COVID-19 June 10 Update

Councillor Ana Bailão

I know that all members of our community join with me in expressing out deep sadness and concern with the tragic events that took place this past week in London. Hatred has no place in our society and yet once again it showed itself in a terrible act that took the lives of four members of one family and resulted in the hospitalization of a young boy. This family was targeted because of their Muslim faith and we share with all in our community in expressing our condolences to their family and friends and the people of London. This week at Toronto City Council we remembered this family and recommitted ourselves to fighting hatred in any form including Islamophobia.

Table of Contents

  1. Key Updates
    1. Toronto City Council creates more than 500 supportive homes and more than 100 new affordable rental homes with the approval of multiple projects
    2. Toronto Launches ParkFitTO
    3. Toronto's Pandemic Progress
    4. City Launches CampTO for Summer 2021
    5. Toronto's Beaches Re-Open
    6. Province Moves Ontario to Stage One of Re-Opening Plan
    7. VaxTO
    8. Vaccination Dashboard Provides Up To Date Data on Community Vaccination Rates
    9. Portuguese language Vaccination Clinic hosted at Davenport Perth on June 5th
    10. LALAContemporary & Dundas West Open Air Museum launch new mural “ Zion” by Emmanuel Jarus
    11. 316 Campbell Planning Application – Public Meeting
    12. 150 Harrison Street Park Public Meeting – June 16
    13. College West and Bloorcourt Neighbourhood Murals
    14. The Oakwood Village Roots and Routes Discovery Trail
    15. Davenport Diamond Grade Separation Work
    16. Metrolinx Scaffolding Work To Cause Short Term Closure of Bloor Street Sidewalks - June 11, 6am-6pm
  2. Recent Announcements
    1. Toronto City Council creates more than 500 supportive homes and more than 100 new affordable rental homes with the approval of multiple projects
    2. City of Toronto launches new ParkFitTO outdoor fitness programming
    3. Toronto City Council approves plan to allow cargo e-bikes to continue to support local businesses and make way for a new micromobility pilot
    4. City of Toronto immunization clinics opening 10,000 new appointments for June 9 to 13
    5. Toronto City Council votes to continue efforts to protect people experiencing homelessness and ensure City parks are safe for everyone
    6. City Council approves plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing service to all Toronto neighbourhoods
    7. City of Toronto outdoor pools will begin to open this weekend
    8. Toronto City Council appoints Kwame Addo as Ombudsman for City of Toronto

 

Key Updates

Toronto City Council creates more than 500 supportive homes and more than 100 new affordable rental homes with the approval of multiple projects

There are approximately 7,800 people experiencing homelessness in Toronto. New housing that provides tenants with support services is urgently needed to ensure everyone has a warm and safe place to call home. Supportive housing sites are operated by a qualified and experienced non-profit housing operator with 24/7 on-site staff providing residents with a range of supports to help achieve housing stability and prevent a return to homelessness. To provide this rapid response, the City is using both innovative modular construction on City-owned or controlled land or acquiring existing buildings (such as hotels or motels) that need renovations.

Toronto Launches ParkFitTO

Personal fitness, exercise and training are very important in terms of personal physical and mental health for many people in our City. Due to pandemic restrictions, many of our gyms and martial arts facilities have been and remain closed for at least the next month or so. To assist people to safely return to training the City has introduced ParkFitTO which permits fitness businesses to conduct training in our parks with up to 10 people at a time. This is much needed and welcome program and details here.


Toronto's Pandemic Progress

While we have had some very difficult times over the past year and there were initial challenges with our provincial vaccination roll-out, mostly due to supply at the beginning, the City has reached very important milestones in our vaccination efforts. As of this week, over 2.4 million vaccine doses have been administered in our City. The City continues to encourage people who have not had their first dose to do so as soon as possible and those now able to receive their second dose do so. This link provides update information on our vaccination progress and how vaccinations can be booked.

City Launches CampTO for Summer 2021

Beginning on Tuesday of this week residents can register their kids for CampTO which will run from Monday July 5 to Friday August 27. Since the province moved to step one of their re-opening plan summer day camps are allowed to operate and this eight week program is a popular and safe way for children to have a summer camp experience. This year CampTO will also offer virtual 45 minute long live and interactive workshops and their will also be program for those with disabilities. Details can be found here.

Toronto's Beaches Re-Open

This past weekend and moving forward Toronto's beaches are now open for the summer. Ten of Toronto's beaches will now have lifeguards on duty. Residents of the City can relax on our beaches and swim in the lake but everyone is encouraged to do so safely. The City announced its beach and water safety campaign for 2021 and details are contained in the link. Please enjoy our beaches but remember to be safe both in the water and on the beach. Details here.

Province Moves Ontario to Stage One of Re-Opening Plan

As you will know, the province announced some weeks ago that they had put in place a three stage re-opening program. The three stages seek to safely re-open and move our economy and our lives back to normalcy. The movement from each of the stages will be closely aligned with our vaccination progress and the pandemic numbers in our City and across the province. This coming weekend on Friday we move to stage one which will allow for outdoor dining, increased numbers of people allowed to gather and the opening of non-essential retail among other changes. The link provides details with respect to the re-opening plan and what is permitted in each stage. Details here.

VaxTO

VaxTO is the City's vaccination campaign text line (1-833-750—0888) that allows Toronto residents to connect with vaccination information, updates and appointments. This week VaxTO can now provide information in 14 languages other than English as well as allow residents to access vaccination locations by entering their postal codes. The VaxTO text line is an easy way to access vaccination information for the City. Details here

Vaccination Dashboard Provides Up To Date Data on Community Vaccination Rates

The City maintains a vaccination dashboard that it updates twice per week. The dashboard features information on vaccination rates in all of Toronto's neighbourhoods and assists the City in determining where vaccination efforts need to be increased. The link providing the neighbourhood map also provides additional information on a number of vaccination topics. View the dashboard.


Portuguese language Vaccination Clinic hosted at Davenport Perth on June 5th

My office was instrumental in helping organize and promote a successful Portuguese language Vaccination Clinic at the Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Community Health Centre last weekend. We brought music, pasteis de nata and a great group of volunteers to help ensure more than 500 people received the vaccine. It is critical that we deliver health services to people in accessible ways and language can be a major barrier, so last Saturday it made a difference to my area residents to be able to speak with healthcare providers and have questions answered in Portuguese. Thanks to Mayor Tory for visiting and helping to amplify the message!


LALAContemporary & Dundas West Open Air Museum launch new mural “ Zion” by Emmanuel Jarus

Created in collaboration with The Little Portugal on Dundas BIA, Creativo Arts and the City of Toronto. 

 


316 Campbell Planning Application – Public Meeting  
The City of Toronto Planning Division has received an application to permit a 28-storey (95.2 metres to the top of the mechanical penthouse) residential building with a 6-storey base building.

Register 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.


150 Harrison Street Park Public Meeting – June 16
On June 16 from 5:30-6:30PM, the City will be hosting a public meeting to share timelines for the new park's construction, and will provide an opportunity for questions to be answered. You can register for this event through the above link.


College West and Bloorcourt Neighbourhood Murals
Artists are invited to submit an application to paint a mural on Bell Canada outdoor utility boxes in the College West and Bloorcourt Neighbourhoods of Toronto this summer as part of the 2021 Bell Box Murals Project. Deadline is Monday June 21 at 5 PM for College West and June 28th at 5pm for Bloorcourt. Applications can be made to [email protected].


The Oakwood Village Roots and Routes Discovery Trail 
The Oakwood Village Roots and Rotes Discovery Trail is a local project for the summer in the Oakwood Village community.

The Business Improvement Area association is collecting neighbourhood histories and creating a trail of clues, stories and sidewalk painted hop-scotch games from these stories as a fun way to explore the neighbourhood.

As part of the history piece - it would be great to have your input using the 'Beta Version' of their questionnaire linked above!


Davenport Diamond Grade Separation Work
From June to July, Metrolinx will be excavating behind the North and South bridge abutments on the Barrie GO rail line, west of Lansdowne Avenue. There will be temporary partial road and sidewalk closures of Bloor Street West, and some night work. Metrolinx has stated they will notify the community in advance of night work, and most work is scheduled to happen between 7AM-5PM.


Metrolinx Scaffolding Work To Cause Short Term Closure of Bloor Street Sidewalks - June 11, 6am-6pm


Recent Announcements

Municipal

Feature:

June 10 - Toronto City Council creates more than 500 supportive homes and more than 100 new affordable rental homes with the approval of multiple projects

June 7 - City of Toronto launches new ParkFitTO outdoor fitness programming
June 8 - Toronto City Council approves plan to allow cargo e-bikes to continue to support local businesses and make way for a new micromobility pilot
June 8 - City of Toronto immunization clinics opening 10,000 new appointments for June 9 to 13
June 8 - Toronto City Council votes to continue efforts to protect people experiencing homelessness and ensure City parks are safe for everyone
June 8 - City Council approves plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing service to all Toronto neighbourhoods
June 9 - City of Toronto outdoor pools will begin to open this weekend
June 9 - Toronto City Council appoints Kwame Addo as Ombudsman for City of Toronto

Provincial

June 7 - Ontario to Move to Step One of Roadmap to Reopen on June 11

Federal

June 8 - Infrastructure Canada and Community Foundations of Canada announce three projects from the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative
June 9 - Canada and Ontario invest more than $115.1 Million in municipal infrastructure to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area


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