I hope that everyone who celebrated Diwali this past weekend had a safe and enjoyable celebration although it was very different this year due to the pandemic.
With respect to the pandemic, the increasing numbers of infections and hospitalizations as well as unfortunately increased deaths from the virus, have lead the City to put in place increased restrictions to help address this situation. Tomorrow, the provincial government is also expected to implement additional restrictions in areas designated as Red Zones under their colour-coded system. While these measures are regrettable we must take action together to deal with the second wave of the Covid 19 virus.
At Executive Committee this week, I supported Councillor Shelly Carroll’s motion to request that the Government of Ontario withdraw its amendment that will remove the framework allowing for ranked ballots at the municipal level including here in Toronto. Municipalities should have autonomy over their elections and to be able to conduct them in a way that is supported by voters. Recently, City Council recognized that while ranked ballots are not possible for the next election (2022), that they would conduct the preparatory work needed to implement this process in the following election. This motion lost on a tie vote and will be going to Council without recommendations, where I intend to support further advocacy from the City to the Province in favour of ranked ballots.
Our team has been in contact with many residents about traffic concerns in the Bloor, Sterling and Landsowne area. Given several construction projects in the area, there has been an increase in traffic congestion. Throughout this process, I have been in contact with the Deputy City Manager and General Manager of Transportation Services for the City. I have demanded that measures be taken to bring immediate relief for the community and that better long-term planning be put in place. We have instituted a number of changes, including adjusting traffic signal timing, adding additional signage to discourage traffic infiltration and the placement of police officers to assist with traffic management in the area 7 days a week.
Today, I organized a meeting with Metrolinx (the provincial transit agency undertaking significant work in the area) and the City’s Transportation Services Division to ensure they create a robust transportation detour plan for the work that is occurring and is planned in this corridor. It is essential that the local community's needs are prioritized throughout construction periods. For those with concerns or wishing for a more in-depth update on how we are supporting the community, please email Adrian from my team at [email protected].
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.
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- Question from the Community
- Key Updates
- Recent Announcements
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 know someone who flew to Mexico on vacation. Is this allowed and what happens when they come back?
The Government of Canada does allow people to travel outside the country (by air) however when they return they are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine process. It is also important to understand that screening takes place before a person is allowed to board an aircraft to return to Canada and if there are concerns about their health with respect to Covid they will not be permitted to board the aircraft. Details on the requirements and regulations are below. Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements upon return carry serious penalties.
150 Harrison Park - Survey
Until November 20, the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will be collecting community feedback on the park coming to 150 Harrison Street. Click the link above to learn more and share your thoughts.
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!
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. to 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 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.
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.
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.
The 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 discussion live streamed from Toronto to the world.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation Wreaths
You can now support St. Joseph's Health Centre 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.
Public Health Measures for Red – Control Level and Toronto Public Health – Specific Enhanced Measures
On November 14th, Toronto moved into the Red – Control level of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework. Given the current situation and epidemiology in Toronto, enhanced measures are in place with additional directives 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 Program. The program, created in partnership with the C40 Cities organization, 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. Following the completion of the pilot, it will be assessed for further expansion.
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.