Yesterday, Premier Ford announced another State of Emergency with more stringent restrictions, in effect for the next four weeks. I understand that this has been a challenging year for everyone and that we all want to return to normal as quickly as we can. Despite this, it is essential that we stay home until the majority of residents can get vaccinated. We see a concerning trend with infections climbing, and unfortunately, more people have needed to be admitted to hospital and intensive care units than ever before. With vaccines now being delivered steadily, we need to hold on a bit longer to build community immunity and allow us to open in a more controlled and safer way.
We were all concerned to see reports of large crowds in malls and outside stores on the days immediately following last week's lockdown announcement. It is important that these measures are taken to address those issues, including placing limitations on big box stores that, in reality, did not have the same level of restrictions as our local businesses. I know this has been a long and challenging year for everyone. Still, we need to continue thinking about the well-being of our communities and work to get everyone eligible for a vaccine vaccinated.
This week, the Province also announced that Ontario is entering Phase 2 of the vaccination plan. This Phase includes postal code hot spots where individuals 50 years of age and older can get vaccinated at participating hospitals and City mass-vaccination sites beginning tomorrow. In Ward 9, postal codes starting with M6H, M6E, M6K and M6N. Further, the Ontario Government will allow individuals 18+ in priority neighbourhoods to be vaccinated, although the specific details are still being determined.
News about vaccinations is coming quickly and from many sources, and we are working hard to keep you informed with accurate, accessible and up-to-date information. We have added a section to our newsletter below, which will show the latest vaccination information we receive each week. If you have a specific question, please email us at [email protected].
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.
Table of Contents
- Vaccination Updates
- Question from the Community!
- $15.4 M Provincial Supportive Housing Commitment
- Creating a Flexible and Expanded ActiveTO Program
- Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
- Bloor Street Planning Study – April 12 at 6:30 PM
- Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village) – April 14 at 6:30 PM
- Perth Realignment Update- April 15 at 5:00 PM
- St Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Road Development Meeting – April 20 at 6:30 PM
- Jane's Walk Toronto
- Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
- Pride Toronto Call for Artists
- Corso Italia Shop To Win!
- April Is Be a Donor Month!
- Toronto Hydro Construction – Dupont and Symington Area
- Cancellation of the City’s in-person spring break CampTO camps
- Short-term rentals operators in Toronto must file and remit the municipal accommodation tax for the first quarter by April 30
- Advisory to residents - Phone calls and door hangers related to basement flooding and sewer line installations/hookups
- Calls to prayer during Ramadan
- Toronto For All: Anti-East Asian Racism
- City of Toronto vaccination clinic bookings opening tomorrow to residents age 50 and older from 53 postal codes identified as COVID-19 hot spots
- Toronto Fire Services and First Alert working together to protect Toronto communities
- Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
- City of Toronto urges all residents to follow new provincial order and stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19
- City of Toronto working with healthcare and community partners to launch Phase 2 vaccine rollout in priority neighbourhoods
- Toronto Public Health issues Section 22 order to move all Toronto schools to remote learning
- Toronto administers more than 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines
- City of Toronto opens The Hangar COVID-19 immunization clinic for residents age 60 years and older
- City of Toronto launches advertising campaign in multiple languages urging residents to get vaccinated
Information about vaccination eligibility is changing quickly. Here is the latest information we have on who is eligible for a vaccine and how to book your appointment. If you do not currently qualify for vaccination but know someone who does, please encourage or assist them with booking their appointment.
I will be 60 or older in 2021
You are eligible to vaccinate at a City mass vaccination clinic.
I will be 50 or older in 2021 and live in a postal code beginning with M6H, M6E, M6K or M6N
Individuals 50 and older in 2021 in a high-priority postal code can book a vaccination appointment at a City mass-vaccination clinic using the Provincial Vaccination Booking Portal or call 1-888-999-6488 (TTY 1-866-797-0007) beginning on Friday, April 9 at 8 AM.
Appointments for individuals 50 and older in 2021 in high-priority postal codes can also book vaccinations with local hospital networks:
Individuals 55+ in 2021 are also available to book a vaccination at a participating pharmacy.
I will be 18 or older in 2021 and live in a postal code beginning with M6H, M6E, M6K or M6N
Ontario Health Teams and hospital mobile clinics and pop-ups will be vaccinating people age 18 and older in these neighbourhoods, identified by their postal codes. Some hospital immunization clinics are also vaccinating younger residents who live in specific priority neighbourhoods and local residents with highest-risk and high-risk medical conditions. Please visit vaccineto.ca for details on hospital vaccination clinics, eligibility criteria and booking information.
At this time, we do not have specific timelines on when this will be operational for the areas in Ward 9.
Davenport's Second Vaccination Town Hall
Still have questions about vaccination? Join MPP Marit Stiles and I, with special guest Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, where we will be talking about the vaccination rollout and answer your questions. This Town Hall will take on April 15 at 6:00 PM. Please register through the above link. You can also submit your questions in advance here.
COVID Materials in Other Languages
The City has many of its vaccination materials translated into the many different languages spoken by our residents. Through the link above you can access fact sheets, Q+As and other helpful documents which you can share with people in their native language.
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 learn more about the restrictions included in new Provincial Stay-at-Home Order?
A list of the new Ontario public health changes can be found here.
$15.4 M Provincial Supportive Housing Commitment
Everyone deserves a place to call home, and today's Provincial commitment of $15.4M will help us achieve that goal. This funding will allow us to operationalize 1,098 affordable and supportive rental homes this year to help those who are most vulnerable.
This pandemic has highlighted that good housing policy is good public health policy. We know that by supporting people with stable housing and supports, we not only improving their lives but also providing support more efficiently.
The solution to housing challenges needs to be rooted in a path to permanent housing. Having the three orders of government partnering on initiatives such as Rapid Rehousing is an important and necessary step to achieving our HousingTO 2020-2030 objectives.
Creating a Flexible and Expanded ActiveTO Program
At City Council we approved a more flexible and expanded ActiveTO program for 2021. Included in this was a motion to give City staff the flexibility to allow for the popular Lake Shore Boulevard West closure to return on select weekends
For our community, I also supported a motion requesting Transportation Services to continue pursuing opportunities for additional expansion for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users on Bloor, Danforth and other routes.
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 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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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!
Pride Toronto Call for Artists
Pride Toronto is looking to work with four (4) digital artists to create a series of collective assets with a connection to the community. The combined series will be used for Pride 2021 visual branding efforts.
The request for expression of interest will run from March 3, 2021 – March 15, 2021.
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.
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.
Toronto Hydro Construction – Dupont and Symington Area
Toronto Hydro is rebuilding the electrical distribution system in the Dupont and Symington Area. The expected timeline for this work is May 2021 to May 2022. The Toronto Hydro team can be contacted at 416.542.3366 or at [email protected]. Project number X19188
The City’s in-person spring break CampTO camps have been cancelled to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Toronto’s case counts resurge.
The City’s spring break in-person camps were scheduled to run from April 12 through to April 16 at more than 85 locations. The City is issuing refunds automatically to all CampTO registrants. While registrants do not need to request a refund, they can contact [email protected] with any questions. Participants will have the opportunity to register for virtual camp workshop spaces.
Short-term rental operators renting homes or rooms for periods of less than 28 consecutive days must be registered with the City of Toronto. In addition, operators need to collect and remit a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) on rental revenues. On April 1, the City launched an online MAT reporting tool. All short-term rental operators are required to report and submit their MAT payment for the first quarter of the year by April 30, 2021.
Operators are required to file a MAT report online for each reporting period, even if the short-term rental was not rented out. When using Airbnb to advertise their short-term rentals, operators can opt to have Airbnb collect and remit the MAT on their behalf; however, they still need to file their MAT report online. More information about filing the MAT report, making payments, HST, interest and due dates is available at toronto.ca/ShortTermRentalTax.
Residents can report issues related to short-term rentals, such as noise, waste and concerns that people are renting homes that are not their principal residence by calling 311 or submitting a complaint online. Information about short-term rental rules and registration is available at toronto.ca/ShortTermRentals.
Advisory to residents - Phone calls and door hangers related to basement flooding and sewer line installations/hookups
Phone calls and door hangers from private companies related to basement flooding or sewer line hookups are circulating in Toronto that are not affiliated with the City of Toronto. The information is not provided or approved by the City and may be inaccurate or misleading. The City does not make telephone calls or conduct door-to-door sales of any kind and does not endorse any basement flooding products/services or private sewer line installation/hookups. If you have any questions please contact 311. The City’s resources about flood protecting your home are only found at toronto.ca/basementflooding.
Calls to prayer during Ramadan
The Noise Bylaw provides standards for noise in Toronto and includes decibel limits and time restrictions for amplified noise. Recognizing that there are gathering limits for religious services and one's spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being is important during these difficult times, mosques may broadcast calls to prayer during the month of Ramadan and the City will not request a noise exemption permit. Complaints submitted to 311 will be handled by the Noise Team on a case-by-case basis and the City will work with the mosque to resolve any issues. For more information about the Noise Bylaw, please visit toronto.ca/noise.
Toronto For All: Anti-East Asian Racism
With the rise in anti-East Asian incidents, the City of Toronto revived the Toronto For All campaign that launched in October 2020. The campaign focused on confronting the harmful stereotypes and myths, and challenges Torontonians to reflect on how they may be participating in anti-East Asian racism and encourage them to speak up to prevent racism when they see it.
April 8 - City of Toronto vaccination clinic bookings opening tomorrow to residents age 50 and older from 53 postal codes identified as COVID-19 hot spots
April 8 - Toronto Fire Services and First Alert working together to protect Toronto communities
April 8 - Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
April 7 - City of Toronto urges all residents to follow new provincial order and stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19
April 7 - City of Toronto working with healthcare and community partners to launch Phase 2 vaccine rollout in priority neighbourhoods
April 6 - Toronto Public Health issues Section 22 order to move all Toronto schools to remote learning
April 6 - Toronto administers more than 600,000 COVID-19 vaccines
April 5 - City of Toronto opens The Hangar COVID-19 immunization clinic for residents age 60 years and older
April 3 - City of Toronto launches advertising campaign in multiple languages urging residents to get vaccinated