COVID-19 - March 11 Update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared that today, March 11, will be a National Day of Observance, marking one year since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic across Canada. At Toronto City Council, Toronto Poet Laureate Al Moritz shared a beautiful poem in the memory of those we lost. Council joined with Canadians across Canada in marking this day. This pandemic has dramatically impacted our families, communities and country, from the tragic loss of life to mental health and economic strains. We are called upon to reflect on these impacts and learn from them to build stronger and more equitable systems to protect us in the future.

Click image to view Al Moritz, Toronto Poet Laureate's Poem

While the acquisition and distribution of vaccines are managed at the other levels of government, the City is prepared for the arrival of significantly increasing numbers of vaccine doses. We have been working exhaustively to ensure that we can start vaccinating all residents on a large scale once the supply is received. On March 17, one day after the scheduled arrival of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the City will open three City-run clinics to complement other vaccination sites. The three large-scale sites will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Scarborough Civic Centre and the Toronto Congress Centre. These clinics will operate seven days a week from 11 AM to 8 PM, with the potential to expand operating hours further, again depending on supply. The City is also working to open six additional centres. When fully operational, 1,400 staff will run nine City clinics with the potential to administer 500,000 to 975,000 vaccines per month.

This week we have heard many announcements about how to book vaccination appointments. Starting tomorrow, Friday, March 12, approximately 133,000 individual COVID-19 vaccination appointments for Torontonians born in 1941 and earlier will be available to book online at http://toronto.ca/covid-19. The City's registration portal will seamlessly transition to the provincial booking system.

If you are eligible to get vaccinated, some hospitals and health care sector partners are already accepting vaccination appointment registrations online or calling 1-888-385-1910 should you need assistance with your application. Through that link, you are also able to register with the City's health care partners, including hospitals and their Ontario Health Team agencies.

Yesterday, the province also announced that as of Friday, March 12, over 325 pharmacies will offer the AstraZeneca vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64 (as defined by year of birth between 1957-1961) by appointment only. This age group has been selected because, at present, health care authorities do not recommend this vaccine for those over 65 years of age. Participating pharmacies can be found here by entering your postal code, and you are required to call the pharmacy to book an appointment. Participating pharmacies in and near our community include:

 

Location

Address

Phone Number

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

1033 Queen St W

416-516-5756

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

725 College St

416-534-2375

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

1090 King St W

416-977-4101

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

958 Bloor St W

416-538-0105

 

 

Loblaw

222 Lansdowne Ave

416-588-7744

 

 

Green Pharmacy

620A Bloor Street W

416-530-4004

 

 

Rexall

1245 Dupont St

416-537-0805

 

 

Symington Pharmacy

333 Symington Ave

416-533-9695

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

2440 Dundas St W

416-536-0220

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

1840 Eglinton Avenue W

416-256-6199

 

 

Northcliffe Pharmacy

1751 Eglinton Ave W

416-256-7888

 

 

Shoppers Drug Mart

2343 Eglinton Ave W

416-651-7111

 

 

New Caledonia Pharmacy

600 Caledonia Rd

416-785-8385

 

Throughout the pandemic, we have been working closer than ever with our community partners and have achieved great results, and our vaccination plan is no different. We have put out a city-wide call for proposals to our community services sector partners to act as local lead vaccination agencies across our 140 neighbourhoods. They will play an essential role in Phases 2 and 3 of the province's vaccination process. These agencies have deep roots in our communities and help the City connect with those at higher risk of not receiving the vaccination.

I look forward to engaging with our many local partners to keep everyone in our community safe and will continue pushing for a robust and clear vaccination plan.

As you can read in our e-newsletter, a lot is happening, and our team 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.

In community,

Ana

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. Davenport Planning Town Hall
    2. Federation of Canadian Municipalities
    3. Crush COVID With Councillor Brad Bradford – Tomorrow Night!
    4. COVID Testing Pop-Up Facility - Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
    5. Commemorating Toronto's Natural Ice Rink Program
    6. York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
    7. College Promenade BIA - Call for Art Proposals
    8. International Women's Day
    9. Road Resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury St to Queen St W
    10. City of Toronto Summer Job Program
    11. Toronto Police Service 11 Division Quarterly Newsletter 
    12. TTC Subway Closure – St George to St Andrew – March 15-24
    13. TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship
    14. Advancing Planning and Housing Items at City Council
    15. #ShopBloorcourt
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update 
    2. City of Toronto opening 133,000 online COVID-19 vaccination bookings for City-run immunization clinics for residents born in 1941 or earlier
    3. City of Toronto launches city-wide community mobilization vaccine campaign
    4. City of Toronto commemorates one year in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
    5. City of Toronto highlights key accomplishments over the last year in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
    6. City of Toronto to receive enough COVID-19 vaccine to open three of its mass immunization clinics starting March 17
    7. City of Toronto moves into Grey Zone of provincial COVID-19 response framework
    8. New locations for City of Toronto's Automated Speed Enforcement devices in May

Question from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Now that Toronto has entered the Provincial Grey Zone, where can I find details on the new framework?
On March 8, the City entered Ontario's Grey Zone measures. Under the Grey Zone, there are changes to outdoor gathering limits, retail, recreation, libraries, animal services and household services. You can learn more about the changes here.

Key Updates

Davenport Planning Town Hall – March 24 at 6:00 PM
With the support of City Planning Staff, I am hosting a virtual Davenport Planning Conference on Webex to provide area residents, businesses, and interested stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the planning process at both a citywide scale and at the local level.

You can register and find the full agenda through the link above.


Federation of Canadian Municipalities
As a City of Toronto representative at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Chair of the Standing Committee on Social-Economic Development, I joined my colleagues from across Canada to advance our common goals:

  • On housing, we are calling for the calling up the Rapid Housing Initiative to build 24,000 units of social and affordable housing over the next seven years.
  • On homelessness, we are calling for growing the Reaching Home Program by $282 million annually.
  • On transit, we want to ensure efficient delivery of the recently announced transit funding, including the annual $3 billion Permanent Transit Fund.
  • On community, culture and recreational infrastructure, we are calling for doubling the Gas Tax Fund allocation for the next three years.
  • On operating support for front-line municipal services, we want to find a durable solution to transit and operating budget shortfalls, building on the safe restart agreement.


Crush COVID With Councillor Brad Bradford – Tomorrow Night!
On the first anniversary of Toronto's lockdown, cyclists worldwide are getting on their bikes for a 24-hour virtual cycling marathon to raise funds to support community mental care at Michael Garron Hospital.

Toronto City Councillor Brad Bradford will be riding for 24 hours for the second year in a row to raise funds for Michael Garron Hospital, with this year's ride focussed on the mental health impacts of the pandemic. Tomorrow, I will be joining Councillor Bradford at 9:30 PM to cheer him on, and I invite you to join us through the link above. Donations can be made at crushcovid.ca.


COVID Testing Pop-Up Facility - Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
A COVID-19 pop-up testing facility will be open on March 22 at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd). Call 416.653.4500 x3121 to book an appointment if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.  Please note, this is for Covid-19 testing, not for vaccinations.


Commemorating Toronto's Natural Ice Rink Program
As part of its Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan this season, the City of Toronto worked closely with community groups to facilitate 46 natural ice rinks in parks across the City. Every winter, residents build and maintain natural rinks on parkland, providing a family-friendly and safe recreational activity in parks across Toronto.

Davenport-based director Kelsey Larkin created a short video about the natural ice rink at Dovercourt Park, which documents community volunteers and City employees' efforts. Kelsey is a commercial director at the production company Skin and Bones.

Click to watch the natural ice rink video


York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
A COVID-19 pop-up facility will be open on March 12, 19 and 26 from 3-7pm at 115 Black Creek Drive. Call 416.653.4500 x3121 to book an appointment if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.


College Promenade BIA - Call for Art Proposals
Art, diversity, multiculturalism and community are some of the significant elements that make Toronto unique.  This year, 2021 has been designated as the Year of Public Art, kicking off the City's new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy and signalling Toronto's renewed commitment to public art.

The College Promenade Business Improvement Area association has received a grant of $8,000 to create a public art installation in our neighbourhood (our boundaries are along College Street between Havelock Street and Shaw Street).

Their vision is to see art installations with a sound or light component on some of our tree grates located on the north side of the street. They would like to see them activated as people walk by, perhaps giving positive messages or affirmations. The tree grates DO have electrical access, so there is an opportunity to use it if needed.


International Women's Day
As we navigate our City's recovery, we are called to recognize the unique challenges women face and to ensure we work towards equity. In Toronto's recovery plan, we identify how we can do this -through expanding job opportunities, incorporating gender-based analysis in our budgeting process, advancing our  Gender Equity Strategy, addressing key issues such as housing, shelter, governance, transit planning, recreation, urban planning, youth, violence against women and affordable child care.

Our 10-year 2020-2030 Housing Action Plan will provide 10,000 new affordable rental and supportive homes for women and girls, including female-led households. Just last week in Davenport, we opened the doors to Fatima House, a women's shelter to support 25 women.

We need to continue pushing forward, and  I want to thank my amazing Council colleagues for continuously bringing strong voices to the table.


Road Resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury St to Queen St W
The City of Toronto will be conducting road resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury Street to Queen Street West from March 22 until June 1. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. The Field ambassador is Suresh Pillai, who can be reached at 647-968-8601 or [email protected].


City of Toronto Summer Job Program
The City of Toronto is getting prepared for spring and summer with hiring for parks and recreation seasonal positions. While there is still uncertainty about what activities will be permitted this spring and summer, the City is preparing for the eventual resumption of parks and recreation services by continuing with the annual hiring process for spring and summer jobs. The City is looking for a wide range of skilled applicants, from lifeguards and aquatic instructors to outdoor gardeners and landscapers. To learn more about the City of Toronto job opportunities in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation division, visit the link above.


Toronto Police Service 11 Division Quarterly Newsletter 
This newsletter is an initiative developed by the 11 Division Crime Prevention Unit Officers. It provides our community with crime prevention information to keep you, your family, and your property safer.


TTC Subway Closure – St George to St Andrew – March 15-24
The TTC is continuing to use this time of reduced ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic to identify opportunities to carry out vital state-of-good-repair work with minimal inconvenience to customers. In this regard, there will be no subway service on Line 1 between St George and St Andrew stations for ten days from Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Regular subway service will resume at approximately 6 AM on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Shuttle buses will replace subways during this time.


TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship
We are pleased to pass along the news of a new program created by the SOCAN Foundation called the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship. Feel free to pass this along to your networks or to anyone you think could benefit from this.

The program provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their entrepreneurship skills while providing them with the tools and resources needed to turn their talent into a sustainable career.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 15th, 2021, at 11:59 PM.


Advancing Planning and Housing Items at City Council
Last week, I reported on several advancements we had made at Planning and Housing Committee. I wanted to provide a quick update on the number of items we discussed that week, which we have now passed at City Council:

To meet these challenges, we must take a comprehensive approach, working with our communities, housing partners and other levels of government. I will continue working with the Committee and Council to move all these initiatives forward, to ensure that our city is affordable for all.

Click to see the video speaking in favour of Phase 2 Modular Housing Program


#ShopBloorcourt
Throughout March, the Bloorcourt Business Improvement Area association will be hosting a marketing and giveaway campaign. Every day they are raffling off a $50 gift card to a local #Bloorcourt business. Learn how to get involved through the above link.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update 
To date, 217,579 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto.

 Today, a number of Toronto hospitals and community healthcare centres are vaccinating priority groups identified by the Province of Ontario's priority framework for COVID-19 vaccination including residents aged 80 years and over. These clinics are only vaccinating those in the priority groups who have confirmed appointments.

City of Toronto opening 133,000 online COVID-19 vaccination bookings for City-run immunization clinics for residents born in 1941 or earlier
Starting this Friday, March 12, approximately 133,000 individual COVID-19 vaccination appointments for people age 80 and over will be available at the City of Toronto's mass immunization clinics.

City of Toronto launches city-wide community mobilization vaccine campaign
As part of the City's efforts to ensure every resident in every corner of Toronto can access a vaccine, the City has released a call for proposals for $5.5 million in funding to Toronto's community services sector who will act as local lead agencies for vaccination efforts across 140 neighbourhoods.

City of Toronto commemorates one year in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
Since March 2020, the City of Toronto's Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

City of Toronto highlights key accomplishments over the last year in the ongoing fight against COVID-19
Over the last 12 months, the City of Toronto has made significant strides to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus and support the recovery and rebuild of the city.

City of Toronto to receive enough COVID-19 vaccine to open three of its mass immunization clinics starting March 17
Toronto Mayor John Tory announced that three of the City of Toronto's mass immunization clinics will open early to vaccinate residents who are over the age of 80 starting on March 17.

City of Toronto moves into Grey Zone of provincial COVID-19 response framework
The City of Toronto continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Province of Ontario announced last week that Toronto would be moving into the Grey Zone of the Lockdown Regulation under Ontario's COVID-19 response framework as of 12:01 AM on Monday, March 8. A move to the Grey Zone will better align Toronto restrictions with surrounding regions and help Toronto's economy as retail businesses are permitted to open for limited in-person shopping.

New locations for City of Toronto's Automated Speed Enforcement devices in May
The City of Toronto's 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices will begin rotating to the third round of locations in May to reduce speeding at more areas with safety concerns, encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits.

Provincial

Ontario Pharmacies and Primary Care Settings to Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations
As vaccine supply increases, the Ontario government is expanding the delivery channels available to administer COVID-19 vaccines to include pharmacies and primary care settings. As of Friday, March 12, over 325 pharmacies will be offering the AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD vaccine to eligible Ontarians aged 60-64 (this vaccine is not recommended by health officials for those 65 years of age or over), by appointment only, as part of the vaccine delivery pilot program in specific regions.

Ontario Ready to Rollout Phase Two of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan
The Ontario government is preparing to move into Phase Two of its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan next month, with a focus on vaccinating populations based on age and risk. This approach is designed to save lives, protect those at risk of serious illness and to stop the virus from spreading.

Ontario to Release 2021 Budget on March 24
The Ontario government indicates it will continue to focus on protecting people's health and jobs through the COVID-19 pandemic when Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, releases the 2021 Ontario Budget on March 24. The Budget will support the province's comprehensive vaccine distribution plan, along with providing additional resources for the health care sector and initiatives to protect the economic well-being of families, workers and employers. 

Federal

Government of Canada invests in two women's organizations to continue advancing gender equality initiatives
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of Canadians, with women and girls being especially impacted. The Government of Canada makes sure to take into consideration the pandemic's disproportionate effects on different groups, including women and girls, when it designs, develops and implements policy. Women's organizations provide vital programming and supports.

Government of Canada invests $247,240 to improve organizational capacity at the North York Women's Shelter
Ya'ara Saks, Member of Parliament for York Centre, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development, announced $247,240 in funding for the North York Women's Shelter to address organizational capacity needs to offer appropriate support for women and girls in this unprecedented time. The funding will also strengthen the shelter's health and safety and human resources policies and procedures, including recruitment, training and development, performance management, through a trauma-informed approach.

Investing to electrify transit systems across the country
The Government of Canada announced an investment of $2.75 billion over five years, that can be accessed starting in 2021, to support the purchase of zero-emission public transit and school buses and enhance public transit systems by switching them to cleaner electrical power. This funding is sourced from $14.9 billion for public transit projects that was outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Statement by the Prime Minister to mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the statement linked above to reflect on the year that has passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID‑19 a pandemic.


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