Today is Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. Child care workers have always had a major role in the lives of our children as they care for them and guide them. The pandemic has also shown how important they are to our economy, allowing parents and especially women to return to work when possible. On behalf of our community, I want to sincerely thank our child care workers for caring for our children with dedication in these challenging times.
At Executive Committee this week, an important report from the City Manager was on our agenda. The report provides a plan to facilitate Toronto's rebuild and recovery from the impacts of the pandemic. As COVID-19 has impacted so many of our City services as well as our economy, this strategy to recover is a comprehensive way forward as we meet the challenges ahead. There is still much about the road ahead that is unknown, but as a City we are committed and dedicated to meeting these challenges and ensuring that our recovery is equitable, broad and enduring.
Tonight, I will be hosting my third Davenport Speaker Series event. The topic focuses on our City's recovery. Joining me will be the City Manager, Chris Murray, the President of the Maytree Foundation, Elizabeth McIsaac, and the Executive Director of the Social Development, Finance and Administration Department, Denise Andrea Campbell. I hope you can join me for this discussion starting at 6:00PM tonight. You can join here.
This week, we were also able to advance several important initiatives at the Planning and Housing Committee which I chair. On homelessness, we moved forward a report from the Sub-Committee on the Protection of Affordable Rental Housing, which included recommendations supporting tenants through improved communications, enhancing the City’s eviction prevention programs, as well as creating more comprehensive data collection and analysis. One of the most effective actions we can take to address homelessness is of course to ensure that people don’t lose their homes in the first place. The important steps contained in this report will help to address this issue.
Addressing increasing protections for tenants
In order to meet all of the housing challenges we face, it is critical that we have strong partnerships. The City is partnering with the University Health Network and the Parkdale community to create new supportive housing on UHN lands, which will serve as a model for the City. I am pleased to see this project move forward, and hope to see similar initiatives of this kind in the future.
Yesterday evening, Councillor Frances Nunziata and I held a public information session for residents in the Keele Street and St Clair Avenue West community as the first step in a conversation about growth in the neighbourhood. As this area is changing, we need to ensure that the community's input is fully considered now and in the future. On November 18, a virtual community consultation meeting will be held. You can learn more and participate in the area survey here.
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.
Table of Contents
- Halloween Activities
- Davenport Spooky Stories
- Earlscourt Halloween Hullabaloo
- Regal Heights Residents’ Association Pumpkin Carving Contest
- Northcliffe Village Pumpkin Carving Contest
- Question from the Community
- Local Updates
- Inclusionary Zoning Public Consultations
- Supporting our Independent Restaurants Though Patio Extensions
- Road Reconstruction on Lumbervale Ave, St Helens Ave and College St North
- 150 Harrison Park - Information Session and Share your Thoughts
- Fatima House Information Session
- Toronto Public Health launches online booking for flu vaccine clinics by appointment only
- Earlscourt Splash Pad Meeting
- Green Line - Geary Avenue Park Expansion Virtual Public Info Session
- Turnberry North Park Improvements
- Beautifying Oakwood
- TTC Recall Remaining Drivers to Meet Growing Demands
- Oasis All Together Now Campaign
- BWXT Facebook Live Event
- Community Environment Days
- Recent Announcements
Davenport Spooky Stories
With Halloween fast approaching and traditional trick-or-treating not being recommended, I have teamed up with the West End Phoenix to deliver stories to kids in our community on Halloween! Starting at 11AM on Saturday, October 31, gather your little ghouls and goblins and join me with writers from the West End Phoenix to enter spooky worlds together.
Earlscourt Halloween Hullabaloo
Theater Direct is organizing a great Halloween community activity for the kids near Earlscourt Park, working with the Earlscourt Park Centennial Planning Committee.
Regal Heights Residents’ Association Pumpkin Carving Contest
Due to the pandemic, the RHRA has moved their pumpkin carving contest online. Send them a picture of your Jack-O’-Lantern and they will add them to their virtual pumpkin parade on their website!
Northcliffe Village Pumpkin Carving Contest
The Northcliffe Village Pumpkin Carving Contest has also moved online. Submit your carved creation to [email protected] and be entered to win from 10 special prizes!
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 [email protected].
We were planning to travel to Europe in the next few months if the situation with the pandemic improves. We have heard that there may be restrictions put in place in Europe. Is this true?
Yes, the European Union is expected to restrict travel from Canada for non-European Union citizens as early as today. While countries like the United States have been on the European Union restricted travel list for months, Canadians up until today were permitted to travel there. Due to increased case numbers here in Canada, the European Union will add Canada to their restricted list for now. In this case it would not be advised to plan travel to Europe as it is unclear how long this restriction will remain in place.
Inclusionary Zoning Public Consultations
City Planning staff will be hosting three virtual public meetings to consult on draft inclusionary zoning policies and zoning requirements as well as a proposed definition of affordable rental housing. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about inclusionary zoning and share ideas and feedback on how this new affordable housing tool should apply in Toronto.
A community meeting notice with the meeting information is attached and public meeting details are as follows:
- Thursday October 29th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Register here
- Thursday November 5th from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Register here
- Tuesday November 10th from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Register here
Supporting our Independent Restaurants Though Patio Extensions
With no indoor dining currently permitted, we must find new ways to support our restaurants. At Planning and Housing Committee this week, we supported recommendations that will ease patio restrictions in winter and allow a modest increase in size and the use of some surface parking. While more work needs to be done to permit winter operations, this is an important step towards supporting our dining establishments.
Road Reconstruction on Lumbervale Ave, St Helens Ave and College St North
The City of Toronto will begin road reconstruction work on October 26 on Lumbervale Avenue, St Helens Avenue from College Street [North] to Lumbervale Avenue and College Street [North] from College Street to St Helens Avenue.
Once the road reconstruction work is completed, the City will be delivering the following safety enhancements. They include:
- Closure of Segment of St Helens Avenue: Closure between College Street and College Street [North] will be achieved with pavement markings, bollards and stones. Further pedestrian and cycling enhancements, including a Bike Share station, will be installed once road construction has been completed.
- Changes to Traffic Flow: In addition to the planned closure at the south end of St Helens Avenue, traffic flow on College Street [North] will change from two way to one way westbound, and St Helens Avenue from one way southbound to one way northbound. Lumbervale Avenue will remain a two-way street. All-way stop signs will be added at the intersection of St Helens Avenue and Lumbervale Avenue.
A new park is coming to 150 Harrison St! The park is part of a new Modular Housing Initiative to connect people experiencing homelessness with homes and appropriate supports to help them achieve housing stability.
A public information session will be held on November 12 at 6:30PM, which will be posted to the link above.
The proposed park is in the initial design phase which will be developed through consultation with the community. The proposed plan for the new park may include the following:
- An open lawn area
- A new playground
- Seat walls
- New benches
- Game tables
- New trees and planting beds
The City will be conducting an online survey in late October/early November to gather feedback from the community on the conceptual design and priorities for the new park’s amenities.
Fatima House Information Session
On Thursday, October 29 at 6:30PM, a community information session will be held on the women’s shelter, Fatima House, which will be located at 1059 College Street. The registration link will be posted at www.toronto.ca/ShelterExpansionSites in advance of the meeting.
Toronto Public Health launches online booking for flu vaccine clinics by appointment only
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is launching the annual online flu vaccine booking system to help residents schedule their appointments for TPH’s annual flu vaccine clinics. This year, in response to local COVID-19 circumstances, TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.
A new splash pad is coming to Earlscourt Park and we want your input! At 6:30PM on November 3, join us for a virtual public meeting to learn more and share your thoughts.
The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation division invites you to learn more about the expansion of Geary Avenue Park, which is part of the Green Line Implementation Plan. A preferred concept plan has been developed, which is informed by stakeholder and community feedback on the preliminary concept plan options that were presented in July 2020. Staff are hosting a virtual community consultation meeting to:
- Provide a project update
- Present preferred concept plan for feedback
- Identify community perspectives and priorities
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30PM.
Turnberry North Park Improvements
Turnberry North Park has some new improvements! There are new trees, green space, seating and a climbing circuit! I hope the community can enjoy this new space very soon.
The Oakwood Village BIA has been hard at work with the surrounding community to beautify benches at Oakwood Avenue and Vaughan Road. This is an amazing splash of colour that creates an enjoyable meeting space for the whole community.
TTC Recall Remaining Drivers to Meet Growing Demands
With TTC daily boarding capacity now reaching 50% on bus routes, the TTC decided to recall its remaining employees who were temporarily laid off due to the pandemic starting in November.
Oasis All Together Now Campaign
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have been felt severely in our community. Visits to Oasis Food Bank are up 65%, with many community members visiting for the first time. Oasis’ community meal program provides a hot supper for 70 people each week, and there are never any leftovers.
Right now, an anonymous donor is matching all funds donated between now and December 31st, 2020, up to $10,000! That means that any support you give will be doubled. If you can, please consider donating.
BWXT Facebook Live Event
BWXT is hosting a Facebook Live meeting on Monday, October 26th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on their Facebook page. At this event you can tune in to learn more about BWXT NEC’s operations, licence renewal, safety, emissions, emergency preparedness and more. BWXT NEC subject matter experts will be available to answer your questions and if you wish to submit questions in advance, please email them at [email protected].
Drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days
Community Environment Day events will run until November 1. This year, Community Environment Days will be set up as drive-thru events at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots. This is a great opportunity to help reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfills and to safely dispose of household hazardous waste.
At the events, you will drive to different stations to drop off clothing, books and unwanted items for donation and to dispose of batteries, old paint and other household hazardous waste. Free bagged compost will be available (limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last).
A list of event dates and more information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/environment_days.
City of Toronto to plant 50 trees in celebration of 50th anniversary of Earth Day
Today, the City of Toronto pledged to plant 50 trees to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as part of the Earth Day Canada 2020 Tree Relay. Toronto joins more than a dozen other Canadian cities in making this commitment. As part of the relay, each city announces their commitment on the 22nd day of a month and then ‘passes the baton’ to another city the following month. Toronto will invite Nanaimo, BC to make the pledge in November.
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 (Oct 21)
There are 25,278 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 346 new cases today. There are 128 people hospitalized. In total, 21,256 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,338 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
City of Toronto announces additional funds for community services to help vulnerable populations
Mayor John Tory announced that approximately $1.9 million in additional funding will be distributed from the TO Supports Investment Fund to 33 community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second installment of the City’s commitment of 20 per cent towards the provincial Social Services Relief Fund to support non-profit social service agencies during this pandemic.
City of Toronto encourages residents to participate in Waste Reduction Week
Mayor John Tory proclaimed October 19 to 25 as Waste Reduction Week in Toronto. Waste Reduction Week in Canada is held every October as a reminder of the ways everyone can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable consumption.
City of Toronto’s emergency shelter system and winter services plan for people experiencing homelessness
Comprehensive list of action the City has taken to support people experiencing homelessness ahead of the winter.
Ontario Expanding Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
The Ontario government is providing $24.3 million in targeted investments to hire additional staff, increase access to counselling and therapy, create new programs to help manage stress, depression and anxiety, and address eating disorders and other challenges facing children and youth. This funding is part of the government's $176 million investment in the Roadmap to Wellness, a comprehensive plan to build a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province.
Ontario Invests $550 Million to Build and Upgrade Schools
The Ontario government is investing $550 million to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province in 2020-21. These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces as part of the government's ongoing efforts to improve and build modern schools.
Support for Ontario Onwards: Ontario's COVID-19 Action Plan for a People-Focused Government
The Action Plan is informed by the best practices of businesses, leading governments, think tanks, thought leaders, the Ontario Public Service, and the best advice from MPPs on behalf of their constituents.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaking remarks on business supports
Speech on the impacts of the second wave and action being taken to support businesses.
Government of Canada support to mentor close to 600 young innovative businesses and propel them forward
Businesses and organizations across all sectors need innovative solutions to adapt to the new economic reality, enhance their productivity and ensure sustainable growth. With the help of new technologies, entrepreneurs will succeed in doing so. Innovation is playing a primordial role in the fight against the devastating effects of the pandemic, and the Government of Canada continues to be a key player in supporting technological development by ensuring that businesses can count on the resources they need.