Housing Updates, Improving Transit, Supporting Live Music, and more! - Davenport Community Briefing - March 31

COVID-19 Updates


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.

Information on City immunization clinics can be found here. Residents can also book an appointment online or call the Provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

City & Local Updates

Don't Forget to RSVP for the Davenport Easter Egg Hunt

I want to remind residents of the upcoming annual Davenport Easter Egg Hunt on April 16th at Dufferin Grove Park from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm! This well-loved annual event returns in person this year and I encourage you to come out and celebrate with your friends and neighbours.

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!

Rapid Housing Initiative Announcement and Ground Breaking At Modular Housing Site at 150 Dunn Ave

On Friday, March 25th, I joined Mayor John Tory, federal Minister Ahmed Hussen, and others to announce that the City of Toronto will receive $201.2 million under Phase Two of the Rapid Housing Initiative and will create more than 400 new affordable and supportive homes in Toronto! This is in addition to the $238 million our City received in Phase One of the RHI to create more than 600 new affordable rental homes across the City!

This specific supportive housing initiative at 150 Dunn Ave, which will provide more than 50 supportive homes will also include wrap-around health care and social services, delivered in partnership with the University Health Network and United Way Greater Toronto. Partnerships with the non-profit sector, like this one, are critical to achieving our shared objective of ending chronic homelessness here in Toronto. You can learn more about this announcement here.

Habitat for Humanity Groundbreaking In Davenport

Earlier today, I joined Habitat for Humanity GTA, Diamond Corp, and the Kilmer Group to break ground on 20 new affordable homes at 423 Old Weston Rd in Davenport.

The best moment was meeting two of the families who will be living in these new homes, and welcoming them to our community! Meeting two of the families was special, and illustrates the important positive impact that building affordable housing can have for people in our communities.

City Launches Call for New Multi-Unit Residential Housing Acquisition Program

The new Multi-Unit Residential Acquisition (MURA) program is designed to create permanently affordable homes by converting properties from the speculative market. Today, the City of Toronto announced it is launching a request for proposals (RFP) for the MURA program to protect affordable housing for Toronto residents.

This request for proposals will provide $20 million in grant funding and City Open Door Program incentives to qualified non-profit housing providers, including Indigenous agencies, housing cooperatives and community land trusts.

Residents can learn more about this here.

Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Update

On Tuesday, March 29th, The Cycling Network Plan: 2022 Cycling Infrastructure Installation – First Quarter and 2021 ActiveTO Cycling Network Expansion Project Updates staff report went before the Infrastructure and Environment Committee (IEC). The report outlined eight projects, including the proposed Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections.

Stakeholders, including local schools, businesses and Business Improvement Areas (BIAs), residents and community members were asked to provide feedback on the Bartlett-Havelock-Gladstone Cycling Connections project As part of the consultation, two different design options were proposed between Dewson Street and College Street. The report recommends Option 1, which was the preferred option through the lens of safety.

Close to 14,000 Notices were delivered by Canada Post to the entire project area and 175 people participated in the virtual public meeting on February 10. Public comments and feedback were collected from 667 online survey submissions, 10 phone calls, and 72 emails.

My office also shared information about the proposed project and public meeting through my e-newsletter, social media channels, Facebook groups, my paper community newsletter, as well as through an e-blast to the area.

From the subsequent survey, 85% of respondents strongly supported the proposed changes on Havelock Street from Bloor Street to Dewson Street; and 75% strongly supported Option 1 while only 23% strongly supported Option 2 for Dewson Street to College Street. Based on the evidence, staff concluded that the community is generally in support of the proposed road safety measures and the addition of cycling infrastructure.

That said, my office has heard from some concerned residents about the project. While the report was adopted at IEC, it was adopted with amendments, as I introduced a motion to recover parking spaces that were going to be removed on Gladstone Avenue between Lindsey Avenue and College Street. The number of parking spaces being removed – seven – seemed too significant to many residents in the neighbourhood, but given the preference for Option 1, my office reached out to Transportation Services staff to see if a compromise could be reached regarding parking without affecting safety.

City staff indicated that the request was feasible and as a result, I moved a motion to amend the necessary traffic and parking by-laws in order to minimize the impact to on-street permits while accommodating a safe cycling connection along Gladstone Avenue.

Subject to Council approval, Transportation Services will monitor the project following the installation to determine if additional modifications are recommended to improve safety. A similar approach was taken on Shaw Street, where contra-flow bike lanes were initially installed in 2013, and later in improved in 2019-2020.

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.

City Launches 2022 Clean Toronto Together Spring Cleanup Campaign

Also returning in full this year is our City's Clean Toronto Together Campaign. I know some of you have reached out to me about the spring clean-up in our community and across the City. The City's Clean Toronto Together Campaign encourages residents, schools, businesses and community groups to take part in the annual spring cleanup from Friday, April 22 to Sunday, April 24. On Friday, April 22, Toronto schools and businesses can participate by cleaning around their properties.

On Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, residents are encouraged to host community cleanups to remove litter from public spaces such as parks, ravines, laneways and beaches in their neighbourhoods. Participants are asked to register their cleanups online here. Registration helps the City to arrange special litter pickups, avoid duplicate cleanups and measure results. The deadline to register is Friday, April 15. Further details can be found at this link.

Cherry Blossom Viewings at High Park to Return This Year

In another sign that things are returning to more familiar times, the City is preparing to welcome residents back to viewing cherry blossoms up close and in person at High Park for the first time since 2019!

I know for many of us this is a time-honoured Toronto tradition and it is wonderful to see it return.  The peak blossom period last between 4 to 10 days and details about the cherry blossoms can be found here.

Announcing The Return of Live Music in Toronto

On Monday, March 28th, I joined Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, and Councillor Brad Bradford as well as Allan Reid, President and CEO of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and The JUNO Awards at The Baby G in Davenport to recognize the resiliency of Toronto's music industry and celebrate the return of live music across our City!

Toronto's music industry is central to our City's vibrancy and economic development. After the challenges of the past few years, where artists and musicians have been limited in their ability to perform, it's great to see live music venues like The Baby G open their doors once again to the public!

I encourage all residents to support our local music scene, and enjoy local live music! Learn more here.

Community Arts Programming at Cultural Centres and Galleries Are Returning

I am pleased to let residents know that community arts programming will be returning to the City's cultural centres and galleries. Programming was announced for the spring and summer months at Assembly Hall, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery and the soon-to-open Clark Centre for the Arts.

Further details can be found here.

Provincial & Federal Governments Sign Early Learning & Childcare Agreement

On Monday, March 28th, the Provincial and Federal governments announced that they have reached an agreement to include Ontario in the Canada-wide Early Learning & Child Care system!

I welcome this investment in the licensed child care system that will make child care more affordable and accessible to families, as well as elevate and support early childhood educators. You can click here to learn more about the announcement.

Toronto Biennial Of Art Continuing Until June 5th

The Toronto Biennial of Art continues to take place until June 5th! This 10 week-long event includes free exhibitions, artistic performances, learning opportunities, and much more! I continue to 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.

Two of the major venues in our Davenport community are at the 72 Perth Avenue event space and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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.

Residens 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

Dupont Street To Be Closed Overnights Between Campbell Avenue and Lansdowne Avenue from April 4th to 17th

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.

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.


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