COVID-19 - November 26 Update

As you know, the City of Toronto (and Peel) were placed in the “Grey-Lockdown” category of the province's COVID-19 classification system. There have been questions as to what is permitted and what is not under this order. To help guide us all in a very clear and simple way, the City has created this page to help you navigate some of the most common questions we receive.

Speaking at Urban Land Institute event on Inclusionary Zoning

With the Province now allowing Inclusionary Zoning (planning policy that ensures affordability) for municipalities, we have been working to develop a policy that makes sure new housing is affordable for all who wish to live in Toronto. This week, I joined the Urban Land Institute to discuss what the City is doing to implement Inclusionary Zoning, and how we can use this tool to optimize the creation of affordable and mixed-income housing.

Since the beginning of this pandemic different communities have been impacted in very different ways. We have seen vulnerable populations – women, racialized individuals, low-income individuals and those living with disabilities – disproportionately affected. In response to this reality, we have taken action to help these communities, including expanding testing sites to increase testing in neighbourhoods experiencing higher COVID-19 case rates, using TTC buses for mobile testing, intensifying community outreach and engagement, and supporting those who are facing challenges due to responsibly isolating when required.

As a City, we have decided that while we cannot meet the challenges facing our City alone, we also cannot wait for other levels of government to do their part. That is why we voted to call on the Province and Federal Governments to complement these actions to keep all communities safe and to do their part for this City.

This pandemic has been ongoing in varying degrees for many months and it is vital that while we deal with the challenges of COVID-19 we also must care for our physical and mental well-being. As we move into the winter months. Going into winter, City has launched the Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan, which offers residents safe outdoor activity spaces to enjoy with their households. While the City continues to urge people to stay at home as much as possible, it is also important that we offer safe outdoor activities for our communities.

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. Key Updates
    1. Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Bridge Demolition - Bloor Street Closure
    2. Protecting Home Owners From Not At Fault Flooding
    3. City of Toronto to more than double its supply of winter park washrooms
    4. Province Exploring Cap on Delivery Frees
    5. Unison COVID Community Assessment Clinic
    6. Bag of Toronto
    7. Toronto Miracle
    8. 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village) Pre-Application Meeting
    9. Geary Works Community Consultation
    10. TTC Holding Virtual Information session for Women Considering a Career as a Transit Operator
    11. Muse Arts – Sidewalk Paintings!
    12. Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club – Holly Toy Drive
    13. West End Phoenix’s 2021 Joe Burke Journalism Fund for Social Justice Reporting
    14. Event: Coast-to-Coast Affordable Housing Innovations Made in Canada Solutions
    15. Petition for Traffic Control Signal – Dufferin Street at Goodwood Avenue and Cloverlawn Avenue
    16. Support Nonnina’s Table
    17. Donate Blood
    18. PollinateTO
    19. Support George Chuvalo Community Centre – Become a Member
    20. Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones under the CurbTO
    21. A Splash of Colour at Wallace Barbershop
    22. MixTO
    23. RBC Emerging Artists Academy
  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].

Are meetings of Toronto City Council and all the committees still continuing and are they in person on online?  Can we watch them?

Yes, City Council meetings and Council committee meetings are taking place and they are all available online to watch and were deputations from the public are permitted these can also be done virtually.   The link below has a full list of meetings.

Key Updates

Metrolinx Davenport Diamond Bridge Demolition – Bloor Street Closure
On November 28 and 29, Metrolinx (the provincial transit agency) will be fully closing Bloor Street West between Lansdowne Avenue and Symington Avenue between 6:00PM and 6:00AM the following day. While Metrolinx is a provincial agency, I have held several meetings with them to make sure their work has the least amount of disturbance possible to the community. With existing traffic concerns in this area, I have requested the work be moved to times when there is less traffic, and for the work with the highest levels of noise to take place at times that do not disturb residents overnight. We also required a robust signage plan to deter non-local traffic from entering this area and we have secured paid-duty officers as well as adjusted signal timings. As this is a Metrolinx project, questions and concerns should be directed to their team at [email protected] or by calling 416-202-1510. If you are not a local resident, I strongly encourage you to consider alternative routes so as to avoid the area during this work. 

Protecting Home Owners From Not At Fault Flooding
At today's City Council, I received unanimous support for my motion calling on the Provincial Government to prevent insurance companies from deeming households uninsurable following floods which the homeowners are not responsible for. When my riding boundaries changed, I began overseeing flooding issues happening around Charles Caccia park. While the homeowners take every precaution to prevent flooding, significant City work is required to better protect the homeowners. While the City has been making progress, substantial work is still required to protect residents from future flooding. These homeowners, and others like them across the City, should not be punished for these larger challenges. Learn more about the Fairbank Silverthorn Storm Trunk Sewer System Improvements.

Click to see me speaking on protecting homeowners

City of Toronto to more than double its supply of winter park washrooms
Most of the City’s park washrooms are not winterized, but given the resurgence of COVID-19 in Toronto and the increased need for access to outdoor space through the winter months, staff have determined that an additional 28 park washrooms can be kept open. These additional locations were inspected to ensure they can remain open without damage to the infrastructure, and in some cases minor retrofits were made to support winter use. Additionally, portable toilets will be deployed to 51 high-use locations where winter activities will occur. Snow clearing will be provided at all winter washroom locations in parks. The increase of 79 new locations brings the total number of washrooms available from 64 to 143.

Province Exploring Cap on Delivery Frees
At the October City Council meeting, we requested that the Ontario Government implement a temporary cap on commissions for food service delivery companies. Restaurants are doing all they can to survive, and it is important that they continue to have viable means to deliver meals and earn an income to sustain their business. Today, the province announced that they are going to put in place a cap of 15% for delivery fees, with an overall cap of 20% inclusive of all fees. Currently, fees places in Ontario can reach as high as 30%.

Unison COVID Community Assessment Clinic
If you think you have any symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you can call Unison’s COVID Testing Hotline for an appointment at 416-646-7575 extension 3113. They can serve you in Spanish and Portuguese. Unison is located at 1541 Jane Street, South of Lawrence Avenue West.

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! Check out what I received!

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. 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.

1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village) Pre-Application Meeting
On November 30 at 6:00PM, the developer of 1319 Bloor Street West is hosting a pre-application meeting for residents who want more information about their future application for 1319 Bloor Street West. If you want to learn more or join, please click the link above.

Geary Works Community Consultation
Geary Works is a study to determine how to best support businesses and creative enterprises and improve the public realm on Geary Avenue. At 6:00PM on Dec 1, join us to learn about the study findings and discuss the community vision for this project.

TTC Holding Virtual Information session for Women Considering a Career as a Transit Operator
Due to popular demand, the TTC is hosting a second virtual information session on operator recruitment. The event is open to all.  There will be a specific focus where participants will hear more from TTC women employees about their experiences. This event will be held on December 10 from 1-3PM.

Muse Arts – Sidewalk Paintings!
It would be hard to find a better illustration of the importance of public art than the smiles a little paint can bring to kids’ faces. Thank you, Muse Arts, for these create paintings to help bring a smile to our kids.

Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club – Holly Toy Drive
The Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club’s annual Holly’s Tory Drive will be happening again this year. You can drop off toys at the front entrance of the Club at 180 Westmoreland Avenue until December 18.

West End Phoenix’s 2021 Joe Burke Journalism Fund for Social Justice Reporting
West End Phoenix is welcoming proposals for a series of pieces, rooted in the West End of Toronto, with a social issue at their core. The series – to be unfurled in related reported or visual pieces – will be published in the West End Phoenix, in print and online.

This project is being supported by a $10,000 endowment created by Donald Bayne, Mark Ertel and Hal Mattson. These funds will go to the recipient to research and produce reported pieces, in collaboration with the West End Phoenix editorial team. Submissions open Monday November 16 and close Friday December 18.

Event: Coast-to-Coast Affordable Housing Innovations Made in Canada Solutions
This virtual event will be highlighting innovative affordable housing projects in 6 cities from across Canada taking  place on Dec 3 from noon to 1:30PM with a video presentation from each city followed by a moderated short panel discussion with Housing Lab Toronto's very own Jeanhy Shim and opening remarks by the Honorable Ahmed Hussen, Federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.

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.

Support Nonnina’s Table
For over 20 years, Nonnina's Table has been providing community dinners to people in need. Unable to host their gala this year, they need our help to continue providing this service. The need has never been greater, please consider donating.

Donate Blood
Blood and blood products are needed every day, even during the COVID-19 outbreak. Help patients in Canada who continue to need blood for cancer treatments, trauma and surgeries. If you are in good health and can donate, please consider booking an appointment.

The City is now accepting applications for its PollinateTO Community Grants, offering up to $5,000 to support community-led initiatives that create or expand pollinator habitat. Apply by January 8.

Support George Chuvalo Community Centre – Become a Member
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.

Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones under the CurbTO
In response to the City of Toronto entering the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework, the City has relaunched the application process for Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones under the CurbTO program.

Temporary Parking Pick-up Zones are intended to support quick food, medicine and merchandise pick-ups by allowing residents to park for free for up to 10 minutes in close proximity to a business offering curbside or delivery services. At this time, Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones to allow for physical distancing for customer queues are not possible due to winter maintenance activities.

A Splash of Colour at Wallace Barbershop
Wallace Barbershop is excited to contribute to the neighborhood with their services in a safe space for everyone. This mural conveys the energy of our streets and the shop, giving a new vibrancy to the area at the heart of Wallace-Emerson.

The artist, Jordan Sook shared his thoughts: "The spots paintings are symbolic of life and I wanted to give the shop and neighbourhood a feeling of hopefulness and joy during these gloomy times. This mural is foreshadowing positive things to come!"

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.

RBC Emerging Artists Academy
The RBC Emerging Artists Academy centres on Canada’s flourishing community of creators, supporting their development and highlighting the role of the arts in building vibrant communities and strong economies.

Recent Announcements


City of Toronto announces planned road closures this weekend
The City of Toronto announced planned road closures this weekend that will impact essential travel on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 (November 25)
There are 39,094 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 481 new cases today. There are 168 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 1,555 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 33,049 people have recovered from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


Targeted Testing for School Communities
Ontario is launching voluntary targeted COVID-19 testing in schools for asymptomatic students and staff in regions of the province that currently have a high number of active COVID-19 cases.

Celebrate the Holiday Season Safely
The holidays are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19. To support Ontarians as they begin to safely plan for the season, the Ontario government, based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health and input from the Public Health Measures Table, is providing preliminary guidance on how to safely celebrate this year and protect your loved ones.

Details were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Ontario Deploys Rapid Testing to Support COVID-19 Response
The Ontario government has deployed new COVID-19 rapid tests to provide faster results in regions of high transmission and rural and remote areas. As an additional tool to help keep essential workers safe, rapid tests will also be used to screen staff in long-term care homes and select workplaces. These new tests will provide Ontarians with more access to innovative testing options and will help to quickly identify and manage outbreaks to stop the spread of COVID-19.



Prime Minister concludes virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit
In virtual meetings at the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted the importance of G20 leadership and coordinated action to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, restore economic growth, and take ambitious action to fight climate change. He also stressed the need to respect and defend the rule of law and human rights, including women’s rights, in order to prevent persecution and mistreatment around the world. Now, more than ever, our global success depends on attaining a better path towards peace, prosperity, and sustainability.

Government of Canada invests to help youth facing barriers to employment
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, President of the Treasury Board, announced the publication of the updated Greening Government Strategy, setting new targets for net-zero, green and climate-resilient government operations.

Under the updated Greening Government Strategy, the Government of Canada has committed to reduce its own operational greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net zero by 2050. This means taking assertive action to lower these emissions from its buildings, conventional fleet, national safety and security operations and its procurement, as well as ensuring its operations and assets are resilient to a changing climate.

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