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Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca. The City’s website has a tool that can translate pages into 51 different languages. 

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisor

If you can’t find any answers, you can also email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca


Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.


Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) Portal

Questions about applying for CERB with CRA? You can find answers to common questions with this automated help line: 1-833-966-2099. 

Is any other income help available?

Yes, and here are two great resources to learn more:

Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University, has compiled a plain language guide to all federal and provincial income benefits to help people figure out which apply to their particular situation. 

East Scarborough Storefront has put together a summary of the financial support programs made available by the Government of Canada, including a section that speaks to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients, and a section on taxes.

July 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

During City Council last week, I put forward several motions which have been successfully adopted, including the demand for Federal funding for Long-Term Care Homes in Toronto  and the administrative inquiry I put forward requesting for greater transparency around the Toronto Police Services Report on Open Data.

I am also pleased to announce the launch of a new Business Licenses & Permits Application portal for business owners to apply for new licenses and permits virtually. The new application process allows for people to fill out an application, submit documentation and complete payments online.

I am excited to announce that I have been appointed to the LGBTQ2S+ Advisory Committee! If you are interested in applying as well to be a member of the Council Advisory Body, you can do so by clicking here.

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
The Ontario government, in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, has extended all emergency orders currently in force that were made under s.7.0.2(4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to July 22, 2020. The extension was made to ensure the province maintains the necessary flexibility to protect public health and safety as more businesses reopen and people go back to work. For more information please read the news release.

New zoning order allows local restaurants to use more available space for outdoor dining in Toronto
At City Council I pushed for a provincial zoning order to allow local restaurants to use more available space including parking lots for outdoor dining in Toronto. Today it has become a law!

As part of Toronto’s CaféTO program, which expands sidewalk patios and allows for installation of curb lane patios, Council requested that staff submit an appeal to the province for an MZO specific to Toronto to quickly allow for modest increases to the maximum size of outdoor patios, remove restrictions that could prevent an outdoor patio located in front of buildings, and provide particular consideration for non-residential properties with dedicated surface parking in front of the building. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto stepping up enforcement, restricting evening parking at beaches this weekend
Over the last several weekends, the City of Toronto has seen a significant increase in the number of people at Toronto beaches late into the evening who are not practising physical distancing, or who are setting up DJ equipment, lighting bonfires, drinking excessively and leaving large amounts of litter behind.

Starting tomorrow, parking restrictions will be in place at Toronto beaches starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Parking restrictions will be in place at the following beaches starting at 7 p.m. on Friday:

  • Marie Curtis Park
  • Humber Bay West Park
  • Cherry Beach

Other parks and beaches along the waterfront already have restricted access to parking on weekends due to ActiveTO road closures along Lake Shore Boulevard. Parking at Bluffers Park will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Toronto Police will be present at all parking lot entrances. For more information please read the news release.

Updates on sports fields and permits
Sports fields: The City's outdoor sport and multi-use fields are open for permits for team training for the 2020 season. At this time, scrimmages and games are not permitted, even while training or among teammates. Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within two metres of each other must not be practised or played on the field.

The City recognizes that this is presenting some challenges for sports organizations who are looking to resume training and activities on fields. We appreciate everyone's patience as we work to help teams resume training safely, and in accordance with provincial emergency orders. 

Movie nights: Permits for movie nights are typically considered special event permits. With provincial restrictions on gatherings to 10 people or fewer, these permits are not being issued at this time. As public health conditions improve and the City and Province move through reopening plans, staff will continue to plan for reopening and resuming these services.

Yoga, boot camps (commercial parkland permits): Commercial parkland permits for yoga, outdoor fitness classes, boot camps, and more can be issued for groups of 10 people or fewer.

For all permit-related inquiries, please contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca or call 416-396-7378 with questions or concerns and copy my office.

City’s 15 Emergency Cooling Centres to stay open for Heat Warning this week
Environment and Climate Change Canada has extended the Heat Warning for Toronto for the rest of this week. The ECCs are available to residents if they do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors. Starting today, Tuesday, July 7, it is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks at all ECCS. A mask will be provided at the ECC to those without a mask who want to enter. An interactive map is available on the City’s website to help those who need to locate an ECC near them here.

Toronto Police Services Board Virtual Town Hall
The Town Hall meeting dates will now be July 9, 10, 15, and 16, with each meeting running a full day from 9AM to 4:30PM. Those who would still like to contribute may provide a written, audio, or video submission by July 10, 2020 at this link. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Board’s virtual meetings; the link for the meeting can be found on the Board's website.

Highway 401 Westbound Collector Weekend Lane Reduction
Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be reduced to one lane at Markham Road Friday July 10 at 10PM to Monday July 13 at 5AM. During this closure:

  • Neilson Road Southbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Ellesmere Road then to Brimley Avenue on-ramp via D-16
  • Markham Road Northbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to McCowan Road on-ramp via D-12
  • Markham Road Southbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to McCowan Road on-ramp via D-11
  • Access to Markham Road from Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Sheppard Avenue East via Neilson off-ramp then to Markham Road via D-13
  • Access to McCowan Road from Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Sheppard Avenue East via Neilson off-ramp then to Markham Road via D-13

More information can be found here.

Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Survey EXTENDED
The City of Toronto has extended the deadline to have your say on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from COVID-19 even stronger. Share your views by July 15. Take the survey here.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.

Community Food Drive
On Saturday July 18 from 10AM to 2PM a Community Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus will be held in the parking lot of St. Martin de Porres Church (4179 Lawrence Ave. E.). Appropriate physical distancing protocols will be observed. All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items that will be taken from the trunks of your car by the members of the Knights of Columbus, so you will not have to leave your vehicle.

Mobile Resiliency Crew
The Mobile Resiliency Crew is mobile service promoting wellness and fostering resilience. The program is offered to children, youth and seniors in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health of vulnerable communities. See more details in the flyer .


July 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Implementation of priority bus-only lanes to be accelerated across the city; Eglinton East identified as first priority
Today, I was happy to join TTC CEO Rick Leary, Mayor John Tory, Councillor Gary Crawford and Councillor and TTC Commissioner Jennifer McKelvie, to announce to proposed plan to expedite the implementation of priority bus-only lanes across the city.

The proposed plan anticipates that the improved speed, reliability and increased capacity of the new priority bus-only lanes will result in a faster and more reliable commute, which will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as transit equity and inclusion of Neighborhood Improvement Areas for residents.

The Eglinton East bus corridor is among TTC’s most heavily used and, even during COVID-19, continues to play a significant role in moving people around the city. It emerged as the top candidate for the accelerated installation of priority bus lanes based on an assessment of a number of factors including improvement to transit reliability, available right-of-way and considerations for transportation equity and inclusion of Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto updates on Stage 2 reopening progress
The City of Toronto is entering its third week in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening framework. Over the past two weeks, great progress has been made – helping people get active, businesses reopening, gradually resuming City operations, and exploring new, safe ways to offer services. Stage 2 accomplishments to date include:

  • Toronto Public Health’s implementation of mandatory mask/face covering bylaw, increased capacity for case and contact follow up and its new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard that closely monitors trends of COVID-19 cases.
  • Transportation’s implementation of CafeTO, curb lane patios, and ActiveTO’s quiet streets initiative.
  • Parks and Recreation’s CampTO, the reopening of outdoor pools, splashpads, swimming beaches and public ferry access to Toronto Island Park.
  • Children’s Services reopening of 11 Toronto Early Learning and Child Care Services and hosting virtual community live group sessions.
  • Toronto Animal Services resumed pet licensing online, by phone or mail, all animal-related bylaw enforcement and trap-neuter-return program for feral cats.
  • Licensing and Permits resumed contactless licensing processing for all licence categories, lottery licence services and conducting e-hearings to deal with business licensing matters.

To read more about the City of Toronto’s Stage 2 reopening progress please read the news release.

City of Toronto launching online business licensing and permit application portal
The City of Toronto has launched a new online Business Licences & Permits Application Portal so businesses can apply for new licences and permits virtually. The new portal allows business owners or operators requiring new licences or permits to fill out an application, submit documentation, and complete payment in one convenient online space.

To access the portal, applicants can select the licence or permit they are applying for on the toronto.ca Permits and Licences webpage, review the list of requirements, and an application link will be available on the specific licence or permit webpage. Licensing staff are available by phone at 416-392-6700 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday to assist business owners and operators with licensing questions.
Business licensing is an important part of keeping our community safe. Suspending licensing and enforcement was the right thing to do as businesses navigated the pandemic, but now that we are in Stage 2 and reopening, we need to make sure businesses are operating safely and legally. This new, virtual solution simplifies the licensing process for businesses, protects licensing staff and applicants, and lets businesses focus on providing services in our communities and helping our economy. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,735 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 57 cases since Monday. There are 158 people hospitalized, with 35 in ICU. In total, 12,935 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 91 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,110 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City’s 15 Emergency Cooling Centres to stay open for Heat Warning this week
Environment and Climate Change Canada has extended the Heat Warning for Toronto for the rest of this week. The ECCs are available to residents if they do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors. Starting today, Tuesday, July 7, it is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks at all ECCS. A mask will be provided at the ECC to those without a mask who want to enter. An interactive map is available on the City’s website to help those who need to locate an ECC near them here.

Toronto Police Services Board Virtual Town Hall
The Town Hall meeting dates will now be July 9, 10, 15, and 16, with each meeting running a full day from 9AM to 4:30PM. Those who would still like to contribute may provide a written, audio, or video submission by July 10, 2020 at this link. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Board’s virtual meetings; the link for the meeting of July 9 is HERE and links for the additional meetings of July 10, 15 and 16 will be added on the Board's website as they become available.

Highway 401 Westbound Collector Weekend Lane Reduction
Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be reduced to one lane at Markham Road Friday July 10 at 10PM to Monday July 13 at 5AM. During this closure:

  • Neilson Road Southbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Ellesmere Road then to Brimley Avenue on-ramp via D-16
  • Markham Road Northbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to McCowan Road on-ramp via D-12
  • Markham Road Southbound to Highway 401 Westbound will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to McCowan Road on-ramp via D-11
  • Access to Markham Road from Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Sheppard Avenue East via Neilson off-ramp then to Markham Road via D-13
  • Access to McCowan Road from Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed. Traffic will be detoured to Sheppard Avenue East via Neilson off-ramp then to Markham Road via D-13

More information can be found here.

Service Canada can help with e-SIN applications!
There is an e-SIN service now where people who are legally entitled to work in Canada can apply for a Social Insurance Number online. Details can be found here.

Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Survey EXTENDED
The City of Toronto has extended the deadline to have your say on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from COVID-19 even stronger. Share your views by July 15. Take the survey here.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.

Community Food Drive
On Saturday July 18 from 10AM to 2PM a Community Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus will be held in the parking lot of St. Martin de Porres Church (4179 Lawrence Ave. E.). Appropriate physical distancing protocols will be observed. All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items that will be taken from the trunks of your car by the members of the Knights of Columbus, so you will not have to leave your vehicle.


July 6, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

During City Council last Monday, we had a long debate about policing. We discussed the need to change how policing services are provided and how we must continue to fight against not only systematic Black racism, but racism in all forms. Please see my letter regarding the Toronto Police Services’ Budget and my motions on my website here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Beginning tomorrow, July 7, masks or face coverings will be required in all indoor public spaces to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The mandatory mask or face covering bylaw will include exemptions for those who cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, children under the age of two, and other accommodations. Face masks and coverings do not replace the need to keep a distance of two metres or six feet from others, wash hands often and stay home when sick. Business owners and operators are required to have a policy on masks or face coverings, to post signage and to train staff on the policy. Information for businesses including a draft policy is available here.

There are 14,678 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 67 cases since yesterday. There are 160 people hospitalized, with 40 in ICU. In total, 12,844 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 71 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,105 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Automated Speed Enforcement program begins issuing speeding tickets today
The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras will begin issuing tickets to vehicles today. If a vehicle is detected travelling in excess of the posted speed limit in an ASE- enforced are, the registered owner of the vehicle will receive a ticket regardless of who was driving. The 50 cameras are installed city-wide on local, collector and arterial roads in Community Safety Zones near schools, each ward has two ASE cameras. ASE camera locations in Ward 24 are:

  • Galloway Rd. North of Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Military Trail East of Cindy Nicholas Dr.

More details on the City’s ASE program can be found here.

City’s 15 Emergency Cooling Centres to stay open for Heat Warning this week
Environment and Climate Change Canada has extended the Heat Warning for Toronto to today, Monday, July 6 and the rest of this week. The ECCs are available to residents if they do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7, it will be mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks at all ECCS. A mask will be provided at the ECC to those without a mask who want to enter. An interactive map is available on the City’s website to help those who need to locate an ECC near them here.

City of Toronto reopens outdoor sport and multi-use fields
Starting today, the City of Toronto’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields are open for team training and permits will be issued to organizations for the remainder of the 2020 summer season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto. With the City of Toronto moving into Stage 2 of the provincial reopening, Parks, Forestry and Recreation staff have worked to quickly open many of the City’s outdoor recreation amenities including, but not limited to, fields that serve soccer, softball, lacrosse, baseball and cricket. All 170 outdoor sport and multi-use field locations will be open by tomorrow. Permits for outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields will resume this week. Both the types of activities and the number of people allowed on the field will be restricted to further contain the spread of COVID-19.
More information about recreation in the city is available at www.toronto.ca/rec. Information about booking and permits for outdoor recreation facilities is available here.

TDSB Return To School Plan
The Province recently announced the framework of a return to school plan for this coming school year, starting in the Fall. Please refer to this timeline for the formulation of their Return to School Plan. Questions or comments about how to get involved? Please contact Zakir Patel, TDSB Trustee, Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood at Zakir.Patel@tdsb.on.ca.

BikeShareTO Stations in Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood
BikeShareTO is has launched satellite pilot areas in both Scarborough and North York including our community, Scarborough-Guildwood. The BikeShare stations have been installed at multiple locations in our community, including:

  • Morningside Park
  • Guildwood GO Station (North and South)
  • Livingston Road at Guildwood Parkway and at Highland Creek Trail

More information on BikeShareTO’s expansion can be found here.

LGBTQ2S+ Council Advisory Body (CAB)
I have been appointed to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirited (LGBTQ2S+) Advisory Committee and am excited to announce that the City of Toronto has launched the public appointment process for the LGBTQ2S+ CAB. The LGBTQ2S+ CAB provides advice to City Staff and City Council on identified priority issues to support the elimination of barriers and inequities experienced by LGBTQ2S+ communities in accessing City of Toronto programs and services. If you are interested in joining the LGBTQ2S+ CAB, apply here before August 7th. 

Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Survey EXTENDED
The City of Toronto has extended the deadline to have your say on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from COVID-19 even stronger. Share your views by July 15. Take the survey here.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.

Community Food Drive
On Saturday July 18 from 10AM to 2PM a Community Food Drive hosted by the Knights of Columbus will be held in the parking lot of St. Martin de Porres Church (4179 Lawrence Ave. E.). Appropriate physical distancing protocols will be observed. All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items that will be taken from the trunks of your car by the members of the Knights of Columbus, so you will not have to leave your vehicle.

Pay What You Can Training
PayWhatYouCan.Training is a Canadian start-up aimed at teaching new skills during the shutdown, tailored to your budget. COVID-19 has affected so many people in so many ways, this initiative makes it affordable by allowing people to pay what they can, if they can, to attend training. More information can be found here.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival
While we cannot have physical festivals during this challenging time there are still plenty of ways to support artist virtually. Visit your favourite Guild Alive with Culture Arts Festival vendors online this year at www.guildalivewithculture.ca!


July 3, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Launches Online Training to Promote Safe Workplaces
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is investing $3 million to provide free online health and safety training for the first time. These virtual courses will make it easier for job seekers and workers to get essential qualifications, while practising physical distancing and preventing the spread of COVID-19. For more information please read the news release.

Emergency Cooling Centres are open during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto, expected to last through Sunday, July 5. The City of Toronto opened 15 Emergency Cooling Centres for the duration of the Heat Warning. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them. Malvern Recreation Community Centre is closed for the remainder of today, due to air conditioning issues.

City pools and splash pads
Torontonians can cool off at all of the City’s 140 splash pads and 56 outdoor swimming pools that are now open. In order to allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor pools will be significantly reduced to 25 per cent. Swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. Full details are available at toronto.ca/swim.

For the duration of Environment Canada’s Heat Warning, the following six outdoor pools will remain open until 11:45 p.m.:

  1. Alex Duff Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  2. Earlscourt Park/Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
  3. Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.
  4. Parkway Forest, 55 Forest Manor Rd.
  5. Smithfield Park, 175 Mount Olive Dr.
  6. Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 4 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 5 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 just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

Beaches
Toronto beaches are open, including the four Toronto Island Park beaches. Lifeguards supervise swim areas from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily. Rouge Valley Beach remains closed this season. For more information on the City’s beaches visit toronto.ca/beaches. Water quality reports for local beaches are available at toronto.ca/health/swimsafe/index.htm.

City parks
Most amenities in City parks are open including:

  • picnic shelters
  • fixed BBQs
  • soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks
  • baseball diamonds and basketball courts
  • some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
  • lawn bowling and outdoor bocce
  • outdoor pools and splash pads
  • off-leash dog parks
  • BMX locations and skateboard parks
  • City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
  • ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
  • fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing.

Playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment remain closed. As COVID-19 continues to circulate the community residents visiting a beach or park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports on fields or courts intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household. For more information please visit the City Services webpage.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,548 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 80 cases since yesterday. There are 185 people hospitalized, with 43 in ICU. In total, 12,637 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 63 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,102 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The East Scarborough Storefront Re-Opening
The East Scarborough Storefront (4040 Lawrence Ave. E) is starting to safely re-open its building to the community. The building will be open Monday to Thursday from 10AM to 2PM, starting Monday, July 6th. The first hour of the day (10-11AM) is reserved for seniors and other people who are at risk or have accessibility needs. Starting Monday you’ll be able to:

  • Use the computers (limited to one 20-minute session per visit)
  • Do your printing, photocopying, scanning, and faxing
  • Speak to a Community Resource Specialist about community supports and resources
  • Use the washroom
  • Get a drink of water

Read more about it here . As well, you can still connect with staff by phone at 416-208-9889, Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM to speak to a Community Resource Specialist.

The Toronto Zoo is opening to the public tomorrow!
TIMED-TICKETING REQUIRED IN ADVANCE: Pre-booked time slots are required for both Zoo Guests and Zoo Members. Tickets are ONLY available online and will not be sold on site. This is a new process to keep everyone safely and physically distanced. Please note that wearing of facial coverings, are mandatory for persons 2 + years of age and who are medically capable, when inside buildings and pavilions to protect our guests, staff, volunteers and animals.

For more information on the new Toronto Zoo’s experience, including self-screening and COVID-19 safety measures, go to http://www.torontozoo.com/welcomeback

The Reading Partnership announces 2 New Summer Programs:
Kids ReadTO: will provide kids across our city with diverse books delivered directly to their doorsteps. Deadline to apply is July 6th at 11:59pm; see the flyer here and register here

Reading Partnership for Parents Online: will teach parents/caregivers how to teach their kids to read through virtual 'play shops'. Deadline to apply is July 10th 11:59PM; see the flyer here and register here.

Welcoming Families Back: What to Expect and Tools for Success
Family Councils of Ontario and the Ontario Caregiver Organization have been actively working together to prepare family caregivers for the re-opening of long-term care homes to visitors. Learn more and participate in an on-line event to be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. The webinar will include speakers from the Family Councils of Ontario and the Ontario Caregiver Organization. Click here for further details and to register.

Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild Survey EXTENDED
The City of Toronto has extended the deadline to have your say on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from COVID-19 even stronger. Share your views by July 15. Take the survey here.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough.

The Club provides service to over 5,000 children in the East Scarborough community residing in priority neighborhoods, where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, less than half completed post-secondary education, where 70% are visible minorities and a quarter of the population identifies as Black. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.


July 2, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City opens 15 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto for Thursday, July 2 through to Sunday, July 5. Starting today, July 2, the City of Toronto opened 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning.

An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them. Please note that the location in South Etobicoke has changed from Ourland Community Centre for Mimico-Coronation Club House.

The Emergency Cooling Centres will offer a publicly accessible, air-conditioned place for residents to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, 55 John St., which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311. For more information about Emergency Cooling Centres please read the news release.
 
City of Toronto extends hours at select outdoor pools to help residents cool off during Heat Warning
Following the Heat Warning issued by Environment Canada, the City has announced that extended pool hours are now in effect. This is the first time this summer that pool hours have been extended.

The following six outdoor pools will be open, weather permitting, until 11:45 p.m. tonight and may continue to operate with extended hours until the Heat Warning is cancelled:

  • Alex Duff Pool, 779 Crawford St.
  • Earlscourt Park/Giovanni Caboto Pool, 1369 St. Clair Ave. W.
  • Monarch Park, 115 Felstead Ave.
  • Parkway Forest, 55 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Smithfield Park, 175 Mount Olive Dr.
  • Sunnyside Park/Gus Ryder Pool, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.

Heron Park Outdoor Pool in Scarborough will remain open until 9 p.m. (dusk) this evening as it is not equipped with the lighting required to keep it open after dark.

In order to allow for physical distancing due to COVID-19, the capacity at outdoor pools is reduced to 25 per cent. Swimmers will be limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. For more information please read the City's news release.

Community centres preparing for reopening
All City of Toronto community centres have now been returned for community use after helping with the COVID-19 response. Today, the City of Toronto finished moving about 200 homeless residents staying in temporary sites in vacant community centres into hotels. Before any of the centres reopen for use by the community, they will undergo cleaning as per all recommended protocols.

Since mid-March, as part of a three-tier COVID-19 response focused on prevention, mitigation and recovery, the City has opened more than 30 new sites in hotels, community centres and expanded facilities for homeless clients with supports. This effort has included the reuse of vacant community centres as temporary shelter respites as a place for clients to physical distance inside with meals, showers, laundry and other supports. Clients were screened and anyone with COVID-19 symptoms was sent to an assessment centre for testing and to one of three isolation or recovery sites with health supports.

While the use of these community centres did not create additional capacity in City shelters, it allowed the City to achieve 100 per cent physical distancing in all 75 existing shelter sites as well as all temporary locations. For more information please read the City’s news release.

City of Toronto makes masks or face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces
To protect the health and safety of our communities, Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of requiring masks or face coverings in all enclosed public places as of July 7 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The measure heeds advice from the Medical Officer of Health, who recommended City Council use its authority to legislate for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of persons in Toronto to enact a temporary bylaw requiring businesses and facilities to have a policy that ensures masks or face coverings are worn by the public in the enclosed spaces under their control to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. For more information please read the City’s news release.

New wall mural series celebrates Toronto’s frontline workers, first responders and volunteers
Mayor John Tory today announced that a new series of wall murals painted by local street, mural and graffiti artists will celebrate Toronto’s frontline workers, first responders and volunteers as part of the StART Frontline Heroes Art Project. The StART Frontline Heroes Art Project will be completed by 23 Toronto street, mural and graffiti artists featuring a series of 15 street art wall murals of diverse essential workers of all ages, genders, backgrounds and professions and reflecting the City’s motto Diversity Our Strength. For more information please read the City’s news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Those heading outside for Canada Day are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoid crowds, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces.

There are 14,468 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 77 cases since yesterday. There are 188 people hospitalized, with 46 in ICU. In total, 12,574 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 71 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,100 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

TPASC Update: Lane Swim/Water Running Signup
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre has partially reopened for Lane Swim/Water Running, and registration begins today. Book now by visiting www.tpasc.ca/self-service-portal-signup after signing TPASC’s updated waiver. Read more here.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough.

The Club provides service to over 5,000 children in the East Scarborough community residing in priority neighborhoods, where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, less than half completed post-secondary education, where 70% are visible minorities and a quarter of the population identifies as Black. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.


June 30, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Happy Canada Day everyone! This year we celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday through four livestream segments on the City’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/culture_to. Full program details, a link to 4K Ultra HD livestreams, celebration kits, a pancake recipe, and lyrics for a special sing along are available at toronto.ca/canadaday. These virtual Canada Day events were made possible by the Government of Canada.

In the past few weeks, many residents have reached out to me regarding issues of policing and calling for the defunding of the police. These calls come from real concerns which must be fixed by changing the way policing is done.

At yesterday’s City Council meeting, Council passed motions seeking reform of the city’s police department, while rejecting a motion to cut the police budget. I voted in support of motions around greater transparency of data collected and used by the Toronto Police.   I firmly believe funding needs to be invested into our communities for better services for those who need them the most, to ensure we end systemic racism everywhere.  Unfortunately requesting a cut of 10% or anywhere from $110 - 150 million from the Toronto Police Services budget, without a serious review of what programs or personnel will be cut, in a meaningful manner is not possible during a City Council meeting.  The police budget needs to be reviewed in line by line detail in order to find those funds that can be reinvested into the community.

Further details on this item can be found here. You can watch the June 29 and June 30 City Council meeting on the City’s YouTube Channel.

City of Toronto Canada Day services and amenities
The City of Toronto encourages residents and visitors of all ages to celebrate Canada’s 153rd birthday on Wednesday, July 1. Although many City attractions remain closed due to COVID-19, the City continues to gradually reopen services and amenities for residents to enjoy.

Those heading outside are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, avoid crowds, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces. Residents are reminded that bonfires and the consumption of alcohol are not permitted in parks, beaches or public spaces. Enforcement officers will issue tickets related to the consumption of alcohol and bonfires, with fines of up to $300.

For a detailed list of Canada Day service openings and impacts, including ActiveTO, the Toronto Island, splash pads and pools, beaches, parks and amenities, washroom facilities, fireworks and more, read the news release.

Medical Officer of Health recommends masks and face coverings in enclosed public places
On the Medical Officer of Health’s recommendation, City Council has enacted a temporary bylaw effective July 7 requiring the wearing of masks or face coverings in enclosed public settings to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. More information on this item can be found here.

While gradual reopening is taking place, COVID-19 is still circulating in Toronto and the risk for its continued spread remains. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests the use of masks is an inexpensive, acceptable, and non-invasive measure to help control the spread of COVID-19. Modelling studies suggest that if there is a high level of compliance in the wearing of masks, COVID-19 spread can be reduced.

Face masks and coverings do not replace the need to keep a distance of two metres or six feet from others, wash hands often, and stay home when sick. Learn more on the City’s website.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,320 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 50 cases since yesterday. There are 214 people hospitalized, with 55 in ICU. In total, 12,432 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 88 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,093 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Toronto Zoo Opening to the Public Saturday July 4, 2020
TIMED-TICKETING REQUIRED IN ADVANCE
Pre-booked time slots are required for both Zoo Guests and Zoo Members. Tickets are ONLY available online and will not be sold on site. This is a new process to keep everyone safely and physically distanced. Please note that face coverings are required inside the buildings. This includes; African Rainforest Pavilion, Gift Shops, Membership Building, Washrooms & Restaurants and if you are coming to meet our giraffe calf Amani Innis Dagg!

For more information on what you can expect from your new zoo experience including self screening & COVID-19 safety measures, visit this link.

REMINDER: Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes TODAY
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until TODAY, June 30, 2020.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
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. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Main Street Design Challenge now open for submissions
A new Canada-wide challenge is calling on the design community to generate ideas for responsible, sustainable and resilient design solutions for hard-hit main streets that can be implemented during COVID-19 recovery and post-pandemic. Submissions will be shared online in a free, open-access Main Street Design Playbook to be released on October 5.

Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Cyber Breakfast Conference
The SBA Cyber Breakfast will be back on Wednesday July 8th with an informative new webinar. Missed an SBA Cyber Breakfast? View it on the SBA website here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough.

The Club provides service to over 5,000 children in the East Scarborough community residing in priority neighborhoods, where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, less than half completed post-secondary education, where 70% are visible minorities and a quarter of the population identifies as Black. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.


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