We have all been watching with great concern as the situation in Ukraine unfolds. The invasion of Ukraine is an affront to democracy and a world order that demands that all countries respect the integrity of national borders. The tragedy of the suffering and displacement of the people of Ukraine is deeply troubling and people across the world, including us here in Canada, join with them in demanding that Russia halt its invasion of this sovereign nation.
Canada has being doing all that it can to support Ukraine and we as a community can help as well. The federal government has announced that it will be matching up to $10 million in donations from Canadians to the Canadian Red Cross between February 24, 2022, and March 18, 2022 in response to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Community members can learn more about this here.
Also, the St. Anne's Anglican Church will be hosting a peace vigil at 6:00pm today to show support and solidarity with the Ukrainian-Canadian community. This is another way for our community to show solidarity with the Ukrainian people. The organizers have asked that residents who are interested in participating register in advance. Community members can register for the vigil here.
On March 1st, the Ontario government lifted capacity limits in all remaining indoor public settings, as well as lifted the proof of vaccination requirements for all settings. Residents are still encouraged to be mindful of their choices in relation to COVID-19 exposure, and to continue practicing self-protection in accordance with public health guidelines, and their own comfort levels.
This week, the City also announced that as per the Province's re-opening roadmap, proof of vaccination is no longer required to access City facilities such as City-operated community centres and indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities, including pools, indoor arenas and gyms. Capacity limits are also ending. Full details can be found here.
Toronto Public Health continues to encourage residents to receive a first, second and third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. To this end, there will be a local COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Davenport this Saturday, March 5th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. This clinic will be at Casa das Beiras Community Centre (34 Caledonia Rd), and will be offering first, second, or third doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
On February 23rd, the City also announced that Team Toronto and Toronto Public Health are shifting the city-wide COVID-19 vaccination approach to increase localized vaccination opportunities. This shift will result in a more hyper-local, equity-focused strategy to eliminate any remaining barriers to vaccine accessibility. Residents can learn more about this equity-focused strategy here.
If you, or someone you know, is unable to transport themselves to a vaccine clinic, the City has provided information on options for transportation to clinics here.
I also want to remind residents that later that this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the City will be hosting a virtual open house on the Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study. This 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 new community with opportunities to work, live, play and shop.
The virtual open house will include an overview of draft policies & directions, opportunities for local residents, local businesses and organizations to provide feedback, and information on next steps. I encourage community members to join this virtual open house to learn more, and share feedback.
I was also pleased to announce this week 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. Working together, the successful group proposed a collaborative association of three local contemporary dance companies with four community social service agencies. I have provided more information on this below.
Finally, I was pleased to serve as a panelist on the Housing Supply Summit 2022 where representatives from across the world participated in discussions and seminars to share ideas with respect to housing supply and affordability. As the Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, I was able to share with the attendees at the Summit the many initiatives we are undertaking to address housing affordability and supply in our City. This summit also presented the opportunity to learn and share best practices with leaders from around the world on how to improve housing supply and affordability.
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 Lifts Capacity Limits
- City of Toronto enters Roadmap Exit Step of Provincial COVID-19 reopening
- Upcoming Local COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on March 5th
- Walk-ins Continue At Any City Clinic for Youth and Adults
- City's COVID-19 Dashboard Continues To Be Updated
City & Local Updates
- Keele-St. Clair Open House Today from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
- Peace Vigil In Support of Ukraine today at St. Anne's Anglican Church at 6:00pm
- Bloor Dufferin Community Hub
- City Launches ArtworxTO Hubs Featuring Work From Local Group MUSE Arts
- Useful Eviction Prevention Handbook for Renters
- City Begins Annual Hiring Campaign For Spring And Summer Parks And Recreation Jobs
- City Offering Free Business Webinars
- City's Automated Speed Enforcement Proving Effective
- Consultation on Single-Use & Takeaway Items Underway Until March 6th
Recent Municipal Announcements
- February 24 - City of Toronto releases new “Black Bodies” video as part of Toronto Voices vaccine engagement series
- February 24 - City of Toronto marks two decades of raising over $1 million annually for United Way
- February 25 - Team Toronto has now delivered more than 1.5 million third doses of COVID-19 vaccine
- February 25 - City of Toronto issued more than 54,000 Automated Speed Enforcement tickets in last three months of 2021
- February 25 - City of Toronto launches annual hiring campaign for spring and summer parks and recreation jobs
- March 1 - Mayor Tory marks the reopening of the ArtworxTO Hubs across the city
- March 1 - City of Toronto enters Roadmap Exit Step of provincial COVID-19 reopening
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.
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.
Keele-St. Clair Open House Today from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.