I hope everyone has had the opportunity to enjoy the many re-opened amenities that are part of the provincial government's step two re-opening stage. Our local businesses, including restaurants, have had a very challenging year and it is important that we support them in every way possible. The re-opening process clearly indicates how important it is for all of us to be vaccinated. In our City, more than 77% of adults have received their first vaccination and more than 50% are fully vaccinated. That's 1,404,614 residents of our City fully vaccinated. If you have not received your first vaccination, or you are eligible for your second, please get vaccinated as soon as possible so we can continue as a community and a City with our re-opening and return to normalcy. If you are looking for an opportunity to receive your first or second dose vaccination, the City of Toronto has announced that from this Thursday until Sunday the Toronto Congress Centre in Etobicoke (650 Dixon Rd) will be distributing 2000 walk-in only vaccinations.
This coming Saturday, I am pleased to join once again with the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Road) as they host a second vaccination for Portuguese-speaking communities. More information can be found in this newsletter with respect to this event. This clinic is walk-in only, no appointments are required.
Also, this week we were all pleased to see the beginning of CampTO which welcomed thousands of day campers aged 4 to 12 at 120 locations across our City. The pandemic has been very challenging for all of us but children have been particularly disrupted and it is wonderful to see so many kids enjoying their summer.
The City, along with the Toronto and Region Board of Trade, also jointly announced yesterday measures to assist with the return to work in the downtown core including within office towers and also included efforts to support the many businesses in the core that rely upon those working there. It is hoped that by September more of those who normally work in the core area of the City will be able to safely return to work in person.
This week also saw a very full agenda on the City's Executive Committee of which I am a member. We had a full and thorough discussion regarding the re-naming of Dundas Street which was initiated due to the streets namesake Henry Dundas' playing a key role in delaying the abolition of the British empire’s transatlantic slave trade. The Committee unanimously recommended approval of this measure when it comes to City Council next week.
We also had on the agenda a very important item for our community with respect to major Metrolinx transit expansion plans. As you may know, I have been working to ensure that Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, honours the commitments they made to our community after long and involved community consultations with respect to connections to the Bloor-Lansdowne Station. Following much work, including a meeting on-site with the president of Metrolinx, I am pleased to report that this item at Executive Committee includes their renewed commitment to cover the costs of three out of the four requested connections -- all of which are directly connected to Bloor-Lansdowne Station. For further details on these connections, see page 13 and 14 of this report. The agenda also included the Vacant Homes Tax which will help to increase housing options across our City by ensuring that housing stock that is left vacant will become available for residential occupancy.
Once again, please take every opportunity everything that has re-opened to date and in particular our local restaurants and businesses.
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
- Second COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Portuguese-speaking Communities
- Compost Days 2021
- Wading Pools
- TONIGHT -- Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study - Community Consultation Meeting #3 on July 8th
City of Toronto Updates
- City of Toronto Vaccination Updates
- City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins
- TVO's The Agenda: Building a New Growth Plan for Toronto
- Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing
- Reach out Response Network Virtual Panel Discussion: International Models of Non-Police Crisis Response
- Bikeshare Free Ride Wednesdays - Each Wednesday In July
- ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX return to provide free drop-in outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
- More than fifty per cent of Toronto adults are now fully vaccinated
- City to open eight Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
- Executive Committee approves framework for a tax on vacant homes in Toronto
- City of Toronto “VaxTO” campaign expands multilingual features and establishes call centre as it continues to connect residents with vaccine information
- City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins
Second COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Portuguese-speaking Communities
On July 10th our office will be supporting Davenport Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre in hosting their second COVID-19 vaccination clinic for Portuguese-Speaking Communities.
This event will prioritize those who attended the first clinic on June 5th and are now returning for their second vaccination. There are no booked appointments, and vaccinations are on a first-come-first-served basis.
Compost Days 2021
Summer is here, and a new season of greening and growing is kicking off in gardens around Davenport! Join in at our upcoming compost days where we are offering freshly composted soil for your garden. Please bring your own containers, a shovel, and your green thumbs!
Over the past week, a number of you have reached out to our office with respect to various wading pool closures and hours of operation in Ward 9.
As a result, we have reached out to senior City of Toronto staff in the Parks, Forestry, and Recreation Division in order to address these concerns.
We are happy to report the Carlton Wading Pool has begun normal operating hours as of June 30th, Monday to Sunday 11am to 6pm. Additionally, we have been informed that the Pelham Wading Pool will be ramping up operations to reach a full 7-day schedule as of Saturday July 10th.
I hope you are enjoying the many pools, splash pads, and wading pools in our community. As we attempt to beat the heat over the summer months, these locations will continue to be open for the community to cool off. For more information about swimming and pool reservations see here, and for a map of all water-related facilities including wading pools and splash pads see here.
With a new SmartTrack station coming to Union Street and Townsley Street, alongside major road network realignment and improvements I identified the need to plan for a “complete community” in the area, where people can live, work, shop and play without having to travel long distances to meet their daily needs. With this aim in mind, I initiated a Local Area Study for Keele St Clair and have been working closely with City staff, residents and landowners to plan growth in the area for decades to come. At Monday's Planning and Housing Committee, City Staff tabled the Directions Report; a final report expected in October 2021. City Planning is continuing to consult to ensure the community’s vision is reflected. You can register and join us on July 8, 2021, 6:00- 8:00pm for an update.
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City of Toronto Vaccination Updates
As we continue to move forward in reopening the City, it remains critical that everyone who is able to receives their vaccinations. Now more than ever we must remain vigilant, and as such I strongly encourage you and all of your friends and family to book COVID-19 vaccination appointments. Continue to wear your masks, keep your distance, and wash your hands frequently.
Public health officials at all levels of government have encouraged us to accept whichever vaccine is offered first. Like many Torontonians, I have done this myself, having received an Astra-Zeneca shot for my first dose, and an mRNA shot for my second dose. These are safe, effective, and necessary in order to return to pre-pandemic normalcy. The best and most effective shot is the first you are offered.
The City is also expanding the VaxTO information campaign, allowing residents to access multilingual vaccination information for Toronto residents. For more information on this program, see here.
City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins
Beginning today, July 8, the City of Toronto is making walk-in vaccinations available at the Toronto Congress Centre (650 Dixon Rd) COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Etobicoke. From this Thursday July 8th to Sunday July 11th, approximately 2,000 vaccinations will be available each day for walk-in clients. Walk-in vaccinations are open to anyone age 18 or older to receive a first or second dose mRNA vaccine.
Walk-ins will be accepted from noon to 7 p.m. daily at the City’s Toronto Congress Centre clinic only. All city-operated vaccination clinics administer the Moderna mRNA vaccine to everyone age 18 and older. The City will be evaluating the effectiveness of the walk-in program and will consider expanding walk-in appointments to other City-operated vaccination clinics based on clinic capacity and appointment availability.
TVO's The Agenda: Building a New Growth Plan for Toronto
On June 30th, I had the pleasure of joining the City of Toronto's Chief Planner Gregg Lintern on TVO's The Agenda to speak about Toronto's Official Plan Review.
As you may know, the City of Toronto is undergoing an Official Plan Review which will guide our city into 2051. Over the next 30 years, we are expected to welcome hundreds of thousands of new Torontonians into our city. For more information on the Official Plan Review, visit here.
In case you missed the interview live, you can watch at any time through TVO's YouTube channel here.
On July 6th, the City of Toronto launched MyAccesstoHousingTO, a new online application portal for Rent-Geared-to-Income housing, also known as subsidized housing.
MyAccesstoHousingTO provides a convenient and secure way for applicants to apply for and manage their Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) application. Applicants can submit all required documentation, update and view the status of their application and receive notifications from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Existing applicants will require a code to sign on for the first time. These codes will be mailed out in phases between July 15th and November 30th, starting with those who are at the top of the Centralized Waiting List and those who have priority access.
For all additional details including the mailing schedule, priority access, and how to apply, please see the City's website at toronto.ca/accesstohousing.
Reach out Response Network Virtual Panel Discussion: International Models of Non-Police Crisis Response
The Reach Out Response Network, in collaboration with City of Toronto staff, will be hosting a virtual panel discussion on Monday, July 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm, open to the general public, to discuss the new crisis response pilots. They will have panelists from five different cities coming to speak about their own programs, including Denver, Portland, Olympia, Rochester, and San Francisco, and our city staff will speak about Toronto's pilot program. The Reach Out Response Network will be moderating the discussion.
For more information about the event, as well as how to register, please visit their eventbrite here.
Bikeshare Free Ride Wednesdays - Each Wednesday in July
Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in July. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride for a 24-hour period. In addition to providing free rides in July, Bike Share Toronto staff coordinated with the City's ActiveTO program to ensure people can get outside while still being physically distanced by activating “Valet Stations” around popular ActiveTO routes. The stations are staffed with Community Ambassadors who have extra bikes and docking points to ensure hassle-free riding. Learn more about Free Ride Wednesdays on the Bike Share website.
June 30 - ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX return to provide free drop-in outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
July 5 - More than fifty per cent of Toronto adults are now fully vaccinated
July 5 - City to open eight Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
July 6 - Executive Committee approves framework for a tax on vacant homes in Toronto
July 7 - City of Toronto “VaxTO” campaign expands multilingual features and establishes call centre as it continues to connect residents with vaccine information
July 7 - City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins
July 2 - Youth Aged 12-17 Across Ontario Eligible for Accelerated Second Dose
July 2 - Province Launches Online Renewals for Ontario Photo Card Holders
July 5 - Ontario Acting to Combat Antisemitism in Schools
July 7 - Ontario Investing in Toronto’s Tourism Sector
July 5 - Government of Canada funds three new projects to encourage COVID-19 vaccination in Canada
July 6 - The Government of Canada is taking the first steps in preparing for the procurement process to build a new train service in the Toronto to Quebec City Corridor
July 6 - Prime Minister announces The Queen’s approval of Canada’s next Governor General