COVID-19 July 8th Update

Dear Friends,

  1. Local Updates
    1. Second COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic for Portuguese-speaking Communities
    2. Compost Days 2021 
    3. Wading Pools
    4. TONIGHT -- Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study - Community Consultation Meeting #3 on July 8th 
  2. City of Toronto Updates
    1. City of Toronto Vaccination Updates
    2. City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins
    3. TVO's The Agenda: Building a New Growth Plan for Toronto
    4. Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing
    5. Reach out Response Network Virtual Panel Discussion: International Models of Non-Police Crisis Response 
    6. Bikeshare Free Ride Wednesdays - Each Wednesday In July
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX return to provide free drop-in outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
    2. More than fifty per cent of Toronto adults are now fully vaccinated
    3. City to open eight Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
    4. Executive Committee approves framework for a tax on vacant homes in Toronto
    5. City of Toronto “VaxTO” campaign expands multilingual features and establishes call centre as it continues to connect residents with vaccine information
    6. City of Toronto opening Toronto Congress Centre vaccination clinic to walk-ins

Local Updates


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!

 


Wading Pools

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


TONIGHT -- Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study - Community Consultation Meeting #3 on July 8th

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.

CLICK THIS LINK TO REGISTER

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City of Toronto Updates

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


Rent-Geared-to-Income Housing

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.


Recent Announcements (July 1 -July 8)

Municipal

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

Provincial

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

Federal

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


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