COVID-19 - March 25 Update

This week marks one year since the City declared a State of Emergency in Toronto as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. I know you will join with me in giving thanks to all our frontline and essential workers for keeping our City moving and to our neighbours and businesses for helping in our efforts to control the spread of COVID-19.  So many people have worked together to meet this challenge and we have shown how special we are as a City.

As of this morning, the City has vaccinated nearly 420,000 residents and is the first Ontario health unit to vaccinate over 400,000 people. Despite this success, we need to continue to work to vaccinate more of our residents as quickly as possible and this is what we are doing. Many seniors have fears or barriers to getting vaccinated and language may present a unique challenge for them.  I would encourage you to assist any seniors you know with forms or appointment bookings. 

Of course, there are other barriers as well, especially for older populations. This week the City took a number of steps to increase access to the vaccine through channels familiar to them. The Toronto Public Library is mobilizing their staff to reach out to 35,000 seniors. Toronto Community Housing is helping seniors across 83 seniors buildings and has already held 23 vaccination clinics. The City is also working with 40 senior-serving organizations to help those with additional barriers in booking appointments.

Another significant barrier for some seniors is transportation. Yesterday, the City announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, which supports those with limited transportation options or who cannot afford transportation to vaccination appointments. Starting March 29, the City is piloting transportation options for seniors aged 75 years old and over by extending service hours for assisted ride services provided by community organizations. Rides can be booked at torontoride.ca (416.481.5250), circleofcare.com/vaccinerides (1.844.474.3301) or Scarborough Ride. Further, TTC's Wheel-Trans service will be reaching out to 26,000 customers to provide COVID-19 vaccine registration information to ensure their users have all the information they need to register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a City-run mass immunization clinic. This is all part of the City's plan to utilize a multi-pronged approach to connect with vulnerable individuals through the services they use and ensure that they have the information and support needed to get vaccinated.

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. Get Vaccinated at West End YMCA – 931 College Street
    2. The Davenport Virtual Easter Egg Hunt Returns
    3. Dufferin Community Safety Zone
    4. Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
    5. Symington Drugs – Supporting Portuguese, Spanish and Nepalese Seniors with Vaccinations
    6. Corso Italia Shop To Win!
    7. Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
    8. Bloor Street Planning Study – April 12 at 6:30 PM
    9. Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village)
    10. Daily Bread Food Bank Easter Food Drive
    11. Support the Oasis Community Dinner
    12. Fatima House Community Liaison Committee
    13. Theatre of the Beat's UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence
    14. Kiwanis Club of Toronto – Leadership Grants
    15. Earlscourt Avenue - Toronto Hydro Electrical Upgrade Notice
    16. Davenport Planning Town Hall
    17. Winona Bike Lane Survey
    18. CampTO
    19. City of Toronto Summer Job Program
    20. York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. New Awakenings video discusses the effects of systemic racism during the COVID-19 pandemic
    2. Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    3. City of Toronto working with TTC to provide COVID-19 vaccine registration information to 26,000 Wheel-Trans customers
    4. City of Toronto increasing funding for shelter safety measures and working with partners on COVID-19 vaccination for those experiencing homelessness
    5. City of Toronto and partners announce Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan
    6. Toronto reaches milestone of administering more than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date
    7. City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee approves return of ActiveTO Major Weekend Road Closures and new complete street pilot project along midtown Yonge Street
    8. City of Toronto launches Toronto Clean Energy Partnership to boost trade and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions
    9. City of Toronto continuing COVID-19 vaccine outreach to seniors
    10. City of Toronto and East Toronto Health Partners opening COVID-19 mass immunization clinic in Thorncliffe Park Community Hub
    11. Mayor Tory remembers the lives lost to COVID-19 in Toronto with a virtual commemorative ceremony
    12. City of Toronto supporting provincial decision to permit outdoor dining in Grey – Lockdown Zone
    13. On Monday seniors age 75 and older can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at City of Toronto clinics

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].

Where can I find more information about Toronto moving into Phase 2 or 3 of vaccinations?
The Government of Ontario sets the vaccination phases. They expect to enter Phase 2 in April 2021 and Phase 3 in July 2021. Phase 2 will cover older adults, people in high-risk settings, essential frontline workers and other populations at greater risk of illness. More information can be found on Ontario's COVID webpage.

Key Updates

Get Vaccinated at West End YMCA – 931 College Street
The West End YMCA (931 College Street) is booking vaccination appointments for people 70+. It is accessible and offers translation services. If you know a senior in the area, please reach out to them and try and help them get vaccinated.


The Davenport Virtual Easter Egg Hunt Returns
Each year, we come together as a community for the beloved Easter Egg Hunt in Dufferin Grove Park. It's an opportunity to gather as friends and neighbours to enjoy the warming weather and each other's company. This year, while we cannot come together in person for our Easter Egg Hunt, we can still celebrate together online, from the comfort of our own homes.

Last year, because of the challenges we faced, our community tried something a little different by sharing our celebrations online through a #DavenportEggHunt social media community event. This year, we are bringing this successful event back!

Let's once again bring our families, friends and neighbours together to draw, colour or create our very own eggs and then put them on your windows or porches for your neighbours to see. If you take a photo and tag me on social media @AnaBailaoTO using the hashtag #DavenportEggHunt, I will be sure to share it with the whole community!


Dufferin Community Safety Zone
At Infrastructure and Environment Committee this week, we passed a recommendation put forward by the General Manager of Transportation Services to designate Dufferin Street between Bloor Street West and College Street a community safety zone. This is an important step as this designation is required for the installation of Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras which I we can agree are much needed in this area.

This item was included as part of my December motion to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Dufferin Street. 

City Council will consider these recommendations on April 7, 2021. 

A report back on the December motion is also on track for the April 21 Toronto and East York Community Council.

Further, we are also working with the City's Cycling and Pedestrian Unit to host consultations on the Bartlett/ Havelock cycling route this summer. 


Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
The Garden + Suites project is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative. A Garden Suite is a detached housing unit, usually located in the rear yard, and is separate, or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit. Find more information and a survey link above!


Symington Drugs – Supporting Portuguese, Spanish and Nepalese Seniors with Vaccinations
Do you know a Portuguese, Spanish, or Nepalese senior who is eligible for vaccination but they are having difficulties booking an appointment due to a language barrier? Symington Drugs (333 Symington Ave) has Portuguese-speaking staff to support them. Call to make an appointment at 416.533.9695 or through the above link.


Corso Italia Shop To Win!
You can win big by supporting Corso Italia! Every Monday until April 26, you have a chance to win $500. Visit the link above to learn more.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
Date: April 6, 2021 
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Join a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting hosted by City Planning Staff 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.


Bloor Street Planning Study – April 12 at 6:30 PM
On April 12 at 6:30 PM, join us for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the Bloor Street Planning Study, share your vision for the community, ask questions, and share your comments. Registration will be posted at the link above.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village)

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us 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.


Daily Bread Food Bank Easter Food Drive
Since the pandemic began, weekly visits to Daily Bread Food Bank have gone from 15,000 people to over 25,000.

From 11 AM – 3 PM, they will be hosting a contactless drive-thru food drive at Daily Bread (191 New Toronto Street, Etobicoke). 

There, you can drop off your non-perishable food donations from your car safely. Let's reach their goal of collecting 225,000 lbs of food to ensure our neighbours in need have access to food!


Support the Oasis Community Dinner
For the past 25 years, Oasis has been a place where everyone is welcomed to share, learn and grow. Throughout COVID, they have been welcoming 60 guests every Tuesday night for a take-out meal.

You can help them by sponsoring a meal and providing a great meal to people in need.

For more information, call 416.536.4431 or email [email protected].


Fatima House Community Liaison Committee
This week a group of dedicated Davenport residents got together virtually to discuss how we can best support our new neighbours at Fatima House. Thank you to all the members, and the larger community for supporting these women in their new home.


Theatre of the Beat's UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence
Theatre of the Beat, a Toronto-based company rooted in social justice theatre work, is presenting their latest show free to audiences throughout March and April.

UNMUTE: The Impact of a Pandemic on Gender-Based Violence is a virtual, forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence and gender-based assault during COVID-19. Theatre of the Beat has partnered up with the Assaulted Women's Helpline for a special presentation of UNMUTE on April, 3 for the International Day Against Victim Blaming. Register for your free ticket HERE.

Not available to watch on April 3? You can check out all of UNMUTE's showtimes HERE.

Content Advisory: UNMUTE deals with abuse and assault. Not recommended for audiences under the age of 13. 


Kiwanis Club of Toronto – Leadership Grants
Now more than ever, we need effective leaders to build resilient communities. The Kiwanis Club of Toronto is awarding grants up to $10,000 to support initiatives that support the leadership and mentorship of children. Applications open April 1.


Earlscourt Avenue - Toronto Hydro Electrical Upgrade Notice
Toronto Hydro is rebuilding the electrical distribution system between Tiegnmouth Ave, Boon Ave, Rogers Rd and Nairn Ave, to improve the reliability of your electrical service. This rebuild includes upgrading overhead electrical cables and replacing hydro poles on city-owned property near your lot. Inquiries can be directed to (416) 542-3366 or [email protected].


Davenport Planning Town Hall
With the support of City Planning Staff, I hosted a virtual Davenport Planning Conference 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. We covered planning from the City-wide, in local areas, to specific sites and everything in between. We also discussed Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods, an exciting City Planning initiative to bring gentle density to our neighbourhoods.
Click image to watch the Davenport Planning Town Hall


Winona Bike Lane Survey
The City is proposing creating a neighbourhood cycling connection in the Oakwood community to provide safer cycling options to travel from Eglinton Avenue West to Davenport Road along Winona Drive. On March 22, we held a public meeting where the community provided their input. If you were unable to attend, you can still share your thoughts through the survey, until April 5.


CampTO
The City of Toronto is offering spring break camps from April 12 through to April 16. Registration for spring break CampTO began on Tuesday, March 23.


City of Toronto Summer Job Program
The City of Toronto is getting prepared for spring and summer with parks and recreation hiring. While there is little certainty 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 parks and recreation workers. 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.


York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
A COVID-19 pop-up facility will be open on March 26 from 3–7 PM 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.


Apartment Buildings: New bylaw requirements from April 1

Amendments to the Apartment Buildings bylaw are coming into effect starting April 1, 2021. All RentSafeTO apartment building owners and operators will be required to:

  • Post information about waste management on the tenant notification board.  Building owners/operators need to post information on garbage, recycling and, if applicable, organics, such as accepted items and location of collection bins.
  • Develop and maintain the capital plan for each apartment buildings using a template provided by the City. The Capital Plan Template will be provided by the City as of April 1 and will be available at the RentSafeTO for Building Owners webpage.
  • Provide a valid email address to the City and keep all contact information on file up to date. Moving forward, the City will provide written communication and notices related to properties via email. To receive these communications, building owners/operators need to provide and keep up to date valid email addresses through the RentSafeTO registration and renewal portal.

More information is available at toronto.ca/RentSafeTO.

As directed by City Council at its December 2020 meeting, staff are working on the implementation plans for other program updates related to the apartment building evaluation tool, developing guidelines on how building owners/operators need to inform tenants of their building evaluation, and providing additional data and information about the RentSafeTO program and enforcement process. More information will be provided as staff finalize implementation plans

 

Recent Announcements

Municipal

March 25 – New Awakenings video discusses the effects of systemic racism during the COVID-19 pandemic
March 25 – Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
March 24 – City of Toronto working with TTC to provide COVID-19 vaccine registration information to 26,000 Wheel-Trans customers
March 24 – City of Toronto increasing funding for shelter safety measures and working with partners on COVID-19 vaccination for those experiencing homelessness
March 24 – City of Toronto and partners announce Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan
March 24 – Toronto reaches milestone of administering more than 400,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to date
March 23 – City of Toronto Infrastructure and Environment Committee approves return of ActiveTO Major Weekend Road Closures and new complete street pilot project along midtown Yonge Street
March 23 – City of Toronto launches Toronto Clean Energy Partnership to boost trade and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions
March 22 – City of Toronto continuing COVID-19 vaccine outreach to seniors
March 22 – City of Toronto and East Toronto Health Partners opening COVID-19 mass immunization clinic in Thorncliffe Park Community Hub
March 21 – Mayor Tory remembers the lives lost to COVID-19 in Toronto with a virtual commemorative ceremony
March 19 – City of Toronto supporting provincial decision to permit outdoor dining in Grey – Lockdown Zone
March 19 – On Monday seniors age 75 and older can book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at City of Toronto clinics

Provincial

March 24 – Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy
March 23 – Ontario Helping People Get their COVID-19 Vaccination

Federal

March 25 – Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on March 25, 2021
March 24 – Health Canada issues label change and guidance on the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine
March 24 – Over 1.3 million Canadians lifted out of poverty since 2015 according to the 2019 Canadian Income Survey
March 24 – Government of Canada funds more than 3,000 projects across Canada to support seniors
March 24 – Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on March 24, 2021
March 23 – Remarks from the Chief Public Health Officer on Tuesday, March 23, 2021
March 23 – Government of Canada helps employers create accessible and inclusive workplaces for employees with disabilities


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