As the Province continues with the Stage Three reopening plan, so does the City of Toronto. Last week, I discussed that the City of Toronto will be advancing the reopening of City Hall and other civic centres beginning on August 9th -- a big step towards a return to normal. These offices were closed to the public on March 14th 2020 -- as has my Community Office.
I am happy to announce that my Community Office located at 1240 Bloor Street West will be reopening as of this week, Wednesdays to Fridays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. As my office works to resume activities, we will be continuing to follow public health guidelines, resulting in frequent cleaning, PPE usage, and limiting office capacity. Myself and our team are excited to welcome you back, and we are looking forward to seeing you.
With reopening continuing forward, I want to remind you to get your COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. City of Toronto vaccine clinics continue to offer walk-in availability from noon until 7:00pm every day. For a full list of eligible locations, or any other information you may need regarding how to get vaccinated, please see here.
Last week I joined Councillor Bradford and Mayor Tory to launch the Live Music on Patios pilot program. Working with Business Improvement Area Associations and recognizing the challenges faced by our bars and restaurants, the Live Music on Patios Pilot Program provides these establishments with the opportunity to host live entertainment on their patios this summer.
The pilot will run until October 31st. Live music can be amplified, but must still comply with City of Toronto noise bylaws. Live music can be played on CafeTO patios from 5:00-10:00pm on Thursdays/Fridays, 12:00pm-10:00pm on Saturdays, and 12:00pm-6:00pm on Sundays. If you are interested in participating in this pilot program and are looking to support local Toronto artists, please visit the City of Toronto's Musician Directory -- a list of approximately 1000 local musicians searchable by genre.
Within this week's e-newsletter, you will find information on various local events, announcements, campaigns, and notices -- such as the MUSE Arts #Artwalk, the MixTO Festival, and my visit to the new Anduhyaun emergency shelter groundbreaking ceremony. I am looking forward to seeing many of you over this month.
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
- COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Casa do Alentejo Community Centre
- Property Tax, Water & Solid Waste Relief Programs
- "Be Safe" Vision Zero Campaign
- Anduhyaun Emergency Shelter Ground Breaking Ceremony
- City of Toronto Access, Equity, and Human Rights Awards Nomination Deadline Extension
- TTC Construction Notice - Ossington Avenue Streetcar Track Concrete Repairs
- Temporary Road Closure - Overnight Work on Sterling Road, August 3rd
- Hydro One - Shieldwire Replacement Notice
- Toronto Hydro Notices
- Electrical Distribution System Improvements
- Overhead Electrical Work
- Metrolinx Notices
- Overnight Work - Gantry Crane Footing Installation at Wallace Avenue
- Overnight Work - Gantry Crane Footing Installation at Dupont Street
- MixTO Festival 2021 - August 20th-22nd
- Perth Square Park Middle School Party
- Daniels Mural Project Call for Proposals
- MUSE Arts #Artwalk
- Dovercourt Community Teaching Garden Program
- Oasis Dufferin Community Centre Summertime Christmas BBQ
- Canadian Blood Services: Request for Donors
Recent Municipal Announcements
- City of Toronto launches Left-Turn Calming Pilot at eight locations
- City of Toronto launches Vision Zero campaign ahead of long weekend to caution road users to obey the rules of the road
- City of Toronto raises Black Liberation flag at City Hall for Emancipation Month
- Seventy per cent of eligible Toronto residents age 12 and older are now fully vaccinated
- Toronto Public Health and hospital partners complete more than 12,000 out-of-province vaccination records
- Registration now open for City of Toronto’s DineTOgether to support local restaurants
- City of Toronto to engage Toronto businesses on small business tax relief
COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the Casa do Alentejo Community Centre
On Friday July 30th from 4:00pm - 9:00pm the Abrigo Centre, in cooperation with my office and Toronto Public Health hosted a COVID-19 Vaccination pop-up clinic prioritizing the Portuguese speaking community at Casa do Alentejo Community Centre (1130 Dupont Street).
I am happy to relay that 130 doses were distributed to members of our community, many of which were first doses.
I encourage each and every one of you to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. it is critical not only for your own health and safety -- but that of our community as well. The best and most effective doses are the ones which you are offered.
Thank you to all who came out last Friday, whether it was to receive the vaccine, to volunteer your time. Your efforts continue to make our community safer and healthier.
Property Tax, Water & Solid Waste Relief Programs
Are you a low-income senior or low-income person living with disabilities and own your own home in Toronto? You may be eligible for property tax, water and solid waste relief assistance.
To apply for the rebate programs online, applicants must have filed their 2020 income tax returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If you haven’t yet filed your 2020 tax return or received your 2020 Notice of Assessment (NOA) or re-assessment (NOR), you may submit your application at any time before the October 29, 2021 deadline.
In order to apply online, you will need to provide an email address and phone number, and you must obtain the written consent of all owners that reside at the property for which relief is sought. You will also need to have access to a printer and/or a scanner to send documents to support your application.
Our office is happy to help anyone who may require assistance with their applications. If you require assistance, please call or email my office so that a member of our team can connect with you for an appointment.
For more information, including the application link, visit the City of Toronto website here.
"Be Safe" Vision Zero Campaign
The City of Toronto’s “Be Safe” public education campaign was launched in July 2021 to remind all road users – people walking, cycling, riding motorcycles and driving – to exercise caution, stay alert and obey the rules of the road as car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic volumes continue to rise.
The campaign, which advances the education component of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, is intended to promote awareness of the rules of the road especially as they relate to cycling safety. It features a set of messages and creatives that remind the public of how to safely interact with the different types of cycling infrastructure, encourage all road users to share the road and alert people driving or cycling to stay vigilant, slow down and obey traffic and speed signs.
The campaign will run until September 31 and will be featured on the advertising faces of Toronto’s Bike Share stations, transit shelters, bus backs, billboards, parking garages in addition to radio, print and social media ads.
Anduhyaun Emergency Shelter Ground Breaking Ceremony
Today I spoke at the ground breaking ceremony for the new Anduhyaun emergency shelter. I am proud and honoured that Anduhyaun's Circle of Directors chose to make Davenport their organization's new home, and I am committed to working alongside them to advance their goals to create a welcoming community for Indigenous women and children.
Anduhyaun means "Our Home" in the Ojibwa language, and Anduyaun Inc was created to respond to the needs of Indigenous women and children fleeing violence through an emergency shelter and second stage transitional housing. It has been a long awaited goal to build a shelter centered around culture and healing.
I look forward to the completion of this project so that our community may welcome Anduhyaun with open arms.
Activation of Pedestrian Crossover at Rogers Road and Chambers Avenue
An important project has been finished in Davenport this week. The pedestrian crossover at Rogers Road and Chambers Avenue has been activated as of July 28th! The completion of this project will continue our work to improve pedestrian safety across the ward, and across the city.
This comes after a request that I made, seconded by Councillor Nunziata at the December 2019 City Council meeting, which you can find here.
City of Toronto Access, Equity, and Human Rights Awards Nomination Deadline Extension
The City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards recognize people, organizations or programs that have created a more equitable city by addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality. The awards are community-driven, nominations come from Toronto residents and are selected by a panel made up of community members with expertise and knowledge of issues relevant to the award categories.
The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 27th 2021, and each award winner will receive an honorarium of $500.
The Award categories are:
- Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award)
- Disability Access Award
- Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality
- Pride Award
- William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award
For more information, including how to nominate an individual, group, or organization -- please visit Toronto.ca/CivicAwards
TTC Construction Notice - Ossington Avenue Streetcar Track Concrete Repairs
From August 3rd to 10th, TTC track crews will eb repairing loose concrete slabs in the streetcar median along Ossington Avenue between College Street and Dundas Street West. All work will be contained within the track area. The CafeTO patios currently in place will not be affected by this work.
Temporary Road Closure - Overnight Work on Sterling Road, August 3rd
On the night of August 3rd there was a temporary road closure for the emergency repair of a sewer pipe at 213 Sterling Road. Our office is happy to report that the work has been successfully completed, and the road is now fully open again for use.
Hydro One - Shieldwire Replacement Notice
Hydro One is replacing shieldwire that has reached end-of-life. This work is required in the hydro corridor running east from Wilshire Transmission Station (TS), located on Davenport Road/Wiltshire Avenue, to Bridgman TS, located on Davenport Road/Macpherson Avenue. This important work will ensure equipment is protected from lightning strikes, and that the corridor is safe for public use.
The community can expect crews to be on site Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm beginning in mid-September. Three temporary work stations will be set up near Davenport Road & Caledonia Park Road, Bartlett Parkette, and Huron Street & MacPherson Avenue. Temporary corridor closures will be required under the power lines for up to 5 days, and areas where the work stations will be installed will be closed for the duration of work. Closures will temporarily impact use of corridor trails, parks, including Primrose Avenue Parkette and Bartlett Parkette, and parking under the power lines.
Toronto Hydro Notices
Electrical Distribution System Improvements
Toronto Hydro will be beginning work on improving the electricity system in Davenport. Work on this project will generally take place Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm. The boundaries for the project include St. Clair Avenue West (North), Ossington Avenue (East), Bloor Street West (South), and Keele Street (West). Toronto Hydro expects the work to be completed in April 2022.
Overhead Electrical Work
Toronto Hydro will be pursuing overhead electrical work between Antler Street and Dupont Street. The project area includes a section of Metrolinx right of way between Dupont Street (North) and Antler Street (South). Work is expected to begin September 2021, and conclude in December 2021.
Overnight Work - Gantry Crane Footing Installation at Wallace Avenue:
Metrolinx will be pursing overnight work between August 3rd and 13th for the installation of a gantry crane, used for the installation of girders on the elevated guideway. This work will take place north of the Wallace Avenue rail crossing, on the east side of the rail corridor from roughly 6:00pm to 6:00am.
Overnight Work - Gantry Crane Footing Installation at Dupont Street:
Metrolinx will be pursing overnight work between August 3rd and 14th for the installation of a gantry crane, used for the installation of girders on the elevated guideway. This work will take place north and south of the Dupont Street bridge, on the east side of the rail track from roughly 6:00pm to 6:00am.
MixTO Festival 2021 - August 20th-22nd
MIXTO FESTIVAL is back for 2021 with Toronto’s favourite outdoor block party vibes!
After all the tribulations of the last year and a half, they are so happy to be bringing you an in-person, COVID-safe event.
Two afternoons and three nights of music, food, dancing, and community. All going down in a west-end Toronto outdoor lot, featuring food vendors, children's activities, musical performances by bands and DJs, custom visual art installations and more!
This block party happens rain or shine. Family friendly, all-ages event!
For more information, see their website at www.mixtofestival.com
Perth Square Park Middle School Party
Every Wednesday for the month of August, all Junction Triangle middle school students are welcome to attend Perth Square Park from 1:00-4:00pm for a COVID-safe middle school party! Each week will feature special park presentations. Join in for a good time out in the summer sun!
Daniels Mural Project Call for Proposals
The U of T Daniels Faculty, the Daniels Art Directive (DAD), and Elder Whabagoon are excited to announce that they are extending the due date for our Call for Proposals to Friday, August 13th, 11:59 pm (EDT).
All interested First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Artists living in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) are invited to complete the online form or fillable PDF by Friday, August 13th, 11:59 pm (EDT).
The Daniels Faculty is answering the U of T Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #2: “A strategy for the funding and placement of more Indigenous public art across all three campuses should be developed, in close consultation with local Indigenous communities.”
On Tuesday, July 20th, they hosted a virtual Artist Information Session to go through the Call for Proposals and answer questions. The recording is accessible here.
For further information about the Daniels Mural project, including application forms, please see their website here: https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/outreach/daniels-mural-project
MUSE Arts #Artwalk
42 MUSE Arts #Artwalk installations are awaiting you in our community! You can find locations and artwork below.
UrbanArts Culture Shock 2021
UrbanArts is presenting their Culture Shock 2021 program. Check out what they have lined-up and planned for the community. Get your free tickets at their eventbrite page. Events run from tonight until Saturday.
Dovercourt Community Teaching Garden Program
I have been working with the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club and the community to revitalize the McGregor Playground Garden. I am delighted at the progress that has been made, and I'm excited for the rest of the community to share in its activities and joy.
As of Saturday July 17th, the Dovercourt Boys & Girls Club has begun a weekly program that will take place every Saturday from 9:30am to 11:30am at McGregor Park. For more information, see the poster below:
Oasis Dufferin Community Centre Summertime Christmas BBQ
Join the Oasis Dufferin Community Centre for a Summertime Christmas barbeque event on Saturday, August 14! Clear your calendars, because they've planned an afternoon filled with food, fun and a chance to learn more about how Oasis will continue to support our community.
From 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. they will be grilling up free hot dogs, and with a Christmas treat bake sale and tables for the kids, there’s something fun for everyone. If you’re interested in finding out what exactly it is Oasis does, now’s your chance to experience a walk-through tour of their history, the programs they run, and what day-to-day life is like at the community centre.
Come on down to meet your neighbours, enjoy the barbeque, and have a little bit of Summertime Christmas fun!
Location: Oasis Dufferin Community Centre, corner of Dufferin and Hallam St.
Date: August 14th, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Canadian Blood Services: Request for Donors
As you may have heard Canada’s blood supply needs a boost this summer following a surge in demand and blood donors in Toronto are needed more than ever.
With the pandemic ongoing, the need for blood has not stopped. There are several appointment spots available at Canadian Blood Services' Yonge and Bloor, College Street and King Street West locations.
As we move into the summer months, Canadian Blood Services is urging eligible blood donors to book and keep their appointments to support lifesaving care for patients. Missed or cancelled appointments are difficult for us to fill. If you make an appointment, try to keep it. If you are unable to make it to your appointment, please cancel it so they can find someone else to take your place or consider re-booking in coming months
For more information about locations and hours, see here.
July 29 - City of Toronto launches Left-Turn Calming Pilot at eight locations
July 30 - City of Toronto launches Vision Zero campaign ahead of long weekend to caution road users to obey the rules of the road
July 30 - City of Toronto raises Black Liberation flag at City Hall for Emancipation Month
July 30 - Seventy per cent of eligible Toronto residents age 12 and older are now fully vaccinated
August 3 - Toronto Public Health and hospital partners complete more than 12,000 out-of-province vaccination records
August 4 - Registration now open for City of Toronto’s DineTOgether to support local restaurants
August 5 - City of Toronto to engage Toronto businesses on small business tax relief