Environment days, free compost, road safety improvements, and upcoming events! - Davenport Community Briefing - April 21st



COVID-19 Updates

Vaccination Clinic at Shopping Centres Including Dufferin Mall until April 30th

On April 20th, the City of Toronto announced that Toronto Public Health will bring COVID-19 vaccination clinics to local shopping centres as part of the Shop And Vax initiative, and one of these locations will be at Dufferin Mall in our Davenport community! 

These vaccination clinics will operate on a walk-in basis, to provide first, second, third, fourth and pediatric doses to eligible residents. Residents can learn more here.


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 clinic took place on April 10th and 17th with the final day this coming Sunday, 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 Passover

Last Friday marked the start of Passover, a time of reflection and celebration for the Jewish community in Davenport, across Toronto and around the world. As Passover celebrations continue this week ending in the evening of April 23, we wish the Jewish community in Davenport and across Toronto a Happy Passover! Chag Sameach!


Wishing the Orthodox Community a Happy Easter

I wish the Orthodox Community a Happy Easter with Easter Sunday taking place on April 24th this year. I hope you enjoy a holy, joyous and blessed Easter!


Environment Days and Compost Days return to Davenport

Environment Days and Compost Days are coming back to our Davenport community following a break due to pandemic public health restrictions. We will have two Environment Days, and seven Compost days in our Davenport community over the coming months.

During Environment Days, residents will be able to safely dispose of various hazardous items, donate items in good condition for reuse, as well as pick up bagged compost! Our first Environment Day will be on Sunday May 1st at Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin Street) from 10:00 am to 2:00pm.

During Compost Days, residents will be able to come by and pick up free compost! The compost provided during Compost Days is unbagged, so residents will need to bring their own shovels and containers! You can learn more about Environment Days here.


City Launches Online Poll For Toronto's New Official Tree

Today, the City launched an online poll for residents to help select Toronto's official tree! Voting for the poll will be open until May 10th, and the tree with the most votes will become our City's arboreal emblem! You can take the poll here!


Lansdowne Station To Become More Accessible

As a part of the TTC's Easier Access Program, the TTC is working to make Lansdowne Station more accessible by installing three new elevators. Construction began in 2019, and is expected to be complete later this year.

You can learn more about the Easier Access Program here.


New Traffic Signal at Dufferin St. and Lindsay Ave

At the July 2021 meeting of Toronto City Council, we approved a traffic light installation at the intersection of Dufferin Street and Lindsey Avenue. My office worked closely with City Staff and community members to expedite this safety related initiative, which is vitally important because it forms a safe crossing for pedestrians as well as for cyclists.

I am glad to let residents know that this past week, the light was activated. The implementation of this traffic control signal is one of several initiatives stemming from my motion for improved safety for cyclists and pedestrians on Dufferin Street. I would like to thank all of those community members who took time to share their views and recommendations. You input is always appreciated.


City of Toronto Announces PollinateTO Community Grant Recipients 

This past Tuesday, the City of Toronto announced the recipients of the PollinateTO community grants. PollinateTO. These grants provide up to $5,000 per project for community-led initiatives that create or expand pollinator habitats on public and private lands across Toronto.

Congratulations to the Shirley Street Junior Public School Gardeners and Dewson Street Junior Public School, two of the groups that received grants in our community through this program! You can learn more about PollinateTO here.


Davenport Easter Egg Hunt Was A Big Success

We had a great turnout at this year's Davenport Community Easter Egg Hunt! Community members enjoyed music with each other, danced, and of course hunted for Easter Eggs! After the challenges of the past two years due to the pandemic, it was great to see so many community members in person enjoying this wonderful spring event in the park.

Thank you to everyone who come out, and a special thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the event such a success!



Upcoming Community Events

Fairbank Village Community Cleanup April 23rd from 11:30 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.


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 is hosting a community cleanup on April 24th from 9 a.m to 1 p.m at the Nairn Avenue Parkette!


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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