COVID-19 - November 12 Update

As we commemorate Remembrance Week, we remember all those who have served our country and whose enormous sacrifices protected the values and freedoms which we cherish. This year, 2020, marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Remembrance Week commemorations. Learn more about how our City remembers and watch this year’s ceremony. To all those in our community who have served our country, we thank you for your service.

It is in times of hardship that we see communities come together to overcome the challenges before them. Throughout this year, we have seen our city and nation come together to address a threat unlike that which we have seen in generations. Despite the challenges COVID-19 has caused, our communities have risen to meet this challenge.

Click here to watch our call to Stay Home

Many are understandably tired and want nothing more than a return to normal life, but with cases rising again in our city it is of utmost importance that we take the steps we know stop the spread of COVID. In the last two weeks, there have been 209 COVID-19 outbreaks declared and an 18% increase in COVID-19 patient hospitalizations. We need to be vigilant and we must act with urgency. That is why beginning this Saturday, the City will be implementing stricter measures, including limited social gatherings, limiting in-person activities to essential trips only and more. You can see the full list of enhanced precautions here.

It is also of vital importance that through these enhanced measures, we continue to provide supports to the businesses in our community. Throughout the pandemic, I have continuously been impressed by the ingenuity and resilience of our main street shops, but they must have our support. That is why I am glad to see Provincial approval for a long-requested small business tax class, as well as other measures that will save Toronto businesses $133 million.

While it is not yet clear when a safe and effective vaccine will be available, the City has formed a COVID-19 Immunization Task Force as part of its pandemic response and recovery efforts. This Task Force will ensure that the City is ready to assist Torontonians to get vaccinated once the vaccine becomes available which we are hoping will be soon. The team is comprised of staff from across key divisions including Toronto Public Health, Toronto Fire, Toronto Paramedics Service and the Emergency Operations Centre and they are all working to create a comprehensive plan that will ensure that the city is ready once a safe and effective vaccine is available.

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.

In community,


Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community
  2. Local Updates
    1. 150 Harrison Park - lnformation Session and Survey TONIGHT!
    2. City Seeking Partners, Building and Land to Support Creating 40,000 Affordable Rental Homes
    3. Winter activation Grant Program
    4. Bag of Toronto
    5. Shop Fairbank Village 2 Win Draw!
    6. Toronto Miracle
    7. Petition for Traffic Control Signal - Dufferin Street and Goodwood Avenue and Cloverlawn Avenue
    8. Laneway Park-ing in Carleton Village
    9. Partnering with Higher Education Institutions to support COVID-19 Recovery
    10. Support George Chuvalo Community Centre - Become a Member
    11. 386-394 Symington Consultation
    12. Keele-St Clair Local Area Study - Second Community Consultation Meeting
    13. MixTO
    14. St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation Wreaths
    15. STEPS Initiative
    16. Animating Toronto Parks
    17. Catholic Register's Christmas Drawing Contest
  3. Recent Announcements

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].

I understand that when travelling by air you have to wear a mask at all times. I was looking to take a train trip with Via Rail. Do the same regulations apply to travel by train as by plane?
The country's passenger rail company, VIA Rail, has announced that they will be requiring all passengers on their system to wear masks or face coverings at all times except when passengers are eating or drinking (remove temporarily). They have been clear that passengers not wearing masks will not be permitted to board trains and those who do not wear masks during travel will be asked to leave their trains. So, yes, masks are required on VIA Rail's system.

Key Updates

150 Harrison Park - Information Session and Survey TONIGHT!

At 6:30PM tonight, the City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division invites you to learn more about the new park coming to 150 Harrison Street.

Staff are hosting a virtual meeting to:

  • Provide a project update
  • Present a concept plan for feedback
  • Identify community perspectives and priorities

This virtual meeting will be accessible both online and by phone. The City of Toronto is following the most current advice provided by Public Health officials because of COVID-19 and that is why meetings of this kind are being held virtually.

There is also a survey which will be live until November 20.

 City Seeking Partners, Buildings and Land to Support Creating 40,000 Affordable Rental Homes

Speaking at an affordable housing event in September

The City of Toronto is actively seeking to identify partners, sites and properties that may be suitable to support the goal of creating up to 40,000 affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes over the next 10 years.

Following the announcement that the City will receive $203.3 million through the Government of Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI), work is well underway to compile a list of properties and sites that could potentially be purchased or rapidly developed to quickly create new permanent housing options, including sites for modular homes and buildings that can be easily converted or renovated into units.

Winter Activation Grant Program
The City of Toronto's Winter Activation Grant aims to provide funding for Business Improvement Areas, Community Not for Profit organizations and charity groups to animate their main streets with winter activities. Winter has always been traditionally slow for retail and tourism and this year will add additional challenges due to COVID-19.

The purpose of this grant is to support the local economy by celebrating art, culture and community by helping drive business to our main streets during the coldest months of the year. The grant also aims to advance equity and to include and benefit citizens, businesses and artists from every part of the city. For an application form, please contact [email protected].

Bag of Toronto

Want to receive a locally curated assortment of speciality food and goods from the comfort of your home? You should get your hands on your very own Bag of Toronto. You will be supporting local business and exploring the amazing items available right in our backyard!

Shop Fairbank Village 2 Win Draw!

Fairbank Village is hosting the ShopFairbankVillage2Win Draw contest to showcase the amazing local businesses in the Dufferin and Eglinton Area!

Toronto Miracle

Toronto Miracle is a grassroots event started by community members who were concerned about the impact COVID-19 was having on our city and its food banks.

On December 5, they are inviting every Torontonian to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep by 10:00 a.m. which will then be collected by volunteers.

Their goal is to bring together all 140 Toronto neighbourhoods to raise 250,000 non-perishable food items in one day.

Register your intent to participate through the link above.

Petition for Traffic Control Signal – Dufferin Street at Goodwood Avenue and Cloverlawn Avenue
Residents in the Earlscourt and Northcliffe Village communities have contacted me with concerns about speeding on Dufferin Street near Cloverlawn Avenue and Goodwood Avenue. Many of our neighbours need to cross Dufferin Street daily, including children going to and returning from school. While I am taking action at the December 2020 Community Council meeting to begin this process, it is important to show the community support for this initiative. If you are supportive of installing a traffic signal on Dufferin at Cloverlawne Avenue and Goodwood Avenue, please sign the petition linked above.

Laneway Park-ing in Carleton Village

Laneway Park-ing will improve three public laneways, including the one that runs from Davenport Road to Connolly Street, between Osler Street and Gillespie Avenue and just to the south of Carleton Village Junior and Senior Pubic Schools, by adding greening and other enhancements to the laneway edges of neighbouring properties at the request of property owners.

You can share your ideas by completing the laneway survey linked above until Sunday, November 15.

Partnering with Higher Education Institutions to Support COVID-19 Recovery
All three levels of government have partnered with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions to help rapidly connect their expertise to the City’s research needs. This new model allows the City to put forward research priorities to Toronto’s HEIs, who source multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams of faculty and student experts to help address important and urgent research needs. The current pilot focuses on eight research projects that support the City’s COVID-19 recovery. 

Support George Chuvalo Community Centre – Become a Member

Opening the George Chuvalo Centre in May 2019

The George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre is asking for everyone in the community to become members. Complete the survey linked above to become a member and have voting rights at their December 9 Annual General Meeting.

386-394 Symington Consultation
On December 17, 2018 the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) approved, in principle, a redevelopment of the site. The LPAT approved development was for a mixed use building containing 339 residential units and retail at grade.

On November 24 at 7:00PM, join a Community Consultation Meeting and learn more about this Application, ask questions and share your comments.

Keele-St Clair Local Area Study – Second Community Consultation Meeting
On November 18 at 6PM, we will have our second community consultation on the Keele-St Clair Local Area Study. More information and an online survey are available at the link above.


Mixto Festival 2020 is a three-day online festival bringing together diverse local music, and bridging communities, cultures and contemporary intercultural experiences with live performances, DJs, a zoom party, workshops, and discussions live streamed from Toronto to the world.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Wreaths
You can now support St. Joe’s through purchasing your fall/winter centerpieces, poinsettias, wreaths, garlands and mixed bunches to build your own urn insert or centerpiece.

Orders must be made by November 26th at 5PM, or garland orders by November 12 at 5PM.

STEPS Initiative

Looking to bring more public art to your community? Contact STEPS Initiative! 
ELAD Canada approached STEPS to develop a series of public art installations on and around the future Galleria on the Park master-planned community at Dufferin and Dupont Streets. The first of these collaborations was a colourful mural produced by Toronto- based multidisciplinary artist, Jacquie Comrie!

Animating Toronto Parks
Grants of up to $25,000 are available to individual artists, arts collectives, and non-profit organizations to present arts programming in selected Toronto parks.

Catholic Register’s Christmas Drawing Contest
The Catholic Register is conducting its 10th annual children’s Christmas drawing contest. The top entry in each of 3 categories will receive a $75 Amazon gift certificate, plus a 6 month subscription to our digital edition. The winning drawings will appear in The Register’s Christmas edition, December 20, 2020.

Recent Announcements


Public Health Measures for Red – Control Level and Toronto Public Health – Specific Enhanced Measures
On November 14th, Toronto will be moved into the Red – Control level of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Given the current situation and epidemiology in Toronto, the following enhanced measures are planned to reduce COVID-19 activity.

City of Toronto announces the inaugural cohort for Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme
The City of Toronto has selected 12 mentees to participate in the first cohort of the Women4Climate Toronto (W4CTO) Mentorship Programme. The program, created in partnership with C40 Cities, will contribute to the development of the next generation of female climate leaders in Toronto.

City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro launch new on-street electric vehicle charging station pilot
Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro have officially launched the new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging station pilot across the city.

The new 12-month pilot, delivered in partnership with Toronto Hydro, sees 17 on-street EV charging stations – made possible by Toronto Hydro through an agreement with charge station manufacturer FLO – installed and activated for public use at locations around the city.

City of Toronto launches 2021 rate-supported budgets
The 2021 staff-recommended rate-supported operating and capital budgets were launched at Budget Committee. The City of Toronto has three rate-supported programs funded through user fees: Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services and the Toronto Parking Authority.

The City of Toronto, consistent with other large Canadian municipalities, has experienced significant financial impacts in the form of both added costs and revenue losses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These unprecedented impacts are expected to continue into 2021, with anticipated financial pressures of approximately $1.8 billion.


Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover Promotes Job Creation by Reducing Taxes on Employers
The Ontario government is proposing to give municipalities the flexibility to target property tax relief to small businesses. The province is also considering matching these reductions, which would provide small businesses with as much as $385 million in municipal and provincial property tax relief. This initiative is part of the 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover.

Ontario Investing Additional $761 million to Build and Renovate More Long-Term Care Homes
The Ontario government is investing an additional $761 million to build and renovate 74 long-term care homes across the province, creating close to 11,000 safe, modern spaces sooner for residents to call home. The additional funding is part of the province's new funding model that helps break down historic barriers and accelerates the construction of urgently needed long-term care projects, providing seniors with the high-quality care they deserve. 


Connecting all Canadians to high-speed Internet
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced an investment of $1.75 billion to help connect Canadians to high-speed Internet across the country, grow businesses, and create jobs. This investment will connect 98 per cent of Canadians across the country to high-speed Internet by 2026, with the goal of connecting all Canadians by 2030.

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