Today has been declared Doctors Day and First Responders Day. I know you all join with me in expressing our thanks and encouragement to all of those who are working so hard to protect and care for us. I also thank everyone in our community who joins their neighbours on balconies or porches each night to bang pots in support of our essential service workers. Many of you have contacted me to share your support. This idea has been adopted across the world and sends a powerful message of encouragement and support. In order to properly recognize and thank them, I created this video which conveys the gratitude our community has shared. I encourage you to share this message with others as well.
One of the most challenging issues facing people in our City relates to homelessness. We as a City have been taking unprecedented steps to assist those who are homeless and vulnerable. As noted in yesterday's news release, we have moving forward with our modular housing strategy to quickly provide new homes to those in need. The City’s Streets to Homes outreach teams have also continually been checking on people living outside and offering a wide range of services, most importantly housing options. We were all saddened to hear of the passing of a person who was living in the Rosedale Valley. The City has been working with people who live in encampments to provide homes for them immediately in midtown Toronto in fully furnished units where they can also receive three meals per day and other supports.
As your representative at City Hall, I am always available to answer your questions. Tomorrow, I will be answering questions on Instagram. To ask a question or to see my responses, be sure to follow me on Instagram (@AnaBailaoTO) and watch my stories.
Our office continues to work to serve you remotely. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.
Questions 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 councillor_[email protected].
With fewer cars on the road, some drivers seem to be driving faster. Is there an increase of enforcement?
Yes, there has been an increase in enforcement during this time. The Toronto Police Service have indicated that their Vision Zero Team has ramped up enforcement and have been issuing tickets to any drivers who are found to be breaking any of the rules of the road. All drivers must drive responsibly at all times but particularly now in terms of not taking advantage of lighter traffic volumes to speed or drive unsafely. If you are seeing any specific issues with driver behaviour you can report these using the Toronto Police Service link below or you can of courser contact my office.
What is classified as an essential or non-essential service?
The decision with respect what is or what is not an essential service has been made by the Province of Ontario under their State of Emergency Declaration. This list has been amended to reduce the number of permitted essential services. The full list of the provincial government's designation of essential/non-essential services is found below.
Nosso Talho Giving Back to Bloorcourt
Nosso Talho is a butcher that has been an important part of our community for nearly 50 years. Understanding that many are going through hardship in our community, they are offering support and food drop offs to people in need. Please join me in thanking Nosso Talho for offering this meaningful support to our community.
Monday, May 4 is the 16th annual Music Monday in support of music education in Canadian schools. This year, I have shared my support for the first online broadcast: Music [email protected], from 9AM-9PM. Join me to watch online at www.musicmonday.ca or on a Facebook Live on the @coalitioncanada page.
Youth Violence Prevention Grant
Mayor John Tory today announced that the City of Toronto will launch a youth violence prevention grant to support the de-escalation of youth violence in Toronto communities. The grant, which was approved by Toronto City Council on February 19, 2020, will see $2 million in funding allocated to community agencies for youth violence prevention projects in nine communities, including Oakwood Village.
To apply, agencies should visit s.cotsurvey.chkmkt.com/?e=195072&d=e&h=C15E22B8248DF59&l=en. The deadline to apply is noon on May 25.
City of Toronto Continues Efforts to Assist Homeless and Vulnerable
Along with the approval yesterday of the modular housing strategy to rapidly provide homes to homeless and vulnerable persons, the City’s shelter division has opened 20 new facilities in response to COVID19 public health emergency. Over 1,400 clients experiencing homelessness have been moved so that people in existing programs are able to practice physical distancing. The City is committed to continuing to assist those in need of housing in every way.
City of Toronto to celebrate a virtual Canada Day
Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, the City of Toronto will join other municipalities across Canada in celebrating a national virtual Canada Day on July 1, 2020. The City is cancelling all in-person Canada Day events.
Ontario Takes Additional Steps to Improve Health Care Flexibility During COVID-19 Outbreak
Today, the Ontario government issued new temporary emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to support the immediate needs of the province's hospitals and health care workers so they can better manage critical health care human resources during COVID-19.
Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines
The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up include seasonal businesses and some essential construction projects.
Ontario Providing Support for Industrial and Commercial Electricity Consumers During COVID-19
Through an emergency order issued today, the Ontario government is taking steps to defer a portion of Global Adjustment (GA) charges for industrial and commercial electricity consumers that do not participate in the Regulated Price Plan for the period starting from April 2020. This initiative is intended to provide companies with temporary immediate relief on their monthly electricity bills in April, May and June 2020. The government intends to keep this emergency order in place until May 31, 2020, and subsequent regulatory amendments would, if approved, provide for the deferral of these charges for June 2020 as well.
Prime Minister announces ban on assault-style firearms
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced the ban of over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style firearms. These models represent nine categories of firearms and two types identified by characteristic. Some of their components are also prohibited.