As I'm sure you are aware, the Covid-19 numbers both here in Toronto and across the province are improving considerably including with respect to hospitalizations. We all welcome this news. Through public health measures and vaccinations we have all worked together to bring this pandemic to an end. I remind anyone who has not received their first vaccination, or who is eligible for their second jab, to please book your appointment as soon as possible.
Our City has seen 2,750,172 vaccination shots administered and we have nearly 800,000 further appointments booked this week. To ensure we move forward from the pandemic, and to ensure we pre-empt any variants, vaccinations for everyone is crucially important. I would note that guidance has changed with respect to the AstraZeneca vaccine and those who received this vaccine as their first does may book a second dose of AstraZeneca, or Pfizer or Moderna, after 8 weeks where it was previously 10 weeks.
I am also pleased that this week the City announced a partnership with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide small and medium businesses with 150 employees or less rapid testing kits. This ability to identify asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in workplaces will help in reducing spread more broadly.
This Saturday (June 19) I am pleased to join with our partners in offering another pop up clinic at the Davenport Perth Community Neighbourhood Health Centre. This clinic will be directed at Spanish Speakers in our community and details are provided in this newsletter. We have previously held a clinic for Portuguese speakers and these clinics are very successful in administering vaccinations to large numbers of people in these communities.
As we safely and gradually re-open, I hope many of you have taken the opportunity to support our local businesses and restaurants. After many months of being closed due to pandemic restrictions they need our help and support as they return to serving all of us. Also, in terms of re-opening, I hope you have had an opportunity to enjoy our re-opened swimming pools. Ten opened on June 12 across the City and this coming Saturday, June 19, the remaining 49 swimming pools will re-open.
Along with many of our re-opening measures, please note that Toronto Police announced that as of Monday June 14th, regular parking enforcement would be resuming. Since December when lockdown measures came into place, parking enforcement was more discretionary so please do note that regular parking enforcement from permits to time limits has now resumed.
Finally, this week also saw a meeting of the Subcommitee on the Protection of Affordable Rental Housing chaired by my colleague, Councillor Paula Fletcher. This is a subcommittee of the Planning and Housing Committee which I chair. The subcommittee is tasked with working to protect tenants in every way possible and in particular has a focus on renovictions which have become such an issue in our City and across the province. I encourage you to review the items that were addressed at this week's meeting in this newsletter.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and week ahead as we continue to re-open and are able to safely spend more time with our friends and families and enjoy our City.
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.
- The City of Toronto announces new supportive homes for approximately 24 people at 292-296 Parliament St.
- Announcing Subcommittee on Protection of Affordable Rental Housing Meets This Week
- Vaccination Update
- Ontario Ministry of Transportation Re-starts Road Tests
- World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
- Toronto Partners with the Toronto Region Board of Trade on Rapid Testing Kits
- COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinic for the Hispanic Speaking Community
- Vaccination Dashboard Provides Up To Date Data on Community Vaccination Rates
- Vaccinate the Vulnerable - Vaccination Clinic for Youth with Disabilities June 21st
- Breaking Ground on New Office Buildings in the Junction Triangle
- 150 Harrison Street Park
- Parking Enforcement Has Resumed
- College West and Bloorcourt Neighbourhood Murals – Call for Artists
- The Oakwood Village Roots and Routes Discovery Trail
- Fairbank Storm Trunk Sewer Upgrade Work - Summer 2021-July 2025
- Story Time - Free Virtual Kids Programming from Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships for Community (TIGP)
- Davenport Diamond Grade Separation Work
- June 11 - Team Toronto administers more than 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
- June 11 - City of Toronto COVID-19 update and important reminders for a safe weekend
- June 12 - Team Toronto continues to ramp up vaccination efforts with 49 clinics this weekend
- June 12 - Opening of City of Toronto outdoor pools begins today
- June 14 - Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity to deliver final report and recommendations to Board of Health today
- June 14 - City of Toronto and Toronto Region Board of Trade to distribute COVID-19 screening kits to help businesses safely reopen
- June 14 - City of Toronto reminds residents that routine enforcement of residential on-street permit parking resumes next Monday
- June 15 - Team Toronto vaccination initiative reaches milestone of 20 per cent of Toronto adults receiving second dose of vaccine
- June 15 - City of Toronto immunization clinics adding 30,000 appointments using Moderna vaccine
- June 16 - The City of Toronto announces new supportive homes for approximately 24 people at 292-296 Parliament St.
- June 16 - The City of Toronto and Community Partners support accelerated second doses for eligible residents without OHIP cards
The City of Toronto announces new supportive homes for approximately 24 people at 292-296 Parliament St.
[Click the image above to watch video (4mins) of my comments during this announcement]
It was my pleasure to join with Mayor John Tory, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Marcie Ien and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam to announce new supportive housing at 292-296 Parliament St.
The City purchased the three-storey building and will renovate it on an expedited basis to initially provide homes for approximately 24 people by December 2021. The building will have a mix of one- and two-bedroom self-contained apartments with their own bathroom and kitchen. It will also include shared laundry, a dining area, a communal area and programming space. A non-profit operator willrun and manage the building and provide the residents with wraparound programs and services (comprehensive set of programs and services that are tailored to the needs of each individual), as well as 24/7 support.
Thanks to our Government partners for coming to the table with funding and support.
Watch my comments in full on YouTube
As chair of the Planning and Housing Committee I was pleased to support the creation of our Subcommittee on Protection of Affordable Rental Housing which is chaired by my colleague, Councillor Paula Fletcher. The Committee met this past week and dealt with important items including Tenant Advisory Committee updates and their 2021-2022 work plan, the implementation of the Toronto Tenant Support Program and a review of actions to deal with renovictions. Details, including relevant reports are included in the link below. I am grateful for all the work Councillor Fletcher and the other members of the subcommittee, Councillors Perks and Bradford, are doing on this important issue.
The City is working hard, along with our partners, to ensure that all of our residents are fully vaccinated as soon as possible. This past week we noted that 2,750,172 residents of our City had received at least their first vaccination. The City continues to encourage all of those who have yet to receive a first does to do so as soon as possible while also rapidly moving forward with second doses for those who are eligible. The City's VaxTO program (1-833-750-0888) has reached more than 830,000 people since it started and is an excellent and easily accessible tool. The link below provides an update on the City's vaccination efforts as well as how to get vaccinated as well as information on VaxTO. I encourage all of you to share in our efforts to end the pandemic in our City getting vaccinated as soon as you are eligible. Also please note that those who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first does are now eligible to receive a second dose of AstraZeneca, or a dose of Pfizer or Moderna, after 8 weeks. This is a change in timing as the previous requirement was 10 weeks. Those who received their Pfizer or Moderna prior to May 9th may now book for their second dose either of those vaccines.
Starting this week, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation announced that driver's licensing offices have resumed road tests for G1 and G2 examinations. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic road tests were suspended and this has created a significant backlog of road tests. The ministry through its DriveTest site is now once again booking road tests. The link is below.
June 15th was World Elder Abuse Awareness day where we work to recognize and raise awareness about the abuse experienced and older adults. It is very distressing that many seniors are the victims of psychological, physical and economic abuse. Often, this is by someone they know and trust. We all have a role to play in ending elder abuse and I encourage you to visit the link below to access resources and information to address this issue.
The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to businesses across the City with 150 employees or less. This voluntary initiative will help small and medium businesses to identify asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in their work places and then help to reduce the spread of the virus more broadly.
COVID-19 pop-up vaccination clinic for the Hispanic Speaking Community
On Saturday, June 19, Hispanic speaking communities in Toronto will have the opportunity to get their COVID-19 vaccine at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre. There will be volunteers that speak Spanish to assist community members to get their first and/or second doses of the vaccine (Pfizer). OHIP card is not required to sign-up, or any appointment needed, and it will be available for those 12 years old or older on the day of. I invite everyone from the Hispanic Community to get their vaccine or clarify any doubts they may have. We know that this is the most effective way in fighting this virus.
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.
Vaccinate the Vulnerable - Local Vaccination Clinic for Youth with Disabilities June 21st
Breaking Ground on New Office Buildings in the Junction Triangle
I started my day on June 17th by joining Hines as they broke ground on new office buildings in the Junction Triangle community. In addition to hundreds of jobs situated in more sustainable mass-timber buildings, the development of this area also brings new public parks and roads. Visit Hines T3 Sterling Road project website for details about the project and to sign up for community updates.
150 Harrison Street Park Design Concept Presented to the Community
On Wednesday, June 16th I hosted a design concept presentation community meeting for the new park coming to 150 Harrison - a block north of Dundas and Dovercourt. It was good to reconnect with the community on this local project and hear feedback. Construction is scheduled to begin in the Fall.
Parking Enforcement Resumed
On Monday, June 14, routine enforcement of on-street parking regulations resumed as Toronto and the rest of Ontario entered ‘Step One’ of the Province's Roadmap to Reopen. Traffic volume has increased over the last few weeks and is expected to continue in the coming days. Enforcement will include overtime violations such as three-hour by-law and posted time limits, residential change-over parking regulations, and on-street pay and display violations. Routine enforcement of residential on-street permit violations began on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 12:01 a.m.
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.
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.
The City of Toronto will begin major construction for the Fairbank-Silverthorn Basement Flooding Protection Project in two (2) phases. The total scope of the Fairbank Project includes:
- Constructing a large diameter storm sewer by tunneling from Fairbank Memorial Park to Black Creek.
The new Storm Tunnel will collect, store and convey storm water from the Project Area to Black Creek
- Constructing approximately 17km length of new Local Storm Sewers on various streets to separate
combined sewers and, to collect storm water and send it to the tunnel.
- Installing approximately 330 Inlet Control Devices to restrict storm water from entering the combined
If you would like to check out issue one of this project's newsletter, here the link to a PDF
Story Time - Free Virtual Kids Programming from Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships for Community (TIGP)
In direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing stay-at-home directives, TIGP has prioritized the adaptation of its programming to the online world by developing and producing free, interactive Zoom sessions. Story Time Adventures, beginning the week of July 5 and running weekly for 10 half hour sessions, will feature readings of selected stories by Canadian children’s author Robert Munsch followed by an interactive activity based on the story being featured that week. The target audience for the program is children aged toddler – 6 or 7; any child who is interested in hearing interesting stories and participating in fun, story-based activities.
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. See Metrolinx's project website for details.
June 11 - Team Toronto administers more than 2.5 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
June 11 - City of Toronto COVID-19 update and important reminders for a safe weekend
June 12 - Team Toronto continues to ramp up vaccination efforts with 49 clinics this weekend
June 12 - Opening of City of Toronto outdoor pools begins today
June 14 - Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity to deliver final report and recommendations to Board of Health today
June 14 - City of Toronto and Toronto Region Board of Trade to distribute COVID-19 screening kits to help businesses safely reopen
June 14 - City of Toronto reminds residents that routine enforcement of residential on-street permit parking resumes next Monday
June 15 - Team Toronto vaccination initiative reaches milestone of 20 per cent of Toronto adults receiving second dose of vaccine
June 15 - City of Toronto immunization clinics adding 30,000 appointments using Moderna vaccine
June 16 - The City of Toronto announces new supportive homes for approximately 24 people at 292-296 Parliament St.
June 16 - The City of Toronto and Community Partners support accelerated second doses for eligible residents without OHIP cards
June 14 - Ontario Releases Plan for Safe Return to Sport
June 15 - Ontario Supporting the Identification and Commemoration of Indian Residential School Burial Sites
June 16 - Ontario’s 2022 Rent Increase Guideline