As today is St. Patrick's Day, I want to begin by wishing all residents a Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today, we recognize and celebrate Irish culture, and the Irish-Canadian community in our City! I am also glad to let residents know that this Sunday at noon, the St. Patrick's Day Parade will be returning to our City! The parade will kick off at noon at Bloor Street and St. George Station. Residents can learn more here.
I also want to acknowledge the incredible progress our City has made in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 11th, the City announced that Team Toronto has administered more than 6.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! We know that getting the COVID-19 vaccine protects yourself as well as those around you, and this amazing milestone illustrates what's possible when community members do their part to support each other.
The City is continuing its hyper-local, equity-focused vaccine strategy to ensure everyone in our city has access to the vaccine. Team Toronto is operating more than 70 COVID-19 vaccination clinics across Toronto during March Break, and these clinics are designed to be both family-friendly and youth-focused.
If you have not yet received your COVID-19 vaccine, or are facing challenges in accessing a vaccine clinic due to mobility concerns, the City of Toronto has created a webpage that provides resources and information on transportation to vaccine clinics. You can find that webpage here.
I'm happy to let residents know that the Toronto Biennial Of Art will be taking place across our City from March 24th to June 5th! The Toronto Biennial of Art is a series of exhibitions, art performances, and will take place at venues across the City, including two locations in our Davenport community!
As life in our City slowly returns to normal, events like the Toronto Biennial of Art are a great way to support local artists who've faced challenges and limited opportunities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The return of major events like this gives us all, as Torontonians, the opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to our City, and rediscover all the great things that Toronto has to offer. I encourage residents to not only register for this artistic experience but also discover the many other cultural and artistic outlets in our City.
I also want to inform residents that the portion of Bloor Street between St. Helens Avenue and Ruttan Street will be closed overnights from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am from March 29th to April 2nd for construction work. All through traffic will be closed, including for pedestrians and cyclists. I have provided more information on this below, and encourage all residents who pass through this intersection to read the details below and plan accordingly.
Finally, I want to remind residents of two upcoming virtual public meetings. On March 24th, I will be joining the Toronto Public Library for a virtual community meeting on the planned relocation and expansion of the Perth/Dupont Library branch inside a new building under construction at 299 Campbell Ave. I have provided more information about this below
Then, on March 29th, the City will be hosting a virtual community consultation for the planning application for 1799 St. Clair Avenue West. I encourage residents to learn more below, and register.
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
- Province Lifting Masking Requirements for Certain Settings on March 21st, and City Council Approves Changes to Public Health Measures
- Upcoming Community Vaccine Clinic on April 7th from 3:00p m to 9:00 pm
- More than 70 COVID-19 Clinics Continue To Operate During March Break
- Team Toronto has now administered more than 6.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
- Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults
City & Local Updates
- Bloor Street between St. Helens Avenue and Ruttan Street to be closed overnights from March 29th to April 2nd
- Toronto Biennial Of Art To Take Place From March 24th to June 5th
- CafeTO Applications Open Until April 2
- Upcoming Virtual Community Meeting on March 24th for Perth/Dupont Library Relocation
- Virtual Community Consultation on March 29th for 1799 St. Clair Ave West Planning Application
- Commercial Space Rehabilitation Grant Program Open Until May 5th
- Supports Available for Small Businesses
Recent Municipal Announcements
- March 11 - Team Toronto has now administered more than 6.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
- March 14 - Team Toronto offering more than 70 COVID-19 vaccination clinics over March Break
- March 14 - Toronto Medical Officer of Health joins public health call to equitably distribute COVID-19 vaccines
- March 15 - Registration for City of Toronto’s CaféTO program open until April 2
- March 15 - City of Toronto distributes $450,000 in grant funding to enhance the Toronto Youth Vaccine Engagement Strategy
- March 16 - Team Toronto extends Vax And Read to bring more COVID-19 vaccine clinics to Toronto Public Library branches
- March 17 - Toronto Public Health hosting St. Patrick’s Parade COVID-19 vaccination clinic
Province Lifting Masking Requirements for Certain Settings on March 21st, and City Council Approves Changes to Public Health Measures
On March 9th, the Ontario Government announced that on March 21st, it will be lifting masking requirements for most settings with some exceptions.
The exceptions where masks will still be required include:
- public transit
- health care settings
- long-term care homes
- and congregate care settings.
Residents can learn more about the Ontario government's announcement here.
Also, yesterday during the Special City Council session, Council voted to follow the guidance and advice of our City's Medical Officer of Health and bring to an end the mask mandate that has been in place since the beginning of the pandemic. Residents can learn more about this here.
The item before Council included recommendations as well as a report detailing the basis upon which these recommendations were made. The full City Council item can be found at this link including the Medical Officer's report.
Upcoming Community Vaccine Clinic on April 7th from 3:00pm to 9:00pm
On Thursday, April 7th 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.
More than 70 COVID-19 Clinics Continue To Operate During March Break
As March Break continues, Team Toronto and Toronto Public Health are continuing their hyper-local, equity-focused vaccination strategy. More than 70 COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been operating during March Break and will continue to operate until Sunday.
The clinics are in convenient locations throughout the city and are designed to be family-friendly and youth-focused to create a positive vaccination experience for all participants.
All five of the City-run clinics also continue to operate. Residents can click this link to learn more.
Team Toronto has now administered more than 6.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine
On March 11th, the City announced that Team Toronto has administered more than 6.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! This is an incredible accomplishment and comes as Team Toronto continues to work non-stop to help residents across Toronto get vaccinated.
This accomplishment would not have been possible if community members didn't do their part by getting the vaccine, so thank you! Your actions have helped protect yourself, helped protect those around you, and helped our City fight this pandemic!
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.
Bloor Street between St. Helens Avenue and Ruttan Street to be closed overnights from March 29th to April 2nd
Bloor Street between St. Helens Avenue and Ruttan Street will be closed overnights from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am from March 29th to April 2nd. This closure is to complete the girder erection on the west side of the Bloor Street Bridge.
As a result, during these times, all through traffic under the bridge on this portion of Bloor Street will be prohibited, including for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Detours will be in place via Lansdowne Avenue and Symington Avenue to Wallace Avenue and Dupont Street.
Residents can read the full notice here.
Toronto Biennial Of Art To Take Place From March 24th to June 5th
Every two years, for a period of ten weeks, artists from our local communities as well as national and international participants enrich Toronto with free exhibitions, artistic performances and more as part of the Toronto Biennial of Art.
This year, the Biennial of Art will run from March 26th to June 5th, and will include two venues in our Davenport community! The first venue is at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the second is at the 72 Perth Avenue event space.
I encourage residents to learn more about the Toronto Biennial of Art, and visit these exciting exhibits in Davenport and across the City! Residents can click here to learn more and register for free.
CafeTO Applications Open Until April 2
CaféTO is a program that provides restaurants and bars in Toronto with the opportunity to expand their outdoor dining space through sidewalk cafés, curb lane cafés or patios on private property.
By popular demand, CafeTO is back! Restaurants and bars can now apply for sidewalk café permits or register for curb lane cafes. The deadline to apply for curb lane cafes is April 2!
Interested business owners can click here for more.
On Thursday, March 24th, 2022 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. I will be joining the Toronto Public Library for a virtual community meeting on the planned relocation and expansion of the Perth/Dupont Library branch inside a new building under construction at 299 Campbell Ave.
The Perth-Dupont branch is currently located at 1589 Dupont Street, and is one of the smallest libraries in the entire TPL system. This expansion, and the relocation to the new site just a couple of blocks down the street will result in a significantly larger library for our community, growing to approximately 10,000 square feet.
Interested residents can register for the virtual information session here.
The City will be hosting a community consultation on March 29th from 6:30 to 8:30pm for the planning application at 1799 St. Clair Avenue West.
This meeting will give residents the opportunity to learn more about this proposed development, and provide feedback to City staff. I encourage residents to participate.
Interested residents can register for the community consultation by clicking on the 1799 St. Clair registration portal here.
Applications will be open for this program until May 5th. Interested businesses can click this link to learn more.
To help Toronto’s small business owners and operators mitigate and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, the City of Toronto provides financial assistance, online training and other resources in partnership with government and private sector partners.
Interested business owners can click this link to learn more.