COVID-19 - April 29 Update

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. Executive Committee Update
    2. The Rooster of Barcelos Project – Public Meeting May 10 at 6:00PM
    3. West Toronto Railpath Meeting
    4. Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – May 10 Public Meeting
    5. Rusholme Road Community Meeting – Proposed Traffic Changes – May 12 at 6:30 PM
    6. Oakwood St Clair. Parkland Study
    7. Bag of Toronto
    8. Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
    9. Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto - Consultations May 11-13
    10. Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
    11. Jane's Walk Toronto
    12. Youth Week Toronto
    13. COVID-19 Pop -Up Testing at Davenport Perth Community Health Centre
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    2. City of Toronto releases second report on COVID-19 management in its long-term care homes
    3. City of Toronto confirms CaféTO curb lane installations will begin May 8
    4. Mayor John Tory welcomes Netflix to its new Canadian home in Toronto
    5. City of Toronto vaccination clinic bookings now open to residents age 45 and older from 53 provincial hot spot postal codes
    6. City of Toronto receives Diversio Certification for commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
    7. New workplace closures to further protect employees, their families and the community from COVID-19
    8. Mayor John Tory announces first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021
    9. City of Toronto strengthens mental health support for residents

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 specific information on vaccine eligibility?
The City has created this site which outlines all the different groups eligible for vaccination, it is an important resource to share in your networks.

Key Updates

Executive Committee Update
Today was Executive Committee, here are some highlights.

Provincial Transit-Oriented Communities Program
All orders of government are currently making substantial investments in transit expansion in Toronto. Through their transit-oriented communities ("TOC") program, the Province has decided to engage third-parties to also make investments in transit infrastructure, thereby offsetting capital costs. The City has been consistently advocating for the process to include a robust public engagement and cooperation with the City. This report outlines the process –

  • that new development should cover the reasonable costs associated with infrastructure and services to support the development
  • Should align with the City’s planning visions
  • Should involve community and Council engagement
  • Should include community services and facilities to build complete communities

Implementing Tenants First: Creating a Seniors Housing Corporation
Following a review of Toronto Community Housing Corporation's challenges by an independent Task Force, Council approved a series of actions to steer Toronto Community Housing towards long-term, sustainable change. As part of this transformation, in July 2019 City Council approved the establishment of a new, wholly-owned City services corporation to manage and operate Toronto Community Housing's 83 designated senior's buildings. This report recommends the formal incorporation of the new Toronto Seniors Housing Corporation.

CafeTO
The CaféTO program provides assistance to Toronto's restaurant and bar operators wishing to install cafés on City sidewalks and streets through a streamlined application process including waived fees, the provision of traffic safety plans and equipment for cafés in the curb lane and other city supports.

 This report provides updates to key program activities including:

  • design, material and safety considerations for curb lane cafés;
  • promoting expanded outdoor dining opportunities to suburban areas of Toronto; and
  • additional opportunities for retail businesses in the right-of-way.

These and many other issues from our different committees will be discussed at next week at our Council Meeting. The agenda will soon be posted here, where you can also find a live broadcast on May 5&6.


The Rooster of Barcelos Project – Public Meeting May 10 at 6:00PM


The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. It is an unofficial symbol of Portugal found throughout Portugal in town squares, art work and souvenir trinkets. The Rooster stands for pride, hope, a new day, fertility, resurrection and as well as other cultural meanings.

As part of ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022, a rooster statue has been gifted by the Municipality of Barcelos, Portugal to the City of Toronto to be designed, painted and displayed in Little Portugal. With 5 finalists already selected, we will be hosting a consultation with the community and artists, who will provide an overview of what inspired them.


West Toronto Railpath Meeting


On Tuesday, the community came together to receive an update and get their questions answered on the West Toronto Railpath realignment and extension. The West Toronto Railpath is a major part of a significant community network of multi-use trails across our neighbourhoods, connecting to major transit stations. I am pleased to share that we secured the funding for the extension in the 2021 Budget, finalized agreements with Metrolinx on the exchange of public lands, and have completed our design work. Construction in the corridor is scheduled to commence in October 2021.

If you were unable to make the meeting, a recording is posted here.

The presentation materials can be found here.


Sidewalk Snow Clearing Trial – May 10 Public Meeting
The City of Toronto has recently concluded a trial to test the use of smaller sidewalk snow plows.

The goal of the trial was to determine whether sidewalk snow clearing could be expanded to include areas of the city that do not currently receive mechanical clearing as part of the City's winter maintenance program.

The results of the trial and recommendations for the mechanical sidewalk clearing program will be presented to the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of City Council for consideration in May 2021.

On May 10 at 7:00 PM, the City will be hosting a meeting for our and surrounding communities to learn more about this trail. You can register through the link above.


Rusholme Road Community Meeting – Proposed Traffic Changes – May 12 at 6:30 PM

In 2019, my office was contacted by residents who provided a petition requesting that the City's Transportation Services Division designate Rusholme Road, from the laneway to College Street, a one-way northbound, instead of the existing two-way operation.

This change was requested due to safety concerns arising from multiple occurrences in which motorists disobey the existing No Entry regulations. With many families and young children in the area, residents feel this change would benefit the community, making  pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers safer.

Traffic safety is of utmost importance to me. Therefore, I am hosting a Community Meeting to discuss this matter to ensure that everyone is made aware, and that feedback is collected.

I welcome you to join City Staff and me on this occasion to share comments.


Oakwood St Clair. Parkland Study
On Tuesday night, there was a meeting with local community groups to discuss the Oakwood St. Clair Parkland Study, to review the projects scope and collect local input for more parkland and greenspace. More information is available through the above link.


Bag of Toronto
Bag of Toronto is back in time for Mothers Day! It's a great way to support our local businesses!

For $65 you will get:

  • 5-7 goodies from local businesses
  • Free local delivery
  • A $5 donation to a local charity

Buy your bag through the link above!


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 - Consultations May 11-13
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. Click the link above for event details. Click here to complete the survey.


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.

Public meetings will be held on May 4 at 6:30 PM and May 11 at 12:30 PM.


Jane's Walk Toronto
All of Jane's Walk Toronto 2021 walks and activities are online and one click away!

Join them in exploring Toronto neighbourhoods and communities through a wide variety of virtual walks and activities planned just for you. From movie screenings to virtual panel discussions, you can find all of their exciting 2021 programming.


Youth Week Toronto
Throughout May 1-7, the City of Toronto is hosting Youth Week Toronto. The week will virtually celebrate youth engagement and highlight youth's accomplishments in the areas of civic engagement, arts, recreation, and sports. Some exciting events include dance masterclasses, interactive game nights, poetry workshops, art showcases, job fairs and much more! Click the link above to learn more about the diverse range of events and to register.

COVID-19 Pop -Up Testing at Davenport Perth Community Health Centre
Monday, May 3 and 17 from 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM at 1900 Davenport Road

Davenport Perth Community Health Centre will be operating a free, no appointment needed COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing clinic. If you were exposed to someone with COVID or believe you have symptoms, I encourage you to get tested.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

 April 29 - Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
 April 28 - City of Toronto releases second report on COVID-19 management in its long-term care homes
 April 28 - City of Toronto confirms CaféTO curb lane installations will begin May 8
 April 27 - Mayor John Tory welcomes Netflix to its new Canadian home in Toronto
 April 27 - City of Toronto vaccination clinic bookings now open to residents age 45 and older from 53 provincial hot spot postal codes
 April 27 - City of Toronto receives Diversio Certification for commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace
 April 26 - New workplace closures to further protect employees, their families and the community from COVID-19
 April 26 - Mayor John Tory announces first ActiveTO major weekend road closures of 2021
 April 26 - City of Toronto strengthens mental health support for residents

Provincial

April 29 – Ontario Prepares to Accelerate Rollout as Vaccine Supply Increases
April 29 – Phase Two Schedule for COVID-19 Vaccine Booking Eligibility

Federal

April 28 - Investing in young Canadians
April 28 - Statement by the Prime Minister on the National Day of Mourning
April 29 - Canada and Ontario invest in improvements for Toronto’s Downsview Arena


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