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.
Yesterday, Toronto City Council sat in person for the first time in over two years due to the pandemic. While we continued our work over these past two years virtually, it is a pleasure to return in person to City Council representing and advocating for our Davenport community. While we have a full agenda at this Council meeting, today was indeed a special day as we welcomed both Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Mykola Povoroznyk of Kyiv to speak to City Council and to our City. It has been heartbreaking to see the devastation and loss of life in Kyiv and across Ukraine as a result of Russian aggression, and I thank Mayor Klitschko and Deputy Mayor Povoroznyk for their courage and efforts to defend freedom on behalf of themselves and the world. We all have a duty to help how we can, and I encourage residents to learn more about how they can help through this Government of Canada link, and City of Toronto link.
Many may not know that as part of the City of Toronto’s International Alliance Program, a friendship city agreement between the City Toronto and the City of Kyiv was established in 1991. The two cities celebrated the 30th anniversary of this friendship in 2021. We are grateful to the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor for taking the time today to share their inspiration and determination with us and we stand with them as a City and as a country.
The first day of Council was indeed a busy one with Councillors approving the City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, a Digital Infrastructure Strategic Framework, a Toronto Music Strategy, ModernTO, and unanimously voting to approve the continuation of safe, indoor space to people experiencing homelessness, among other measures.
I would also like to note that at this Council meeting, I joined with my colleagues in recognizing and thanking the amazing Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors who have worked so hard across our City to ensure equitable access to the vaccine. One of the Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors is the Abrigo Centre, who were recognized alongside the other ambassadors from across Toronto. Below, I have listed many of the other community organizations that have hosted vaccination clinics in our Davenport community and we are thankful to them.
As the City continues it's vaccination campaign, I want to remind residents that today from 3:00pm until 9:00pm, the Abrigo Centre with support from my office, is hosting a vaccination clinic at Casa das Beiras Community Centre at 32 Caledonia Road! Also, I want to let residents know that Toronto Public Health is operating an immunization clinic at Wallace Emerson Community Centre every Sunday until April 24th from 11:00am to 5:30pm!
Yesterday was proclaimed as Family Caregiver Day in Toronto by Mayor John Tory. It is a day when we recognize and thank so many residents across our city who serve as caregivers in their families in support of their loved ones. Their dedication and commitment to supporting their family members is appreciated by all of us in our City. This has been especially notable over the last two years of the pandemic.
Finally, the federal budget is to be delivered this afternoon by the Minister of Finance and we are anticipating major actions with respect to housing affordability and supportive housing across the country. As a City, we have been working collaboratively with other levels of government and we hope to see continuing substantive and much needed action on housing within today's budget announcement.
I would also like to remind residents that on April 13th the City will be hosting a community consultation for the planning application at 0, 119-125, 160 & 200 Benny Stark Street and 116-122 Turnberry Avenue. I have provided more information.
As always please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can be of any assistance. You can contact my office by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.
Table of Contents
- City Hosting Vaccination Clinic Every Sunday in April at Wallace Emerson Community Centre
- Fourth Doses Now Available for Eligible Residents
- Community Vaccine Clinic Today from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults
City & Local Updates
- Wishing the Muslim Community in Davenport and Across Toronto Ramadan Mubarak
- Mayor of Kyiv and Deputy Mayor of Kyiv Deliver Speech to City Council
- Celebrating Vaccine Engagement Team Community Ambassadors at City Hall
- Welcoming the Governor General To City Hall
- City Expands Eligibility of the Fair Pass Transit Discount Program
- City Launches First Pothole Repair Blitz
- Sewer Infrastructure Rehabilitation Work To Take Place in Davenport In May
- CampTO Back For Summer 2022
- Federal Government Announces 2022 Budget
- RapidTO Phase 2 Bus & Streetcar Survey
- Virtual Community Consultation on April 13th for Benny Start Street & Turnberry Avenue Planning Applications
- Dupont Street To Be Closed Overnights Between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue from April 4th to 17th
Upcoming Community Events
- Davenport Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th from 1pm to 3pm
- Meet the Easter Bunny with St. Clair Gardens’ BIA on April 9th from 10am to 2pm
- Corso Italia BIA Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th from 12pm to 4pm
- Dovercourt Flea and Flea Spring Cleanup on April 24th from 11am - 2pm
Recent Municipal Announcements
- April 1 - St. Lawrence Market to host job fair on Thursday, April 7
- April 3 - City of Toronto recognizes inaugural Canadian Public Health Week
- April 4 - Medical Officer of Health recommends actions to address health impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on children and youth
- April 4 - City of Toronto launches Third Dose Drive to encourage eligible residents to get their third dose of COVID-19 vaccine
- April 5 - City of Toronto’s new Clark Centre for the Arts in Scarborough officially opens to the public on April 20
- April 5 - Mayor John Tory proclaims Family Caregiver Day in Toronto
- April 6 - City of Toronto honours Team Canada’s 2022 Olympic medallists from Toronto
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.
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.
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.
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
Learn more here.