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I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website with up to date information. Please visit and follow: 

·         Twitter: @Ainslie_Ward24

·         Facebook: @Councillor Paul Ainslie Scarborough-Guildwood 

·         Instagram: @cllrainslie 

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.

September 11, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the National Day of Service. Let us remember those we lost and honour and thank the service members that keep us safe. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families who lost loved ones that day.

Community Environment Days start this weekend
The City of Toronto will hold its first 2020 Community Environment Day event this Sunday, September 13 at Disco Drop-Off Depot located at 120 Disco Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive-thru event will allow for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic items, and donation of household goods and clothing for reuse. Free bagged compost will be available for pickup with a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. Environment Days will be held at the City’s Drop-off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/environment_days .

Registration for fall recreation programs and December camps
Registration begins this weekend at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 13 and continues into next week. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming and skating lessons, on offer this fall. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation .

City of Toronto maximizes patio season by allowing portable heaters for CaféTO, streamlining overall restaurant patio heater process
With cooler fall weather approaching, the City of Toronto has announced plans to allow portable heaters to be placed in all outdoor patios, including CaféTO curb lane closures, to help keep outdoor dining spaces open longer and provide additional support for local restaurants.

The CaféTO program is due to end in late fall (pending snowfall in weather forecasts) and allowing restaurant operators to safely introduce portable heaters will help make outdoor dining more appealing to customers, encourage physical distancing to help stop virus spread, and give restaurant operators the chance to maximize outdoor patio season and generate revenue. For more information please read the news release.

Midtown School Safety Plan outlines measures to promote safety as school returns
The City of Toronto with input from a wide variety of stakeholders associated with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) have released today a Midtown School Safety Plan as children head back to school next week. This plan outlines actions that are being implemented to achieve a successful integration of the local Roehampton shelter into the neighbourhood and to keep children safer while attending school in the area.

With the school year beginning next week, the plan outlines roles and responsibilities for issues identified over the past several months and provides a framework for continuous engagement with all stakeholders. The overall goal of the School Safety Plan is to reduce the likelihood of any hazards or threats from happening and to minimize any impact on the safety of community members should they occur.

This plan has already been updated based on feedback from local councillors, family and schools associations, school council chairs, local school trustees, principals and other school officials, and the Toronto Police Service. The plan can be viewed here. More information can be found in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 10, 2020, there have been 16,609 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,888 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Storefront Services Update
The Storefront has entered stage 2 of our re-opening. Their hours have extended to Mondays to Thursdays, 10am-3pm (computers close at 2:30 PM).

In addition to using computers, doing printing/faxing/scanning/photocopying, and speaking with a Community Resource Specialist, community members can now access one-on-one services with select community partners at the Storefront building by appointment only. You can book appointments by calling 416-208-9889. Partners currently available for appointments (stay tuned for updates!):

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

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

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

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

September 10, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, September 10th is proclaimed World Suicide Prevention Day. This day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health launched the ‘Not Today’ campaign, which is designed to prevent suicide today, tomorrow and every day after that. Let us commit to spreading messages of hope and break down the obstacles faced by people when they need help in support of their mental health. The toll-free number for the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is 1-833-456-4566.

Government of Canada confirms support for 32 community-based projects aimed at improving mental health
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $11.5 million in mental health funding for organizations across the country to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities, and to tackle systemic challenges and barriers, including those faced by Black Canadians.

This funding supports community-based programs in mental health promotion, to increase health equity and address the underlying determinants of health. It also supports the development and implementation of culturally focused mental health programs for Black Canadians in communities across the country. For more information please read the news release.

Ontario expanding innovative mental health and addiction services
The Ontario government is providing an additional $14.75 million to increase access to mental health and addictions services across the province. This funding will help support people from all walks of life during this unprecedented time, including families, young people, children, frontline workers, and Indigenous communities.

This investment was provided through the Support for People and Jobs Fund and will help community-based mental health and addictions programs meet increasing service demands. For more information please read the news release.
 
Ensuring a safe return to school for Toronto children
The City of Toronto is encouraging families to follow safe practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 now that children are returning to school. Whether or not children are attending school in person this year, residents are reminded that in order for schools to operate safely, everyone needs to do their part in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

Based on TPH’s guidance and protocols from the Ministry of Education, informed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, several new measures have been put in place this year to help keep children and staff safer at school. More than 200 City staff members have been assigned to support schools, students and their families.

Although numerous measures have been put in place at schools to keep staff, children, and their families safer, the most important safety measures begin at home. Parents and caregivers need to keep children at home if they are not feeling well or if they have come into contact with anyone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Families are encouraged to contact their healthcare providers, Telehealth Ontario or TPH for more information. More information can be found on the City's website .

Registration of short-term rentals begins in Toronto
Today, the City of Toronto has launched a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who rent their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days.

Short-term rental operators must register with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Operators are only allowed to rent their principal residence on a short-term basis. A principal residence is the residence where they live and the address used for bills, identification, taxes and insurance. Registration for short-term rentals must be completed online here .

Registration is a mandatory step to legally rent out homes for short-term stays. A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings. To continue short-term renting, current operators must be registered by December 31, 2020. Future operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis, but must do so before short-term renting their homes. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto doing prudent planning for resurgence of COVID-19
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been at a Level 3 since March and has continued its work without interruption.

Before Toronto even saw its first case of COVID-19 last January, the City of Toronto was planning for a possible pandemic, bringing together leaders from across the organization to ensure preparations were in place to allow the City to respond, while continuing to serve the residents and businesses of Toronto. Early in the crisis, Toronto Fire Chief Matt Pegg was appointed to lead the City’s response to COVID-19 in his role as the General Manager of Emergency Management.

Chief Pegg helped the City move quickly to implement a robust and nimble incident management system, ensured systems were in place to manage the availability of PPE for emergency responders and frontline workers, and coordinated the City’s overall response to the COVID-19 emergency.

As Toronto prepares for a resurgence of COVID-19 this fall and winter, City Manager Chris Murray today announced that Chief Pegg will resume his role as Toronto’s COVID-19 Incident Commander on a full-time basis. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop will be acting Fire Chief.

Prudent and ongoing planning is critical as the city heads into the colder months. Chief Pegg will work closely with Toronto Mayor John Tory and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa in coordinating the City’s response to any resurgence. For more information please read the news release.

Installation of new Toronto Sign starts today
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the installation of the City of Toronto’s new, more durable Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square has begun. An iconic Toronto attraction, the Toronto Sign has been a popular spot for selfies and group photos among residents and visitors alike.

The removal of the temporary sign, installation of the new sign and the wrap application will take approximately one week. The new Toronto Sign will be unveiled in the coming days. The original sign was installed as a temporary structure in July 2015 for the Toronto Pan American and Parapan American Games. The new and improved Toronto Sign will be easier to clean, waterproof, and will have augmented lighting capacity and other creative features to support public engagement and interaction. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 8, 2020, there have been 16,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,794 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

REMINDER: Virtual Ward Forum for Secondary Students TONIGHT
Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood School Council Chairs, Parents/Guardians, Community Members, Superintendents and School Staff are invited to join Trustee Zakir Patel, our Ward 19 Principals and Superintendents for Virtual Ward Meeting, TONIGHT from 7 to 8PM, as we share information, resources and best practices only for Secondary Students (Grade 9-12). Please click here to register for the meeting.

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

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

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


September 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

As students, teachers and staff start a new school year, many may feel uncertain and concerned about new protocols taken place within the classroom. It is important for parents to explain to their children how school will be different this year to keep everyone safer.

There are many tips for parents to help prepare their children for a safer return to school:

  • Practice properly putting on, wearing & taking off a mask;
  • Teach your child proper hand washing & cough/sneeze etiquette;
  • Remind them not to share their mask or other personal items;
  • Discuss keeping a physical distance as much as possible; and
  • Complete a health screening every day before going to school

Ontario takes extraordinary steps to reopen schools safely
As students, teachers and staff return to school, the Ontario government is providing up to $1.3 billion in critical supports and has delivered more than 37 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely reopen classrooms across the province. These investments are part of Ontario's comprehensive back to school plan which was developed in consultation with medical experts, school boards, and educators. For more information please read the news release.

Registration for City of Toronto’s fall recreation programs begins this weekend
Registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs as well as December holiday camps starts Saturday, September 12 and continues next week. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming and skating lessons, on offer this fall. Extended hours are available to help residents get ready for programs by calling customer service at 416-396-7378 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 9, 10, 11 and 14.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. for the following areas:

  • Saturday, September 12 for Etobicoke/York
  • Sunday, September 13 for Scarborough
  • Tuesday, September 15 for North York
  • Wednesday, September 16 for Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York 

Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Registration districts can be found online here .

The City has developed A New Way to Play for people attending its recreation programs and facilities. A New Way to Play identifies program-specific modifications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines what people can expect when participating in a recreation program or visiting a City recreation facility. For more information and steps on how to register please read the news release .

City of Toronto Court Services counter to reopen by appointment only
City of Toronto Court Services is beginning a phased approach to reopening starting on September 14 and will schedule additional remote non-trial hearings starting September 28. Effective today, residents can submit requests for appointments for when Toronto Court Services counters reopen at 1530 Markham Rd., 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. and 60 Queen St. W.

Individuals wishing to book an appointment should email POACourt@toronto.ca and include the word "Appointment" in the subject line. Appointments may also be booked by phone at 416-338-7320. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 8, 2020, there have been 16,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,794 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Your Toronto Zoo’s scientists work hand in hand with conservation breeding initiatives to fight extinction
Your Toronto Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction has never been more important. It is critical that zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations work together to educate the public and take actions to stabilize and reverse this alarming trend.

Toronto Zoo’s Reproductive Sciences team is excited to announce it is joining forces with the Caribou Conservation Breeding Foundation, a non-for-profit organization that supports caribou recovery through conservation breeding by uniting caribou advocates and wildlife professionals and bridging the gap between caribou recovery initiatives and the field of conservation breeding. More information here.

Trustee Zakir Patel Virtual Ward 19 Forum for Secondary Students
Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood School Council Chairs, Parents/Guardians, Community Members, Superintendents and School Staff are invited to join Trustee Zakir Patel, our Ward 19 Principals and Superintendents for Virtual Ward Meeting as we share information, resources and best practices only for Secondary Students (Grade 9-12) on Thursday September 10 2020, 7 to 8 PM.

Questions will be unable to be answered live during the meeting.  Please submit your questions in advance to Zakir.Patel@tdsb.on.ca and he will attempt to answer as many questions as possible on Thursday. Please click here to register for the meeting. The meeting will be hosted on the WebEx video conferencing platform. Registrants will be sent a meeting invite with a link and call-in details for the session. If you are not familiar with WebEx you can refer to this YouTube video.

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

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

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


September 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

I hope everyone had a fun and safe long-weekend! With school resuming, I’d like to remind all drivers to drive safe and stay alert especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Automated Speed Enforcement cameras issue more than 22,000 tickets during first month of operation
For the first time in Toronto’s history, the City’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement cameras will be fully operational throughout the back-to-school season to protect the health and safety of children returning to school by curbing speeding and providing an opportunity to walk and cycle in a safe environment.

On July 6, 2020, all 50 speed cameras began issuing tickets to vehicles traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. Between July 6 and August 5, one month following the start of issuing tickets, the speed cameras issued a total of 22,301 tickets. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
Over the long weekend, the City of Toronto including Bylaw Enforcement, Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Services worked to enforce important measures to help keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

22 tickets were issued over the weekend, related to amplified sound including DJ equipment and speakers, large quantities of open liquor and open fires, all of which are not permitted under parks bylaws. Bylaw officers, Toronto Police and Toronto Fire had a highly visible presence at beaches, including Cherry Beach and the Toronto Island Park, and parking lots to help prevent and quickly address crowding, bonfires and other prohibited activities.

Toronto Public Health continues to stress the need to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering when shopping in a store, mall or flea market. Those shopping in-person are encouraged to shop at times when stores are quieter or to try shopping online, when possible. Residents should always wash or sanitize their hands after being in a store or public place and not go out if they are feeling ill. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 6, 2020, there are 16,361 cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,720 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Toronto Police Service Back to School and Bicycle Safety Campaign
September means ‘Back to School’ for thousands of Toronto students and the Toronto Police Service will be out on our city’s roads reminding people about the importance of road safety. While the return to school is usually the focus for September, the Service will also be promoting ‘Bike Month’- an event regularly held in June – to raise awareness of cycling safety. This campaign will run until September 30, 2020.

With emphasis on enforcement, education and community engagement, officers will be looking out for drivers who speed, drive aggressively and drive distracted or impaired. Officers will also be in school zones targeting those who are parked illegally or vehicles potentially putting others at risk. Often, these behaviours lead to frustration, congestion and an unsafe environment for all road users. More information here.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
The 45th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be taking place at the following venues throughout Toronto from Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Saturday, to September 19, 2020:

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West
  • VISA Skyline Drive-In at Cityview at 20 Polson Street
  • RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place
  • West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place
  • OLG Play Stage at Ontario Place

Road closures will be in place, including:

  • Full closure of Polson Street from Cherry Street to end of Polson Street. Closure to occur on September 10 - 19, 2020, between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • North curb lane closure of Polson Street from Cherry Street to end of Polson Street. Closure to occur on September 10 - 19, 2020.
  • East curb lane closure of Widmer Street from King Street to laneway north of King Street. Closure to occur on September 8 - 20, 2020.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of the road closures and to consider alternative routes when planning for their travels. More information here.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre: Hours and Programs Expanding
Starting TODAY September 8, 2020 the operating hours at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will increase and open at 6AM and close at 10PM, Monday to Sunday. Seniors hour will now take place on Floor 2 starting at 7:30 am, Monday to Sunday. The last booking of each day, 9:00-10:00 pm on FC Floor 2 will continue to be a mask optional time. For more information please visit this website.

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

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca



September 3, 2020

City of Toronto extending outdoor pool season at 10 locations
The City of Toronto announced the extension of the summer season at select City outdoor pools which will remain open until September 13, with the remainder closing as planned on Sunday September 6.

The ten outdoor pools include:

  • Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St.
  • Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
  • Heron Park, 292 Manse Rd.
  • Grandravine, 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • McGregor, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Parkway Forest, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Pine Point, 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park, 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.     
  • West Mall, 370 The West Mall

All outdoor pools will have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. To check for hours please visit http://www.toronto.ca/swim. On Monday, September 7 for Labour Day, these pools will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. From Tuesday September 8, to Sunday, September 13, the pools will offer drop-in leisure swimming from 1 to 6 p.m. More information here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,162 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 35 today. There are 32 people hospitalized. In total, 14,597 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

New Toronto Zoo Marketplace
Your Toronto Zoo has opened a new Marketplace in the main parking lot from 10am to 2pm open every Saturday from September 5 to October 10. Admission and parking are free, admission to the Zoo is not included. Donations are accepted with thanks! More information on the Toronto Zoo Marketplace and how to become a vendor please visit this website.

The East Scarborough Storefront is now in Stage 2 of Re-Opening
The East Scarborough Storefront have extended hours to Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 3pm. Community partners will now be providing the following one on one services by appointment:

  • Settlement Assistance & Family Support; every Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
  • Connecting Women with Scarborough Services; every Tuesday staring September 15

Call 416-208-9889 to book an appointment. More information here.

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 Partnership Grant Program
Reminder that the ArtworxTO Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 Partnership grant deadline is just a week away, September 10. Don’t miss the chance to apply for this partnership grant worth up to $100,000. More information can be found here.

Parks Forestry & Recreation Jobs – Fall 2020 Information Sessions
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation is hiring! Information sessions for recreation positions are being held until September 10 at community centres across the city. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 416-392-2742 or emailing pfrbuildingskills@toronto.ca. More information at www.toronto.ca/recjobs/

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

Final Days to Experience the CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
This year the CNE tradition continues...virtually! This is a reminder that until September 7, 2020 you can check out some of your favourite fair features online through the CNE At Home virtual portal accessed through TheEx.com.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca


September 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

As students are retuning to school shortly, I’d like to remind all drivers to drive safe and stay alert especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up during regular office hours. For more information on the Please Slow Down campaign please visit this website.

City of Toronto launches digital storytelling project to celebrate Toronto Island’s unique history
Today, Mayor John Tory launched Island Stories – a new digital storytelling project that invites Torontonians from all walks of life to share what Toronto Island Park means to them – with his own reflections on Toronto Island Park.

Island Stories is a collective multimedia storytelling project meant to capture the unique ways Torontonians experience Toronto Island. Featured stories from local artists and island residents are available at www.toronto.ca/islandstories . In the coming weeks, Island Stories will be engaging with the public to spark conversation, inspire sharing and unearth the rich narratives that connect the city to this oasis just beyond downtown Toronto.

The City is actively seeking submissions for stories. Anyone with a story to share about the Islands is encouraged to submit it at www.toronto.ca/islandstories . All mediums will be accepted, and creativity is encouraged. Some examples of submission formats include:

  • images with captions
  • video testimonials
  • audio recordings
  • written submissions
  • photo essays

For more information or to join the conversation, visit www.toronto.ca/islandstories and follow @TorontoPFR on Instagram. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,127 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 48 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,565 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Parks Forestry & Recreation Jobs – Fall 2020 Information Sessions
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation is hiring! Information sessions for recreation positions are being held until September 10 at community centres across the city. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 416-392-2742 or emailing pfrbuildingskills@toronto.ca. More information at www.toronto.ca/recjobs/

New Information regarding Short-Stay and Temporary Absences from Long-Term Care Homes
Recent changes to directives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care now allow for residents to leave long-term care homes for short-stay and temporary absences such as day trips or overnight visits. Residents of Long-Term Care Homes may check with their home provider to review the home’s protocols for temporary absences. For more information check out this checklist here from Seven Oaks Long-Term Care home which may be similar to other home providers.

Final Days to Experience the CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
This year the CNE tradition continues...virtually! This is a reminder that until September 7, 2020 you can check out some of your favourite fair features online through the CNE At Home virtual portal accessed through TheEx.com. The CNE has created interactive and engaging content for all ages, encompassing the quintessential CNE experience including:

Visit the main CNE At Home virtual portal for more details.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free) - Watch On Demand
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
    • Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Register
  • Ask an Accountant - Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
    Watch on Demand
  • The Canadian Landscape for Business Expansion and Relocation Webinar (Free)
    • Wednesday, September 16, 3 - 4 p.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
    • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. - Register

September 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

On August 31st Mitzie Hunter MPP, Hon. John McKay MP and myself hosted another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall with special guests TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel and TCDSB Ward 12 Trustee Nancy Crawford. We had an informative conversation about the upcoming school year. In case you missed last night’s town hall you can watch the full meeting here.

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check out all of Scarborough-Guildwood’s passed Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel here.  

Bike Share Toronto Free Ride Wednesdays in September
Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday this September. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride. Bike Share also launched the pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program. Learn more about Free Ride Wednesdays at bikesharetoronto.com.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund accepting applications
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000. Supported by the City of Toronto, the initiative provides relief grants that can be used for COVID-19 recovery efforts such as purchasing PPE, renovating physical spaces or developing e-commerce capabilities. Find eligibility criteria and apply.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,044 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 40 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,498 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

COVID-19 – Safety Measures Continue on the TTC
Commuters will find additional changes to the TTC:

  • TTC ambassadors are distributing free face masks until the end of September
  • Station floor decals are completed
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations can be found in all subway stations by the main entrance and on all of our low floor streetcars by the middle doors inside the vehicles
  • Equipping our stations with floor markings and directional arrows to help direct customer movement and to remind customers about mandatory use of masks/face coverings in the system
  • Plastic transfer sleeves are being installed on buses on the side of the Operator’s barrier on all buses and inside the door of Community buses – customers can take a transfer from the plastic sleeve
  • Installing operating barriers on WheelTrans vehicles

More information can be found here.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till TOMORROW September 2, 2020.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

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

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free) - Watch On Demand
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
    • Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Register
  • Ask an Accountant - Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
    Watch on Demand
  • The Canadian Landscape for Business Expansion and Relocation Webinar (Free)
    • Wednesday, September 16, 3 - 4 p.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
    • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. - Register

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

The CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
Although the gates won’t be opening this summer, the CNE is continuing the tradition of bringing fun to Torontonians from August 21 to September 7 by offering a Virtual CNE with some of your favourite shows, experiences, recipes, memories along with new music all online at its exciting new CNE At Home portal, which can be accessed through the CNE website at www.theex.com . To keep posted on all the program details, follow the CNE on FacebookInstagramYouTube or Twitter.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca


August 31, 2020

City of Toronto recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day
Today, August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day in the City of Toronto. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the devastating impact of the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis in Toronto and to help reduce stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs.

In the midst of the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis, the City acknowledges the grief and loss felt by families, friends and colleagues of loved ones who have died or suffered illness or injury due to opioid poisoning.

City of Toronto presents COVID-19 Resurgence Plan
Today, Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, City Manager Chris Murray and City Councillor and Chair of Toronto Board of Health Joe Cressy, presented the City’s COVID-19 Resurgence Plan, which outlines priorities and associated actions that the City will implement in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

The five priority areas of the City’s response are:

  • implement public health measures
  • support vulnerable populations
  • support City employees
  • mitigate the impact to Toronto’s economy and
  • ensure the resiliency of City services and a coordinated response.

To reduce further COVID-19 spread and protect our city as we live with this virus, Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to advance plans and strategies based on scientific evidence and on best practices from international jurisdictions. TPH has increased staffing to enhance the capacity to trace and contact people with COVID-19 and those with whom they have had contact.

TPH is also advising and partnering with key agencies and organizations in the city, is implementing response activity based on local data, and will be active directly in the community through containment strategies including community outreach teams, and a voluntary self-isolation site for people with COVID-19 who cannot properly isolate at home. For more information please read the news release.

Community Environment Days at Drop-Off Depots
The City of Toronto will be holding Community Environment Days at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. The events begin September 13 and will run until November 1, 2020.

The drive-thru events will allow for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic items and donation of materials such as household goods and clothing for reuse. In addition, free bagged compost will be available for pickup at the event. There is a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. More information about Community Environment Days is available at toronto.ca/environment_days.

City programs and services update
As families prepare for back-to-school, it remains vitally important that residents follow Toronto Public Health advice to stay home when ill, and to wash their hands often, practise physical distancing, wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces when going out this weekend. All residents, regardless of age, must follow public health advice to keep everyone safe. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,044 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 40 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,498 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Metrolinx Community Updates
Scarborough Subway Extension Environment Project Report (EPR) Addendum: The ERP Addendum, which was released last month, has been recently updated. This past week the Scarborough Subway Extension project achieved another significant milestone with Metrolinx and IO issuing the request for proposals for advanced tunneling works to the three shortlisted teams. To learn more about the EPR Addendum, the RFP, and the extension, please click here.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings: September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.

Power Line Work at Guildwood GO: At various locations along the Lakeshore East Corridor, Metrolinx is starting to remove overhead power lines and move them underground. The major civil construction will continue to mid-September and electrical work will be ongoing throughout September. To see the construction notice, please visit this link.

Power Line Work at Markham Road: Work will be starting mid- September. This work will be ongoing for approximately 8 weeks. Working hours are the same daytime hours (e.g. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Updates will be provided as the power line project progresses.

Service Canada Virtual e-Services
Service Canada has launched a number of new virtual e-services to continue to provide support to individuals who need assistance to access benefits and services from their home.
 
The Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) is essential for accessing government services and benefits. Through the eSIN portal, individuals can submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment.
 
Additionally, the new eServiceCanada portal allows individuals requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days. For more information check out this flyer.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

The CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
Although the gates won’t be opening this summer, the CNE is continuing the tradition of bringing fun to Torontonians from August 21 to September 7 by offering a Virtual CNE with some of your favourite shows, experiences, recipes, memories along with new music all online at its exciting new CNE At Home portal, which can be accessed through the CNE website at www.theex.com . To keep posted on all the program details, follow the CNE on FacebookInstagramYouTube or Twitter.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

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

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 27, 2020

City of Toronto extends outdoor sport field season due to COVID-19
Today, the City of Toronto announced the extension of the outdoor sport field season. The City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields will remain open until Sunday, October 25 and permits will be issued for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto. As a result of pandemic-related restrictions, many of the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields opened on July 6 for team training, and permits were issued for the summer season. The outdoor sport field season usually concludes in September. Despite City staff’s quick work to open these outdoor recreation amenities as part of Toronto’s Stage 2 reopening, the season was significantly shortened. While the season will be extended as part of Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening, both the types of activities and the number of people allowed on the field will continue to be restricted to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Staff continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health to ensure that people can train safely at the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields. To allow for physical distancing and comply with provincial orders restricting gatherings, the capacity at the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields remains reduced to 100 people per field. That includes participants and coaches, as well as parents, guardians and other spectators. All City outdoor sport and multi-use fields offer team training and games, with leagues capped at 50 participants to comply with provincial restrictions. Players should continue to use individual equipment wherever possible and permit holders should ensure that any provided equipment is cleaned between use. Permit holders continue to be required to maintain attendance records to facilitate Toronto Public Health contact tracing if needed.

More information about recreation opportunities in Toronto is available at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information about permits for outdoor recreation facilities is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/venues-facilities-bookings/booking-park-recreation-facilities/.

Public Safety Alert: Telephone Scams Using Police Numbers
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of ongoing telephone scams where Toronto Police Service numbers are being spoofed. The caller display shows the number as 416-808 and four subsequent numbers.  When the person calls the number back to say they missed a call from this number, it is discovered the initial call was a hoax and was not made by police.

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public that calls made by members in Divisions and Units do not display with a number and appear as Unknown Caller or Private Number.  Additionally, service members would leave a voicemail, offer their name, badge number and a call back number for the public to call and confirm specific details.

If you have been the victim of a fraud or scam always report the matter to your local police. In Toronto, please call 416-808-2222 or online.

Share your CNE Experiences!
Connect virtually to the Canadian National Exhibition for a chance to have your story featured on their website! You can comment on their Twitter post here, at https://twitter.com/LetsGoToTheEX. You can also submit some of your favourite photos you've taken at the EX to facebook@theex.com.

Survey for the Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

Click here to fill out the survey.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 26, 2020

Federal and Provincial Announcements on Education:
Today, the Canadian government announced that they are investing an additional $2 billion designated for the safe reopening of schools in provinces and territories via the Safe Return to Class Fund; of this, Ontario will get $381 million. While education is provincial jurisdiction, this funding is designed to be flexible, so schools can use it for what they need most, in particular; developing adapted learning spaces, improved air ventilation, increased hand sanitation and hygiene, and purchases of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

The Province has previously announced key aspects of $900 million investment in Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery, including:

  • hiring 500 new public health nurses for schools, 1,300 new cleaners
  • $30 million to hire more teachers and support staff
  • $25 million for more cleaning supplies and sanitation
  • $50 million to update ventilation systems in schools
  • $18 million for online learning, new principal hires specifically for online
  • $60 million for masks staff + cloth masks for every student
  • $73 million for testing in secondary school students
  • $40 million for twice daily bus cleaning
  • $10 million for staff health and safety training
  • $10 million for special education students
  • $10 million for student mental health support

Today, the Province also released its COVID-19 management plan for schools, available to the public, which includes that:

  • parents must screen children daily
  • schools will isolate any child that develops symptoms at school and send the child home ASAP
  • A child must be symptom free for 24 hours before they are allowed to return to school
  • Students with symptoms are recommended to get a COVID-19 test to return to class but not mandatory
  • Schools will notify the school families of any positive tests but not identify the student

For more information on this, please view the Province’s announcement here.

Our KGO Updates - Newsletter from the East Scarborough Storefront
Check out East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter here for community updates including:

  • Spotlight on Back to School: Key Updates
  • Community Events, Programs & Supports
  • Updates on Local Spaces & Places
  • Jobs & Training Opportunities
  • Getting involved in your community

Share your CNE Experiences!
Connect virtually to the Canadian National Exhibition for a chance to have your story featured on their website! You can comment on their Twitter post here, at https://twitter.com/LetsGoToTheEX. You can also submit some of your favourite photos you've taken at the EX to facebook@theex.com.

Survey for the Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

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

Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eglintoneastbuslane to fill out the survey.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,866 cases of COVID-19 in the city, 44 people are hospitalized, a total of 14,401 people have recovered.  To date, there have been 1,167 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform: http://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community. Residents are reminded to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distance cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

As parents, caregivers and children prepare for back-to-school, Toronto Public Health is stressing the need to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering when shopping in a store, mall or flea market for back to school supplies. Those shopping in person are encouraged to shop at non-peak hours or to shop online, when possible. Always wash or sanitize your hands after being in a store or public place and do not go out if you feel ill. More information and guidance for retail spaces is available online: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/9084-COVID-19-Guidelines-for-Malls-and-Shopping-Centres.pdf.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 25, 2020

Parents Engaged in Education -- Facebook Live Auction TOMORROW August 26, 6:30-8:30PM
Parents Engaged in Education is hosting a fundraising auction tomorrow evening from 6:30-8:30PM to help fundraise the establishment of Canada’s first Education Bank in Scarborough. All proceeds from this event will go towards building a safe space for students and families in need of support, where they will be able to pick out the supplies they need throughout the school year, as well as gain access to technology and amenities!

City of Toronto registration of short-term rentals to launch September 10
This September, the City of Toronto will launch a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who are renting their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days.

Beginning September 10, 2020, short-term rental operators will need to start registering with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Registration is a necessary first step to allow the City to effectively administer the new rules applicable to short-term rentals. People who are currently renting their home on a short-term basis, or planning to do so, must be registered by December 31, 2020. After this date, all new operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis and must register prior to short-term renting their homes.

Registration for short-term rentals and related payment processing will be available online. People can learn about the rules and view more details on the government identification and the information needed for registration here.

People can short-term rent their homes in Toronto only if they are a registered operator. A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings. For more information, please visit toronto.ca/ShortTermRentals. Read the full news release here.

TPH reports first human case of West Nile virus in Toronto for 2020
Toronto Public Health has received a positive laboratory report identifying Toronto’s first reported case of West Nile virus for 2020 in an adult resident. West Nile virus is an infection transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the risk of getting infected in Toronto is currently low, Toronto Public Health advises residents to take these precautions to avoid bites from infected mosquitoes:

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours, dusk and dawn, by using repellent and covering up.
  • Make sure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
  • Remove standing water from your property, where mosquitoes can breed. Standing water includes any water that collects in items such as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

West Nile virus symptoms usually develop between two and 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Older individuals or individuals with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness. If you or a family member has concerns about any symptoms, contact your health care provider. More information is available on the City’s website and the full news release here.

Reminder: Bike Share Toronto Free Ride Wednesdays in September
Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in the month of September. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride. Bike Share also launched the pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program. Learn more about Free Ride Wednesdays at bikesharetoronto.com

Enforcement update
Provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 35 complaints related to park use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 4,200 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE event only
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 24, 2020 

August Newsletter from TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel
Check out TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel’s August Newsletter here. In this edition, he shares important content on the learning models available for students, as well as resources and supports for the new school year.

City of Toronto issues $300 million bond to help fund key capital projects
The City of Toronto has issued a new debenture to help finance capital expenditures from 10 different City divisions and agencies. This is the City’s third debenture issuance this year and marks the lowest ever 20-year cost of funding for the City with an all-in cost of 2.218 per cent.
 
This $300 million conventional bond issue, with a 20-year maturity and a coupon interest rate of 2.15 per cent, will mature on August 25, 2040. It was issued August 11 and will settle on August 25, 2020.
 
This issuance has a total of 41 buyers but was oversubscribed by nearly double. This demonstrates the confidence investors have in the City of Toronto and the local economy. Although COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact across the globe, capital markets are optimistically focused on rebuilding economies. Investor demand remains strong and the bond market continues to be favorable for the City to issue debentures.
 
The proceeds from this issuance will be used to help fund previously approved capital expenditures from several City divisions and agencies, including Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, Transportation Services, Toronto Public Library and Senior Services and Long-Term Care. For more information read the full news release here.

Toronto Public Health resumes in-person home visits for Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
Starting today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) nurses will begin a phased-in approach to resume in-person home-visiting services to eligible priority families as part of the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program. Now that Toronto has entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan, TPH is resuming the in-person part of the program for families with young children in the HBHC program.

TPH’s HBHC program is a free home-visiting service supporting clients with:
•          having a healthy pregnancy
•          developing a positive relationship with their child
•          promoting their child’s growth and development
•          connecting families to resources and programs within their community
•          working together to give their child the best start in life

For more information about HBHC, and to find out if you are eligible click here

CNE At Home: The Virtual Fair @ TheEx.com
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year will come to life online, starting last week from August 21 to September 7, 2020. The new CNE At Home online portal, accessible through www.TheEx.com will share some of its most popular shows, favourite food recipes, new music performances and more.

Missed the opening ceremonies? Check out the link here to watch it.

Update from Extendicare Guildwood – August 21
Earlier this week, Public Health confirmed that one of the team members tested positive for COVID-19 during our staff-wide testing initiative. This staff member is recovering at home. Extendicare staff, with support from SHN acted quickly and followed directives from Public Health to keep everyone safe.

The three residents who may have been exposed to the virus produced negative COVID-19 test results. Currently, none of the residents at Extendicare Guildwood are positive for COVID-19.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID19 the Festival is an ONLINE event only
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,808 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 33 since yesterday. There are 44 people hospitalized, a decrease of three. In total, 14,350 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 21 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,165 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


August 21, 2020

CNE At Home: The Virtual Fair @ TheEx.com
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year will come to life online from TODAY August 21 to September 7, 2020. The new CNE At Home online portal, accessible through www.TheEx.com will share some of its most popular shows, favourite food recipes, new music performances and more.

Ontario Partners with Federal Government and 3M Canada on New N95 Respirator Manufacturing Facility
The provincial and federal governments are partnering with 3M Canada to expand its Brockville, Ontario manufacturing facility to produce made-in-Ontario N95 respirators. Both levels of government are investing $23.33 million to support 3M's capital investment of $70 million. The expanded facility will produce enough respirators to meet private sector, provincial and North American market demand throughout the pandemic and beyond.

The Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada reached a five-year agreement with 3M for the provision of 50 million respirators annually beginning in early 2021 to meet current demand for frontline healthcare workers in Ontario and across Canada. The respirators will be shared equally between Ontario and Ottawa. For more information please read the news release.

ActiveTO road closures and Quiet Streets
Parts of major roads in the city will be closed this weekend for ActiveTO, from Saturday, August 22 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 23 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 than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to neighbourhood residents throughout the city this weekend. More information, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage at www.toronto.ca/activeTO

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,729 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 41 today. There are 50 people hospitalized. In total, 14,274 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 29 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,165 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

City of Toronto Festival and Events Calendar - List Your Event by August 28:
A new cultural partnership initiative from the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) is being designed to promote, showcase and provide additional support to events and cultural organizations across the city. The partnership program will include an online event calendar. Please complete the Festivals & Events Calendar Submission form online by August 28 by 5 p.m. 

City of Toronto Recreation Registration Update
City of Toronto Fall Recreation programs will be viewable online as of August 31st. ARC (Afterschool Recreation Care) programs registration will open on August 24th for the whole city.
Find more details on how to register for programs HERE.

REMINDER: Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive TOMORROW
Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts TOMORROW, Saturday, August 22, 2020. The event will take place in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. Public School, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

REMINDER: Ice Cream for Books Walk-Thru TOMORROW
The Reading Partnership and Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood are hosting Ice Cream for Books, join them for a free social distanced walk-thru event for the entire family! Celebrate the end of summer with ice cream & books for kids aged 2-14 TOMORROW, Saturday August 22 from 12PM to 2Pm at 90 Mornelle Court – Basketball court. Remember masks are required for registration and walk-thru. Register here.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project

The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

August 20, 2020

Starting Tomorrow! CNE At Home: The Virtual Fair @ TheEx.com
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year will come to life online from August 21 to September 7, 2020. The new CNE At Home online portal, accessible through www.TheEx.com will share some of its most popular shows, favourite food recipes, new music performances and more. CNE At Home will be launching the virtual fair with a special live broadcast, streaming on www.theex.com TOMORROW on Friday, August 21 at 10 AM. Don't miss it! For more CNE at Home virtual content, follow the CNE on FacebookInstagramYouTube and Twitter.

Ontario Extends Orders Under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020
The Ontario government is extending orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario Act, 2020 (ROA). The extensions provide the government with the necessary flexibility to address the ongoing risks and effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and ensure important measures remain in place to protect vulnerable populations, such as seniors, people with developmental disabilities and those with mental health and addiction issues.

All orders under the ROA have been extended to September 22, 2020 with the exception of the Education Sector order which will end on August 31, 2020 and the Limitation Periods order which will end, and suspended time periods will resume running on September 14, 2020. For more information please read the news release.

$1.7 million in property tax relief for 45 live music venues
Today, the City announced that 45 live music venues will receive a combined $1.7 million in property tax relief to support Toronto's live music industry and address the unprecedented challenges that are threatening live music venues across the city.
The tax reduction will be absorbed within the City's overall commercial property tax revenue stream and will not impact residential property tax rates. Read the news release to learn more.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of August 19, there are 15,688 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 20 since the day before. There are 50 people hospitalized, an increase of one. In total, 14,245 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 15 since the day before. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since the day before. Toronto Public Health continues to closely monitor local COVID-19 data. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

ParksPlayTO - New Location!
ParksPlayTO is a FREE program for children age 12 and under (with their caregiver), packed with fun activities including nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, storytelling and music circles! Free drop-in from Monday to Friday from 9:15am-11:45am & 1:3pm-4pm.
New location at Confederation Park starting on Monday August 24th! Check out this flyer for more locations in Scarborough.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Confederation Park Improvements Project SURVEY
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive
Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The event will take place in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. Public School, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

Ice Cream for Books Walk-Thru
The Reading Partnership and Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood are hosting Ice Cream for Books, join them for a free social distanced walk-thru event for the entire family! Celebrate the end of summer with ice cream & books for kids aged 2-14 on Saturday August 22 from 12PM to 2Pm at 90 Mornelle Court – Basketball court. Remember masks are required for registration and walk-thru. Register here.


August 19, 2020

City of Toronto announces Scarborough’s New View photography contest
Today, as part of #WorldPhotographyDay, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of the Scarborough's New View photography contest in partnership with Scarborough Arts. The City of Toronto and Scarborough Arts are calling upon new and experienced photographers to take their best photos of people, places and things in Scarborough.

Starting today until September 30, contestants are encouraged to post their photos to Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #scarboroughphoto to enter. Contestants can enter more than once for their chance to win. Scarborough's New View photography contest has been made possible with the support of Scarborough Arts, Ontario Arts Council and XVXY Photo. Contest details are available at www.toronto.ca/photo-laureate/ and www.scarborougharts.com/anewview.

Bike Share Toronto and CAA South Central Ontario brings back Free Ride Wednesdays in September
Bike Share Toronto and CAA South Central Ontario are bringing back Free Ride Wednesdays in September. Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto - CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in the month of September. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride.

Today Bike Share also launched the pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program, announced earlier this summer as a new feature of Bike Share Toronto’s 2020 expansion. The e-bikes will be available in the system starting today, and the 10 e-bike charging stations for the pilot will be installed over the next several weeks. E-bike charging stations will be able to charge 20-25 bikes at each station.

City of Toronto further expands Digital Main Street program to help local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic
The City of Toronto has announced another expansion of the Digital Main Street program, with both Intuit QuickBooks and Facebook Canada joining as funding partners. This expansion will focus on helping businesses in Toronto across Ontario embrace technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is also launching three new Digital Main Street Programs as a result of funding from the Province of Ontario and FedDev Ontario. The programs are aimed at ensuring main street business communities can adapt and future proof their businesses during this unprecedented time. The programs under the Digital Main Street Future Proof banner include: Transformation Teams, the Digital Main Street Lab and a new Community Collaboration Program.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,668 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 24 since yesterday. There are 49 people hospitalized. In total, 14,230 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 30 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future NOW OPEN!
Your Toronto Zoo’s Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk Into A Bright Future has opened early for its second season.  This unique multi-media experience was initially scheduled to re-open in October, but due to COVID-19 we moved up the timeline to provide guests with a wonderful and exciting outdoor summer nighttime experience. Get your tickets here.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey was launched on August 14 and will remain open till September 2, 2020. If residents or industry members wish to provide additional feedback, they are asked to email vehicleforhirereview@toronto.ca by September 9, 2020.

The results of this survey will inform a report expected at the General Government and Licensing Committee on October 5, 2020. More information about the survey and the proposal are available on the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Updates webpage.

Confederation Park Improvements Project – Public Engagement Update
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive
Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The event will take place in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. Public School, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

Ice Cream for Books Walk-Thru
The Reading Partnership and Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood are hosting Ice Cream for Books, join them for a free social distanced walk-thru event for the entire family! Celebrate the end of summer with ice cream & books for kids aged 2-14 on Saturday August 22 from 12PM to 2Pm at 90 Mornelle Court – Basketball court. Remember masks are required for registration and walk-thru. Register here.

Feedback and Questions on reopening schools
As a new school year approaches, many parents & teachers are sharing feedback on plans to reopen schools during COVID-19. The Ontario Ministry of Education is the lead in this area & I encourage you to contact them directly to share your feedback. More info on the Province's approach to reopening schools at www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-reopening-schools

Ontario Ministry of Education Contact Information


August 18, 2020

Toronto Police Service posts Enhanced 2020 Budget Line by Line, Chief of Police and the Chief Administrative Officer invite community feedback
Today, the Toronto Police Service Board (TPSB) met to consider recommendations to combat anti-black racism and increase budget transparency.

At the June 29, 2020 meeting of City Council, my colleagues supported my recommendation for TPSB to release the budget documents in a dataset open to the public going back five years and the expansion of the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team (MCIT) program (click here to read the full item and my motions). I am happy to share with you that today that both were adopted.

An immediate expansion of the MCIT program in partnership with existing community-based crisis services, including peer support, will meet current demands for mental health-related service calls, recognizing the need for the Service’s partners to secure necessary funding for this expansion, with the goal to provide MCIT services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and across all Divisions.

The budget information posted includes financial and staffing details and can be downloaded in common formats.  Moreover, the formatting will be further enhanced to meet Open Data standards with information to be posted on the public safety data portal. This transparency plays an important role in the accountability of our police. The Toronto Police Service (TPS) published their budget information on their website here: www.torontopolice.on.ca/budget/

The TPS is also asking for your feedback and questions on the public budget information. Please email the Toronto Police Service at yourtpsbudget@torontopolice.on.ca up to August 31, 2020.  Please also copy my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca. TPS will then review and synthesize all input and post a public response in September.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of August 17, there are 15,622 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 32 since the day before. There are 51 people hospitalized, a decrease of five. In total, 14,194 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 14 since the day before. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since the day before. Toronto Public Health continues to closely monitor local COVID-19 data. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
To support the recovery of the vehicle-for-hire industry (taxicabs, limousines and private transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber), the City of Toronto is proposing to extend the maximum age of vehicles by one year.

Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on this proposal and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey was launched on August 14 and will remain open till September 2, 2020. If residents or industry members wish to provide additional feedback, they are asked to email vehicleforhirereview@toronto.ca by September 9, 2020.

The results of this survey will inform a report expected at the General Government and Licensing Committee on October 5, 2020. More information about the survey and the proposal are available on the Vehicle-for-Hire Bylaw Updates webpage.

Confederation Park Improvements Project – Public Engagement Update
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

ParksPlayTO
ParksPlayTO is a FREE program for children age 12 and under (with their caregiver), packed with fun activities including nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, storytelling and music circles! Free Drop-In Program Monday to Friday from 9:15am to 11:45am and 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Check out this flyer for locations in Scarborough. ParksPlayTO program ends on September 4th, 2020.

Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive
Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The event will take place in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. Public School, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

Ice Cream for Books Walk-Thru
The Reading Partnership and Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood are hosting Ice Cream for Books, join them for a free social distanced walk-thru event for the entire family! Celebrate the end of summer with ice cream & books for kids aged 2-14 on Saturday August 22 from 12PM to 2Pm at 90 Mornelle Court – Basketball court. Remember masks are required for registration and walk-thru. Register here.

Feedback and Questions on reopening schools
As a new school year approaches, many parents & teachers are sharing feedback on plans to reopen schools during COVID-19. The Ontario Ministry of Education is the lead in this area & I encourage you to contact them directly to share your feedback. More info on the Province's approach to reopening schools at www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-reopening-schools

Ontario Ministry of Education Contact Information


August 17, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto prepares for back to school with public health resources, fall recreation programs and after-school care
The City of Toronto is helping students stay safe and healthy as they head back to school in the fall. While the Province and local school boards are responsible for the back to school plans, Toronto Public Health has been providing guidance to Toronto school boards on these plans to ensure a safer return to school for children.

Following the provincial announcement last week from Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health notifying public health departments across Ontario that they could now begin recruitment to provide nursing support to schools, Toronto Public Health is establishing a team of more than 70 nurses including some experienced nurses and some newly recruited nurses to provide strong support to schools as they reopen. Public health teams will also be providing mental health and well-being support in school settings, along with rapid-response outbreak investigation, case management and support the planning process for testing if a COVID-19 case is detected in a school setting.

Following the successful launch of City recreation initiatives this summer, including SwimTO, CampTO, ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX, the City is gearing up to offer fall recreation programs beginning this October as well as After-school Recreation Care (ARC) and Community Leadership After-School Program (CLASP) this September. Registration for fall recreation programming will take place from September 12 to 16. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming lessons, on offer this fall. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,622 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 32 since yesterday. There are 51 people hospitalized, a decrease of five. In total, 14,194 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 14 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Reminder: Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books TOMORROW
This year's annual Back 2 Books will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 11 pm to 4 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (100 Galloway Road). Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts (registration needed), braids (registration needed), and a free lunch on the day of the event. For more information about the event and how to register please visit this website.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Answer this question for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be? Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA by TODAY!

Black Creek Pioneer & Kortright Centre NOW OPEN
Black Creek Pioneer and Kortright Centre for Conservation are now open! Come experience all we have to offer at both locations. Learn more and purchase your ticket HERE.

Ontario Parks 30x30 Challenge
Ontario Parks challenges you to get outside and spend 30 minutes in nature every day for 30 days! By accepting the 30x30 challenge, you are committing to a healthy lifestyle. More information HERE.

Urban Alliance on Race Relations: What about Scarborough? Racial Justice in Scarborough’s COVID-19 Recovery
UARR will be hosting a virtual forum in collaboration with Social Planning Toronto, on August 20th from 5-7pm EST to form a dialogue around what racial justice means for Scarborough as the City reopens and rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information HERE.

Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive
Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts on Saturday, August 22, 2020. The event will take place in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. Public School, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

On-Street Parking Enforcement: Resumption of Regular Enforcement
The Toronto Police Service has been working closely with our City of Toronto Emergency Management partners in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to support the various programs implemented by the City including CaféTO, ActiveTO and CurbTO.

As of Monday, August 17, 2020, at 12:01 a.m., the Parking Enforcement Unit has returned to regular and routine enforcement of most parking regulations within the City. This includes enforcement of most No Parking, No Standing and No Stopping regulations and also the enforcement of residential on-street parking permit enforcement. For more information please read the news release.

Metrolinx September Service Changes
Starting September 5th, as offices and schools begin to re-open, Metrolinx is increasing train service on all lines to give customers more flexibility to get to where they need to go. Metrolinx is also resuming or adjusting bus service on most route to better match demand. Passengers will experience a fully transformed GO with over 40 measures taken to help keep you safe including increased cleaning, seat dividers on select vehicles, and mandatory face coverings.

Lakeshore Lines: Metrolinx will be resuming some train services to ensure that service every 15-30 minutes during rush hour, and hourly or better in the midday, evenings and weekends.

It is strongly encouraged that customers regularly check GO Transit’s website for the latest schedules and service updates, and to learn more about GO Transit’s COVID-19 safety measures.

Feedback and Questions on reopening schools
As a new school year approaches, many parents & teachers are sharing feedback on plans to reopen schools during COVID-19. The Ontario Ministry of Education is the lead in this area & I encourage you to contact them directly to share your feedback. More info on the Province's approach to reopening schools at www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-reopening-schools

Ontario Ministry of Education Contact Information


August 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Poplar Road Jr Public School Bottle Drive
Hello Neighbours! Poplar Road Jr Public School will continue their Bottle Drive fundraising efforts on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

Once again, they will be located in the parking lot of Poplar Road Jr. PS, at 60 Dearham Wood, from 9AM to Noon. If you have any liquor bottles and/or cans that you would be willing to donate, they are happy to take them off your hands! Spread the word! Tell your neighbours! And, as always, thanks in advance for all your support!

Update on City of Toronto programs and services this weekend
As Toronto enters the third week of Stage 3 reopening, COVID-19 continues to circulate in the city. It remains vitally important that residents continue to follow Toronto Public Health advice to wash hands often, practise physical distancing, and wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces when going out this weekend and stay home when ill.

Toronto Public Health has noted an increase in the number of cases among people ages 20 to 29. There is no summer vacation from COVID-19 and we need all residents, regardless of age, to keep following public health advice to keep our city safe – our successful restart and recovery depends on it.

ActiveTO road closures and Quiet Streets
Due to a full weekend closure of the Don Valley Parkway for annual maintenance, there will be one ActiveTO major road closure in place this weekend, from Saturday, August 15 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 16 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 be closed.

Residents planning to use those roads should access them by bike or as a pedestrian because nearby parking is limited and there is no onsite parking available. Parking lots at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.  

More than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to neighbourhood residents throughout the city this weekend. More information, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage at www.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. People should only swim in the swim zones marked by yellow and red flags as these areas are lifeguard supervised. There is no lifeguard supervision Rouge Valley Beach. For more information on the City’s beaches visit www.toronto.ca/beaches

It can be unsafe to swim, even at designated swimming beaches, for 48 hours after a rainfall due to the possible presence of high levels of bacteria that could pose a risk to human health. Toronto Public Health posts water quality reports for local beaches online HERE.

Parks
Most amenities in City parks, including playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment, are now open. Consistent with guidance from Toronto Public Health, outdoor playground equipment is not sanitized. Updated signage with public health guidance is posted. Residents visiting a park must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. More information on parks is available online HERE.

City pools and splash pads
Torontonians can cool off at more than 300 aquatic amenities this summer as the City’s 140 splash pads, 100 wading pools, 56 outdoor swimming pools and 29 indoor pools are now open. In order to allow for physical distancing, the capacity at outdoor and indoor pools is significantly reduced to 25 per cent. Swimmers are limited to 45-minute sessions to allow for cleaning. A new online reservation tool is available for indoor pool drop-in lane swim HERE. Some pools are closed for repair. Pool status is available online HERE.

CaféTO update
Curb-lane closures continue to be in place this weekend to accommodate cafés and patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city. The CaféTO program currently supports more than 660 restaurants with expanded dining space to allow for physical distancing.

Restaurants and bars
In food and drink establishments, additional requirements to protect the health and safety of customers remain in effect. These include ensuring that all customers remain seated except when entering or exiting, using the washroom or paying the bill. Customers can expect to be asked for basic personal information as management of food and drink establishments must keep customer logs that include names and contact information for each party in the event contact tracing is required. Learn more about requirements for food and drink establishments HERE.

Apartments and condominiums
Masks or face coverings must now be worn in common areas in apartments and condominiums to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Under the bylaw for apartments and condos, building owners or operators must have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn in enclosed common spaces including lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms, and must display corresponding signs. Learn more about requirements for apartments and condos HERE.

COVID-19 notification for Brass Rail Tavern (August 4, 5, 7 and 8)
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is notifying people who visited the Brass Rail Tavern located at 701 Yonge St., Toronto, about a potential exposure to COVID-19.  Approximately 550 individuals may have been exposed in this setting. A tavern employee who tested positive for COVID-19 attended the Brass Rail Tavern on these dates and times:
     • August 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (August 5)
     • August 5 from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (August 6)
     • August 7 from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. (August 8)
     • August 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (August 9)

There was no risk to anyone attending the Brass Rail Tavern outside of these dates and times. As a precaution, TPH is advising anyone who attended the Brass Rail Tavern during these dates and times to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms for the 14 days after their last visit during this time period.

TPH recommends for individuals who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms to visit the Ontario Ministry of Health's COVID-19 self-assessment tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) for recommendations. There is no need to self-isolate and people can continue with their routine daily activities if an individual remains healthy and does not develop symptoms. If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, please contact TPH, seek COVID-19 testing and immediately self-isolate. Please wear a mask when going for testing.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,566 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 18 today. There are 61 people hospitalized. In total, 14,150 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 18 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,164 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The Toronto Zoo Turns 46!
Help your Toronto Zoo celebrate its 46th Birthday with a FREE virtual Birthday Party Live on Saturday, August 15th at 3:00 pm on the Toronto Zoo’s YouTube Channel! Join Toronto Zoo CEO Dolf DeJong, Mayor John Tory, Dwayne De Rosario founder of the DeRo Foundation, Toronto Zoo staff, and some very special animals visitors to celebrate your Zoo turning 46! For more information visit www.torontozoo.com/46

SBA Cyber Breakfast Conference
SBA Cyber Breakfast webinar on Scarborough Stakeholders: Local Communities Local Solutions with speaker Victoria Armit of the East Scarborough Storefront will be on Wednesday, August 19th 2020 - meet and greet from 9:15am to 9:25am and presentation from 9:25am to 10:00am. Register HERE for login information.

Feedback and Questions regarding School Reopening Plans
As a new school year approaches, many parents & teachers are sharing feedback on plans to reopen schools during COVID-19. The Ontario Ministry of Education is the lead in this area & I encourage you to contact them directly to share your feedback. More info on the Province's approach to reopening schools at www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-reopening-schools

Ontario Ministry of Education Contact Information

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books
This year's annual Back 2 Books will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 11 pm to 4 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (100 Galloway Road). Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts (registration needed), braids (registration needed), and a free lunch on the day of the event. For more information about the event and how to register please visit this website.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Answer this question for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be?

Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA by August 17th1st place: Free Haircuts for the Year; 2nd Place: 5 Free Haircuts; and 3rd Place: 1 Free Haircut.


August 13, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Providing Municipalities with up to $1.6 Billion in First Round of Emergency Funding
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, is delivering on its commitment to provide up to $4 billion in urgently needed one-time assistance to Ontario’s 444 municipalities. Municipalities will be provided with up to $1.6 billion as part of the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. This funding will help municipalities protect the health and well-being of the people of Ontario, while continuing to deliver critical public services, such as public transit and shelters, as the province continues down the path of renewal, growth and economic recovery. For more information please read the news release.

More recreation options open up in Stage 3, with a new online reservations option for indoor swimming lanes and fitness centres
City of Toronto staff have been developing new ways to deliver and improve service. This week, the City is introducing an online reservation option for its indoor drop-in lane swim program as well as weight rooms and fitness centres.

Reserve for drop-in lane swim programs at participating City indoor pools HERE. Keep in mind the capacity at indoor pools remains significantly reduced, to allow for physical distancing. Reserve a time slot at participating City fitness centres and weight rooms HERE. Fitness centres and weight rooms will reopen on August 17.

Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood Recreation Centres and Amenities:

Don Valley Parkway closed this weekend for annual maintenance and improvements
The City of Toronto will perform annual maintenance and improvement activities on the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) this weekend from Friday, August 14 at 11 p.m. until Monday, August 17 at 5 a.m. The closure will extend the entire expressway from Highway 401 to the F.G. Gardiner Expressway. The rain date is planned for Friday, August 21 to Monday, August 24.

A map is available to residents and visitors to help make their travel plans, available HERE. In addition, the City's T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city. Details about this closure are available at www.toronto.ca/dvp

City of Toronto resumes volunteer tree planting and forest stewardship program
Starting next week, the City will resume its Forestry Community Stewardship Program. The program involves hands-on work by volunteers to support and encourage native biodiversity in various ecologically sensitive sites across Toronto. Volunteer teams will begin stewardship activities by mid-August.

Community stewardship volunteers help restore the natural integrity of Toronto’s green spaces by planting trees, shrubs and wildflowers, which contribute to the growth of Toronto’s urban forest. By participating in the program, volunteers can:

  • Learn more about native trees, shrubs and invasive species
  • Learn how to plant a tree and other native plants
  • Participate in a wide-range of environmental stewardship activities
  • Meet new people, make new friendships and network within the community
  • Gain experience and develop leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Acquire documented volunteer hours

Information about volunteer opportunities and the Community Stewardship Program is available online.

CampTO participant at Barbara Frum Community Centre tests positive for COVID-19
The City of Toronto was advised that one participant at the Barbara Frum Community Centre, one of the City of Toronto’s 120 CampTO locations, has tested positive for COVID-19. The camper was sent home from camp with symptoms last week and has been self-isolating since that time.

Out of an abundance of caution, CampTO programs at the Barbara Frum Community Centre and the Glen Long Community Centre will close for the remainder of the week. Each centre will undergo a deep cleaning before CampTO resumes on Monday, August 17. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of August 12, there were 15,548 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of eight from the day before. Sixty-four people are hospitalized and in total, 14,117 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 21 since the previous day. There have been 1,163 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday August 14@ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu? BBQ Chicken & Rice (veggie and Halal options available). REGISTER HERE.

Metrolinx GO Expansion Update (On-Corridor Works/OnCorr)
I am happy to inform that Metrolinx is hosting a second round of public engagement as part of the environmental assessments on new infrastructure requirements for the GO Expansion. In February 2020, Metrolinx held 10 open houses across the GO Rail network to share information on the GO Expansion Program.

This round of consultations will be carried out as a Virtual Open House from August 18 to September 1, 2020. For more information on Metrolinx’s GO Expansion projects visit this website.

Feedback and Questions regarding School Reopening Plans
As a new school year approaches, many parents & teachers are sharing feedback on plans to reopen schools during COVID-19. The Ontario Ministry of Education is the lead in this area & I encourage you to contact them directly to share your feedback. More info on the Province's approach to reopening schools at www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-reopening-schools

Ontario Ministry of Education Contact Information

Live Webcast – Safe Reopening of TDSB Schools
Tune in Tonight, August 13th at 6:30 PM to hear form TDSB staff about steps being taken to prepare schools for safe re-opening. More information on the Live Webcast can be found HERE.

Upcoming Scarborough Arts Programs

  • Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop – Stop Motion Tutorial with Ria Kapoor on Thursday August 27th from 2-3PM – REGISTER HERE
  • Sustainable Resistance for BIPOC Folx: Therapeutic Writing Workshops to Build Community for Surviving White Supremacy with Krystal Kavita Jagoo every Sunday from 1-2pm until September 20th – REGISTER HERE

For additional information about these programs, please refer to the Scarborough Arts website.

Upcoming EarlyON Virtual Workshops: 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books
This year's annual Back 2 Books will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 11 pm to 4 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (100 Galloway Road). Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts (registration needed), braids (registration needed), and a free lunch on the day of the event. For more information about the event and how to register please visit this website.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Answer this question for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be?

Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA by August 17th1st place: Free Haircuts for the Year; 2nd Place: 5 Free Haircuts; and 3rd Place: 1 Free Haircut.

Call for Submissions: Small & Medium Enterprise Consultations
The Province of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will meet for the study of the recommendations relating to the Economic and Fiscal Update Act 2020 and the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on certain sectors of the economy. Those who wish to comment on the Small and Medium Enterprises sector may send a written submission by 6PM on Monday, August 24, 2020. To register or send a written submission, visit this link.

Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Lawrence Avenue East and Orton Park Road
I have been informed that the accessible pedestrian signals (APS) at Lawrence Avenue East and Orton Park Road are now active. Please note, the APS is push button activated, the button must be pushed and held for at least 3 seconds.


August 11, 2020 

The City of Toronto has been in Stage 3 of the provincial reopening for just over a week, allowing for the safe restart of more businesses and services including playgrounds, additional recreational programs, indoor restaurant dining, gyms and sports facilities with certain restrictions in place. Under the Stage 3 order and regulation made under the Province’s Reopening Ontario Act, nearly all businesses and public spaces can gradually reopen, with workplace safety and public health measures in place.

While in Stage 3, residents are reminded to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often, and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto including in common areas of apartment and condo buildings. Residents can visit toronto.ca/ReopenTO to learn more. Safe reopening guidelines for businesses and organizations are also available at toronto.ca/Reopening.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of today, there are 15,540 cases of COVID-19 in the city. There are 69 people hospitalized. In total, 14,108 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,163 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.

Yesterday for the first time, all of Toronto Public Health’s COVID-19 Monitoring Dashboard indicators were green indicating they meet the established goal. This good news is the result of the collaborative hard work of many health system partners. Toronto Public Health continues to closely monitor local COVID-19 data and reminds residents to remain vigilant and keep following public health measures required to limit opportunities for virus spread. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

5th Annual Community Safety Forum: Transformative Recover & Healing
This year’s forum features five sessions with knowledgeable and experience speaker to discuss a variety of topics and practical solutions relating to community safety and wellbeing.

The fifth and final session on City of Toronto Responsiveness will be held on August 14th, 2020 from 10am to 12pm. Speakers for this session include: Scerena Officer - Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit, Scott McKean - Community Safety & Wellbeing Plan, Anthony Morgan - Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit and Stefany Hanson - Youth Development Unit. More information and how to register can be found HERE.

The Toronto Zoo Turns 46!
On August 15th join Toronto Zoo CEO, Dolf De Jong, Mayor John Tory, Founder of the De Ro Foundation, Dwayne De Rosario, and Toronto Zoo staff and special animal visitors on YouTube for a Virtual Birthday Party! Details can be found at www.torontozoo.com/46 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books
This year's annual Back 2 Books will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 11 pm to 4 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (100 Galloway Road).

The goal is to ensure that children and youth within our community have all the essential supplies that they need in order to get their work done and do well. Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts (registration needed), braids (registration needed), and a free lunch on the day of the event. For more information about the event and how to register please visit this website.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Answer this question for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be?

Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA by August 17th1st place: Free Haircuts for the Year; 2nd Place: 5 Free Haircuts; and 3rd Place: 1 Free Haircut.

Upcoming Business TO webinars and online events
CreativeBoost

  • Branching Out – Advice for art workers looking to transition to becoming self-employed | August 24, noon to 1 p.m. - Register
  • Countdown to Business – Workshop for artists and cultural workers thinking about starting a creative business (free) | August 25, 26 and 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. - Register

9th Annual Afro-Carib Fest

Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC) is excited to present the award winning Afro Carib Fest LIVE on YOUTUBE and TWITCH on Saturday August 22, 2020 from 3 PM to 9 PM.

August 10, 2020 

Mayor John Tory announces $2 million partnership with the Slaight Family Foundation and Advance to support Black professionals in Toronto's music industry
Today, Mayor John Tory announced a $2 million partnership between the City of Toronto, the Slaight Family Foundation and Advance, Canada's Black Music Business Collective, to support the entry, retention and advancement of Black professionals in Toronto's music industry.

The City and the Slaight Family Foundation are each committing $250,000 a year from 2020 to 2023 to support Black talent development in the music industry for a total commitment of $2 million over four years. With support of Advance, the funds will go towards achieving tangible and sustainable change to address the under-representation of Black talent in Canada's music industry. While Black artists drive the success of Canada's music industry, Black professionals are under-represented in management and executive roles. This situation has resulted from an under-investment in Black talent development, especially for senior leadership roles within the industry. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and Stage 3 reopening
There are 15,532 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 18 today. There are 69 people hospitalized. In total, 14,108 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 14 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,163 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Stage 3 has allowed for the safe restart of more businesses, City services and expanded indoor and outdoor gatherings. Some highlights from Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening include:

  • More than 800 playgrounds and play structures reopened since July 31
  • Toronto Public Library continuing to add in-branch services this week with relevant health and safety measures in place including the use of computers in many branches and the ability to pick up material holds without an appointment, in addition to the scheduled pick-up of holds
  • First-ever WiFi on Wheels pilot last week provided free WiFi and internet access in two public parks
  • Thousands of restaurants and bars have reopened for dine-in services with a number of additional safety requirements as implemented through temporary provisions under the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 545, Licensing
  • Applications to the CaféTO program, providing increased dining capacity through patio space, has been extended to tomorrow, Tuesday August 11 at 12 p.m. CaféTO will run until November 15 and has supported more than 600 restaurants city-wide
  • The City’s first three DriveInTO events have been sold out, and more than 1000 people have participated to date
  • New temporary bylaw that requires masks or face coverings to be worn in common areas in apartments and condominiums has come into effect
  • The City has reopened 21 Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres, with the remaining locations expected to be reopened by the end of September
  • There have been more than 17,600 registrations to CampTO and nearly 3,500 participants took part in the first week of ParksPlayTO

Reminder CaféTO program registration to close TOMORROW
The City of Toronto’s CaféTO program, which now supports more than 600 restaurants city-wide with increased dining capacity, will close registration to new applicants TOMORROW at noon. The program is scheduled to end for the season on November 15.

Since Toronto entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan, fewer restaurants have been applying for CaféTO. After Tuesday, program staff will continue helping local businesses by rolling-out remaining approved locations while supporting hundreds of businesses with existing CaféTO locations. For more information please read the news release.

Guild Park and Gardens graffiti removal
I have been informed of the graffiti vandalism at the Guild Park and Gardens Greek Theatre. Staff are arranging for a contractor to remove the graffiti as soon as possible in the next few days. If you have any questions please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books
This year's annual Back 2 Books will be held on Tuesday, August 18th, 2020 from 11 pm to 4 pm at the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (100 Galloway Road).
The goal is to ensure that children and youth within our community have all the essential supplies that they need in order to get their work done and do well. Back 2 Books also provides free haircuts (registration needed), braids (registration needed), and a free lunch on the day of the event. For more information about the event and how to register please visit this website.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Answer this question for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be?
Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA1st place: Free Haircuts for the Year; 2nd Place: 5 Free Haircuts; and 3rd Place: 1 Free Haircut.

Updates from Metrolinx:
Anti-Trespass Mat Installation: The previously announced installation of Anti-Trespass Mats at four Lakeshore East level crossings has been rescheduled to winter 2020/2021. These level crossings are: Manse Road, Beechgrove Drive, Morningside Avenue and Poplar Road.

Progress Update Scarborough Subway Extension – SSE: Check out Metrolinx’s updates on their blog here.

For Metrolinx’s most recent update on the SSE click here. The Scarborough Subway Extension Environment Project Report (EPR) Addendum was released last month. To access it online, click here

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Bi-weekly Monitoring Program will take place on August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and there are no anticipated impacts to passengers and residents.


August 7, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

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

Update on City of Toronto programs and services this weekend as Toronto enters its second week of Stage 3 reopening
As Toronto enters the second week of Stage 3 reopening and summer continues with a generally pleasant weekend weather forecast, COVID-19 continues to circulate in Toronto. It is still vitally important that residents continue to follow Toronto Public Health advice to wash hands often, practise physical distancing, wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces and stay home when ill.

There is no summer vacation from COVID-19 and we need all residents to keep following public health advice to keep our city staff – our successful restart and recovery depends on it.

Restaurants and bars
In food and drink establishments, additional requirements to protect the health and safety of customers are now in effect. These include ensuring that all customers remain seated except when entering/ exiting, using the washroom or paying the bill. Customers can expect to be asked for basic personal information as management of food and drink establishments must now keep customer logs that include names and contact information for each party.

Apartments and condominiums
This weekend will also be the first one with new rules that require masks or face coverings to be worn in common areas in apartments and condominiums to help prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new bylaw for apartments and condos, building owners or operators must have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn in enclosed common spaces such as lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms, and must display corresponding signs. Like the City’s mask or face covering bylaw for indoor public spaces in general, this bylaw includes exemptions for people who are unable to wear a mask or face covering for medical reasons, for children under two years old, and for other reasonable accommodations.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network, Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closure will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, August 8 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, August 9 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 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 than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to neighbourhood residents throughout the city this weekend. More information, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

CaféTO update
Curb-lane closures continue to be in place this weekend to accommodate cafés/patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city. The CaféTO program currently supports more than 600 restaurants with expanded dining space to allow for physical distancing.

Parks
Most amenities in City parks are now open. Playgrounds and outdoor exercise equipment are open. Consistent with guidance from Toronto Public Health, outdoor playground equipment will not be sanitized. Updated signage with public health guidance will be posted. As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents visiting a park or beach must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Details can be found here.

More information on the City of Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening update can be found in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,484 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 12 today. There are 74 people hospitalized. In total, 14,063 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 20 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,161 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Back 2 Books x A Kut Above Haircut Contest
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough and A Kut Above Unisex Salon Inc have teamed up to bring you the hair cut contest to win FREE haircuts for an entire year! Answer this questions for a chance to win: If you could get a barber to give you a design in your hair that represents your dream job, what would it be? Submit your answer to SOCIALMEDIA@ESBGC.CA1st place: Free Haircuts for the Year; 2nd Place: 5 Free Haircuts; and 3rd Place: 1 Free Haircut.

 

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.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings:

  • Bi-weekly Monitoring Program:  August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th

These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.
Underground Power Line Crossings at Guildwood Station
At various locations along the Lakeshore East Corridor, Metrolinx is starting to remove overhead power lines and move them underground. As part of this project, there will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO Station which started on Friday, June 26 and will run for approximately 8 weeks. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00


August 6, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

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

Today marks the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This day reminds us of the horrific effects of the use of atomic bombs, the need to find non-violent solutions for world issues, and the call for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.

As part of this year’s commemoration, people are invited to participate in a global “Peace Wave,” that will encircle the globe in a symbolic, positive wave from August 6 to August 9. From their homes, people can take small steps towards peace by posting a message on social media or joining in other actions in their communities. Toronto City Council has proclaimed August 6, 2020 as Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto begins transition back to Heat Relief Network for remainder of 2020 hot weather season
The City of Toronto is beginning the transition back to a modified Heat Relief Network during upcoming Heat Warnings for the remainder of the 2020 hot weather season, including a reduced number of Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs), now that a wider array of heat relief opportunities is available and accessible to the public.

The Network features cool spaces that are open during and beyond Heat Warnings and others open only during Heat Warnings. It includes pools, wading pools, splash pads, community centres and, during Heat Warnings, four ECCs for the public.

The Network now includes:

  • 47 community centres and pools that have space, including lobby space and seating, for residents to use for indoor cooling
    • 16 are open seven days a week (weekdays 7a.m. to 7pm, weekends 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
    • 31 are open on weekdays (9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • More than 280 outdoor and indoor pools, splash pads and wading pools.
  • Some pools that also offer extended hours during Heat Warnings. For up-to-date information on locations and regular operating hours, call 311 or visit the website.
  • During upcoming Heat Warnings, the following four ECCs will be available for those who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors:
    • Metro Hall, 55 John St.,
    • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
    • Mimico-Coronation Club, 10 Judson St.
    • Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave.

The ECCs will open during Heat Warnings only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except Metro Hall, which is open 24 hours starting at 11 a.m. on the first Heat Warning day), including the statuary holidays remaining in the hot weather season. As more Heat Relief Network spaces open to the public, the ECC program may be further amended or withdrawn. An interactive map is available to help those who need to access a cool space find a location near them. For more information please read the news release.

New measures come into effect for apartments and condominiums and food and drink establishments to help stop the spread of COVID-19
On August 5, new measures came into effect that require masks or face coverings to be worn in common areas in apartments and condominiums and additional requirements for food and drink establishments to protect the health and safety of our communities by helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Under the new bylaw for apartments and condos, building owners or operators are required to have a policy to ensure masks or face coverings are worn by individuals in enclosed common spaces, such as lobbies, elevators and laundry rooms, and post corresponding signage.

In food and drink establishments, new requirements to protect the health and safety of restaurant customers include ensuring all customers remain seated at all times, separating tables by at least two metres, maintaining customer logs, posting signage, establishing staff screening protocols and limiting indoor capacity. Learn more at toronto.ca/ReopenTO. For more information please read the news release.

CaféTO program now supporting more than 600 restaurants city-wide, registration to close on Tuesday August 11
The City of Toronto’s CaféTO program, which now supports more than 600 restaurants city-wide with increased dining capacity, will close registration to new applicants this Tuesday, August 11 at noon. The program is scheduled to end for the season on November 15.

Since Toronto entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan, fewer restaurants have been applying for CaféTO. After Tuesday, program staff will continue helping local businesses by rolling-out remaining approved locations while supporting hundreds of businesses with existing CaféTO locations. Learn more at toronto.ca/cafeto. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,472 cases of COVID-19 in the city. In total, 14,043 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,161 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Terra Lumina: An Enchanted Night Walk into a Bright Future
On twilight evenings, step through a portal of light in 2099, a time when the world glows with possibility. Terra Lumina returns on Friday August 14, 2020. Get your tickets at www.torontozoo.com/TerraLumina

Toronto Zoo Corpse Flower update: Greenhouse Open to Public Beginning TODAY
For the second time at the Toronto Zoo, a corpse plant (Amorphophallus titanum) officially named “Vincent Van Gross” is projected to bloom this evening or Friday night! This species only blooms for 8-36 hours and this is the second time this species has bloomed in the GTA! Grown from seed, it can take six to ten years for a plant to produce its first flower, after which it can take several more years for it to bloom again. This plant's predecessor, Pablo “Pe-ew” caso, bloomed back in September 2018. More information on the corpse plant blooming can be found here.
Underground Power Line Crossings at Guildwood Station
At various locations along the Lakeshore East Corridor, Metrolinx is starting to remove overhead power lines and move them underground. As part of this project, there will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO Station which started on Friday, June 26 and will run for approximately 8 weeks. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00


August 4, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

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

This past weekend the Muslim community in Scarborough-Guildwood and around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha. While celebrations this year may have been different, Eid al-Adha is a celebration that brings family and friends together, I wish all those who celebrated an Eid Mubarak!

August 1st marked the 186th anniversary of Emancipation Day and the beginning of Emancipation Month . Emancipation Day is the day slavery was abolished in Canada by the Slavery Abolition Act. Emancipation Month recognizes the struggle for human rights and the rich contributions made by people of African descent. Recognizing Emancipation Month in August acknowledges an abhorrent period in our history and our ongoing commitment to eliminate discrimination in all forms. Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, proclaimed August 2020 as “Emancipation Month” in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto now in Stage 3 reopening
The City of Toronto entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening on Friday July 31st, allowing for the safe restart of more businesses and services including playgrounds, additional recreational programs, indoor restaurant dining, gyms and sports facilities with certain restrictions in place.

While Toronto enters Stage 3, residents are reminded to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often, and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto. Learn more about City of Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening in the news release.

City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library offering free public Wi-Fi in select parks from August 4 to 8
The City of Toronto, in partnership with the Toronto Public Library, will bring temporary Wi-Fi access to select parks in northwest Toronto as part of a week-long pilot project called Wi-Fi on Wheels. This initiative was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure vulnerable Torontonians can connect online to important information, social supports and vital services.

Wi-Fi on Wheels provides free outdoor internet access and onsite use of internet-compatible devices for those without regular access. Anyone can bring their own device to connect to the public Wi-Fi network or can temporarily use a City device onsite. The Wi-Fi-enabled Bookmobile, provided by the Toronto Public Library, will be travelling to select parks between noon and 6:30 p.m. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto announces Family Well-Being Plan
Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto’s Family Well-Being Plan developed in partnership with community agencies and social service providers, to highlight the supports available to those who may be experiencing family violence during the pandemic.
Intimate Partner & Domestic Violence

  1. Assaulted Women's Helpline – 416-863-0511
  2. Toronto Rape Crisis Centre – 416-597-8808
  3. Women's College Hospital – 416-323-6040
  4. Family Services Toronto – 416-595-9618
  5. Toronto Police Service – 911 (Emergency) or 416-808-2222 (Non-Emergency Number) 
  6. Victim Services Toronto – 416-808-7066 
  7. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – 416-746-3701, ext. 0 or TTY 416-746-3716

Child Abuse

  1. Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
  2. BOOST CYAC – 415-515-1100
  3. Children’s Aid Society of Toronto – 416-924-4646 
  4. Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto – 416-395-1500
  5. Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto – 416-638-7800
  6. Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – 416-969-8510
  7. Toronto Police Service – 911 (Emergency) or 416-808-2222 (Non-Emergency)

To access information, resources and tips, please visit http://www.toronto.ca/HereToHelpTO.

Automated Speed Enforcement cameras issue 7,645 tickets during first two weeks of ticketing
The City’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) cameras issued a total of 7,645 tickets between July 6 and 20, 2020, the first two weeks following the start of issuing tickets. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,432 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 12 cases since the day before. There are 79 people hospitalized. In total, 13,987 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,161 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

COVID-19 and Construction Work in Toronto
As restrictions on construction have been lifted by the Province of Ontario, City-led infrastructure construction will continue. This work is essential to ensure that the City’s infrastructure remain safe, in a state of good repair and able to meet Toronto’s needs. During construction, the contractor is responsible for all aspects of health and safety on site. For more information on the City's response to COVID-19, please visit toronto.ca/covid-19. More information on watermain cleaning and construction work can be found here.

Metrolinx Updates
Upcoming Construction Plans - Scarborough Subway: Geo-technical survey and drilling work is continuing at multiple locations along McCowan Road between Ellesmere Road and Hwy 401, as well as near Midland Avenue and Ellesmere Road, and has occurred as several other locations for some time. For more information, take a look at the construction notice, by clicking here.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings:

  • Bi-weekly Monitoring Program:  August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th 

These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.

Power Line Work: At various locations along the Lakeshore East Corridor, we are starting to remove overhead power lines and move them underground. As part of this project, there will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO station starting Friday, June 26 for approximately 8 weeks. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work will be on the south side of the GO station, west parking lot. Impacts to local residents are anticipated to be minor.

There will be power line relocation work starting west of Markham Road. Preliminary work starts next week, and the major work starts mid-August. This work will be ongoing for approximately 8 weeks. Working hours are the same daytime hours (e.g. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Updates will be provided as the power line project progresses.


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.

July 20, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3
The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. The following public health units will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services.

These regions will join the 24 public health regions that entered into Stage 3 on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health and workplace safety restrictions necessary to keep people safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

Re-Opening of Community Centres and Indoor Pools
As of Today, Community Centres and Indoor Pools will opening for limited use, including: Indoor pools for drop-in leisure and lane swim; lounges; meeting and multi-purpose rooms; computer labs; washrooms; and lobbies.

Visitors to the City’s community centres should expect changes similar to those that they have experienced at other City amenities and indoor public spaces:
·             Visitors will be screened upon entry and will be asked for contact information for contact tracing, should it be required;
·             People must wear a mask or cloth face-covering (except when swimming) when visiting a community recreation centre as these facilities are indoors;
·             Capacities for community rooms and indoor pools will be reduced to ensure space for physical distancing

Residents are encouraged to contact their local community centres for more information.  A full listing of open facilities and activities can be found at www.toronto.ca/recreation

City of Toronto to shift Gardiner Expressway lane reductions between Jarvis and Cherry Streets for final phase of project
The City of Toronto has achieved a construction milestone in the Strategic Rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. Crews have replaced the concrete deck and steel girders on the north half of the expressway, the westbound off-ramp to Sherbourne Street and repaired the westbound off-ramp to Yonge-Bay-York Streets, and will now transition to renew the south half of the expressway for the final phase of work.

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.
·             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.
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!  

Manifesting Amazing Dreams
The Manifesting Amazing Dreams program supports youth between the ages of 12-20 who are experiencing multiple barriers. The program is delivered twice per week for 10 weeks.  The youth receive an honorarium of $20 per session for their participation. The program will commence on August 4. If you have any questions please contact mad@cantraining.org or call 416-206-6050.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Please see different options to provide input below:
·                 One on One Survey (for individuals)
·                 Group Discussion (for grassroot organizations)
·                 Share your story
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.

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.

Metrolinx Update
Mandatory Face Coverings on the GO Transit and UP Express
Starting Tomorrow 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.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings Bi-weekly Monitoring Program: July 17th, July 31st, August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated. 

Guildwood GO Station: There will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO station starting Friday, June 26 for approximately 8 weeks. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work will be on the south side of the GO station, west parking lot. Impacts to local residents are anticipated to be minor.


July 17, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto launches ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX to provide free outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
Today, the City of Toronto launched two new outdoor recreation initiatives for Toronto children and youth. ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will engage Toronto youth, children and their families and help animate up to 100 local Toronto parks and outdoor spaces this summer.

Beginning Monday, July 20, ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday each week at multiple locations. ParksPlayTO will offer activities such as nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. Any child age 12 and under accompanied by a caregiver age 18 or older can participate in ParksPlayTO. Caregivers can bring up to four children and must remain at the park to participate in the program. ParksPlayTO morning sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m. and afternoon sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Summer in the 6IX, which will also begin on Monday, is a free program designed for Toronto youth, aged 13 to 24, offering opportunities to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in fun, themed activities. Summer in the 6IX will offer a range of programming including dance, fitness, ecology and sports as well as leadership, employment, arts and media. Summer in the 6IX will be available to all Toronto youth at a variety of Toronto parks. There will be three sessions offered a day at multiple locations across the city seven days a week. For more information please read the news release .

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto starting Friday, July 17 to Monday, July 20. Extreme heat is associated with negative health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke and death.

It is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks or face coverings, with some exceptions, 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 to help those who need to locate an ECC, as well as other cool spaces, such as swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads near them. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available on the City’s website.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 18 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 19 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, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage: www.toronto.ca/activeTO .

Restaurant not obeying provincial orders
Toronto restaurants and bars continue to be open for delivery, takeout and outdoor dining only. Customers can only be inside a restaurant or bar to access an outdoor dining area (i.e. walk through to a back patio), pick up food, pay or use the washroom; while within the enclosed public space, customers and employees must be wearing a mask as required by the establishment’s mask policy and the City’s Mask or Face Covering Bylaw.

The City has received many complaints regarding restaurants and bars not following physical distancing requirements, as well as illegally offering customers indoor dining. Enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be teaming up to increase inspections of liquor-licensed establishments in the city this weekend to address businesses that, despite widespread efforts to educate them on public health requirements to keep their customers, employees and the public safe, continue to disobey provincial orders.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,037 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 81 cases since Wednesday. There are 139 people hospitalized, with 29 in ICU. In total, 13,377 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 118 cases since Wednesday. To date, there have been 1,133 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Mandatory Face Coverings on the GO Transit and UP Express
As of 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.

Toronto Zoo Welcomes Birth of Endangered Red Panda Cubs: First Red Panda Cubs Born at Your Toronto Zoo in 24 Years
In the late afternoon of Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Ila, your Toronto Zoo’s two-year-old female red panda, gave birth to two healthy cubs. This is the first red panda pregnancy at the Zoo since 1996, and this is the first offspring for mother Ila with father Suva, a three-year-old male.

Both mom and cubs are doing well, and Wildlife Care Keepers continue to monitor Ila and cubs closely, using cameras for minimal disturbance, to ensure cubs continue to nurse from Ila regularly. To catch a glimpse of Baby Reds in their nest box click HERE. To find out how you can support the endangered red pandas and other wildlife conservation work at your Toronto Zoo, please CLICK HERE.

Manifesting Amazing Dreams
The Manifesting Amazing Dreams program is an initiative of the CTI and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). The program supports youth between the ages of 12 and 20 who are experiencing multiple barriers, including, but not limited to, involvement/risk of involvement in criminal activity, the justice system, and gang activity. The program is delivered twice per week for 10 weeks.  The youth receive an honorarium of $20 per session for their participation. The program will commence on August 4. If you have any questions please contact mad@cantraining.org or call 416-206-6050.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 TOMORROW
TOMORROW 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. The food donations collected will be delivered on Monday to the West Hill Food Bank (4205 Lawrence Ave. E.)


July 16, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto starting tomorrow, Friday, July 17 to Monday, July 20. Extreme heat is associated with negative health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke and death.

During periods of hot weather, the safety of all residents is the priority. The City of Toronto will open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) tomorrow for the duration of the Heat Warning. Please note that the ECC Parkdale location has changed from the Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St. W., to Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave. The ECC at Wallace-Emerson Community Centre is no longer open due to previous low attendance and to make additional space for camp.

It is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks or face coverings, with some exceptions, 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 to help those who need to locate an ECC, as well as other cool spaces, such as swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads near them. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available on the City’s website.

City invites applications for Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme
The City of Toronto has launched the Toronto edition of C40's international Women4Climate Mentorship Programme to encourage and inspire women's leadership in responding to climate change. This program matches mentors from local government, the business sector, international organizations and social agencies with emerging women leaders. Mentors share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the mentees in becoming powerful advocates in addressing climate change. Three Canadian cities are participating in the program: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Over seven months, Women4ClimateTO will engage 12 women who live, work or attend school in Toronto and provide a program that combines mentorship, networking and collaborative learning opportunities. Following the formal mentorship program, mentees will participate in a pitch competition to showcase their ideas. The application deadline has been extended to July 31. More information about Women4ClimateTO is available at toronto.ca/livegreen. For more information, please read the news release.

New COVID-19 health and safety regulations for landlords of rental apartments in Toronto
On June 29, 2020, City Council adopted new health and safety rules for apartment building owners and operators to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules aim to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in multi-tenanted buildings. Until October 31, 2020, apartment building owners and operators registered in the RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards bylaw enforcement program are required to:

  1. provide hand sanitizer in all common areas that remain open, such as building entrances and laundry rooms.
  2. ensure non-essential common areas, such as gyms and playrooms, remain closed in compliance with provincial restrictions
  3. clean frequently-touched surfaces in all open common areas with household cleaners and disinfectants twice daily and when visibly dirty, and
  4. post Toronto Public Health signage on physical distancing and shared laundry rooms.

More information on the new requirements for landlords is available on the RentSafeTO for Building Owners webpage. If tenants have health and safety concerns, they are advised to talk to their landlord or building manager first and submit a service request. If the landlord does not take action and the problems persist, tenants should contact 311 for the RentSafeTO team to respond.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 59 cases since Monday. There are 145 people hospitalized, with 30 in ICU. In total, 13,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 111 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,126 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Public Safety Alert, Fraud Investigation, Online Employment Scam
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing fraud investigation regarding an online employment scam that reports, the employee is directed to pick up and deposit a cheque, turn the money over to another person or be directed to take the cash and deposit it into a bitcoin machine. Police would like to remind the public there are no delivery jobs that involve picking up cheques made out to employees and depositing them into their own accounts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). For more information please read the news release.

Toronto Public Services Board concludes virtual Town Hall Sessions
The Board, today, concluded a series of virtual town hall meetings held on July 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2020.  These meetings were created in response to the thousands of messages that the Board has received, as an opportunity to hear directly from the public on matters concerning police accountability, reform, and community safety priorities. 

The submissions the Board received are being compiled and will be accessible here before the next Board meeting.  The Board wishes to thank all members of the public and organizations that participated in these Town Halls, viewed them online, or otherwise made their views on these important issues known. In addition, please be advised that the Board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday July 30, 2020 has been cancelled, a newly scheduled Board meeting to be held on August 18, 2020.

Toronto Arts Council Upcoming Webinar
TAC is teaming up with EDC and Toronto Public Health to present a Digital Update with the latest information and answers to your questions. Please join the conversation with Pat Tobin (Director Arts and Culture Services), Claire Hopkinson (Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council), David Absalom (Toronto Public Health). The intent of this session is to provide updates on the impact of Stage 3 on Toronto arts organizations. The Webinar takes place on Thursday July 23, 2:30-3:30pm. Register HERE.

360 Stories E-Anthology Launch: Magic Mayhem & Me
The 360° Stories Online E-Anthology Launch will be hosted on Zoom on Thursday July 23rd, 2020 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM and will feature:

  • Readings from the e-magazine by some of the young authors
  • Q&A with the authors
  • Sneak peek of the e-Anthology & opportunities to purchase your copy

Join student authors, their families, and program partners to celebrate! Register now by clicking HERE.  

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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. The food donations collected will be delivered on Monday to the West Hill Food Bank (4205 Lawrence Ave. E.)
July 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Urgent Rapid Access to Housing Breakdown
I’ve received a number of requests for a breakdown of the urgent rapid housing access in the City of Toronto. The City of Toronto’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration have permanently housed 1,309 people from the shelter system over the last four months. 721 households, of which 468 were singles and 841 were families, 133 people were placed in RGI units through the centralized waiting list, 960 people were placed in private market rent with the support of housing allowance and 216 people were placed in vacant TCHC units.

Everyone included in this breakdown was placed into housing directly from shelter and the units are permanent. If you have any follow-up questions or concerns please contact my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 416-396-7222.

City of Toronto provides additional support for individuals and families in shelters
The City of Toronto is supporting newcomers experiencing homelessness with an innovative new temporary program as part of the COVID-19 shelter response.

The City is utilizing vacant units in four Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) buildings slated for demolition as part of the Regent Park revitalization to provide temporary accommodation for refugee/asylum seekers. The program supports the City's efforts to provide increased physical distancing in the shelter system.

Clients will move-in on a phased in-basis starting in mid-July. There are up to 70 units spread over four buildings that can accommodate up to 160 clients until the end of the year. The site will operate temporarily until such time as the clients have all found permanent housing or by December 15, 2020 in alignment with the revitalization schedule for the site. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto community centres and indoor pools to open next week
Today, Mayor Tory announced that City of Toronto’s community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools will be reopening on Monday, July 20. The community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As Toronto remains in Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan, a total of 119 community and recreation centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools will reopen to the public for limited use on July 20. Indoor pools will reopen for drop-in lane and leisure swimming.

At this time, the City’s community centres cannot offer or facilitate indoor sports, fitness and wellness activities, singing and dancing programs as well as food preparation, distribution or dining activities where equipment or supplies are passed or shared amongst participants. This includes activities like card games, chess or dominoes. The City anticipates that some of these amenities and activities will resume when Toronto reaches Stage 3 of reopening. For more information, please read the news release.

Two City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & recreation workers test positive for COVID-19
This City of Toronto was made aware of two employees with the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division (PFR) who have tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure to the virus occurred between July 6 and 10 and did not occur in the workplace. One employee who tested positive has had brief contact with a part-time worker at the Ellesmere Community Centre CampTO program. The program will not be required to close. There are 11 campers at this camp. The other employee works in sanitation for PFR and does not come into contact with children or families at CampTO.

No children taking part in CampTO programs, which began yesterday, July 13, have been directly exposed to the employees who have tested positive. The City, however, is in the process now of advising families, employees, the union, and the public and of these cases as a matter of public transparency. Toronto Public Health advises that the risk of contracting COVID-19 for children and families at this CampTO program is very low. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 59 cases since Monday. There are 145 people hospitalized, with 30 in ICU. In total, 13,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 111 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,126 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Extendicare Guildwood Home Update
Extendicare Guildwood is happy to welcome friends and family for outdoor visits. Outdoor visits can be scheduled by contacting Rosanne at 416-266-711 ext. 237 between 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Thursday. Please call two days in advance when booking your visit.

Family Town Hall: This Friday July 17, SHN will moderate the Family Townhall with panelists from SHN and Extendicare. The meeting will take place at 2pm. More details about the meeting and how to join can be found HERE.

Toronto Senior Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) COVID-19 Update Bulletin
Removing Mask or Face Covering for Outdoor Visits: SSLTC has confirmed with both the Ministry and Toronto Public Health, that once visitors are seated 6 feet away from the resident for an outdoor visit, the mask or face covering can be removed and a face shield used. This enhancement is within the Ministry guidelines, Resuming Visits in Long-Term Care Homes. Once your visit is over, please put your mask or face covering back on.

Active on-line screening in LTC is here: The City of Toronto is testing the use of online health screening for long-term care home staff and visitors. Castleview Wychwood Towers are currently conducting a pilot. The system allows employees and visitors to complete the On-line Screening Process before their shift/using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. SSLTC’s COVID-19 Update Bulletin can be found HERE.

Welcome back to your Toronto Zoo! Timed-Tickets Now Available through August 5, 2020!
Your Toronto Zoo has established new protocols to ensure your visit is a safe and happy one including online booking to purchase timed-tickets before your visit allowing us to socially distance guests, new one-way walking paths, additional cleaning protocols, wearing facial coverings, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the Zoo. To book your Scenic Safari Drive-Thru or Walking Route Timed-Tickets, click HERE.

Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood 2020 Street Furniture Installations
A number of benches, litter receptacles and transit shelters have been approved for installation in our ward. These elements will be installed within the 2020 year or over the next few years. The elements selected are based on the requests from the public, Business Improvement Areas, and residents’ associations. A list of upcoming street furniture projects can be found HERE and a map of the project locations HERE

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 14, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto releases update on financial impacts of COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to monitor and analyze the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the municipal budget, while at the same time fiscally preparing for recovery and rebuild in the months to come. As part of this work, City staff will be presenting the five-month variance report to the Executive Committee for consideration next week, about the experienced and anticipated financial impacts of COVID-19, including mitigation options.

The report notes that the City anticipates a financial impact of $1.9 billion by the end of 2020, prior to any offsets through mitigation strategies, including spending and workforce restraints. With these mitigation strategies in place, the City projects a reduced total year-end shortfall of $1.35 billion.

Mayor John Tory and Budget Chief Gary Crawford addressed the report on Tuesday morning, highlighting the $513.7 million in mitigation strategies the City is undertaking and stressing the need for emergency financial support for Toronto and other municipalities from the federal and provincial governments. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto continues to move individuals who experience homelessness from encampments to safe inside spaces
As part of the comprehensive COVID-19 response plan for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Toronto and community partners mobilized a strategy for outreach to people staying in encampments that prioritizes health and safety.

Since April, the City has:

  • Moved at least 550 people from 43 encampments to inside safe spaces including interim housing, hotels and shelter
  • All of these spaces offer physical distanced accommodations and include supports such as meals, programming and housing case management
  • This includes at least 121 people who have been staying at encampments in and around Moss Park
  • Outreach at Moss Park included offers to coordinate transportation to accommodation for individuals

Since mid-March, the City has successfully moved more than 1,300 people who were homeless into permanent housing. This is through a combination of housing allowances and rent-geared-to-income units. The City also established two first-of-its kind in Canada recovery and isolation facilities for homeless individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 where they could safely recover with wrap-around medical care.

The City of Toronto remains focused on the safety of those in encampments and on moving people sleeping outdoors to safe indoor space. The City continues to secure spaces to offer to people who are staying at encampments throughout the city. For more information, please read the news release.

Bike Share Toronto and Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario form new partnership
The City of Toronto, Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), today announced the formation of a new partnership.

Bike Share Toronto and CAA SCO have signed a multi-year partnership agreement that will make CAA SCO an Official Partner of Bike Share Toronto.

The agreement includes CAA SCO’s commitment to continue its official sponsorship of Free Ride Wednesdays. It also provides CAA members and CAA On the Move members with special offers on bike share membership and rides through its CAA Rewards Program. For more information, please read the news release.

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.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 13, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Nearly all businesses and public spaces to reopen in Stage 3
While Toronto and GTHA remain in Stage 2, the Ontario government reports that nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place for the rest of the province as of Friday, July 17, 2020.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage. For a list of regions that will remain in Stage 2, visit Ontario.ca/reopen .

Regions outside of the GTHA will be allowed to move into Stage 3 first, on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information please read the news release .

CampTO marks its first day of the program by welcoming nearly 2,500 campers today
This morning, the City welcomed close to 2,500 campers to their first day of summer camp. The City of Toronto is offering summer day camps across the city as part of its CampTO initiative, following the provincial government’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Stage 2 reopening. Beginning today, CampTO will run in weekly sessions over eight weeks this summer, until the end of August, at approximately 130 Toronto locations. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto launches DriveInTO to bring entertainment experiences across the city; Festivals and events adapting to new changes with City support
the City launched DriveInTO which will allow for temporary drive-in entertainment experiences across Toronto this summer. From films to concerts to sports broadcasts, drive-in entertainment will offer an opportunity for Torontonians to re-engage with their city.

Toronto residents will be able to experience DriveInTO at the following locations:

  • Ontario Place, featuring screenings. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Hot Docs, imagineNATIVE and TIFF.
  • CityView Drive-In at 20 Polson Pier, featuring concerts, screenings and broadcasts. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Reelworld Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival.
  • Friday Night Lights at Downsview Park, presented by Canada Land Corporation and MADE, featuring free made-in-Canada films.
  • CF Movie Night at CF Sherway Gardens.

To help event organizers safely design and produce these temporary events, Toronto Public Health has created a COVID-19 guidance document for drive-in and drive-thru entertainment, available here. For more information please read the news release.

Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and Toronto’s conservatories to open tomorrow
Today, Mayor Tory announced that Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and the City’s conservatories will open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14. The farm, zoo and conservatories were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Riverdale Farm is home to domestic farm animals and representative of a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Toronto’s oldest zoo, the High Park Zoo, houses animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The High Park Zoo is open daily, with free admission, from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at toronto.ca/zoos or by calling 311. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,897 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. There are 151 people hospitalized, with 31 in ICU. In total, 13,148 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,120 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Bicycle Safety Week
The Toronto Police Service has set the wheels in motion for a bicycle safety week, July 13 – 19, 2020. As part of the ongoing response to COVID-19, the City of Toronto launched ActiveTO which aims to get residents out of their homes while adhering to the restrictions laid out by Public Health officials.  This means more cyclists are riding around our city and drivers need to be alert and anticipate sharing the road with vulnerable road users. For more information please read the news release.

Highway 401 Westbound Collector Weekend Lane Reduction
Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be reduced to one lane at Markham Road Friday July 17 at 10PM to Monday July 20 at 5PM.

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 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 on this can be found here.

City Services are regularly updated as services come back online.  The city recommenced attending to noise complaints July 2nd with a target response within 2-4  days.  With over 800 complaints received since July 2nd staff doing their best to respond within the timelines.  Short Term Rentals complaints have been responded to throughout the pandemic.  Property Standards complaints will recommence on the 3rd week in July. 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.

Additional 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 Consultations. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIA neighbourhoods, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process.

Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 10, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Toronto Public Health releases new COVID-19 case data trends
Toronto Public Health has released new individual-level COVID-19 data on the City's Open Data platform today. The information includes non-identifiable COVID-19 case data and includes many important variables to help understanding the outbreak, including details on when an individual became ill, their infection source, outcome, hospitalization, age group, gender and neighbourhood. It is intended to help people to examine the pandemic's trends over time.

The data collected as of July 9 show that since the beginning of the pandemic: Approximately 14,777 people in Toronto have been infected with this virus; The majority of those infected have been aged 50 to 59 years of age; Approximately 12% of COVID cases have been hospitalized; COVID-19 has been detected among more female than male Torontonians; There have been 1,117 deaths; Approximately 13,028 people in Toronto have recovered from this virus. For more information please visit this site.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 11 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 12 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 than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to local residents throughout the city this weekend. More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO. Curblane closures will be in place this weekend to accommodate new cafés/patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city.

Enforcement and restricted evening parking at beaches
Over the last several weekends, the City 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 today, parking restrictions will be in place at Toronto beaches 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

Parking at Bluffers Park will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Toronto Police will be present at all parking lot entrances. Vehicles leaving beach parking lots after 7 p.m. will be able to do so freely.

Bylaw enforcement officers and Toronto Police will issue tickets related to the consumption of alcohol and bonfires, with fines of up to $300. Fines for littering can be up to $500. If a litter bin is full, residents are asked to take their garbage with them so it can be disposed of properly. Any overflowing bins or litter hot spots should be reported to 311.

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. The City’s 100 wading pools continue to open on a location-by-location basis. 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.

Toronto Zoo celebrates conservation breeding success for three endangered Canadian species
Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that three Canadian conservation breeding programs have welcomed births and hatchings: black-footed ferret (BFF), eastern loggerhead shrike (ELS) and Vancouver Island marmot (VIM. The breeding and reintroduction programs at your Toronto Zoo are putting more endangered species back into the wild. Find out how you can support these programs through the Conservation In Action campaign.
Scarborough Health Network is changing its Visitor Policy on July 13
SHN is allowing Essential Visitors or Care Partners at SHN based on compassionate care, where in-person visits are necessary for a patient’s fundamental care needs, mental health, and emotional support. Please click here to review SHN’s new visiting policies.

SHN continues to promote virtual visits to friends and family to ensure the health and wellbeing of its patients. Please speak with the health care team for support with these virtual visits, and borrowing a mobile device for patients who do not have their own phone or tablet, and click here for instructions on how you can set up a virtual call on your device.

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from 14 July to 30 July at 10AM to provide information about federal government programs and services that could benefit your clients - including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers (including self-employed individuals), employers and newcomers.

  • COVID-19 Support for Workers - July 16, 23, & 30
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – July 14, 21, &28
  • Services for Seniors – July 22
  • Services for Newcomers – July 15 & 29

To register, email EDSC.SERVICECANADADIRECT-SERVICECANADALIVE.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca with the webinar topic and date.
Notice of Environmental Project Report Addendum: Scarborough Subway Extension Project
The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission completed an Environmental Project Report for the Scarborough Subway Extension, in August 2017. In October 2017, the Project was granted Notice to Proceed with no conditions. Since the completion of the 2017 ERP, several changes have been proposed that are inconsistent with the original 2017 ERP design. Changes to the Project include an extension of the underground alignment, two new emergency exit buildings, one revised emergency exit building location, two new stations and a revised station location at Scarborough Centre. The addendum to the 2017 ERP is available here. Those who wish to provide comments on the ERP addendum must do so by August 3, 2020 to TorontoEast@metrolinx.com. A copy of this notice can be found here.

Metrolinx Update
Anti-Trespass Mat Installation:  Metrolinx will be installing anti-trespass panels at every level crossing on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville corridors, 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 on these mats will take place on July 27, 2020 for Morningside Ave and Poplar Rd and August 3, 2020 for Galloway Rd and Scarborough Golf Club Rd.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings: Bi-weekly Monitoring Program: July 17th, July 31st, August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.

Guildwood GO Station: As of Friday, June 26 for approximately 8 weeks, there will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO Station. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work will be on the south side of the GO station, west parking lot. Impacts to local residents are anticipated to be minor.

Metrolinx would like to hear from local businesses in the area around the new Scarborough Subway Extension and share information about upcoming community events and give a shout-out to some interesting businesses and restaurants that residents and visitors will enjoy reading about. To participate in this opportunity, please email us at torontoeast@metrolinx.com for more details.  

CANCELLED: 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 has been CANCELLED due to the forecasted rain.

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. 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.

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 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.


July 20, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Ontario Moving More Regions into Stage 3
The Ontario government is allowing seven more regions to enter Stage 3 on Friday, increasing the number of businesses and public spaces that will reopen across the province. The following public health units will be allowed to move into Stage 3 on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services.

These regions will join the 24 public health regions that entered into Stage 3 on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health and workplace safety restrictions necessary to keep people safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.

Re-Opening of Community Centres and Indoor Pools
As of Today, Community Centres and Indoor Pools will opening for limited use, including: Indoor pools for drop-in leisure and lane swim; lounges; meeting and multi-purpose rooms; computer labs; washrooms; and lobbies.

Visitors to the City’s community centres should expect changes similar to those that they have experienced at other City amenities and indoor public spaces:
·             Visitors will be screened upon entry and will be asked for contact information for contact tracing, should it be required;
·             People must wear a mask or cloth face-covering (except when swimming) when visiting a community recreation centre as these facilities are indoors;
·             Capacities for community rooms and indoor pools will be reduced to ensure space for physical distancing

Residents are encouraged to contact their local community centres for more information.  A full listing of open facilities and activities can be found at www.toronto.ca/recreation

City of Toronto to shift Gardiner Expressway lane reductions between Jarvis and Cherry Streets for final phase of project
The City of Toronto has achieved a construction milestone in the Strategic Rehabilitation of the Gardiner Expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets. Crews have replaced the concrete deck and steel girders on the north half of the expressway, the westbound off-ramp to Sherbourne Street and repaired the westbound off-ramp to Yonge-Bay-York Streets, and will now transition to renew the south half of the expressway for the final phase of work.

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.
·             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.
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!  

Manifesting Amazing Dreams
The Manifesting Amazing Dreams program supports youth between the ages of 12-20 who are experiencing multiple barriers. The program is delivered twice per week for 10 weeks.  The youth receive an honorarium of $20 per session for their participation. The program will commence on August 4. If you have any questions please contact mad@cantraining.org or call 416-206-6050.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Please see different options to provide input below:
·                 One on One Survey (for individuals)
·                 Group Discussion (for grassroot organizations)
·                 Share your story
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.

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.

Metrolinx Update
Mandatory Face Coverings on the GO Transit and UP Express
Starting Tomorrow 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.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings Bi-weekly Monitoring Program: July 17th, July 31st, August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated. 

Guildwood GO Station: There will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO station starting Friday, June 26 for approximately 8 weeks. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work will be on the south side of the GO station, west parking lot. Impacts to local residents are anticipated to be minor.


July 17, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto launches ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX to provide free outdoor programs for children and youth in Toronto
Today, the City of Toronto launched two new outdoor recreation initiatives for Toronto children and youth. ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will engage Toronto youth, children and their families and help animate up to 100 local Toronto parks and outdoor spaces this summer.

Beginning Monday, July 20, ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday each week at multiple locations. ParksPlayTO will offer activities such as nature exploring, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. Any child age 12 and under accompanied by a caregiver age 18 or older can participate in ParksPlayTO. Caregivers can bring up to four children and must remain at the park to participate in the program. ParksPlayTO morning sessions will begin at 9:15 a.m. and afternoon sessions will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Summer in the 6IX, which will also begin on Monday, is a free program designed for Toronto youth, aged 13 to 24, offering opportunities to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in fun, themed activities. Summer in the 6IX will offer a range of programming including dance, fitness, ecology and sports as well as leadership, employment, arts and media. Summer in the 6IX will be available to all Toronto youth at a variety of Toronto parks. There will be three sessions offered a day at multiple locations across the city seven days a week. For more information please read the news release .

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto starting Friday, July 17 to Monday, July 20. Extreme heat is associated with negative health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke and death.

It is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks or face coverings, with some exceptions, 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 to help those who need to locate an ECC, as well as other cool spaces, such as swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads near them. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available on the City’s website.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 18 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 19 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, including an online map of all locations, can be found on the ActiveTO webpage: www.toronto.ca/activeTO .

Restaurant not obeying provincial orders
Toronto restaurants and bars continue to be open for delivery, takeout and outdoor dining only. Customers can only be inside a restaurant or bar to access an outdoor dining area (i.e. walk through to a back patio), pick up food, pay or use the washroom; while within the enclosed public space, customers and employees must be wearing a mask as required by the establishment’s mask policy and the City’s Mask or Face Covering Bylaw.

The City has received many complaints regarding restaurants and bars not following physical distancing requirements, as well as illegally offering customers indoor dining. Enforcement officers from Municipal Licensing & Standards, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police Service, and the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario will be teaming up to increase inspections of liquor-licensed establishments in the city this weekend to address businesses that, despite widespread efforts to educate them on public health requirements to keep their customers, employees and the public safe, continue to disobey provincial orders.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,037 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 81 cases since Wednesday. There are 139 people hospitalized, with 29 in ICU. In total, 13,377 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 118 cases since Wednesday. To date, there have been 1,133 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Mandatory Face Coverings on the GO Transit and UP Express
As of 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.

Toronto Zoo Welcomes Birth of Endangered Red Panda Cubs: First Red Panda Cubs Born at Your Toronto Zoo in 24 Years
In the late afternoon of Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Ila, your Toronto Zoo’s two-year-old female red panda, gave birth to two healthy cubs. This is the first red panda pregnancy at the Zoo since 1996, and this is the first offspring for mother Ila with father Suva, a three-year-old male.

Both mom and cubs are doing well, and Wildlife Care Keepers continue to monitor Ila and cubs closely, using cameras for minimal disturbance, to ensure cubs continue to nurse from Ila regularly. To catch a glimpse of Baby Reds in their nest box click HERE. To find out how you can support the endangered red pandas and other wildlife conservation work at your Toronto Zoo, please CLICK HERE.

Manifesting Amazing Dreams
The Manifesting Amazing Dreams program is an initiative of the CTI and is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS). The program supports youth between the ages of 12 and 20 who are experiencing multiple barriers, including, but not limited to, involvement/risk of involvement in criminal activity, the justice system, and gang activity. The program is delivered twice per week for 10 weeks.  The youth receive an honorarium of $20 per session for their participation. The program will commence on August 4. If you have any questions please contact mad@cantraining.org or call 416-206-6050.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 TOMORROW
TOMORROW 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. The food donations collected will be delivered on Monday to the West Hill Food Bank (4205 Lawrence Ave. E.)


July 16, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto starting tomorrow, Friday, July 17 to Monday, July 20. Extreme heat is associated with negative health impacts ranging from heat stress to heat stroke and death.

During periods of hot weather, the safety of all residents is the priority. The City of Toronto will open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) tomorrow for the duration of the Heat Warning. Please note that the ECC Parkdale location has changed from the Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St. W., to Masaryk-Cowan Community Recreation Centre, 220 Cowan Ave. The ECC at Wallace-Emerson Community Centre is no longer open due to previous low attendance and to make additional space for camp.

It is mandatory for the public to wear non-medical masks or face coverings, with some exceptions, 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 to help those who need to locate an ECC, as well as other cool spaces, such as swimming pools, wading pools and splash pads near them. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available on the City’s website.

City invites applications for Women4ClimateTO Mentorship Programme
The City of Toronto has launched the Toronto edition of C40's international Women4Climate Mentorship Programme to encourage and inspire women's leadership in responding to climate change. This program matches mentors from local government, the business sector, international organizations and social agencies with emerging women leaders. Mentors share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the mentees in becoming powerful advocates in addressing climate change. Three Canadian cities are participating in the program: Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

Over seven months, Women4ClimateTO will engage 12 women who live, work or attend school in Toronto and provide a program that combines mentorship, networking and collaborative learning opportunities. Following the formal mentorship program, mentees will participate in a pitch competition to showcase their ideas. The application deadline has been extended to July 31. More information about Women4ClimateTO is available at toronto.ca/livegreen. For more information, please read the news release.

New COVID-19 health and safety regulations for landlords of rental apartments in Toronto
On June 29, 2020, City Council adopted new health and safety rules for apartment building owners and operators to follow during the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules aim to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in multi-tenanted buildings. Until October 31, 2020, apartment building owners and operators registered in the RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards bylaw enforcement program are required to:

  1. provide hand sanitizer in all common areas that remain open, such as building entrances and laundry rooms.
  2. ensure non-essential common areas, such as gyms and playrooms, remain closed in compliance with provincial restrictions
  3. clean frequently-touched surfaces in all open common areas with household cleaners and disinfectants twice daily and when visibly dirty, and
  4. post Toronto Public Health signage on physical distancing and shared laundry rooms.

More information on the new requirements for landlords is available on the RentSafeTO for Building Owners webpage. If tenants have health and safety concerns, they are advised to talk to their landlord or building manager first and submit a service request. If the landlord does not take action and the problems persist, tenants should contact 311 for the RentSafeTO team to respond.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 59 cases since Monday. There are 145 people hospitalized, with 30 in ICU. In total, 13,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 111 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,126 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Public Safety Alert, Fraud Investigation, Online Employment Scam
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing fraud investigation regarding an online employment scam that reports, the employee is directed to pick up and deposit a cheque, turn the money over to another person or be directed to take the cash and deposit it into a bitcoin machine. Police would like to remind the public there are no delivery jobs that involve picking up cheques made out to employees and depositing them into their own accounts.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). For more information please read the news release.

Toronto Public Services Board concludes virtual Town Hall Sessions
The Board, today, concluded a series of virtual town hall meetings held on July 9, 10, 15 and 16, 2020.  These meetings were created in response to the thousands of messages that the Board has received, as an opportunity to hear directly from the public on matters concerning police accountability, reform, and community safety priorities. 

The submissions the Board received are being compiled and will be accessible here before the next Board meeting.  The Board wishes to thank all members of the public and organizations that participated in these Town Halls, viewed them online, or otherwise made their views on these important issues known. In addition, please be advised that the Board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday July 30, 2020 has been cancelled, a newly scheduled Board meeting to be held on August 18, 2020.

Toronto Arts Council Upcoming Webinar
TAC is teaming up with EDC and Toronto Public Health to present a Digital Update with the latest information and answers to your questions. Please join the conversation with Pat Tobin (Director Arts and Culture Services), Claire Hopkinson (Director and CEO, Toronto Arts Council), David Absalom (Toronto Public Health). The intent of this session is to provide updates on the impact of Stage 3 on Toronto arts organizations. The Webinar takes place on Thursday July 23, 2:30-3:30pm. Register HERE.

360 Stories E-Anthology Launch: Magic Mayhem & Me
The 360° Stories Online E-Anthology Launch will be hosted on Zoom on Thursday July 23rd, 2020 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM and will feature:

  • Readings from the e-magazine by some of the young authors
  • Q&A with the authors
  • Sneak peek of the e-Anthology & opportunities to purchase your copy

Join student authors, their families, and program partners to celebrate! Register now by clicking HERE.  

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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. The food donations collected will be delivered on Monday to the West Hill Food Bank (4205 Lawrence Ave. E.)
July 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Urgent Rapid Access to Housing Breakdown
I’ve received a number of requests for a breakdown of the urgent rapid housing access in the City of Toronto. The City of Toronto’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration have permanently housed 1,309 people from the shelter system over the last four months. 721 households, of which 468 were singles and 841 were families, 133 people were placed in RGI units through the centralized waiting list, 960 people were placed in private market rent with the support of housing allowance and 216 people were placed in vacant TCHC units.

Everyone included in this breakdown was placed into housing directly from shelter and the units are permanent. If you have any follow-up questions or concerns please contact my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 416-396-7222.

City of Toronto provides additional support for individuals and families in shelters
The City of Toronto is supporting newcomers experiencing homelessness with an innovative new temporary program as part of the COVID-19 shelter response.

The City is utilizing vacant units in four Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) buildings slated for demolition as part of the Regent Park revitalization to provide temporary accommodation for refugee/asylum seekers. The program supports the City's efforts to provide increased physical distancing in the shelter system.

Clients will move-in on a phased in-basis starting in mid-July. There are up to 70 units spread over four buildings that can accommodate up to 160 clients until the end of the year. The site will operate temporarily until such time as the clients have all found permanent housing or by December 15, 2020 in alignment with the revitalization schedule for the site. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto community centres and indoor pools to open next week
Today, Mayor Tory announced that City of Toronto’s community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools will be reopening on Monday, July 20. The community centres, recreation centres and indoor pools were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

As Toronto remains in Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening plan, a total of 119 community and recreation centres, including 29 locations with indoor pools will reopen to the public for limited use on July 20. Indoor pools will reopen for drop-in lane and leisure swimming.

At this time, the City’s community centres cannot offer or facilitate indoor sports, fitness and wellness activities, singing and dancing programs as well as food preparation, distribution or dining activities where equipment or supplies are passed or shared amongst participants. This includes activities like card games, chess or dominoes. The City anticipates that some of these amenities and activities will resume when Toronto reaches Stage 3 of reopening. For more information, please read the news release.

Two City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & recreation workers test positive for COVID-19
This City of Toronto was made aware of two employees with the Parks, Forestry & Recreation Division (PFR) who have tested positive for COVID-19. Exposure to the virus occurred between July 6 and 10 and did not occur in the workplace. One employee who tested positive has had brief contact with a part-time worker at the Ellesmere Community Centre CampTO program. The program will not be required to close. There are 11 campers at this camp. The other employee works in sanitation for PFR and does not come into contact with children or families at CampTO.

No children taking part in CampTO programs, which began yesterday, July 13, have been directly exposed to the employees who have tested positive. The City, however, is in the process now of advising families, employees, the union, and the public and of these cases as a matter of public transparency. Toronto Public Health advises that the risk of contracting COVID-19 for children and families at this CampTO program is very low. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 59 cases since Monday. There are 145 people hospitalized, with 30 in ICU. In total, 13,259 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 111 cases since Monday. To date, there have been 1,126 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Extendicare Guildwood Home Update
Extendicare Guildwood is happy to welcome friends and family for outdoor visits. Outdoor visits can be scheduled by contacting Rosanne at 416-266-711 ext. 237 between 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Thursday. Please call two days in advance when booking your visit.

Family Town Hall: This Friday July 17, SHN will moderate the Family Townhall with panelists from SHN and Extendicare. The meeting will take place at 2pm. More details about the meeting and how to join can be found HERE.

Toronto Senior Services and Long-Term Care (SSLTC) COVID-19 Update Bulletin
Removing Mask or Face Covering for Outdoor Visits: SSLTC has confirmed with both the Ministry and Toronto Public Health, that once visitors are seated 6 feet away from the resident for an outdoor visit, the mask or face covering can be removed and a face shield used. This enhancement is within the Ministry guidelines, Resuming Visits in Long-Term Care Homes. Once your visit is over, please put your mask or face covering back on.

Active on-line screening in LTC is here: The City of Toronto is testing the use of online health screening for long-term care home staff and visitors. Castleview Wychwood Towers are currently conducting a pilot. The system allows employees and visitors to complete the On-line Screening Process before their shift/using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone. SSLTC’s COVID-19 Update Bulletin can be found HERE.

Welcome back to your Toronto Zoo! Timed-Tickets Now Available through August 5, 2020!
Your Toronto Zoo has established new protocols to ensure your visit is a safe and happy one including online booking to purchase timed-tickets before your visit allowing us to socially distance guests, new one-way walking paths, additional cleaning protocols, wearing facial coverings, and hand sanitizer stations throughout the Zoo. To book your Scenic Safari Drive-Thru or Walking Route Timed-Tickets, click HERE.

Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood 2020 Street Furniture Installations
A number of benches, litter receptacles and transit shelters have been approved for installation in our ward. These elements will be installed within the 2020 year or over the next few years. The elements selected are based on the requests from the public, Business Improvement Areas, and residents’ associations. A list of upcoming street furniture projects can be found HERE and a map of the project locations HERE

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 14, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto releases update on financial impacts of COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to monitor and analyze the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the municipal budget, while at the same time fiscally preparing for recovery and rebuild in the months to come. As part of this work, City staff will be presenting the five-month variance report to the Executive Committee for consideration next week, about the experienced and anticipated financial impacts of COVID-19, including mitigation options.

The report notes that the City anticipates a financial impact of $1.9 billion by the end of 2020, prior to any offsets through mitigation strategies, including spending and workforce restraints. With these mitigation strategies in place, the City projects a reduced total year-end shortfall of $1.35 billion.

Mayor John Tory and Budget Chief Gary Crawford addressed the report on Tuesday morning, highlighting the $513.7 million in mitigation strategies the City is undertaking and stressing the need for emergency financial support for Toronto and other municipalities from the federal and provincial governments. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto continues to move individuals who experience homelessness from encampments to safe inside spaces
As part of the comprehensive COVID-19 response plan for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Toronto and community partners mobilized a strategy for outreach to people staying in encampments that prioritizes health and safety.

Since April, the City has:

  • Moved at least 550 people from 43 encampments to inside safe spaces including interim housing, hotels and shelter
  • All of these spaces offer physical distanced accommodations and include supports such as meals, programming and housing case management
  • This includes at least 121 people who have been staying at encampments in and around Moss Park
  • Outreach at Moss Park included offers to coordinate transportation to accommodation for individuals

Since mid-March, the City has successfully moved more than 1,300 people who were homeless into permanent housing. This is through a combination of housing allowances and rent-geared-to-income units. The City also established two first-of-its kind in Canada recovery and isolation facilities for homeless individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 where they could safely recover with wrap-around medical care.

The City of Toronto remains focused on the safety of those in encampments and on moving people sleeping outdoors to safe indoor space. The City continues to secure spaces to offer to people who are staying at encampments throughout the city. For more information, please read the news release.

Bike Share Toronto and Canadian Automobile Association South Central Ontario form new partnership
The City of Toronto, Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO), today announced the formation of a new partnership.

Bike Share Toronto and CAA SCO have signed a multi-year partnership agreement that will make CAA SCO an Official Partner of Bike Share Toronto.

The agreement includes CAA SCO’s commitment to continue its official sponsorship of Free Ride Wednesdays. It also provides CAA members and CAA On the Move members with special offers on bike share membership and rides through its CAA Rewards Program. For more information, please read the news release.

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.

Additional 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. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIAs, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process. Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 13, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Nearly all businesses and public spaces to reopen in Stage 3
While Toronto and GTHA remain in Stage 2, the Ontario government reports that nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place for the rest of the province as of Friday, July 17, 2020.

As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:

  • Indoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 50 people;
  • Outdoor gathering limits will increase to a maximum of 100 people;
  • Gathering limits are subject to physical distancing requirements.

Regions remaining in Stage 2 will maintain the existing gathering limit of 10. Social circles in all stages at this point will also be kept to a maximum of 10 people province-wide, regardless of stage. For a list of regions that will remain in Stage 2, visit Ontario.ca/reopen .

Regions outside of the GTHA will be allowed to move into Stage 3 first, on Friday, July 17, 2020. For more information please read the news release .

CampTO marks its first day of the program by welcoming nearly 2,500 campers today
This morning, the City welcomed close to 2,500 campers to their first day of summer camp. The City of Toronto is offering summer day camps across the city as part of its CampTO initiative, following the provincial government’s announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Stage 2 reopening. Beginning today, CampTO will run in weekly sessions over eight weeks this summer, until the end of August, at approximately 130 Toronto locations. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto launches DriveInTO to bring entertainment experiences across the city; Festivals and events adapting to new changes with City support
the City launched DriveInTO which will allow for temporary drive-in entertainment experiences across Toronto this summer. From films to concerts to sports broadcasts, drive-in entertainment will offer an opportunity for Torontonians to re-engage with their city.

Toronto residents will be able to experience DriveInTO at the following locations:

  • Ontario Place, featuring screenings. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Hot Docs, imagineNATIVE and TIFF.
  • CityView Drive-In at 20 Polson Pier, featuring concerts, screenings and broadcasts. Free DriveInTO nights will include programming by Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, Reel Asian Film Festival, Reelworld Film Festival and Regent Park Film Festival.
  • Friday Night Lights at Downsview Park, presented by Canada Land Corporation and MADE, featuring free made-in-Canada films.
  • CF Movie Night at CF Sherway Gardens.

To help event organizers safely design and produce these temporary events, Toronto Public Health has created a COVID-19 guidance document for drive-in and drive-thru entertainment, available here. For more information please read the news release.

Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and Toronto’s conservatories to open tomorrow
Today, Mayor Tory announced that Riverdale Farm, High Park Zoo and the City’s conservatories will open tomorrow, Tuesday, July 14. The farm, zoo and conservatories were closed in March to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Riverdale Farm is home to domestic farm animals and representative of a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. The farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Toronto’s oldest zoo, the High Park Zoo, houses animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The High Park Zoo is open daily, with free admission, from 7 a.m. to dusk. More information is available at toronto.ca/zoos or by calling 311. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 14,897 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. There are 151 people hospitalized, with 31 in ICU. In total, 13,148 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 120 cases since Friday. To date, there have been 1,120 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Bicycle Safety Week
The Toronto Police Service has set the wheels in motion for a bicycle safety week, July 13 – 19, 2020. As part of the ongoing response to COVID-19, the City of Toronto launched ActiveTO which aims to get residents out of their homes while adhering to the restrictions laid out by Public Health officials.  This means more cyclists are riding around our city and drivers need to be alert and anticipate sharing the road with vulnerable road users. For more information please read the news release.

Highway 401 Westbound Collector Weekend Lane Reduction
Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be reduced to one lane at Markham Road Friday July 17 at 10PM to Monday July 20 at 5PM.

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 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 on this can be found here.

City Services are regularly updated as services come back online.  The city recommenced attending to noise complaints July 2nd with a target response within 2-4  days.  With over 800 complaints received since July 2nd staff doing their best to respond within the timelines.  Short Term Rentals complaints have been responded to throughout the pandemic.  Property Standards complaints will recommence on the 3rd week in July. 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.

Additional 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 Consultations. These surveys are designed specifically for residents/grassroot groups in NIA neighbourhoods, Toronto Community Housing tenants, and seniors living in Long-Term Care Homes. Your input is valuable to the Recovery and Rebuild Strategy to ensure the needs of Toronto communities hardest hit by the pandemic are prioritized through the City's recovery and rebuilding process.

Please see different options to provide input below:

The deadline for all consultations is 5:00 PM, Friday July 24th.

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 10, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Toronto Public Health releases new COVID-19 case data trends
Toronto Public Health has released new individual-level COVID-19 data on the City's Open Data platform today. The information includes non-identifiable COVID-19 case data and includes many important variables to help understanding the outbreak, including details on when an individual became ill, their infection source, outcome, hospitalization, age group, gender and neighbourhood. It is intended to help people to examine the pandemic's trends over time.

The data collected as of July 9 show that since the beginning of the pandemic: Approximately 14,777 people in Toronto have been infected with this virus; The majority of those infected have been aged 50 to 59 years of age; Approximately 12% of COVID cases have been hospitalized; COVID-19 has been detected among more female than male Torontonians; There have been 1,117 deaths; Approximately 13,028 people in Toronto have recovered from this virus. For more information please visit this site.

ActiveTO road closures, cycling network and Quiet Streets
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, July 11 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, July 12 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 than 60 kilometres of Quiet Streets are available to local residents throughout the city this weekend. More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO. Curblane closures will be in place this weekend to accommodate new cafés/patios for CaféTO locations throughout the city.

Enforcement and restricted evening parking at beaches
Over the last several weekends, the City 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 today, parking restrictions will be in place at Toronto beaches 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

Parking at Bluffers Park will close at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Toronto Police will be present at all parking lot entrances. Vehicles leaving beach parking lots after 7 p.m. will be able to do so freely.

Bylaw enforcement officers and Toronto Police will issue tickets related to the consumption of alcohol and bonfires, with fines of up to $300. Fines for littering can be up to $500. If a litter bin is full, residents are asked to take their garbage with them so it can be disposed of properly. Any overflowing bins or litter hot spots should be reported to 311.

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. The City’s 100 wading pools continue to open on a location-by-location basis. 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.

Toronto Zoo celebrates conservation breeding success for three endangered Canadian species
Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that three Canadian conservation breeding programs have welcomed births and hatchings: black-footed ferret (BFF), eastern loggerhead shrike (ELS) and Vancouver Island marmot (VIM. The breeding and reintroduction programs at your Toronto Zoo are putting more endangered species back into the wild. Find out how you can support these programs through the Conservation In Action campaign.
Scarborough Health Network is changing its Visitor Policy on July 13
SHN is allowing Essential Visitors or Care Partners at SHN based on compassionate care, where in-person visits are necessary for a patient’s fundamental care needs, mental health, and emotional support. Please click here to review SHN’s new visiting policies.

SHN continues to promote virtual visits to friends and family to ensure the health and wellbeing of its patients. Please speak with the health care team for support with these virtual visits, and borrowing a mobile device for patients who do not have their own phone or tablet, and click here for instructions on how you can set up a virtual call on your device.

Service Canada Live Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from 14 July to 30 July at 10AM to provide information about federal government programs and services that could benefit your clients - including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers (including self-employed individuals), employers and newcomers.

  • COVID-19 Support for Workers - July 16, 23, & 30
  • COVID-19 Support for Employers and Service Delivery Partners – July 14, 21, &28
  • Services for Seniors – July 22
  • Services for Newcomers – July 15 & 29

To register, email EDSC.SERVICECANADADIRECT-SERVICECANADALIVE.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca with the webinar topic and date.
Notice of Environmental Project Report Addendum: Scarborough Subway Extension Project
The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission completed an Environmental Project Report for the Scarborough Subway Extension, in August 2017. In October 2017, the Project was granted Notice to Proceed with no conditions. Since the completion of the 2017 ERP, several changes have been proposed that are inconsistent with the original 2017 ERP design. Changes to the Project include an extension of the underground alignment, two new emergency exit buildings, one revised emergency exit building location, two new stations and a revised station location at Scarborough Centre. The addendum to the 2017 ERP is available here. Those who wish to provide comments on the ERP addendum must do so by August 3, 2020 to TorontoEast@metrolinx.com. A copy of this notice can be found here.

Metrolinx Update
Anti-Trespass Mat Installation:  Metrolinx will be installing anti-trespass panels at every level crossing on the Lakeshore East and Stouffville corridors, 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 on these mats will take place on July 27, 2020 for Morningside Ave and Poplar Rd and August 3, 2020 for Galloway Rd and Scarborough Golf Club Rd.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings: Bi-weekly Monitoring Program: July 17th, July 31st, August 14th, August 28th, September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.

Guildwood GO Station: As of Friday, June 26 for approximately 8 weeks, there will be power line work underway at Guildwood GO Station. Work hours will be during the daytime 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The work will be on the south side of the GO station, west parking lot. Impacts to local residents are anticipated to be minor.

Metrolinx would like to hear from local businesses in the area around the new Scarborough Subway Extension and share information about upcoming community events and give a shout-out to some interesting businesses and restaurants that residents and visitors will enjoy reading about. To participate in this opportunity, please email us at torontoeast@metrolinx.com for more details.  

CANCELLED: 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 has been CANCELLED due to the forecasted rain.

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. 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.

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 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.

June 29, 2020

Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall
Last Friday, June 26th Hon. John McKay MP, Mitzie Hunter MPP, special guest Liz Buller of Scarborough Health Network, and myself held another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall. I would like to thank everyone who submitted questions in advance and everyone who tuned in. In case you missed this Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall you can watch a recording of the meeting here.

Virtual Canada Day Celebration
Toronto unites online this year for Canada Day. On July 1, join the all-day livestream of programs showcasing Toronto’s brightest talents. Enjoy music, dance, comedy, CN Tower Canada Light Show and much more on Canada’s 153rd birthday! Kick off the day with a Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast and end off with Canada Day’s Virtual Fireworks show via an AR mobile app.

More information can be found here. Livestream of Canada Day online events can be watched here.

Keep in mind: Fireworks on private property
Fireworks on private property may only be used without a permit on Victoria Day and Canada Day. To use fireworks on private property any other day of the year you must have a permit from Toronto Fire Services. More information can be found here.

Toronto Public Library Re-Opening Update
With Toronto moving to Stage 2 in the Provincial reopening plan, TPL will be extending its library service to provide in-branch computer, printer, photocopier, Wi-Fi and washroom access at 17 branches. You will be able to make a computer reservation starting TODAY, June 29. This service will expand to more branches over the next 4 weeks. The 17 branches include:

  • Agincourt, Albion, Barbara Frum, Brentwood, Bloor-Gladstone, Cedarbrae, Don Mills, Downsview, Main Street, Malvern, Maria A. Shchuka, North York Central Library, Parliament, Richview, Scarborough Civic Centre, Thorncliffe and Toronto Reference Library.

More details on Toronto Public Library’s re-opening update can be found here.

Toronto City Council unanimously ratifies collective agreements with CUPE Local 79
Today, City Council unanimously ratified the four (4) five-year agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the union representing the City’s 24,000 inside workers. This follows the ratification by CUPE Local 79 members on June 27.

The City and the union reached a negotiated settlement in March 2020, however the COVID-19 response efforts prevented ratification until now. CUPE Local 79 represents four bargaining units: Full-time; Unit B, Part-time; Long-Term Care Homes & Services, Part-time; and Recreation Workers, Part-time. More information can be read in the news release.

TTC Safety Update & Reminder of mandatory masks or face coverings on the TTC
The TTC has been preparing for the next stage of reopening. Here is what you need to know:

  • Effective July 2, 2020 masks of face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Information on where to get a mask on the TTC, instructions for wearing a mask is available here.
  • Customers will be able to board TTC buses through both front and rear doors
  • Cas, TTC tickets, token payment return to buses and paper transfers will be available. Consider purchasing a PRESTO card
  • The TTC has partnered with the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Office to distribute one million complimentary masks to TTC customers in the community. For the next month, you will see TTC ambassadors at busier stations and bus stops handing out masks and information post cards.

More information can be found here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,270 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. There are 218 people hospitalized, with 55 in ICU. In total, 12,360 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,090 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Canada Student Service Grant
The new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) aims to encourage young people to take part in service activities that will help them support their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain invaluable experience.  

Administered by WE Charity, the CSSG is a one-time payment available at five levels, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The amount will vary based on the number of hours each volunteer completes, with $1,000 provided for each 100 hours completed, up to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours. More information here.

CampTO preparation and Washroom Services Update
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms and drinking water stations. In preparation for CampTO programs, the public washroom facilities at Scarborough Village Arena will be closed to transition out some changes to sanitation services. For up-to-date washroom and shower locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this website.

REMINDER: Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes TOMORROW June 30
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 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.

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.


City of Toronto child care centres set to reopen beginning June 29
Beginning June 29, 11 of the 47 City of Toronto-operated Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres (TELCCC) will reopen to support parents returning to work and to help with the restart of the economy. The Province of Ontario announced that licensed child care services could begin to operate as of June 12 as part of the Province’s reopening plan. The 11 childcare centres set to reopen are the following:

  • Malvern Early Learning and Child Care, 1321 Neilson Rd.
  • Danforth Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 1125 Danforth Ave. 
  • Blake Street Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St.
  • Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care, 7 Berryman St.
  • City Kids Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 34 Bathurst St.
  • Metro Hall Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 55 John St.
  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Child Care, 3495 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • Falstaff Early Learning and Child Care, 10 Falstaff Ave.
  • Berner Trail Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 120 Berner Trail 
  • Flemingdon Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 29 St Dennis Dr.  
  • Rowntree Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 2765 Islington Ave.

Childcare centres are required to follow strict operational requirements to help ensure the health and safety of children, their families and staff. The City is taking a careful and gradual approach to reopening centres with the majority of the remaining centres planned to reopen in July and August. For more information please read the news release.

This weekend: ActiveTO major road closures
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 28 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

A cycling network map, including multi-use trails, is available here. Walking and hiking trails are available here

Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes June 30
While the City of Toronto continues to work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the delivery of essential and critical City services, it is also working to prepare for Toronto’s recovery in the weeks and months to come.
  
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 June 30, 2020.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,094 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 65 cases since yesterday. There are 249 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 12,127 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,070 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Friday Free Pick-Up Lunch
The Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 26 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: Mac & Cheese and Chicken Fingers (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE. Please note this will be the last Pick-Up Lunch until July 17.
  
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps need 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 make a donation, please click on this GoFundMe link.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Lane Swim Resumes July 4
With the City of Toronto moving to Stage 2 of the Ontario Government’s Reopening plan, training pools are now able to open for public access with specific health and safety measures in place. Public access to training pools will start on July 4. Lane swims are available to members, students, City of Toronto punch pass holders, or anyone who purchases a swimming day pass. More information can be found here.

2020 Property Tax Final Billing
In the City's ongoing effort to modernize City services and support property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, Revenue Services partnered with Technology Services to develop an online application portal for the new temporary Property Tax Payment Deferral Program.  This digital service was developed and launched within weeks and property owners are now able to apply and upload supporting documents using a fully online application process.  Property owners are able to request additional time to pay property taxes without incurring late payment penalties or interest charges for a six-month period effective June 1 to November 30, 2020. Paper applications are available, however property owners are being encouraged to apply online to streamline and fast-track the approval process. 

The Property Tax Brochure is also available online for viewing. For property tax inquires, please reach out to propertytax@toronto.ca, call 311, or contact my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 416-396-7222.

EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Locating Resources for Health, Housing and Employment
Join the EarlyON Team for a virtual workshop on locating resources for health, housing and employment on Monday June 29, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register. More information in the flyer here.


June 24, 2020

City of Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening
Today, the City of Toronto enters Stage 2 of reopening. This means the safe restart of some services and businesses including restaurants and bars with patios, personal care services, shopping malls and select recreational spaces such as splash pads and pools.

Businesses that can reopen today for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • close to 8,000 restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only, including more than 1,400 restaurants with existing licensed patios, sidewalk cafés, or parklet permits
  • close to 3,500 personal service settings such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos and aesthetic services (but not for care of facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including 140 splash pads (by June 27), 100 wading pools (beginning July 1) and 56 indoor and outdoor swimming pools (by June 27)
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities and more
  • campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services. For more information, please read the news release

City of Toronto to resume limited Toronto Island Park ferry service with COVID-19 precautions starting June 27
The City of Toronto will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27, as permitted by Transport Canada. The ferries will operate at 50% maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff, developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health.

In order to allow for physical distancing on the ferries and in the terminal, ferry tickets will be limited to 5,000 per day and must be purchased online at toronto.ca/ferry. Visitors should purchase their tickets ahead of time. Passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto announces two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections ready in time for Stage 2 reopening
Two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend, shortly after Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan.

There are now 2.3 kilometres of new, separated bike lanes along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, and by Friday, separated bike lanes spanning 1.45 kilometres will be nearly completed along Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street. New, separated bike lanes (one kilometre) were also installed on Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue, earlier this month. More information can be found here.

This weekend: ActiveTO major road closures
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 28 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

 

A cycling network map, including multi-use trails, is available here. Walking and hiking trails are available here

Quiet Streets update
All planned and approved Quiet Streets locations are now in place, totalling more than 60 kilometres along neighbourhood routes across Toronto. Staff continue to actively monitor and adapt all locations, based on neighbourhood use, and have been returning to locations to address on-street issues as they arise. An online feedback survey is also being planned for those who are using Quiet Streets. More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes June 30
While the City of Toronto continues to work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the delivery of essential and critical City services, it is also working to prepare for Toronto’s recovery in the weeks and months to come.
  
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 June 30, 2020.

CaféTO online information session pre-registration for restaurant and bar operators
The City of Toronto will host an online information session to provide an overview of CaféTO as well as guidelines to participate. There will also be updates on permitting and licencing, education and enforcement strategy for 2020, and updates from Toronto Public Health as they relate to patios. Local restaurant and bar operators who are interested in the program can pre-register now. Date: Tuesday, June 30 | Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,029 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 253 people hospitalized, with 63 in ICU. In total 12,061 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,061 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit would like to advise the public an "advance fee scheme" fraud investigation
The Toronto Police Service would like to warn the public of "advance fee schemes". An advance fee scheme occurs when victims are convinced into making advance or up-front payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that never materialize. If you have been a victim of fraud or have any information about this investigation, please contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 416-808-7300. More information can be read in the news release.

EarlyON Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Join the EarlyON Team as they share their plans and programs for the upcoming summer on Thursday June 25, 2020 from 7:30pm to 8:15pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register and look for EarlyON Virtual Town Hall Meeting. More information in the flyer here.

EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Locating Resources for Health, Housing and Employment
Join the EarlyON Team for a virtual workshop on locating resources for health, housing and employment on Monday June 29, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register. More information in the flyer here.

 


June 23, 2020

News Release

Scarborough Restaurants Need to be in CafeTO - Increasing Outdoor Dining Space for Toronto Restaurants and Bars

Toronto – City Councillor Paul W. Ainslie, has requested the City of Toronto to work with local Scarborough restaurants for better financial support.  Many Scarborough eating establishments do not qualify under the new CaféTO Program because they are not represented by Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) or have property right to curbside...click here for the full news release

City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some series and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24. Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only
  • shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts
  • personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron's face, such as facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.
  • Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services.

You can find the complete list of Stage 2 re-openings here.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto registration for CampTO programs begins TOMORROW
Registration for City of Toronto CampTO programs begins tomorrow for the Etobicoke/York and Scarborough districts. The City is offering summer camps across Toronto beginning July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

CampTO programs details are available online: http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

City of Toronto announces funds for community services to do more for vulnerable populations
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that approximately $4.97 million will be distributed from the TO Supports Investment Fund to community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund has been created from $2.81 million of the City’s allocation of the Social Services Relief Fund from the Province of Ontario and $370,000 from the Scheinberg Relief Fund through the Better Toronto Coalition Fund at Toronto Foundation. In addition, the City has an agreement in principle with the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) for a $1.79 million allocation from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations, a collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto offering assistance to pet owners struggling to care for their pets due to COVID-19 thanks to community donations
Funded by PetSmart Charities® of Canada and donations from Toronto residents, the City of Toronto is providing assistance to pet owners in under-resourced communities and those facing homelessness, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A $30,040 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada has provided 240 pet owners with gift cards to purchase pet food and supplies, such as cat litter and pee pads for dogs.

Thanks to donations to Toronto Animal Services directly from residents worth nearly $36,000, the City is continuing to help pet owners affected by COVID-19. To apply for assistance, pet owners can contact Toronto Animal Services by doing one of the following:

Mayor John Tory helps launch Collision from Home to help restart and rebuild Toronto’s economy
Today, Mayor John Tory helped to launch Collision from Home to help restart and rebuild Toronto's economy. I’m glad to join the Collision from Home launch bringing 30,000 people who are reshaping the world together from June 23 to 25.

To build on the momentum of Toronto’s technology sector, the City partnered with Destination Toronto (formerly Tourism Toronto) and Exhibition Place to bring this sought-after conference to Toronto for three years starting in 2019. In its first year in the city, Collision surpassed its attendance target, welcoming 25,711 attendees from 125 countries. It was the first time that the conference was held outside of the United States. For more information please read the news release.

CaféTO online information session pre-registration for restaurant and bar operators
The City of Toronto will host an online information session to provide an overview of CaféTO as well as guidelines to participate. There will also be updates on permitting and licencing, education and enforcement strategy for 2020, and updates from Toronto Public Health as they relate to patios. Local restaurant and bar operators who are interested in the program can pre-register now.

Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 63 cases since yesterday. There are 255 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 11,960 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 81 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,052 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found
on the City’s reporting platform.

Invasive Species Alert: Dog-strangling Vine
Please watch out for an invasive plant species called dog-strangling vine and remove it from your property if found, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council advises.  Also known as pale or black swallowroot (vincetoxicum rossicum), this unwanted, stubborn perennial is spreading rapidly and causing damage to our ecosystem.  A shiny green-leaved climber, it chokes out desired native plants and is a threat to the monarch butterfly. To control, continually cut the stem back to the soil line. Target infected soil with vinegar to kill the root ball. Even better, dig out the hefty root ball entirely.  Do not compost DSV.  After the remnants bake in the sun in a plastic bag for a week, place in the garbage.

Sightings of dog-strangling vine may also be reported to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, or by email at info@invadingspecies.com.  Whether public or private, include a photo and exact location of the infestation. Learn more at www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.


June 22, 2020

City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some series and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24. Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only
  • shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts
  • personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron's face, such as facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.
  • Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services.

Examples of activities that can resume, subject to conditions:

  • film and television production
  • tours and guide services
  • certain personal services.

The City of Toronto has published several guidance documents for businesses and service providers to ensure they are operating with the safety of staff, customers, and the community as a priority. Businesses should locate and implement the guidance for their industry found here. For more information read the news release.

Lifeguards set to return to six Toronto beaches today
As of today, lifeguards are set to return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches. Lifeguards will supervise swim areas from 11:30am to 6:30pm daily. With the hot summer weather and extended closure of indoor spaces, it’s important for Torontonians to help opportunities to cool down outdoors. The six swimming beaches opening today are:

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)

For more information read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,893 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 37 cases since yesterday. There are 248 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total, 11,879 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
Flags on official flagpoles at Toronto City Hall, Metro Hall, Etobicoke Civic Centre, York Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, East York Civic Centre and Humber Bay park will be flown at half-mast tomorrow, June 23, to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. More information can be found here.

Toronto Zoo revel winning name for #BabyLongLegs
On Sunday, we celebrated World Giraffe Day and the announcement of the winning name for #BabyLongLegs! With over 20,000 people voting, one name emerged a crowd favourite. I’m excited to welcome Toronto Zoo’s Amani Innis Dagg! Watch the name reveal here.

Road Safety Campaign Geared to Motorcyclists June 22
Motorcycle safety will be the focus of a week-long traffic campaign by the Toronto Police Service. From Monday, June 22, 2020, until Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Toronto Police Service will be taking part in a week of enforcement and community engagement. Geared to motorcyclists' safety, officers will target “The Big 4” driver behaviours known to cause injuries to all road users - speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired. More information here.
Know Your Rights – RenovictionsTO
A renoviction is when a landlord evicts a tenant by claiming they will complete major renovations. Landlords sometimes initiate a renoviction by giving tenants a notice to end their tenancy in the form of an N13. Often landlords will simply tell tenants they need to move out because of renovations. If you get an N13, you do not need to leave. If your landlord tells you they need to renovate your unit, you do not need to move. Tenants do not need to move unless given an eviction order by the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

Your landlord needs a building permit from the City of Toronto if they want to do renovations that require you to vacate. You can see if a permit has been issued for your building by entering your address here. For more information on RenovictionsTO, click here.

Metrolinx Updates: Track Surfacing & Investigative Work
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Scarborough Golf Club Updates: Geo-technical investigative work occurring the week of June 22, 9AM to 3PM. This work is west of Scarborough Golf Clube Road near the rail corridor.

Galloway Road Updates: There will be track surfacing work happening on June 22-23 near Galloway Road.

Service Canada Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from July 7 to July 30, 2020 to provide information and services that could benefit your clients – including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers, employers and newcomers. Join from anywhere via WebEx. Webinars are held at 10am on the following dates:

  • COVID-19 support for workers July 9, 16, & 30
  • COVID-19 support for employers and service delivery partners July 7, 14, 21, & 28
  • Services for Seniors July 8, & 22
  • Services for Newcomers July 15, & 29

To register email: EDSC.SERVICECANADADIRECT-SERVICECANADALIVE.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca with the webinar topic of choice and date.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Second Career Information Session
Are you laid off and unemployed looking to transition into a new career? Join the East Scarborough Storefront Virtually on Wednesday Jun 24 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Register, by calling 416-208-9889 or info@thestorefront.org.


June 19, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

This Sunday, June 21st we celebrate Fathers Day! I would like to wish everyone an amazing and sweet Father’s Day Weekend!

City to open 15 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto for Saturday, June 20 through to Sunday, June 21. Starting at 11 a.m. on June 20, the City of Toronto will open 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning.
See this interactive map to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near you. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at toronto.ca/keepcool.

City to host virtual Sunrise Ceremony to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
The City of Toronto has created a virtual ceremony to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day. All are welcome and encouraged to view the video ceremony at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, joining others across Canada in celebrating this important day to recognize and celebrate the unique culture, accomplishments and knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The video will be posted at toronto.ca/indigenous-event. It will remain posted and be available online.

Canada Day goes virtual to bring Torontonians together
The City of Toronto will help Torontonians mark Canada’s 153rd birthday virtually on Wednesday, July 1 through a livestream show, Canada Day 2020. The show will engage local residents, connect diverse communities and honour COVID-19 frontline workers. Performers will include Haviah Mighty, Gordon Lightfoot, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Ali Hassan, Cris Derksen, The Next Generation Leahy and more. Program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadaday. More information here.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto resumes marriage licence service
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto is resuming the issuance of marriage licences on an appointment-only basis beginning Monday, June 22. Toronto residents who wish to obtain a marriage licence must book an appointment online at www.toronto.ca/getting-married. They will need to complete an online application three days prior to an appointment. Applicants with appointments will need to travel to the North York Civic Centre. All other civic centre and City Hall service counters remain closed. More information here.

ActiveTO major road closures, Quiet Streets & Cycling Network Update
The following ActiveTO Major Road closures that will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 11 p.m. include:

  • Lake Shore Blvd W (eastbound lanes) from Windermere Ave to Stadium Rd. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Blvd W will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Blvd E (eastbound lanes) from Leslie St to just south of Woodbine Ave
  • Bayview Ave from Front St E to Rosedale Valley Rd, and River St from Gerrard S E to Bayview Ave.

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

What’s open this weekend: Parks and Amenities
City parks and amenities

  • picnic shelters
  • 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
  • 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

If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

City Beaches Update
As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Public washroom facilities
Park washrooms will be open to the public this weekend. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities. In addition, the City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. Health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage .

For more information on City of Toronto weekend update on services, amenities and ActiveTO visit this link .

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Second Career Information Session
Are you laid off and unemployed looking to transition into a new career? Join the East Scarborough Storefront Virtually on Wednesday Jun 24 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Register, by calling 416-208-9889 or info@thestorefront.org.

Metrolinx Updates: Track Surfacing & Investigative Work
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Scarborough Golf Club Updates: Geo-technical investigative work occurring the week of June 22, 9AM to 3PM. This work is west of Scarborough Golf Clube Road near the rail corridor.

Galloway Road Updates: There will be track surfacing work happening on June 22-23 near Galloway Road.


June 18, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 19 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: Spaghetti & meatballs (Halal and veggie options available). Register here.

Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario. The app will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly. Use of the app will be voluntary. For more information please read the news release.

Ontario enhancing COVID-19 case and contact management
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. The government’s enhanced strategy focuses on strengthening and standardizing case and contact management by:

  • Ensuring all new cases and close contacts are identified early
  • Support public health units with additional staff from Statistic Canada
  • Improve technology tools by modernizing Integrated Public Health Information Systems
  • Launching a privacy-first exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19

For more information please read the news release.

Temporary Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Yesterday, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020. Learn more here.

Mandatory masks or face coverings on the TTC
Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.

Registration for CaféTO
Registration is now open for CaféTO. The proposed new program aims to make it easier for many restaurant and bar operators to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines, safety priorities, and accessibility requirements.

Restaurant and bar operators can visit toronto.ca/cafeTO to learn more about the proposed program, its requirements and how to register.

The CaféTO Placement Guidebook is now online. The CaféTO staff report that will be considered by Executive Committee on June 22, followed by Council on June 29 is now available.

ORHMA webinar for local restaurants and bars
The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is planning a complimentary 1-hour webinar for business owners to help prepare establishments for re-opening.

Registration for the webinar is now open.
Topic: Patio Opening & Extensions for establishments in the City of Toronto
When: Tuesday June 23 at 1 p.m.
Who: Representatives from ORHMA will be joined by representatives from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the City of Toronto's Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) who will offer their input and answer questions.

ActiveTO major road closures, Quiet Streets & Cycling Network
The following ActiveTO Major Road closures that will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 11 p.m. include:

  • 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

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

CampTO programs start July 13
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. CampTO is a new creative camp experience that offers outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts, and nature-based activities. This camp features additional staff for smaller camper to leader ratios to help maintain physical distancing in camp and ensure safe supervision of campers. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. CampTO is designed for maximum fun and safety for campers 6 – 12 years of age. Learn more at toronto.ca/camps.

City of Toronto records 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19
The City of Toronto today announced the 1,000th death due to COVID-19 and sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends for their loss. This tragic milestone is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to fight COVID-19 and protect people in our community. Learn more here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,661 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 276 people hospitalized, with 72 in ICU. In total, 11,501 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 104 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Youth Summit: Youth Impact 2020
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Presents a two-day fun filled youth conference through Zoom. Throughout the conference, participants enjoy a multitude of workshops where they can develop essential personal skills, and get educated on topics like financial literacy, goal planning, and personal development.
This Youth Summit includes 2-days of workshops (4 in total) two workshops on Tuesday June 23 and two workshops Wednesday June 24. You can sign up for the Morning Session from 11AM to 1PM or the Evening Session from 4PM to 6PM.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.


June 17, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19. For more information read the news release.

Today also marks the 3rd month since the Ontario Government declared an emergency. Read about Premier Ford’s statement here.

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. The extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up total of 24 weeks. For more information read the news release. Learn more about CERB and how to apply here.

Data shows ActiveTO weekend road closures make room for thousands of people to enjoy physical activity along Toronto’s most popular trails
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing. City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails. For more information please read the news release.

Toronto Public Health provides expanded guidance to help prepare more businesses and locations for a safe reopening
Toronto Public Health has expanded the number of guidance documents available to help local businesses and community organizations to prepare for safe reopening when the city received provincial approval for Stage2 reopening. More information on COVID-19 guidance for community and workplace settings is available here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 16, there are 13,588 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 86 cases since yesterday. There are 284 people hospitalized, with 75 in ICU. In total 11,397 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 202 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 998 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting  platform.

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Youth Summit: Youth Impact 2020
The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Presents a two-day fun filled youth conference through Zoom. Throughout the conference, participants enjoy a multitude of workshops where they can develop essential personal skills, and get educated on topics like financial literacy, goal planning, and personal development.
This Youth Summit includes 2-days of workshops (4 in total) two workshops on Tuesday June 23 and two workshops Wednesday June 24. You can sign up for the Morning Session from 11AM to 1PM or the Evening Session from 4PM to 6PM.

Assistance for Taxi Industry and Businesses
If you require assistance to navigate government assistance during COVID-19 please visit the BusinessTO Support Centre at www.toronto.ca/covid19BusinessTO. They can sign up to schedule a conversation with a business advisor by video or phone, and a business advisor will be in contact within 24 hours. Its main role is to help Toronto businesses apply for Fed and Prov assistance and support programs.

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before *TONIGHT June 17* at 11:59 pm.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Webinar: Reopening Guidance for the Personal Care Service Sector
Join the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division on this webinar to learn more about government guidelines for re-opening safely and recently created City programs to support main street and personal care service businesses. It will include:
• An overview of government guidelines and requirements.
• Tools and resources to support your business re-opening.
• Other programs to support Main Street and personal care service businesses.
Register here.

Webinar: Updates from Toronto Public Health with EDC, TAPA and TAC on June 24
Please join a conversation for updates on regulations and requirements for artists and arts organizations considering live programming options and venue operations during the pandemic period. Please note: this webinar will be limited to 500 participants. To that end, we request that arts organizations limit their participation to one or two people. To secure your spot, please register here.


June 16, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

June is Pride Month! While we can’t have physical festivals during this challenging time, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Pride Month virtually. Check out Pride Toronto’s daily special events and show your support at www.pridetoronto.com/virtualpride

Ontario releases guide on how to develop a Workplace Safety Plan
The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on emergency food access during COVID-19
Since March, the City of Toronto has been working with a variety of community partners to ensure that Toronto’s food programs stay open during the pandemic and continue to support Toronto’s vulnerable populations. Members of the Food Security Table – which consists of City staff and representatives from Daily Bread Food Bank, FoodShare, North York Harvest Food Bank, Second Harvest, Red Cross, Toronto Public Library, Salvation Army and the United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) – continue to meet regularly to discuss food access gaps in the community and how they can be filled. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Response for People Experiencing Homelessness
Toronto has the largest shelter system in Canada with 75 shelter/respite sites sheltering approximately 7,000 people every night, including the almost 3,000 people already sheltered in hotel/family settings prior to the pandemic. The City has implemented an inter-governmental and sectoral response to COVID-19 involving the City, provincial/federal government, provincial healthcare sector, and community non-profit. For more information, please see the attached poster/infographic. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto issues inaugural social bond, a first in Canada’s public sector
The City of Toronto today issued an inaugural social bond offering of $100 million. Toronto is the first government in Canada to establish a Social Debenture Program, furthering its leadership in sustainable finance, and promoting positive and equitable socioeconomic outcomes. 

The proceeds from this issuance will be used to help fund Shelter, Support and Housing Administration’s George Street Revitalization project and 1,000 New Shelter Beds projects. For more information please read the news release.

CampTO Registration
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. CampTO will offer more than 32,000 registered camp spaces for children between the ages of 6 and 12, over eight weeks of camps at approximately 150 locations across the city. For a list of CampTO programs and sites near you click HERE. Scarborough District registration begins on Wednesday June 24 at 7AM.

Register online HERE or by phone by calling 416-396-7378, option 1. More information on free and lower-cost recreation options here.

BikeShareTO in Ward 24
Last week the City announced the expansion of BikeShareTO. This expansion will add a total of 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the already expansive network. With this expansion, BikeShareTO also launched two satellite pilot areas in North York, Ward 6 York Centre, and Scarborough which covers our community, Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood, Ward 24 Scarborough-Rouge Park. Scarborough Guildwood Bike Share locations include:

  • Guildwood GO Station
  • Morningside Park to access Highland Creek
  • Highland Creek and Livingston Road North and Greenvale Terrace
  • Livingston Road and Guildwood Parkway

More information on Bike Share Toronto is available at www.bikesharetoronto.com

CaféTO registration now open
The City of Toronto is opening online registration for CaféTO. A City staff report on CaféTO, scheduled for consideration at Executive Committee on June 22, proposes the City take quick action to make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars.

A simple online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is available at toronto.ca/cafeTO.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 14, there are 13,420 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 90 cases since yesterday. There are 296 people hospitalized, with 71 in ICU. In total 11,098 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 117 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 985 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 110 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued seven tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 4,600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before June 17 at 11:59 pm.


June 15, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Happy National Public Service Week! This week, June 14th to 20th we celebrate the public service workers who play a key role in keeping us healthy and safe. Thank you for your ongoing contributions and commitment to serving our community.

More people can get back to work as additional businesses and services to reopen this week – Ontario moving more regions into Stage 2 on Friday
More people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across Ontario can begin reopening this Friday. The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government's reopening framework. 
On Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12:01 am, the following regions are allowed to move into Stage 2:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 under ongoing assessment until trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into stage 2:

  • Peel Public Health;
  • Toronto Public Health; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

More in the news release.

Ontario develops additional learning materials for students and teachers
The Ontario government, in partnership with Science North and the Ontario Science Centre, is creating additional educational content for students and teachers during the school closures resulting from COVID-19. The province is providing up to $1.5 million to create made-in-Ontario videos and resources to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning. The resources will align with the four science strands in the curriculum and will help students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. More in the news release.

City of Toronto reports on management of COVID-19 in its 10 long-term care homes
Toronto Mayor John Tory today released a report by City of Toronto staff from the Seniors Services and Long-Term Care division that outlines the response by staff prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, its actions during the pandemic, and recommendations on how best to adapt the City’s 10 long-term care homes post-COVID-19. More in the news release.  

Scarborough Health Network Enters Management Agreement with Extendicare Guildwood
I was happy to learn today that my request has been heard and that the Scarborough Health Network and Extendicare Guildwood have entered a formal management agreement to help the home more quickly move into COVID-19 stabilization and recovery. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) has been supporting Extendicare Guildwood over the past two months in a variety of ways, including infection prevention and control, environmental services and by providing additional clinical staff including physicians, registered nurses and personal support workers. More in the news release.

CaféTO registration now open
The City of Toronto is opening online registration for CaféTO. A City staff report on CaféTO, scheduled for consideration at Executive Committee on June 22, proposes the City take quick action to make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars.

Restaurants with existing patios can open them once provincial orders are lifted and as long as they follow public health guidelines. If approved by Executive Committee, followed by Toronto City Council later this month, the CaféTO recommendations would make it easier for many restaurant and bar owners to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines. A simple online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is now available at toronto.ca/cafeTO. More in the news release.  

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 13, there are 13,330 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 94 cases since yesterday. Currently, there are 303 people hospitalized, with 73 in ICU. In total, 10,981 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 150 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 982 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 32 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued eight tickets.

Native Child and Family Services Land-Based Program
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) is taking a regularly delivered program outdoors for critical land-based healing and wellness. The program will run at Eastview Park (33 Coronation Drive) Monday to Fridays and last 4 weeks starting TODAY, June 15. Check out the schedule here.

Basement Flooding Prevention
Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground pipes, sewers, and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly heavy rain storms taking place, it is important that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For basement flooding prevention tips, and related programs and services, please visit www.toronto.ca/basementflooding 

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before June 17 at 11:59 pm.


June 12, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Today is the 121st anniversary of Philippines Independence Day and the month of June is celebrated as Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. I’d like to wish our Filipino community a Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

Metrolinx Updates
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Galloway Road Construction Updates: There will be overnight track surfacing work happening June 22-23 near Galloway Road. This work will be carried out during off-peak times when train traffic is reduced, between 10pm to 6am.

Geotechnical and hydrogeological investigation work will take place near the Lakeshore East Corridor at Galloway Road and Poplar Park area on Monday June 15, from 9am to 5pm, this work is expected to take 3 days (until June 18).

Scarborough Golf Club Road Construction Updates: Geotechnical and hydrogeological investigation work will take place west of Scarborough Golf Club Road near the rail corridor, occurring the week of June 22, 9am to 3pm.

Ontario Lifting 30-Day Supply Limit on Prescriptions
With the supply of many drugs and medications having stabilized in the province, the Ontario government is liftin the 30-day supply limit for dispensing Ontario Drug Benefit program medications effective June 15. More in the news release.

Toronto Public Health launches COVID-19 monitoring dashboard
The City of Toronto has launched a new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard. The COVID-19 monitoring dashboard will provide the public with a current summary on how the city is progressing in the response to COVID-19, as Toronto moves to recovery. It will also help Toronto Public Health to carefully monitor COVID-19 activity and adjust actions if the local situation changes. The dashboard is available here.

City of Toronto working to reopen farmers' markets across the city, St. Lawrence Market outdoor market opens Saturday
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers' markets usually located on 22 City sites.

Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector.

The decision to reopen City-permitted farmers' markets has been made in consultation with Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. Toronto Public Health has developed a guidance document to help organizers, staff and vendors reduce the spread of COVID-19. It provides recommendations on public health measures such as crowd control, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, and is available here.

The City usually hosts 22 farmers' markets on the following directly operated City sites:

  • Civic Squares: Albert Campbell Square, David Pecaut Square, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square
  • Parks: Dufferin Grove Park, East Lynn Park, Flemingdon Park, Humber Bay Park West, Jonathan Ashbridge Park, June Rowlands Park, Lakeshore Village Park, Masaryk Park, Riverdale Park West, R.V. Burgess Park, Sorauren Avenue Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Underpass Park, Withrow Park, Wychwood Barns
  • Toronto Museums and Historic Sites: Montgomery Inn. For more information please read the news release.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 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.

Residents planning to use Major Road Closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.

The City also announced that 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets are now available to local residents throughout the city in time for this weekend. Quiet Streets are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking and slow-moving local traffic only.

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO

City of Toronto takes top spot as fastest growing city in Canada and U.S.
The city of Toronto is the fastest growing city and the Toronto CMA is the fastest growing metropolitan area in all of Canada and U.S. in terms of population growth, according to the latest research Opens in new window from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University. For more information on Toronto’s economy, visit toronto.ca/business-economy/.
                            
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 77 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 10 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 3,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

World Refugee Day
The TAMOGO Foundation is hosting a World Refugee Day Event in Nathan Philips Square on Saturday June 20th from 1pm to 5pm. The TAMOGO Foundation is an organization that assists Refugees & Asylum Seekers with Immigration Services, and Employment Assistance.

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari Tickets
The Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari tickets are now on sale for June 22 to June 28 at www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari. Please note that tickets are released in a limited capacity and must be pre-purchased online before arrival.  

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Beginning TODAY through June 17 at 11:59 pm vote here.

Upcoming Progress Career Planning Institute Programs


June 11, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Federal and Provincial governments partner to expand City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street program across Ontario to help more local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
Today, the federal and provincial governments announced a $57 million investment to help small businesses across Ontario go digital by building on Toronto’s investments into Digital Main Street and, most recently, ShopHERE powered by Google.

This announcement represents an investment of $50 million from the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and $7.6 million from the Province of Ontario.

For Toronto businesses, this additional investment will fund a $2,500 Digital Main Street grant to help small businesses purchase technology. It will also provide funding for additional students and staff to deliver the City’s innovative ShopHERE powered by Google program to help small businesses and artists open their own Shopify store. More information can be found on the City's website. More in the news release.

SSHA update on encampments
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, encampment clearing had not been happening due to the City's focus on creating safe physical distancing within the Shelter system. Since mid-March through June 11, in addition to the 75 shelter and respites sites the City and its partners operate, the City has opened 33 new, temporary sites for physical distancing in hotels, community centres and expanded facilities and is also securing interim housing and permanently housing for individuals. The City is working around the clock to secure additional inside spaces so everyone sleeping outdoors is offered a place inside (shelter, hotels or interim housing). As more spaces open, clients will be provided options to move inside and will be supported to do so with their belongings, and abandoned belongings will be cleared, and that encampment site cleaned.

As of April 29, 2020, SSHA (Shelter, Support & Housing Administration) began to work with individuals living in encampments to access available options of shelter, respite sites and transitional housing. As of June 11, 2020, almost 270 individuals have been moved from encampments to safer spaces inside that include shelter, respite, hotels and interim housing.  As a result, 20 encampments have been cleared.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 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 in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 76 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 4 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to nearly 2,900 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Boys’ & Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Drive-Thru Lunch
The Boys’ & Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s FREE Drive-Thru lunch this Friday June 12, at 12:30-2:30pm at 100 Galloway Road. This weeks menu: Stir Fry (Halal and veggie options available) Register HERE.
Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link. | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.


June 10, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Update on temporary food banks
Nine of the 11 temporary food banks that were at Toronto Public Library (TPL) branches, including Cedarbrae Branch Pop-Up at 545 Markham Road, are now closed so TPL can begin their curbside drop-off and pick-up service.

In partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank and Second Harvest, the majority of the temporary food banks have been relocated to other sites in the neighbourhoods that were formally served by the TPL branches. In total, there are now 17 food bank locations, established as replacements for the previous TPL sites. Two new sites were also opened at YMCA locations in these areas, and temporary food banks at three City arenas continue to operate.

Residents that were utilizing the Cedarbrae Pop-Up Food Bank can visit the newly-opened food bank located at 50 Tuxedo Court (north of Markham and Ellesmere), operating Thursdays from 1:30-3PM. Pre-registration is required: dailybread.link2feed.ca or 647-762-4670. For the full list of food banks in Ward 24, click here.

As well, residents are encouraged to call 211 or visit their website at www.211toronto.ca to get information about these temporary food banks or if they are struggling to get access to food. 211 is the best source for up-to-date information on food program availability.

Mitzie Hunter M.P.P’s Restaurant Recover Consultation
Join Mitzie Hunter M.P.P to discuss how you and your business is doing, complete a short survey that will help inform the province’s COVID-19 recovery.
Friday, June 12 9am to 10am
Register HERE to receive a Zoom invitation prior to the call at the registered email address.

Ontario Government proposes temporary ban on commercial evictions
The Province announced its intention to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to COVID-19. If passed, the proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. More in the news release.

Ontario unveils a plan to reopen post-secondary education
Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer's reopening. More in the news release.

ActiveTO delivers 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto
The City of Toronto, through ActiveTO, has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto.

Quiet Streets are shared space to allow residents to maintain physical distancing, while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Signage and temporary barricades are placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the roadway can be a shared space that welcomes people who walk, run or bike as an alternative to riding transit. Quiet Street locations were prioritized based on several factors including population density, equity and access, access to greenspace, nearby attractions, traffic volumes and other considerations.

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

City of Toronto launches SwimTO plans to help Torontonians cool down this summer
SwimTO is a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2, to help people cool down during hot summer temperatures.

The plan will help ensure that all Torontonians can safely access outdoor aquatic recreation and cool down during hot summer temperatures as Toronto begins to reopen. With the approach of hot summer weather and the extended closure of many indoor public spaces, it’s vital that Torontonians to have opportunities to cool down outdoors. More in the news release.

City of Toronto to offer CampTO programs starting July 13
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

CampTO will offer more than 32,000 registered camp spaces for children between the ages of 6 and 12, over eight weeks of camps at approximately 150 locations across the city. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, CampTO programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. Programs will be available for viewing on Saturday, June 13 at http://www.toronto.ca/camps. More in the news release.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 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 here.

ActiveTO Cycling Network update
The cycling network is being expanded quickly through temporary installations by repurposing curb lanes along several key corridors. The first kilometre of new, safe temporary bikeway was installed last week along Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue. The next locations that staff are immediately planning for are along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, on Bayview Avenue between River Street and Rosedale Valley Road, and on Bloor Street, between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street.
                                               
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 79 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 20 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,800 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Customer Service Centre at 1900 Yonge St Now Open
The Customer Service Centre at 1900 Yonge St above Davisville Station has reopened with modified hours of operation. It is strongly suggested that customers wear face covering or masks if visiting the office. Only two customers will be permitted in the office at a time. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
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 June 30, 2020.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link. | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.


June 9, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Bike Share Toronto announces program expansion which will bring Bike Sharing to 20 of Toronto’s 25 Wards
The 2020 expansion will add a total of 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the already expansive network. After today’s announcement, the system will grow to a total of 6,850 bikes, 625 stations, 12,000 docking points. This year, the expansion includes the launch of two satellite Bike Share pilot areas – one in North York and one in Scarborough with up to eight new stations in each area. The pilot areas cover Ward 6 (York Centre), Ward 7 (Humber River-Black Creek), Ward 24 (Scarborough-Guildwood), and Ward 25 (Scarborough-Rouge Park). TPA will monitor the stations to assess their use and performance over a determined period of time to ensure that it is serving residents as best as possible.

Another new feature of this year’s expansion is the launch of an e-bike pilot program that will be launched later this summer. The 300 pedal assist e-bikes and 10 e-bike charging stations for the pilot are included in the total expansion numbers. Further details on the e-bike pilot program will be announced in the near future. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto planning for restart of City services and reopening of economy
The City of Toronto has, since April, been hard at work planning for the eventual restart of City services and the reopening of the economy. Last month, under the leadership of Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the City’s Office of Emergency Management, the Emergency Operations Centre created a “restart roadmap” to help guide the restarting of City operations and to support businesses in their safe reopening. Yesterday's announcement by the Province of Ontario, outlining the next phase of provincial reopening plans, supports the work the City has completed to date. Read the full news release.

City opens 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warnings
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for today and tomorrow, the City of Toronto is opening 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

The 14 Emergency Cooling Centre are:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St.
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.
  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Sports Complex (Arena), 155 Culford Dr.
  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
  • Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave.

An interactive map is available here to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them.

Tips for keeping cool during extreme heat
Actions you can take to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe include:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Check on others. Call, text or video chat with family, friends and neighbours (especially older adults living alone) to make sure they’re staying hydrated and keeping cool.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan near an open window to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, if outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Block the sun. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day.
  • Protect people and pets. Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car.
  • Avoid using the oven or stove; they make your space hotter.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat.
  • In an emergency, always call 911. Call 911 if you have or someone you are with has a high body temperature, is confused, is unconscious, or has fainted.

More tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at https://www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311.

Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work: Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe
Today, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children. For more information, please read the provincial news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of June 8, there are 12,828 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 121 cases since the day before. There are 335 people hospitalized, with 77 in ICU. In total, 9,907 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 952 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link: https://bit.ly/2V35FJi | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.

Notice of Application: First Party Sign Variance at 300 Painted Post Drive
An application for a sign by-law variation has been submitted for a proposed illuminated gas sign at the Pioneer gas station at Markham Road and Painted Post. If you are in the area and have any comments you would like to submit to the Sign By-Law Unit for consideration, please phone or email them at signbylawunit@toronto.ca and copy my office.

The last day to submit comments is June 12. More information here.


June 8, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Province of Ontario announces regional approach for Stage 2 reopening
Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. Toronto and many GTA regions are currently excluded from the list but will move onto Stage 2 as soon as the Province’s public health criteria are met.

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 until it's safe to move into Stage 2:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • York Region Public Health

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, including Toronto, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. More in the news release and visit this website.

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warnings
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for June 9 and 10, the City of Toronto is opening 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

The 14 Emergency Cooling Centre are:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St.
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.
  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Sports Complex (Arena), 155 Culford Dr.
  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
  • Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave.

An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them here

Tips for keeping cool during extreme heat
Actions you can take to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe include:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Check on others. Call, text or video chat with family, friends and neighbours (especially older adults living alone) to make sure they’re staying hydrated and keeping cool.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan near an open window to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, if outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Block the sun. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day.
  • Protect people and pets. Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car.
  • Avoid using the oven or stove; they make your space hotter.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat.
  • In an emergency, always call 911. Call 911 if you have or someone you are with has a high body temperature, is confused, is unconscious, or has fainted.

More tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at https://www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311.

City of Toronto update on enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 72 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued four tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

FOPL Statement of Solidarity with Black Community Against Systemic Racism
The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries joins with our community of library associations in condemning racism of all kinds. We must fight against systemic or structural racism towards Black Lives in our society.  While this is fundamentally a moral and human rights issue, there are mindset, social, political, institutional, and process solutions that can and must be addressed.  Public Libraries stand ready to be part of the solution. More in the news release.

TDSB Update on retrieval of belongings, real-time learning, report cards, summer school and online surveys
See this update from the Toronto District School Board on the retrieval of belongings, real-time learning, report cards, summer school and online surveys.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre’s (TPASC) Transition to ZOOM for Virtual Fitness Classes
Starting Today, TPASC’s virtual fitness classes will be transitioning to Zoom. You can access the Zoom classes here.

Open Air Burning Reminder
It has been brought to my attention that some neighbourhoods may be burning wood and leaves while at home in their gardens. I would like everyone to please keep in mind that open air burning is not allowed in the City of Toronto as this increases the risk of fire, as well as air quality issues. More information on Open Air Burning can be found here.


June 5, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

This Sunday is Armed Forces Appreciation Day, thank you to the brave men and women who don the uniform and proudly serve our country. Whether deployed or abroad or at home on Operation Laser, we appreciate all that you do for our country.

Today we celebrate World Environment Day, a global day of action to raise awareness around environmental issues impacting our world.

Take Ontario’s Survey on the Economic Impacts of COVID-19
The Ontario Ministry of Finance is asking for input on how COVID-19 has affected you, and has launched a broad public survey gathering input from individuals and businesses on the economic impacts of COVID-19. The deadline for the survey is August 31st. Complete the survey here

Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic. This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows: $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate; $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension; $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Combined with the special payments of $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the OAS pension and the additional $200 for those eligible for the GIS, all seniors with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will receive a total of $600 in special payments. More in the news release.
ActiveTO closures this weekend
The following three major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, June 6 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 7 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.

Residents can view the map with locations part of CurbTO here. More information and details about ActiveTO are available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

First ActiveTO bikeway is now ready
The City of Toronto has already delivered the first new cycling route as part of the ActiveTO cycling network report that was approved by City Council last week. Dundas St E, from Sackville St to Broadview Ave, now has a temporary, separated cycle track that spans one kilometre and supports a more connected cycling network in Toronto as well as Toronto’s Vision Zero safety priorities. This new section along Dundas St E provides a connected cycling route into the downtown core, via the existing River Street and Shuter St bike lanes, the only protected, accessible and connected cycling route over the Don Valley Parkway (south of Bloor St and north of the waterfront), and connects people on bikes to essential services.

City of Toronto weekend update on services and amenities
With nice weather approaching, residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise, but are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

City parks and amenities
City park amenities open this weekend include:

  • Approximately 50 washrooms
  • picnic shelters
  • 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
  • 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

More information here.

Physical distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park
The City added painted physical distancing circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles roughly 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet apart. Each circle is large enough for two adults from the same household laying down or three adults from the same household sitting cross-legged.

City beaches
Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Toronto beaches are open, there are no lifeguards on duty. Swimming without a lifeguard is not recommended.

Just like in other public spaces, when at the beach please practice proper physical distancing by staying two metres or six feet from others and gathering with no more than five people from your household.

Public washroom facilities
The City of Toronto is starting to open park washrooms following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Approximately 50 washroom sites will be open by tomorrow, June 6, with the remaining locations open by mid-June. A list of locations and health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage.

City of Toronto advises two large business sectors – restaurants and personal service settings – to prepare for safe reopening
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy. 

The city’s close to 8,000 restaurants and 3,500 personal service settings (including hair salons and barbers, tattoo parlours, nail salons and aesthetic services) have been closed or had their service delivery severely impacted since March due to provincial orders and public health recommendations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business owners are advised to begin preparing for reopening but are not permitted to begin operating until the revised order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is announced by the Government of Ontario and comes into effect. For more information please read the news release.

Short-term rentals must continue to comply with City of Toronto bylaw as Province of Ontario lifts emergency order
Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, following an amendment to an order under the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and are now considered an essential business. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws. Under the City’s bylaws:

  • People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
  • Short-term rentals (any rental that is for a period of less than 28 consecutive days) are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential zones and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
  • People who live in secondary suites and laneway suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite/laneway suite is their principal residence.
  • Short-term rental companies will be required to be licensed with the City of Toronto in order to carry on business.
  • Short-term rental operators (people renting their homes on a short-term basis) will be required to register with the City of Toronto.

More information can be found here.

City of Toronto to commemorate D-Day tomorrow
As part of the City of Toronto’s commemoration of the end of the Second World War, and to mark D-Day on June 6, 1944, we pause to remember again those who fought and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans who were a part of this historic invasion share their stories. Tomorrow, Mayor Tory will raise the City of Toronto flag that flew at Juno Beach and proclaim D-Day in Toronto. Please visit toronto.ca/lestweforget to learn about the significance of D-Day and its history. If you or your family members have any photos, videos and stories from the Second World War, please consider sharing them on social media using the hashtag #TorontoRemembers.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of June 4, there are 12,033 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 198 cases since the day before. There are 352 people hospitalized, with 86 in ICU. In total, 9,304 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 890 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


June 4, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

The East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club will offer Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 5 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu will be: Burgers (Halal and veggie options available). Register here.

Pride Month Toronto
It’s Pride Month in Toronto! Pride Toronto’s 2020 Virtual Festival runs from June 1 to 28 celebrating Pride in a new, creative and unique way to showcase the history, courage and diversity of LGBTQ2S+, while ensuring the safety of residents and proper physical distancing. More at www.pridetoronto.com

National Indigenous Month
Mayor Tory proclaimed June as National Indigenous Month for the first time in Toronto. National Indigenous Month provides an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous heritage, diversity and vibrant culture while acknowledging and reflecting on the achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people. The City of Toronto encourages all residents to take time to educate themselves about Indigenous histories, strengths, and contributions. For more information, please click here

Celebrating Seniors Month
The month of June is celebrated as seniors' month here in Ontario and across Canada. We celebrate the achievements of all seniors who helped build our province and country. During this crisis, we want to make sure that seniors living in our community are celebrating safely and can communicate through innovative mediums with their loved ones. If you want to recognize a remarkable senior in our community, please nominate them for an Ontario Senior Achievement Award. More information can be found here.

To our seniors, thank you for all the work you’ve done, and continue to do, to build our community and our country.​

Canadian seniors to receive special payment in early July
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) will receive their special one-time, tax-free payment during the week of July 6. Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly $900 more for single seniors and more than $1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help these vulnerable Canadians with extra costs during the pandemic. More in the news release.

Street food vendors, food and ice cream trucks resume operations just in time for summer
Street food vending and food trucks allow for a broad range of food in Toronto that is safe, healthy, affordable and culturally diverse. Yesterday, Mayor Tory announced that these businesses can now resume operations – just in time for this year's summer vending season.

For everyone's safety, all operators must adhere to physical distancing requirements for the public and provide proper health and safety measures for their staff. Residents visiting street food vendors, food or ice cream trucks should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others while waiting in line. Food is for take away and can be enjoyed at home or in the park. 

All street food vendors who wish to operate on public or private property require a valid business licence. Vendors who wish to operate on city streets or sidewalks or in City parks also require a vending permit. More information can be found on the City's Food Trucks, Food Carts & Ice Cream Trucks page.

Toronto Public Health COVID-19 case and contact management work critical for re-opening Toronto
Since January, the City of Toronto has faced the most significant and complex infectious outbreak our city has ever experienced. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, Toronto Public Health’s case and contact management program remains one our most critical tools to curb this virus spread. Read more.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of June 3, there are 11,835 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 183 cases since yesterday. There are 365 people hospitalized, with 82 in ICU. In total, 9,131 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 883 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 82 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued one ticket. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 800 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
Scarborough Health Network is teaming up with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health to open a one-day COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate.
Friday June 5th 9AM to 5PM at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute (145 Guildwood Pkwy)
Details on Scarborough Health Network’s Pop-Up Locations here.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


June 3, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

It’s Pride Month in Toronto! Pride Toronto’s 2020 Virtual Festival runs from June 1 to 28 celebrating Pride in a new, creative and unique way to showcase the history, courage and diversity of LGBTQ2S+, while ensuring the safety of residents and proper physical distancing. The month-long festival will culminate with the Virtual Pride Festival Weekend from June 26 to 28. Information about Pride Toronto and the Virtual Pride Festival is available at www.pridetoronto.com

Pop-Up COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute
Scarborough Health Network is teaming up with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health to open a one-day COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate.
Friday June 5th 9AM to 5PM
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Collegiate Institute (145 Guildwood Parkway)
Details on Scarborough Health Network’s Pop-Up Locations here.

Ontario extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30
In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario is extending the provincial Declaration of Emergency to June 30. The decision supports the government's efforts to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak and protect the health and safety of Ontarians as the province reopens in a measured and responsible way. The extension, under s.7.0.7 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, was approved by the Ontario legislature yesterday, June 2. More in the news release.

Street food vendors, food and ice cream trucks resume operations just in time for summer
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto street food vendors, food trucks and ice cream trucks can resume operations just in time for this year's summer vending season.  For everyone's safety, all operators must adhere to physical distancing requirements for the public and provide proper health and safety measures for their staff.

As Chair of the General Government and Licensing Committee, I'm excited to welcome food trucks and street good vendors back to Toronto neighbourhoods. City staff are ready to renew or process new licenses and permits to get these businesses back in operation as quickly as possible, so that they can provide safe and affordable food options to our communities. For everyone's safety, we remind customers to maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line, use hand sanitizer and wear a mask or cloth face covering, especially when physical distancing is difficult. More in the news release.

City of Toronto announces more than 10 kilometres of major weekend road closures for ActiveTO this weekend
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will close sections of three major roads this weekend, in total making more than 10 kilometres of roadway available for walking, running and biking, as part of ActiveTO. This weekend, the closure on Lake Shore Boulevard West will return and the Lake Shore Boulevard East closure will be extended east to Leslie Street.

ActiveTO provides residents with more space to physically distance while getting exercise outdoors, which helps stop the spread of COVID-19.
The following three major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, June 6 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 7 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 Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

More information and details about ActiveTO are available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

Toronto Public Library reopening more drop boxes
This week, Toronto Public Library (TPL) reopened 53 additional library branch drop boxes to accept the return of library materials, the next step in its rollout of curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Library customers can continue to place holds online, through the TPL website at tpl.ca, and will be able to pick up their materials through the curbside pick-up service starting next Monday, June 8. While all library branches remain closed to the public for in-branch services, many online library services continue to be available. More in the news release.

Toronto Public Health COVID-19 case and contact management work critical for re-opening Toronto
Public health’s case and contact management process begins when we receive a positive lab confirmation of a COVID-19 case with complete information. Public health investigators act on the information immediately to:

  • Confirm that the person is isolating;
  • Get a list of their contacts, to notify those people;
  • Ask questions to understand how the patient might have contracted the virus; and,
  • Follow up with the person for 14 days to ensure they are continuing to isolate and monitor symptoms as they recover.

Case and contact management can be complex and time-intensive. The number of contacts for each COVID-19 case can vary depending on the individual's living, work and social situations. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, Toronto Public Health's case and contact management program remains one our most critical tools to curb this virus spread. More in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
There are 11,652 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 139 cases since yesterday. There are 378 people hospitalized, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,948 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 165 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 845 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 76 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued one ticket for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

United Nations 2020 World Environment Day: Time for Nature, Biodiversity in the City
ClimateFast Webcast on Friday, June 5th

Speakers will share Indigenous knowledge, gardening, urban agriculture, trees, protecting our green spaces for a post-COVID world. Register here on Eventbrite!

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


June 5, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during this very difficult time. It is very important for all of us, to the best of our ability to follow the mandatory physical distancing bylaw!

This Sunday is Armed Forces Appreciation Day, thank you to the brave men and women who don the uniform and proudly serve our country. Whether deployed or abroad or at home on Operation Laser, we appreciate all that you do for our country.

Today we celebrate World Environment Day, a global day of action to raise awareness around environmental issues impacting our world.

Take Ontario’s Survey on the Economic Impacts of COVID-19
The Ontario Ministry of Finance is asking for input on how COVID-19 has affected you, and has launched a broad public survey gathering input from individuals and businesses on the economic impacts of COVID-19. The deadline for the survey is August 31st. Complete the survey here

Prime Minister announces supports for Canadians with disabilities to address challenges from COVID-19
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced support to help Canadians with disabilities deal with extra expenses during the pandemic. This support includes a special one-time, tax-free payment to individuals who are certificate holders of the Disability Tax Credit as of June 1, 2020, as follows: $600 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate; $300 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension; $100 for Canadians with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate and who are eligible for the OAS pension and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Combined with the special payments of $300 for Canadians who are eligible for the OAS pension and the additional $200 for those eligible for the GIS, all seniors with a valid Disability Tax Credit certificate will receive a total of $600 in special payments. More in the news release.
ActiveTO closures this weekend
The following three major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, June 6 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 7 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.

Residents can view the map with locations part of CurbTO here. More information and details about ActiveTO are available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

First ActiveTO bikeway is now ready
The City of Toronto has already delivered the first new cycling route as part of the ActiveTO cycling network report that was approved by City Council last week. Dundas St E, from Sackville St to Broadview Ave, now has a temporary, separated cycle track that spans one kilometre and supports a more connected cycling network in Toronto as well as Toronto’s Vision Zero safety priorities. This new section along Dundas St E provides a connected cycling route into the downtown core, via the existing River Street and Shuter St bike lanes, the only protected, accessible and connected cycling route over the Don Valley Parkway (south of Bloor St and north of the waterfront), and connects people on bikes to essential services.

City of Toronto weekend update on services and amenities
With nice weather approaching, residents are encouraged to head outside in their local neighbourhood for fresh air and exercise, but are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

City parks and amenities
City park amenities open this weekend include:

  • Approximately 50 washrooms
  • picnic shelters
  • 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
  • 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

More information here.

Physical distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park
The City added painted physical distancing circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles roughly 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet apart. Each circle is large enough for two adults from the same household laying down or three adults from the same household sitting cross-legged.

City beaches
Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Toronto beaches are open, there are no lifeguards on duty. Swimming without a lifeguard is not recommended.

Just like in other public spaces, when at the beach please practice proper physical distancing by staying two metres or six feet from others and gathering with no more than five people from your household.

Public washroom facilities
The City of Toronto is starting to open park washrooms following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Approximately 50 washroom sites will be open by tomorrow, June 6, with the remaining locations open by mid-June. A list of locations and health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage.

City of Toronto advises two large business sectors – restaurants and personal service settings – to prepare for safe reopening
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto, led by Toronto Public Health, is providing guidance to safely reopen restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining, and personal service settings for personal care services once provincial orders are lifted for these sectors of the economy. 

The city’s close to 8,000 restaurants and 3,500 personal service settings (including hair salons and barbers, tattoo parlours, nail salons and aesthetic services) have been closed or had their service delivery severely impacted since March due to provincial orders and public health recommendations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business owners are advised to begin preparing for reopening but are not permitted to begin operating until the revised order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act is announced by the Government of Ontario and comes into effect. For more information please read the news release.

Short-term rentals must continue to comply with City of Toronto bylaw as Province of Ontario lifts emergency order
Yesterday, the Province of Ontario announced that short-term rentals would be allowed to resume operations beginning today, following an amendment to an order under the Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and are now considered an essential business. In Toronto, short-term rentals are regulated by the City’s Zoning By-laws and Licensing and Registration of Short-Term Rentals Bylaw and any resumption of operation must be in accordance with these bylaws. Under the City’s bylaws:

  • People can host short-term rentals in their principal residence only – both homeowners and tenants can participate.
  • Short-term rentals (any rental that is for a period of less than 28 consecutive days) are permitted across the city in all housing types in residential zones and the residential component of mixed-use zones.
  • People who live in secondary suites and laneway suites can also participate, as long as the secondary suite/laneway suite is their principal residence.
  • Short-term rental companies will be required to be licensed with the City of Toronto in order to carry on business.
  • Short-term rental operators (people renting their homes on a short-term basis) will be required to register with the City of Toronto.

More information can be found here.

City of Toronto to commemorate D-Day tomorrow
As part of the City of Toronto’s commemoration of the end of the Second World War, and to mark D-Day on June 6, 1944, we pause to remember again those who fought and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Veterans who were a part of this historic invasion share their stories. Tomorrow, Mayor Tory will raise the City of Toronto flag that flew at Juno Beach and proclaim D-Day in Toronto. Please visit toronto.ca/lestweforget to learn about the significance of D-Day and its history. If you or your family members have any photos, videos and stories from the Second World War, please consider sharing them on social media using the hashtag #TorontoRemembers.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of June 4, there are 12,033 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 198 cases since the day before. There are 352 people hospitalized, with 86 in ICU. In total, 9,304 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 890 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


June 2, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

#BlackoutTuesday
Today is Blackout Tuesday a movement intended to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept across the globe. Share a black screen with the hashtag #blackouttuesday and to refrain from posting from the rest of the day to show that you stand with your community. Remember, DO NOT tag #BlackLivesMatter as this blocks out information needed to keep people tapped in.

Pop-Up COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute
On Friday, June 5th, Scarborough Health Network is teaming up with Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health to open a one-day COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate.
Friday June 5th 9AM to 5PM
Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate Institute (145 Guildwood Parkway)
More in the news release. Details on Scarborough Health Network’s Pop-Up Locations here.

City of Toronto Modular Housing Initiative progressing quickly; initial site locations identified
Within a month of receiving Council approval, the plan to expedite delivery of Phase 1 of the City of Toronto’s Modular Housing Initiative is well underway and the program is on track to provide stable, affordable, high quality housing and support services to 100 individuals experiencing homelessness by the fall of 2020.

A key component of the expedited delivery is site identification. City and CreateTO staff have been evaluating City-owned land across Toronto using criteria that included local demand for affordable housing, development potential of the site, local infrastructure, access to public transit, access to health and other community services, as well as zoning and other bylaw considerations. Following the rigorous evaluation process, the following two sites are being recommended for Phase 1 of the Modular Housing Initiative:

● 150 Harrison St. (Ward 9): 44 bachelor apartments. This is the former site of the 14 Division Police Station.
● 11 Macey Ave. (Ward 20): 56 bachelor apartments. Near Victoria Park and Danforth.

More in the news release.

Ontario Moves Forward with Signature Subway Project
Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA), announced the Ontario government is moving forward with the next step in building the Ontario Line, the signature project in the largest subway expansion in the province's history. The government is issuing the first two public-private partnership (P3) Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) to identify and qualify those who will design, build and maintain the subway line. The Ontario Line is being built under three separate P3 contracts. More in the news release.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


June 1, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

All waste Drop-Off Depots now open to the public
All Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) have reopened to the general public. The sites are operating under regular hours, with the exception of the Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-Off Depots, which are only open to the public on weeknights and Saturday mornings. Get current hours for all Drop-Off Depots.

Residents are asked to limit visits to Drop-Off Depots and practice physical distancing when visiting. Cash will not be accepted at Drop-off Depots; payment must be made by debit or credit card. Compost will not be available for pickup at any Drop-off Depots. A face mask is recommended when one is unable to maintain a two-metre (six feet) distance from others. At Drop-off Depots, this includes interacting with staff at weigh scales or dropping off household hazardous waste. More information here.

City and UWGT partner to develop a COVID-19 Shelter Interim Recovery Strategy
The City and United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) have partnered to develop a COVID-19 Shelter Interim Recovery Strategy. When complete, the strategy will guide City and partner agency response to homelessness over the next six- to 12-month interim recovery period.
The City and UWGT have launched a new task force of key homeless sector stakeholders, and from now until June 30 will engage with community providers, Indigenous communities, heath sector partners, regional municipal partners and the public about the actions needed to shape the next phase of our COVID-19 response for the shelter system in Toronto.

Over the course of the month, the City and UWGT will host virtual meetings, conduct surveys, and lead discussions with our partners in the health, housing, and shelter sectors. The interim recovery strategy will be developed in a consultative process with stakeholders who will play a central role in implementation. The input and feedback gathered will shape the development of a COVID-19 Shelter Interim Recovery Strategy that equips the City, led by the Shelter, Support & Housing Administration (SSHA) division, and community partners to continue to deliver the next phase of our homelessness response through 2020 into spring 2021. More in the news release.

­­­­­­­City reopening washrooms in parks
The City will begin to open some of its approximately 200 parks washrooms this week, following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The reopening will occur in two phases. The first phase will have roughly 50 washroom sites opening by June 6, followed by the remaining locations by mid-June.

Residents using park washrooms should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line, and should wash hands both upon entering the washroom and when leaving. It is also recommended that cloth face coverings are worn when entering.

The City already opened a number of City-operated facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. These sites are listed on the City’s website under the Washroom and Sanitation Services section. More in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of May 30 at 3 p.m. there are 11,174 cases of COVID-19 in the city. There are 386 cases in hospital, with 88 in ICU. In total, 8,446 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 823 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 94 complaints related to parks use and physical distancing. Officers have spoken to or cautioned nearly 7,300 people this month. Bylaw officers issued eight tickets yesterday.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


May 29, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Reminder: Gardiner Expressway closure and accelerated road construction
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. The City asks residents to plan essential travel ahead, leave plenty of extra time and be patient. More information is available at https://www.toronto.ca/gardiner.

ActiveTO and Quiet Streets
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 while allowing for residents to be outside and get exercise, vehicle access on parts of some major roads will be closed for walking, running and biking again this Saturday and Sunday. The following major road closures are planned this weekend from Saturday, May 30 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 31 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Coxwell Avenue to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

A new online map is available to residents that shows locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and ActiveTO locations for residents (Quiet Streets and Major Weekend Road Closures only).

City of Toronto opens applications for Community Crisis Response Fund with updated COVID-19 criteria
Today, the City of Toronto opened applications for its Community Crisis Response Fund to help communities to respond to the impact of violent incidents and associated crises during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of $200,000 is available through the Community Crisis Response Fund. There are two funding streams: general, and youth-led. In 2020, Toronto City Council allocated $2 million for youth violence prevention grants and an additional $100,000 to fund the creation of this new youth-led Community Crisis Response Fund. More information in the news release.

City parks, beach and amenities this weekend
The City of Toronto continues to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend, following guidance from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health. City park amenities open this weekend include:

  • picnic shelters
  • soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks
  • baseball diamonds and basketball courts
  • some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
  • 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

If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff are working with public health officials on how the supervised swim program (i.e. lifeguards) could operate at Toronto beaches and the City will share more information when it becomes available. Swimming without the supervision of a lifeguard at the City’s beaches is not recommended.

Washrooms at Trinity Bellwoods Park will open this weekend, followed by a phased approach with the aim of opening all park washrooms over the next several weeks. Staff are working with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities.

Most parking lots in City parks are open this weekend. Three lots will remain closed: Sir Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside and Woodbine. High Park is closed to cars on weekends.

Physical distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Yesterday, the City of Toronto began adding painted physical distancing circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles roughly 8 feet in diameter and 10 feet apart. Each circle is large enough for two adults laying down or three adults sitting cross-legged.

If the park is crowded when people arrive and if no circles are available, people should visit a different park or come back later. Parks near Trinity Bellwoods Park include Stanley Park and Alexandra Park. Bickford Park, Art Eggleton Park, Christie Pits Park and Dufferin Grove Park are also close.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As of May 27 at 3 pm. there are 10,901 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 175 cases since the previous day. There are 372 cases in hospital, with 83 in ICU. In total, 8,086 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 810 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto.

This week, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 62 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued one ticket. Enforcement officers have spoken to more than 6,200 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 34 complaints about gatherings – no tickets were issues.

The Story of Plastic
The Story of Plastic, created by The Story of Stuff, takes a sweeping look at the man-made crisis of plastic pollution and the worldwide effect it has on the health of our planet and the people who inhabit it.

Sign-up to receive a link to watch the documentary on your own time. And then join our team on Thursday, June 4 as we discuss the film and answer some of your questions about plastics and how we can move toward a zero plastic waste environment.

Ontario Nonprofit Network Webinar
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is creating engaging and informative webinars for the non-profit sector. Topics for upcoming webinars range from scenario planning and cash flow management to how lessons from previous crises can help us prepare for a post-COVID-19 world. You can find more details on each webinar and register for free by clicking on the links below.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

Prime Minister announces additional funding for health, economic, and social support for indigenous peoples and communities
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced new funding to provide critical support to indigenous families and communities during this crisis. Based on needs that have been identified. The Indigenous Community support of $650 million: $285M to boost health-care resources, $270M to supplement on-reserve income assistance program, $85M towards shelters for women and children feeing violence and ongoing financial support, and more.
More information in the news release .

Support for small business tenants and landlords now available
The Ontario government, in partnership with the federal government, has launched the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. The province is committing $241 million to the program, which will provide more than $900 million in support for small businesses across Ontario during this difficult time.  To find out how much rent support you may be eligible for, visit Ontario.ca/rentassistance .

Toronto City Council approves property tax relief to help sustain live music venues
Yesterday, Toronto City Council approved recommendations to help address the unprecedented challenges threatening live music venues in Toronto. Council expanded the Creative Co-Location Facilities Property Tax Subclasses to provide property tax relief for live music venues. The new category will apply to live music venues that meet specific eligibility criteria. 

Toronto’s live music venues make a vital contribution to the city's economic, social and cultural life and these businesses need critical support in the face of ongoing pressures that threaten to close dozens of local venues – pressures that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information in the news release .

Volunteers NEEDED for Emmanuel Life Management Centre COVID-19 Emergency Food Bank
Emmanuel Life Management Centre will he handing out, hampers with groceries to residents and communities in need. Food delivery is also available for seniors, elders and person/s with disabilities. Compliance with physical distancing rules will continue and remain 6ft apart while being served.
Date/Time: Every Thursday from 4PM to 6PM
Location: 142 Chester Le Community Corner
Contact: Interested in VOLUNTEERING call Janel at 437-886-4694 9AM to 6PM Mon – Fri or Email elmc2010@hotmail.ca

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


May 28, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I would like to wish all those celebrating a Happy Shavuot to you and your family!

Update on City parks and beaches
The City’s coordinated enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Toronto beaches and parks provide many opportunities for recreation, a break from the daily routine, and for enjoying the calming effect of nature. Toronto beaches are open in the same way green spaces in parks have been open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic, City staff are working with public health officials in regard to how the supervised swim program (i.e. lifeguards) could operate at Toronto beaches and the City will share more information when it becomes available.

While visiting a beach or park, you must practise physical distancing and avoid crowding. Under the City’s physical distancing bylaw, any two people who don't live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a City park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket. Under the Province's Emergency Order, a social gathering or organized public event of more than five people is prohibited, unless everyone gathered together live in the same household.

If residents arrive at a park and find that it is overcrowded, the City encourages them to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

Washrooms at Trinity Bellwoods Park will open this weekend, followed by a two-week phased approach for the remainder of the parks.

Physical distancing circles pilot at Trinity Bellwoods Park
Starting today, the City of Toronto is adding painted circles on the grass in Trinity Bellwoods Park as a pilot project to encourage people to practise physical distancing. Known as physical distancing circles, the City’s pilot at Trinity Bellwoods Parks follows recent and well-received examples from other prominent cities including San Francisco and New York.

When visiting the park, people can expect to see grids of painted circles – 8 feet wide and 10 feet apart – across popular areas of the 14.6-hectare Queen West park. The circles painted on grass should contain no more than five people, all from the same household. If a park is crowded when people arrive and if no circles are available, people should visit a different park or come back later. Parks near Trinity Bellwoods Park include Stanley Park and Alexandra Park. Bickford Park, Art Eggleton Park, Christie Pits Park and Dufferin Grove Park are also close.

New assistance to property owners impacted by COVID-19
Today, Toronto City Council approved a temporary deferral of property tax payments, without property owners having to incur late payment fees or penalties. City of Toronto property owners with a good payment history – those up-to-date on their tax payments as of March 2020 – can request additional time to pay their taxes without incurring interest and late fees for a six-month period effective June 1 to November 30, 2020. Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial hardship resulting from COVID-19, including a prolonged suspension of pay or loss of employment, excessive business revenue loss or business closure, or a pending business insolvency or bankruptcy. For more information, please visit toronto.ca/propertytaxhelp.

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service workers
Yesterday, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers. The new child care centre is now open and is located at Blake Street Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. in the East York community.

Gardiner closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. The City asks residents to please plan your essential travel ahead, leave plenty of extra time and be patient. More information is available at toronto.ca/gardiner.

City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases
Yesterday, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful and take action to reduce virus spread.

The maps reflect where individuals live, and do not necessarily reflect where they were initially exposed to this virus. Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not necessarily safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Waste bin exchanges
As part of our phased approach to resuming services, 311 will now begin taking requests for waste bin exchanges, which were initially suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As of May 27 at 3 pm. there are 10,726 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 201 cases since the previous day. There are 367 cases in hospital, with 82 in ICU. In total, 7,944 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 800COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. The latest case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 109 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 10 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to more than 6,100 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 64 complaints about gatherings and police issued two gathering-related tickets.

ACORN’s Virtual Protest to Stop Rent Debt
Join ACORN members for a virtual protest to demand the government take action to stop us from accumulating rent debt by creating a rent break. Tenants all across Canada are scared about what's going to happen on June 1st. We're already hearing of landlords harassing tenants, giving fake eviction notices, and ignoring basic repairs. Meanwhile CERB is not enough to cover average rent in Toronto, or it barely leaves enough for food and other bills.
Join ACORN this Friday May June 29th at 1:00 PM to take action and demand the government listen to renters.

Please RSVP by replying to this email. You can join by phone or by computer. More details here: https://acorncanada.org/civicrm/event/info?id=2243

By phone: to dial in call 647 374 4685 then enter meeting ID 932 2171 9466 followed by #
By computer https://zoom.us/j/93221719466 

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (ESBGC) FREE LUNCH FRIDAYS!
The ESBGC will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot (100 Galloway Rd) this Friday, May 29! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. This weeks menu? Chili and Bread! (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

The opening of TRCA’s conservation area parks, golf facilities and seasonal campgrounds
Conservation Areas
I am pleased to inform you that effective Saturday, May 30, 2020 we will be ready to open our Conservation Areas and parking lots for passive use, walking, and hiking. Glen Haffy, Albion Hills, Heart Lake, Bruce’s Mill and Petticoat Creek Conservation Areas will be open to members of the public, for paid access, from 9am-6pm this weekend, and weekdays in June from 9am-7pm, and weekends from 9am-9pm. TRCA’s www.trca.ca/ will be updated with information on park re-openings beginning this Friday.

Golf Facilities
With the successful re-opening of Bathurst Glen Golf Course and Burce’s Mill Driving Range experienced last weekend, full season hours are looking to begin as early as possible next week. Again, TRCA’s www.trca.ca/ will be updated next week with this information.

Seasonal Camping
The Government of Ontario’s update List of Essential Workplaces gave permission for campsites to be made available to trailers and recreational vehicles. we will be opening both Albion Hills and Indian Line Campgrounds to those who qualify under the updated Order. This opening is dependent on bringing in a small number of staff next week to support the goal of opening to seasonal campers again beginning early June.

Kortright Centre for Conservation and Black Creek Pioneer Village
While TRCA’s education centres, including the Kortright Centre for Conservation and Black Creek Pioneer Village, remain closed to the public, staff are exploring opportunities to reopen these attractions in ways that engage local residents in natural and cultural heritage learning activities while also ensuring visitor safety. In the meantime, we are encouraging families to take part in TRCA’s #AtHomeWithNature and #VillageAtHome series on Facebook, along with other virtual programming, which are all listed on our website: www.trca.ca/events-calendar/.

Governments and international organizations come together to address economic challenges and sustainability
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, and the Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, will convene world leaders and international organizations today in a joint initiative to sharpen and accelerate our global response to the significant economic and human impacts of COVID-19, and advance concrete solutions to the development emergency.

With more than 50 Heads of State and Government participating, the High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond is the most inclusive gathering of countries to focus on the socio-economic recovery and financing needs from the pandemic. We must continue to coordinate these efforts to avoid a devastating impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. More information in the news release.

Ontario takes further action to protect seniors and staff in Long-Term Care Homes during COVID-19 outbreak
To further protect seniors and staff in long-term care homes, the Ontario government announced today that it is extending the mandate of the Incident Management System Long-Term Care Table. This table is composed of health care professionals who make immediate decisions to deal with issues related to staffing levels, infection management and resources during the COVID-19 outbreak.

In April, an Incident Management System (IMS) structure was established to coordinate operational support to long-term care homes. The IMS table meets daily to organize efforts across multiple providers and government to make rapid decisions that support long-term care homes in need. Homes identified for support are those struggling to control outbreaks, complete infection prevention and control assessments, ensure appropriate staffing levels, have access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and complete the testing of all long-term care home residents and staff. More information in the news release.

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (ESBGC) FREE LUNCH FRIDAYS!
The ESBGC will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot (100 Galloway Rd) this Friday, May 29! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. This weeks menu? Chili and Bread! (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic
GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.


May 27, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that there are now over 45,000 jobs available for young people on https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home .

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30.

City Council will meet using an online video conferencing platform. The public can view the live stream of the meeting at youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive . The full agenda, which includes urgent items only, can be found online at toronto.ca/council .

Waste bin exchanges
As part of our phased approach to resuming services, 311 will now begin taking requests for waste bin exchanges, which were initially suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. Requests to upsize or downsize a recycling or garbage bin can now be made by calling 311. Requests for a new garbage, recycling or green bin, additional bin or bin repair can also be made by calling 311.

Reopening of all closed waste Drop-Off Depots
As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, waste Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) were closed to the general public. Recently, three of the City’s Drop-Off Depots (Transfer Stations) were reopened to the public on Saturday mornings and two Drop-Off Depots were also opened on weeknights.

Beginning Monday, June 1, all Drop-Off Depots will reopen to the general public. They will operate on regular hours, with the exception of Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-Off Depots, which will only be open to the public on weeknights and Saturday mornings.
The hours for these will remain as follows:  
Bermondsey: Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 pm to midnight, Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Ingram: Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. with a half-hour closure from 11:30 p.m. to midnight, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

Registered account holders can continue to bring material at any time during operating hours. All locations will accept the regular list of materials including household hazardous waste. Compost pickup will not be available at any Drop-Off Depot. Please keep in mind: wait times may occur, cash will not be accepted. Face mask/covering is recommended, and practice physical distancing.

PPE and community-based agencies
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) has received numerous inquiries over the last number of weeks with respect to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), requests for community-based agencies. In response to these requests and the dynamic status of donations, the City, in partnership with the United Way, has developed a community coordination plan – ten geographic clusters and three additional clusters have been established and are supported by cluster coordinators.

The EOC asks that any community agencies in need of supplies and/or services, including PPE, communicate those needs to their established cluster coordinator. The requests will be shared with the Toronto Office of Partnerships to identify potential donation matches and coordinate delivery of any available supplies. 

Digital Main Street program
The City of Toronto has expanded the Digital Main Street program to help local businesses develop or expand their online services during COVID-19 pandemic. Digital Main Street offers online tools, connections to trusted digital vendors, structured online learning and a Digital Service Squad who provide one-on-one assistance to help businesses grow and manage their operations through technology.

Local businesses can complete the Digital Main Street onboarding process and receive their free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/toronto/

City of Toronto opens eighth emergency child care centre for essential and critical service workers
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto has received authorization from the Province of Ontario to open another licensed child care centre to provide care for the children of essential and critical service workers. Like the first seven centres, this new centre is in an existing City-run licensed child care facility and staffed by City of Toronto child care workers. The new child care centre is now open and is located at Blake Street Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St. in the East York community.

Gardiner closure, accelerated road construction and ActiveTO this weekend
This weekend, the Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed from the Don Valley Parkway to Hwy 427 for annual maintenance and improvement activities, the intersection of Richmond Street East and Church Street is fully closed for construction, and there will be closures in place for people to practise physical distancing while being physically active on Bayview Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard East.

The Gardiner Expressway will be fully closed starting at 11 p.m. on Friday, May 29 until 5 a.m. on Monday, June 1 for important annual maintenance and improvements. More information at toronto.ca/gardiner

Access to public washrooms and showers
The City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services.

Starting at the end of day Thursday, May 28, Commander Recreation Centre/Arena and Malvern Recreation Centre/Arena will be transitioned out and staff from these centres will begin preparation to open the Amesbury Arena. This facility will open on May 31 and will offer access to washrooms, showers and water. For up-to-date locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this site .

City of Toronto releases geographic information on local COVID-19 cases
Today, the City released geographic information on COVID-19 cases in Toronto to help fight the spread of this virus in the city. By knowing where those impacted by COVID-19 live, and by assessing other important risk factors, Toronto Public Health is better able to inform preventive actions, identify where proactive testing can be helpful and take action to reduce virus spread.

The maps reflect where individuals live, and do not necessarily reflect where they were initially exposed to this virus. Areas with lower rates of COVID-19 cases are not necessarily safer and do not pose less of a risk of infection. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform here .

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,525 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 152 cases since yesterday. There are 356 cases in hospital, with 84 in ICU. In total, 7,814 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 187 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 780 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform here .

Enforcement update
The COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and proactively patrol parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to maintain physical distancing. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place as necessary.

Yesterday, the City received 217 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 17 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to nearly 6,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 64 complaints about gatherings and police issued 13 gathering-related tickets.

Volunteer with GlobalMedic

GlobalMedic is assisting where needed in Canada’s response to COVID-19 pandemic. GlobalMedic will be packing hygiene kits and emergency food nearly every weekday to support vulnerable people and front-line healthcare workers across Canada. The University of Toronto Scarborough and the City of Toronto are supporting the recruitment of volunteers who are able to be a part of these events and support GlobalMedic in addressing food insecurity issues for those in the Greater Toronto Area during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to sign up to volunteer with GlobalMedic visit this link.

Guildwood Extendicare 
Toronto Public Health response from the evening of May 26 regarding Guildwood Extendicare:

The Long-Term Care Homes (LTCH) team is aware of the concerns raised.  The manager assigned to this facility along with our Associate Medical Officer of Health, met with the Local Health Integration Network, the Scarborough Health Network and the home’s management this afternoon to review outbreak control measures and requirements.  Toronto Public Health representatives brought forward the concerns raised below (confidentially), specifically the improper disposal of personal protective equipment (PPE).  The facility’s management acknowledged they are aware of the issue and confirmed they are addressing the matter by providing additional training to staff and by having the ground crews and cleaning staff clean up any debris around the property including improperly discarded PPE. 

In addition to our LTCH Team raising the concerns directly with the facility during the meeting this afternoon, we also sent a COVID-19 Inspection and Enforcement Inspector to Guildwood Extendicare facility at approximately 330pm to assess and observe the situation (exterior).  There was no protest taking place and no PPE debris observed on the grounds.  The Inspector circled the property and observed a grounds crew working on the facility's landscaping, including general cleanup/maintenance of the property.

Toronto Public Health, along with key health partners will continue to work with the facility on outbreak management to reduce the risk of further spread of the virus.  We will recommend that the facility remind employees of infection prevention and control best practices including not wearing soiled work uniforms when visiting public places.  

Please share that TPH welcomes on-going feedback, and encourages anyone who has concerns to call our COVID-19 hotline at: 416-338-7600 (between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., 7 days a week).  Concerned parties can also send us an email at:  publichealth@toronto.ca.  Concerns or complaints are treated as confidential and we will be happy to assess, review and take appropriate action. 

Toronto City Council meeting to occur virtually May 28
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto City Council will meet virtually tomorrow, May 28 at 9:30 a.m. The first virtual Council Meeting was held on April 30.
City Council will meet using an online video conferencing platform. The public can view the live stream of the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s At Home with Nature series
Join the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s At Home with Nature series. On May 28 at 2pm, they will be broadcasting live from The Meadoway. A leading expert in restoration, Katie Turnbull, will take us on a tour to visit a section of the project that is just getting underway. From oats to machines, we’ll look beneath the Gatineau hydro corridor to see what it takes to create a thriving meadow.

Cooling Centres during Heat Relief
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. Starting today, six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Read more in the news release.


May 26, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Cooling Centres during Heat Relief
Environment and Climate Change Canada issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. Starting today, six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Read more in the news release.

Second Phase of the Housing Now initiative released
The release of the Phase Two sites of Housing Now was announced today, a signature initiative to increase the supply of new affordable rental housing within mixed-income, mixed-use and transit-oriented communities on City-owned lands across Toronto. This second phase of the Housing Now initiative is expected to create between 1,455 to 1,710 new residential units.

Housing Now is a key component of the City’s HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan (HousingTO) and contributes towards the City's target of approving 40,000 affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes over the next 10 years. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an even greater number of residents experiencing housing challenges while also underscoring the importance of having a home in order to practice physical distancing and self-isolation. More details on Phase Two of the Housing Now Initiative can be found in the staff report. Read more in the news release.

Access to public washrooms and showers
The City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services.

Starting May 24, the following three new facilities opened to the public: Lamport Stadium, Demenico DiLuca Community Centre and Albion Arena, all providing access to washrooms, showers and water.

Service transition: Starting at the end of day Thursday, May 28, Commander Recreation Centre/Arena and Malvern Recreation Centre/Arena will be transitioned out and staff from these centres will begin preparation to open the Amesbury Arena. This facility will open on May 31 and will offer access to washrooms, showers and water.

For up-to-date locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this site.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,373 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 161 cases since yesterday. There are 365 cases in hospital, with 89 in ICU. In total, 7,627 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 118 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 768 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 134 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police and bylaw officers issued 11 tickets. Enforcement officers have spoken to almost 5,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 71 complaints about gatherings and police issued three gathering-related tickets.

Canada Student Emergency Benefits and Pandemic Pay Webinar
West Scarborough Legal Services is hosting a webinar on the topic of Canada Student Emergency Benefits and Pandemic Pay. The webinar will be held on Monday June 1st, 2020 from 2-3PM. Register here.

Expanded eligibility for Canada Emergency Business Account
The Government of Canada announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account program to include many owner-operated small businesses. More information on this can be read in this news release.

Information on financial supports and other COVID-19 related matters in multiple languages
Immigration Refugees and Citizenship has translated 10 questions and answers about the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) into multiple languages so that people can get the information they need, in the language they are most comfortable with. This link also includes some information regarding the Canada Child Benefit in 10 common languages other than English and French. Public Health Agency of Canada also has a list of resources related to COVID-19, many of which are available in multiple languages. Fact sheets, infographics and videos with key public health advice on COVID-19 are added and updated regularly.


May 25, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Heat Relief 2020
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) today issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. ECCC issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher.

The City’s Heat Relief Strategy has been updated for the 2020 hot weather season, in response to COVID-19, to ensure that emergency heat relief opportunities are available and accessible to those who may need it. Many facilities that were part of the City’s 2019 Heat Relief Network of cool spaces across Toronto are closed due to COVID-19. For this reason, the City’s plan for heat relief this year has been modified and includes a select number of Emergency Cooling Centres that will open across Toronto during Heat Warnings.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Help residents keep cool: Toronto Heat Bylaw
The Heat Bylaw states that all landlords are responsible for providing heat to a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius from September 15 to June 1. However, there are periods during spring when unseasonably warm weather can cause the indoor temperature of units to rise above this temperature without additional heat. Landlords can turn off the heat in rental units, if the weather outside means that the building is 21 degrees Celsius without heat. More information about the heat bylaw is available at toronto.ca/heatbylaw .

Paramedic Services Week 2020
May 24-30, 2020 is Paramedic Services Week in Canada. This celebration is held each year to recognize the contributions of these vital public servants who help maintain a safe and healthy city for all Torontonians. Today, we acknowledge the staff of Toronto Paramedic Services including those on the frontlines and behind the scenes, who ensure that when any member of the public calls 9-1-1 for medical assistance, they receive superior and compassionate paramedic-based health care, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Waitlist for businesses requiring licenses and/or permits from the City of Toronto
In March, following advice from the Medical Officer of Health and in support of the City of Toronto’s coordinated response to COVID-19, the City suspended a number of City services to ensure the continued delivery of critical services and protect the health of City staff and residents. The issuing of new business licences and renewal of existing licences by the City of Toronto has been suspended since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) understands the anxiety business owners are experiencing and is making plans to resume licensing activities as part of the City’s recovery and rebuild efforts. A waitlist has been created for businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto. Businesses that are on the waitlist will be contacted directly by MLS staff, in order of registration, with information about next steps in online licensing and resumption of services. Businesses wishing to be added to the waitlist can email mlsapplication@toronto.ca . More information on business licensing and application requirements is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/permits-licences-bylaws/ .

Non-emergency bylaw enforcement and investigation services remain suspended, including service requests related to enforcement of bylaws governing licensed businesses. Information on City services can be found online: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/ .

Last Pothole Blitz of May
Yesterday, City of Toronto crews repaired 6,807 potholes and addressed 168 requests for pothole repairs during the last of three weekend pothole blitzes planned in May.

Reminder: Face coverings or non-medical masks strongly recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. While wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from COVID-19 and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing.

Toronto Public Health partnering with COVID-19 Near You
Toronto Public Health is partnering with COVID Near You to monitor the frequency of COVID-like symptoms in Toronto. COVID Near You relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking you to take a few seconds to report if you or your family members have been healthy or sick.

Toronto Public Health is asking residents to help them learn how symptoms of COVID-19 may be moving through our community by completing a short survey about their current symptoms. A link to the COVID Near You survey can be found on the Reduce Virus Spread page.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,212 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 177 cases since yesterday. There are 377 cases in hospital, with 91 in ICU. In total, 7,509 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 112 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 761 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/ .

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Yesterday, the City had a greater number of bylaw and police officers at Trinity Bellwoods Park throughout the day educating residents about physical distancing and proper use of the park. This strategy was successful, and although many people enjoyed the park, there was not a repeat of Saturday. If a park is crowded when residents arrive, we encourage them to visit a different park, or come back later.

To assist residents with physical distancing, the City is exploring the use of circles painted on the grass, as has been successful in other jurisdictions. This will be piloted in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this measure and may expand it to other destination and high traffic parks in Toronto.

No public ferry access to Toronto Island Park
There is no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park. New federal regulations limit the number of individuals on a ferry in order to reduce crowding and limit the potential for virus transmission. The ferry will continue running for Island residents only.

Online Webinar for Retail Businesses, May 28, 2020
The City’s Economic Development division is working with Toronto Public Health on a number of resources to assist businesses as they work to re-open. Part of that work includes guidelines and best practices for various sectors. This Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City is hosting a free webinar about government guidelines and recently created City programs to support main street and retail businesses. Register for the event here.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that applications are now being accepted for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75% for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50% of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25% and the property forgiving at least 25%. For more information please read the full news release .

COVID-19 Local Assessment centres
If you or someone you know would like to be tested, you're asked to visit one of the local testing centres closest to you. For a list of available locations, click HERE

Guildwood Extendicare
COVID-19 outbreak at Guildwood Extendicare.  Since the outbreak was declared at this facility, Toronto Public Health (TPH) assigned an investigator to work with the home to provide guidance and recommendations on outbreak control measures, in accordance with provincial guidelines.  These measures include, but are not limited to:

    • Posting outbreak notification signs at the entrance and on outbreak affected units
    • Ensuring droplet contact precautions in place, meaning staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing direct care residents
    • Testing all residents and staff on outbreak affected floors /units, including staff and residents not displaying symptoms (asymptomatic), in accordance with the provincial directive on COVID 19 testing
    • Ensuring COVID-19 positive residents are isolated with COVID-19 positive residents on the affected outbreak floors/units
    • Conducting daily screening of staff (twice a day)
    • Restricting admissions, readmissions and visitations (some exceptions for essential visitors)
    • Increased surveillance and enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection
    • Physical distancing measures are in place, and the cancellation of all communal activities

Toronto Public Health is also investigate all outbreak associated positive cases of COVID-19 and close contacts, and provide the facility with COVID-19 test swabs.  With respect to testing at this facility, please note that universal/mass testing of all residents and staff has been conducted twice (April 23, 2020  and May 15, 2020).

To further assist with bringing this outbreak under control, local health care partners including the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) have joined TPH in supporting this facility.  Specifically, the SHN has conducted infection prevention and control (IPAC) online and onsite training with all staff; and performed an IPAC assessment, an environmental assessment and a health and safety assessment. The LHIN is providing staffing support at this facility, and as of May 21, 2020, Public Health Ontario also conducted an additional IPAC assessment.  

Toronto Public Health will continue to support this long-term care home through the outbreak and remains engaged with local health care partners who are also involved.  These are extraordinary times and we appreciate the desire for more information. Please be assured our focus is managing this pandemic and supporting our healthcare partners in managing institutional outbreaks, especially because this affects our most City’s vulnerable – our parents, grand-parents and loved ones.  This is why we also continue to remind people to stay home to protect our essential workers so that they can continue to protect us and our loved ones.

If you require further information please contact your Provincial Member of Parliament for further updates. Mitzie Hunter MPP mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

City of Toronto ActiveTO cycling network plan proposes 40 kilometres of expanded and accelerated routes
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that a City of Toronto staff report scheduled for consideration by City Council later this week proposes that key parts of the cycling network be expanded, through accelerated installation of routes in the council-approved Cycling Network Plan, as part of the ActiveTO program.

During the April 30 Toronto City Council meeting, staff were requested to look at more active transportation as a crucial part of the city’s COVID-19 restart and recovery and in anticipation of changes in traffic patterns. For more information please read this news release.

Full Closure of Markham Road at Hwy 401
Please be advised that as part of the Ministry of Transportation’s ongoing construction project, Markham Road Northbound and Southbound will be fully closed at Highway 401 from May 30, 2020 at 10:00PM to May 31, 2020 at 10AM for Markham Road Bridge deck removal.

During the full closure, Markham Road Southbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Eastbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Northbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue-Detour 25.

During the full closure, Markham Road Northbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Southbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue- Detour 24.

Please see this map for more details. 

Toronto Zoo Scenic Drive-Thru Now Open!
This weekend, the Toronto Zoo officially opened to public the new Scenic Drive-Thru experience. With a sell-out crowd of over 700 cars expected on its first day of full operations, a number of VIPs were on hand to officially open and welcome the eager Zoo guests. The new Scenic Safari driving route will allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometres route which takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Check out http://www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari/ for details.

Guests must pre-purchase their tickets by booking their drive-thru time online at torontozoo.com. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT.  New dates/tickets will be available soon, watch torontozoo.com for updates and ticket information.

May 25, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Heat Relief 2020
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) today issued a Heat Warning for Toronto for Tuesday, May 26, and Wednesday, May 27. ECCC issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher.

The City’s Heat Relief Strategy has been updated for the 2020 hot weather season, in response to COVID-19, to ensure that emergency heat relief opportunities are available and accessible to those who may need it. Many facilities that were part of the City’s 2019 Heat Relief Network of cool spaces across Toronto are closed due to COVID-19. For this reason, the City’s plan for heat relief this year has been modified and includes a select number of Emergency Cooling Centres that will open across Toronto during Heat Warnings.

Starting tomorrow (Tuesday, May 26) six locations will offer a publicly accessible air-conditioned place to rest indoors and receive a cool drink. Staff who are trained to assist residents affected by the extreme heat will be on hand. Infection prevention and control measures will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Emergency Cooling Centres will be open at the following community centres from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 26 and 27:

  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Community Centre Arena, 30 Sewells Rd
  • Scarborough Village Community Centre Arena, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Arena, 155 Culford Dr.
  • Domenico DiLuca Community Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.

Help residents keep cool: Toronto Heat Bylaw
The Heat Bylaw states that all landlords are responsible for providing heat to a minimum temperature of 21 degrees Celsius from September 15 to June 1. However, there are periods during spring when unseasonably warm weather can cause the indoor temperature of units to rise above this temperature without additional heat. Landlords can turn off the heat in rental units, if the weather outside means that the building is 21 degrees Celsius without heat. More information about the heat bylaw is available at toronto.ca/heatbylaw .

Paramedic Services Week 2020
May 24-30, 2020 is Paramedic Services Week in Canada. This celebration is held each year to recognize the contributions of these vital public servants who help maintain a safe and healthy city for all Torontonians. Today, we acknowledge the staff of Toronto Paramedic Services including those on the frontlines and behind the scenes, who ensure that when any member of the public calls 9-1-1 for medical assistance, they receive superior and compassionate paramedic-based health care, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Waitlist for businesses requiring licenses and/or permits from the City of Toronto
In March, following advice from the Medical Officer of Health and in support of the City of Toronto’s coordinated response to COVID-19, the City suspended a number of City services to ensure the continued delivery of critical services and protect the health of City staff and residents. The issuing of new business licences and renewal of existing licences by the City of Toronto has been suspended since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) understands the anxiety business owners are experiencing and is making plans to resume licensing activities as part of the City’s recovery and rebuild efforts. A waitlist has been created for businesses requiring licences and/or permits from the City of Toronto. Businesses that are on the waitlist will be contacted directly by MLS staff, in order of registration, with information about next steps in online licensing and resumption of services. Businesses wishing to be added to the waitlist can email mlsapplication@toronto.ca . More information on business licensing and application requirements is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/permits-licences-bylaws/ .

Non-emergency bylaw enforcement and investigation services remain suspended, including service requests related to enforcement of bylaws governing licensed businesses. Information on City services can be found online: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/ .

Last Pothole Blitz of May
Yesterday, City of Toronto crews repaired 6,807 potholes and addressed 168 requests for pothole repairs during the last of three weekend pothole blitzes planned in May.

Reminder: Face coverings or non-medical masks strongly recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. While wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from COVID-19 and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing.

Toronto Public Health partnering with COVID-19 Near You
Toronto Public Health is partnering with COVID Near You to monitor the frequency of COVID-like symptoms in Toronto. COVID Near You relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking you to take a few seconds to report if you or your family members have been healthy or sick.

Toronto Public Health is asking residents to help them learn how symptoms of COVID-19 may be moving through our community by completing a short survey about their current symptoms. A link to the COVID Near You survey can be found on the Reduce Virus Spread page.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. There are 10,212 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 177 cases since yesterday. There are 377 cases in hospital, with 91 in ICU. In total, 7,509 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 112 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 761 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/ .

Enforcement update
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Ensuring compliance through education and awareness remains the preferred method of engagement, but enforcement continues to take place if necessary.

Yesterday, the City had a greater number of bylaw and police officers at Trinity Bellwoods Park throughout the day educating residents about physical distancing and proper use of the park. This strategy was successful, and although many people enjoyed the park, there was not a repeat of Saturday. If a park is crowded when residents arrive, we encourage them to visit a different park, or come back later.

To assist residents with physical distancing, the City is exploring the use of circles painted on the grass, as has been successful in other jurisdictions. This will be piloted in Trinity Bellwoods Park, and staff will evaluate the effectiveness of this measure and may expand it to other destination and high traffic parks in Toronto.

No public ferry access to Toronto Island Park
There is no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park. New federal regulations limit the number of individuals on a ferry in order to reduce crowding and limit the potential for virus transmission. The ferry will continue running for Island residents only.

Online Webinar for Retail Businesses, May 28, 2020
The City’s Economic Development division is working with Toronto Public Health on a number of resources to assist businesses as they work to re-open. Part of that work includes guidelines and best practices for various sectors. This Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City is hosting a free webinar about government guidelines and recently created City programs to support main street and retail businesses. Register for the event here.

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance now open for applications
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that applications are now being accepted for the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. Over the course of the program, property owners will reduce rent by at least 75% for the months of April and May (retroactive), and June, for their small business tenants. CECRA will cover 50% of the rent, with the tenant paying up to 25% and the property forgiving at least 25%. For more information please read the full news release .

COVID-19 Local Assessment centres
If you or someone you know would like to be tested, you're asked to visit one of the local testing centres closest to you. For a list of available locations, click HERE

Guildwood Extendicare
COVID-19 outbreak at Guildwood Extendicare.  Since the outbreak was declared at this facility, Toronto Public Health (TPH) assigned an investigator to work with the home to provide guidance and recommendations on outbreak control measures, in accordance with provincial guidelines.  These measures include, but are not limited to:

    • Posting outbreak notification signs at the entrance and on outbreak affected units
    • Ensuring droplet contact precautions in place, meaning staff wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when providing direct care residents
    • Testing all residents and staff on outbreak affected floors /units, including staff and residents not displaying symptoms (asymptomatic), in accordance with the provincial directive on COVID 19 testing
    • Ensuring COVID-19 positive residents are isolated with COVID-19 positive residents on the affected outbreak floors/units
    • Conducting daily screening of staff (twice a day)
    • Restricting admissions, readmissions and visitations (some exceptions for essential visitors)
    • Increased surveillance and enhanced environmental cleaning and disinfection
    • Physical distancing measures are in place, and the cancellation of all communal activities

Toronto Public Health is also investigate all outbreak associated positive cases of COVID-19 and close contacts, and provide the facility with COVID-19 test swabs.  With respect to testing at this facility, please note that universal/mass testing of all residents and staff has been conducted twice (April 23, 2020  and May 15, 2020).

To further assist with bringing this outbreak under control, local health care partners including the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) and the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) have joined TPH in supporting this facility.  Specifically, the SHN has conducted infection prevention and control (IPAC) online and onsite training with all staff; and performed an IPAC assessment, an environmental assessment and a health and safety assessment. The LHIN is providing staffing support at this facility, and as of May 21, 2020, Public Health Ontario also conducted an additional IPAC assessment.  

Toronto Public Health will continue to support this long-term care home through the outbreak and remains engaged with local health care partners who are also involved.  These are extraordinary times and we appreciate the desire for more information. Please be assured our focus is managing this pandemic and supporting our healthcare partners in managing institutional outbreaks, especially because this affects our most City’s vulnerable – our parents, grand-parents and loved ones.  This is why we also continue to remind people to stay home to protect our essential workers so that they can continue to protect us and our loved ones.

If you require further information please contact your Provincial Member of Parliament for further updates. Mitzie Hunter MPP mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

City of Toronto ActiveTO cycling network plan proposes 40 kilometres of expanded and accelerated routes
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that a City of Toronto staff report scheduled for consideration by City Council later this week proposes that key parts of the cycling network be expanded, through accelerated installation of routes in the council-approved Cycling Network Plan, as part of the ActiveTO program.

During the April 30 Toronto City Council meeting, staff were requested to look at more active transportation as a crucial part of the city’s COVID-19 restart and recovery and in anticipation of changes in traffic patterns. For more information please read this news release.

Full Closure of Markham Road at Hwy 401
Please be advised that as part of the Ministry of Transportation’s ongoing construction project, Markham Road Northbound and Southbound will be fully closed at Highway 401 from May 30, 2020 at 10:00PM to May 31, 2020 at 10AM for Markham Road Bridge deck removal.

During the full closure, Markham Road Southbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Eastbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Northbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue-Detour 25.

During the full closure, Markham Road Northbound traffic planning to access Highway 401 Westbound Collectors will be detoured to Markham Road Southbound on-ramp via Progress Avenue- Detour 24.

Please see this map for more details. 

Toronto Zoo Scenic Drive-Thru Now Open!
This weekend, the Toronto Zoo officially opened to public the new Scenic Drive-Thru experience. With a sell-out crowd of over 700 cars expected on its first day of full operations, a number of VIPs were on hand to officially open and welcome the eager Zoo guests. The new Scenic Safari driving route will allow guests to see the Zoo’s animals from the comfort and safety of their own vehicle along a 3.4 kilometres route which takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.

Check out http://www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari/ for details.

Guests must pre-purchase their tickets by booking their drive-thru time online at torontozoo.com. Tickets are currently SOLD OUT.  New dates/tickets will be available soon, watch torontozoo.com for updates and ticket information.


May 21, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Prime Minister announces additional support for Indigenous peoples living in urban centres and off reserve
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced $75 million in new funding for Indigenous organizations providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres and off reserve. This funding will support more community-based projects that address the critical needs of Indigenous populations during this crisis. Full news release can be read here .

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Community Lunch Tomorrow
In partnership with Children's Charity by Presidents Choice we will be 'feeding hungry minds.' Our club will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot this Friday! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. This week’s menu? Soups and Sandwiches! (Halal and veggie options available). More information here .

Toronto Public Library starting curbside drop-off and pick-up service
Toronto Public Library (TPL) today announced details about the rollout of its curbside drop-off and pick-up service. Starting Monday, May 25, Research & Reference Locations and District Branch locations, including Cedarbrae Library in Ward 24, will open their drop boxes to accept the return of library materials. On Monday, June 1, drop boxes at all remaining accessible branches will open to accept returns. TPL estimates that there are more than one million items currently out on loan. For a full map of library locations, click here .

The introduction of these services will follow the reopening framework provided by the Province of Ontario, the advice of the Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Toronto Medical Officer of Health, and incorporates best practices within library and retail industries for the safe delivery of curbside service. For more information please click here .

More than 850 park amenities to reopen this week
City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week, following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act

Five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four-disc golf locations opened yesterday. Park amenities scheduled to open in time for this upcoming weekend include:

  • picnic shelters
  • more than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields
  • more than 300 baseball diamonds and
  • 150 basketball courts.

The reopening of parks amenities will continue into next week, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce.

Update about tennis courts:

  • When the Province amended its emergency order, staff developed COVID-19 guidelines for public use as well as club use in consultation with Toronto Public Health. These guidelines will be posted on the City's website.
  • Guidelines include bringing one's own tennis balls, no doubles, self-screening prior to attending the court, physical distancing, and wearing a mask when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Signage is in production and will be installed this weekend.
  • Tennis courts are being prepared by staff for opening now, including removal of boards, installation of nets, and repairs.
  • Courts will begin to open for public use early next week.
  • Staff have been in communication with tennis clubs, and will be issuing new permits shortly. Clubs are being provided with access for setup effective May 22. We expect a start date for club play next week.

Update about parking:

  • All parks parking lots will be open by this weekend, with the exception of:
  • Sunnyside and Sir Casimir in the western beaches due to the ActiveTO Lakeshore closure this weekend – these will open next week.
  • In order to allow for physical distancing on busy weekends, High Park will be closed to vehicles on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Concrete barriers at Ashbridges Bay and Cherry Beach will be removed by this weekend and Transportation Services will manage access through ActiveTO.
  • Locations with concrete barriers need special equipment for removal. These will be removed next week. These locations are:
      • North York: Leaside Park
      • South: Underpass Park; Kiwanis Pool at Stan Wadlow Park; Haldon Avenue parking lot for Taylor Creek Park; Riverdale East Park, North entrance to Pool/Rink
      • East: Malvern C.C.; Burrows Hall C.C.; Major Ali Abbas Park/Scott Westney House
      • West: Sunnyside; Sir Casmir

St. Lawrence Market: Outdoor season of the Saturday Farmers Market begins this weekend
The outdoor season of the Saturday Farmers Market will begin on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Outdoor farmers will be located on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street. Other farmers will continue to operate inside the Temporary Market. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers will continue to start on Market Street for entrance to both areas. Visitors who are not from the same household are required to maintain a physical distance of two metres. All visitors are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering. Please visit stlawrencemarket.com for more information.

Face coverings or non-medical masks strongly recommended when physical distancing cannot be maintained
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommend that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained. While wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from COVID-19 and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing.

Major Road Closures this weekend
The following three major road closures are planned this weekend for ActiveTO from Saturday, May 23 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 24 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. 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 Coxwell Avenue to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Mill Street to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

Traffic will be actively managed during these closures through signal timing adjustments on adjacent routes, as well as roadway signage to alert drivers.  Motorists who normally travel these roads on weekends should plan alternate routes. Those expecting to use the major road closures to cycle, run or walk should access them by bike or as a pedestrian, since nearby parking is limited and site parking is not provided.

ActiveTO includes a plan for 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets across the city. Work on installing and planning Quiet Streets on neighbourhood roads is continuing. Quiet Streets are neighbourhood streets where traffic calming measures, such as signage and temporary barricades, are placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that also welcomes people who walk, run and bike. Parking and drop off areas are not impacted, and City services, such as waste collection and emergency access, continue as normal.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. As the City safely and gradually reopens select park amenities and businesses, residents are urged to continue following public health advice to help stop the community spread of the virus. There are 9,357 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 228 cases since yesterday. There are 411 cases in hospital, with 96 in ICU. In total, 6,885 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 150 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 732 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

Everyone has a role to play to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself and others is to adhere to the advice of Toronto’s Medial Officer of Health:

  • practise physical distancing by keeping two metres (six feet) from others
  • wear a face covering or non-medical mask in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • wash hands often, using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and
  • stay home if feeling unwell and avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Enforcement update
The City’s physical distancing bylaw and the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 90 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities that remain closed or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued six tickets for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 4,100 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.


May 20, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto reopening more than 850 park amenities this week
Today, Mayor John Tory announced the City of Toronto will open more than 850 park amenities this week, following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The City of Toronto closed all parks amenities in March, based on public health advice and ahead of the provincial order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the city.

Dog Off-Leash Areas are now open
The City’s more than 70 dog off-leash areas opened today following the Province’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. While visiting, people must continue to practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) or three happy dogs apart.

City of Toronto reopening waste Drop-off Depots to the public  
The City of Toronto, under the guidance of the Medical Officer of Health, is gradually reopening City facilities and restarting operations where it is safe to do so. As part of the City’s phased resumption of services, Drop-off Depots (Transfer Stations) are now partially reopening to the public.

Starting on Tuesday, May 19, at 6 p.m., Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-off Depots will open to the public on weeknights for drop-off of recycling, garbage, and yard waste. Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Bermondsey: Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and 12:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ingram: Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight and 12:30 am to 6 a.m.

In addition, Bermondsey, Ingram, as well as Scarborough Drop-off Depots will be open to the public on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for drop-off of recycling, garbage, and yard waste, as well as household hazardous waste. For more information please read the news release or view the COVID-19: Changes to City Services COVID-19: Changes to City Services web page .

Toronto Zoo reopening this weekend
The Toronto Zoo will open for a drive-through experience starting Saturday. Visitors can tour around the Zoo from the comfort of their car for a 45-minute safari adventure starting May 23. Tickets will be on sale starting May 22 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, please visit torontozoo.com/scenicsafari

City of Toronto strongly recommends face coverings or non-medical masks be worn when physical distancing cannot be maintained
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, today Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa and Mayor John Tory strongly recommended that the public wear a face mask or face covering to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health advises that wearing a face mask or face covering in public can help protect others from your germs. However, public health officials continue to stress that a face mask or face covering has not been proven to protect the person wearing it from COVID-19 and is not a substitute for physical distancing and hand washing. 

City of Toronto expands ActiveTO major road closures this weekend
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will expand its ActiveTO major road closures footprint this weekend to provide residents with more space to physically distance while outdoors and getting exercise, while helping stop the spread of COVID-19. Vehicle access on parts of more major roads will be closed for walking, running and biking this Saturday and Sunday.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
With additional park amenities reopening today, residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

There are 9,129 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 263 cases since yesterday. There are 413 cases in hospital, with 92 in ICU. In total, 6,735 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 119 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 716 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

Enforcement update
The COVID-19 enforcement team will continue responding to complaints and proactively patrolling parks and other public spaces, in an effort to ensure public understanding of the need to limit social interactions. Officers are out educating residents on the City’s physical distancing bylaw and the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders, and only issuing tickets in circumstances where education efforts have failed. Yesterday, the City received 64 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued three tickets for physical distancing. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 4,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Today, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Officer recommended the use of non-medical masks as an additional layer of protection when practicing physical distancing is difficult or you cannot keep a 2-metre distance from others. Dr. Tam noted that her recommendation to wear masks has changed due to the more evidence of asymptomatic symptoms.

Prime Minister announces opening of program to protect jobs and help businesses
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that application documents and updated criteria for Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses are now available, and that the program will be opened for applications beginning on May 25. Read more information in the news release here.

Government announces support program for large employers is open for applications
Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry Navdeep Bains, announced the opening of the application process for the government’s Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF). The program will support Canada’s largest employers, whose needs during the pandemic are not being met through conventional financing. LEEFF will help successful applicants keep their operations going. Read more information in the news release here.

Metrolinx announces train service change and closure of Bay East teamway
Starting Monday, May 25, there will be more weekday morning and afternoon rush hour trips on the Lakeshore East line to provide more options for our customers. Schedules will also be adjusted with some departures up to 15 minutes earlier.

  • New weekday morning westbound trips will depart Oshawa GO at 6:10 a.m. and 7:10 a.m., arriving at Union Station at 7:10 a.m. and 8:10 a.m.
  • New weekday afternoon eastbound trips will depart Union Station at 3:43 p.m., 4:43 p.m., and 5:43 p.m. from platforms 25 and 26, arriving at Oshawa GO at 4:43 p.m., 5:43 p.m. and 6:43 p.m.

More information on train schedule changes can be found here.

Property Tax Questions
The City of Toronto has issued its 2020 interim property tax bills – the first of two tax bills mailed annually. The 2020 final tax bill will be mailed in May.

For property owners enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment (PTP) program, the 2020 interim tax due dates are:
• Two-instalment plan: March 2
• Six-instalment plan: March 2, April 1, May 1
• Eleven-instalment plan: February 18, March 16, April 15, May 15, June 15

If you have any further questions you can call 311 or contact my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 416-396-7222


May 19, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Prime Minister announces expansion of support for workers and small businesses
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced an expansion to the eligibility criteria for the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to include many owner-operated small businesses. This extended measure will help small businesses protect the jobs that Canadians rely on. Read more details in the news release here.

City of Toronto statement on interim settlement re: continued physical distancing measures in City’s shelter system
The City of Toronto has reached an interim settlement with respect to a motion for an injunction regarding the City’s unprecedented response to protect those experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

The interim settlement confirms the City's commitment and on-going work since March to physical distancing in shelter and respite sites of at least two metres of lateral separation between beds or alternate sleeping arrangements, and no use of the upper bunks of bunk beds in any setting. The City is also ensuring that all alternative indoor space offered to anyone living outside meets physical distancing measures.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Physical distancing remains crucial as Toronto Public Health continues to report new cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. There are 8,866 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 263 cases since yesterday. There are 416 cases in hospital, with 90 in ICU. In total, 6,616 cases are resolved, an increase of 123 cases since yesterday (data as of May 18, 4 p.m.). Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

Enforcement update
While healthy residents are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, provincial orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square. The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. This month, the enforcement team has issued 53 tickets related to the use of amenities or gatherings in parks or squares and spoken to 3,725 people.

Program for retailers re-opening for curbside pickup
The City has created a plan to support retailers as they re-open for curbside pickup and delivery. This includes a program to establish temporary parking pick-up zones and curb lane pedestrian zones. All businesses should follow advice from public health experts and can learn more about government guidelines for street entrance retailers reopening for pickup services at a webinar on May 21 or May 28 at 11 a.m.

City of Toronto encourages businesses to sign up for Ritual ONE this month to access free service for life
The City of Toronto, earlier this week, announced a new partnership with Toronto start-up Ritual to help local businesses accept digital orders online and onsite. The partnership is one of many initiatives to help businesses, led by Mayor Tory’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force. Toronto businesses can sign up for Ritual ONE at https://ritual.co/partners .

Businesses enrolled in the City's ShopHERE program are eligible for Ritual ONE and a lifetime exemption from commission and subscription fees. Toronto independent businesses and artists can sign up for their free online ShopHERE store at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere/ .

On Sunday, a Canadian Forces Snowbird crashed in Kamloops, British Columbia. Two members were aboard the aircraft. The pilot, Captain Richard MacDougall survived with minor injuries and Captain Jennifer Casey tragically lost her life. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of Captain Jennifer Casey and my wishes for a speedy recovery for Captain MacDougall.

Today, Premier Doug Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced details regarding the remainder of the school year. After consulting with health experts, Premier Ford announced that schools cannot be opened at this time. Premier Ford also ensured that they do have a plan in place so that children can continue with at home learning as well as plans to support parents as they return to their job. The province has ensured that students, kindergarten to Grade 12 will receive their report cards and that students expecting to graduate will still have the opportunity to do so. Additionally, the Premier announced that overnight summer camps will remain closed. While this was a tough decision to make it is the right direction to move into. Full details can be found here .

Dogs Off-Leash Areas

The City’s more than 70 dog off-leash areas are open following the Province’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. While visiting, people must continue to practise physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) or three happy dogs apart. More information can be found here.

City of Toronto statement on interim settlement re: continued physical distancing measures in City’s shelter system
The City of Toronto has reached an interim settlement with respect to a motion for an injunction regarding the City’s unprecedented response to protect those experiencing homelessness in Toronto.

The interim settlement confirms the City's commitment and on-going work since March to physical distancing in shelter and respite sites of at least two metres of lateral separation between beds or alternate sleeping arrangements, and no use of the upper bunks of bunk beds in any setting. The City is also ensuring that all alternative indoor space offered to anyone living outside meets physical distancing measures. Full news release can be found here.

City of Toronto reopening waste Drop-off depots to the public
Starting on Today, May 19, at 6 p.m., Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-off Depots will open to the public on weeknights for drop-off of recycling, garbage, and yard waste. Hours of operation are as follows:

  • Bermondsey: Monday to Thursday from 6 p.m. to midnight and 12:30 a.m. to 6 a.m., Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Ingram: Monday to Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight and 12:30 am to 6 a.m.

In addition, Bermondsey, Ingram, as well as Scarborough Drop-off Depots will be open to the public on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for drop-off of recycling, garbage, and yard waste, as well as household hazardous waste.

Compost pickup will not be available at any Drop-off Depot and all other Drop-off Depots remain closed to the public. Drop off location link here . The latest information about Solid Waste Management services is available here .

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari Drive-Thru Experience Will Open This Weekend
The Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that its new Scenic Drive-Thru Experience is open to the public on Saturday May 23, 2020. Tickets for the new experience go on sale on Friday, May 22nd at 11 am and must be purchased in advance. Guests will see the Zoo from a whole new perspective as they drive on staff-only roads, pedestrian walkways through the Zoo site, and even through the lion cave in the African Savanna! Keep your eyes peeled at every turn, like you are on a real-life safari – only this time, it’s with a variety of animals from around the world! More information on the New Scenic Safari can be found at www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari/

Summer Camp 2020 Survey
As the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough (BGCES) continue to navigate through these difficult times as a Country, City, and Community we are continuing our day to day work in a different capacity. Although we do not know what Summer Camp 2020 will look like BGCES are planning for alternative options to deliver a summer camp experience for your child/children.

Please take moment to complete the survey, which will assist with our planning.
Click Here for Survey

Canada Emergency Student Benefits and Pandemic Pay – For Frontline Workers
You are invited to a zoom meeting to discuss Canada’s Emergency Student Benefits and Pandemic Pay for Frontline Workers on May 22, 2020 at 11AM. Register in advance for this meeting here.

Toronto Public Library Curbside Pick-Up
Toronto’s chief librarian is working on a plan to open libraries for curbside pickup. Toronto readers may be able to get their hands on a new library book soon. Premier Doug Ford recently announced that libraries around Ontario will be permitted to reopen for curbside pickup. For up to date information visit www.torontopubliclibrary.ca and follow the Toronto Public Library on Twitter at @torontolibrary and Instagram at @torontolibrary


May 15, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Today marks the start of the May long weekend and although it may be different than what you had planned, we can still have fun, be active & enjoy the outdoors in our city.

City of Toronto extends cancellation of permits for major festivals and launches recovery program for events
To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted major festivals and events with attendance of more than 250 people through July 31, and those with attendance of 25,000 or more through August 31. The resumption or cancellation of professional sporting events is not included in this decision. Today's announcement includes festivals, conferences and cultural programs held in facilities managed by City divisions or public locations, such as roads, parks and civic squares. Issued permits are now cancelled and permits that have been applied for will not be issued.

Planned City of Toronto summer camps cancelled due to COVID-19, work underway for CampTO alternative
The City of Toronto is cancelling all planned 2020 summer camps and preparing an alternative program to get children safely back to camp through a new CampTO program. Details of the program are being developed and are dependent on the lifting of current provincial orders and recommendations from Toronto Public Health.

CampTO would provide children with a high-quality camp experience, inclusive of traditional camp activities, that incorporate public health measures designed to reduce the risk of virus spread, including physical distancing, smaller group sizes, daily health assessments and more extensive cleaning and hygiene measures. If permitted to operate, CampTO will provide 5,300 camp spaces per week for children ages 6 to 12 representing approximately 50 per cent of the typical City of Toronto camp capacity.

Registration details for the CampTO program will be announced once the Province is able to safely remove restrictions on day camps, and an estimated four weeks to prepare for their opening.

City of Toronto golf courses to open this weekend
Following the Province of Ontario’s announcement that golf courses can reopen this weekend, the City of Toronto will open all five of its golf courses for the 2020 season.

Dentonia Park, Don Valley, Humber Valley, Scarlett Woods and Tam O'Shanter courses will open this Saturday, under the guidance of the Medical Officer of Health. To ensure the City’s golf courses operate safely, both for the benefit of those using the courses and for the general public, the City has created guidelines which include details on infection prevention and control measures, including parameters for physical distancing and the cleaning and disinfection of commonly used equipment and surfaces.

More information is available at the COVID-19: Changes to City Services under the Parks tab.

Update on use of parks
City parks are important for respite, serenity, and as an escape to nature and green space. While park amenities remain closed, many activities are permitted.
At this time, City parks are open for the following activities:

  • Walking, running, and biking in parks and ravine green spaces and along beaches, trails, and boardwalks
  • Resting or reading a book in green space
  • Picnicking in the park or sitting on a blanket and enjoying the park setting with members of your household while remaining two metres away from others
  • Walking dogs on-leash
  • Fishing with a licence
  • Boating, kayaking and canoeing

While those who are not ill are encouraged to use parks, provincial orders and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect, requiring people who are not from the same household to maintain a physical distance of two metres in a park or public square.

More information is available at the COVID-19: Changes to City Services under the Parks tab.

Select drop-off depots to reopen this weekend
Beginning this Saturday, May 16, three Drop-off Depots – Bermondsey, Ingram and Scarborough – will reopen to the general public on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for drop-off of recycling, garbage, yard waste and household hazardous waste.

Beginning Tuesday, May 19, Bermondsey and Ingram Drop-off Depots will also be open to the general public on weeknights for drop-off of recycling, garbage, and yard waste (household hazardous waste will only be accepted on Saturdays). Outside of the above, all other Drop-off Depots remain closed to the general public.

More details including drop-off opening hours are available at toronto.ca .

Information about fireworks over the long weekend
The City of Toronto has suspended issuing firework vendor’s permits, permitting the sale of fireworks, at this time.

Family fireworks may be discharged on your private property without a permit on Victoria Day. Family fireworks displays/discharges must still comply with the City of Toronto Fireworks by-law and the requirements to be aware of your surroundings and not discharge fireworks where they may be a nuisance, or pose a risk of fire or injury or damage to any person or property. Fireworks are not allowed to be discharged in City parks by members of the public.

Please contact 311 to report any illegal sale or possible misuse of fireworks.

Reminders for residents over the long weekend
Over the May long weekend, the City is urging residents to continue following provincial orders and public health recommendations. By practising physical distancing, avoiding group gatherings and limiting travel, leaving only for essential reasons and exercise, residents can help stop the further spread of the virus and save lives.

ActiveTO program launching with 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets and Victoria Day weekend major road closures
The ActiveTO program developed by Toronto Public Health and Transportation Services will start to be rolled out this weekend across the city to provide more space for people to be physically active and improve physical distancing as part of the City's restart and recovery in the wake of COVID-19.

The City is installing 57 kilometres of Quiet Streets across Toronto. These are neighbourhood streets where traffic calming measures, such as signage and temporary barricades, will be put in place at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so that the roadway can be a shared space that also welcomes people who walk, run and bike. Parking and drop off areas will not be impacted, and City services, such as waste collection and emergency access, will continue as normal. The list of current and planned Quiet Streets is available at toronto.ca/activeTO and will be updated when locations are added.

Construction update: Gardiner Expressway eastbound Jarvis on-ramp to close Monday, May 18
On Monday, May 18 at 12:01 a.m., the Gardiner Expressway eastbound on-ramp at Jarvis Street will be fully closed for replacement and will reopen once the project is completed in 2021. This construction is the second to last phase of work to rehabilitate the expressway between Jarvis and Cherry Streets and will use an innovated construction technique, accelerated bridge construction, to remove sections of the ramp and replace it with custom built pre-fabricated sections.

During this construction, drivers should consider using alternate routes such as the eastbound Bay Street on-ramp, Lakeshore Boulevard East or the Don Roadway to the Don Valley Parkway.

Further details about the Gardiner Expressway Strategic Rehabilitation and the work to replace the eastbound Jarvis Street on-ramp is available at toronto.ca/jarvistocherry .

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 8,257 people infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 160 since yesterday. There are also 6,034 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 183 since yesterday. Additional case status information can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

COVID-19 Enforcement
The City’s coordinated COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the City's physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. This month, the enforcement team has issued 97 tickets related to the use of amenities or gatherings in parks or squares and spoken to more than 2,800 people.

Eglinton GO Station
Work to daylight Bell360/CN cables and to relocate a GO Signal Cable on the south side of the Eglinton Station has been confirmed to start from Tuesday May 19 to Friday June 5. This work is for the planned Eglinton GO Accessibility Upgrades Project, to relocate and verify utilities which potentially can be in conflict with the planned Project infrastructure. The scheduled working hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Horizontal directional drilling will be done below the pathway and is not expected to impact the walkway. Therefore no impacts are expected to customers using the station or nearby residents during this time. 

Public Safety Alert, Boat and Water Safety
With a return to seasonal weather and the lifting of various restrictions around marinas, the Toronto Police Service would like to remind the public of their responsibilities on the water.

  • Prepare Your Boat and have a Plan
  • Prepare Yourself
  • Be Responsible

Full news release can be found here .

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .

I, Hon. MP John McKay and MPP Mitzie Hunter held our second Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall on Wednesday May 13th. I want to thank everyone who joined, submitted their questions during the stream and in advanced.

In case you missed Scarborough-Guildwood’s live town hall this Wednesday, you can watch the meeting here.

Today marks the start of the May long weekend and although it may be different than what you had planned, we can still have fun, be active & enjoy the outdoors in our city.

Fireworks and Victoria Day Long Weekend
Family fireworks displays/discharges must still comply with the City of Toronto Fireworks by-law and the requirements to be aware of your surroundings and not discharge fireworks where they may be a nuisance, or pose a risk of fire or injury or damage to any person or property, more information here .

Gatherings of more than five people who are not members of the same household are not permitted by provincial order. More information can be found here .

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit opens today and will provide $1250 or $1750 if you have a disability and/or dependent. This is to help students and graduates who will not have as many job opportunities this summer. More information on the benefit can be accessed here .

Eglinton Avenue East at Cedar Drive, Arrests Made and Person of Interest Sought
On Thursday, May 14, 2020, at approximately 11:49 a.m., police responded to a call for a fail to remain personal injury collision that occurred at Eglinton Avenue East and Cedar Drive, in Toronto. See full release here .

Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a fourth person in relation to this investigation. The person of interest is described as a man in his 20s, last seen walking away from the Deekshill Drive and Budworth Drive area.

The investigation is ongoing by Traffic Services and investigators are asking for assistance from the public and to recall any information they have about the two separate locations of Eglinton Avenue East and Cedar Drive and Deekshill Drive and Budworth Drive . 

Police are also urging local residents, businesses, and drivers, who may have security or dash camera footage of the areas or incidents, to contact investigators.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com , online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

Mental Health Support Plan
COVID-19 has made life more challenging for all of us. Sometimes the sadness, worry and stress of the current situation can get overwhelming.

Partnering with mental health organizations, the City’s Mental Health Support Plan responds to the mental health needs of children and youth, seniors, frontline workers and populations with intersectional identities, such as Indigenous, Black, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ2S, who are struggling with isolation, stress and anxiety due to COVID-19 measures.

In addition to connecting residents to free telephone, text and online mental health support from psychologists, peers and counselors, the site provides access to resources, tips, and tools to help navigate support for yourself, your staff, a family member or friend.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES IN THE CITY OF TORONTO
FOR IMMEDIATE CONNECTION TO SUPPORT- DIAL 211

Our KGO Update
Read about East Scarborough’s latest roundup of key neighbourhood resources, virtual results, and up to date information through The East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter “Our KGO Updates.” Check out their latest issue to see what’s new at the Toronto Zoo, find new job opportunities, student financial supports, and more, HERE. SUBSCRIBE HERE .

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .


May 14, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

I, Hon. MP John McKay and MPP Mitzie Hunter held our second Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall last night! I would like to thank everyone who joined us and submitted questions during the stream and in advance. If we didn’t get to your question, please email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

Service at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre resumes today
Child care service at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre, one of the licensed child care centres that provides care for the children of essential and critical service workers, resumed today. The centre suspended service at the end of April due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst some staff and children. Full news release can be found here .

ActiveTO Quiet Street Locations
Councillors have been asked to send in recommendations for Quiet Street locations in their Wards. The list of initial ActiveTO locations in Ward 24 include

  • Military Trail from Highcastle Road to Bonspiel Drive
  • Highcastle Road

I have confirmed that additional locations will be considered based on established prioritization criteria and Councillor feedback.  Please send me your suggestions at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca. 
You may continue to submit areas of concern using the established 311 procedure for physical distancing complaints. A public-facing map that details the locations of all ActiveTO interventions is in progress and this will be shared with your office when available. More details on the ActiveTO program can be found here .

The CurbTO program continues to be rolled out to address sidewalk crowding and temporary parking concerns around active businesses. Please continue to direct your inquiries to my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 311 regarding Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones and Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 8,097 people infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 153 since yesterday. There are also 5,851 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 196 since yesterday. Additional case status information can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

COVID-19 Enforcement
The COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the City's physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders. The City received 23 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, 134 tickets and 279 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses. There have been no complaints related to new retail business curbside pickup.

Yesterday, the City received 85 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police officers issued one ticket for physical distancing and 24 parking violation notices – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 84 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

As the May long weekend approaches, the City is urging residents to continue following provincial orders and public health recommendations. By practising physical distancing, avoiding group gatherings and limiting travel, leaving only for essential reasons and exercise, residents can help stop the further spread of the virus and save lives.

Additional Community Information and Resources

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .

Province of Ontario announces details of Stage 1 of reopening the economy
Today, Premier Doug Ford announced details of stage 1 of reopening the economy. As of Saturday, May 16 at 12:01am, private parks, campgrounds, boat clubs and golf courses and businesses that board animals can open.

On Tuesday, May 19, 2020 the Province of Ontario will enter Stage 1 of reopening the economy which entails the reopening of the following:

  • retail stores with street entrances not located in shopping malls
  • sports fields, tennis courts and off leash dog parts
  • pet groomers and veterinary services are also allowed to reopen by appointment only
  • health services such as non-emergency diagnostic imaging and surgeries
  • measures have been taken so that all construction services can resume

Businesses are strongly advised to only reopen if they are ready. Monitoring and tracing numbers and trends is vital in our process to move forward. Full news release can be found here.

Today, a workplace PPE supplier directory webpage has been launched by the Province of Ontario to help businesses find suppliers for PPE, which is vital in the reopening of our economy. The directory can be accessed through www.ontario.ca/PPE. Additional health advice, tips and posters can be found at www.ontario.ca/COVID.  

COVID-19 Emergency Benefit for People Receiving Social Assistance
The COVID-19 Emergency Benefit which was introduced as a one-time benefit in April 2020, has been extended and is now available in each month up to and including July 2020. This benefit is available for people receiving assistance from Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) who may have had additional costs related to COVID-19. This benefit will help cover the additional costs of emergency needs such as hygiene and personal protective supplies, cleaning supplies, non-medical transportation, or additional costs for staple foods. The amount is $100 for a single person and $200 for a family. For more information, please see this fact sheet .

City of Toronto partners with Ritual to support Toronto restaurants and food services
Ritual ONE provides restaurants and food services, such as grocers, butchers and bakeries with an easy way to accept digital orders from their own website and social media accounts. Businesses that sign up for Ritual ONE by June 1 will receive the service free for life and will not pay any commission or monthly subscription fees on Ritual ONE orders. Businesses enrolled in the City's ShopHERE program – which was launched Monday – will also be eligible for Ritual ONE and a lifetime exemption from commission and subscription fees. Toronto independent businesses and artists can sign up for their free online ShopHERE store at digitalmainstreet.ca/shophere . For more information on Ritual ONE please read the news release .

City of Toronto provides update on key construction projects
Over the next couple weeks, the City of Toronto will begin construction on a number of key projects to renew and improve aging infrastructure. With traffic volumes on Toronto’s roads down between 45 and 65 per cent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City recently announced that construction is moving forward this year and work will be accelerated on as many important projects as possible. More information can be found in this news release .

City Hall Live performances move online to support artists
City Hall Live Online, in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund , is working to support Toronto artists during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out the music series, which features two performances a day, Monday to Friday from noon to 1 p.m., until June on Facebook Live . More than 100 local artists will be compensated for their 30-minute virtual performances.

City of Toronto statement on collision involving a City vehicle
A pedestrian has died following a collision that involved a City vehicle. The City extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the victim that has passed away. A City employee was injured in the incident and has been taken to hospital. The City is fully cooperating with the Toronto Police and Ministry of Labour investigations. It will also conduct its own internal investigation to better understand what took place. The City remains committed to ensuring the safety of the public and its employees.

The Regional Relief and Recover Fund
The federal government released applications for its new Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RFFF), which totals a $962M investment through Canada’s Regional Development Agencies (RDAs). The RRRF provides funding to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are unable to access the government’s existing support measures, and access to capital for rural businesses and communities.
  
FedDev Ontario
FedDev Ontario is delivering $252.4 million in funding through the RRRF in southern Ontario, including $213 million for SMEs facing financial pressure, and $39.4 million through the Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs). For full eligibility criteria and additional information, please visit FedDev Ontario’s RRRF page .

Canadian Emergency Student Benefit
The Canadian Emergency Student Benefit opens this Friday and will provide $1250 or $1750 if you have a disability and/or dependents. This is to help students and graduates who will not have as many job opportunities this summer. More information on the benefit can be accessed here .

Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough Drive-thru Lunch: May 15th
Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough will be giving away free lunch to the members in our community from the ESBGC parking lot this Friday! Drive-Thru or Walk-Thru and grab a warm lunch from 12:30pm-2:30pm. Register here.

Student’s Guide to Navigating COVID-19
A Student’s guide to schooling during COVID-19 to help students understand their rights and expectations during remote earning. See the Student Guide here .

How to Balcony Garden: Grow All You Can Webinar
Brought to you by Park People Sparking Change Program with facilitation by Lara Mrovsky, professional gardener, artist, and author of Grow Without A Garden: 101 Plants for Containers. Thursday, May 14th at 7 pm – Free! -- Register here!

S2S Learning Exchange Employment Program
An Accenture developed career training resource called Learning Exchange for youth. It includes good examples of soft skills curriculum that is employer’s recognized / informed / validated. More information on how to participate here .

Youth Employment Services offering pre-employment programs online
The Youth Collaboration program assists youth 15-30 who are not in school, unemployed and not receiving Employment Insurance by providing 3 weeks of paid skills training and a 10 week paid work placement. The program starts on June 1st, more information can be found here .

The Job Central program assists youth 15-30 who are not in school, unemployed and not receiving Employment Insurance by providing 3 weeks of paid skills training and a 10 week paid work placement. The program starts on June 1st, more information can be found here .

The 2020 Annual Human Library
A Human Library is an event where individuals share their stories and experiences with the community. The Mind & Spirit Youth Leadership committee is looking for story tellers to join in a community story telling virtual event! This event will be held online via Zoom. See flyer here .

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic. The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.


May 13, 2020 

Declaration of Emergency extended while Ontario gradually reopens the economy
Passed during a special sitting of the Ontario Legislature yesterday, the Declaration of Emergency has been extended until June 2. The declaration will allow Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as restricting retirement and long-term care home employees from working in more than one facility and prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people. Since the emergency was first declared on March 17, the government has taken over 150 actions to help protect individuals, families, and businesses from the impacts of COVID-19.

A full list of emergency orders can be found on the e-Laws website, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Full news release can be accessed here.

York U business students help Toronto businesses go online to fight impacts of COVID-19
Students from York University’s Schulich School of Business will help small businesses struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19 quickly gear up for online commerce. The students will participate in the City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street (DMS) ShopHERE program, a major new initiative that is supported by a team of leading global technology companies committed to helping Toronto's main street retailers survive the COVID-19 crisis.

The new work-integrated learning program was developed to support the DMS ShopHERE effort and is possible thanks to $500,000 from the City and Magnet, a social innovation platform with a mission to accelerate inclusive economic growth in Canada. See full news release here.

Toronto Zoo Welcomes Birth Endangered Masai Giraffe Calf
In the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Mstari, a six-year-old female Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) at the Toronto Zoo, gave birth to a healthy calf. This is the first offspring for both mother Mstari and father Kiko, a seven-year-old male who came to Toronto Zoo from Greenville Zoo in South Carolina in 2015. The pairing of Kiko and Mstari was at the recommendation of the AZA Masai giraffe Species Survival Plan (SSP), a cooperative breeding program among accredited zoos. Both mom and calf are doing well and Wildlife Care Keepers continue to monitor Mstari and calf closely to ensure calf continues to nurse from Mstari regularly. To catch a glimpse of the giraffe calf click here.

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .


May 12, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Allotment gardens are open for the 2020 season
The City’s community gardens and allotment gardens are open for the 2020 season as the Province of Ontario has amended its emergency order. Plans for the safe operation of these gardens include COVID-19 public health guidelines. This week, permit holders were notified that their allotment is available. All permit holders must sign the provided permit and declaration forms before they can attend an allotment garden. Visit the City’s website for more information about allotment and community gardens.

Stay, Play & Learn at Home
If you’re looking for ways to stay active and engaged while practicing social distancing or self-isolating at home, visit the City’s new Stay, Play & Learn at Home web page to find a listing of free recreational and fitness programs, fun virtual learning and leisure activities. You can sort activities by type, time commitment and audience. There’s something in the listing for every age group and the page will continue to be updated with more virtual resources.

2020 Canadian National Exhibition is cancelled
Canada’s largest fair, and an iconic Toronto celebration, will not light up this summer.   The Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNEA) announced today, that this year’s CNE will not move forward with its 18-day event slated for August 21 to September 7, 2020 at Exhibition Place. The event is cancelled this year out of an abundance of caution to safeguard the health of CNE employees, volunteers, visitors, vendors and artists; and its shared responsibility in protecting public safety during this unprecedented health crisis. For more information, please visit the CNE website.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 7,775 people infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 218 since yesterday. There are also 5,449 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 109 since yesterday. Additional case status information can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Get the latest health advice on the City’s website.

COVID-19 Enforcement
The COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city, educating residents on the City's physical distancing bylaw and provincial Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act orders. The City received 24 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, 132 tickets and 269 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses. There have been no complaints related to new retail business curbside pickup. Yesterday, the City received 78 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued four tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 55 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to 2,141 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website.

Local businesses surveyed on COVID-19 impact
The City of Toronto surveyed over 20,000 businesses and Business Improvement Associations in an effort to hear directly from local businesses about how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting them. The results of the survey help understand the implications of COVID-19 on local businesses and what information and support businesses need at this time. Find a range of business and sector supports offered by the City at toronto.ca/covid19.

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .

Prime Minister announces additional support for Canadian seniors
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a series of additional measures to help Canadian seniors and provide them with greater financial security in this time of crisis. These measures include, additional financial support of $2.5 billion for a on-time tax-free payment of $300 for seniors eligible for the Old Age Security (OAS) pension, with an additional $200 for seniors eligible for the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). See the full news release for more details here.

Inside Housing Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC): If you need help, we are here.
Call 416-981-5500 or email help@torontohousing.ca at any time to talk to a Client Care agent. During the COVID-19 emergency. Toronto Community Housing staff are at work in their buildings and offices delivering essential and critical services.

Latest newsletters
The current issues of TCHC’s quarterly tenant newsletters Tenant LOOP and Seniors Speak also feature important information about COVID-19. Both newsletters are available of on TCHC’s website.

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .

Arctic Wolf Pups Spotted at the Toronto Zoo
Arctic wolf pops have been spotted at the Toronto Zoo emerging from the den. Although the number of pups there are in total has not yet been confirmed, the Toronto Zoo anticipates that there could be up to eight. Catch a glimpse of the Arctic wolf pups here for the latest pupdate. 


May 11, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

National Nursing Week
In honour of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth (May 12), the World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This year, National Nursing Week is May 11 to 17. The theme is Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Nursing the World to Health. It was developed by the International Council of Nurses to showcase how nurses are central to addressing a wide range of health challenges.

The City has approximately 1,660 employees in nursing positions and we’d like to thank them for the remarkable service they provide, during the COVID-19 pandemic and every day!

City of Toronto launches ShopHERE to help local businesses and artists open free online stores
Today, Mayor John Tory announced the launch of ShopHERE, a new initiative to help Toronto’s independent businesses and artists set-up their online stores with the help of volunteer web developers, business students and corporate partners. The free program provides businesses one-on-one support with building an online store to start selling their goods and services right away. The ShopHERE program is open to any business or artist that meets the eligibility requirements.

ShopHERE is part of the Digital Main Street program, which offers tools, resources, connections to trusted digital vendors, online learning, and a Digital Service Squad that provides one-on-one virtual assistance. Digital Main Street was created by the City of Toronto and Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas in 2016 and was recently expanded as part of the Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force’s short-term economic support and recovery plan for Toronto’s businesses. Read news release.

Toronto Rent Bank Update
The City of Toronto has made recent program enhancements to the Toronto Rent Bank in response to COVID-19. As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has had an economic impact on the livelihoods of Toronto residents. Many are facing financial hardship, including the inability to pay rent. The Toronto Rent Bank provides interest-free loans to low-income households in Toronto who are experiencing rental arrears or require help with a rental deposit in order to prevent homelessness.

The City of Toronto has made an investment of $2M to the Toronto Rent Bank to support approximately 800 additional low-income households to remain housed.

Program changes have also been implemented to be more responsive to the needs of low-income households during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • Increasing the maximum allowable loan from $3,500 to $4,000 for up to 3 months of rental arrear loans.
  • Automatically deferring all loan repayments for up to a period of 12 months
  • Eliminating the eligibility requirement that households demonstrate a steady income on a go-forward basis
  • Moving from original copies to electronic document verification

For more information on how to apply, residents may call 416-397-RENT(7368),
Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Outside of operating hours, callers may leave a message and a representative will return their call. More information about the Toronto Rent Bank is available on their website.

City of Toronto supporting retail business reopen for curbside pickup and delivery today
On May 8, the City of Toronto announced a plan to support retail business reopen for curbside pickup and delivery today. Staff and customers can be kept safe by following these physical distancing tips and resources.

High Park partial reopening
This morning, the City completed removal of fencing around High Park (read Mayor’s message). As of last night, the park’s greenspace and trails can again be used to get exercise and fresh air. Park amenities are still closed, and the physical distancing bylaw remains in effect. Enforcement officers will be in the park to ensure physical distancing and prevent crowding near lingering cherry blossoms.

Regular updates are being made to the COVID-19: Affected City Services & Facilities webpage.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
Dr. de Villa stated that, while we are making progress in Toronto’s battle against COVID-19, Toronto Public Health continues to see new infections in the city. There are 7,557 infected with COVID-19 in Toronto, an increase of 144 since yesterday. There are also 5,340 people who have recovered from the virus, an increase of 148 since yesterday. Unfortunately, today Dr. de Villa reported the first COVID-19 death within the city’s emergency shelter system. Additional case status information can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Get the latest health advice on the City’s website.

COVID-19 Enforcement
The COVID-19 Enforcement Team is continuing their important work across the city educating residents on the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Emergency Measures and Civil Protection Act orders. Enforcement is ongoing, where necessary. Yesterday, the City received 28 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Police issued seven tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 51 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City received no complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Three tickets were issued to non-essential businesses yesterday. Since March 24, 132 tickets and 267 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website.

FCM is now on Instagram
FCM is excited to announce the launch of their Instagram channel. Follow them at @FCMgram. Stay connected with other municipalities, get the latest updates on how communities are responding to COVID-19, and learn how FCM continues to advocate for local governments at the national level.

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund. See full news release here .

COVID-19: FCM welcomes CMA Foundation donation to support vulnerable populations
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities welcomes this unprecedented philanthropic contribution from the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) that will directly support vulnerable populations struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations will empower municipalities across Canada to better reach, protect and assist the most vulnerable among us—including those experiencing homelessness or grappling with mental health and substance use challenges. 

With a $10 million donation from CMAF, designated cities and communities will receive funding to identify and target urgent local responses to COVID-19 that improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. This will complement funding provided through federal homelessness programs, allowing municipalities to target additional needs and improve the resiliency of efforts to support vulnerable populations through the pandemic. See full news release here.

Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Ride for Front Line Workers
The Scarborough Chapter of H.O.G to raise money for the Scarborough Health Network (SHN) Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Fund and to express gratitude to the front-line essential workers helping our communities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Front Line Workers Gratitude Ride will take place on Saturday, May 16th departing from the Tam Heather Curling Club (730 Military Trail) and The Corner Bank Sports Bar & Grill (925 Warden Ave.) at 12:00noon. In keeping with social distancing measures, there will be no meetings or stops during or after the ride.

Minimum donations of $25 per rider and $10 per passenger will be collected from participants. Non-riders are welcome to support this cause with a donation to Scarborough Health Network Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund . See full news release here .

Meadoway Marvels: Ready, set, Bioblitz!
Ready, set, Bioblitz! Have you always wanted to explore your own natural space and document living things? One of our education experts will show you how with the help of the iNaturalist app. Join us Thursday, May 14 at 2 p.m. on Toronto and Region Conversation Authority Facebook page as Emily walks you through organizing your own Bioblitz with step-by-step instructions.

COVID-19 Spread the Word
Check out information cards and posters to help the City amplify the messages about how to stay safe during COVID-19 on this website . You can also access some colouring pages and windows signs you and your families can print out.


May 8, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

This Sunday, May 10th we celebrate Mother’s Day! I would like to wish everyone an amazing and sweet Mother’s Day Weekend!

City of Toronto announces plan to support retail stores re-opening for pickup and delivery service
As the Province of Ontario moves towards re-opening businesses, services and public spaces in stages, the City of Toronto today announced its plan to support retail stores as they re-open for curbside pickup and delivery on Monday.

Starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, hardware stores and safety supply stores will be permitted to open for in-store payment and purchases. On Monday, May 11, all retail stores with a street entrance can also begin to offer curbside pickup and delivery. Garden centres and nurseries are already permitted to be open for in-store payment and purchases and are operating under the same guidelines that grocery stores and pharmacies have been following. For more information including examples of how business owners can help keep employees and customers safe, please read this news release .

In April, the City of Toronto launched CurbTO to identify sidewalk hot spots and pinch points to help reduce sidewalk crowding in front of essential businesses and support increased demand for pickup and delivery services. This program will be expanded to support additional retail locations throughout Toronto. Learn more about CurbTO at toronto.ca/covid19BusinessTO . Curbside pick-up during COVID-19 tips for businesses can be found here .

Update on City's Development Review, Permit and Inspection Services
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic the City of Toronto has worked hard to support development in Toronto, while protecting the health and safety of residents and employees. The City has rapidly implemented a broad range of business process changes including technology deployment, staffing placement and work flow measures as well as actively monitoring application backlog and intake, to be able to safely deliver the services that the development industry counts on now and in the future. Please find attached the most recent update provided to the development industry.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of yesterday afternoon, there are 7,114 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, including 4,717 recovered cases and180 new COVID-19 cases. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; as of yesterday, 532 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform . Residents are reminded that the best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face as much as possible, and maintaining a physical distance of two metres from others. In a retail environment where physical distancing cannot be maintained and individuals are in close contact, a cloth mask or face covering is strongly recommended to keep germs from spreading to others.

Update on enforcement activity
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 103 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw and police officers issued four tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 36 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 1,800 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Enforcement officers continue to encounter individuals with off-leash dogs in parks. Off-leash dog parks are a park amenity that are closed by provincial order. Dog owners are reminded that dogs should be kept on-leash at all times until off-leash areas reopen. The City also received 15 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. No tickets were issued to non-essential businesses yesterday. Since March 24, 127 tickets and 247 notices have been issued to non-essential businesses.

Second COVID-19 recovery site to open for homeless
A second COVID-19 recovery site is opening today for individuals experiencing homelessness who are COVID-19 positive through a unique partnership between the City of Toronto, University Health Network (UHN), Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and community health partners. The new downtown site has a capacity for up to 250 individuals who test positive for COVID-19. More information is available is the City’s news release as well as in the attached Councillor Update on the second recovery site for homeless individuals.

Arts@Home brings Toronto’s arts sector to your home
The City is a proud partner of Arts@Home, a vibrant new hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Arts@Home brings Toronto’s arts sector together for you, delivered straight to your home. Whether your goal is creation, recreation, learning or appreciation, visit artsathome.ca to explore and engage with meaningful artistic experiences across many forms of expression.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition
Since library brances are closed, and we’re all staying home as much as we can, Toronto Public Library wants to make sure that you can continue to access the services you want and need, and stay connected to your library, even if you can’t come into a branch. Check out their latest news here .

Justice for Children and Youth COVID-19 By-law & Enforcement Webinar
Know where you stand on Emergency Orders, Police Engagement and COVID-19. In response to recent public health concern, Justice for Children and Youth and the Ontario Justice Education Network are offering a free online session for frontline youth workers that provides information about the legal implications of emergency orders, legal rights and obligations during this time. Thursday, May 14 from 10:30am to 12:00PM. More details can be found here .

Scarborough East EarlyON Centre Virtual Workshops
Virtual May 2020 Calendar can be accessed here.
Virtual Parenting Workshop June 2020 schedule can be accessed here.

VE Day 75 – May 8
Today marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, which commemorates the official end of the Second World War in Europe on May 8, 1945. It was a joyful day celebrated by many in Canada, Europe and other Allied Nations around the world.

Toronto residents are encouraged to commemorate this day as a day of celebration and resilience by remembering the veterans and raising or displaying the Canadian flag at home.

More information about the City’s virtual commemoration can be found at: https://www.toronto.ca/VEDay75.

Details on Public Washroom and Sanitation Services at City-Operated facilities
The City opened several City-operated facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. Detailed information on these services is now available on the COVID-19: Changes to City Services web page, under ‘Washroom and Sanitation Services’.

Bylaw enforcement updates
New changes have been made to the ‘Bylaw Enforcement’ section of the COVID-19: Changes to City Services web page.

Toronto Catholic District School Board Internet Access
The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) is supplying 9000 computer/devices to students who need them, including ones with internet embedded for families with no internet. TCDSB is also supplying $50/student/month gift cards to disadvantaged communities. Schools in Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood that are eligible for these gift cards are:

  • St. Boniface
  • St. Columba
  • St. Dunstan
  • St. Joachim
  • St. Maria Goretti
  • St. Martin de Porres
  • St. Barbara and
  • St. Mother Teresa

Parents/students should contact their school principals for more information, be it regarding computers or grocery cards. Visit the TCDSB Learning Resources page here

TCDSB would like to remind you to visit their COVID-19 webpage at www.tcdsb.org/covid19 where all the latest parent communications are posted, TCDSB learning resources as well as FAQs that are regularly updated.

New Survey for BIAs and Small Businesses
This survey was developed to obtain feedback on the Canadian Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. There are two surveys – one for commercial tenants and one for commercial landlords. This survey will close on Monday May 11 at 12 noon.

Tenant Survey available here.
Landlord Survey available here.


May 6, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I am writing to Premier Doug Ford regarding the economic vitality of our active business communities. May 1st has passed and many of our small businesses have not been able to pay rent. They have made it clear that the current Federal/Provincial CERCA program for small businesses will not work for most. I am asking for an immediate moratorium on commercial evictions and further rent subsidies. Please see my letter here .

Today, we honour the 6 fallen Canadian Armed Forces members who were tragically killed in a helicopter crash while deployed on Operations reassurance and went down in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece. The repatriation ceremony, which took place at Canadian Forces base in Trenton, can be viewed here. Following the ceremony, the motorcade proceeded to Toronto, via the Highway of Heroes. My deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the members lost.

City of Toronto launches ActiveTO plan to provide more space for physical distancing as part of the city's restart and recovery
Today, the City of Toronto announced high-level details of the ActiveTO plan that will provide more space for pedestrians, cyclists as well as transit riders to allow for better physical distancing as part of the city's restart and recovery from COVID-19.

ActiveTO is about making sure people have space to get outside, get around while respecting physical distancing, and - when it comes to the larger bike lane projects - that we have a safety valve when it comes to the TTC. Initiatives under the program include:
-       Creating quiet streets – identifying local routes with traffic calming measures that would enable local car traffic only and opening up space for pedestrians and cyclists,
-       Active transportation on major streets – closing some major roads adjacent to major trails or recreational attractions where crowding on weekends and holidays has been observed, and
-       Expanding cycling network – expanding the cycling network and installing temporary active transportation lanes, as well as expanding and accelerating key parts of the council-approved Cycling Network Plan, that connect the cycling network, as well as bikeways that mirror major TTC routes.

More information is available in the City’s news release , and further details about the ActiveTO plan will be announced next week.

City to distribute PPE to frontline shelter staff and second COVID-19 recovery site to open for homeless
Today, the City announced that starting next week, we will distribute 35,000 masks weekly to City and sector partners for frontline shelter staff. This is on top of personal protective equipment (PPE) we’ve already distributed and $6.1 million for PPE, infection control & wages for partner agencies.

As well, the City of Toronto with University Health Network, Inner City Health Associates and other partners are opening a 2nd recovery site for homeless who are COVID-19 positive. This site opens Friday with up to 250 spaces along with current 200-bed recovery site. Wrap-around health, harm reduction and peer supports are provided. This program is unique integrated model of care for City’s most vulnerable to recover in dignified way. It isn't a hospital because they do not require acute care. And it isn't a shelter because additional medical supports are provided.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of this afternoon, there are 6,665 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 6,019 confirmed cases and 646 probable cases. There are 391 cases hospitalized, with 99 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date, 504 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform . Full news release here .

The decreasing number of COVID-19 cases represents residents’ commitment to public health measures and protecting the community, but we need to continue remaining diligent and continue to practise physical distancing when outside.

Update on enforcement activity
The fight against COVID-19 continues and the majority of Toronto residents are doing their part to help stop the spread of this virus. Yesterday, the City received 210 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued one ticket – bringing the total number of tickets issued under City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to 621 since April 3. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 14,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

The City also received 27 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 113 tickets and 236 notices to non-essential businesses.

City of Toronto reminds residents of proper waste disposal
Keep in mind that all personal hygiene/sanitary products, including tissues, napkins, paper towels, wipes, masks and gloves should be disposed of in the garbage. Diapers can continue to be disposed of in the Green Bin. All material placed in garbage bins should be bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins/paper towels and other sanitary/hygiene products. Find more information here .

Wildlife in Toronto
The public is reminded to never interfere with, handle or feed wildlife in Toronto. Wildlife that lose their fear of humans can pose dangers to people, as well as themselves. Dog owners are also reminded to keep their dogs on a leash at all times. If you see injured, sick or very young wildlife, call 311. More information is available at toronto.ca .

Mental health support during COVID-19
Many people may be feeling anxious, unsure and even scared at this time. These are normal and healthy responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Being taken out of our regular daily routines, and distanced from our support groups and family is hard and many are struggling as a result. Reach out to friends by phone or video chat, stay active while staying at home, and do your best to eat well and get lots of rest. More information including tips and mental health support services can be found on the City's website .

Ontario further eases restrictions on retail stores and essential construction during COVID-19
The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries, hardware stores and safety supply stores. The business owners should review the health and safety guidelines developed by the province and its health and safety association partners. Full news release here .

Ontario extends electricity rate relief during COVID-19
The Ontario government is extending emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates will continue to be billed at the lowest price, known as the off-peak price, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This electricity rate relief, initially provided for a 45-day period starting on March 24, 2020, has been extended by an emergency order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. The rate relief is intended to be in place for an additional 24 days. Full news release here .  

East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club (ESBGC) Free Pick-Up Lunch on Friday
In partnership Children’s Charity by Presidents Choice, ESBGC has launched weekly Free Lunch Drive Through to have a meal with the local community weekly, starting this Friday, May 8 from 12:30PM to 2:30PM. Register here .

Additionally, ESBGC currently offers the following Emergency Access Services:

  • Weekly Family Meal Kits (delivered 2x weekly)
  • Prepared meals for families and individuals in crisis (delivered daily)
  • Hygiene personal care kits (female, male, family)
  • Educational, and craft kits

Sign up with this form .

BusinessTO Digital resources, webinars and events
Ask an Accountant - Applying for COVID-19 Support Programs webinar (Free) - Wednesday, May 13, 3:30 p.m. - Register

Coming Together in Times of Uncertainty Webinar (Free) - Monday, May 11, 7 p.m. - Register  

Elevate Live 13-week Event Series (Free) - Wednesdays, 12 p.m. - Register  

MaRS COVID-19 Collection - Browse a collection of tools and tactics startups can use to respond to the business impacts of COVID-19. Learn More .


May 5, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Revised due dates for City of Toronto property tax and utility bills
The 60-day grace period for property tax, utility bill payments and late penalties extended by the City during the COVID-19 response ends on May 15. There are important changes to instalment amounts and due dates for customers on all payment schedules. All customers will receive a mailed notification of their revised interim bill due dates. Final tax bills will be mailed in mid-May as usual.

Property taxes for the remainder of 2020 will be due on the following dates: 

  • Two-instalment plan: August 4
  • Six-instalment plan: June 1, July 2, August 4, September 1 and October 1 
  • Eleven-instalment plan: June 15, July 15, August 17, September 15, October 15, November 16 and December 15.

Customers on the 11-instalment plan will have their original May and June interim instalment amounts combined with the final billing and spread evenly over July through December payments. Customers who are already enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan don’t have to re-enroll – payments will start again automatically on the new due date. Customers who have sent the City post-dated cheques do not need to re-send cheques for the revised due dates, as any cheques previously submitted will be processed on the new due dates. Any cheques received after April 1, 2020 will be cashed according to the date on the cheque.
Further details can be found in this news release.

Resuming of Toxic Taxi service
The Toxic Taxi service for pickup of Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) has been resumed. Pickup must be prearranged by calling 311 to make an appointment. There is a maximum of 50 litres/kilograms and minimum of 10 litres/kilograms per pickup (equivalent to 10 full standard household paint cans). Details about what is accepted and how to properly set it out are available on the Household Hazardous Waste web page under “Proper Disposal Options.”

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of yesterday afternoon, there are 6,448 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 5,809 confirmed cases and 639 probable cases. There are 394 cases hospitalized, with 105 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date, 469 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Today, Dr. de Villa explained preliminary findings suggesting COVID-19 may be disproportionately affecting certain people in our city. Toronto Public Health preliminary analysis suggests that people living in areas that have the highest proportion of low income earners, recent immigrants and high unemployment rates had higher rates of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. To better understand and strengthen capacity to address these issues, Toronto Public Health is adding socio-demographic questions to the case and contract tracing management process. Beginning soon, staff will be asking all people who test positive for COVID-19 about their race, income, household size, Indigenous identity, and First Nation status.

City of Toronto to begin opening community gardens and allotment gardens 
The City will follow a phased approach in opening its 81 community gardens and 12 allotment gardens to ensure public safety while providing access to an essential source of fresh food. Community gardens will begin to open this week on a location-by-location basis. Allotment gardens will begin to open during the week of May 11. More information in this news release.

Update on enforcement activity
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Complaints related to non-essential businesses remaining open have fallen, with only 20 complaints yesterday. No tickets or notices were issued yesterday for the operation of a non-essential business. Toronto Public Health continues to visit essential businesses to provide advice, recommendations and instruction on physical distancing, cleaning, and disinfection to protect workers and patrons.

Complaints involving people gathering, using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares continue, with the City receiving 163 complaints about use of amenities and lack of physical distancing in parks or squares and 21 complaints related to gatherings yesterday. Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Police Service officers issued 10 tickets for behaviour in parks. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to almost 1,124 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. For the most part, where officers have spoken to park goers, people have responded positively to education about public health recommendations and willingly adjusted their behaviour.

Mental health support during COVID-19
Many people may be feeling anxious, unsure and even scared at this time. These are normal and healthy responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Being taken out of our regular daily routines, and distanced from our support groups and family is hard and many are struggling as a result. Reach out to friends by phone or video chat, stay active while staying at home, and do your best to eat well and get lots of rest. More information including tips and mental health support services can be found on the City's website.

In addition, starting today, the Ontario government is expanding virtual mental health services to help thousands of Ontarians experiencing anxiety and depression, including frontline health care workers, during the COVID-19 outbreak. These Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) programs were developed in partnership with MindBeacon and Morneau Shepell and will be provided at no out-of-pocket costs to Ontarians across the province. More information can be found on the Government of Ontario website.


May 5, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Giving Tuesday Now
Today is Giving Tuesday Now, a global day of giving and unity to help support #COVID19 emergency relief efforts. There are many ways you can support your community during these unprecedented times. Learn how you can help during the #COVID19 pandemic here.

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual Mental Health Week
This week is Mental Health Week from May 4-10, 2020! As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, many people may be feeling anxious, unsure, and even scared during these difficult times. It is important that we focus on what we can control and take care of our mental health and well-being. Remember it’s OK to not feel OK. More resources on taking care of your mental health and well-being can be found here . More details on CMHA’s Mental Health week can be found here.

Supporting Canada’s farmers, food businesses, and food supply 
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announce important measures within agriculture programs and an investment of more than $252 million to support farmers food businesses, and food processors who provide essential services to Canadians every day by ensuring a safe and reliable food supply. He also announced that the government intends to propose an additional $200 million in borrowing capacity for the sector. Full news release can be found here.

The Reading Partnership: KidsReadTO
Kids ReadTO is a virtual book club connecting children across the GTA through good books. Meet-ups, led by professional facilitators, allow kids to safely socialize on-line. Guided reading activities, discussions, and games strengthen literacy skills and build confidence. We select titles by diverse authors – stories from around the world that kids can relate to, delivered to your doorstep.

Click Here to Register

Application Deadline: May 11, 2020

If you have any questions, or would like more information please contact Jasmine Burke- Ishmael at projects@readingpartnership.com or 647-981-5290. 

UPS Road Code Program
The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is hosting a UPS Road Code Program that will be held virtually on Thursday May 7th and Friday May 8th from 4:00PM to 5:30PM via zoom. This is an opportunity for youth between the ages of 14-18. For registration, contact Onyx at 416-254-3066 or oduggan@esbgc.ca. See event flyer here.

Public Safety Alert, Protecting Vulnerable People
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Toronto Police Service has not experienced an increase in reports for crimes against vulnerable people, however, crimes often go unreported. If you are a victim of any kind of abuse or if you believe someone you know is being victimized, please see the following community resources available below:
Child Abuse
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto – 416-924-4646
Catholic Children's Aid Society of Toronto - 416-395-1500
Jewish Family & Child Service of Greater Toronto - 416-638-7800
Native Child & Family Services of Toronto - 416-969-8510

Intimate Partner Violence
Victim Services Toronto - 416-808-7066
Assaulted Women Helpline - GTA: 416-863-0511 - T/F 1-866-863-0511

Elder Abuse   
Toronto Seniors Helpline – 416-217-2077
Seniors Safety Line – 1-866-299-1011
Advocacy Centre for the Elderly - 1-855-598-2656 or 416-598-2656

Ontario Nonprofit Network Webinar
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is creating engaging and informative webinars for the non-profit sector. Topics for upcoming webinars range from scenario planning and cash flow management to how lessons from previous crises can help us prepare for a post-COVID-19 world. 
You can find more details on each webinar and register for free by clicking on the links below.

All registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar and slide deck. Should you have any questions regarding the webinars, feel free to reach out to Melanie from the ONN team at melanie@theonn.ca


May 5, 2020

Dear Neighbours,
The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) is creating engaging and informative webinars for the non-profit sector. Topics for upcoming webinars range from scenario planning and cash flow management to how lessons from previous crises can help us prepare for a post-COVID-19 world. 
You can find more details on each webinar and register for free by clicking on the links below.

All registered participants will receive a recording of the webinar and slide deck. Should you have any questions regarding the webinars, feel free to reach out to Melanie from the ONN team at melanie@theonn.ca


May the 4th be with you, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Practise physical distancing today and everyday by staying apart 2metres (6feet), or about the length of two lightsabers. May the Fourth be with you!

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual Mental Health Week
Today is the start of Mental Health Week – May 4-10, 2020! As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, many people may be feeling anxious, unsure, and even scared during these difficult times. It is important that we focus on what we can control and take care of our mental health and well-being. Remember it’s OK to not feel OK. More resources on taking care of your mental health and well-being can be found here . More details on CMHA’s Mental Health week can be found here.

Toronto Water warns of fraudulent City of Toronto letter to residents
A letter from the City’s “Department of Water” is being delivered to residents telling them the City will be conducting lead pipe replacement to their property in Fall 2020 that will result in a significant charge to the utility bill; e.g. half of $38,000. This is fraud and we are asking anyone who receives this letter to report it to the Toronto Police Service non-emergency line at 416-808-2222. Anyone with questions about Toronto Water operations can contact 311.

City of Toronto to begin opening community gardens and allotment gardens 
On April 25, the Province of Ontario announced amendments to an Order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act that permit the use of allotment gardens and community gardens. To help increase the resiliency of and food security for Toronto’s residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Toronto will open its community and allotment gardens for the 2020 gardening season. The City will follow a phased approach in opening its 81 community gardens and 12 allotment gardens to ensure public safety while providing access to an essential source of fresh food. More information in this news release .

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
As of yesterday afternoon, there are 6,278 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 5,641 confirmed cases and 637 probable cases. There are 387 cases hospitalized, with 105 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date, 449 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform .

Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 184 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw and police officers issued four tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since May 1 to 11 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to almost 1,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

The City also received 19 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Toronto Public Health issued seven tickets to non-essential businesses yesterday. Read news release .

Experience virtual cherry blossom bloom during closure of High Park
During the High Park closure, residents can enjoy the cherry blossom bloom virtually. Throughout the closure period, the City will provide a continuous livestream of the cherry tree grove in High Park, plus multiple live events and videos featuring virtual walk-throughs of the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Learn more at toronto.ca/cherryblossoms .

Canada and international partners launch the Coronavirus Global Response
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined other global leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response. This online pledging event aims to initially raise more than $8 billion (USD) to help researchers and innovators develop solutions to test, treat, and protect people, and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Full news release can be found here .

Ontario continues to support mental health needs during COVID-19
Today, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, released this statement to acknowledge Mental Health Week.

Applications for Youth Community Violence Prevention Grant
Applications are now being accepted for the City of Toronto’s Youth Community Violence Prevention grant. The Youth Violence Prevention Grant was established in 2020 to provide agencies with funding to support the de-escalation of youth violence. Agencies can apply for up to $200,000 in funding for projects aimed at programming that is responsive to violence prevention and intervention. Information on eligibility and letter of intent can be found here.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Live Classes
Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre is now hosting live classes on their website and Facebook page

Sod Repair program questions
If your lawn was damaged by a sidewalk plow during the winter and have requested or wish to request sod repairs, the Sod Repair program is temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents who have already submitted their names for repairs will remain on the list and serviced at a later date.

Toronto Hydro Rate Update
The Time-of-use (TOU) rates are set provincially. Toronto Hydro will continue to apply rates as they are set for Ontario. Toronto Hydro is committed to helping customers manage their electricity bills during this challenging time. For more information regarding rates and to access the range of supports available to customers, we urge residents to visit this webpage.


May 3, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Experience virtual cherry blossom bloom during closure of High Park
During the High Park closure, residents can enjoy the cherry blossom bloom virtually. Throughout the closure period, the City will provide a continuous livestream of the cherry tree grove in High Park, plus multiple live events and videos featuring virtual walk-throughs of the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees. Today, the City is going live at 5 and 6 p.m. for a live tour of the cherry blossoms at High Park. Learn more at toronto.ca/cherryblossoms.

Regular yard waste collection resumes
The City is resuming regularly scheduled yard waste collection. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended in March to ensure adequate staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, Blue Bin (recycling) and Green Bin (organics). The City recently resumed yard waste collection for four weeks and has determined that it can continue to provide the service on a regular basis.  

Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. If yard waste is not picked up the day it is put out, the City is asking residents to leave it out until its collected and refrain from calling 311 to report a missed collection. If possible, residents should use a yard waste bag. Otherwise a rigid open-top container can be used. Brush and branches should be secured in bundles no longer than 1.2 metres (4 feet), no wider than 0.6 metres (two feet) and no heavier than 20 kilograms (44 lbs). For more information, visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/affected-city-services/?accordion=garbage-recycling-and-organics.

City of Toronto begins pothole repair blitz
Three pothole repair blitzes are planned in May to help keep roads safe and in a good state of repair. The first was this past Saturday and more than 7,700 potholes were repaired. The next repair blitzes are scheduled for May 9 and 23, weather permitting. The public is asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space while they make repairs. Please read the news release for more information.

Weekend COVID-19 Enforcement
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 73 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued six tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 594. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 13,675 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 26 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 100 tickets and 215 notices to non-essential businesses. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website.

Families to receive increased support through the Canada Child Benefit
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today highlighted that families receiving the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) will get $300 extra per child in May to help them deal with the added pressures of COVID-19.

Eligible families will automatically receive this one-time increase as part of their scheduled CCB payment in May. Those who already receive the CCB do not need to re-apply for this one-time increase. This increase will deliver almost $2 billion in extra support across the country to help families with the high cost of taking care of their kids during this challenging period. See the full news release here.


May 2, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

City of Toronto launches first of three pothole repair blitzes planned for May
The City of Toronto has planned three pothole repair blitzes in May to help keep roads safe and in a good state of repair. The first blitz is today, Saturday, May 2, followed by repair blitzes on Saturday, May 9 and 23, weather permitting.

Crews have already been busy all spring repairing as many potholes as possible on Toronto's expressways, major roads and neighbourhood streets. City staff will work a 12-hour shift today with appropriate physical distancing measures in place.

Traffic volumes on Toronto’s roads are down between 45 and 65 per cent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the month of April, staff fixed more than 12,000 potholes while making daily pothole repairs. Today’s event will see up 48 crews and 146 people repairing potholes throughout the city. People driving or biking for essential travel today are advised to expect minor delays. The public is asked to be safe by respecting work zones and giving crews space while they make repairs. Please read the news release for more information.

Toronto Public Health warns of callers posing as TPH staff
Yesterday, Dr. de Villa warned that there may be people calling residents in our community who are falsely claiming to be Toronto Public Health staff. In one instance, the individual was asked to provide their banking information and their social insurance number. Dr. de Villa stressed that Toronto Public Health would never request this information because it is not relevant to public health work. Anyone who receives a suspicious call requesting financial information should not give out any personal information and call the Toronto Police Service non-emergency line at 416-808-2222. Anyone with questions about public health operations can contact Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.

Experience virtual cherry blossom bloom during closure of High Park
During High Park closure, residents can enjoy the cherry blossom bloom virtually. Throughout the closure period, the City will provide a continuous livestream of the cherry tree grove in High Park, plus multiple live events and videos featuring virtual walk-throughs of the blossoming Sakura (cherry blossom) trees. BloomCam, the continuous live stream, is now live: toronto.ca/cherryblossoms

The use of city parks during COVID-19
As nicer weather approaches, the City wants to leave parks open for residents to enjoy for respite, serenity, and as an escape to nature and green space in our city. However, at this time, the park is not meant to be a destination and all park amenities remain closed. Residents may walk, run or bike through park and ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks. Dogs can continue to be walked on-leash. Fishing (with a licence), boating, kayaking and canoeing is also permitted.

Property tax and utility bills
The 60-day grace period for property tax and utility bill payments and late penalties ends May 15. Customers already enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan don’t have to re-enroll – payments will start again automatically after the grace period ends. Property owners will be receiving a letter in the mail regarding payment due dates. Please visit Property Tax and Utility Bills section of the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage for more information.

Residential permit parking renewal
The May 31 deadline for residential permit parking renewal applications has been extended until further notice. Toronto Police will continue to use discretion when enforcing permit parking areas. Learn more at toronto.ca/covid19 under Parking.
Regular updates are being made to the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
The City of Toronto continues to respond to COVID-19. Residents are reminded of the importance of reducing all contact with others as much as possible and staying home except for essential outings to help stop the community spread of the deadly virus. As of this afternoon, there are 5,967 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 5,366 confirmed cases and 601 probable cases. There are 375 cases hospitalized, with 112 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date 398 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 116 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued one ticket – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 588. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 13,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 43 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 99 tickets and 210 notices to non-essential businesses.

Targeted spring cleanup across the city
Targeted spring cleanup is taking place across the city over the next few weeks. Spring cleanup activities include:
·         Illegal dumping cleanup
·         Boulevard and laneway cleaning
·         Litter and debris removal in parks
·         Fence-line litter clearing
·         Street sweeping to clean up dirt and debris from Toronto’s streets.

During the pandemic, the City has been working hard to keep public spaces clean and safe. Staff are out each day picking up litter, emptying street and park waste bins and sweeping streets. The public can do their part to help keep Toronto clean and safe by properly disposing of items in available street bins and not littering. You can also report litter hot spots to 311. In light of the COVID-19 situation, the City does not want the public handling items that have been discarded on the ground in Toronto's public spaces or organizing community cleanup events. If residents find personal protective equipment or other trash discarded on their property, they are advised to use gloves to pick it up and to discard it in the garbage, along with the gloves and then wash their hands.

Pride will be celebrated virtually in Toronto this year 
Pride Toronto has announced that, in lieu of its annual Pride Festival Weekend in June, this year’s celebration will run virtually. Virtual Pride 2020 can be accessed through Facebook here.


May 1, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Government release workplace guidelines for businesses to reopen
As of Monday May 4, the following businesses can reopen: garden centres and nurseries with curbside pick-up and delivery only; lawn care and landscaping; additional essential construction projects; site preparation, excavation, and servicing for institutional, commercial, industrial and residential development; automatic and self-serve car washes; auto dealerships, open by appointment only; golf courses and marinas can prepare for the upcoming season, but not open to the public. Ontario government releases guidelines for businesses to reopen, details can be found here.

City Council extends the declaration of the State of Emergency in Toronto
Yesterday, Toronto City Council unanimously voted to extend Mayor John Tory’s State of Emergency declaration in the city of Toronto until the COVID-19 municipal emergency has ended, in accordance with advice from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health and the Office of Emergency Management. This includes extending the new physical distancing emergency bylaws, to retain physical distancing regulations in parks and public squares for the duration of the COVID-19 municipal emergency. Please read the news release for more information.

City of Toronto accelerates important planned construction and continues maintenance to renew aging infrastructure
This construction season, with traffic volumes on Toronto’s roads down between 45 and 65 per cent as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Toronto will accelerate as many important construction projects as possible. City-led construction is considered an essential service by the Province of Ontario. This year, the planned construction will make repairs to Toronto's major and local roads, sidewalks and cycling infrastructure, improve public transit infrastructure, replace and rehabilitate watermains and sewers, and build and improve major water infrastructure that will help improve Toronto’s waterways and stormwater systems. For more information, please read today's news release.

City of Toronto to celebrate a virtual Canada Day 
Based on the recommendations of the Medical Officer of Health, to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives, the City of Toronto will join other municipalities across Canada in celebrating a national virtual Canada Day on July 1, 2020. The City is cancelling all in-person Canada Day events. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto statement on encampment fire fatality
Just before 8:30 this morning, Toronto Fire Services responded to a fire in an encampment near Mount Pleasant Road and Bloor Street East. Tragically, one occupant was found deceased by firefighters. A comprehensive investigation into the origin, cause and circumstances associated with this fire is underway in collaboration between Toronto Fire Services, the Ontario Office of the Fire Marshal and the Toronto Police Service. The City extends its deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased individual. This is the seventh fire fatality in an encampment in Toronto since 2010, and the first since 2018. For more information, please read the news release.

The use of City parks during COVID-19
As nicer weather approaches, the City wants to leave parks open for residents to enjoy for respite, serenity, and as an escape to nature and green space in our city. However, at this time, the park is not meant to be a destination and all park amenities remain closed. Residents may walk, run or bike through park and ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks. Dogs can continue to be walked on-leash. Fishing (with a licence), boating, kayaking and canoeing is also permitted. Please see this Parks Fact Sheet for more information.

Property tax and utility bills
The 60-day grace period for property tax and utility bill payments and late penalties ends May 15. Customers already enrolled in the City’s pre-authorized payment plan don’t have to re-enroll – payments will start again automatically after the grace period ends. Property owners will be receiving a letter in the mail regarding payment due dates. Please visit Property Tax and Utility Bills section of the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage for more information.

Residential permit parking renewal
The May 31 deadline for residential permit parking renewal applications has been extended until further notice. Toronto Police will continue to use discretion when enforcing permit parking areas. Learn more at toronto.ca/covid19 under Parking.
Regular updates are being made to the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

Update on enforcement
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 279 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued five tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 587. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 13,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

The City also received 35 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 95 tickets and 200 notices to non-essential businesses.

City of Toronto launches youth violence prevention grant
Mayor John Tory today announced that the City of Toronto will launch a youth violence prevention grant to support the de-escalation of youth violence in Toronto communities. The grant, which was approved by Toronto City Council on February 19, 2020, will see $2 million in funding allocated to community agencies for youth violence prevention projects in nine communities.

The nine communities identified for funding are:

  • Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown (Priority: Pittsboro/Orphington)
  • Lawrence Heights (Priority: Neptune)
  • Regent Park (Priority: Regent Park, St. James Town, Yonge & Gerrard and the Esplanade)
  • Flemingdon/Thorncliffe
  • Malvern/Morningside/Woburn (Priority: Empiringham, Orton Park, Cedarbrae and Danzig)
  • Rexdale/Kingsview Village (Priority: Willowridge, Capri, East Mall and West Mall)
  • Dorset Park (Priority: Glenmorgan, Canlish)
  • Steeles L'Amoureaux (Priority: Glendower, Bay Mills and Chester Le)
  • Oakwood Village (Priority: Eglinton West, Little Jamaica, and Vaughn Road)

To be eligible for a grant, the:

  • projects should be aimed at programming that is responsive to violence prevention and intervention for youth ages 10 to 29
  • agency must have a proven track record (three or more years) of working with youth most vulnerable to being involved in serious violence and crime
  • agency must display success with violence intervention and de-escalation strategies
  • lead agency must be a Toronto-based, incorporated for public benefit organization with audited financial statements for the last fiscal year.

See full news release here.

311 for Household Hazardous Waste Pick Up
Residents can now contact 311 in order to schedule household hazardous waste pick up. Information on household hazardous waste can be found on the City’s website here

The 2020 Annual Human Library
A Human Library is an event where individuals share their stories and experiences with the community. The Mind & Spirit Youth Leadership committee is looking for story tellers to join in a community story telling virtual event! This event will be held online via Zoom. If you are interested in being a ‘Living Book’, please send in your story by Monday, May 11th, 2020 to msyleadership@gmail.com or call 647-521-5755/ 647-382-9193. Storytellers will be compensated.


April 30, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Thank you to everyone who participated in last night’s Virtual Town Hall with myself, MP Hon. John McKay and MPP Mitzie Hunter. In case you missed the meeting, you may access the video on my Facebook page here, or if you are not a Facebook user you can access the video here. Plans to host future meetings are in process.     

Today, Toronto City Council held its first ever virtual meeting using online conferencing platforms. You can watch the meeting at this link.  

Yesterday, a Royal Canadian Air force helicopter deployed on Operation Reassurance went down in the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece. Six members were onboard, one casualty was recovered and the mission to find the other five are still ongoing. My deepest condolences go out to family and friends of Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough as well as the brave crew onboard HMCS Fredericton. 

Please see the following update regarding COVID-19 key information and resources in the City of Toronto:  

Community Supports and Resources 
The Toronto District School Board is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and families, while continuing to support students learning at home in a variety of ways. To ensure access to information on essential services and supports, we have developed a list of external community-based resources that we hope can offer assistance during this period. 
For the most updated list, please visit the TDSB webpage for Community Supports and Resources. 

Update on Labour Negotiations 
The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) and the Government of Ontario have reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) at both the teacher/occasional teacher and education worker central bargaining tables. OSSTF has indicated that the new contract will be put to a ratification vote in May. 
An agreement between the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO), OPSBA and the Government of Ontario has also been reached. This agreement was ratified on April 28.  
For more information, please visit www.tdsb.on.ca/labour. 

COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platformThe advice from Toronto’s public health officials has been clear and consistent: To stop the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible. Stay home, except for essential outings. 


April 29, 2020

City of Toronto and partners help connect vulnerable populations with internet access during COVID-19 pandemic
The City has partnered with technology and telecommunications companies to provide free temporary internet access for many vulnerable Torontonians. These partnerships will provide free access for residents in lower-income neighbourhoods, seniors in long-term care homes and clients in many City-operated shelters. These initiatives will allow more people to connect online to social supports and vital services while still complying with directives to stay at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information about this important initiative, please read the news release.

Shelter, Support and Housing Administration: Three-tier response to COVID-19
Shelter, Support and Housing Administration has implemented a three tier strategy focused on prevention, mitigation, and recovery to respond to COVID-19. We have implemented this significant response because we know that many people experiencing homelessness have underlying chronic medical conditions that increase their risk from COVID-19 and this is a particularly vulnerable population. This is why the City has taken swift and decisive action to mobilize an unprecedented response to protect people who are homeless.

The strategy is built on a foundation of strong communication and partnerships. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration has been working closely with Toronto Public Health, other City Divisions, provincial and federal governments and the community non-profit sector on strategies and solutions to protect our homeless population as quickly and effectively as possible.

The attached infographic highlights key metrics and actions undertaken to implement our three-tier response and will be updated regularly to keep the public informed of our progress in implementing this strategy. The infographic includes the following key metrics:

  • Funding: Amount of funding provided to shelters, 24-hour respites and drop-ins for Infection Prevention and Control, Personal Protective Equipment and wage increases.
  • Sites/Spaces Opened: Number of sites and spaces opened for isolation and to increase physical distancing in the shelter system.
  • Hotel Rooms: Number of hotel rooms activated
  • Moves for Physical Distancing: Number of people moved for physical distancing
  • Isolation: Number of clients provided space for isolation while waiting for test results
  • Recovery: Number of COVID-19 positive clients provided with isolation spaces to recover
  • Moves to Permanent Housing: Number of people moved into permanent housing through the Rapid Housing Initiative

Non-essential services: Landscaping
Landscaping and grass-cutting businesses remain non-essential businesses under the Province’s amended Emergency Order and list of essential workplaces. Paragraph 20 of the amended list of essential businesses applies to maintenance businesses that are strictly necessary to manage and maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of residential and institutional, commercial, and industrial properties. Grass cutting and landscaping businesses do not qualify as essential businesses.

City of Toronto updates total COVID-19 cases
As of this afternoon, there are 5,360 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. Cases include 4,845 confirmed cases and 515 probable cases. There are 354 cases hospitalized, with 111 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths; to date, 347 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. The advice from Toronto’s public health officials has been clear and consistent: To stop the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible. Stay home, except for essential outings.

Update on enforcement activity
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 441 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 16 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 555. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to almost 12,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 41 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 76 tickets and 159 notices to non-essential businesses. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website.

How to dispute a ticket
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, new legislation and bylaws have been put in place which have not existed in the past. If you feel that you were wrongly ticketed, you have the option of requesting an early resolution meeting with a prosecutor and challenging it in court. You can do this by requesting early resolution meeting, or requesting a trial. For more information is available on the City's website.

City of Toronto Plans for Recovery and Opening of City Services
Work is already underway, led by the Mayor's Economic Support and Recovery Task Force, to begin the rebuilding efforts after the City transitions into the recovery phase, with a focus on growth and building resiliency. City staff across the organization are prioritizing COVID response and recovery, and working with the provincial and federal governments to do so.

The City’s webpage on Affected Services continues to be updated with information on the opening of City services.

If you have questions regarding the closure of a particular City service please call 311.  If you have specific emergency concerns related to the COVID-19 restrictions and pandemic please contact my office.

Keep in mind
When walking on roadways where there are no sidewalks, or they are obstructed, please exercise caution and look in both directions for vehicles and other dangers, especially when going between parked vehicles.

BusinessTO Support Centre provides one-on-one virtual support
The recently launched BusinessTO Support Centre is available to help businesses respond to the COVID-19 crisis with a focus on completing applications for government assistance such as the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Work-Sharing and Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) programs as well as providing general business advice.

To get started:

  • Schedule a one-on-one meeting with a business advisor who will help navigate the government application processes and provide information on other City programs. 

Upcoming Webinars:
Asking an Accountant – Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (FREE)
Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 p.m. - Register  

How to be Productive Working from Home & Plan during COVID-19 Crisis (FREE)
Friday, May 1, 10-11 a.m. - Register


April 28, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Please see the following update regarding COVID-19 key information and resources in the City of Toronto:

Public Safety Alert, Online Scams & Safety
Over the last several weeks, investigators with the Toronto Police Service have noted an increase in online scams associated to COVID-19. These include:

Text messages requesting banking information for:
- Processing government payments for Emergency Benefits or Canada Revenue Agency
- Fines for leaving the house too many times in a day
- Demands for immediate payment with threats of cancelled services (i.e. streaming sites)

Emails with fraudulent or corrupt links on topics such as:
- “Delivery details” for those most likely to be using delivery services
- “Special offers” for COVID-19-related products/services

Websites claiming:
- Sales of COVID-19-related products and services, such as testing kits, cleaning products or remedies
- Information from “health officials”, requesting information and/or links to other sites
With more residents spending time at home, online, investigators are reminding the public to take the following steps to protect themselves:
- Do not click on random links
- Do not provide your personal information – including banking information
- Do not install unknown applications, even if you’re asked to via email/text/etc.
- Use two-factor authentication for online payments
- Do not use links sent via email/text to access online accounts
- Set up strong passwords for new or existing online accounts
- Back up your work regularly and work offline, when possible
- Use software to protect yourself from malware and viruses

To learn more, watch this video. Full news release here.


April 27, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Please see the following update regarding COVID-19 key information and resources in the City of Toronto:

CurbTO to re-allocate road space to support physical distancing and access essential businesses
Although pedestrian traffic has dropped across the city as people follow to stay home, there are hot spots on some sidewalks in some areas where it is difficult to physically distance. CurbTO is a common-sense approach to addressing sidewalk hot spots to help encourage physical distancing in areas where it is challenging to avoid the creation of lineups and to support increased demand for pickup and delivery services near essential businesses. Known sidewalk hotspots have been identified by Toronto Public Health, City of Toronto staff in Transportation Services, and Councillors, and more locations will be identified in a measured way based on evidence so that physical distancing can be achieved. CurbTO aligns with the current directive from the Medical Officer of Health that the public should continue to stay home as much as possible and only go out for essential needs such as food and medicine. Businesses can apply and learn more about eligibility criteria and program guidelines for CurbTO at toronto.ca/covid19BusinessTO.

Help save lives by staying home- Promising signs public health measures are working
As Toronto moves into week seven of this pandemic, officials are seeing promising signs that public health measures are working. Dr. de Villa stressed the need to continue to practise social distancing and only leave the house for essential reasons, noting restrictions will be eased sooner if people continue to heed public health advice.
As of this afternoon, there are 4,973 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. This includes 4,493 confirmed cases and 480 probable cases. There are 308 cases hospitalized, with 104 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths: to date 297 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. The advice from Toronto’s public health officials has been clear and consistent: To stop the community spread of this deadly virus, we must reduce all contact with others as much as possible. Stay home, except for essential outings.

COVID-19 Enforcement Team continues important work across the city
Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 40 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued three tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 536. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 11,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 46 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 76 tickets and 159 notices to non-essential businesses. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website.

What can you do in a park?
At this time, the park is not meant to be a destination like it used to be. People can walk/run, get some exercise and then keep moving. While visiting a park, people must practise physical distancing. Under the City’s physical distancing bylaw, any two people who don't live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket. For more information visit the City’s website.

Guild Inn Landslides Clean-Up to Begin
I would like to inform you that the Guild Inn Landslides Clean-Up was successfully completed as of last Friday. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority crews were onsite for clean-ups in early April.

Ontario Unveils Guiding Principles to Reopen the Province
Today, the Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to advise the government on the loosening of emergency measures, as well as guiding principles for the safe, gradual reopening of businesses, services and public spaces. The framework also provides details of an outreach strategy, led by the Ontario Jobs and Recovery Committee, to help inform the restart of the provincial economy. Full news release here.

Workers’ Mourning Day – National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace
In honour of persons killed or injured in the workplace, all flags on official flagpoles at Toronto City Hall, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, and Metro Hall will be flown at half-mast on Tuesday April 28 to mark Worker’s Mourning Day – National Day of Mourning for Persons Killed or Injured in the Workplace.

Toronto Public Library Digital Card
The Toronto Public Library has launched a new initiative where residents that do not have a library card can now access Overdrive, our largest collection of ebooks and audio books using the new instant digital card. These digital cards will expire September 1, 2020. This service available for individuals 13 years and older.
For more information and to access the library digital services, please click on this link.

The List: Great Reads for Youth 2020 
Great Reads for Youth 2020 is now available online with 100 title recommendations and 13 video reviews by our teen readers. This resource was created by the Youth Materials Selection Committee (YMSC). 92 of the 100 recommended titles are available digitally. The List: Great Reads for Youth 2020 magazine will be available at branches after we reopen. The magazine can be downloaded as a pdf from the link below. Have fun reading! List Website: https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/teens/the-list.jsp

Excess Recycling
Place excess recycling in a large clear bag beside your Blue Bin. Flatten excess cardboard, cut into small pieces and bundle with string or twine. More details here.


April 26, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during this very difficult time. It is very important for all of us, to the best of our ability to follow the mandatory social distancing bylaw!

In celebration of Ramadan during the COVID-19 outbreak, Mosques may mark sundown each night by broadcasting the call to prayer over their speaker throughout the month of Ramadan (until May 23). 

Please see the following update regarding COVID-19 key information and resources in the City of Toronto:

Statement on notice of application regarding City emergency shelters

The City of Toronto is in possession of the notice of application with respect to its unprecedented, determined and expedited action to protect those experiencing homelessness in Toronto. Toronto’s Shelter, Support & Housing Administration has worked tirelessly with Toronto Public Health, other City divisions, provincial and federal governments, and the community non-profit sector to rapidly tailor solutions for the city’s most vulnerable. Nothing on this scale has ever been experienced by Toronto. The City of Toronto has declared an emergency for the first time in its history to respond to this pandemic and save lives. The City will respond to this notice of application through appropriate court channels. Read the statement on the City’s website.

City reminds residents of the importance of reducing contact with others

As of yesterday, there are 4,628 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto. This includes 4,176 confirmed cases and 452 probable cases. There are 305 cases hospitalized, with 112 in intensive care units. We continue to see COVID-19 deaths: to date 253 people in Toronto have died from COVID-19. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Residents are reminded of the importance of reducing all contact with others as much as possible and staying home except for essential outings to help stop the community spread of the deadly virus.

Update on enforcement activity

Enforcement of the City's physical distancing bylaw and the Province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act orders is ongoing. Yesterday, the City received 354 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. Bylaw and police officers issued 18 tickets – bringing the total number of tickets issued since April 3 to 505. Bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 11,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures. The City also received 44 complaints yesterday related to non-essential businesses remaining open. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing & Standards and Toronto Public Health have issued 71 tickets and 149 notices to non-essential businesses. Residents can report non-compliance online though the City’s website

Ontario Allows the Redeployment of Staff to Better Care for Vulnerable People During COVID-19 

On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is introducing new and amending some emergency orders under subsection 7.0.2 (4) of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to better support Ontario's long-term care homes and deafblind community. The orders would allow for the redeployment of staff to ensure they can work where they are needed most during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The government is also amending an emergency order to help ensure food security for some individuals and families during the pandemic. Full news release can be accessed herehttps://bit.ly/352FhTs 

Property Tax Questions

My office has received questions regarding property tax due dates and clarification on extensions. After reaching out to staff, I have been advised that for property owners on the regular three-instalment payment plan, the April 1 property tax instalment due date would be extended to June 1, 2020. Customers will be advised in advance of any rescheduling of revised withdrawal due dates and amount following the 60-day grace period. The City is providing a grace period for payments and payment penalties for 60 days. For more information please visit this website


April 24, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Please see the following update regarding COVID-19 key information and resources in the City of Toronto:

City of Toronto begins targeted spring cleanup across the city
Targeted spring cleanup will be taking place across the city over the next few weeks.
Unfortunately, the annual Clean Toronto Together community cleanup campaign was cancelled due to COVID-19. The public can do their part to help keep Toronto clean and safe by properly disposing of items in available street bins and not littering. You can also report litter hot spots to 311. In light of the COVID-19 situation, the City does not want the public handling items that have been discarded on the ground in Toronto's public spaces or organizing community cl