Celebrating vaccine engagement volunteers, in-person Council meetings return, pothole repairs, and more! Davenport Community Briefing - April 7

Dear neighbours,

I'd like to begin by recognizing that last Friday was the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection for the Muslim community, and I would like to wish the Muslim community in Davenport and across Toronto Ramadan Mubarak!

I'd also like to remind everyone who hasn't yet, to Davenport Easter Egg Hunt which will be taking place on April 16th, 2022 at Dufferin Grove Park! You can register here. There are also a few other upcoming community events taking place, and I have provided more information on them below.



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.


Community Vaccine Clinic Today from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Today from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, the Abrigo Centre with support from my office will be hosting a community vaccine clinic at the Casa das Beiras Community Centre at 32 Caledonia Road!

The clinic will be offering first, second, and third doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and will also have pediatric doses available for children ages 5-11, as well as booster doses available for anyone over 12.

This clinic is by appointment only, and walk-in availability is dependent on supply, so I encourage all interested residents to register.


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 the Muslim Community in Davenport and Across Toronto Ramadan Mubarak

As last Friday marked the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims in Toronto and across the world, I want to wish the Muslim community in Davenport and across Toronto Ramadan Mubarak!


Mayor of Kyiv and Deputy Mayor of Kyiv Deliver Speech to City Council

Today, the Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk delivered a virtual address to City Council. They spoke about the illegal Russian invasion, and the need to defend their homes and their children's futures from this invasion.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor also spoke about the challenges going forward, and thanked Canadians for their support to the Ukrainian people. Their courage and leadership has been an inspiration to Ukrainians and to all of us around the world.

You can watch their full speech to City Council here.


Celebrating Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors at City Hall

Yesterday, I joined Mayor Tory and my Council colleagues in recognizing and celebrating the Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors who have been working hard to expand and ensure vaccine accessibility across our City!

One of the Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors is the Abrigo Centre, who has partnered with my office to host many accessible vaccination clinics in our Davenport community.

I also wanted to recognize and thank some of the other community organizations that have been working to ensure vaccination accessibility in Davenport. Thank you to:

  • South Asian Women's Centre
  • Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre
  • North of Bloor Mutual Aid
  • West Neighbourhood House
  • Fairbank Memorial Community Centre

Your work has been invaluable in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and I join our Davenport community in thanking you.


Welcoming the Governor General To City Hall

On Thursday March 31st, I joined Mayor Tory and my Council colleagues in welcoming her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada. This was the Governor General's first official visit since becoming Governor General, and it was a pleasure to welcome her Excellency to our City.


City Expands Eligibility of the Fair Pass Transit Discount Program

The TTC is a vital public institution that keeps our City moving and ensures residents can easily travel across our City. To ensure wider and more equitable access to the TCC, in 2016, Council created the Fare Pass Transit Discount Program.

The program provides a 33% discount to adult single-ride fares and a 21% discount on TTC adult monthly passes for eligible residents. A typical adult rider with a Fair Pass Transit Discount can save almost $400 per year.

On March 31st, the City announced it is expanding access to the Fare Pass program! This expansion, which was approved by City Council as part of the 2022 City of Toronto operating budget, will provide access to residents receiving the Rent-Geared-to-Income (RGI) subsidy. The City will also begin a Fair Pass promotional campaign to ensure residents across our City learn and are aware of this program.

You can learn more about this program here.


City Launches First Pothole Repair Blitz

On Saturday, April 2nd, the City launched its first 12-hour pothole repair blitz of 2022! From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., City crews worked to repair as many potholes as possible on expressways and major roads in our neighborhoods!

The City has a comprehensive pothole repair program and has budgeted approximately $4.4 million in 2022 to fix potholes on roads and bikeways.

Crews have already fixed more than 50,000 potholes since January 1, and pothole repair blitz crews are made up of the same City staff who handle road maintenance, snow clearing, street sweeping and other maintenance and roadway safety work.

Residents can also report potholes to 311 by phone at 3-1-1, online through Toronto.ca/311, or through the 311 Toronto mobile app.


Sewer Infrastructure Rehabilitation Work To Take Place in Davenport In May

In May, the City of Toronto will begin work to rehabilitate existing sewer infrastructure in certain areas across Davenport to reduce the risk of leaks, and ensure long-term sewer reliability. Depending on the type of repairs needed, construction will be completed in two or three phases over 8 months, with each construction phase lasting approximately three to seven days.

This planned sewer work will impact sections of the following roadways.

  • Alberta Ave
  • Benson Ave
  • Lansdowne Ave
  • Northcliffe Blvd
  • Westmount Ave
  • Rosemount Ave
  • St. Clair W.
  • Oakwood Ave
  • Glenhurst Ave
  • Nairn Ave
  • Teignmouth Ave
  • Hatherley Rd

More information, including pre-construction notices, will be provided to residents and businesses soon.


CampTO Back For Summer 2022

The City's CampTO and adapted CampTO program is back in every neighbourhood across Toronto! Registration begins on Tuesday, April 12th and camp runs from July 4th to September 2nd! You can learn more about CampTO by visiting Toronto.ca/CampTO.


Federal Government Announces 2022 Budget

This afternoon, the federal government unveiled the 2022 federal budget. The government indicated that they plan to address affordability issues along with ensuring economic growth in the post-pandemic period. 

There were a number of important measures that specifically looked to address housing affordability including:

  • Measures to ban foreign investment in residential real estate, and a crack down on illegal activity in the housing market
  • $4 billion to municipalities through the Housing Accelerator Fund to increase housing supply and speed up residential housing development with the aim of seeing 100,000 homes built in urban centers across Canada by 2025. 
  • $1.5 billion to extend the Rapid Housing Initiative 
  • 2.9 billion in funding through the National Housing Co-Investment Fund to accelerate the creation of affordable housing units for vulnerable Canadians 

The budget also includes the implementation of a new “Tax-Free First Home Savings Account” which will allow prospective first-time home buyers to save up to $40,000 tax free towards their first home.  

The 2022 federal budget also includes the beginning of a national dental plan by providing $5.3 billion over five years, starting in 2022-23, and $1.7 billion ongoing, to Health Canada to provide dental care for Canadians. The program will start with children under 12 years of age in 2022, and will expand to those under 18 & seniors in 2023, with full implementation by 2025. This program will provide partial coverage to families with an income of less than $90,000, and full coverage to those making under $70,000.

To help fund the budget's goals, the federal government has announced a surtax on financial institutions (banks/insurance companies) that have made significant profits during the two years of the pandemic. 

You can read the full details of the federal government's 2022 budget here.


RapidTO Phase 2 Bus & Streetcar Survey

The City of Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are studying and implementing transit priority solutions that improve service reliability in our City! As a part of this process, they want to hear feedback from residents on which roadways to prioritize for future transit priority solutions.

You can share your feedback by completing this online survey by April 20th, or by registering for the city-wide virtual public meeting on April 11, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m here. Visit here for more information.


Virtual Community Consultation on April 13th for Benny Start Street & Turnberry Avenue Planning Applications 

The City will be hosting a community consultation on April 13th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm for the planning application at 0, 119-125, 160 & 200 Benny Stark Street and 116-122 Turnberry Avenue.

Residens will be able to learn more about this proposed development from City staff, and provide feedback.

Interested residents can register for the community consultation by clicking on the 200 Benny Stark St registration portal here

Dupont Street To Be Closed Overnights Between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue from April 4th to 17th

To complete the girder erection of the west side of the Dupont Street bridge, Dupont Street will have full road closures overnight from 9:00pm to 6:00am from Monday, April 4 to Sunday, April 17.

I encourage residents to learn more about these coming overnight closures, and plan accordingly. Click here to learn more.



Upcoming Community Events

Davenport Annual Easter Egg Hunt

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!


Meet the Easter Bunny with St. Clair Gardens’ BIA

The St. Clair Gardens’ BIA is hosting an Easter event this Saturday! Come out and meet the Easter Bunny along St. Clair Avenue from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm! You can find more information here.


Corso Italia BIA Easter Egg Hunt

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


Dovercourt Flea and Flea Spring Clean Up

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.

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