1 - Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
 March 31 - City of Toronto announces portion of College Street will be closed for up to eight weeks for emergency repair work
 March 31 - New vaccine manufacturing facility announced in Toronto
 March 29 - More than 800,000 visits during the City of Toronto’s outdoor skating season
 March 29 - Mayor John Tory kicks off more than $1 billion City of Toronto 2021 construction season
 March 28 - City of Toronto to open Malvern Community Recreation Centre and Mitchell Field Arena COVID-19 vaccination clinics tomorrow for seniors with confirmed appointments

Provincial

April 1 – Ontario Implements Provincewide Emergency Brake
April 1 – Ontario Expanding Pharmacy and Primary Care Locations for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Federal

April 1 - Government of Canada announces funding for project to raise awareness against human trafficking
April 1 - Minister Jim Carr to announce additional funding to help seniors stay connected
April 1 - Canada Raising Awareness on Zero-Emission Vehicles


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