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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 29, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Please take a moment to complete my COVID-19 Information Survey - your input is very valuable to me!

City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 3 reopening on Friday
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can entre stage 3 of the provincial reopening this Friday, July 31st.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, as of Friday, July 31, Toronto residents are allowed to participate in expanded social gatherings and organized public events. Indoor gatherings of up to 50 people and outdoor gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted. These gatherings remain subject to compliance with provincial physical distancing requirements of a two-metre distance from anyone outside your household or 10-person social circle. The City’s bylaws on physical distancing in City parks and squares remains in effect, as does the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw for indoor public spaces.

Under the Province’s Stage 3 order, many businesses and facilities are able to reopen, subject to compliance with reopening conditions and implementing mandatory public health measures. Businesses and facilities able to reopen include:

  • Restaurants and bars are permitted to offer indoor dine-in service, provided that all patrons are seated when eating or drinking and that tables are separated by at least two metres or have plexiglass or other impermeable barriers separating them. City Council will be voting on additional measures recommended by Toronto Public Health today.
  • Sports facilities, subject to conditions that include team sports only be played without physical contact or modified to avoid physical contact and organized team sport leagues are limited to 50 players. The number of spectators attending sports facilities are limited to 50 spectators at an indoor facility and 100 spectators at an outdoor facility
  • Some recreational programs and services, including fitness, sports, and art and music classes
  • Recreational attractions and businesses (i.e. museums, zoos, arcades, bowling alleys, pool halls, some karaoke)
  • Live shows, performing arts and movie theatres together with a limit of no more than 50 people at an indoor cinema or performance venue and no more than 100 people at an outdoor cinema or performance venue. There is no attendance limit on the number of people who may attend a drive-in cinema
  • Personal service settings can now perform services tending to the face (i.e. facials, beard trims, eyelash extensions, etc.), subject to patrons continuing to wear a mask or face covering unless receiving services to the chin, mouth, or nose area
  • Tours and guide services subject to capacity limits of no more than 50 people for indoor tours and no more than 100 people for outdoor tours.

Businesses or services deemed high-risk by the Province are not yet permitted to open. High-risk businesses and activities include:

  • Nightclubs, except when serving patrons food or beverages and carrying on business in the same manner as a restaurant or bar
  • Amusement parks and water parks
  • Buffet-style food services
  • Private karaoke rooms, unless installed with a plexiglass or other impermeable barrier to separate the performer from every other person in the enclosed space
  • Saunas, steam rooms, bath houses and oxygen bars
  • Table games at casinos and gaming establishments

For more information please read the news release.

City Council votes to adopt recommendations to address financial impacts of COVID-19
Today, City of Toronto staff presented a report to City Council to address the experienced and anticipated financial impacts of the pandemic and proposed options for mitigation.

City Council voted to adopt the report’s recommendations, including $513.7 million in mitigation strategies through anticipated cost savings from workforce restraints, spending constraints and cost avoidance. An additional $34.1 million in added offsets is also available from budget variance. The Report on the City’s Response to COVID-19 and Financial Impacts is available here. For more information please read the news release.

Toronto City Council approves mandatory masks or face coverings in apartments and condominiums
Toronto City Council has voted in favour of a temporary bylaw requiring masks or face coverings in common areas in apartments and condominiums to protect the health and safety of our communities by reducing the spread of COVID-19. The strengthened safety measure responds to concerns that the opportunity for more close contact, especially in indoor settings, will result in more virus spread.

The new bylaw, recommended by the Medical Officer of Health and City Solicitor, will require building owners or operators to have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn by individuals in the enclosed common spaces, such as lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms, and post corresponding signage. Like the City’s existing mask or face covering bylaw, the recommendation includes exemptions for individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons, children under two years old, and other reasonable accommodations. The bylaw comes into effect on Wednesday, August 5.
Toronto Public Health has created guidance documents for commercial and residential buildings. The City of Toronto is also creating signage that building operators can print off and display in common areas. Signage will be available online. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto reopens ten more child care centres
As part of the next phase of reopening child care centres, the City of Toronto will reopen 10 Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres (TELCCC) by August 4 to support parents returning to work and to support the restart of the economy. Two centres opened on July 23 and eight more centres will reopen by August 4. Preparations have included ensuring that all staff have been trained on new health and safety protocols and procedures, thorough cleaning and disinfection of centres and contacting families. By August 4, 21 of the 47 City-run child care centres will have reopened. It is expected that most of the remaining locations will reopen by the end of September. Visit the City’s website for the most up to date information regarding the status of early learning programs in Toronto. For more information please read the news release.

Recipients of Toronto’s youth violence prevention grant announced
Today, Mayor John Tory announced the recipients of the youth violence prevention grant to support programs aimed at helping youth who are more vulnerable to violence in communities across the city. The grant will see approximately $2 million in annual funding for up to three years, allocated to 12 community organizations to implement programming in 10 communities identified as Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and/or revitalization sites. The recipients include one Indigenous-specific organization that will work across several communities.

I would like to congratulate the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough and Next Generation Arts for being selected as one of 10 communities for the investment! These recipients were selected based on a data-driven approach that identified a high number of incidents in these communities. Data was compiled from Toronto Police Services, FOCUS, Toronto Community Housing and the Community Crisis Response Program (CCRP). For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,334 cases of COVID-19 in the city, including 13 confirmed cases and six probable new COVID-19 infections. There are 91 people hospitalized. In total, 13,824 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 39 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,153 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Financial Assistance for Property Owners
Applications are due this Friday, July 31 for residential and commercial property tax owners who need property tax assistance. If you have a good payment history and are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, you may qualify for more time to pay your property taxes without penalties. For eligibility information and to apply, visit: toronto.ca/propertytaxhelp

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship Program
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship program is Canada’s only bursary program dedicated to funding educational opportunities for people affected psychosis. Applications are due on July 31, 2020. Visit www.iamentalhealth.ca/scholarship for more information on how to apply.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Online Events
Toronto Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum 2020
August 11 - 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. - Register here. More BusinessTO webinars and online events can be found here.

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from August 5, 2020 to August 27, 2020 at 10AM.

  • COVID-19 Support for workers – August 5 & 25
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – August 12 & 20
  • Old Age Security (OAS) – August 11
  • Services for Newcomers – August 6 & 26
  • Canada Pension Plan – August 19

Register by emailing your name, organization name, webinar topic, date and time of your choice HERE.
Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood Virtual Tea Party: Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at 4pm. Entertainment - Prizes and Draws, Please RSVP for Connection information: 416-261- 9503 or officetrinityguildwood@rogers.com COVID Times Bring Forth


July 28, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Last night, July 27th, Mitzie Hunter MPP, Hon. John McKay MP, and myself had the honour of hosting another Scarborough-Guildwood live town hall with special guests Andrea Hazell, Scarborough Business Association President, and Mike Williams, City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture General Manager. We had a great discussion about the economic recovery in Scarborough with very interesting questions and comments. I would like to thank everyone who tuned in and those who submitted their questions in advance.

In case you missed last night’s Scarborough-Guildwood live town hall you can watch the full meeting here.

This month’s City Council meeting is now in session, starting today July 28th and tomorrow July 29th. Today’s meeting can be watched here, and tomorrow’s meeting can be watched live at 9:30AM here.

Toronto City Council unanimously approves RapidTO bus lanes to improve reliability and capacity on Eglinton Avenue East
Today, Toronto City Council has unanimously approved changes to traffic and parking regulation amendments required to install approximately 8.5 kilometres of priority RapidTO bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue.

The installation of priority bus lanes on the Eglinton East corridor is part of RapidTO a network of transit priority corridors across the city. The RapidTO plan announced earlier this month on July 8th by Mayor John Tory, TTC CEO Rick Leary, Councillor Gary Crawford, Councillor and TTC Board Member Jennifer McKelvie and myself.

Improved reliability and increased capacity of bus routes in the RapidTO network will result in a faster more reliable commute, which will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services.

Eglinton East is among the TTC’s most heavily used corridors and, during the COVID-19 pandemic, 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 several 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 recommends actions to strengthen COVID-19 response
The City of Toronto is continuing to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for a second wave of COVID-19 activity as the city moves toward Stage 3 reopening. Today, the City Solicitor and Medical Officer of Health submitted reports to City Council on measures that can be taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in food and drink establishments, condominiums and apartment buildings, and strengthen the City’s response to a potential second wave of COVID-19 activity in our community.

As the City approaches Stage 3 of the reopening, the Medical Officer of Health and City Solicitor are recommending additional measures to prevent virus spread. The measures are in response to concerns that the opportunity for more close contact, especially in indoor settings, will result in more virus spread. The recommendations echo the letter sent from Mayor Tory to the provincial government on July 18 requesting that strengthened measures recommended by public health be implemented as part of the provincial Stage 3 order applied to Toronto. While the Province of Ontario considers the implementation of these measures, Council is in position to take action that can complement any future action by the Province. For more information, please read today's news release.

Residents can learn about what to expect and what is required as Toronto moves into the new normal and they begin to visit more establishments and take part in more activities at toronto.ca/ReopenTO.

City of Toronto commits more than $1.2 million in cultural and economic investments to confront anti-Black racism
On July 24, Mayor Tory announced $1.2M in funding for initiatives in support of Toronto's Black communities across business and culture, to be delivered the Economic Development and Culture Division (EDC).  As a first step, EDC will be establishing a Community Accountability Circle (CAC), with key leaders from the Black business and cultural communities to co-develop goals and programs to confront anti-Black racism.  Following consultation with the CAC, support will be made available to community, in a combination of expanded programming and grants, to support initiatives spanning arts, heritage, creative industries and supports to small business and entrepreneurs. In parallel, the Toronto Arts Council is also undertaking consultations with the Black community to define priorities for use of the $300,000 committed to a new Black arts fund for 2020.  Questions can be directed to Pat Tobin, the City's Director of Arts and Culture Services at Patrick.Tobin@toronto.ca.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,331 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of just one case since yesterday. There are 92 people hospitalized. In total, 13,785 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 13 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,152 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Financial Assistance for Property Owners
Applications are due this Friday, July 31 for residential and commercial property tax owners who need property tax assistance. If you have a good payment history and are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, you may qualify for more time to pay your property taxes without penalties. For eligibility information and to apply, visit: toronto.ca/propertytaxhelp

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship Program
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship program is Canada’s only bursary program dedicated to funding educational opportunities for people affected psychosis. Applications are due on July 31, 2020. Visit www.iamentalhealth.ca/scholarship for more information on how to apply.

Governance Solutions Online Series
Become a part of the Governance Solutions live community and fuel your growth in governance and leadership! Governance Solutions Live is your destination for year-round, governance content and live online governance events for board members and senior leaders. Next session is Red Flags in Charity Governance on Tuesday August 11th at 1PM – Register HERE. The previous session on Risk, Planning for the Second Wave is available HERE.

New series on Culture, COVID and the Board: Navigate the Greatest Cultural Transformation Opportunity and Threat of Our Lifetime!Is a series which qualifies for 8 hours of continuing education credits for your governance designation. Find out more and register HERE.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Online Events
Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast
Cross Border Business Opportunities with speaker, Ontario's Minister of Finance, Hon. Rod Phillips
Wednesday, July 29 at 10:15 a.m. Register

Toronto Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum 2020
August 11 - 12, from 2 to 5 p.m. - Register

More BusinessTO webinars and online events can be found here.

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from August 5, 2020 to August 27, 2020 at 10AM.

  • COVID-19 Support for workers – August 5 & 25
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – August 12 & 20
  • Old Age Security (OAS) – August 11
  • Services for Newcomers – August 6 & 26
  • Canada Pension Plan – August 19

Register by emailing your name, organization name, webinar topic, date and time of your choice HERE.


July 27, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto residents get a peek at Toronto’s unique past through HistoricTO
Today, the City of Toronto announced the launch of HistoricTO, a new cultural experience that connects Toronto’s communities by providing inclusive access to local history, heritage and land-based learnings at Toronto History Museums.

HistoricTO walking tours, a time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tour experience, will offer visitors an opportunity to engage in discussions and explore Toronto through diverse perspectives. Tours will be held from July 30 to September 4, will be 60 minutes in length and vary in content. Themes include: colonization and the evolution of land use over time, the impact of urban development and industrialization, settlement patterns and immigration, Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2S+ and women's history. Tickets must be purchased in advance starting July 29 at toronto.ca/museums. Tickets will be pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $10. Hours of operation will be Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As well, the City is offering never-before seen access to the Museums' artifact and fine art collections through Toronto History Museums Artifact Collection, an online virtual database, available at toronto.ca/museums. This collection consists of 150,000 artifacts, 1.1 million archaeological specimens and 3,000 works of art reflecting the 11,000-year span of human occupation of the Toronto area. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,337 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of just five cases since yesterday. There are 92 people hospitalized. In total, 13,772 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 21 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,150 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Financial Assistance for Property Owners
Applications are due Friday, July 31 for residential and commercial property tax owners who need property tax assistance. If you have a good payment history and are experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19, you may qualify for more time to pay your property taxes without penalties. For eligibility information and to apply, visit: toronto.ca/propertytaxhelp

Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship Program
The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health Scholarship program is Canada’s only bursary program dedicated to funding educational opportunities for people affected psychosis. Applications are due on July 31, 2020. Visit www.iamentalhealth.ca/scholarship for more information on how to apply.

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from August 5, 2020 to August 27, 2020 at 10AM.

  • COVID-19 Support for workers – August 5 & 25
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – August 12 & 20
  • Old Age Security (OAS) – August 11
  • Services for Newcomers – August 6 & 26
  • Canada Pension Plan – August 19

Register by emailing your name, organization name, webinar topic, date and time of your choice HERE.


July 24, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Amazon now hiring in Scarborough
Job postings for Amazon’s YYZ9 Scarborough location are now available. YYZ9 is located near Markham Road and Steeles Avenue East, and will be opening this summer. Amazon is currently hiring over 600 full-time permanent Warehouse Associates. All interested candidates can apply online by visiting Amazon.Force.com

City of Toronto to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto starting tomorrow, Saturday, July 25 to Monday, July 27. An interactive mapis available to help those who need to locate an ECC and other cool spaces, such as community centres, swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads near them. This week, 47 additional spaces where the public can access indoor cooling have been added to the map, including community centres. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto commits more than $1.2 million in cultural and economic investments to confront anti-Black racism
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is making multiple investments in Toronto's Black arts and culture community and business sector to address the systemic economic, social and cultural exclusion facing Black communities in Toronto.

In addition to specific, targeted investments spanning business and culture, Mayor Tory also committed to establish a Community Accountability Circle, with key leaders from the Black business and cultural communities to co-develop goals and programs to confront anti-Black racism. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto to address financial impacts of COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to monitor the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the municipal budget. Next week, City staff will present a report to City Council to address the experienced and anticipated financial impacts of the pandemic and propose  options for mitigation.

The City anticipates a financial impact of $1.9 billion for tax-supported programs by the end of 2020, prior to any offsets through mitigation strategies. With mitigation strategies in place, the City projects a reduced total year-end shortfall of $1.35 billion. In addition, staff are also estimating a preliminary 2021 Operating Budget pressure of nearly $1.5 billion. For more information please read the news release.

Gardiner Expressway closure
The construction work zone on the Gardiner Expressway will now transition to renew the south half of the expressway for the final phase of Strategic Rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway project. From Saturday, July 25 to Monday, July 27, there will be traffic restrictions on the Gardiner Expressway from the DVP to Jarvis Street to safely transition the work zone.

These restrictions include:

  • From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 25 there will be no westbound travel on the Gardiner Expressway from the DVP to Jarvis Street.
  • From 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, July 26 until 5 a.m. on Monday, July 27 there will be no eastbound travel on the Gardiner Expressway from Jarvis Street to the DVP and the eastbound on-ramps at Bay Street and Rees Street will also be closed.

Full details about this work are available in the City’s July 20th news release.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
Due to the Gardiner Expressway work, the ActiveTO major road closures on Lake Shore Boulevard East from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue and Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road will be cancelled this weekend, July 25 and 26.

The following ActiveTO major road closure will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 25 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 26 at 11 p.m.:

  • Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road

More information, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage at www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

City of Toronto Courts Services resuming some services as Provincial Offences Act courts partially restart operations
Starting today, City of Toronto Courts Services is resuming select services through new, enhanced online processes that protect staff and the public. The new City processes follow the Province of Ontario enacting the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Act that allows Provincial Offences Act courts to restart select operations. It will now be easier to attend an early resolution meeting with a prosecutor. All early resolution meetings with a prosecutor will be conducted via telephone, regardless of a person's distance from the courthouse. For more information please read the news release

One positive COVID-19 test of employee at City child care centre reported
One City of Toronto employee working at Falstaff Early Learning & Child Care Centre has just tested positive for COVID-19. Following public health guidance and health and safety procedures, one of the programs at this City-operated child care centre will be temporarily closed while staff members and children in that program are isolated for 14 days and the room is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,274 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 49 cases since yesterday. There are 107 people hospitalized, with 23 in ICU. In total, 13,668 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 44 cases since Wednesday. To date, there have been 1,144 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Guildwood Extendicare Visiting FAQs
The Ministry of Long-Term Care defines an Essential Caregiver as a family member who was an Essential Caregiver providing care to the resident before the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions were put in place. Please see below for a summary for frequently asked questions regarding visiting Guildwood Extendicare for indoor, outdoor and Essential Caregiver visits.

Question

Essential Caregiver Visits

Indoor Visitors

Outdoor Visitors

Do they need to verbally attest to a negative swab result within the last 14 days?

Yes

Yes

No

How many visitors per visit?

One

Two

Two

Can they bring pets?

No, with the exception of service animals

No, with the exception of service animals

Yes, as long as they clean up after their pets

Can they meet in a resident’s room?

Yes

No

No

Does physical distancing need to be maintained?

Yes; Visitors and residents are encouraged to practice physical distancing for the duration of their visit.

Yes; Visitors and residents are encouraged to practice physical distancing for the duration of their visit.

Yes; Visitors and residents are encouraged to practice physical distancing for the duration of their visit.

Is the home required to provide PPE?

Yes

Yes

No; Visitors are required to provide their own masks

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from 5 August, 2020 to 27 August, 2020 at 10AM.

  • COVID-19 Support for workers – August 5, & 25
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – August 12, & 20
  • Old Age Security (OAS) – August 11
  • Services for Newcomers – August 6, & 26
  • Canada Pension Plan – August 19

Register by emailing your name, organization name, webinar topic, date and time of your choice HERE.

Metrolinx Updates
Remaining Anti Trespass Mats Installation:  Metrolinx will be installing anti-trespass panels at every level crossing on the corridor, making it difficult for pedestrians to enter the right-of-way. The panels surround the tracks and feature a round cone-shaped pattern on top. Installation dates: Morningside Avenue – July 27, 2020; Poplar Road – July 27, 2020; Galloway Road – August 3, 2020; Scarborough Golf Club Road – August 3, 2020

Progress Update Scarborough Subway Extension – SSE: The new three-stop Scarborough Subway Extension is now two steps closer to construction. The first stage in the bidding process closed in May, and on July 10, Metrolinx released an updated environmental project report that is a key part of moving the project forward. As progress marches on, this article explores how people living in – and connecting through – Scarborough are that much closer to more convenient and reliable transit. For more information on this click here. The Scarborough Subway Extension Environment Project Report (EPR) Addendum was released last week. To access it online, click here.


July 23, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Supports Indigenous Businesses During COVID-19
The Ontario government is providing the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) with $110,000 from the Ontario Together Fund to deliver online tools and resources that will support Indigenous businesses as the province implements its made-in-Ontario plan for renewal, growth, and economic recovery.

CCAB is a not-for-profit organization that works to strengthen and enhance a prosperous Indigenous economy across Ontario and supports almost 500 Indigenous and non-Indigenous business members province-wide. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,225 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 23 cases since yesterday. There are 108 people hospitalized, with 24 in ICU. In total, 13,624 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 40 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,141 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City of Toronto Senior Services and Long Term Care COVID-19 Update Bulletin
Teams are ensuring all safety precautions, new guidelines and requirements for indoor and outdoor visits are being followed.
Outdoor Visitors
Two visitors are now able to attend outdoor visits, under these guidelines:

  • The LTC home is not in outbreak
  • Visitors must be screened
  • Visits will be physically distanced
  • Visitors will bring and wear their own face covering (mask)
  • Visits must be pre-scheduled to ensure there is sufficient space available

Indoor Visits
Two visitors at a time are able to schedule an indoor visit, under these guidelines

  • The LTC home is not in outbreak
  • Visitors must be screened and verbally attest to home staff that have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous 2 weeks and not subsequently tested positive
  • Visitors will be provided with a surgical mask and must wear it throughout the visit
  • Visits must be pre-scheduled to ensure there is sufficient space available

Full Senior Services and Long-Term Care COVID-19 Update Bulletin can be found HERE. More information for visitors can be found HERE. Guidelines for visitors and families for indoor visits at the Seven Oaks Long Term Care Home can be found HERE.

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Drive Thru Walk-Thru Free Lunch Fridays
Sign up for TOMORROW’S Drive/Walk-thru Free Lunch Friday tomorrow July 24 12:30pm to 2:30pm at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: pesto pasta (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE.

Hiroshima Nagasaki Day
The August 6th commemoration of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is usually held annually in the Peace Garden on Nathan Phillips Square. This year it will take place online, due to COVID-19 health concerns. Mayor Tory's Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Message will be part of our virtual commemoration. The Hiroshima Nagasaki Day Coalition invites you to participate in this year's 75th Anniversary Commemoration online on August 6 at 7 pm. To register please visit the HNDC website http://hiroshimadaycoalition.ca/#top 

Scarborough Arts Events

  • Hand Sewing: Face Masks on Friday July 24, 2020 3-4pm with Nita Goswami – Register HERE
  • Exhale: Finding Relief Through Abstract Gouache Painting on Wednesday July 29, 2020 3-4pm with Chanel Fyffe – Register HERE
  • Sustainable Resistance for BIPOC Folx: Therapeutic Writing Workshops to Build Community for Surviving White Supremacy Every Sunday 1-2:30pm July 26th to September 20th with Krystal Kavita Jagoo – Register HERE

Friends of Guild Park Virtual Tours
Friends of Guild Park is producing a series of virtual tours that highlight different aspects of Guild Park. These are available on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/guildpark

New Free Drop-In Programs in East Scarborough outdoor spaces: ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX
On Monday, the City has two new outdoor drop-in recreation initiatives for Toronto children and youth: ParksPlayTO (kids 12 and under) and Summer in the 6IX (youth 13 to 24). For details about the programming, check out the City’s press release. For specific times and locations of this new programming here in East Scarborough see below, or check this map for locations near you.

What Transportation Means to You(th) Survey
FCM is pleased to share a new survey for youth on public transit during COVID-19. This survey is designed to gather updated information regarding Canadian youth perception on community transit systems and individual mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the survey HERE.
East Scarborough Storefront wants to hear from you: Community Check-In Survey
The Storefront wants to hear from you: how you are doing at this stage in the pandemic, how you’re building community, and what supports you may need. Please take a moment to fill out this survey!

TAC Consultation Survey for Black arts community
Toronto Arts Council is committed to confronting the systemic anti-Black racism and inequity that exist in Toronto’s arts sector today. TAC has committed new funding of $300,000 in 2020 in support of recommendations resulting from consultations currently underway. Insights from members of the Black arts community (individuals, groups and organizations) are being collected through interviews, focus groups and this survey which will take about 10 minutes to complete. The end of the survey includes options for dates to participate in follow up consultation sessions. 


July 22, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Join the LGBTQ2S+ Council Advisory Body
The City of Toronto is looking for residents to join the new Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S+) Council Advisory Body.

Members are expected to meet four times a year and will advise on identified priority issues to support the elimination of barriers and inequities experienced by LGBTQ2S+ communities in accessing City of Toronto programs and services. Applications are due August 7, 2020. Learn more and apply online HERE.

The Toronto Police Services Board Congratulates Police Officer Excellence Awards Winners
The winners of the Police Officer Excellence Award were announced during a ceremony held this morning at Toronto Police Headquarters.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual public awards ceremony could not take place. The winners and their stories can be found HERE.

TDSB Update on Reopening Plans
For weeks now TDSB staff have been meeting regularly with support from all levels to look at a number of possible models for September, including alternate days or weeks. Staff have also been considering PPE requirements, the ability to physically distance students and staff, the ability to switch between remote and in-person learning, and transportation, among several other items. 

Initially, the Ministry of Education has asked school boards to plan for three possible learning models: 

  • Regular School Day Routine with enhanced public health protocols 
  • Adapted School Day Model with In-School and Remote Learning  
  • Fully Remote Learning

This week, to help make informed decisions for September, all parents and guardians whose child(ren) go to TDSB schools are asked to pre-register their child to indicate their intention of returning to school in-person in September and confirm transportation needs, if any. If you have any follow up questions please contact Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood TDSB Trustee Zakir Patel at Zakir.Patel@tdsb.on.ca or 416-395-8787. See the full TDSB Update on Reopening plans here.

TDSB Returning to School - Planning Ahead for September 2020: Preliminary Plans for Discussion includes 73 slides which you can find HERE. The TDSB's 2020-2021 school year calendar has been approved by the Ministry of Education and is now final. 

Changes to visitor guidelines at City of Toronto’s long-term care homes make visiting loved ones easier
Starting today, it will be easier for loved ones to visit residents in long-term care homes directly operated by the City. As part of the Government of Ontario’s most recent announcement on changes to visitation guidelines in long-term care homes, families can now visit residents through indoor pre-scheduled visits under certain conditions. Up to two visitors at a time per resident can visit as long as the home is not experiencing an outbreak and that the visitors can attest they have had a negative COVID-19 test within the past two weeks. Indoor visitors will be provided with a surgical mask that they must wear at all times. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto joins RBC-led Canada United to support local businesses and accelerate small business recovery
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is joining Canada United, a campaign to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the campaign, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands, Business
Associations and the national Chamber network to rally Canadians to buy, dine and shop local.  
Toronto residents can watch the Canada United videos online at www.GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until August 31, RBC will contribute 5 cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the new Canada UnitedSmall Business Relief Fund. For more information, please read the news release.

Toronto Mayor and Medical Officer of Health recommend apartment buildings and condos adopt mask policy for common areas
To protect the health and safety of our communities, today Mayor John Tory, on the advice of the Medical Officer of Health, again urged all apartments and condominiums to adopt a mask or face covering policy for common areas of shared residential buildings.

The recommendation comes following discussions with building residents, Toronto Public Health, and the Greater Toronto Apartment Association. Building owners and operators are strongly recommended to adopt a policy requiring anyone who enters or remains within the building, including residents, guests, property management and maintenance workers and other visitors who can wear a mask or face covering in areas including lobbies, laundry rooms and elevators, to do so. Toronto Public Health has created guidance documents for commercial and residential buildings. The City of Toronto has created signage that building operators can print off and display in common areas. For more information, please read the news release

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,202 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 17 cases since yesterday. There are 108 people hospitalized, with 24 in ICU. In total, 13,584 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 52 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,141 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

New Free Drop-In Programs in East Scarborough outdoor spaces: ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX
On Monday, the City has two new outdoor drop-in recreation initiatives for Toronto children and youth: ParksPlayTO (kids 12 and under) and Summer in the 6IX (youth 13 to 24). For details about the programming, check out the City’s press release. For specific times and locations of this new programming here in East Scarborough see below, or check this map for locations near you.

What Transportation Means to You(th) Survey
FCM is pleased to share a new survey for youth on public transit during COVID-19. This survey is designed to gather updated information regarding Canadian youth perception on community transit systems and individual mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the survey HERE.

East Scarborough Storefront wants to hear from you: Community Check-In Survey

The Storefront wants to hear from you: how you are doing at this stage in the pandemic, how you’re building community, and what supports you may need. Please take a moment to fill out this survey!

July 21, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto to virtually commemorate the Danforth Tragedy
The City of Toronto will virtually commemorate the Danforth Tragedy that occurred on July 22, 2018. This year’s commemoration will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and consideration for public health and safety.

In remembrance of the two young girls who lost their lives, 13 others who were seriously injured and all those impacted by the tragedy, Mayor John Tory will provide a statement at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22. More information about the City’s virtual commemoration can be found on the City’s website.

As this commemoration may bring back painful and traumatic memories, those who require support or counselling are advised to call 211 or visit the Mental Health Resources web page to access more information on mental health support, including a list of City partners that are offering free mental health services.

City recommends next steps on the legacy of Dundas Street and other public assets
The City of Toronto is committed to addressing the legacy of Dundas Street and establishing a process to more broadly understand and respond to how systematic racism and discrimination are embedded in City assets, commemorative programs and naming policies.

In response to a petition in June calling for Dundas Street to be renamed, Mayor John Tory asked City Manager Chris Murray to form a working group, including the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit and Indigenous Affairs Office, and to make immediate recommendations on next steps.

Today, the City of Toronto released a briefing note that concludes any decision to rename a major arterial road like Dundas requires careful consideration of its potential impacts and an equitable and inclusive public process that responds to the community at large, including Black and Indigenous communities, and addresses neighbourhood considerations as appropriate. The process should be coordinated across the City government to review the full range of Dundas-named assets and ensure consistent, coherent community consultation and communications. For more information, please read the news release.

Toronto’s Executive Committee approves report to authorize the installation of priority bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue East
Today, myself and my colleagues on the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a report that will enact the traffic and parking regulation amendments needed to install approximately 8.5 kilometres of priority bus lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue. The report will be considered by City Council at its next meeting scheduled for July 28 and 29.

The installation of priority bus lanes on the Eglinton East corridor is part of RapidTO: a network of transit priority corridors across the city. The RapidTO plan was announced by Mayor John Tory, TTC CEO Rick Leary, Councillor Gary Crawford, Councillor and TTC Board Member Jennifer McKelvie and myself on July 8, 2020.

The improved speed, reliability and increased capacity of bus routes in the RapidTO network 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. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,144 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 107 cases since Friday. There are 111 people hospitalized, with 26 in ICU. In total, 13,498 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 121 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,137 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Community Arts Guild-Plant Love: All Summer Long
Community Arts Guild will be offering free online interactive programming all summer long in visual arts, storytelling, movement and music creation! Download the current recipe card template today!  

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.

What Transportation Means to You(th) Survey
FCM is pleased to share a new survey for youth on public transit during COVID-19. This survey is designed to gather updated information regarding Canadian youth perception on community transit systems and individual mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take the survey HERE.

Additional Social Planning Toronto Surveys for Residents
Social Planning Toronto is coordinating an opportunities for residents, community members and grassroots groups to provide input to the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) Consultations. Please see different options to provide input below:

Written submissions can be sent to Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, 10th Floor East Tower, Toronto, ON M5H 2N or e-mail them to RecoveryRebuild@toronto.ca  (Please cc: lnicholson@socialplanningtoronto.org). The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

Mandatory Face Coverings on the GO Transit and UP Express

Starting Today July 21, Metrolinx is making face coverings mandatory on GO Transit and UP Express as they’re essential to keeping everyone safe on transit. As more customers are returning to GO and UP services each day and as the Greater Toronto Area prepares for Stage 3 of the recovery process, now is the right time to bring in a mandatory face-covering policy. Learn more about GO Transit’s COVID-19 safety measures by visiting their website.

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