Davenport Community Briefing - March 3rd

Dear Neighbours,

COVID-19 Updates

Province Lifts Capacity Limits

On March 1st, the Ontario Government changed public health measures. The province has lifted capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings, as well as lifted the proof of vaccination requirements for all settings.

Effective March 1st:

  • capacity limits have been lifted in all indoor public settings
  • proof of vaccination requirements have been lifted, but businesses and organizations may choose to require proof of vaccination upon entry
  • other protective measures, such as mask/face covering requirements and passive screening of patrons remain in place
  • businesses and organizations that are open must continue to have safety plans in place

Residents can learn more about the Ontario Government's COVID-19 response here.

City of Toronto enters Roadmap Exit Step of Provincial COVID-19 reopening

On March 1st, the City of Toronto announced that as per the Province's re-opening roadmap, the City would adjust its capacity limits and proof of vaccination requirements.

Effective March 1st:

  • All indoor and outdoor capacity limits are now lifted, including for all businesses, public gatherings and events.
  • Proof of vaccination requirements are lifted, with continuation of such requirements now being the decision of individual businesses.
  • Industry-specific public health measures are lifted, subject to conditions.

Residents can learn more about it here.

Upcoming Local COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on March 5th

Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults

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. Youth are eligible for a third dose if approximately six months (168 days) have passed since their second dose.

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's COVID-19 Dashboard Continues To Be Updated

The City of Toronto maintains an updated dashboard of statistics and reports on COVID-19 numbers in our City, including a case count map.  It is easy to review 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.

City & Local Updates

Keele-St. Clair Open House Today from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

The City will be hosting a public open house today at 6:00 for the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study. This Keele-St. Clair Local Area Secondary Plan is a framework for managing urban growth in the area for decades into the future, and will provide the policies necessary to create a complete community with opportunities to work, live, play and shop.

The Secondary Plan policies that staff will present are the outcome from our Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study which I initiated along with Councillor Nunziata in 2019.

The upcoming virtual open house will be an opportunity for the community to provide comments and feedback on the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study before it is sent to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for approval and implementation. 
Residents can learn more and register here.

Peace Vigil In Support of Ukraine today at St. Anne's Anglican Church at 6:00pm

A peace vigil will take place later today at St. Anne's Anglican Church at 6:00pm to show support for the people of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-Canadian community. Due to COVID protocols, please be sure to register in advance if you would like to participate in person.

You can register here.

Bloor Dufferin Community Hub
On March 2nd, I was pleased to announce that the City of Toronto has qualified a group of local Toronto community service agencies and arts organizations as the prospective tenants for the City-owned Community Hub space in the former Kent School.

The local community advocated for publicly-owned space for community programming in this location for more than 10 years, since the Toronto District School Board declared the property surplus. The new development, approved in principle at the Local Appeal Planning Tribunal in early 2020, secured funding for a new subsidized Child Care Centre and a partially finished community space in the rehabilitated former school building at 980 Dufferin St. The building will be owned by the City of Toronto.

Under the City's Community Space Tenancy policy, the City uses a Request for Expressions of Interest (REOI) process to qualify not-for-profit agencies to occupy City-owned spaces. City staff issued an REOI for a proposal from community agencies to work with the City to inform the development and best use of the space.

Working together, the successful group proposed a collaborative association of three local contemporary dance companies with four community social service agencies.

The group is led by West Neighbourhood House, with the co-applicants of

  • BALANCE for Blind Adults
  • CORPUS Dance Projects
  • Kaeja d'Dance
  • Tiger Princess Dance Projects
  • The Neighbourhood Group
  • and the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape.

City staff and the collaborative will be working with the developer to enable a design that supports programs for this community. Elements to be considered in the approximately 20,000 square foot space include a community kitchen and flexible publicly bookable multi-purpose rooms.

With the confirmation of the community service agencies which will serve as prospective tenants for this City owned space in our Davenport community, we continue to move forward with the creation of this important and vital space that ensures that community service and cultural groups continue to thrive in our community. 

Residents can see the full announcement here.

City Launches ArtworxTO Hubs Featuring Work From Local Group MUSE Arts

On March 1st, the City launched the ArtworxTO Hubs across the city! ArtworxTO Hubs are spaces for artistic and community activity led by the next generation of curators, collectives, and artists.  Through exhibitions, activations, workshops, and experiences, the Hubs aim to amplify local artistic identities, recognize their global vibrancy, and empower creative communities.

There are four ArtworxTO Hubs across Toronto. The ArtworxTO Hub West, running from March 1st to May 29th will showcase a series of three multimedia exhibitions examining how the idea of land is connected to people’s sense of identity, belonging and home across and between races, regions, cultures and nations.

Among the talented artists featured, Davenport's very own MUSE Arts will have their work displayed at the ArtworxTO Hub West! Congratulations to MUSE Arts, and all the artists who help contribute to Toronto's vibrant culture.

Residents can learn more about ArtworxTO Hubs here.

Useful Eviction Prevention Handbook for Renters

The City of Toronto provides a useful handbook for renters who's landlords may be trying to evict them. The guide provides information on how to identify if you are in the eviction process, and helps you identify actions you can take at each step of the eviction process.

The Eviction Prevention Handbook, and other tenant resources can be found here.

City Begins Annual Hiring Campaign For Spring And Summer Parks And Recreation Jobs

The City has launched its annual hiring campaign for spring and summer parks and recreation jobs! Each year, the City of Toronto employs approximately 9,000 recreation workers, 5,000 of which during the summer season to support community recreation programs. 

The City is looking for applicants with a wide-range of skills and experiences! If you're looking for further information, the City will be hosting virtual info sessions on March 15th and April 9th, as well as specific virtual info sessions for aquatic specific, sports specific, and fitness specific jobs.

So if you, or someone you know is interested in applying, be sure to visit Toronto.ca/RecJobs!

City Offering Free Business Webinars

The City of Toronto offers a number of free webinars year-round for entrepreneurs and small business owners! These virtual webinars and workshops provide information and advice on a number of important aspects of business management, including small business financing, social media marketing, and much more.

Visit this webpage to learn more about and register for the different webinars that are available.

City's Automated Speed Enforcement Proving Effective

The City of Toronto operates 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices across Toronto, including 2 in our Davenport community.

These ASEs are designed to detect and capture images of vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit, and are designed to work in tandem with other methods and strategies to improve road safety and reduce speeding. The images taken by the ASE devices are then reviewed by Provincial Offence Officers, and if a violation was made, tickets are issued to the owner of the vehicle.

The City recently announced that the 50 ASE devices issued over 54,000 tickets in October, November, and December 2021 near schools in Community Safety Zones. These numbers show that the ASE devices are helping to ensure more effective enforcement of the law, which is in turn helping to keep our roads safe. This is a part of our City's Vision Zero plan to reduce traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets.

Residents can learn more about Vision Zero here. To see a map of all the ASE cameras in Toronto, click here.

Consultation on Single-Use & Takeaway Items Underway Until March 6th

The City's is conducting a round of public consultations on reducing the use of single-use and takeaway items in Toronto. The objective of the consultation is to gather public feedback on the implementation timing for the Single-Use and Takeaway Item Reduction Strategy, proposed mandatory measures, additional items to be addressed through the Reduction Strategy, and more.

Residents are encouraged to share their feedback through the online survey by March 6th.

Visit this webpage to learn more and take the survey.


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