I am pleased to announce the return of our cherished Davenport Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th, 2022 at Dufferin Grove Park! The challenges of the pandemic have prevented us from being able to host in-person events for the past two years, but this year we will be hosting the Easter Egg Hunt in person! As life in the City returns to normal, the Easter Egg Hunt will be the first major opportunity for our community to come together and enjoy the Spring weather! In order to ensure we have enough treats for all, please be sure to RSVP here!
The City's ability to return to normal is, in part, the result of the ongoing effort by Team Toronto and Toronto Public Health to ensure everyone in our City has access to the COVID-19 vaccine. These efforts have proven successful, and on March 21st we learned that the City of Toronto leads many other global cities in second dose COVID-19 vaccination coverage! Toronto surpasses other major cities including New York City, Chicago, Berlin, and Brussels in reaching this level of coverage! As a result of our work as a City, this week we were able to welcome City staff back to City workplaces in person and fully open City buildings. I would like to thank everyone who received their vaccinations which have contributed so much to allowing us to return to normal activities.
I also want to remind residents about the upcoming virtual community meeting that will take place this evening at 6:30 for the renovation and expansion of the Perth/Dupont library branch. Public libraries are important community institutions that democratize knowledge and help build healthier communities. The Toronto Public Library system, in particular, is among the busiest in the world and helps form the fabric of our City. This is why supporting our public library system is so important. The renovation and expansion of the Perth/Dupont Library branch will result in a significantly larger library for our community, growing to approximately 10,000 square feet. In doing so, it will bring many benefits to the Junction Triangle neighbourhood including more community spaces, and I encourage local residents to participate by registering here.
As I mentioned last week, the portion of Bloor Street West 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. These temporary overnight closures will affect all through traffic during the designated times, including cyclists and pedestrians. As a result, I encourage residents to read the full notice here and plan accordingly. This is all work that is required to maintain our infrastructure in a state of good repair.
Tomorrow, the Planning and Housing Committee, which I chair, will meet to review a number of important agenda items including an update on the City's RentSafeTO program and a number of items dealing with significant planning issues in our City now and in forthcoming years. The full agenda can be found at this link.
This week, details were announced about the City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will be considered by the City’s Executive Committee on Wednesday, March 30. The recommended action plan will guide the City’s actions from 2022 to 2032 to advance truth, justice and reconciliation. I have provided more information about this below, and details of this important step forward can be found here.
This week the City also released the staff report called Cycling Network Plan: 2022 Cycling Infrastructure Installation – First Quarter and 2021 ActiveTO Cycling Network Expansion Project Updates. The report will come to the March 29th, 2022 Infrastructure and Environment Committee and includes important cycling infrastructure across the City, including in our Davenport Community (Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections). I have included more information about this below.
Finally, I want to remind residents of two upcoming virtual community consultations on proposed planning developments. On March 29th, the City will be hosting a virtual community consultation for the planning application for 1799 St. Clair Avenue West, and 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 about these upcoming consultations below, and encourage residents to 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
- Toronto is a global leader in COVID-19 vaccination coverage
- Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at Dufferin Station on March 28th to 30th
- Upcoming Community Vaccine Clinic on April 7th from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults
City & Local Updates
- The Annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt returns on April 16th at Dufferin Grove Park
- City Provides Updates to Cycling Network Plan including Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections
- City of Toronto’s Launches First Reconciliation Action Plan
- City's Employment & Social Services Office Relocated to Dufferin Mall Location
- City of Toronto Archives Open TTC 100 Years of Moving Toronto Exhibition
- Toronto Biennial Of Art Taking Place From March 26th to June 5th
- Bloor Street between St. Helens Avenue and Ruttan Street to be closed overnights from March 29th to April 2nd
- Virtual Community Meeting This Evening for Perth/Dupont Library Relocation
- Virtual Community Consultation on March 29th for 1799 St. Clair Ave West Planning Application
- Virtual Community Consultation on April 13th for Benny Start Street & Turnberry Avenue Planning Applications
Recent Municipal Announcements
- March 17 - City of Toronto staff report recommends a phased approach to COVID-19 temporary shelter transitions
- March 18 - City of Toronto following provincial guidance to remove most face mask requirements as of March 21
- March 18 - City of Toronto’s outdoor skating season welcomed more than 300,000 visits
- March 20 - Team Toronto launches Vax And Spring as hyper-local COVID-19 vaccine clinic push continues with 24 clinics over seven days
- March 21 - Toronto is a global leader in COVID-19 vaccination coverage
- March 21 - City of Toronto welcomes the public and office staff back to fully reopened City buildings
- March 22 - Eighty-nine per cent of eligible Toronto residents have now received two COVID-19 vaccine doses
- March 22 - City of Toronto Archives to open The TTC – 100 Years of Moving Toronto public exhibit
- March 22 - City of Toronto cycling network plan aims to grow, connect and renew cycling routes
- March 23 - The City of Toronto’s first Reconciliation Action Plan moves forward
- March 23 - City of Toronto announces second Women4Climate Toronto Mentorship Programme cohort
Toronto is a global leader in COVID-19 vaccination coverage!
On March 21st, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa announced that the City of Toronto leads global cities in second dose COVID-19 vaccination coverage among eligible residents 12 and older, 18 and older, and for all residents!
Comparing publicly available data, Toronto Public Health determined that Toronto’s vaccination coverage is comparable and, most often, higher than many cities around the world including New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles County, London, Berlin and Brussels.
As a result of our hard work as a City and in communities across Toronto, we were able to welcome City staff back to our workplaces this week and open all City buildings.
Thank you to Toronto Public Health, Team Toronto, and everyone who has done their part by getting the vaccine!
Pop-up Vaccination Clinic at Dufferin Station on March 28th to 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The TTC has partnered with the Women's College Hospital to host a vaccination clinic at Dufferin Station on March 28th, 29th, and 30th from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The clinics will provide first, second and third doses of Moderna, Pfizer and Pediatric Pfizer vaccines while supplies last each day. No appointment is needed, and no OHIP is necessary, but government I.D with proof of age may be required.
Click here to learn more.
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.
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.
The Annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt returns on April 16th at Dufferin Drove Park
I am happy to announce the return of the annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt! The Davenport Easter Egg Hunt is one of our favourite annual community events, that brings together friends and neighbours from across Ward 9 - Davenport, to celebrate together in the great community we share!
This year's Easter Egg Hunt will mark the first major opportunity for our Davenport community to come together in person and enjoy the spring weather!
In order to ensure we have enough treats for all, please be sure to RSVP through this link!
City Provides Updates to Cycling Network Plan including Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections
The Cycling Network Plan is a plan adopted by City Council that seeks to connect gaps in our City's existing cycling network, grow the network into new parts of the city, and repair existing portions of the network to improve safety for cyclists and all road users.
On March 22nd, the City released a staff report on the Cycling Network Plan that outlines recommendations to improve the City’s cycling network in alignment with City Council’s TransformTO Climate Action Strategy, and the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan.
The report includes the Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections project, which is a 3.5km bikeway project that would expand the local cycling network and connect to existing bikeways on Davenport Road, Bloor Street, Havelock Street, Lindsey Avenue, Waterloo Avenue, and Argyle Street.
City of Toronto’s Launches First Reconciliation Action Plan
On March 23nd, the City of Toronto announced its first Reconciliation Action Plan! This important plan will guide the City's actions in the next decade to advance truth, justice and reconciliation, and includes 28 meaningful actions designed to contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Toronto.
These include actions to:
- Enhance Indigenous Education
- Increase Access to Indigenous Affordable Housing
- Celebrate Indigenous Arts and Culture
- Improve Indigenous Economic Development
- Enhance Indigenous Civic Engagement
- and more!
Residents can click here to learn more about the Reconciliation Action Plan.
City's Employment & Social Services Office Relocated to Dufferin Mall Location
On March 21st, the City's Employment & Social Services (ESS) offices which have been located at Metro Hall and 1900 Dundas Street West, moved to a new office in Dufferin Mall (900 Dufferin Street, Suite 219). This move is an effort by the City to consolidate the two currently existing offices into one convenient location.
The opening of this new office, the Dufferin Employment & Social Services office means that Davenport residents will be able to more easily access financial benefits through Ontario Works, employment supports, and other social supports that are available.
Residents can visit this link to learn more about the Dufferin Employment and Social Services location.
City of Toronto Archives Open TTC 100 Years of Moving Toronto Exhibition
On March 22nd, Toronto Archives in partnership with the TCC opened the TTC – 100 Years of Moving Toronto exhibit! This exhibit explores the history of the TTC, and the evolution in our City's transit system over the past 100 years. The exhibit is free to attend, and will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
The TTC has also installed photography exhibits in 12 subway stations across the City including at Dupont Station, and will be on display until July 2022. Residents can click here to learn more.
Toronto Biennial Of Art Taking Place From March 26th to June 5th
The Toronto Biennial of Art will take place from March 26th to June 5th! The Toronto Biennial of Art includes free exhibitions, artistic performances, learning opportunities, and much more!
This moment of artistic expression happens every two years, and this year it will include two venues in our Davenport community!
These venues are:
- The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
- The 72 Perth Avenue event space.
As the City continues its gradual reopening, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Residents 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.