COVID-19 - March 18 Update

Table of Contents

  1. Question from the Community!
  2. Key Updates
    1. COVID Testing Pop-Up Facility - Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
    2. Davenport Planning Conference – March 24 at 6:00 PM
    3. Winona Bike Lane Consultations and Survey – March 22 at 6:30
    4. Public Meeting Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
    5. Pathways Inside
    6. New locations for City of Toronto's Automated Speed Enforcement devices in May
    7. City Hall Live Spotlight – Kicking off March 18 at 7:30 PM
    8. ActiveTO
    9. City to Expedite Opening Community Gardens and Allotment Gardens
    10. Clean Toronto Together Cancellation
    11. Public Consultation on Selection of Next Police Chief
    12. Build Better Public Forum on development at Bloor and Dundas – March 25 at 7:00 PM
    13. Road Resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury St to Queen St W
    14. College Promenade BIA - Call for Art Proposals
    15. City of Toronto Summer Job Program
    16. TTC Subway Closure – St George to St Andrew – March 15-24
    17. TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship
    18. #ShopBloorcourt
    19. York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
  3. Recent Announcements
    1. Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
    2. City of Toronto requests modified Grey Zone to open additional businesses and amenities
    3. City of Toronto launches public engagement process for the Toronto Island Park Master Plan
    4. City of Toronto opens three City-operated vaccination clinics for seniors age 80 and over with confirmed appointments
    5. City of Toronto announces formation of a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Working Group

ion from the Community!

Each day, we are working to answer important questions from our community. To keep you all informed, we will feature some of these questions each newsletter. Have a question you think would be good to share? Reach out to us at [email protected].

I have been hearing concerns about the AstraZeneca vaccine and don't know if I should take it.
Health Canada regulators are constantly analyzing all the available information about vaccines and have guaranteed those approved in Canada are safe for use.

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Key Updates

COVID Testing Pop-Up Facility - Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre
A COVID-19 pop-up testing facility will be open on March 22 at Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre (1900 Davenport Rd). Call 416.653.4500 x3121 to book an appointment if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.  Please note, this is for Covid-19 testing, not for vaccinations.

 



Davenport Planning Conference – March 24 at 6:00 PM
With the support of City Planning Staff, I am hosting a virtual Davenport Planning Conference on Webex to provide area residents, businesses, and interested stakeholders a comprehensive overview of the planning process at both a citywide scale and at the local level.

You can register and find the full agenda through the link above.


Winona Bike Lane Consultations and Survey – March 22 at 6:30
The City is proposing creating a neighbourhood cycling connection in the Oakwood community to provide safer cycling options to travel from Eglinton to Davenport along Winona Drive. It is crucial for the local community to share their support, ideas and concerns, to ensure this project meets local needs. Consultation activities will be conducted online, by phone, and by mail. Visit the link above to register for the public meeting and to complete the online feedback form.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1405-1409A Bloor Street West & 229-231A Sterling Road
Date: April 6, 2021 
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Join a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting hosted by City Planning Staff 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.


Public Meeting - Planning Application for 1319 Bloor Street West (Value Village)

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a 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.



Pathways Inside
The Pathway Inside initiative, a new City program, is an excellent first step for those experiencing homelessness. It provides the short-term assistance people need as they move with our support toward permanent housing that is safe, secure and stable.

The Pathway Inside program will focus on housing people living in four priority encampment sites: Moss Park, Alexandra Park, Trinity Bellwoods and Lamport stadium.

The Pathway Inside team has engaged daily with people living outside to understand their needs. The City has also established greater coordination, cooperation and communication among those experiencing homelessness, their advocates, agencies and communities.

While the City will continue efforts to assist those living outside to transition into temporary shelters, permanent housing is the ultimate solution to homelessness. In 2020, the City helped almost 6,100 people move from the City's shelter system into permanent housing.


New locations for City of Toronto's Automated Speed Enforcement devices in May
The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices will begin rotating to the third round of locations in May to reduce speeding at more areas with safety concerns, encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect and raise public awareness about the need to slow down and obey posted speed limits. The two locations in Ward 9 are:

  • Dufferin Street, near Waterloo Avenue
  • Concord Avenue, north of College Street

City Hall Live Spotlight – Kicking off March 18 at 7:30 PM
City Hall Live Spotlight online performances re-launch with award-winning Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta.
City Hall Live is a weekly live-streamed concert series to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The series will feature professionally produced live-streamed videos of Toronto musicians performing at shuttered music venues and other affected music-related businesses around the city.

Performances will be available through the link above.


ActiveTO
This week, a City of Toronto staff report on ActiveTO recommends the return of Major Weekend Road Closures as well as a complete street pilot project along a section of Yonge Street to support the local economy and CaféTO with an expansion of the temporary ActiveTO cycling network.

As detailed in the report, City staff are recommending that Major Weekend Road Closures return in 2021. The dates and locations of closures will be determined in the coming months.

This program proved to be a quite popular and successful, with 92% of those surveyed wanting the closure to continue, 75% of people reporting being more active, more than a quarter reporting ActiveTO helped them start or re-start riding a bike and increased cycling engagement from women and people from BIPOC communities.

I understand that people have raised concerns about the Lakeshore West and Quiet Streets closures, and I am working on getting further information from City staff on this.


City to Expedite Opening Community Gardens and Allotment Gardens
To help gardeners get a head start on spring preparation work, the City of Toronto will be opening its community and allotment gardens six weeks earlier this year.

Having these gardens across our Ward, including at Dufferin Grove Park, Symington Avenue Playground and Earlscourt Park, these spaces provide our communities with a source of fresh produce and another option for essential fresh air and exercise.

 


Clean Toronto Together Cancellation
Clean Toronto Together, the City's annual spring cleanup, which brings together more than 200,000 resident and community groups, schools, and businesses to help clean public spaces, including parks, beaches and schoolyards, has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The City is planning to reschedule Clean Toronto Together in September, subject to public health approvals at that time. Additional details about the September cleanup, including the dates, registration process and safety measures, will be announced at a later date.


Public Consultation on Selection of Next Police Chief
The Toronto Police Services Board is in the process to select the next Chief of Police for the Toronto Police Service. The Board’s process has been informed by recent Board and City Council decisions concerning policing reform and enhanced community engagement in the Chief selection process. As part of this Chief selection process, Environics Research, on behalf of the Board, is conducting a series of public consultations.

The public consultation forums have been scheduled for residents of Etobicoke, Downtown Toronto, Scarborough, and North York as follows: 
 
Dates and Times:

  • Etobicoke – Tuesday, March 30 – 6-8PM
  • Downtown Toronto – Wednesday, March 31 – 6-8PM
  • Scarborough – Wednesday, April 7  – 6-8PM
  • North York – Tuesday, April 13 – 6-8PM 

Build Better Public Forum on development at Bloor and Dundas – March 25 at 7:00 PM

Build Better and The West Bend are hosting a community meeting calling for more affordable housing to be included in condo developments along Bloor Street.

A ZOOM LINK will be issued on the above linked website on March 25 for you to participate.

More info: http://thewestbend.ca/1540-bloor/


Road Resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury St to Queen St W
The City of Toronto will be conducting road resurfacing on Dovercourt Road from Sudbury Street to Queen Street West from March 22 until June 1. Road users should expect delays and increased traffic on nearby main and side streets. The Field ambassador is Suresh Pillai, who can be reached at 647-968-8601 or [email protected].


College Promenade BIA - Call for Art Proposals
Art, diversity, multiculturalism and community are some of the significant elements that make Toronto unique. 2021 has been dedicated as the Year of Public Art, kicking off the City's new 10-Year of Public Art Strategy, signalling Toronto's renewed commitment to public art.

The College Promenade BIA has received a grant of $8000 to create a public art installation in our neighbourhood (our boundaries are along College Street between Havelock St and Shaw St).

Their vision is to see art installations with a sound or light component on some of our tree grates located on the north side of the street. They would like to see them activated as people walk by, perhaps giving positive messages or affirmations. The tree grates DO have electrical access, so there is an opportunity to use it if needed.


City of Toronto Summer Job Program
The City of Toronto is getting prepared for spring and summer with hiring for parks and recreation seasonal positions. While there is still uncertainty about what activities will be permitted this spring and summer, the City is preparing for the eventual resumption of parks and recreation services by continuing with the annual hiring process for spring and summer jobs. The City is looking for a wide range of skilled applicants, from lifeguards and aquatic instructors to outdoor gardeners and landscapers. To learn more about the City of Toronto job opportunities in the Parks, Forestry and Recreation division, visit the link above.


TTC Subway Closure – St George to St Andrew – March 15-24
The TTC is continuing to capitalize on reduced ridership during the COVID-19 pandemic and identifying opportunities to carry out vital state-of-good-repair work with minimal inconvenience to customers. There will be no subway service on Line 1 between St George and St Andrew stations for ten days from Monday, March 15 to Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Regular subway service will resume at approximately 6 AM on Thursday, March 25, 2021. Shuttle buses will replace subways during this time.


TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship
We wanted to pass along the news of a new program created by the SOCAN Foundation called the TD Incubator for Creative Entrepreneurship. Feel free to pass this along to your networks or to anyone you think could benefit from this.

The program provides emerging music creators with seed funding, mentorship, and the opportunity to participate in a progressive webinar series that will hone their entrepreneurship skills while providing them with the tools and resources needed to turn their talent into a sustainable career.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 15th, 2021, at 11:59 PM.


#ShopBloorcourt
Throughout March, the Bloorcourt BIA will be hosting a marketing and giveaway campaign. Every day they are raffling off a $50 gift card to a local #Bloorcourt business. Learn how to get involved through the above link.


York Community Pop-Up Covid Testing Centre
A COVID-19 pop-up facility will be open on March 19 and 26 from 3–7 PM at 115 Black Creek Drive. Call 416.653.4500 x3121 to book an appointment if you have symptoms or have been in contact with someone with COVID-19.

 

 

Recent Announcements

Municipal

Toronto COVID-19 vaccination update
The City of Toronto is working with all our healthcare partners, pharmacies and Toronto Public Health to administer all available COVID-19 vaccines. To date, 318,798 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto.

City of Toronto requests modified Grey Zone to open additional businesses and amenities
The City is working with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to explore ways to open additional businesses and amenities in a modified Grey zone, while not fully moving into the Red – Control Zone of the provincial Lockdown Regulation.

City of Toronto launches public engagement process for the Toronto Island Park Master Plan
The City of Toronto launched the start of the public engagement process that will inform the Master Plan and shape the future of this significant waterfront destination.

City of Toronto opens three City-operated vaccination clinics for seniors age 80 and over with confirmed appointments
The City of Toronto opened three City-operated COVID-19 vaccination clinics to vaccinate eligible residents born in 1941 or earlier who have confirmed appointments. All three clinics – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Scarborough Town Centre and Toronto Congress Centre – are booked to capacity today and expected to vaccinate 450 eligible seniors per location.

City of Toronto announces formation of a COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Working Group
The COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Working Group is implementing a multi-sectoral approach to boost vaccine confidence in Toronto, including among health care professionals and communities with historically low vaccination rates. This work is informed through the use of an equity lens and an understanding of the cultural, religious and historical contexts that may contribute to vaccine hesitancy.

Provincial

Ontario Making Historic Investment to Modernize Long-Term Care
The Ontario government is investing $933 million in 80 new long-term care projects, which will lead to thousands of additional new and upgraded long-term care spaces across the province. Today's announcement moves the government a step closer to fulfilling its commitment to add 30,000 much-needed long-term care spaces over ten years.

Ontario Taking Further Steps to Support Integrated Patient Care
The Ontario government is taking further steps to build an integrated, connected health care system centred around the needs of patients. Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, issued orders under the Connecting Care Act, 2019 to transfer the Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN) and non-patient care functions from the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to Ontario Health. The transfers will take effect on April 1, 2021.

Ontario Businesses Making Workplaces Safer
The Ontario government is seeing a greater number of small businesses complying with COVID-19 safety requirements. During follow-up visits for educational workplace safety campaigns, provincial offences officers found that approximately 73 per cent of businesses were in compliance with public health measures and compliance increased by 20 per cent.

Federal

International Monetary Fund report validates Canada's economic response to COVID-19 
Today, the Department of Finance Canada welcomed the International Monetary Fund (IMF)'s Staff Report for the 2021 Article IV Consultation to conclude its annual Article IV mission to Canada.

Government of Canada launches consultations to ensure labour protections meet new realities of working Canadians 
Modern digital communications have been changing the way we work for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the pace of this change. The Government of Canada knows that labour protections must continue to evolve to ensure safe and decent working conditions for all workers.


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