I hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe summer as we now move into the fall season which started yesterday. Fortunately, with so many of our residents being vaccinated, and public health measures in place, we were able to have a more open and relaxed summer season while still dealing with the Covid19 pandemic. We all wish summer could last a little longer but there is still so much to do around the City this fall.
With respect to vaccinations, we now have 4,681,337 doses administered in our City - 79.3% of those over 12 years of age fully vaccinated and 84.9% with at least their first vaccination. As always, I encourage everyone in our community and City to get vaccinated. There are many walk-in clinics across the City and multiple initiatives to make it easy to get your vaccination including the #ShopAndVax initiative this weekend where you can get vaccinated at selected shopping centres. We all want to end this pandemic and get back to a normal life and vaccination is a major part of what will bring us this success.
A reminder that as of yesterday, the province's Proof of Vaccination policy commenced, commonly known as a "vaccine passport". This initiative requires anyone entering non-essential establishments like restaurants, gyms and theatres to provide proof of vaccination. It is recognized that the spread of the Covid19 virus is heightened in enclosed settings so like many other jurisdictions, Ontario has instituted this Proof of Vaccination policy to protect people and reduce the spread of the virus.
I would also encourage you to participate in ShowLoveTO, a City initiative that allows us to enjoy our City through local shopping, dining, walks, art displays in our communities and music among other things. ShowLoveTO is an excellent way to enjoy our communities, as well as each other and allows us to support local businesses, artists and others.
The Planning and Housing Committee met this week and as Chair of the committee I was pleased to advance a number of issues including improving public participation in the planning process as well as agenda items to support further action on housing in our City. Of note, the Planning and Housing Committee received updates on the Rapid Housing Initiative, approved a partnership with Miziwe Biik Development Corporation for 5200 affordable housing units for Indigenous residents of Toronto, and approved many new supportive and affordable permanent housing units.
This past week also saw the conclusion of the 44th Canadian General Election. I would like to thank all those who have participated in our democratic process -- whether you were a volunteer, a member of staff, a poll worker, and especially the candidates who put their names forward for election. Without all of you, our institutions would not be as strong as they are. I would also like to congratulate all of the successful candidates from all parties across the country, but especially to our re-elected Federal Member of Parliament. I am looking forward to working with you to represent Davenport going forward!
As always, if we can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone at 416.392.7012.
Table of Contents
Local Updates & Local Public Meetings
- Ontario Vaccine Certificate System: Now in Effect
- Nairn Park Community Pop-Up Event & Survey
- Old Weston Road & Rockwell Ave Traffic light Activation
- Osler Playground Park Improvements & Survey
- New Development Proposal at 1500-1536 St Clair Avenue West & 20-36 Caledonia Road - Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 28th)
- New Development Proposal 221, 225 & 227 Sterling Road - Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (October 5th)
- New Community Mural in Bloordale Painted by Young Elder Phillip Cote
- Winona Drive Safety Upgrades: Installation from Eglinton Avenue West to Davenport Road
- Basement Flooding Protection Project Fairbank-Silverthorn Storm System – Phase 1 Storm Trunk Sewer and Local Storm Sewers
- Local Events:
- Rescheduled - Davenport Community Movie Night (October 1st)
- Metrolinx Pop-Up Community Event (October 1st)
- College Promenade BIA: Sounds of September (September 25th)
- Geary Art Crawl (October 2nd & 3rd)
- The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home @ Lisgar Park (september 25th)
- Other Notices
- Toronto Hydro: Construction Notice Chudleigh Road between Ennerdale Road (East) and Harvie Avenue (West)
- Metrolinx: Sidewalk Restoration Works at Caledonia Station
- Toronto Hydro: Construction Notice Chudleigh Road between Ennerdale Road (East) and Harvie Avenue (West)
City Updates and Consultations
- Registration Opening Soon for City of Toronto Fall Recreation Programming
- Review of Parking Requirements for New Development
- Official Plan Review - Public Meeting (October 20th)
- City of Toronto Digital Infrastructure Plan Public Consultation Meetings (September 28th/29th)
- Community Environment Days at City Drop-Off Depots
- Waste Management Guide & 2022 Collection Schedule
- Recent Municipal Announcements
Ontario Vaccine Certificate System: Now in Effect
As of Wednesday September 22nd, the Provincial Government requires that Ontarians show proof of vaccination (also referred to as "vaccine passports) at most indoor, non-essential public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn. The proof of vaccination requirements apply to any individual entering the indoor areas of the following premises:
- Restaurants, bars, and other food or drink establishments, including those where dance facilities are provided such as nightclubs, and other similar establishments (excluding delivery and takeout);
- Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
- Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities, including facilities where spectators watch events;
- Casinos, bingo halls, and gaming establishments;
- Concert venues, theatres, and cinemas;
- Strip clubs, bathhouses, and sex clubs;
- Racing venues (e.g., horse racing);
- Places where commercial film and television production takes place and there is a studio audience (the audience members are considered patrons).
A detailed list of situations where this policy does not apply can be found here.
Between September 22nd and October 22nd, Ontarians will be required to show proof of vaccination prior to the implementation of a QR-code based system. Individuals will be required to show a piece of photo-ID and their proof of vaccination. To download your proof of vaccination, visit the provincial portal at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/.
Additionally, a group of volunteers has created a program for iPhone users to download their proof-of-vaccination PDFs to their Apple Wallet. This system, including instructions can be found at https://grassroots.vaccine-ontario.ca/
If you are unable to to print your proof of vaccination at home and would like a physical copy of your vaccine certificate, the Toronto Public Library is able to assist you! Go to any branch, where free wifi and computer use is available for this purpose. Visit tpl.ca/printfree for more information.
Nairn Park Community Pop-Up Event & Survey
Thank you to all who attended our Nairn Park Pop-Up Ice Cream Social & Community Consultation on Saturday, September 11th! Over the course of the afternoon, it was great to see so many of you visit our event, enjoy the ice cream, and provide your feedback to this new community space. This project is located at the southwest corner of Rogers Road and Nairn Avenue, with the City having recently acquired the property. The new park will be designed using feedback from the community and may include the following features:
- A playground with accessible play equipment
- Accessible pathways and seating
- A social gathering space
- Shade features
- Plantings and/or a small garden
Construction on this park will begin in Summer 2022, with a completion date in the Fall of 2022.
I am looking forward to sharing the recommended designs with you, and getting your further feedback. Special thank you to Mercado Negro, one of our local restaurants, for providing ice cream to our community.
If you couldn't make it to our community consultation, a virtual survey will be available in English and Portuguese for your feedback until September 26th at www.toronto.ca/261NairnPark
Old Weston Road & Rockwell Ave Traffic light Activation
You may have noticed a change at Rockwell Avenue and Old Weston Road this past week - I am pleased to announce that the traffic lights have been activated! This comes after a multi-year process, having been approved by City Council on December 17th, 2019, and I am excited to see its long-awaited implementation.
Osler Playground Park Improvements & Survey
City of Toronto staff are seeking your feedback on how to improve the Osler Playground through an online survey. The Survey will continue until September 26th, and can be accessed here. The scope of this project's improvements include:
- A new Dogs off-leash area
- Playground enhancement
- Waterplay area enhancement
- Greenspace improvements
- Pathways improvements
- New Seating
- Improvements to the adjacent school grounds are also being considered
Construction on this park will begin in Summer 2022, with a completion date in the Spring of 2023.
For more information, including proposed community visions, please visit www.toronto.ca/OslerPlayground
1500-1536 St Clair Avenue West & 20-36 Caledonia Road Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (September 28th)
At this month's Toronto and East York Community Council, City of Toronto staff presented the preliminary development report for this site. The application proposes to permit a mixed use development that would include two three-winged towers atop a shared podium (16 and 18-storey residential towers inclusive of a 2-storey mixed-use podium and mechanical penthouse), a courtyard fronting St Clair and a rail trail. The proposal includes 753 residential units, 332 vehicular parking spaces, and 754 bicycle parking spaces.
I encourage you to attend the first Virtual Community Consultation Meeting for this site, which will take place on Wednesday, September 28th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
Please visit the Application Information Centre at www.toronto.ca/1500StClairAveW for further information.
221, 225 & 227 Sterling Road Virtual Community Consultation Meeting (October 5th)
Join this Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn more about the proposed development application, which will include presentations and a Question and Answer period providing local residents and stakeholders the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.
The applications propose 892 residential units, including 33 rental replacement units, and the conveyance of land for a new public street and public park. The new public street would extend Ruttan Street south to Sterling Road.
New Community Mural in Bloordale Painted by Young Elder Phillip Cote
On Saturday September 18th, members of our community welcomed a new addition to Davenport's vibrant arts and culture scene by officially unveiling an extraordinary mural painted by revered Indigenous artist Young Elder Philip Cote. I encourage you to visit his website to see more of his art, murals, sculptures, and more - they are truly incredible.
I would like to thank the community members and businesses who made this possible in a COVID-19 safe manner, and especially thank the artist for providing this important piece of art for our community. Community partners like Saponetti, Buco, Dream Zero, and the Bloordale BIA helped to ensure that space was allocated for this mural, and that this event remained zero-waste and sustainable. Thank you for continuing your work in reflecting our community's values in our everyday lives.
Winona Drive Safety Upgrades: Installation from Eglinton Avenue West to Davenport Road
The City of Toronto is continuing to install cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Winona Drive
(commenced the week of September 13, 2021) at the following locations:
- Contra-flow bike lanes on Winona Drive from Gloucester Grove to Dundurn Crescent.
- Shared lanes or "sharrows" on Winona Drive from Eglinton Avenue West to Gloucester Grove.
- Bump-out intersection reconfiguration at Vaughan Road and Winona Drive.
- Traffic signal upgrades and associated cycling infrastructure at key intersections: Vaughan Road and
Winona Drive, as well as Shaw Street and Davenport Road.
Construction is expected to be complete by October 31st 2021.
Basement Flooding Protection Project Fairbank-Silverthorn Storm System – Phase 1 Storm Trunk Sewer and Local Storm Sewers
The City of Toronto will begin construction of the Fairbank-Silverthorn Storm Trunk Sewer System. This project is part of the City Council-approved 2021 Basement Flooding Protection Program, and is partially funded by the Government of Canada through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. Work will be carried out in two phases. When both phases of construction are complete, the new infrastructure will help to reduce sewer backups and basement flooding in the Fairbank-Silverthorn area.
Rescheduled - Davenport Community Movie Night (October 1st)
Important update for our Davenport Community Movie Night!
Due to increasing likelihood of rain tomorrow evening, we have changed the date for our event to Friday October 1st at 6:15pm. If you have questions or concerns, please email my office at [email protected] or visit our event page at https://www.anabailao.com/earlscourt_movie_night
Metrolinx Pop-Up Community Event (October 1st)
The Metrolinx Toronto West community relations team and will be in our Davenport Community at Campbell Park next Friday, October 1st from 11am to 1pm. They will be sharing information about GO Transit expansion within our community, and answering questions you may have.
College Promenade BIA: Sounds of September (September 25)
For more information on the Sounds of September, visit the College Promenade BIA's website.
Geary Art Crawl (October 2nd & 3rd)
The Geary Art Crawl is a weekend-long community event that includes local businesses, residents, and arts organizations from the Geary neighbourhood. A two day, rain or shine celebration of art and culture on Geary Avenue from Ossington to west of Dufferin. Watch the neighbourhood come alive with music, visual art installations, pop-ups, food and more in a creative emergence from the pandemic that celebrates the arts while putting local businesses at the forefront.
I encourage you all to attend this celebration of community art. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.gearyartcrawl.com/
The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home @ Lisgar Park (September 25th)
Please come out and enjoy The Longest Way Round is the Shortest Way Home, curated by Arts Assembly. Free performances on Saturday, September 11, 18 and 25 at 1 p.m. at Lisgar Park (60 Lisgar Street).
Arts Assembly invites four Toronto-based dance artists, b solomon, Amelia Ehrhardt, jes sachse and Danah Rosales, to consider ideas of home as they relate to interconnected ideas of the body, transiency and the other. As part of Toronto Sculpture Garden offsite programming and ArtworxTO, this series of call and response outdoor performances at Lisgar Park explores the theme of home, which deeply resonates with the social and economic conditions attributed to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, visit: artsassembly.ca for full performance schedule.
Toronto Hydro: Construction Notice Chudleigh Road between Ennerdale Road (East) and Harvie Avenue (West)
Please be advised that Toronto Hydro is planning to rebuild and relocate the overhead and underground electrical system in your community in preparation for the City-initiated basement flooding protection program. Construction will take place between October 2021 and January 2022
Work on this project will generally take place Monday to Friday between 7am and 7pm. However, some weekend work may occur.
Metrolinx: Sidewalk Restoration Works at Caledonia Station
As early as Monday September 20, 2021, crews at Caledonia will perform sidewalk restoration works on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West between Blackthorn Avenue and the commercial access road east of Gabian Way. To facilitate this work, the sidewalk on the north side of Eglinton Avenue West will be closed periodically adjacent to the Primary Entrance (refer to map above). This work is expected to take place between 7:00am. and 5:00pm. for approximately two (2) weeks.
Noise from construction activities, including concrete breaking and pouring can be expected. Expect delays while travelling through the area. Traffic control personnel and/or a paid duty officer will be present while this work takes place.
This week, the City announced that registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs opens on September 25 and 28.
Registration for fall recreation programs and December holiday programs starts at 7 a.m. on the following dates:
- Saturday, September 25 – Etobicoke York and Scarborough
- Tuesday, September 28 – North York and Toronto and East York
Weekly group classes and workshops are available for a variety of programs for all ages including arts, fitness and wellness, general interest, skating, sports, swimming, virtual programming as well as December holiday programs. Programs will begin on Saturday, October 16.
The quickest and easiest way to register for recreation programs is online . Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378, beginning at 7 a.m. on registration dates. Five community centre locations will be open on registration dates for in-person registration support, and Wi-Fi will be available for residents that may want to bring their own electronic devices to the in-person registration sites. Staff will also be on-site to assist with the registration process and register those without their own electronic devices. Locations and hours are available here .
Residents who may require help preparing for registration can call 416-396-7378 Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call centre will be open for extended hours on Friday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents require a family and client number to sign up for recreation programs.
Clients can set their family account online. Once completed, your Family and Client number will be emailed to you.
Create account online:
How to register:
- Step 1: Find your registration start date
- Step 2: Create or manage your account
- Step 3: Search for and choose your specific programs
- Step 4: Register for programs and pay
Review of Parking Requirements for New Development
On January 19, 2021, the Planning and Housing Committee (PH20.4) which I Chair, asked staff to review parking requirements for new developments to better align them with the objectives of the City’s Official Plan. The Review is guided by the principle that parking standards should allow only the maximum amount of automobile parking reasonably required for a given use and minimums should be avoided except where necessary to ensure equitable access, such as for accessible parking or in areas which would be difficult to serve with transit.
The City will be hosting a series of upcoming virtual public meetings to receive feedback on the Review. Registration is required, and the dates & registration links are as follows:
- September 27, 2021, 3:00pm to 5:00pm.
- September 28, 2021, 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
- September 29, 2021, 1:00pm to 3:00pm.
For more information on this Review, including past meeting presentations, please visit the City website.
Official Plan Review - Public Meeting (October 20th)
The Official Plan is Toronto’s road map for land use. It sets out our long-term vision, shared values, and policies that help guide decision-making on land development, economic growth, the environment, and more. It’s important to keep the Official Plan up to date to accommodate growth and changing realities in our City. Toronto is expected to grow by 700,000 people and see the creation of more than 450,000 jobs by 2051.
Please join City of Toronto staff on October 20, 2021 from 1pm to 3pm or from 5pm to 7pm for a city-wide conversation on how we can plan to address the most pressing challenges facing our city over the next 30 years. Please register prior to the event, and watch this short video for an introduction to Our Plan Toronto.
For more information on the Official Plan Review, visit the City website.
City of Toronto Digital Infrastructure Plan (DIP) Public Consultation Meetings (September 28th/29th)
It seems with every day we rely more on digital services in every part of our lives. The same is true with regard to City services now and in the future. The use of digital infrastructure is one of many tools to help the City achieve its strategic goals and priorities. As the use of digital infrastructure to provide City services and manage assets evolves, how information is collected, used, managed and protected must also advance. The Digital Infrastructure Plan (DIP) will modernize and formalize the roles, functions and procedures within which digital infrastructure decisions at the City are made.
To learn more about the DIP, please watch this brief video for an overview of the Digital Infrastructure Plan for the City of Toronto.
Join in on the Virtual Public Consultation meetings on September 28th and 29th to give your feedback and ask questions about the plan. For details and registration, see below:
- Meeting 1: September 28, 6 – 8 p.m
- Meeting 2: September 29, 3 – 5 p.m
The past year and half has been challenging for all of us. To help continue moving back towards a more normal life where we can enjoy our communities,the City of Toronto is inviting residents to show love for their City.
To help with this, the City of Toronto has created ShowLoveTO, in association with Founding Sponsor American Express and funded in part by the Government of Ontario, to encourage local tourism and foster community engagement and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. From hitting the patio to supporting local art and shops, ShowLoveTO encourages residents to get out and do the things they love safely. Learn more at toronto.ca/showloveTO.
ShowLoveTO has many programs and events that focus on our communities across Toronto - including right here in Davenport. Whether you take part in the DineTOgether program, Local strolls, or the extraordinary arts and culture scenes in our community, it is important that we all take part in ShowLoveTO to help move forward Toronto's recovery from the pandemic.
Community Environment Days at City Drop-Off Depots
Waste Management Guide & 2022 Collection Schedule
The way that we all receive our collection schedules and certain waste management information is changing. The City will not be producing and mailing the traditional Waste Management Calendar/Guide this year. Instead, residents in single-family homes will receive their 2022 collection schedule as part of an upcoming utility bill and a separate condensed Waste Management Guide will be mailed to single-family and multi-residential households by the end of this year. These changes were approved by City Council as part of the 2021 Rate-Supported Budget and will allow the City to reduce the amount of waste it produces and save money on postage and printing, while still providing important waste information in a printed format.
The City is asking residents to look out for these items and to hold on to them for reference. The collection schedule will be on the last page of the utility bill and will include information about proper waste disposal on the back. Those who do not receive utility bills to their homes will have their collection schedule mailed to them separately. The majority of residents will receive their schedules sometime between September and the end of December with a small percentage receiving their schedules in January. All mailings that include a collection schedule will have a note on the back of the envelope to indicate that the schedule is inside.
In addition to being provided in print, collection schedules and information about proper waste disposal and sorting, waste reduction and Drop-Off Depots is available online at http://www.toronto.ca/waste or by calling 311.
Residents can also access their collection schedules and get reminders about what waste to set out when with the TOwaste app, which is free to download and available for iOs and Android devices. The easy-to-use app also features the Waste Wizard as well as where to find the closest City Drop-Off Depot and locations to donate items for reuse.
The City will monitor the impact of the new education resources on the City’s waste management programs and feedback from residents to help inform future decisions around how this information is distributed and report back to City Council as part of the 2023 Rate-Supported Budget Process.
More information is available at toronto.ca/waste-guide-schedules.
September 13 - City of Toronto and partners announce expansion of screen industry workforce development training programs for diverse youth
September 13 - City of Toronto partners with United Way Greater Toronto and Lifeline Afghanistan to launch the Toronto Region Afghan Resettlement Fund
September 13 - Toronto Public Health continues to support a return to in-person learning in schools with enhanced public health measures
September 14 - City of Toronto issues social bond for the year
September 14 - Winners of the 2021 Toronto Urban Design Awards announced
September 15 - Team Toronto Mobile Strategy launches Days of Vaxtion to encourage all Torontonians to get fully vaccinated
September 15 - City of Toronto ShowLoveTO initiative BigArtTO returns to display Toronto artists’ works on local buildings
September 16 - City of Toronto ShowLoveTO initiative launches StrollTO
September 17 - ShowLoveTO kicks off DineTOgether at more than 270 locations across Toronto
September 17 - City of Toronto supporting vaccination certificates with educational approach
September 20 - Toronto school boards and schools can gradually return extra-curricular activities with updated guidance from Toronto Public Health
September 20 - Almost 90 per cent of City of Toronto staff who disclosed status are fully vaccinated against COVID-19
September 21 - Registration opening soon for City of Toronto fall recreation programming
September 21 - Team Toronto partners with local shopping centres to bring COVID-19 vaccines to malls through #ShopAndVax