Launching CafeTO, the return of Doors Open Toronto, Updates on Housing, and more! Davenport Community Briefing - May 5th

Dear Neighbours,

I'd like to begin by acknowledging that May is Asian Heritage Month, as well as Jewish Heritage Month! I extend my best wishes to both communities, and join in celebrating the rich cultural diversity that our City enjoys!

As patio season approaches, I know residents are excited to begin enjoying outdoor cafes, restaurants, and bars again. Over the past two years, the CafeTO program has played an important role in allowing us to enjoy public spaces in new ways, and has helped to make our main streets feel more lively and exciting all while supporting local small businesses. I was pleased to welcome Mayor John Tory, Councillor Brad Bradford, and Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson to the Emmet Ray Bar in our Davenport community on Monday to announce the launch of CafeTO 2022 and the expanded Amplified Live Music on Patios program.

As more restaurants and locations in our Davenport community and across Toronto open patios and outdoor dining options, I encourage residents to go out and support our local small businesses! You may even get to catch a live music performance by one of our amazing local musicians!

Another way you can rediscover the beauty and fun our City has to offer is through Open Doors Toronto, which is returning on May 28th and 29th! Doors Open Toronto is a weekend-long event that allows residents to rediscover our City through open access to more than 100 sites for exploration, walking tours and more! After being cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic, I'm sure many residents are glad to see the return of Open Doors Toronto this year! The weekend-long event will provide access to locations including City Hall and the Royal Ontario Museum! With so many locations across our City participating, I'm sure there will be something interesting for everyone to enjoy.

This weekend, a number of Jane's Walks will take place across our City, including here in Davenport! Jane's Walks are neighbourhood tours that provide residents with interesting and informative walks in their neighbourhoods. One of the Jane's Walks events that will be taking place this Saturday from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, the "Finding the Missing Middle", will discuss low-density multiplex style housing that our City has been missing, and the steps being taken to make our neighbourhoods more welcoming and affordable. I have provided information on the upcoming Jane's Walks below, and encourage residents to learn more here.

As conversations around housing affordability and housing accessibility in our City continue, I want to let residents know that the City has been working through the Expanding Housing Options in Our Neighbourhoods (EHON) Multiplex study, to discuss how to expand housing options in our City. The City has released draft Official Plan amendments that residents can read about here. These draft amendments, among other things, recommend expanding the housing options in our neighbourhoods to include multiplexes. Multiplexes are low-rise multi-family homes that include structures like duplexes, and triplexes. I encourage residents to learn more about these draft amendments to our City's official plan, and provide feedback to the City at [email protected] by May 31.

Lastly, I want to let residents know that as a part of the City's ongoing program to identify park playgrounds for improvements, the playgrounds at S.A.D.R.A Park and Perth Square Park have both been identified for improvements! The City wants to hear the community's feedback, and on Monday May 9th, the City will launch a survey for the S.A.D.R.A Park playground improvements. The City will also be launching a survey for playground improvements to Perth Square park, with more details to come! I have provided more information on both the S.A.D.R.A Park playground and Perth Square Park playground improvements below.

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.


New Novavax appointments now available for booking at City of Toronto immunization clinics

In February 2022, Health Canada approved the Novavax vaccine for people aged 18 years and older. While the National Advisory Committee on Immunization continues to strongly recommend the use of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for most people due to their excellent protection against COVID-19, the Novavax vaccine is a new option for those who have been unable (i.e. due to an allergy) or unwilling to receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to add appointments for the Novavax vaccine at City of Toronto immunization clinics as more supply of this vaccine is received, helping to protect residents against serious illness linked to COVID-19.


More Than 50,000 Vaccination Appointments Now Available at City of Toronto Immunization Clinics

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has added 48,000 appointments at City of Toronto immunization clinics to help residents get the best protection against serious illness linked to COVID-19 and stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. TPH has also added 5,000 appointments to administer school-based vaccines – the Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and Meningococcal vaccines – to students in grades seven to 12 who have missed starting or completing their vaccine series at schools over the past two years.

All of the appointments are now available up to Saturday, May 7 at the City’s five immunization clinics and can be booked online through the provincial booking system or by calling the provincial booking system at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).



Announcing the Launch of CafeTO 2022 in Davenport

On Monday May 2nd, I welcomed Mayor John Tory, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson, and Councillor Brad Bradford to The Emmet Ray in Davenport to announce the launch of CafeTO 2022!

The CaféTO program began in 2020 to help bar and restaurant operators during the pandemic by providing safe, outdoor dining areas in the public right-of-way. Programs like CafeTO and the Live Music on Patios Pilot have allowed Torontonians to enjoy outdoor spaces in new ways, all while supporting local businesses & musicians in our City.

I was glad to help announce the launch of CafeTO 2022 here in Davenport, and I encourage residents to support local businesses this summer! You can learn more about CafeTO 2022 here.


City Receives Provincial Funding for Supportive Housing in Toronto

Yesterday at the City's Executive Committee meeting, of which I am a member, we received news that the Ontario Government has committed $27M for supportive housing operations!

We created the 24-Month Plan COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Response Plan to expedite the delivery of the HousingTO Plan as a response to the pandemic. The City had requested federal & provincial support to help us deliver 2,000 new supportive and 1,000 affordable homes by end of 2022!

In large part due to the federal Rapid Housing Initiative, City capital & financial incentives, and the Canada-Ontario Housing Benefit, we are on track to exceed the targets! In addition to the new homes mentioned above, there are over 17,000 other affordable rental and supportive homes in the City's development pipeline.

With all three orders of government involved in these projects, we will be able to continue providing a way out of homelessness through safe and supportive homes for the most vulnerable in our City!


Multiplex Housing Draft Official Plan Amendments Released

The City of Toronto Official Plan is the overarching document that describes how land in our City should be designated and used. This official plan prescribes City-wide guidelines on many aspects of land use, including transit, housing, and environmental protection. 

As conversations around housing affordability and housing accessibility in our City continue, the City has released draft Official Plan amendments that, among other things, recommend expanding the housing options in our neighbourhoods to include multiplexes. Multiplexes are low-rise multi-family homes that include structures like duplexes, and triplexes. As our City's population continues to grow, low-rise multiplex homes allow for gentle density in our neighbourhoods, while providing more homes for our community members to live.

These proposed draft amendments are the result of the Expanding Housing Options in Our Neighbourhoods (EHON) Multiplex study, and the various consultations, meetings, and surveys that have taken place through the EHON initiative. You can read the draft amendments here, and provide feedback to the City at [email protected] by May 31.


Joining an Upcoming Panel on Missing Middle Housing in Toronto

This Saturday May 7th from 2:00 to 3:30, I will join a Jane's Walk TO panel discussion on the missing middle (building types that contain a higher density than a single-family house and a lower density than mid-rise buildings). The panel will discuss the missing middle and how to accommodate growth in our neighbourhoods! I encourage residents to register for this panel here!


Bike Share Toronto Offering Free Rides Every Wednesday in May

Looking for a new way to explore the City? Well, on May 3rd, Bike Share Toronto announced that bike rides will be free every Wednesday in May! This means that every Wednesday this month, residents will be able to get a free 24 hour Rides Share Toronto pass! You can learn more here


S.A.D.R.A Park & Perth Square Park Improvement Surveys Opening Soon

As a part of City-wide program, playgrounds across Toronto are being surveyed and identified for improvements! Both S.A.D.R.A Park and Perth Square Park have been identified for improvements through this program, and the City wants to hear your feedback!

On Monday May 9th, the City will launch an online survey to hear the community's feedback regarding what kinds of playground improvements you'd like to see. Starting May 9th, you can visit this link to provide feedback. The survey is not currently live, yet, so the webpage won't have any information until the survey launches.

Similarly, the City is also proposing improvements to the playground at Perth Square park, and wants to gather community feedback! This feedback will then be used to help create a playground design. More information will be made available in the coming weeks!


Our First Davenport Environment Day A Success

This past Sunday, we held our first Davenport Environment Day since the beginning of the pandemic! Thank you to everyone who came by to donate, pick up some free compost, and drop off items for safe disposal! We will have a second Environment Day this year on July 16th as well as a number of Compost Days across our Davenport community between now and then!


Toronto History Museums to Permanently Provide Free General Admission Year-round

The City has announced that all the Toronto History Museums will permanently provide free general admission year-round!

The City, through Toronto History Museums, owns and operates 10 historic sites across Toronto that collect, research, exhibit and enhance the understanding of the city’s diverse stories through engaging and exciting experiences.

By allowing permanent free general admission, the City is encouraging everyone to participate and enjoy more of Toronto's cultural and heritage spaces. You can learn more about Toronto History Museums here.


Doors Open Toronto returning on May 28 and May 29

Great news! Doors Open Toronto is returning on May 28th and May 29th! Doors Open Toronto is a weekend-long event that allows residents to rediscover our City through open access to more than 100 sites for exploration, a talk series, walking tours and more! 

Some of the sites that will be open include City Hall, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Aga Khan museum, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the Mercer Union in Davenport!

Due to pandemic restrictions, Doors Open could not take place in 2021. I'm happy to let residents know that Doors Open is returning, with activities taking place between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.! I encourage residents to take some time on May 28th and 29th to explore locations across our City through Doors Open! You can learn more about Doors Open Toronto, and all the locations that will be open across Toronto here.




Upcoming Janes Walks Across Toronto Including in Davenport

This weekend, a number of Janes Walks will take place across our City! Janes Walks are walking tours of neighbourhoods, and provide residents with cool and interesting information about the neighborhoods they live in.

This year, several Janes Walks will take place in and near our Davenport Community, including the Finding the Missing Middle walk, and the Coffee, Culture & Conversation walk. Residents can see the full walk list here.


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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