Davenport Community Briefing - January 6th

Councillor Ana Bailão

Neighbours,

Vaccination and COVID-19 Updates

Return to Step Two in Provincial Re-Opening Plan

Yesterday, following the provincial government's announcement on January 3rd, all of Ontario including the City of Toronto moved back to Step Two of the provincial re-opening plan.  This decision was taken by the provincial government following consultation with the Ontario Health Table and on the advice of the Ontario Medical Officer of Health. This link contains full information on this step along with other details on this decision and below is a quick reference break-down on what the impacts are of this return to Step Two. This move is temporary and we hope to see a return to better conditions in the coming weeks. 

  • Reducing social gathering limits to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
  • Limiting capacity at organized public events to five people indoors.
  • Requiring businesses and organizations to ensure employees work remotely unless the nature of their work requires them to be on-site.
  • Limiting capacity at indoor weddings, funerals, and religious services, rites and ceremonies to 50 per cent capacity of the particular room. Outdoor services are limited to the number of people that can maintain 2 metres of physical distance. Social gatherings associated with these services must adhere to the social gathering limits.
  • Retail settings, including shopping malls, permitted at 50 per cent capacity. For shopping malls physical distancing will be required in line-ups, loitering will not be permitted and food courts will be required to close.
  • Personal care services permitted at 50 per cent capacity and other restrictions. Saunas, steam rooms, and oxygen bars closed.
  • Closing indoor meeting and event spaces with limited exceptions but permitting outdoor spaces to remain open with restrictions.
  • Public libraries limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor dining at restaurants, bars and other food or drink establishments. Outdoor dining with restrictions, takeout, drive through and delivery is permitted.
  • Restricting the sale of alcohol after 10 p.m. and the consumption of alcohol on-premise in businesses or settings after 11 p.m. with delivery and takeout, grocery/convenience stores and other liquor stores exempted.
  • Closing indoor concert venues, theatres, cinemas, rehearsals and recorded performances permitted with restrictions.
  • Closing museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions, amusement parks and waterparks, tour and guide services and fairs, rural exhibitions, and festivals. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy, where applicable, limited to 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor horse racing tracks, car racing tracks and other similar venues. Outdoor establishments permitted to open with restrictions and with spectator occupancy limited to 50 per cent capacity. Boat tours permitted at 50 per cent capacity.
  • Closing indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities including gyms, except for athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and select professional and elite amateur sport leagues. Outdoor facilities are permitted to operate but with the number of spectators not to exceed 50 per cent occupancy and other requirements.
  • All publicly funded and private schools will move to remote learning starting January 5 until at least January 17, subject to public health trends and operational considerations.
  • School buildings would be permitted to open for child care operations, including emergency child care, to provide in-person instruction for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated remotely and for staff who are unable to deliver quality instruction from home.
  • During this period of remote learning, free emergency child care will be provided for school-aged children of health care and other eligible frontline workers.

How to Get Vaccinated with First, Second and Third Dose Boosters

Our Public Health officials have been repeating for many months now that the best way for us to bring this pandemic to an end is for all of us to get vaccinated.  Vaccinations help significantly to reduce the spread of Covid 19 and just as importantly protect against serious illness, hospitalization and even more serious outcomes.  In getting vaccinated we not only help to bring forward an end to this pandemic but we also protect our families, our friends and our communities. 

It is for all of these reasons that everyone is encouraged to get their vaccinations, whether first dose, second dose or third dose booster as soon as they are able to do so.  Vaccinations are available for children 5 years of age or older and third dose (boosters) are available for those who are 18 years of age or older. 

The City maintains a web page that is constantly updated and where you can book a vaccination appointment, there is also the provincial booking site and you may also wish to review the Vaccine Hunters web page which has in the past been partnering with the City. 

Many pharmacies across the City and province are also administering vaccinations and you can view those currently doing so at this link

The City also maintains a web page in map format where you can enter your address to locate nearby clinics.


Children and Youth Vaccinations

As noted above, children 5 years and older and young people are eligible to receive their Covid 19 vaccinations (third dose boosters are only available to those 18 years of age and over).  Vaccinations are important for everyone in our City and communities and parents are encouraged to have their children vaccinated as soon as they are eligible.  The City maintains a webpage containing information specifically for children and youth that contains information that is very informative about vaccinations for this age group.  As noted, the City is also beginning school based vaccination clinics for those in the education system so that our schools are best positioned for re-opening on January 17th. As our City's Medical Officer of Health has made clear it is important for our kids to be able to return to in-person learning. 


City Ensures that All Essential Services Will Continue During Omicron Variant Wave

As you know, the Omicron variant has been identified as being very highly transmissible and as a result the City, like many other organizations, faces potentially significant numbers of employees having to be away from work due to illness or close contact with an infected person.  On Tuesday of this week the Mayor along with the City's Medical Officer of Health, the Fire Chief who is leading the City's Emergency Operations Centre and other senior staff outlined the City's plan to ensure that all essential services in the City continue should high levels of absenteeism due to illness or isolation requirements occur.  The City committed to reassign staff as needed and work with partners to ensure that all essential services continue to be provided to residents of our City during this period.  Further details on the announcement can be found at this link.


Temporary Changes to City Recreational Programs

Due to the new Public Health directives that came into effect yesterday, there will be an impact on the City's recreational programs.  Beginning on Wednesday, indoor sport and recreational facilities and programs have had to be closed for a minimum of three weeks in compliance with the provincial government's return to Step Three.  Unfortunately, this will mean the immediate cancellation of all indoor winter instructional programming that was supposed to begin on January 8th, and facility bookings (i.e. arena permits) and all indoor drop-in programs are also closed.  Also, indoor exhibits such as indoor animal display areas and indoor botanical / indoor gardens must close as well. 

The After-School Recreation & Care program (ARC) will be suspended until in-person learning starts again which at present it scheduled for January 17th.  All of these impacted registrations and reservations will be cancelled immediately and a refund will be issued to clients automatically and permit holders will also be directly notified.

Services that are NOT impacted include:

  • Access to outdoor rinks
  • Outdoor learn-to-skate and ski operations
  • Passive use of parks and outdoor amenities

If you have specific questions you can contact the City's Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 416-396-7378.  


City of Toronto COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Throughout the pandemic the City of Toronto was one of the first cities to establish and maintain an updated dashboard of statistics and reports on Covid numbers in our City, including with a case count map.  You may wish to review the information on the dashboard which outlines what is occurring in our City during the pandemic.  The data is updated regularly.  The dashboard can be found at this link 


Local & City Updates

City of Toronto Winter Snow Removal

The City has a comprehensive and highly coordinated snow and ice clearing plan that prioritizes the safety and movement of everyone above all else. The winter service program is based on winter contract commitments, long-term weather patterns/average snowfall data, and more. Snow clearing takes place at different intervals, seen in the chart below:

Bike lanes and cycle tracks are salted and/or plowed at about the same time as the adjacent road, based on the levels of service. There is also a priority network of bike lanes and cycle tracks in the downtown core that will receive enhanced winter services to improve safety for cyclists. 

The City clears snow from sidewalks in most areas of the City, where it is physically possible to clear snow mechanically (i.e. using a small plow).  Sidewalk plowing takes place when there is 2 cm of snow accumulation and the snow has stopped falling, or when icy conditions dictate. Sidewalks with high pedestrian volume (arterial roads, school zones, transit areas, and accessibility locations) will be cleared first. Sidewalk clearing after a snowfall takes approximately 13 hours to complete and, depending on the storm severity, may occur more than once. Sidewalk clearing can continue up to 72 hours after the snow has stopped falling.

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For additional information, the City provides comprehensive webpages outlining all winter services:

Visit Toronto.ca/snow for a comprehensive overview on snow clearing and winter management plans.

Visit Toronto.ca/PlowTO to track real-time locations of plows, sidewalk plows and salt trucks and identify which roads have been serviced by winter snow clearing vehicles and crews.

Visit Toronto.ca/salt for information on Toronto's Salt Management Plan - and how we use, store, and transport road salt.


Arts & Culture Grants

Applications for the new Cultural Festivals Funding Program will open on January 7, 2022. 

City of Toronto grant programs are a strategic tool used to achieve the City’s social, economic and cultural goals. These funding programs represent a form of partnership with community based organizations that contribute significantly to the goals in relation to community capacity, equitable access, well being, diversity, civic participation and civic cohesion.

  • Local Arts Service Organizations
    • Local Arts Service Organizations (LASOs) support the City of Toronto’s strong neighbourhoods strategy in under-served areas. They provide inclusive opportunities for children and youth and participants from a broad demographic spectrum. There are six LASOs receiving municipal funding.
  • Cultural Festivals Funding Program
    • The City of Toronto recognizes the importance of cultural festivals to the cultural, social, and economic life of the city. The Cultural Festivals Funding Program (CFFP) has been designed to support the development of the festival sector in a manner that is accessible, transparent and accountable.
  • Cultural Access and Development Program
    • Program criteria are under development and will be announced in 2022.
  • StreetART Toronto (StART)
    • StART‘s mission is to revitalize and engage communities through street and mural art. StART provides up to $50,000 in funding for partnership projects. Outdoor Mural & Street Art Program applications are open for the 2022 funding year. The program provides one-time funding for outdoor mural projects that help promote a local theme and facilitate commercial or industrial neighbourhood identity. It is open to business associations and community groups with strong business participation. Learn more and apply by March 31.


Retail Accelerator Program Offers Training, Mentoring and a Micro Grant of $10,000

Applications are being accepted for the City of Toronto's Retail Accelerator Program. Part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative, the new program provides access to retail training, advisory services and mentoring opportunities, as well as a micro grant of $10,000 to help retail businesses develop and expand. Apply by March 31, 2022.


Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program to Help Operators and Owners of Vacant Storefronts 

The City of Toronto's new Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program is offering matching funding of 50 per cent to commercial business operators and owners of vacant storefronts (or, in certain limited circumstances, at risk of becoming vacant) to undertake interior improvements. The program is a key part of the Toronto Main Street Recovery and Rebuild Initiative. Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2022 or when funds are expended, whichever comes first, and are considered on a first received, first reviewed basis. Apply today.


Expanding Housing Options in Neighbourhoods - Garden Suites Final Report
Building on our work with Laneway Suites, the great team Toronto City Planning are recommending a planning framework to permit Garden Suites by amending both the Official Plan & City-wide Zoning By-law for properties without laneway access.
Garden suites are a new form of rental housing, multi-generational housing, and an option for aging in-place, for current and future residents of Toronto. They help create complete communities and provide a fuller range of housing forms, tenures, and affordability for residents.
We are presenting a made in Toronto housing solution that maintains and where possible enhances the natural environment, while also promoting gradual expansion of housing options in Neighbourhoods by enabling livable, lower-scale detached accessory dwellings throughout the city.
I have supported Garden Suites every step of the way; working closely with Staff and moving interim reports through Planning and Housing Committee, on which I serve as Chair. We need every tool in our housing toolbox and this is another option for the residents of Toronto.
I look forward to the presentations, comments and debate at Planning and Housing Committee on January 12. To review the Final Report on Garden Suites and full list of Staff recommendations, here is the link.

Automated Speed Enforcement Update

The following scheduled sites in Davenport will be receiving an Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) system during the next rotation, planned for approximately April 2022.  

Location

Associated School(s)

Rogers Rd Near 382 Rogers Rd.

· St Nicholas of Bari Catholic Elementary School

· F H Miller Junior Public School

Dufferin St South of Dufferin Park Ave.

· St. Mary Catholic Academy Secondary School

ASE is a tool in the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan focused on altering driver behaviour to decrease speeding and increase safety. The ASE systems are mobile and will rotate every three to six months within each ward. This provides an opportunity to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and provide a wider-ranging deterrent effect.

For additional information about the ASE program, or to submit a request for ASE, please visit www.toronto.ca/ASE. Residents with program-specific inquiries should call 311 or email [email protected].


189-195 Old Weston Road Development Application (Preliminary Report)

A new application has been submitted to develop the construction storage yard at 189-195 Old Weston Road. City Planning Staff have produced a preliminary report which is on the agenda for the January 12th meeting of the Planning and Housing Committee.

The application proposes the conversion of lands designated Core Employments Areas to Mixed Use Areas to permit a mixed-use development. The subject development application includes a five-storey standalone non- residential building, an eight-storey mixed-use building with a four-storey podium, a 14- storey residential building, and a three-storey above-grade parking structure. The development as currently proposed provides for a total gross floor area (GFA) of 35,356 square metres, inclusive of 23,243 square metres of residential GFA, 4,282 square metres of non-residential GFA, and 7,831 square metres of parking GFA. The proposed GFA results in a floor space index of 3.45 times the area of the lot, inclusive of the parking GFA.

Staff are currently reviewing the application and a Community Consultation Meeting will be scheduled in the coming weeks. 


Toronto Water's Annual Frozen Pipes Public Education Campaign

Toronto Water's annual Frozen Pipes public education campaign aims to educate residents on the steps they can take to help prevent drinking water pipes from freezing in their homes or thaw their water pipes if they suspect them to be frozen. Frozen pipes can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst. If your pipes are prone to freezing, consider contacting a plumber for advice.

Here are some tips from the City of Toronto to help prevent frozen water pipes in your home:
● Consider leaving a tap open enough for a pencil-thin stream of flowing water, so there is some movement of water in pipes that might be vulnerable to freezing. Leave a pencil-thin stream 24 hours a day, until daytime and nighttime temperatures have returned to normal seasonal averages.
● Open kitchen, bathroom and laundry cabinet doors to allow warm air to circulate around plumbing.
● Outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let those taps drain.
● Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, attic and a garage.

Steps to thaw frozen pipes:
● Turn on a tap in the basement, preferably the cold-water faucet in the laundry room.
● Apply heat to the suspected frozen pipe by warming the air around it or applying heat directly to the pipe. You can use an electric heating pad, hair dryer, space heater or warm towel or rag.
     o Do not leave electrical devices unattended, or use kerosene or propane heaters, charcoal stoves or any open flame to thaw a frozen pipe.
● Depending on the outside temperature and the extent of freezing within the pipe, the thawing process could take between one and six hours.
● Once the pipes have thawed, turn the water back on slowly and check for cracks and leaks.


If the steps above do not resolve the issue, residents may wish to contact a licensed plumber for advice. They can also call 311 or submit a service request online at toronto.ca/311 and City staff will come to investigate.

Learn more about preventing or thawing frozen pipes at this link.


Davenport Construction Notices

Toronto Hydro Overhead & Underground Electrical Work Eglinton Avenue West & Gilbert Avenue

Toronto Hydro is planning to relocate the overhead and underground electrical system in our community to accommodate City of Toronto’s storm sewer rehabilitation. This relocation includes relocating overhead and underground electrical cables as well as temporarily relocating hydro poles on city-owned property.

The boundaries for the project include Eglinton Avenue West (North), Caledonia Road (East), Keith Avenue (South), and Croham Road (West). We expect the work to begin December 2021.

Expected timeline - December 2021 to March 2022.

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