Easter, Housing Announcements, More Pothole Repairs, Upcoming Compost Days, and more! Davenport Community Briefing - April 14

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to wish everyone who is celebrating a very Happy Easter!  For many residents of our community, Easter is a time for faith and religious observation and an opportunity to gather with friends and family. As we near the end of the winter season and move towards spring, this time of the year represents a time of renewal and hope for many of us. 

I also want to remind everyone that this Saturday April 16th, the Davenport Easter Egg Hunt will be taking place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm at Dufferin Grove Park! I encourage residents to come out and reconnect with the community! If you're interested in participating, please be sure to RSVP here.

I would also like to wish a Happy Passover, which begins tomorrow, to the Jewish community in Davenport and across Toronto! And I would like to wish Happy Vaisakhi to member of the Sikh community who are marking Vaisakhi at Gurdwaras and Khalsa Day celebrations. Happy Vaisakhi! The celebration of these many faiths in communities across our City illustrates the strength in diversity that Toronto enjoys. 

This Easter long-weekend, Toronto Public Health will be hosting a Easter Parade COVID-19 vaccination clinic! This Sunday, during the Easter Parade.  Toronto Public Health, in partnership with the Toronto Beaches Lions Easter Parade and Toronto Fire Services, will host a mobile vaccination clinic along the parade route! It will provide first, second, third, fourth and children’s COVID-19 doses to eligible residents age five and up. This is a part of the City's ongoing effort to ensure equitable access by bringing vaccination opportunities to places where residents live, work, and play.

Toronto Public Health has also begun offering second booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for certain higher-risk populations. You can read more about eligibility criteria and how to get a second booster dose here.

Yesterday, I was pleased to join with representatives of our City and federal government as we announced a major housing project at Birchmount Green.  This Green project allocates $72.4 million in federal funding through the National Housing Co-Investment Funds (NHCF) to build 220 new affordable homes. 

And today with our federal and provincial colleagues, I broke ground on 57 new affordable and supportive homes at 39 Dundalk Drive.  These homes will provide permanent supportive homes for those experiencing homelessness and will be built on land provided by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation. These announcements are part of our City's intensive efforts to address affordable and supportive housing challenges as we work with the federal and provincial governments collaboratively. 

I am also pleased to announce that the City's Clean Up Toronto campaign is returning this year! The Clean Up campaign encourages residents, schools, businesses and community groups to take part in the annual cleanup from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24. There are a number of clean ups taking place in our community and across the City, so as we prepare for spring and summer, we can all come together to help clean up the City we love. Details on the program can be found at this link.



COVID-19 Updates

City Hosting Vaccination Clinic Every Sunday in April at Wallace Emerson Community Centre

Toronto Public Health is operating an immunization clinic at Wallace Emerson Community Centre every Sunday until April 24th! The upcoming dates will be April 10th, 17th, and 24th from 11:00am to 5:30pm. OHIP is not required, and walks-ins are welcome!


Fourth Doses Now Available for Eligible Residents

As part of the next phase of Team Toronto's vaccination campaign, Toronto Public Health is ready to deliver fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccine!

Eligible residents age 60 and older, as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members age 18 and over will be eligible to book an appointment to get a fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine starting today. You can read more about eligibility criteria here.


Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults

The Health Canada approved vaccines are safe and effective. If you have not yet received your vaccine, the City Immunization Clinics continue to accept walk-in visits for COVID-19 vaccinations while continuing with booked appointments. All five City immunization clinics are also offering walk-in third dose COVID-19 vaccinations for youth aged 12 to 17.

Information on City immunization clinics can be found here. Residents can also book an appointment online or call the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).



City & Local Updates

Wishing Everyone A Happy Easter

I want to wish everyone a happy Easter! For many in our community, Easter is a time for faith and religious observation. As winter recedes and the warmth of spring approaches, Easter also represents a time of hope and optimism about the future ahead. So as families in our community come together to celebrate this weekend, I want to wish you all a happy and joyous Easter!


Announcement of 220 New Affordable Homes In Toronto

The City continues to work closely with our federal and provincial partners to bring forward more affordable and supportive homes across our City. Working collaboratively, we are taking action in an unprecedented way as we activate a variety of housing initiatives.

This week, my colleagues and I joined with our federal and provincial counterparts as we announced the Birchmount Green project. This project will provide $72.4 million in federal funding through the National Housing Co-Investment Funds (NHCF) to build 220 new affordable homes. You can learn more about this announcement here.


Breaking Ground on Affordable Housing in Scarborough for People Experiencing Homelessness

Earlier, this morning, all three levels of government announced 57 new affordable and supportive homes at 39 Dundalk Drive. These are permanent supportive homes for those experiencing homelessness and will be built on land provided by the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

Providing housing with 24/7 support services will not only give someone a new home, but a new chance at life. This is a part of our City's collaborative work to meet the challenges of affordable and supportive housing in Toronto. Residents can learn more about this here.


City Ramps Up Pothole Repairs Ahead of Long Weekend

City crews have been working extended hours, from 6 a.m to 6 p.m this week to repair as many potholes as possible on expressways, major roads, and neighbourhood streets ahead of the Easter long weekend.

Since January 1st, City crews have repaired more than 60,000 potholes across the City, and potholes can normally be repaired within four days of crews being made aware.

Residents can submit pothole service requests through 311 online, through the 311 Toronto app, or by calling 3-1-1!

City of Toronto Standing In Support of Ukraine 

On Sunday April 10th, I joined the Ukrainian Canadan Congress Toronto's event at Nathan Phillips Square infornt of City Hall on behalf of Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council to reaffirm our City’s support for the Ukrainian people. During this event, I spoke to the crowd, heard from organizers, and reiterated our City's strong support for the Ukrainain people during this challenging time.

Recently, during the April 6th City Council meeting, Council passed a motion to ensure that municipal funds will be spent in a manner that aligns with the Government of Canada’s sanctions of Russian businesses and individuals and others. The motion prevents future municipal contracts with any businesses and individuals sanctions by the Government of Canada.

You can learn more about the City Council motion here.


Local Non-profit Aangen Has Provided Over 1000 Meals to Ukraine

A local Davenport non-profit named Aangen that helps address hunger and poverty in marginalized communities locally and globally has shipped over 1,000 dehydrated nutrient dense meals to Ukraine!

The organization was established in 2000, and provides a number of important programs and supports in the community, and across Toronto. After the war in Ukraine began, Aangen stepped up, and has been working hard to provide over 1,000 packages of dehydrated soup meals to Ukraine.

The important work of organizations like Aangen, who step up during times of need, illustrate the common humanity that we all share, and are an inspiration. Residents can learn more about the important work Aangen is doing here.


Dupont Street Construction Completed Early!

As community members know, Dupont Street between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue has been closed overnights since April 4th for construction.

I'm glad to let residents know that construction has ended, and the overnight closures will no longer be necessary!



Upcoming Community Events

Davenport Annual Easter Egg Hunt This Saturday from 1 p.m to 3 p.m

Don't forget to RSVP for our upcoming annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at Dufferin Grove Park from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm! 

This event will feature family-friendly activities, hot chocolate, and the much anticipated Easter Egg Hunt in the playground at the southeast section of the park! In order to ensure we have enough treats for all, please be sure to RSVP through this link!


Corso Italia BIA Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th from 12pm to 4pm

The Corso Italia BIA will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th from 12-4pm along St. Clair Avenue West from Westmount Avenue to Lansdowne Avenue. You can find more information here.


Bloordale Spring Cleanup At McGregor Playground April 24th from 11 a.m to 2 p.m

The Bloordale Community Improvement Association has planned an upcoming spring cleanup on April 24th from 11 a.m to 2 p.m!


North Corso Community Clean Up April 24th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m

The North Corso Residents' Association has planned a community cleanup on April 24th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m! 


Dovercourt Flea and Flea Spring Clean Up April 23rd from 10 a.m to 3 p.m

The first annual Dovercourt Flea or Free Spring Clean Up event will take place on April 23rd. Residents will be able to bring their unwanted items to sell or give away, and booths will also be set up in the central corridor of Dovercourt Park!

Learn more here.


Upcoming Environment Days


Compost Days Return

Compost days are returning to Davenport this summer! Here are the dates below! Residents are invited to pick up free compost, but don't forget to bring your containers and shovels! 

Our upcoming compost days are below!


Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market Return to the park May 19th

The Dufferin Grove Farmers Market is returning this spring! For nearly 20 years, the Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market has fostered connections between local organic farmers and urban eaters. In doing so, it has helped strengthen our communities.

After challenges due to the pandemic, the Dufferin Grove Farmers Market will be returning to in-person services starting May 19th and every Thursday thereafter from 3 p.m to 7 p.m, you can come to Dufferin Grove Park and purchase some fresh organic fruit!

 

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