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News Release

October 21, 2020

Canada-Wide Approach to Ensure Municipalities are Protected from Cyber Threats
 
Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie at today’s City of Toronto Executive Committee brought forward an information report as an appointed member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Councillor Ainslie who sits on the Standing Committee on Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements, outlined his work to champion the need for a Canada-wide approach dealing with cyber security to ensure municipalities are protected.
 
At the September 2020 meeting of the FCM Board of Directors, municipal leaders determined further work is required to address the cyber security threat to Canada's local governments. At the request of Councillor Ainslie, FCM will be calling on the Federal government to create a municipally focused cyber security certification program. This will be done in collaboration with municipal governments and addresses the need for Federal support.
 
A municipal cyber security certification program is one step to help enable municipalities to further their cyber risk management, and overcome limited financial resources, as well as operational constraints. Program development, and sustainment, needs to have a cooperative, collaborative approach among municipalities, the FCM, and the Federal government. This ensures its content, focus, and objectives, address cyber risk mitigation in the municipal government context, and on a united national basis.
 
Considering the accelerated digital transition due to COVID-19, FCM will continue to work with municipal governments and others to further monitor incidents and identify possible supports required for municipal cybersecurity. FCM staff will also be engaging with the City of Toronto technology staff to advance this important work.

Councillor Ainslie noted “I am sharing this work with the Executive Committee, as Chair of the General Government and Licensing Committee to highlight Toronto's leadership on this issue and recognize the efforts of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities which continues to adapt to serve the needs of the municipal sector.”


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October 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Canada-Wide Approach to Ensure Municipalities are Protected from Cyber Threats. At today’s Executive Committee meeting I brought forward an information report as an appointed member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) focusing on the need for a Canada-wide approach for dealing with cyber security to ensure municipalities are protected. At the September 2020 meeting of the FCM Board of Directors I’ve requested that the FCM call on the federal government to create a municipally focused cyber security certification program which is one step to help enable municipalities to further their cyber risk management, and overcome limited financial resources, as well as operation constraints. More information can be read in this news release. 

As we continue to fight against of COVID-19, it is very important that we continue to take steps for self-protection, including, practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible, wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

Stay safe and follow Public Health advice this Halloween. Torontonians have been called to take a different approach to Halloween this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including recommending against door-to-door trick-or-treating. There are several fun and creative alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year, including encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities; organize a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household; carving pumpkins and more.

Remember to participate in Waste Reduction Week this week. This year’s theme focuses on circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

As more and more leaves begin to fall, when clearing up fallen leaves from your property please keep roadside catch basins clear of leaves and other debris to help water enter the storm sewer.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 20, 2020) There has been an increase of 346 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 25,278 cases of COVID-19, of these, 21,256 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 128 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 21 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,338 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

The Province of Ontario is expanding mental health services for children and youth. The Ontario government is providing $24.3 million in targeted investments to hire additional staff, increase access to counselling and therapy, create new programs to help manage stress, depression and anxiety, and address eating disorders and other challenges facing children and youth. This funding is part of the government's $176 million investment in the Roadmap to Wellness, a comprehensive plan to build a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto statement on Parks Bylaw injunction decision. Today, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to grant an injunction that would have required the City of Toronto to suspend the enforcement of its Parks Bylaw that prohibits camping in City parks during the current pandemic. This ruling does not order the City to clear encampments, rather, the ruling does not prevent the City from clearing an encampment when shelter and housing options become available to those living in encampments or as required by the circumstances. More information can be read in the news release.

The Toronto Police Service would like to invite members of the public to apply for one of 12 positions on its Community Advisory Panel for Race-Based Data (RBD) Collection, Analysis and Reporting Policy. The panel will meet four times a year, starting January 2021, to provide the Service with advice on the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of Race and Identity Based Data Collection. Interested applicants can apply online . The application process will close on October 30, 2020. More information can be read in the news release.

The Toronto Police Services Board (Board) is pleased to invite members of the public to a Public Consultation on the draft Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy. You can provide written comments to the Board online. Submissions should be submitted no later than November 5, 2020. Submissions will form part of the public record and will be made public on the Board’s website at a later date.

Rotary Club of North Scarborough is hosting a Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday October 24th from 10am to 4pm at the Beer Store at Agincourt Mall (3850 Sheppard Ave E). The Rotary Club will have a tent set up in the parking lot outside of the Beer Store to welcome you and your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. This collection will benefit local aid agencies such as Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, 5N2 Soup Kitchen Project, Scarborough Health Network and more. For more information please contact info@northscarboroughrotary.org

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Scarborough Civic Action Network (SCAN) 2020-21 Action Mandate Survey. SCAN is seeking broad community input from Scarborough residents and stakeholders to decide SCAN’s 2020-21 Action Mandate. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

October 20, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we continue to fight against of COVID-19, it is very important that we continue to take steps for self-protection, including, practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible, wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

Stay safe and follow Public Health advice this Halloween. Torontonians have been called to take a different approach to Halloween this year to help stop the spread of COVID-19, including recommending against door-to-door trick-or-treating. There are several fun and creative alternative ways to celebrate Halloween this year, including encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities; organize a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household; carving pumpkins and more.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 19, 2020) There has been an increase of 339 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 24,947 cases of COVID-19, of these, 20,999 cases have recovered, an increase of 196 cases from the day before. There are 109 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 6 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,337 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

Ontario extends COVID-19 orders until November 21, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to contain the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, Ontario is amending emergency orders to regions under modified Stage 2 regulations to clarify that classes delivered for the purpose of teaching or training amateur or professional dancers in dance techniques are permitted to operate provided specified conditions are met. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario invests $550 million to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province in 2020-21. These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to improve and build modern schools. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto Public Health is launching an online flu vaccine booking system to help residents schedule their appointments for TPH’s annual flu vaccine clinics. This year, TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.  Due to the higher demand for flu vaccine this year, more TPH flu vaccine clinics will be offered starting this week until the end of December. TPC flu clinic appointments can be booked online. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto announced $1.9 million in additional funding for community services to help vulnerable populations. These additional funds will be distributed from TO Supports Investment Fund to 33 community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second installment of the City’s commitment of 20% towards the provincial Social Services Relief Fund to support non-profit social service agencies during this pandemic. More information can be read in the news release.  

Rotary Club of North Scarborough is hosting a Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday October 24th from 10am to 4pm at the Beer Store at Agincourt Mall (3850 Sheppard Ave E). The Rotary Club will have a tent set up in the parking lot outside of the Beer Store to welcome you and your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. This collection will benefit local aid agencies such as Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, 5N2 Soup Kitchen Project, Scarborough Health Network and more. For more information please contact info@northscarboroughrotary.org

Remember to participate in Waste Reduction Week this week. This year’s theme focuses on reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the take-make-and-dispose approach in favour of product longevity – known as a circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

The Toronto Police Services Board (Board) is pleased to invite members of the public to a Public Consultation on the draft Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy. You can provide written comments to the Board online. Submissions should be submitted no later than November 5, 2020. Submissions will form part of the public record and will be made public on the Board’s website at a later date.

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Parent Survey on the proposed regulatory amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014. The Province is reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and is looking for feedback on proposed changes affecting child care programs. They have provided an online report called Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario and their consultation document summarizes the proposed changes. Toronto Children's Services is preparing the City's response and would like to hear from you on the most significant changes that have been proposed. Please complete this survey by October 21, 2020.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 19, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As we continue to fight against of COVID-19, it is very important that we continue to take steps for self-protection, including, practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible, wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 18, 2020) There has been an increase of 268 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 24,624 cases of COVID-19, of these, 20,803 cases have recovered, an increase of 219 cases from the day before. There are 107 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,337 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

Stay safe and follow Public Health advice this Halloween, due to the “high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended,” Dr. Williams said today in a statement on public health advice for Halloween this year. People should consider alternative ways to celebrate, this can include encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities; organize a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household; carving pumpkins and more. More information can be read in the news release.

October 19th to 25th is Waste Reduction Week in the City of Toronto. This week is held every October as a reminder of the ways everyone can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable consumption. This year, Waste Reduction Week focuses on reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the take-make-and-dispose approach in favour of product longevity – known as a circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. The City and its Community Reduce & Reuse Program partners will be hosting online workshops and events through th week on topics such as circular economy, bike repairs and swaps, sewing, community composting, food canning and recipes to reduce food waste. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

The Toronto Police Services Board (Board) is pleased to invite members of the public to a Public Consultation on the draft Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Policy. You can provide written comments to the Board online. Submissions should be submitted no later than November 5, 2020. Submissions will form part of the public record and will be made public on the Board’s website at a later date.

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Parent Survey on the proposed regulatory amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014. The Province is reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and is looking for feedback on proposed changes affecting child care programs. They have provided an online report called Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario and their consultation document summarizes the proposed changes. Toronto Children's Services is preparing the City's response and would like to hear from you on the most significant changes that have been proposed. Please complete this survey by October 21, 2020.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 16, 2020

As we continue to fight against of COVID-19, it is very important that we continue to take steps for self-protection, including, practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible, wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained, consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. As much as possible, residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 15, 2020) There has been an increase of 375 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 24,002 cases of COVID-19, of these, 20,133 cases have recovered, an increase of 299 cases from the day before. There are 107 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 18 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,331 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Ontario is moving York Region into modified Stage 2 effective Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., joining Ottawa, Peel and Toronto public health regions, as a result of their trends in public health indicators, including higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. The government, in consultation with public health experts and local medical officers of health, use a range of criteria on an ongoing basis to determine if public health measures need to be adjusted. These include COVID-19 spread and containment, public health capacity to conduct rapid case and contact management, the type and setting of outbreaks, incidence tracking, increases in hospitalization and ICU admission, and testing capacity. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario supports innovation and job creation in the life sciences sector. The Ontario government welcomes the decision by Roche to invest $500 million over five years to establish a Global Pharma Technical Operations site to oversee its global supply chain in Mississauga. This investment is expected to create 500 jobs ― 200 by the end of 2020 and up to 300 more by the end of 2023. It will enhance Ontario's competitiveness and leadership in the life sciences sector. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Parent Survey on the proposed regulatory amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014. The Province is reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and is looking for feedback on proposed changes affecting child care programs. They have provided an online report called Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario and their consultation document summarizes the proposed changes. Toronto Children's Services is preparing the City's response and would like to hear from you on the most significant changes that have been proposed. Please complete this survey by October 21, 2020.

Have Your Say: Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy. On October 21, me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee will be discussing the report by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) on the City’s pandemic recovery plan. You can review the report here.

To submit your comments or request to speak, click the buttons at the top of the agenda item “Submit Comments” or “Request to Speak”. Alternatively you can email the City Clerk at exc@toronto.ca, write in the subject “My comments for 2020.EX17.1 on October 21, 2020 Executive Committee,” and write your comments for public record or request to speak. IMPORTANT: Please copy me on your email as well, councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19 .

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 14, 2020) There has been an increase of 254 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 23,572 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,835 cases have recovered, an increase of 314 cases from the day before. There are 101 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 7 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,330 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, and increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Millions across Canada are now using the made-in-Ontario COVID alert app. The Ontario government is working with some of the most influential brands in Canada, including Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, to encourage more people to download the made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app and help protect people across the country from the pandemic. To support businesses large and small, the government is launching a new webpage that will provide them with the tools they need to promote the app and build on its success to-date. More information can be read in the news release.

Six City of Toronto Traffic Agents to be recommended for designation as special constables. The City of Toronto is moving ahead with its Traffic Agents program with six full-time City of Toronto Traffic Agents recommended for designation as special constables at next Thursdays’ Toronto Police Services Board meeting. Once approved and sworn in, these newly hired individuals will be designated as special constables and will be permitted to manage traffic at signalized intersections in Toronto. It’s then expected they will be fully deployed at Toronto intersections before the end of 2020.

The City Traffic Agents Program is a congestion management strategy that will place Traffic Agents, employed by the City of Toronto, at key intersections during morning and afternoon peak periods. Traffic volumes in Toronto have been lower than normal during the pandemic, however, City staff continue to observe increasing trends in traffic volumes especially during peak periods. More information can be read in the news release.

Allen Road closed and other partial closures this weekend for maintenance and improvements. The City of Toronto will perform maintenance and improvement activities on Allen Road this weekend from Friday, October 16 at 11 p.m. until Monday, October 19 at 5 a.m. The closure will extend the entire length of the roadway from Sheppard Avenue West to Eglinton Avenue West. Visit the City’s road restrictions map to help residents and visitors make travel plans. In addition, the City's T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city.

Your Toronto Zoo received the highest honour from Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) for education program design. In 2019, the overall environmental sustainability program theme for your Toronto Zoo was #EveryActionCounts. This encompassed a broad number of sustainability programs and included a temporary exhibit called Washed Ashore – Art To Save The Sea. CAZA has recognized the #EveryActionCounts program for outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design that enhances conservation knowledge and/or promotes positive conservation attitudes and behaviour. More information can be read here. 

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Park People has created a webinar series to directly address questions faced about the future of city parks. In the series you’ll learn about park-based solutions to address the urgent and immediate needs arising out of COVID-19 and parks’ role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. More information can be found here.  

The Good Neighbour Project is in need of additional volunteers for many positions within their network. Learn more about the positions available here.

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Book tickets here.

Have Your Say: Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy. On October 21, me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee will be discussing the report by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) on the City’s pandemic recovery plan. You can review the report here.

To submit your comments or request to speak, click the buttons at the top of the agenda item “Submit Comments” or “Request to Speak”. Alternatively you can email the City Clerk at exc@toronto.ca, write in the subject “My comments for 2020.EX17.1 on October 21, 2020 Executive Committee,” and write your comments for public record or request to speak. IMPORTANT: Please copy me on your email as well, councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19 .

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 13, 2020): There has been an increase of 296 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 23,338 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,523 cases have recovered, an increase of 311 cases from the day before. There are 108 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 6 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,327 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The City of Toronto has signed an agreement to deliver Automated Shuttle Trial planned for Spring 2021. Local Motors, in partnership with Pacific Western Transportation, will provide this service using Olli 2.0, the latest iteration of its electric, self-driving shuttle. With a seating capacity of up to eight passengers, Olli is equipped with an accessibility ramp and a wheelchair securement system, along with audio and visual announcements and other features for rider information. An on-board safety steward will oversee vehicle operations and can manually take control of the vehicle at any time when required. More information can be read in the news release.

City Manager’s Report, Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto, to go to the Executive Committee on October 21st.  The report is one in a series of reports to Toronto City Council that outlines actions the City of Toronto has and will undertake to address the challenges of the pandemic, key accomplishments, findings from other jurisdictions, insights from engagements and research, and advice to Council on how the City should move towards recovery and prosperity, amidst this evolving emergency. The report emphasizes that the City’s continued collaboration with other orders of government to effectively apply taxpayer resources and create the greatest positive impact on shared recovery goals with clear outcomes is essential to recovery. An integrated response to issues, including addressing the social determinants of health, and exploring partnerships with community agencies, academia and the private sector, is also key. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is extending its partnership with Ritual to launch Open For Business to support local businesses. Open For Business is a collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission free online sales. Through this partnership extension, Ritual will provide its commission free digital ordering platform Ritual ONE to Toronto businesses at no coast through the end of the year. All local businesses that enroll in Ritual ONE will receive delivery capabilities powered by DoorDash Drive, its fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business. Toronto businesses will receive two weeks of free delivery from October 26 to November 8. Additionally, any business that completes one delivery order on Ritual ONE powered by DoorDash Drive by December 31 will receive Ritual ONE free through 2021. Toronto businesses can learn more and enroll at www.ritual.co/toronto. More information can be read in the news release.  

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Park People has created a webinar series to directly address questions faced about the future of city parks. In the series you’ll learn about park-based solutions to address the urgent and immediate needs arising out of COVID-19 and parks’ role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. More information can be found here.  

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Book tickets here.

Have Your Say: Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy. On October 21st, me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee will be discussing the report by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) on the City’s pandemic recovery plan. You can review the report here.

To submit your comments or request to speak, click the buttons at the top of the agenda item “Submit Comments” or “Request to Speak”. Alternatively you can email the City Clerk at exc@toronto.ca, write in the subject “My comments for 2020.EX17.1 on October 21, 2020 Executive Committee,” and write your comments for public record or request to speak. IMPORTANT: Please copy me on your email as well, councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 13, 2020

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19 .

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 12, 2020): There has been an increase of 258 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 23,061 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,212 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 103 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 7 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,327 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 8 deaths since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Canada Emergency Benefit Updates: Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) will provide simple and easy to access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations. The program would subsidize 65% of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Organizations would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020; Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended to June 2021. The current subsidy rate will remain the same until December 19, 2020; and the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been extended to December 31, 2020, making the program accessible longer to Canadians.

Modified Stage 2 restrictions for Toronto Ottawa and Peel regions are now in effect. These measures were set in place as a result of higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. These measures include setting social gathering and organized public event limits at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, prohibit indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, limit capacity for certain activities, prohibit games and scrimmages for sports teams and more. The new regulations will be in place for at least 28 days. More details on these new measures can be found in the news release.

Over the long weekend the City enforcement team (Bylaw Enforcement, Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Service) proactively conducted compliance checks on establishments across the city. Toronto Public Heath conducted 46 inspections, issued 16 warning letters and laid 2 charges for non-compliance with the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA). The City received 30 complaints for large gatherings ranging from more than 10 people to up to 60 people, 11 warning letters and 2 charges were issued. Let us keep in mind the revised stage 2 restrictions on social gathering limits, noted above. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto launches a call to action against East Asian Racism. The City has launched a social media campaign to bring attention to the need to combat racism in our city, including anti-East Asian racism. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in incidents of racism against all East Asian communities in Toronto. Racial harassment/discrimination against East Asians can occur through stereotyping and overt prejudice, or in more subconscious, subtle and subversive ways.

Torontonians of East Asian descent contribute to the economic and cultural fabric of the city. Diverse cultures and communities such as these have helped create Toronto’s identity as a vibrant, global city. Information and resources to educate Torontonians about anti-East Asian racism are available on the campaign website.

Toronto Public Health Modified Stage 2 Announcement: The public health regulations implemented recently by the Ontario government in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Regions include a range of additional restrictions affecting indoor dining, gyms, cinemas and other venues, as well as reduced limits on social gatherings.   At this time, no additional restrictions have been announced for public libraries, beyond the measures that TPL already has in place. They continue to monitor changes in public health regulations, and should the need arise, we will adjust library services accordingly to ensure the safety of our staff and library customers.  

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q &N on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.
Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Bok tickets here.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

This Thanksgiving weekend I hope everyone has planned responsible holiday celebrations. Public Health officials are urging people to not host big Thanksgiving celebrations and to please limit celebrations for people living in the same household. Please see this link for planning advice, contact tracing information and more.

As Mental Illness Awareness Week is nearing an end, the conversation doesn’t have to stop. Let us continue to talk about mental health, take care of yourself and support those who need it. For resources please visit this website.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 8, 2020): There has been an increase of 350 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,919 cases of COVID-19, of these, 18,204 cases have recovered, an increase of 250 cases from the day before. There are 95 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 17 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,313 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 5 deaths since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The Government of Ontario implements modified Stage 2 restrictions for TORONTO, Ottawa and Peel Regions as a result of higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. The following measures come into effect Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 12:01 am:

  • Reducing limits for all social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. The two limits may not be combined;
  • Prohibiting indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, including nightclubs and food court areas in malls;
  • Closing of:
    • Indoor gyms and fitness centres;
    • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments;
    • Indoor cinemas;
    • Performing arts centres and venues;
    • Spectator areas in racing venues;
    • Interactive exhibits or exhibits with high risk of personal contact in museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, landmarks, etc.;
  • Prohibiting personal care services where face coverings must be removed for the service
  • Reducing the capacity limits for:
    • Tour and guide services to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors
    • Real estate open houses to 10 people indoors, where physical distancing can be maintained.
    • In-person teaching and instruction to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, with exemptions for schools, child care centres, universities/colleges
    • Meeting and event spaces to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, and
  • Limiting team sports to training sessions (no games or scrimmages).

Schools, child care centres, and places of worship will remain open in these communities and must continue to follow the public health measures in place. Before-school and after-school programs will also be exempt from these new restrictions. More information in the news release.

City of Toronto suspends recreation programs in response to COVID-19 recommendations form Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa. This recommendation was presented to the Government of Ontario with other recommendations made to protect the health of Torontonians, keep schools open and quickly confront the current resurgence of the virus.

Based on these recommendations, Parks Forestry and Recreation have been working with Toronto Public Health to review the City’s current recreation programs. Effective Tuesday October 13, the following recreation programs and services are suspended:

  • Registered and instructional programs such as learn to skate and swim programs, dance, group fitness and wellness programs
  • Hockey games and scrimmages
  • Drop-in sports programs other than leisure and lane swim and leisure skate
  • Table tennis, billiards, foosball
  • Access to the City’s two conservatories
  • Indoor permits for social gatherings and sport games/groups fitness

Registrants will be contacted to advise of program cancellations. Refunds will be issued automatically over the next few weeks. Residents do not need to request refunds. Questions can be directed to pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or 416-396-7378. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto’s first RapidTO priority bus lanes were introduced on Morningside Avenue this morning. I was happy to join Mayor John Tory, Councillor and TTC Board Member Jennifer McKelvie, Councillor Gary Crawford, Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson and TTC CEO Rick Leary for this morning’s announcement. RapidTO is a planned network of transit priority corridors across the city. The new lanes on Morningside Avenue officially being service this Sunday October 11 and are part of the East Eglinton Corridor. Improved reliability and increased capacity of bus routes in the RapidTO network will result in a faster and more reliable commute and improve access to places of work, healthcare and community services. More information can be read in the news release.

AGO Zooms into classrooms with free virtual art education for students JK to Grade 12. Beginning Tuesday, October 13, the AGO invites students in the classroom or at home to connect via Zoom for a new series of free guided art conversations happening every weekday, Monday to Friday in real time. To see a full schedule of upcoming conversations and to register, visit this site.  
Thanksgiving Holiday On-Street Parking Enforcement for Monday October 12, 2020. The Toronto Police Service Parking Enforcement Unit will not be enforcing the following on-street parking bylaws during the Thanksgiving public holiday on Monday, October 12, 2020: Pay-and-Display/Metered Areas; Rush-Hour Routes Posted signs indicating Monday to Friday regulations. All other areas and parking offences will continue to be enforced. More information can be read here.

Your Toronto Zoo is open Thanksgiving Weekend. Indoor pavilions are re-opening as of Saturday October 10, 2020 with additional safety measures, including additional path markings, enhanced signage, and additional ushers to monitor traffic flow. Please note time-tickets must be purchased in advanced here.

Zoo to You Virtual Experiences. Looking for a fun and safe way to bring the Zoo to your own learning space? Check out Your Toronto Zoo Connections and bring the Zoo to You! Classroom Connectionz, Zoo Connectionz, Shout Outz, Educator/Parent Resources, Extended Learning and more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching, please see this link for more details on planning advice, contact tracing information and more.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 7, 2020): There has been an increase of 284 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,586 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,956 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 89 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,308 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

New commitment to battery-electric vehicle manufacturing in Ontario. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced their commitment to Ford Motor Company of Canada’s investment in its Oakville Assembly Complex. This project, valued at $1.8 billion, will include federal and provincial contributions of $295 million each. This will help secure 5,400 well-paying middle-class jobs across Ford’s production workforce in Canada and grow our green economy, especially in Southern Ontario where thousands of Canadians are employed across the auto supply chain. A repurposed battery-electric vehicle (BEV) production plant for the Oakville Assembly Complex is in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to sustainable growth. Electrification will allow us to position the innovative Canadian automotive industry as a global leader in BEV manufacturing. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario supporting local festivals and events. Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year's Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings. More information can be read in the news release.

Economic impact of Toronto live music venues totals $850 million, providing 10,500 full time jobs. Today, Mayor John Tory and the Canadian Live Music Association, in partnership with Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and Ontario Creates, released the results of a long-awaited Toronto venues study, Re:Venues: A Case and Path Forward for Toronto’s Live Music Industry. Among other findings, the study confirms that the total economic impact of Toronto live music venues is $850 million annually, providing the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs.

Conducted by Nordicity, the two-year study measured the economic and cultural impacts of Toronto’s live music venues, underscoring their importance to Toronto's economy and highlighting the key role these establishments play in a thriving music ecosystem. The study also provides recommendations for supporting and protecting this vital sector and suggests actions for prioritizing live music as Toronto rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be read in the news release.

An update on the City’s Historic Red Oak Fundraising Campaign
The mighty, 250-year-old oak at 76 Coral Gable Dr. has stood watch as Toronto has grown under the shelter of its grand canopy. Last year, the City entered into an agreement to purchase the property and establish the space as a parkette to preserve and showcase our living history. However, completion of the sale is conditional on fundraising the sum of $430,000 by December 12, 2020. Upon achieving the target, the City is committed to contributing the funds necessary to complete the sale and create a wonderful parkette.

As of October 7, 2020, $170,000 has been committed to the campaign by donors, putting us at 39 per cent to target. It’s a good start, and there are ongoing conversations with potential major donors, but time is running out and more help is needed if we’re to reach the goal by the December 12 deadline.

Any gift to the oak is a gift to the people of Toronto, one that will last for centuries to come. This is not merely about protecting a tree. It is about preserving a piece of ourselves. To donate or for further information, please visit Toronto.ca/RedOak.

Markham Rd Ramp Southbound to 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed from Thursday October 15 to Monday October 19 due to an ongoing construction project. During this closure traffic will be detoured to the McCowan ON-ramp via D-11.

Zoo to You Virtual Experiences. Looking for a fun and safe way to bring the Zoo to your own learning space? Check out Your Toronto Zoo Connections and bring the Zoo to You! Classroom Connectionz, Zoo Connectionz, Shout Outz, Educator/Parent Resources, Extended Learning and more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser. Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.
2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

CafeTO Survey EXTENDED. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 31, 2020.


October 7, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching, please see this link for more details on planning advice, contact tracing information and more.

October is LGBT History Month, this month we celebrate the achievements and recognize the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

October is also Women’s History Month, this year’s theme is “Because of You,” celebrating the women and girls in Canada who have made, and continue to make, a lasting impact.

This week we celebrate Mental Illness Awareness Week, from October 4th to the 10th. This year’s theme for Mental Illness Awareness Week is” there is no health without mental health. It’s important to take care of yourself and seek support if you need it.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 6, 2020): There has been an increase of 187 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,315 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,700 cases have recovered, an increase of 241 cases from the day before. There are 83 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 7 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,308 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The Government of Canada reminds all Canadians that a global travel advisory to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada remains in effect. Travellers should also avoid all cruise sip travel until further notice. The restriction on all discretionary travel at the Canada-US border has been extended until October 31st, 2020. This applies to all foreign nationals with some exceptions for immediate family members.

New COVID-19 precautions at Long-Term Care Homes. The Ontario government is taking new precautions to protect residents and staff in the province’s long-term care homes. The province has updated its visitor policy to address areas where there is higher community spread to COVID-19. Starting TODAY, October 7, 2020, general visitors will not be allowed in long-term care homes. Only essential visitors, including up to one caregiver per resident, will be allowed to visit. These visitor restrictions apply to the following communities:

  • City of Toronto
  • City of Ottawa
  • Region of Peel

A complete list of homes affected has been posted online. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario building a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system. The Ontario government is providing an additional $176 million this year to help expand access for critical mental health and addictions supports during COVID-19. This funding is part of the province's investment of $3.8 billion over 10 years and enables Ontario's comprehensive plan, A Roadmap to Wellness, to deliver high-quality care and build a modern, connected and comprehensive mental health and addictions system. The increased funding will help address urgent gaps in care, enhance access to mental health and addictions services, create new supports and expand programs in several priority areas. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto Fire Services thanks First Alert Canada for donation of 300 smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week. Toronto Fire Services today joined First Alert Canada to donate 300 smoke alarms to organizations that help support Toronto communities. First Alert Canada is an important partner whose ongoing commitment and effort helps to ensure that all residents of Toronto have the required smoke alarms needed to stay safe. 

The donation was shared between ABRIGO Centre, Davenport Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre and West Neighbourhood House, with the goal of ensuring these vital communities have working smoke alarms and have access to important fire safety information and other necessary resources. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto Senior Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) COVID-19 Update Bulletin. The health and safety of the residents and clients, their families, and the well being of all staff members is a top priority. Please the latest update on Long-Term Care COVID-19 testing, visiting guidelines, and more in the SSLTC COVID-19 Update Bulletin here.

Markham Rd Ramp Southbound to 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed from Thursday October 15 to Monday October 19 due to an ongoing construction project. During this closure. Traffic will be detoured to the McCowan ON-ramp via D-11.

The Accessible Pedestrian Signal at Guildwood Pkwy and Livingston Rd is now active. This is a pushbutton activated signal and needs to be held for 3 seconds for activation.

Senior Safety Zone Review: Lawrence Ave E & Markham Rd. Join TCAT for a walk, on October 8, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm, or virtual workshop, on November 13th, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm, to identify road safety issues in the Senior Safety Zone on Markham Rd and Lawrence Ave E. All road safety issues identified will be reported to the City, as part of their Vision Zero Program. Details on the walk and virtual workshop can be found here.

Toronto Zoo Thanksgiving Zoo Connections. Bring the Zoo to You this Thanksgiving with Zoo Connections. Invite your favourite animal to be part of your Thanksgiving dinner with one of Your Toronto Zoo’s Virtual Meet and Greet or bring the family together and go on a virtual tour of the Zoo. Learn more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser. Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

Water Source – Not Down the Drain. Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things down your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lak; and clog City pipes resulting in expensive repairs. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre: Change to Class Capacities. With the recent changes made by the Government of Ontario to COVID Public Health measures, in-person group fitness classes will now be limited to 10 participants. You can book you fitness classes here. Facility members can continue to enjoy access to virtual classes included as part of your membership available at www.video.tpasc.ca in addition to in-person classes. 

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

CafeTO Survey. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.


October 6, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching, I am stressing for everyone to be responsible when planning their Thanksgiving celebrations. The Medical Officer of Health urges people to not hold a big Thanksgiving dinners and to please limit celebrations to people living in the same household. For those that live alone, the safest option is to join with others virtually. These are vital decisions and actions we must take to fight the resurgence of COVID-19.

While you may feel small private gatherings may be harmless, it has been found that many areas in the City are seeing over 10% rate of positivity, reported by the Toronto Star. Parts of Scarborough are showing COVID-19 test positivity rates above 7% in areas around Morningside Heights, Kennedy and Eglington, and Ellesmere and Bellamy. These rates are much greater than the 1% desired manageable caseload or a 3% health crisis indication. Remember to stay safe and keep those around you safe.

Put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

The Province has implemented new testing measures this week which include transitioning to pre-registered testing and expanding testing centres across the province. A list of Scarborough testing centres and preregistration information can be found HERE. Scarborough testing locations include: Birchmount Hospital (3030 Birchmount Rd.) Centenary Hospital (2867 Ellesmere Rd.) and *NEW* Scarborough General Hospital (3050 Lawrence Ave. E.)

Contact tracing is very important in recognizing community spread. Toronto Public Health encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. City of Toronto businesses are also encouraged to display a new poster promoting the COVID-19 Alert app to help mitigate the spread of infections.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update (Data as of October 5, 2020): There has been an increase of 217 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,142 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,462 cases have recovered, an increase of 219 cases from the day before. There are 83 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 9 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,307 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Ontario surpasses four million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to lead the country in both the number of tests completed and daily testing capacity. To ensure the province's health care system is prepared for the second wave of COVID-19, the government will add more testing locations to improve access and reduce wait times, as well as increase processing capacity within the provincial laboratory network. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto’s 2020-2021 winter plan for people experiencing homelessness includes more spaces and enhanced street outreach. Homelessness is an extremely complex issue and the City of Toronto continues to experience significant demand for emergency shelter. To ensure safe and welcoming places for people who need them during the coming winter weather, the City is providing details about the 2020-2021 winter service plan.

The winter plan will provide approximately 560 new spaces between November and April through a combination of shelter beds, hotel programs and supportive housing units. This compares to 485 spaces offered through last year’s winter services plan.  Additional space will also be activated at Warming Centres during Extreme Cold Weather Alerts.

This will be the fifth consecutive year that the City has increased the number of spaces available throughout the winter season. Spaces will be made available through the following:

  1. 100, 24-hour respite site spaces at the CNE, Better Living Centre
  2. 150 beds in hotel programs
  3. 90 hotel beds as a replacement for the Out of the Cold program

More information can be read in the news release.

REMINDER: Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive. The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on TOMORROW October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Toronto Zoo Thanksgiving Zoo Connections. Bring the Zoo to You this Thanksgiving with Zoo Connections. Invite your favourite animal to be part of your Thanksgiving dinner with one of Your Toronto Zoo’s Virtual Meet and Greet or bring the family together and go on a virtual tour of the Zoo. Learn more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser. Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

Water Source – Not Down the Drain. Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things down your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lak; and clog City pipes resulting in expensive repairs. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting. The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by TODAY October 6, 2020.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre: Change to Class Capacities. With the recent changes made by the Government of Ontario to COVID Public Health measures, in-person group fitness classes will now be limited to 10 participants. You can book you fitness classes here. Facility members can continue to enjoy access to virtual classes included as part of your membership available at www.video.tpasc.ca in addition to in-person classes.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.
2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

CafeTO Survey. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

October 5, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today October 5th is World Teachers’ Day! Today we honour all teachers who educate, guide and mentor students. The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our teachers, especially teachers adapting to various teaching methods during this pandemic. Their dedication and hard work help to enrich the lives of their students on a daily basis.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Social circles or bubbles are to be paused. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Data as of October 4, 2020: There has been an increase of 301 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 20,941 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,246 cases have recovered, an increase of 222 cases from the day before. There are 77 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 8 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,305 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Scarborough Health Network COVID-19 Update: New Assessment Centre & Appointment-Based Testing
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and drive demand for COVID-19 testing, Scarborough Health Network is opening a third assessment centre at their General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave E.

Appointment-based testing came into effect TODAY, October 5th. This will provide certainty to patients as to when they can receive a test during the cold winter months and allow assessment centres to conduct enhanced screening. You can preregister for your appointment online or by calling 416-495-2601. Find more information on location and hours of operation online here.

Ontario releases $35 million to hire more staff, improve remote learning in targeted communities
Today, the Ontario government announced the allocation of $35 million to provide additional immediate school board supports in the communities of Peel, Ottawa, Toronto and York Region to enhance public health measures and protection strategies as they confront higher rates of transmission in their communities.

This funding is part of the government's robust and comprehensive $1.3 billion plan to safely reopen classrooms across the province, including additional resources to help school boards hire more staff, keep class sizes low, and enhance cleaning in schools. More information can be read in the news release.

Half Mast Notification for the late Rt. Hon. John Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada
All flags on official flag poles will be flown at half-mast until the close of business day on Tuesday October 6th to mark the passing of the late Rt. Hon. John Turner. More information about the State Funeral and commemorations may be found here.

Toronto Zoo: Thanksgiving Zoo Connections
Bring the Zoo to You this Thanksgiving with Zoo Connections. Invite your favourite animal to be part of your Thanksgiving dinner with one of Your Toronto Zoo’s Virtual Meet and Greet or bring the family together and go on a virtual tour of the Zoo. Learn more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser
Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

Water Source – Not Down the Drain
Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things down your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lak; and clog City pipes resulting in expensive repairs. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on their website starting TODAY October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


October 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Tonight, marks the beginning of Sukkot for the Jewish Community! I would like to wish all those celebrating a Chag Sameach!

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Social circles or bubbles are to be paused. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Data as of October 1, 2020: There has been an increase of 311 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 20,180 cases of COVID-19, of these, 16,672 cases have recovered, an increase of 236 cases from the day before. There are 72 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 3 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,262 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Today’s Provincial announcement on new COVID-19 public health and testing measures
In response to the second wave of COVID-19 and in preparation for the cold winter months, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures and taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk.

New Measures for Testing:

  • Transitioning to appointment-based testing at Ontario assessment centres beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020;
  • Beginning Sunday, October 4, 2020, assessment centres will discontinue walk-in testing services;
  • Continue mobile and pop-up testing centres;
  • Expanding the number of pharmacies that can provide COVID-19 tests; and
  • Implementing updated testing guidance for children to help parents determine when it is most appropriate to seek a test for COVID-19.

Ontario updated COVID-19 testing guidelines can be found here.

The following measures come into effect TOMORROW. October 3, 2020 at 12:01am.
New PROVINCE-WIDE Public Health Measures:

  • Mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities, and workplaces.

New Public Heath Measures targeted to TORONTO, OTTAWA, and PEEL:

  • Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table, requiring operators to ensure patrons lining up or congregating outside of their establishment maintain physical distancing, and mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected;
  • Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50; and
  • Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility.

More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health recommends the Province take immediate action to stop the further spread of COVID-19
The number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continues to increase, with the city at risk of experiencing exponential growth of COVID-19 infections. The seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases, starting on September 1, was 40. On September 17, it was 84, and on September 29, it was 236 – an almost six-fold increase.

Dr. de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has outlined concerns of immediate health risks to the public if quick and decisive action is not taken, in a letter to Dr. David Williams, Province of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The following public health measure recommendations, then, were made to the Province today:

  1. Restaurants and Bars: Prohibiting indoor dining. The City has explored two alternatives to this restriction, such as requiring individuals to only dine in with members of their household, or restricting indoor dining in areas of Toronto where case counts are highest. Dr. de Villa, however, does not believe that such measures will be either enforceable or effective.
  2. General Public: Individuals to only leave their homes for essential trips. Drawing on experience from other jurisdictions, as well as the City’s own successful experience in controlling transmission during the first wave of COVID-19, Dr. de Villa recommends that people only leave their homes for essential activities, such as work, education, exercise and fitness, healthcare appointments and the purchase of food. Up to two individuals from outside a household would be permitted to provide social support if an individual lives alone.
  3. Recreation, Sports and Gyms: All indoor group classes in gyms and indoor sports team activities to be discontinued.
  4. Managing Public Health Measures in Large Venues: Require a plan be submitted to Toronto Public Health demonstrating how these venues will comply with public health measures, such as seating that ensures physical distancing and a method to collect individual contact information. Dr. de Villa has concerns about exposures and outbreaks in large venues, some of which can have a capacity of more than 100. She also expressed concerns about the current regulations that allow for 30 per cent capacity in these venues.

More information can be read in the news release. Dr. Eileen de Villa’s full letter to Dr. David Williams can be found here.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Baby Red Panda has a name!
Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that our endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as Baby Red, has a name! With over 7,000 people voting in the “Help Us Name Our Baby Red Panda" promotion, one name has emerged as your favourite. introducing, Adira! Adira, meaning strong, was chosen through online voting from a list of four preselected names. Watch the name reveal here.

REMINDER: Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Community Food Drive
Please join me this Saturday, October 3rd, 9am to 12pm, at the Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Community Food Drive! I am also pleased to have Mayor John Tory join us at 9am! Please see event details below:

Date & Time: Saturday October 3rd, 2020 | 9AM to 12PM 
Location: St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E
Notes: This event is a drive through event. All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items which will be delivered to community Food Banks. This is a drive through event where COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek is going virtual!
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on our website starting October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Scarborough East After School Program for Children and Youth
This is an online and free program which include activities such as: interactive online activities, homework help and tutoring, arts and crafts, and leadership skills development and more. This program starts on October 6th, 2020, held on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6PM via Zoom. To sign up please visit this link.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


October 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

October is Islamic Heritage Month. During this month we recognize the significant contributions and achievements of Muslim Canadians and communities throughout the world. October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is most likely to be found in women aged 50 to 69 years of age. People are encouraged to see their doctor as soon as possible if they have any physical symptoms. An early diagnosis of the disease can lead to a positive outcome.

Today, October 1st, we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon or Lantern Festival, which marks when the moon is at its brightest. I would like to extend my well wishes to the many communities who are celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with their loved ones today.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 30, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 19,837 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 280 cases from the day before. Of these, 16,509 cases have recovered, an increase of 186 cases from the day before. There are 75 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,183 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 case from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Toronto City Council votes unanimously to strengthen bylaws to prevent continued COVID-19 resurgence
Yesterday, Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of stronger measures to protect residents from COVID-19 and slow the ongoing resurgence of the virus in the community. The measures adopted were recommended by Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and are supported by data collected by Toronto Public Health.

Following today’s Council vote, next Thursday, October 8, several new temporary bylaw amendments will come into force. To prevent COVID-19 activity and outbreaks in establishments serving food and drinks, these businesses will be required to:

  • Limit the total number of patrons permitted to be inside at any one time to 75 (down from 100)
  • Maintain a customer log for each patron, not just one person from the party
  • Limit the maximum number of people able to sit at each table, both inside and outside, to six people (down from 10)
  • Keep background music and any other background sounds, such as from televisions or other electronic sound producing devices, no louder than the volume of normal conversation (with the exception of live performances carried out in accordance with the provincial Stage 3 regulation). More information can be found in the news release.

City of Toronto launches Vision Zero Be Safe campaign to caution road users to stay alert and obey the rules of the road
The City of Toronto launched a city-wide public education campaign today to remind all road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers – to exercise caution, stay alert and obey the rules of the road as traffic volumes continue to rise and as many students have now returned to school.

The Be Safe campaign, which advances the education component of the City’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, features a series of messages that promote awareness of the rules of the road, especially as they relate to cycling infrastructure, and remind residents to take extra safety precautions. For more information please read the news release.

Feedback on the licensing of payday loan establishments in Toronto
As directed by Council, the City is preparing an update on the licensing of Payday Loan Establishments in Toronto. A report is expected at the General Government and Licensing Committee by the end of 2020.  As part of this update, staff are seeking feedback on:

  • Placing further restrictions on advertising from Payday Loan Establishments
  • Implementing minimum separation distances between Payday Loan Establishments and schools and
  • Establishing a process for the local Councillor to review and approve or deny a request to relocate payday loan establishment within the same Ward.

Staff are also seeking to understand the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Toronto residents, and their ability to access low-cost financial loans or products. Stakeholders and members of the public can submit feedback on these issues to MLSFeedback@toronto.ca. The deadline for submissions is October 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. We will appreciate your help in sharing this information with interested residents or businesses. More information is available on the City's website for payday loan establishments. More information can be found here.

City of Toronto awarded Champion of Trees by the Arbor Day Foundation
Today, Mayor John Tory accepted the Champion of Trees Award on behalf of the City of Toronto. The award, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizes the City for exemplary leadership in developing and implementing new policies and practices for tree planting and care, natural area stewardship and arboriculture. The award was presented to City Council members during its meeting today. More information can be read in the news release.

REMINDER: Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Community Food Drive
Join myself, and Mayor John Tory this Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Drive Through Food Drive! See event details below:

Date & Time: Saturday October 3rd, 2020 | 9AM to 12PM 
Location: St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E
Notes: All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items which will be delivered to community Food Banks. This is a drive through event where COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek is going virtual!
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on our website starting October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


September 30, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today is Orange Shirt Day, on this day we recognize the harm the residential school system has inflicted on Indigenous communities and honour those impacted. More information on Orange Shirt Day can be found at www.orangeshirtday.org.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 29, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 19,593 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 321 cases from the day before. Of these, 16,329 cases have recovered, an increase of 186 cases from the day before. There are 65 people currently hospitalized. To this date, there have been 1,181 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Ontario delivers $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan
The Ontario government has developed a $2.8 billion COVID-19 fall preparedness plan to ensure the province's health care, long-term care and education systems are prepared for the immediate challenges of the fall, including a second wave of COVID-19 and the upcoming flu season. Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19 will enable the province to quickly identify, prevent and respond to surges and waves of the virus to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians. More information can be read in the news release.

Changes to the visitor policy and continued efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at City of Toronto’s Long-Term Care Homes
Effective October 5, the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes (LTC) will be restricting entrance to staff members, essential visitors and essential caregivers. This is the result of recent measures announced by the Provincial government to ensure that all long-term care homes in areas of highest community spread are able to continue to keep residents safe and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

An essential visitor includes a person visiting a very ill or palliative resident. An essential caregiver provides direct support to the resident, such as feeding, personal hygiene or assistance in decision-making. This person could be a family member, from the resident's chosen family or a privately-hired caregiver. Essential visitors and essential caregivers may visit even if the home is experiencing an outbreak. More details can be read in the news release.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd, 9AM to 12PM, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E.

This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank. 

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek is going virtual!
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on our website starting October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by TODAY September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: Active TO Quiet Streets
Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’ Quiet Streets initiative! Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by TODAY September 30, 2020.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


September 29, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 28, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 19,292 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 285 cases from the day before. Of these, 16,147 cases have recovered, an increase of 114 cases from the day before. There are 66 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 14 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,179 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Ontario providing over half a billion dollars to protect vulnerable seniors against Second Wave of COVID-19
The Ontario government is investing close to $540 million to protect residents, caregivers, and staff in long-term care homes from future surges and waves of COVID-19. The funding is part of the province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto issues Open Door program call for application to support building new affordable rental housing
The City of Toronto has released the 2020 Call for Applications for the Open Door program. The program provides an opportunity for private, co-op and non-profit affordable housing organizations to apply for support from the City to create affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income households in Toronto.

The 2020 Open Door application is similar to previous years, but there are changes aimed at providing greater affordable housing benefits. These changes include:

  • The minimum affordability period of 40 years
  • A minimum of 50 per cent of the total buildable gross floor area must now be affordable housing
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted by the City

The application and full program details are available online.

Key dates in the application process are:

  • October 15, 10:30 a.m. – Online information session
  • October 26, 4:30 p.m. – Last day to submit written questions
  • November 17, 4:30 p.m. – Deadline to submit applications
  • January 2021 – Staff report to Planning and Housing Committee and City Council with recommended projects

More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto announces ActiveTO major road closures will be extended into October
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that major weekend road closures, as part of the popular ActiveTO suite of programs, will be extended into October. The popular weekend closures have provided space for thousands of people to be physically active, respect physical distancing and contributed to the overall wellbeing of residents. The routes run adjacent to some of Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails where people can walk, run and bike and have helped to reduce virus spread over the summer months

For this weekend, closures will be in place from Saturday, October 3 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, October 4 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

More information can be read in the news release.

Orange Shirt Day
September 30th is Orange Shirt Day, on this day we recognize the legacy of the Residential Schools System for First Nations, Metis and Inuit families and communities. By wearing orange, we acknowledge the history of Residential Schools in Canada and we honour Survivors. Be sure to wear orange TOMORROW, September 30, 2020 to participate on Orange Shirt Day!

How to find out if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 at a Toronto grocery store
Major grocery stores in Toronto have taken it upon themselves to notify the public of cases among their employees, despite not being required to do so.

Visit the following linked websites to view which Loblaw, Metro and Sobeys Store locations for COVID-19 case notifications:

  • Loblaw Stores (No Frills, Real Canadian Superstore, Zhers, Loblaws and even Shoppers Drug Mart)
  • Metro Stores (Metro, Food Basics and the Metro Distribution Centre)
  • Sobeys Stores (Sobeys, FreshCo, Safeway and IGA)

Source: blogTO

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd, 9AM to 12PM, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E.

This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank. 

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda TODAY
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by TODAY September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before TOMORROW September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: Active TO Quiet Streets
Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’ Quiet Streets initiative! Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by TOMORROW September 30, 2020.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


September 28, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today is Recovery Day in Toronto! Recovery Day is a day to recognize the stigma attached to substance abuse disorders and to raise awareness and celebrate those in our community who have recovered from addiction.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 27, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 19,033 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 381 cases from the day before. Of these, 16,034 cases have recovered, an increase of 111 cases from the day before. There are 54 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 6 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community.

Ontario investing $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support more health care workers
The Ontario government is investing $52.5 million to recruit, retain and support over 3,700 more frontline health care workers and caregivers to ensure our health care system can meet any surge in demand, while continuing to provide safe and high-quality care to patients and long-term care residents. This investment is part of the province's COVID-19 fall preparedness plan, Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19. For more information please read the news release.

Nuit Blanche Toronto unveils virtual program for October 3
The 15th annual Nuit Blanche Toronto will be reimagined for a virtual experience on Saturday, October 3 starting at 7 p.m. until October 12. This year, North America’s largest free contemporary art event will be delivered in a special digital format to ensure the safety of attendees and artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. The online event will present five streams of programming that will include talks, podcasts, a release of the 14-year archive called Nuit History, live streams, and artworks in augmented and virtual reality.

Artistic Director Dr. Julie Nagam’s curatorial theme, The Space Between Us, features art installations and interactions that focus on the connections across urban, polar and pacific landscapes. These connections reveal the space between us as a potential site for sharing knowledge.

The City of Toronto is committed to providing an accessible event. Closed captioning will be available on all Nuit Blanche 2020 streaming services. The complete Nuit Blanche program is available at toronto.ca/nuitblanche. More  the news release.

COVID-19 Notification
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is notifying staff and patrons who visited the following restaurants and time periods about a potential exposure to COVID-19:

Seven (7) people linked to this establishment have tested positive for COVID-19. Five (5) are employees and two (2) are patrons. TPH has followed up with all close contacts who have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing.

Three (3) people linked to this establishment have tested positive for COVID-19. All Three (3) are employees. TPH has followed up with all close contacts who have been asked to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing.

If you were at either establishment between the listed dates but have not been contacted by TPH, you are not identified as a close contact and are viewed as low risk.

Three restaurants and bars ordered to close by Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, issued orders to three restaurant and bar establishments in the City of Toronto to close under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act. A fourth establishment is in the process of being served. The establishments are:

  • MARBL, 455 King St. W.
  • King Taps, 100 King St. W.
  • Casa Mezcal, 291 King St. W.

These closure orders were undertaken based on Toronto Public Health (TPH) investigations, including contact tracing data, which has shown that each establishment has not taken the necessary steps to sufficiently protect both the public and employees from the spread of COVID-19. More information can be found in the news release.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd, 9AM to 12PM, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E.

This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank. 

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive
The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda! – Closes TOMORROW!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by TOMORROW Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes – Closes WEDNESDAY!
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: Active TO Quiet Streets  – Closes WEDNESDAY!
Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’ Quiet Streets initiative! Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by September 30, 2020.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.


September 25, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today is Show Your Local Love Day in Toronto! Today we show our local love for our communities in support of the United Way and its network of 270 community partners. The United Way has already funded 340 projects across Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that no one is left behind. Be sure to Show Your Local Love today!

New COVID-19 Public Health measures implemented provincewide to keep Ontarians safe
To ensure the continued health and safety of Ontarians, reduce the risk of transmission, and limit future outbreaks of COVID-19, the Ontario government is implementing new province-wide restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday September 26 and will:

  • Apply additional measures and restrictions to restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) by prohibiting the sale of alcohol after 11 p.m., and prohibiting the consumption of alcohol on the premises after 12:00 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. (including employees), and requiring establishments to close by 12:00 a.m. and remain closed until 5:00 a.m. except for takeout or delivery;
  • Close all strip clubs across the province; and
  • Require businesses or organizations to comply with any advice, recommendations, and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health on screening for COVID-19.

For more information please read the news release.

COVID-19 Testing in Ontario Pharmacies
The Ontario government is providing people with convenient free COVID-19 testing at up to 60 pharmacies in the province, starting today, September 25, 2020. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province’s 150 assessment centres. Scarborough Pharmacies offering COVID-19 Testing:  

For a full list of pharmacies offering COVID-19 testing can be found here.

COVID-19 Provincial Testing Guidance Update
The Ministry of Health has revised their guidelines for those seeking a COVID-19 test at an assessment centre in order to prioritize resources for those who need them. Only those with symptoms, or asymptomatic individuals who have made close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, and those in other high-risk populations such as health care workers, should seek testing. For more information to testing guidelines please visit this link.

ActiveTO major road closure reminder
Residents are reminded that this weekend will be the final weekend of ActiveTO Major Weekend Road Closures. This weekend, closures will be in place from Saturday, September 26 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, September 27 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

Updated data for ActiveTO weekend road closures
Verified data counts from a variety of summer weekends in May, June, July and August show that ActiveTO Major Road Closures provided space for thousands of people to be physically active, contributing to overall wellbeing, along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails to help stop virus spread. The following averages, taken over 15 hours on days without significant rainfall, were confirmed for weekends in June, July and August:

  • 18,000 cyclists and 4,000 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard West
  • 6,300 cyclists and 5,700 pedestrians on Lake Shore Boulevard East
  • 2,000 cyclists and 300 pedestrians on Bayview Avenue. Plus 1,900 cyclists and 250 pedestrians on the adjacent Don Valley Trail (eight-hour counts)

For more information please read the news release.

Telecommunicators of the Year announced in Toronto
Emergency Telecommunicators are the calm voice at the other end of every 9-1-1 call, the first of the first responders, and the hidden heroes of emergency services. Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Police Service recently recognized outstanding Emergency Telecommunicators through the annual Telecommunicator of the Year Awards. This year, the ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and each service has chosen to recognize their own 2019 award recipients during Toronto Public Service Week. The award winners for 2019 are:

  • Toronto Paramedic Services
    • Courtney Poirier – Emergency Medical Dispatcher of the Year
    • Melissa Bender – Communication Training Officer Mentor Award
    • Greg Lees – Senior Emergency Medical Dispatcher Leadership Award
  • Toronto Fire Services
    • Shift 4 – Telecommunicators of the Year
  • Toronto Police Services
    • Paul Youngs – Telecommunicator of the Year

For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 24, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 18,363 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 236 cases from the day before. Of these, 15,725 cases have recovered, an increase of 10 cases from the day before. There are 41 people currently hospitalized. To this date, there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard and Drop-Off Depots
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

The City of Toronto operates seven Transfer Stations which have drop-off depots used to collect, sort and transfer all the City’s waste. Residents can also use these depots to dispose of their unwanted items such as Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste. Find more information on Drop-Off Depot locations, hours of service, list of accepted items HERE.

COVID-19 One-time payment for persons with disabilities
The Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. The one-time payment will be automatically issued to:

 If you are eligible but never applied for the Disability Tax Credit, or your certificate expired in 2019, you must do so by September 25, 2020. For more information please call 1-800-622-6232.

Toronto District School Board e-Learning/Virtual-School Contacts
If you are a parent or staff member with questions or concerns about a child or student in Learning Centre 3:

More information on e-Learning/Virtual-School can be found at www.tdsb.on.ca/Virtual-School. Further questions can be directed to Ward 19’s TDSB Trustee Zakir Patel at Zakir.Patel@tdsb.on.ca

REMINDER: Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd, 9AM to 12PM, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E.

This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank. 

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open
Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

#iMissLiveTheatreTO
Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21 until September 27th. At this time of year, the performing arts would typically be celebrating the launch of the 2020-21 season. Instead the industry continues to feel the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be found here.

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan
The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: Active TO Quiet Streets
Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’ Quiet Streets initiative! Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by September 30, 2020.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 24, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Investing More Than $1 Billion to Expand COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing
The Ontario government is building on the largest provincial testing initiative in Canada by providing $1.07 billion to expand COVID-19 testing and case and contact management. The government is also immediately investing $30 million to prevent and manage outbreaks in priority sectors, including the province's long-term care homes, retirement homes and schools. These investments are part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. For more information please read the news release.

2020 Toronto Book Awards long list announced
Just in time for fall reading, the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have named the 12 books longlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are inspired by Toronto.  The titles selected for the 2020 long list are:

  • Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
  • The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • The Missing Millionaire by Katie Daubs (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Subtweet by Vivek Shraya (ECW Press)
  • We Have Always Been Here by Samra Habib (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • In the Beggarly Style of Imitation by Jean Marc Ah-Sen (Nightwoood Editions)
  • Artistic Glass by Cloe Aigner (ECW Press)
  • Dancing After Ten by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber (FantaGraphics)
  • Shame on Me by Tessa McWatt (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes (Penguin Random House Canada)
  • Take Back the Tray by Joshna Maharaj (ECW Press)
  • Mobile by Tanis MacDonald (Book*hug Press)

The short list for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on November 2 and the winner will be named in an online ceremony, live-streamed on November 30. More information about the awards is available at hwww.toronto.ca/book_awards and on Twitter at @Culture_TO and #tobookawards. For more information please read the news release.

Permits for Pumpkin Parades will not be issued this year
Recently the City of Toronto announced the cancellation of major City-led and City-permitted events through to the end of the year. Additionally, the provincial government announced new restrictions on social gatherings, reducing allowable gathering size to 25 people outdoors. These decisions were made in consultation with public health officials and support the directive that physical distancing is critical to reducing the spread of COVID-19.

With the new restrictions on gathering sizes, permits for pumpkin parades will not be issued this year, as it is not possible to limit the number of attendees at a given time to fewer than 25. More information to come.

Toronto Public Health enhanced COVID-19 data dashboard in response to COVID-19 resurgence
Toronto Public Health has launched an enhanced COVID-19 data dashboard. The updates will help the public understand the local impact of COVID-19 in Toronto as the city faces a resurgence in cases and include daily updates on new cases, more detailed weekly updates highlighting data trends, summary of active outbreaks and more. Visit TPH’s COVID-19 data dashboard online here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
Data as of September 23, 2020: Through the pandemic City of the Toronto has seen a total of 18,139 cases of COVID-19, an increase of 191 cases from the day before. Of these, 15,624 cases have recovered, an increase of 101 cases from the day before. There are 41 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 1 case from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard and Drop-Off Depots
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

The City of Toronto operates seven Transfer Stations which have drop-off depots used to collect, sort and transfer all the City’s waste. Residents can also use these depots to dispose of their unwanted items such as Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste. Find more information on Drop-Off Depot locations, hours of service, list of accepted items HERE.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, at the corner of Lawrence Ave. E. and Morningside Ave.

 This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank.  Thanks in advance to all who are able to participate.

#iMissLiveTheatreTO
Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21. At this time of year, the performing arts would typically be celebrating the launch of the 2020-21 season. Instead the industry continues to feel the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. See launch video here. To participate and raise awareness of the effect of the pandemic on the theatre, dance and opera community in Toronto, visit #iMissLiveTheatreTO Campaign.

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.
 
Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: Active TO Quiet Streets
Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’ Quiet Streets initiative! Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. 'Shared Space' on Quiet Streets is intended to help residents maintain physical distancing while walking, running, using wheelchairs and biking. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by September 30, 2020.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 23, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario expands COVID-19 testing to pharmacies
The Ontario government is providing people with convenient and timely access to free COVID-19 testing at pharmacies in the province. As of Friday, up to 60 pharmacies in Ontario will begin offering testing by appointment only, with further locations coming online in the coming weeks. This initiative will expand testing capacity well beyond the province's 150 assessment centres. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto extends cancellation of outdoor major events and provides $565,000 to support cultural festivals impacted by COVID-19
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is expanding the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31, 2020.

City Hall, Metro Hall and Civic Centres continue to be closed to the public. This announcement does not include outdoor sport facility permits and activities; and other City facilities/sites that are permitted in Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening and comply with current gathering limit restrictions. Professional sporting events are also not included in this decision.

Major festivals and events require long lead times for planning, rely on City sites, supports or permissions, and present higher public health risks given the potential for crowds and the need to maintain physical distancing. For more information and a full list of events impacted by this decision please read the news release.

Toronto Public Health launches enhanced reporting dashboard in response to COVID-19 resurgence
Today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is pleased to launch enhancements to the COVID-19 data dashboard. This updated dashboard will provide more detailed information to help residents better understand how this virus is affecting our community.

There are 17,971 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 129 cases since yesterday, with 15,526 recovered COVID-19 cases, an increase of 87 cases since yesterday. There are 40 people hospitalized, with 1 person in ICU. To date, there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.  

TPH received extensive feedback from residents and experts to improve the way that COVID-19 information is reported. The updates will help the public understand the local impact of COVID-19 in Toronto as the city faces a resurgence in cases and include:

  • Daily updates on new cases and weekday updates on outbreaks to provide more current information on the local situation and help residents see how COVID-19 activity is changing in our city.
  • More detailed weekly updates highlighting the data trends to be shared on Wednesdays. This will include additional graphs and figures to provide more insight into who is contracting COVID-19 in our community.
  • A summary of active outbreaks has been expanded to include additional institutions such as schools and child care centres. TPH will list the specific institutions where an outbreak has been identified and is under investigation.
  • TPH is also looking into addressing the Board of Health request at the September meeting to include a high-level summary of outbreaks in workplace settings at a later date. TPH will continue updating the dashboard as the local situation changes.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard and Drop-Off Depots
The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

The City of Toronto operates seven Transfer Stations which have drop-off depots used to collect, sort and transfer all the City’s waste. Residents can also use these depots to dispose of their unwanted items such as Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste. Find more information on Drop-Off Depot locations, hours of service, list of accepted items HERE.
 
Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, at the corner of Lawrence Ave. E. and Morningside Ave.

 This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank.  Thanks in advance to all who are able to participate.

#iMissLiveTheatreTO
Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21. At this time of year, the performing arts would typically be celebrating the launch of the 2020-21 season. Instead the industry continues to feel the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. See launch video here. To participate and raise awareness of the effect of the pandemic on the theatre, dance and opera community in Toronto, visit #iMissLiveTheatreTO Campaign.

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit
A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 20201 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.
 
Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:

Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops;
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes;
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express;
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 22, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario set to launch largest flu immunization campaign in province’s history
The Ontario government is implementing the largest flu immunization campaign in Ontario's history. The campaign is part of the province's comprehensive plan to prepare the health system for a second wave of COVID-19. The plan, entitled Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, sets out a series of steps to prevent, identify and respond to any outbreak scenario this fall. For more information please read the news release.

Scarborough’s New View Photo Contest
This is a friendly reminder to all photographers to enter in the City of Toronto’s and Scarborough Arts’ New View Photo Contest. Share your best snaps of Scarborough and tag #scarboroughphoto on Instagram or Facebook. Deadline to enter is September 30 at 11:59pm. More information can be found here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
The data posted to the City’s reporting platform is update three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As of September 22, 2020, there were 17,712 cases of COVID-19 in the city, with 15,440 recovered cases from COVID-19. To date there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Torontonians should expect case counts to rise over the next few weeks. Residents need to act to limit case count increases through a combination of self-protection steps including watching your distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands. Everyone should limit contact with people they don’t live with as much as they can.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Knights of Columbus Drive-Through Community Food Drive
On Saturday October 3rd from 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, a Community Pre-Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held in the Parking Lot of St. Martin de Porres Church, at the corner of Lawrence Ave. E. and Morningside Ave.

 This will be a Drive-Through Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Appropriate Covid-19 protocols will be observed (masks, sanitizer, distancing). All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to our community Food Bank.  Thanks in advance to all who are able to participate.

#iMissLiveTheatreTO
Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21. At this time of year, the performing arts would typically be celebrating the launch of the 2020-21 season. Instead the industry continues to feel the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. See launch video here. To participate and raise awareness of the effect of the pandemic on the theatre, dance and opera community in Toronto, visit #iMissLiveTheatreTO Campaign.

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:

Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops;
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes;
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express;
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

New COVID-19 Provincial Announcement on lowering limits for unmonitored and private social across ENTIRE PROVINCE
The Ontario government is reducing limits on the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored and private social gatherings across the entire province. This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the amended order will set a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored social gathering or organized public event to these New Measures:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering with physical distancing (previous limit of 100).For more information please read the news release.

COVID-19 Notification for NOIR inside REBEL Entertainment Complex on September 11
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is notifying patrons and staff who visited NOIR inside REBEL Entertainment Complex, located at 11 Polson Street, on September 11, 2020 between 10:30 p.m. and 2 a.m., about a potential exposure to COVID-19. TPH is following up with all known close contacts based on the information provided in the contact tracing logs for staff and patrons. These individuals will be instructed to self-isolate for 14 days and to go for testing. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto residents can show love to Toronto by becoming tourists in their own neighbourhood with StrollTO
Starting this weekend, residents can participate in StrollTO, part of the City of Toronto's ShowLoveTO initiative. StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City's 25 wards to encourage residents to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets.

Using the StrollTO itineraries, residents can become tourists in their own city as they stroll through Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods. Each StrollTO itinerary will highlight points of interest that are culturally and historically significant with a spotlight on Indigenous placemaking and equity-seeking groups. StrollTO itineraries are available here .

The City of Toronto unveils new Toronto Sign
On Friday, September 18, the City unveiled the new Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square and its first wrap in recognition of the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent. A call for artists was issued in October 2019 and Danilo Deluxo McCallum's design, Patterns of the People, was selected for the first wrap of the new Toronto Sign. More information about the sign and its first wrap is available at www.toronto.ca/TorontoSign . More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
The data posted to the City’s reporting platform is update three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As of September 20, there were 17,712 cases of COVID-19 in the city, with 15,382 recovered cases from COVID-19. To date there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

#iMissLiveTheatreTO
Toronto’s Theatre, Dance & Opera Sectors Launch Weeklong Campaign to Celebrate the Live Performances That Would Have Been in 2020-21. At this time of year, the performing arts would typically be celebrating the launch of the 2020-21 season. Instead the industry continues to feel the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. See launch video here. To participate and raise awareness of the effect of the pandemic on the theatre, dance and opera community in Toronto, visit #iMissLiveTheatreTO Campaign.

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

Help Your Toronto Zoo Name their Baby Red Panda!
On Tuesday, July 14, 2020 your Toronto Zoo welcomed endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as “Baby Red”, and they need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote on your favourite name by Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 11:59pm HERE.

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020. Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 18, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

New COVID-19 Provincial Announcement on lowering limits for unmonitored and private social gatherings in TORONTO, Ottawa and Peel Regions
Yesterday, the Ontario government has amended the rules for areas in Stage 3 to reduce the number of people permitted to attend unmonitored social gatherings and organized public events in three regions experiencing higher rates of transmission of COVID-19. This includes functions, parties, dinners, gatherings, BBQs or wedding receptions held in private residences, backyards, parks and other recreational areas. This amended order came into effect TODAY, September 18 at 12:01am.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the amended order will set a new limit on the number of people allowed to attend an unmonitored social gathering or organized public event in three specific regions to these New Measures:

  • 10 people at an indoor event or gathering (previous limit of 50); or
  • 25 people at an outdoor event or gathering with physical distancing (previous limit of 100).

Indoor and outdoor events and gatherings cannot be merged together. These are not accumulative and gatherings of 35 (25 outdoors and 10 indoors) are not permitted. The new limits only apply to persons within the boundaries of Toronto Public Health, Ottawa Public Health and Peel Public Health regions. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto invites residents to become Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions
The City of Toronto invites residents and community leaders to help inspire climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion. Participants in this new City program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities.

Participants must be willing to commit four to five hours per month (minimum 50 hours per year) to engaging their community in developing and implementing neighbourhood-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants will receive an honorarium of $500. For more information please read the news release.

Mayor John Tory unveils new Toronto Sign and its first wrap recognizing the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent
Today, Mayor John Tory unveiled the City of Toronto's new Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square and its first wrap, Patterns of the People, in recognition of the United Nations' International Decade for People of African Descent.

Mayor Tory was joined by Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson (Ward 21 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee, and Danilo Deluxo McCallum, the Toronto-based artist who designed the new wrap.

One of the design features of the Toronto Sign is a vinyl wrap on the outer edges of its letters. The wrap is refreshed approximately every 12 months. The design of the Toronto Sign wrap is used to promote events, projects and City priorities. Themes for past Toronto Sign wraps have included: Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Nuit Blanche Toronto artist installation by JR, Toronto Neighbourhoods, Canada 150, My City My Six Exhibition, and Indigenous Iconography. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto completes major construction projects this summer and continues important work to renew aging infrastructure

This construction season, the City of Toronto has worked to accelerate as many important construction projects as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crews completed a number of major projects this summer, some on accelerated schedules due to lower traffic volumes, and will begin more work this fall to continue to renew and improve aging water and transportation infrastructure across the city.

So far, the City has completed road resurfacing work on more than 170 local roads. The remainder of the 323 local roads planned for resurfacing work is on-track to be completed this fall. The City is also on-track to complete sewer upgrades on more than 100 streets to protect basements from flooding.

During construction, the public are advised to plan their travel in advance, consider alternate routes, be aware that street parking may be impacted, obey signage around work zones and be patient while traveling in and around work zones throughout the city. Individuals are encouraged to use the City's web-based map, www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions , to help plan travel and avoid road closures. Information about the City's planned capital construction work is available at www.toronto.ca/inview . For more information please read the news release.

Community Environment Days
The City of Toronto will hold its second 2020 Community Environment Day event this Sunday, September 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Scarborough Drop-Off Depot located at 1 Transfer Place. The drive-thru event will allow for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic items, and donation of household goods and clothing for reuse. Free bagged compost will be available for pickup with a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. Environment Days will be held at the City’s Drop-off Depots on Sundays until November 1. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/environment_days

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
The data posted to the City’s reporting platform is update three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

As of September 17, there were 17,259 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 142 from the day before, with 15,202 recovered cases from COVID-19. To date there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Keeler Boulevard Speed Bump Petition
Recently, I received a petition from residents requesting the installation of speed bumps on Keeler Boulevard. I’ve submitted this request to the City of Toronto Transportation Services to conduct a study as the guidelines require. The study has been done and Transportation staff have concluded the installation of speed bumps is not justified.

As your City Councillor, I am supporting the community’s request, and this item will be put to vote at Scarborough Community Council on October 16, 2020. I now need your support in writing or by agreeing to speaking at the Scarborough Community Council.

In the meantime, I will continue to ask Toronto Police Services to enforce the posted speed limit on Keeler Boulevard. If you wish to provide a written statement or speak on this item at Scarborough Community Council, please reach out to my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca  or call 416-396-7222.

Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough
Join the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival to see the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest live and in person on September 19, 2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information on the GrowTO Contest Scarborough can be found here. 

Keep in mind: Proper Disposal of PPE
Lets do our part to keep Toronto’s public spaces clean and safe. Properly dispose of masks, gloves, tissues and any other litter in park and street litter bins. Do not discard items on the ground. More information at www.toronto.ca/covid19

Survey: CaféTO
We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this Link to fill out the survey.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:

Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops;
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes;
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express;
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, September 15 is Rehabilitation Day where we acknowledge the life-changing impact that rehabilitation services have made on the lives of residents. Today we recognize the rehabilitation professionals who dedicate themselves to helping others, through rehabilitation services.

As we continue to battle with the circulation of COVID-19, let us continue to honour and give thanks to all health care workers who have committed to keeping our communities healthy. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, long-term care staff and hospital administrative and support staff step into work each day dedicated to saving lives and keeping people safe. Their ongoing support and efforts have been vital during this pandemic and will continue to play a crucial role in keeping Toronto safe.

City of Toronto calls for Federal-Provincial-City partnership to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes over the next 24 months
The City of Toronto has issued the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan -- an urgent appeal to the federal and provincial governments to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes, within the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable and marginalized residents. These investments will support the Council-approved HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan aimed at helping more than 340,000 households in Toronto over the next 10 years.

The 3,000 permanent, affordable homes would comprise: 1,000 new permanent modular homes; 1,000 new permanent affordable rental homes created through acquisitions and shovel-ready construction projects; and new portable housing benefits that will assist 1,000 people secure housing and pay rent. The plan also calls for funding to assist 2,000 of these residents with the supports required to maintain stable housing, such as mental health services, substance abuse services, assistance with daily living activities for those with disabilities and senior services. For more information please read the news release.

ActiveTO major weekend road closures to expand to Yonge Street on final two Sundays in September
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will expand ActiveTO major weekend road closures to include Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay, on the final two Sundays in September.

In partnership with Open Streets, the City will add part of Yonge Street to the popular weekend road closures initiative on Sunday, September 20 and Sunday, September 27. Roads will begin to close starting as early as 8 a.m. and be reopened by 3 p.m. each day. When all closures are in place, including Yonge Street, there will be more than 14 total kilometres of major roadway available for walking, running and biking on Sundays. The other weekend road closure locations typically include parts of Lake Shore Boulevard West and East and Bayview Avenue. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 14, 2020 there have been 16,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 69 cases from the day before, and 15,044 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,177 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. The data posted to the City’s reporting plat form is update three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Eglinton East Priority Bus Lanes – Installation and Bus Stop Placement
On July 28, 2020, City Council unanimously approved Priority Bus Lanes along sections of Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and north of Morningside Avenue to Ellesmere Road. As part of implementing the Priority Bus Lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, construction crews and vehicles will be active along the corridor from September 14 until December 31, 2020.

  • Pavement Resurfacing (completed by September 18)
  • Pavement Marking & Sign Installation (completed by November 30)
  • Bus Stop Consolidation and Placement (Estimated: October 15-December 31)

For more information please read the Construction Notice.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops;
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes;
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express;
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Toronto Transit Commission Public Forum on Accessible Transit
On October 1, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm, TTC Board members, management and staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) will host the TTC’s first ever virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. This event is held annually to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re hosting this event online this year. Register for the 2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. Participate online – view the live stream or participate by phone – 416-764-8658.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough
Join the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival to see the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest live and in person on September 19, 2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information on the GrowTO Contest Scarborough can be found here. 

Arts in the Park: Harvest Festival
The Community Arts Guild in partnership with Scarborough Village Community Garden presents the Harvest Festival 2020. Sign up to join a physically distance parade with live music on Saturday September 19, 2020. Rehearsal is September 12 to 19. To sign up for a puppet kit, contact info@communityartsguild.ca. Check out more Arts in the Park events here.

Toronto and Region Conversation Authority’s Humber by Canoe Event
Join TRCA and follow along as they share the Humber River over the next 5 days. Today TRCA’s Emily Rondel takes us through the Humber watershed while educating us about its rich history. More details can be found here.

TDSB Connects App now available for Secondary Students
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has launched a new online app to help high school students stay connected and organized. By logging in with their TDSB school ID, their timetable is automatically populated allowing them to easily add notes, goals and details to each course. Download the app now at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast - Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Businesses of Canada | Wednesday, September 16 at 9:15 a.m. - Register
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free) | Thursday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. – Register
  • The digital advantage: Securing your business | Thursday, September 24, 1 - 2 p.m. – Register

September 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

September 14 has been proclaimed Champions of Care Day. Today we honour and thank all front-line health care workers for the commitment to saving lives, keeping our community safe and for their heroic response during the COVID-19 pandemic in our city.

Every day, thousands of front-line health workers play a crucial role in keeping our communities healthy and as safe as possible by providing life-saving service in clinics, centres and hospitals across the city. Their support has been vital during this pandemic. Their efforts, collectively with the efforts of all Torontonians, allowed our city to experience a limited strain on the health-care system during this first wave of the pandemic. Health care workers will continue to play a crucial role in keeping Torontonians save as the City readies for a possible COVID-19 resurgence

To show their appreciation, Toronto residents have rallied in support of health care workers since the onset of the pandemic. As the City thanks all health care workers on the front lines for keeping Torontonians safe, residents are encouraged to show their gratitude in their local communities and online with a hashtag #championsofcare. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto launches #ShowLoveTO to help Toronto businesses, neighbourhoods and residents safely recover and rebuild
ShowLoveTO is a local initiative that will encourage residents to show their love for Toronto by safely connecting with neighbours, supporting local businesses and artists, and exploring their city neighbourhoods to help rebuild the social and economic fabric of Toronto.

The following ShowLoveTO initiatives will engage Toronto residents this fall:

  • BigArtTO, a city-wide temporary public art initiative involving large-scale projections in each of the City's 25 wards, will animate Toronto neighbourhoods. Starting September 16, BigArtTO will provide opportunities for local artists and set the stage for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.
  • StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City's 25 wards to motivate residents to actively discover the unexplored shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets, starting September 18. Residents will become tourists as they stroll Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods.
  • DineOutTO, a partnership between Destination Toronto and the City, will celebrate Toronto’s culinary community and support the industry's economic recovery. The city-wide promotion will showcase Toronto's diverse food culture through a digital platform offering content, special offers and unique culinary experiences from September 23 to October 30. Restaurants can register for free online at www.splash-toronto.simpleviewcms.com/add-your-restaurant/ .
  • HistoricTO, time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tours anchored at Toronto History Museums, connects Toronto’s communities by providing equitable and inclusive access to local history, heritage and land-based learnings. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available now until October 18 and must be booked in advance at www.toronto.ca/museums .
  • CaféTO launched this summer to provide more outdoor dining areas to help eligible restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patio patrons. The program currently supports 760 restaurants and bars in 58 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). More information is available at www.toronto.ca/cafeto .

The ShowLoveTO promotional video is available at www.youtube.com/culture_to . More information about ShowLoveTO is available at www.toronto.ca/showloveTO . For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto bylaws prohibit cormorant hunting in Toronto
On July 31, 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources announced that hunting season for double-crested cormorants could take place in Ontario starting September 15. Cormorant hunting, like all hunting, is not permitted in Toronto under City of Toronto bylaws.

The bylaws prohibiting the discharge of firearms in the City of Toronto are listed in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 463, Firearms. This includes using a firearm while in a boat for the purposes of hunting. Possession or use of a weapon in a park or on a beach is also prohibited under Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks. The City’s boundaries extend into Lake Ontario to the United States border and east and west to the borders of neighbouring municipalities. For more information please read the news release.  

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 13, 2020, there have been 16,873 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,999 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,177 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough
Join the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival to see the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest live and in person on September 19, 2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information on the GrowTO Contest Scarborough can be found here. 

Toronto and Region Conversation Authority’s Humber by Canoe Event
Join TRCA and follow along as they share the Humber River over the next 5 days. Today TRCA CEO, John MacKenzie, discusses the Humber by Canoe event and paddles a popular canoe route along the lower Humber River. More details can be found here.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

TDSB Connects App now available for Secondary Students
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has launched a new online app to help high school students stay connected and organized. By logging in with their TDSB school ID, their timetable is automatically populated allowing them to easily add notes, goals and details to each course. Download the app now at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


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