Davenport Community Briefing – April 22

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. Federal Budget
    2. West Toronto Railpath Update Meeting – April 27 at 6:00 PM
    3. Toronto and East York Community Council
    4. Planning and Housing Committee Update
    5. COVID-19 Pop -Up Testing at Davenport Perth Community Health Centre
    6. Bag of Toronto
    7. Perth/Sterling Realignment Meeting Recording
    8. Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
    9. Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto
    10. Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
    11. College-Montrose Children’s Place Free Programing and Resources (Kids 0-6)
    12. Community Services and Facilities survey for Bloor Study area, presented by JT-CAN
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. City of Toronto investing $82.5 million in Toronto’s Ravine Strategy
    2. City of Toronto celebrates Earth Day virtually
    3. Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    4. City of Toronto to offer virtual spring recreation programs
    5. City of Toronto and partners launch Team Toronto Sprint Strategy to triple vaccine access in 13 hot spot neighbourhoods
    6. City of Toronto update on City services and enforcement of COVID-19 regulations
    7. City of Toronto conducting fifth Street Needs Assessment of people experiencing homelessness in Toronto
    8. Team Toronto has now administered more than 900,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses
    9. Residents invited to experience the High Park #BloomAtHome during peak bloom

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 in each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at [email protected].

Where can I find specific information on vaccine eligibility?
The City has created this site which outlines all the different groups eligible for vaccination, it is an important resource to share in your networks.

Key Updates

Federal Budget
This week, the Federal Government brought forward their 2021 Budget. It was an expansive budget that contains a considerable number of new investments, including most notably, a transition to $10 a day child care by 2025-26.

This budget also includes new funding for housing, including $1.5 billion for the Rapid Housing Initiative, which the City has already been utilizing to provide homes for people in need. In addition, the federal government committed $600 million to expand the Affordable Housing Innovation Fund to create more permanent housing, and $315 million to increase direct financial assistance for low-income women and children who are fleeing violence. All of these commitments are important investments which line up with the City’s HousingTO2020-2030 Plan, our blueprint for action across the full housing spectrum.


West Toronto Railpath Update Meeting – April 27 at 6:00 PM


Since our last public meeting on the West Toronto Railpath, just before the pandemic hit Toronto, I have been working with City staff to keep progressing this project.  

With realignment expected to begin this year, I have secured a meeting from Metrolinx for the community to outline their construction timelines and commitments. This meeting will give you a better sense on the local impacts of the upcoming realignment work. As part of this meeting, Metrolinx will also be providing a brief overview of the Extension work. Of course, you will be able to have your questions answered and can submit them in advance. 

I look forward to continuing to work with you to progress this project and ensuring it fits our neighbourhood's needs.


Toronto and East York Community Council Update
Yesterday was Toronto and East York Community Council, below is an update on the main changes for our community:

Securing Community Funding from 646-648 Dufferin Street and 1494-1502 Dundas Street West Developments
As part of these applications, we secured a voluntary section 37 Agreement for $250,000 in total funding for community improvements in the surrounding area.

Giacomini Way – Laneway Naming
We will be naming the laneway west of Salem Ave, south of Shanly St "Giacomini Way" in honour of the Giacomini family, which operated the nearby Paradise Theatre, an Italian Movie theatre from 1966 to 1981, which served as a significant cultural hub for our community.

Evaluating the Heritage Potential of Dovercourt House
Working with the community and a local historian, we recognized that Dovercourt House (805 Dovercourt Road) may have architectural and cultural significance. This property has, for many years, been a gathering place for the local community and in particular a place for dancing to flourish. The organization that had been in the building for many years is now leaving and in order to preserve the existing property as a potential heritage resource, I have requested that City staff urgently undertake an evaluation for inclusion to the City's Heritage Register.


Planning and Housing Committee
Today, I chaired the Planning and Housing Committee, where we discussed a number of important issues:

Christie Planning Study
The City can work with transit-oriented development. The Christie’s Planning Study is a great example - it includes a new GO station and TTC loop, can accommodate 3,800 jobs, parkland, public amenities and up to 1,500 affordable housing units. It creates a complete community.

Rapid Housing Initiative - 222 Spadina Avenue and 877 Yonge Street
This item advanced our announcement last week where we purchased two buildings through the Rapid Housing Initiative, 877 Yonge St and 222 Spadina Ave, to provide 334 homes with support services, dedicated to women, Indigenous residents, seniors, people with disabilities, and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Protecting Tenants - Protocols to Support Tenants in Cases of Evacuation or Emergency Evictions
A number of tenants in my Ward faced an emergency evacuation that emanated from their landlord's actions. In speaking to them, we agreed that this process should have more clarity of rights and supports for the tenants. Today, we progressed that idea through policy through:

  • A request to establish of a Landlord and Tenant Board telephone number where tenants can connect with provincial officials outside of regular business hours in situations where residents are the subject of emergency evacuation orders.
  • Develop recommendations to:
    • Ensure that appropriate communication with tenants facing evictions takes place and is effective;
    • Ensure that relevant support staff are on-site to support tenants in their emergency housing needs when evacuation orders are issued;
    • provide tenants resources available to immediately assist them, including the protection of their rights.

COVID-19 Pop -Up Testing at Davenport Perth Community Health Centre
Monday, May 3 and 17 from 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM at 1900 Davenport Road

Davenport Perth Community Health Centre will be operating a free, no appointment needed COVID-19 Pop-Up Testing clinic. If you were exposed to someone with COVID or believe you have symptoms, I encourage you to get tested.


Bag of Toronto
Bag of Toronto is back in time for Mothers Day! It's a great way to support our local businesses!

For $65 you will get:

  • 5-7 goodies from local businesses
  • Free local delivery
  • A $5 donation to a local charity

Buy your bag through the link above!


Perth/Sterling Realignment Meeting Recording
On April 15, along with community members, I attended the Marlin Springs / Hines public meeting to discuss the work being done on the Perth/Sterling realignment. Missed the meeting? You can watch it through the link above. A Q&A summary is also available here.


Call to Artists – Leave your Mark on Lansdowne Station
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is looking to pre-qualify Artists to create integrated artworks for seven subway stations that are part of TTC's Easier Access & Second Exit Project: Bay, Castle Frank, Christie, Donlands, Keele, Lansdowne and Spadina. Applications can be submitted until May 6.


Have your say on Implementing Garden Suites in Toronto

The Garden + Suites project is one of several studies that the City of Toronto is leading through its Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods initiative. A Garden Suite is a detached housing unit, usually located in the rear yard, and is separate or detached from the main house. Garden Suites, like Laneway Suites, are generally smaller than the main house on the lot and are intended to function as a rental housing unit. Find more information and a survey link above!


Consultations for Multi-Tenant Housing
The City licenses multi-tenant houses, commonly known as rooming houses, to ensure that they are safe and well-maintained.

The City is proposing the creation of a comprehensive city-wide zoning approach and enhancements to licensing and enforcement to encourage and regulate safe, liveable, well-maintained and affordable multi-tenant houses across the city.

Public meetings will be held on May 4 at 6:30 PM and May 11 at 12:30 PM.


College-Montrose Children’s Place Free Programing and Resources (Kids 0-6)
College-Montrose Children’s Place provides free programs and resources for children 0-6yrs old, their parents and caregivers. Virtual programs include play-based learning activities, social time for children and adults, as well as topic specific workshops (nutrition, infant related etc.) One on one support is offered along with information about other community resources. Visit the link above for more information.


Community Services and Facilities survey for Bloor Study area, presented by JT-CAN
The Junction Triangle Community Action Network, which is serving as part of a City-led community services and facilities working group on the Bloor Study wanted to engage the community by way of a Google survey. If you live in the area and have an interest in community services and facilities like daycares, seniors centres, parks and more, then fill out the survey linked above.

Recent Announcements

Municipal

 April 22 - City of Toronto investing $82.5 million in Toronto’s Ravine Strategy
 April 22 - City of Toronto celebrates Earth Day virtually
 April 22 - Team Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
 April 21 - City of Toronto to offer virtual spring recreation programs
 April 21 - City of Toronto and partners launch Team Toronto Sprint Strategy to triple vaccine access in 13 hot spot neighbourhoods
 April 19 - City of Toronto update on City services and enforcement of COVID-19 regulations
 April 19 - City of Toronto conducting fifth Street Needs Assessment of people experiencing homelessness in Toronto
 April 19 - Team Toronto has now administered more than 900,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses
 April 17 - Residents invited to experience the High Park #BloomAtHome during peak bloom

Provincial

April 20 – Select Ontario Pharmacies Offering 24/7 COVID-19 Vaccinations
April 19 – Ontario Safely Expands Age Eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine to 40+

Federal

April 22 - Prime Minister Trudeau announces increased climate ambition
April 21 - $10 a day child care for Canadian families
April 19 - Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience


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