Davenport Community Briefing - August 26th 2021

 

Dear Neighbours,

  1. Local Updates
    1. After School Recreation Care at Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Mary McCormick Community Centre
    2. Metrolinx Connections around Bloor-Lansdowne Station
    3. Dovercourt Road Reconstruction - Complete!
    4. "Changing Lanes" - Laneway Suites in the City of Toronto
    5. 'Toronto for All' Campaign - Undocumented Residents
    6. 8 & 10 Talbot Street Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 8th)
    7. 1500-1536 St Clair Avenue West & 20-36 Caledonia Road Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 28th)
    8. Hydro One - Shieldwire Replacement Notice
    9. Toronto Hydro Notices
      1. Electrical Distribution System Improvements
      2. Overhead Electrical Work
    10. Metrolinx Notices
      1. Traffic Configuration Change at Fairbank Station
  2. Other Updates
    1. DUE TOMORROW: City of Toronto Access, Equity, and Human Rights Awards Nomination Deadline Extension
    2. DUE TOMORROW: Sistering Board of Directors Application
    3. "Be Safe" Vision Zero Campaign
    4. Property Tax, Water & Solid Waste Relief Programs
    5. TONIGHT - Community Chorus Rehearsal
  3. Recent Municipal Announcements
    1. Toronto Public Health reporting more than 98 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients not fully vaccinated
    2. Toronto Public Health launches #VaxTOCampus campaign to promote vaccination in post-secondary settings
    3. All youth born in 2009 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination at City of Toronto vaccination clinics
    4. City of Toronto announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for its employees
    5. Toronto Medical Officer of Health strongly recommending Toronto employers institute COVID-19 vaccination policy and support workplace vaccination
    6. Toronto residents invited to join latest series of “VaxTO” campaign telephone town halls in Spanish, Portuguese and English starting Tuesday
    7. City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto to begin construction of Lake Shore Boulevard East project
    8. City of Toronto moving to hyper-local COVID-19 vaccination campaign starting Monday
    9. Team Toronto vaccination partners reach milestone: 75 per cent of people 12 and older in Toronto are now fully vaccinated
    10. Preliminary Automated Speed Enforcement evaluation data points to increased compliance and reduced speeding in first year of implementation
    11. City of Toronto launches new ‘Toronto For All’ Campaign to support undocumented residents

Local Updates


After School Recreation Care at Wallace Emerson Community Centre and Mary McCormick Community Centre

I am pleased to announce that Mary McCormick Community Centre and the Wallace Emerson Community Centre have been selected as locations for the After-School Recreation Care (ARC) program beginning this September!

The daily fee will be reduced to $2.88 per participant and should families require further assistance they may apply for Welcome Policy that grants a full year of program access for free if they qualify.

The After-School Recreation Care program model was developed by the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division (PFR) in 2005 to address the child care and recreation needs of children six to twelve years of age. During the school year, the program will provide age appropriate programming from 3:00pm-6:00pm for 30 school-aged children at each new location. ARC is staffed by qualified and trained part-time recreation workers.

The vision of the ARC program is to provide children the opportunity to participate in diverse and sustainable after-school programs that enhance their social, physical, educational and creative development. The ARC program provides inclusive, cultured, flexible and high quality programs in a safe environment, and is based on HIGH FIVE's Principles of Health Child Development.

For more information about the ARC Program, please see the City website here.

Metrolinx Connections around Bloor-Lansdowne Station

As you know, over the past several years I have been working diligently with the community to ensure that we receive the benefits we need as Metrolinx, the provincial transit agency, advances its transit renewal program that has and will continue to have significant impacts upon our community. While we all support and want to see public transit renewal it has also been our position that we need to see direct benefits to our community as this transit renewal occurs. Many of you will remember my work with you as we ensure that Metrolinx included important connections associated with these transit projects for our community. Recently, when Metrolinx seemed to be reconsidering its commitments with respect to connections, I ensured that the transit agency would follow through on the promises they had made to us. This included direct meetings, including on-site, with the President of Metrolinx and advocacy by our City staff with Metrolinx officials. I am pleased to confirm that Metrolinx has issued its clear commitment to fund the connections they promised. This will include the planning, design and delivery of the three pedestrian connections I have been working to ensure are delivered as promised.

The three connections are: 
1) Bloor-Lansdowne Station to the north part of the public realm of the Davenport Diamond;
2) Bloor-Lansdowne Station to the Junction area through Dora Avenue and Sterling Road;
3) Bloor-Lansdowne Station to the West Toronto Rail Path.

I will continue to ensure that Metrolinx fulfils its commitments to our community and thank all of you for your continued support.

 


Dovercourt Road Reconstruction - Complete!

I am pleased to report that the Dovercourt Road Reconstruction project is completed.

Thank you to all the residents who had to work at home through the construction as I know this was a challenging time. These are vital watermain repairs, and improvements to road safety. These road safety features include:

• Intersection improvements at MacKenzie Crescent, Foxley Street, Argyle Street and Humbert Street to reduce pedestrian crossing distances and slow right-turning traffic.
• Raising the curb height to make it more difficult for vehicles to mount the curb and encroach on pedestrian space.
• Speed humps to reduce speeds at which vehicles travel.


"Changing Lanes" - Laneway Suites in the City of Toronto

City of Toronto staff will be presenting information and updates on the Laneway Suites program. City Planning staff will present preliminary findings from laneway suite applications to date, summarize comments they’ve received from the building industry and residents since the Laneway Suite By-law was enacted, and talk about how the City can continue to support the construction of laneway suites. Each meeting will also include an opportunity for Q and A. 

There will be two upcoming information sessions:
• August 31 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm
• September 1 - 1:00pm - 2:30pm

The presentation from these meetings, as well an online comment form, will be posted to the Changing Lanes website where you can also register for the sessions.

 


'Toronto for All' Campaign - Undocumented Residents

Torontonians understand and support the values of diversity and the need to protect human rights. Undocumented residents in Toronto or those with precarious status are often discriminated against because of harmful misinformation and stereotypes.

The City of Toronto has partnered with FCJ Refugee Centre, and other key agencies, to help increase understanding of the challenges facing undocumented residents in our city. The reality is that undocumented residents live without valid immigration status and often live in fear of being removed from the country. Their situations are often very misunderstood and even worse, criminalized. This campaign strives to educate Torontonians on the realities of what it is like to live in our City as an undocumented person.

This new "Toronto for All" campaign aims to help Torontonians understand the lives and challenges of undocumented individuals. For more information about this campaign, including everyday actions you can take to make Toronto more inclusive -- please visit the Toronto For All webpage.

 


8 & 10 Talbot Street Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 8th)

Join City of Toronto staff and our office for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City's evaluation of the proposed development.

The Virtual Community Consultation Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 8th between 6:30pm and 8:00pm. 

Please visit the Application Information Centre at Toronto.ca/8TalbotSt for further information.

 


1500-1536 St Clair Avenue West & 20-36 Caledonia Road Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 28th)

Join City of Toronto staff and our office for a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about this application, ask questions and share your comments. Your feedback will help inform the City's evaluation of the proposed development.

The Virtual Community Consultation Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 28th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. 

Please visit the Application Information Centre at www.toronto.ca/1500StClairAveW for further information.


Hydro One - Shieldwire Replacement Notice

Hydro One is replacing shieldwire that has reached end-of-life. This work is required in the hydro corridor running east from Wilshire Transmission Station (TS), located on Davenport Road/Wiltshire Avenue, to Bridgman TS, located on Davenport Road/Macpherson Avenue. This important work will ensure equipment is protected from lightning strikes, and that the corridor is safe for public use.

The community can expect crews to be on site Monday to Friday from 7:00am to 6:00pm beginning in mid-September. Three temporary work stations will be set up near Davenport Road & Caledonia Park Road, Bartlett Parkette, and Huron Street & MacPherson Avenue. Temporary corridor closures will be required under the power lines for up to 5 days, and areas where the work stations will be installed will be closed for the duration of work. Closures will temporarily impact use of corridor trails, parks, including Primrose Avenue Parkette and Bartlett Parkette, and parking under the power lines.


Toronto Hydro Notices

Electrical Distribution System Improvements

Toronto Hydro will be beginning work on improving the electricity system in Davenport. Work on this project will generally take place Monday to Friday between 7:00am and 7:00pm. The boundaries for the project include St. Clair Avenue West (North), Ossington Avenue (East), Bloor Street West (South), and Keele Street (West). Toronto Hydro expects the work to be completed in April 2022.

Overhead Electrical Work

Toronto Hydro will be undertaking overhead electrical work between Antler Street and Dupont Street. The project area includes a section of Metrolinx right of way between Dupont Street (North) and Antler Street (South). Work is expected to begin September 2021, and conclude in December 2021.

 


Metrolinx Notices

Traffic Configuration Change at Fairbank Station

A new traffic configuration has been implemented as of August 18th at Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue West. Traffic on Dufferin Street will shift to the west side of the road and construction will move to the east. Traffic on Eglinton Avenue will remain on north. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Dufferin Street and Eglinton Avenue. All turns at the intersection will remain prohibited. This traffic configuration is expected to remain in place for approximately two (2) months. 

 


Other Updates

DUE TOMORROW: City of Toronto Access, Equity, and Human Rights Awards Nomination Deadline Extension

The City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights (AEHR) Awards recognize people, organizations or programs that have created a more equitable city by addressing discrimination and working to eliminate barriers to equality. The awards are community-driven, nominations come from Toronto residents and are selected by a panel made up of community members with expertise and knowledge of issues relevant to the award categories.

The deadline for nominations has been extended to August 27th 2021, and each award winner will receive an honorarium of $500. 

The Award categories are: 

  • Mino Bimaadiziwin Award (Indigenous Award)
  • Disability Access Award
  • Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women’s Equality
  • Pride Award
  • William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award

For more information, including how to nominate an individual, group, or organization -- please visit Toronto.ca/CivicAwards


DUE TOMORROW: Sistering Board of Directors Application

Sistering is accepting applications from community members interested in serving on their Board of
Directors.

Sistering is a multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are
homeless or precariously housed. They have been serving this community for over 35 years. In 2015 Sistering began operating a 24/7 drop-in which is an extension of our existing drop-in services and is a low-barrier and welcoming space for women and trans folks to come and meet service providers, peer support workers, and other participants with shared lived experience. Sistering’s work is grounded in trauma informed philosophy and based on the principles of harm reduction, trans inclusiveness and social advocacy.

For more information please contact the Board Nominations Committee at: [email protected]

An application form is available for download at the Sistering website: www.sistering.org

Please send the completed application with a resume by August 27, 2021 to [email protected]
and include Board Application in the subject line of your email or drop off a copy to Sistering at 962 Bloor
Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1L6



"Be Safe" Vision Zero Campaign

The City of Toronto’s “Be Safe” public education campaign was launched in July 2021 to remind all road users – people walking, cycling, riding motorcycles and driving – to exercise caution, stay alert and obey the rules of the road as car, bicycle and pedestrian traffic volumes continue to rise.

The campaign, which advances the education component of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, is intended to promote awareness of the rules of the road especially as they relate to cycling safety. It features a set of messages and creatives that remind the public of how to safely interact with the different types of cycling infrastructure, encourage all road users to share the road and alert people driving or cycling to stay vigilant, slow down and obey traffic and speed signs.

The campaign will run until September 31 and will be featured on the advertising faces of Toronto’s Bike Share stations, transit shelters, bus backs, billboards, parking garages in addition to radio, print and social media ads.

 


Property Tax, Water & Solid Waste Relief Programs

Are you a low-income senior or low-income person living with disabilities and own your own home in Toronto? You may be eligible for property tax, water and solid waste relief assistance.

To apply for the rebate programs online, applicants must have filed their 2020 income tax returns with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). If you haven’t yet filed your 2020 tax return or received your 2020 Notice of Assessment (NOA) or re-assessment (NOR), you may submit your application at any time before the October 29, 2021 deadline.

In order to apply online, you will need to provide an email address and phone number, and you must obtain the written consent of all owners that reside at the property for which relief is sought. You will also need to have access to a printer and/or a scanner to send documents to support your application.

Our office is happy to help anyone who may require assistance with their applications. If you require assistance, please call or email my office so that a member of our team can connect with you for an appointment.

For more information, including the application link, visit the City of Toronto website here


TONIGHT - Community Chorus Rehearsal

Join in for a new community chorus, hosted and run by Isabel Mazotta! Their first rehearsal is TONIGHT -- August 26th @ 7:00pm with guest artist Shari Tallon. For more information and contact details, see the poster below:


Recent Municipal Announcements (August 5 - August 26)

August 16 - Toronto Public Health reporting more than 98 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients not fully vaccinated
August 17 - Toronto Public Health launches #VaxTOCampus campaign to promote vaccination in post-secondary settings
August 18 - All youth born in 2009 now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination at City of Toronto vaccination clinics
August 19 - City of Toronto announces mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for its employees
August 20 - Toronto Medical Officer of Health strongly recommending Toronto employers institute COVID-19 vaccination policy and support workplace vaccination
August 20 - Toronto residents invited to join latest series of “VaxTO” campaign telephone town halls in Spanish, Portuguese and English starting Tuesday
August 20 - City of Toronto and Waterfront Toronto to begin construction of Lake Shore Boulevard East project
August 20 - City of Toronto moving to hyper-local COVID-19 vaccination campaign starting Monday
August 22 - Team Toronto vaccination partners reach milestone: 75 per cent of people 12 and older in Toronto are now fully vaccinated
August 24 - Preliminary Automated Speed Enforcement evaluation data points to increased compliance and reduced speeding in first year of implementation
August 24 - City of Toronto launches new ‘Toronto For All’ Campaign to support undocumented residents


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