Local infrastructure improvements, community events, and community development! - Davenport Community Briefing - May 12

Dear neighbours,

As our City continues to reopen, and we continue our progress in the fight against the pandemic, our City has just taken an important step forward. On Monday, the Mayor announced that he has terminated City's COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, which had been in place since March 23rd 2020. For over two years, our City has been operating under this emergency declaration, and the termination of this emergency declaration is good news, and another indication that we are nearing more normal and familiar times.

This week, May 9th through to May 15 is National Nurse's Week across Canada.  It is an opportunity for all of us to recognize the tireless and dedicated work that nurses provide within our health care system, and in particular for their exemplary work serving on the front lines of the pandemic. I know that the past two years have taken their toll on nurses, and I encourage residents to join in expressing how forever grateful we are to nurses for their work.

On May 15th, we also recognize the United Nations' International Day of Families with this year's theme being urbanization and sustainability.  We recognize the importance of families of all kinds across the world and I invite you to learn more at the United Nations' web page created for International Families Day

We received further good news on May 5th, when the City announced that Team Toronto has administered 7 million COVID-19 vaccinations! This incredible achievement is the result of the hard work of Team Toronto, as well as the courage of residents who've stepped up and done their part to protect themselves and their neighbours by getting vaccinated.

If you, or someone you know, has been unable to receive their second or third dose, there are a few upcoming vaccination clinics taking place in our Davenport community which I have mentioned below, including an upcoming Clinic at the Wallace Emerson Community Centre on May 15th from 11:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m, as well as an Abrigo Centre Vaccination Clinic on May 17th from 3:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m.

As usual, this past weekend our Davenport community was busy with exciting events and activities! On Saturday, I joined residents and participated in the Jane's Walks Coffee & Culture tour of businesses in Bloorcourt, hosted by the Bloorcourt BIA. It was great to see so many residents participate and to hear stories and experiences from many of our neighbourhood small business owners.  I also participated in a Jane's Walk panel to discuss the "Missing Middle" within our City along with our Chief Planner, Gregg Lintern.  You can find more information on this topic, and other related issues here.

Also, this week the City announced that representatives from the Michelin Guide visited Toronto to announce that the city would become the first Michelin Guide destination in Canada and the sixth in North America. Local residents have always known that Toronto has some of the best food in the world. This wonderful news will help bring Toronto's culinary talents to the world, and serve to heighten Toronto as a great culinary destination, in turn, helping to support the recovery of our culinary sector following the pandemic.  More information is available here.

I also want to let residents know that the City is working on developing a new Cultural Districts Program that aims to bring together resources, policies and new approaches for fostering cultural development, and would in turn, help strengthen local culture, communities, and support small businesses. Both residents and small business owners are encouraged to share their feedback through an online survey which will be available until May 20th. You can participate in this survey here.

Today, I was pleased to join with representatives of the federal Canada Infrastructure Bank and a major owner of office buildings across the country as it was announced that major mechanical upgrades would take place to retrofit 19 buildings to net-zero energy standards.  This announcement is important in terms of both the public and private sectors working together to realize our net-zero targets as outlined in our TransformTO strategy, one of the most ambitious anywhere in North America. 

Finally, this week Toronto City Council met to discuss and advance a number of important agenda items including Intergovernmental Partnerships and Advocacy Efforts to Advance the City's HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan, the Toronto: Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study in our Davenport community among others.  The full agenda can be found here.

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.


Mayor John Tory Terminates City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

On May 9th, Mayor John Tory terminated the City's COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, which was first declared on March 23th 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was made by the Mayor after consultations with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, City Manager Chris Murray, as well as the City’s Strategic Command Team

As vaccinations remain the best tool to protect against serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19, the City will continue to host vaccination clinics, and provide residents with opportunities to get vaccinated. You can learn more about this decision here.


Team Toronto has Delivered More than 7 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

On May 5th, the City announced that Team Toronto has achieved the incredible milestone of administering more than 7 million COVID-19 vaccinations! This amount of progress in our fight against COVID-19 could not have been reached without the hard work and dedication of Team Toronto, who have worked tirelessly to ensure residents have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Similarly, this would not have been possible without the effort of Torontonians who did their part and got vaccinated. Getting vaccinated continues to be the single best tool to protect yourself against serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19, and residents are encouraged to ensure they are fully vaccinated.


Upcoming Vaccination Clinic at Wallace Emerson Community Centre on May 15th from 11:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m


Abrigo Centre Vaccination Clinic on May 17th from 3:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m


Vaccine Clinic at Wallace Emerson Community Centre on June 12th and 19th from 11:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m



Earlscourt Park is Getting Improvements This Summer

The City of Toronto will be improving the northwest entrance of Earlscourt Park this Summer! The beautification work of the north side of the park along  St. Clair Avenue West started on Monday May 9th and the Project will see its completion by the end of summer 2022.

City crews are working on recessed gathering zones with seat walls and benches behind the existing sidewalk, tree planting and permeable pavers adjacent to the pool pavilion. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the construction or regarding the Project please reach our office at [email protected] .


New Fire Pit at Wadsworth Park

A new fire pit has been installed at Wadsworth Park! Based on community feedback and conversations with neighbours regarding park improvements, my office worked with the City's Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division to install the new fire pit!

Armour stone seating is being procured and will be installed around the fire pit soon, adding further improvements to the Wadsworth Park!

Since installation of the pit has just occurred, it has not yet been added to the City's online inventory. But when it becomes available for reservations, residents who are interested in reserving the fire pit can call the Client Services Centre at 416-396-7378.


McCormick Arena Celebrates 50th Anniversary

This Saturday, McCormick Arena celebrated their 50th anniversary! During the celebration, four retiring members of the McCormick Arena Board of Directors were recognized for their years of contribution and service to the McCormick Arena and the surrounding community.

For decades, the McCormick Arena has been an important part of our community and provided accessible opportunities for recreation and sport. It has served as a public commons and community gathering spot, and will continue to serve the community for many more years to come!


Jane's Walks From This Saturday

This past weekend, a number of Jane's Walks neighbourhood tours took place across Toronto including here in our Davenport community. I was glad to participate in the Coffee & Culture tour here in Davenport, hosted by the Bloorcourt Business Improvement Area (BIA).

I was also glad to see so many community members participating in this walking tour, where we learned the stories and experiences of small businesses in the Bloorcourt community. It was a great way to spend the afternoon, and I extend my thanks and congratulations to both Janes Walk Toronto & the Bloorcourt BIA for organizing the successful event.  I also participated on a Jane's Walk panel to discuss the "Missing Middle" within our City along with our Chief Planner, Gregg Lintern.  You can find more information on this topic, and other related issues here.


Great Turnout for Our Seniors Information Session on May 5th

On May 5th, my office, in partnership with the City's Seniors Services & Long Term Care Division hosted a Services for Seniors & Caregivers Information Session where we provided information and answered questions about the available services in our Ward and City.

It's important to ensure that seniors in our community have knowledge and access to the services they need, and it was great to see so many community members join us.

I also want to give special thanks to the local agencies and organizations who serve our community on a daily basis, and who participated to provide information on the services they provide.

Thank you to:

  • South Asian Women's Centre
  • Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre
  • Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre
  • Oasis Dufferin Community Centre
  • Aangen
  • First Portuguese Canadian Cultural Centre
  • Working Women Community Centre

Official Name Unveiling of Public Lane West of Ossington Ave To Take Place On May 21st

On May 21st, the City will officially unveil the new name of the Public Lane West of Ossington Ave extending between Northumberland St and Hallam Street.

This lane has been renamed Via Pasquino Lane, in honour of Mr. Vincenzo Pasquino. Mr. Pasquino was a landlord for over 60 years who chose not to raise rents, thus allowing his tenants to save money in order to purchase their own homes and achieve home ownership.

He was also an active and involved community leader who supported charitable organizations, attended community events, and much more. He had a large impact on many in the community, and has been honoured by this laneway renaming.

I invite community members to join us on May 21st at the intersection of Northumberland Street and Via Pasquino Lane at 2:00 p.m for the official unveiling!


Launching a New Net-Zero Retrofit Program for Office Buildings

Today, I was pleased to join with representatives of the federal Canada Infrastructure Bank and a major owner of office buildings across the country to announce that major mechanical upgrades would take place to retrofit 19 buildings to net-zero energy standards, including 18 in Toronto.

It’s through collaboration with both public and private sector partners, like this announcement today, that we will be able to reach our collective goal of Net-Zero by 2040 as outlined in our TransformTO strategy, one of the most ambitious anywhere in North America. 

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Is Hiring Various Positions For The 2022 Summer Season

The Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is hiring various positions for the 2022 summer season for conservation parks and nature centres across the City!

Some of these positions include Lifeguards, Camp Counselors, and Parks Maintenance Staff. Salaries range from around $17-23 per hour depending on the position, and include perks like a Free Conservation Ontario Annual Pass, and discounts to a wide range of attractions through Toronto Attractions Council and Attractions Ontario’s Reciprocal Programs.

If you, or someone you know, is looking for summer employment, feel free to visit the following webpage for more information on available positions and 

 


Toronto to become first Michelin Guide destination in Canada

On Tuesday, the City announced that Toronto would be the first Michelin Guide destination in Canada, and the 6th in North America! Many local residents already know that Toronto has some of the best food in the world. As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto's culinary tradition combines the best that the world has to offer.

The announcement is good news because not only will it help highlight and bring our City's great culinary offerings to the world, but it will also enhance Toronto's image as a great culinary and tourist destination. This will help support our local culinary and tourism sectors, which have faced significant challenges throughout the duration of the pandemic. Toronto is a global city, and this great news further illustrates this fact.


City Seeking Input on New Cultural Districts Program

The City is developing a new Cultural Districts Program to help strengthen local culture, communities, and support small businesses! As this new program is being developed, the City wants to hear community feedback from residents, small businesses, and organizations on what priorities and concerns this new program should address. This is why the City has launched an online survey which will be available until May 20th. If you'd like to share your input, you can complete the survey here.


Toronto Biennial of Art Continuing Until June 5th

Since March 26th, the Toronto Biennial of Art has been taking place at venues across our City! It includes many free exhibitions, artistic performances, learning opportunities, and only happens every two years.

I encourage residents to explore the various Biennial of Art venues in our Davenport community and across the City before the exhibitions end on June 5th. You can learn more here.



McRoberts Traffic Survey Open Until July 1st


The Atmospheric Fund Survey on Electric Vehicles

The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) launched a survey to hear resident's feedback regarding publicly accessible EV Charging stations, and would like to hear your feedback! Until Wednesday May 18th, residents can provide their feedback on EV charging station accessibility through a brief two minute survey here.


Access to West Toronto Railpath from Perth Avenue to Temporarily Close


Construction Notice at Earlscourt Park Frontage on St. Clair Avenue

The City has provided notice and begun construction on boulevard improvements at the Earlscourt Park frontage on St. Clair Avenue West.

Please click the photo to see the full notice.




Upcoming Compost Days in May & June

During Compost Days, residents are able to pick up free compost for use! We will be hosting compost days at various locations throughout Davenport in the coming months, and I encourage interested residents to stop by. The compost will be unbagged, so residents will need to bring their own containers and shovels.


Next Davenport Environment Day Happening on July 16th

Our second Environment Day will take place on July 16th! Residents will be able to safely dispose of various hazardous items, donate items in good condition for reuse, as well as pick up bagged compost!

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