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

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

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisor

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


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

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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.


January 19, 2021

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 18, 2020) There has been an increase of 583 COVID-19 cases in the City with 507 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 77,872 cases of COVID-19, of these, 67,219 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,211 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Province-wide declaration of emergency  is in effect. Stay home and only go out for essential reasons. Remember when you are outside of your home for essential purposes, be sure to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread.

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Scarborough Health Network offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. The Pop-up Assessment Centre will be held at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, located at 3600 Kingston Rd, from 9am to 6pm every Thursday starting January 21, 2021. Learn more at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

City of Toronto’s proof-of-concept Immunization Clinic ordered to pause immediately due to vaccine shortage. Due to further COVID-19 vaccine supply shortages announced by the Government of Canada today, the Province of Ontario has directed the City of Toronto to immediately pause its proof-of-concept Immunization Clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre at the conclusion of today’s appointments. The Province had originally directed the clinic to pause after January 22 due to vaccine supply. People with scheduled appointments for tomorrow Wednesday, January 20, Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22 are being advised now that their appointments are cancelled. For more information please read this news release.

City of Toronto and partners start COVID-19 vaccination pilots for people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers in select shelters. This pilot is prioritizing shelter sites with the highest population of seniors and people with a significant risk of severe outcome as a result of COVID-19. The purpose of the pilot is to test the clinic model and develop a playbook for broader future roll-out of the vaccine in the City’s shelter system. For more information please read this news release.
 
The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 26. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budget 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities is hosting a webinar on the 5 keys to a green municipal project business case on February 2, 2021. Learn how to create a compelling business case for green municipal projects. For more information and to register please visit this link.

Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy launches phase two of Zoo Food For Life fundraising campaign. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact your Toronto Zoo’s operations and revenue sources into 2021. Toronto Zoo and Terra Lumina have been closed to the public since November 23rd, 2020 until further notice and the $1 million annual cost of food for our 5,000 animals is normally funded through our paid guest parking. Phase two of our Zoo Food For Life campaign will help to offset lost revenues and ensure funding for the Zoo’s Nutrition Program in 2021. For more information please visit www.wildlifeconservancy.ca/food.


January 15, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 14, 2020) There has been an increase of 852 COVID-19 cases in the City with 471 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 74,476 cases of COVID-19, of these, 63,777 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,139 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Province-wide declaration of emergency  is in effect. Stay home and only go out for essential reasons. Remember when you are outside of your home for essential purposes, be sure to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread.

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Scarborough Health Network offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. The Pop-up Assessment Centre will be held at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, located at 3600 Kingston Rd, from 9am to 6pm every Thursday starting January 21, 2021. Learn more at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

City of Toronto and partners completing resident vaccinations at all 87 long-term care homes in Toronto. The vaccination milestone comes well in advance of the Province of Ontario’s January 21, 2021 deadline to complete the first round of vaccinations in long-term care homes. More than 10,322 residents and 2,893 staff and essential caregivers have now been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine on-site in Toronto long-term care homes. In addition, staff and essential caregivers have attended hospital clinics to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. For more information please read this news release.

Toronto Public Health expands case and contact management work. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, Toronto Public Health’s case and contact management program is an important tool to help curb the virus spread. To expand TPH’s case and contact management work, the following enhancements are currently underway: 180 contact callers and case managers have been added to focus on rapid isolation cases; and an additional 100 case managers are being recruited for TPH to focus on rapid isolation cases while TPH health staff perform higher risk investigations. For more information please read this news release.
 
City of Toronto employees raise over $1,345,802 for United Way through its annual employee fundraising campaign. For the last 19 years, staff from the City and its agencies and corporations have raised more than $1 million each year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s employee campaign was conducted virtually, including a Civic Run, Civic Gala, speaker series and special fundraising events across many work locations. For more information please read this news release.

Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devises issue more than 53,000 tickets at first round of locations with steady reduction in speeding incidents and repeat offenders. The City’s 50 ASE devices issued a total of 53,090 tickets at the first round of locations from July 6, 2020 through the final day of enforcement on November 30, 2020. The devices started at the second round of locations on December 1, 2020. Enforcement data from December 2020 will be available in February. For more information about the program, how to settle fees and a map of all locations please visit www.toronto.ca/ase.

City Hall Live Spotlight postponed due to provincial restrictions. City Hall Live Spotlight livestreamed concerts, part of ShowLoveTO, are postponed due to new provincial restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Visit www.toronto.ca/showloveto for updates.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 27. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budget 

iPHARE which stands for Integrated Prevention and Harm Reduction initiative, is a multi-pronged effort by the City and community agencies to address opioid-related deaths in Toronto’s shelter system. There is an escalating opioid poisoning crisis in Toronto, which is impacting individuals experiencing homelessness. Attend an information session January 18 or 19 to see how the City is providing support. For more information and to attend an information session please visit this link.

The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. More information can be read at this link.

Ontario Government offers rate relieve during COVID-19. Effective January 1 through to January 28, 2021, the Government of Ontario is providing a temporary COVID-19 Recovery Rate for families, farms and small businesses who pay Time-Of-Use (TOU) or Tiered pricing. Customers will be billed a flat price of 8.5 cents per kWh, 24 hours a day, seven days a week starting on January 1, 2021. For more information please visit this link.


January 14, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 13, 2020) There has been an increase of 2035 COVID-19 cases in the City with 466people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 73,675 cases of COVID-19, of these, 62,859 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,126 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Province-wide declaration of emergency  is in effect. Stay home and only go out for essential reasons. Remember when you are outside of your home for essential purposes, be sure to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread.

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Scarborough Health Network offers walk-in COVID-19 testing at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. The Pop-up Assessment Centre will be held at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, located at 3600 Kingston Rd, from 9am to 6pm every Thursday starting January 21, 2021. Learn more at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

Toronto Public Health launches new case-control study to identify settings and activities that are associated with significantly increased risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in Toronto. This study will include a focus on residents who recently tested negative for COVID-19 – a new approach for public health units in Canada – and will focus on issues like work environments, living arrangements and other activities including social gatherings or visits to public spaces. People who tested negative will receive an automated text message from 1-833-929-2338 with a link to complete the survey. The survey will include confidential and voluntary questions about an individual’s activities in the days before the COVID-19 test. All survey responses will be kept confidential and only summary level data will be reported to protect privacy. More information about the survey is available online.

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The budget will be reviewed and debated by Budget and Executive Committees before being finalized and approved by City Council at its meeting on February 18. The City has experienced significant financial impacts in the form of both added costs and revenue losses as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The impacts are expected to continue into 2021, with anticipated financial pressures of approximately $1.6 billion. Read this news release for more information.

The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 27. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budget 

The City of Toronto’s City Hall Live Spotlight kicks off TONIGHT with award-winning Colombian Canadian artist Lido Pimienta. The online series kicks off on Facebook and HappinApp tonight, January 14th at 7:30 p.m. Prior to the pandemic, live music venues in Toronto generated a total economic impact of $850 million annually, while providing the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs. Viewers are encouraged to order from their favourite restaurant at ToGoToronto.com and make a night of it.

The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. More information can be read at this link.

January 13, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 12, 2020) There has been an increase of 789 COVID-19 cases in the City with 447 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 72,679 cases of COVID-19, of these, 61,839 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,098 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Ontario government is preparing to immunize up to 8.5 million people in Phase Two of the government’s vaccine implementation plan. The province has mapped out the next steps for transitioning into Phase Two and has adopted an approach for identifying the next groups to receive the vaccination as early as March 2021. Groups eligible to receive vaccines as part of Phase Two will include older adults beginning with those 80 years old; individuals living and working in high-risk congregate settings; frontline essentials workers (first responders, teachers, food processing industry); and individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers. Phase Two is expected to be completed by end of July 2021 and Phase Three for the general population could begin as early as August 2021, pending availability of vaccines. More information can be read in this news release.
 
City of Toronto supporting new provincial regulations and stay-at-home order. In response to increasing COVID-19 case counts, the Province of Ontario yesterday declared a second provincial state of emergency, issuing a province-wide stay-at-home order that will come into effect at 12:01am tomorrow, Thursday January 14, 28 days. The new protections will impact City services and the City is seeking clarity from the province, including details on enforcement and impacts on recreation activity. Once the clarity is received, staff will review the provincial regulations and update the full list of impacts to City operations on the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

By-election for Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt will proceed on January 15 as planned. Health and safety measures for voting places, developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health, were successfully implemented during the advance vote last weekend and will be in place on January 15. These measures exceed the requirements for other businesses and services that have remained open. The City Clerk is confident that the voting place health and safety measures will keep electors, candidates, scrutineers and election staff safe on election day. The full list of health and safety measures are available on the Toronto Elections webpage.

The new Ontario Small Business Support Grant provides a minimum of $10,000 and up to $20,000 to help small business owners during this challenging period. Small businesses required to close or restrict services under the Provincewide Shutdown will be able to apply for this one-time grant. More information can be read at this link.

To support artists, live music venues and local restaurants, the City of Toronto has launched City Hall Live Spotlight, a concert series being livestreamed every Thursday. Prior to the pandemic, live music venues in Toronto generated a total economic impact of $850 million annually, while providing the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs. Viewers are encouraged to order from their favourite restaurant at ToGoToronto.com and make a night of it. The online series, part of ShowLoveTO, kicks off on Facebook and HappinApp with award-winning Colombian-Canadian artist Lido Pimienta on January 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Scarborough Business Association is hosting another Cyber Breakfast Conference – Post COVID-19: Small Business Economic Update on January 20, 2021. Attend the SBA Cyber Breakfast from your home or office and be back to work by 10am. Be sure to login by 9:15am to network, connect and share information prior to the presentation. For more information and to register please visit this link.


January 12, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 11, 2020) There has been an increase of 879 COVID-19 cases in the City with 447 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 71,923 cases of COVID-19, of these, 60,859 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,075 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the Ontario government has declared its second provincial emergency. The government will enact additional public health restrictions and actions including issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, effective Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01am.

This order and other new and existing public health restrictions and actions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.

Additional Public Health restrictions include limited shopping hours from 7am to 8pm, reducing outdoor gathering limits from 10 to five people, and limiting office spaces to essential personnel, ensuring that employees who can work from home do so. Restricted shopping hours do not affect groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for take out and delivery.

New enforcement measures under the declaration of a provincial emergency provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home order, those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors, and or to retail operators and companies who do not enforce these measures.

Schools in Toronto, Peel Region, York, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex public health units will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021. New health and safety measures will be implemented in Ontario childcare settings, such as enhanced screening, voluntary participation in targeted testing and additional infection prevention control measures. For more information on today’s announcement please view this news release. For specific information of updated public health and safety measures including today’s update please view this link.

COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

The Toronto Public Library Reading Challenge is back for 2021! TPL is challenging you to read widely and try new books, authors and genres. Participate by reading or listening to 12 books in 12 brand-new categories between January and December 2021. Through the year TPL will be publishing reading lists, running virtual Reading Challenge events and hosting a book discussion group on Facebook. Are you up for the Challenge? Learn more online.

Canadian Benefit for Parents of Young Victims of Crime. The death or disappearance of a child is devastating and can leave parents unable to work. Parents or legal guardians who have taken time away from work and suffered a loss of income to cope with the death or disappearance of their child or children may be eligible for federal income support of $450 per week. For more information on eligibility and how to apply please visit this webpage.

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is hosting a virtual volunteer information session Tomorrow January 13 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Learn more about SCHC, what it takes to become a volunteer and the various roles. To attend the session RSVP to volunteerprogram@schcontario.ca by 12noon on January 13. For more information about volunteering at SCHC please visit their volunteer webpage.

Scarborough Business Association is hosting another Cyber Breakfast Conference – Post COVID-19: Small Business Economic Update on January 20, 2021. Attend the SBA Cyber Breakfast from your home or office and be back to work by 10am. Be sure to login by 9:15am to network, connect and share information prior to the presentation. For more information and to register please visit this link.


January 11, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 10, 2020) There has been an increase of 978 COVID-19 cases in the City with 433 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 71,078 cases of COVID-19, of these, 60,148 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,064 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

A Provincewide Shutdown is in place through to January 23, 2021. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

COVID-19 testing site information: Depending on their situation, residents may be able to get a free COVID-19 test at their local COVID-19 assessment centre or a participating pharmacy. Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at toronto.ca/COVID19Testing.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

City of Toronto launching initial COVID-19 immunization clinic to prepare for City’s role in vaccine distribution. The Province of Ontario is currently in Phase 1 of its three-phased vaccine distribution implementation plan. Limited doses of vaccines are currently available for health care workers in hospitals, long-term care homes and retirement homes. In preparation for Phase 2, the City and Toronto Public Health have developed a comprehensive immunization plan which includes mobilizing scalable immunization clinics across the city in preparation for eventual rollout of widespread, community-based immunization by primary care physicians and pharmacies.

On January 18, under the direction of the Ministry of Health, the City and Toronto Public Health are launching an initial ‘proof-of-concept’ immunization clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This first clinic will help test and adjust immunization clinic setup in non-hospital settings, ensuring safety and increasing efficiency in advance of wider immunization. For more information please read the news release.

The City of Toronto has created new Shelter Design Guidelines building on best practices and advice for those with lived experience. The Guidelines include a broad range of areas from design approaches and principles, through to functional components of the building, environment design and materials and finishes. The Guidelines incorporate directives already in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the shelter system. The Guideline include input from a wide range of stakeholders including Indigenous people, Black people, people of colour, LGBTQ2S+, those with accessibility needs and youth who experience homelessness. For more information please read this news release.

Advance vote turnout for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election. Toronto Elections saw a total of 2,227 eligible electors vote during the by-election’s advance vote which ran from Friday, January 8 to Sunday, January 10. Election day is Friday January 15. Voting places will be open from 10am to 8pm at locations across Ward 22 Scarborough Agincourt. On election night, unofficial results will be posted in real-time starting after 8pm on the Elections Services website.

January is Mentoring Month! Now more than ever young people need mentors. Over 15,000 young people across Canada are waiting to be connected to a mentor just like you. Share your experiences. Visit www.becomeamentor.ca for more information.

The City of Toronto is hiring 100+ temporary part time administrative clerks all over the city at Mass Immunization Clinics. For more information and how to apply please visit this link.

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is hosting a virtual volunteer information session on Wednesday January 13 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Learn more about SCHC, what it takes to become a volunteer and the various roles. To attend the session RSVP to volunteerprogram@schcontario.ca by 12noon on January 13. For more information about volunteering at SCHC please visit their volunteer webpage.


January 8, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 6, 2020) There has been an increase of 1442 COVID-19 cases in the City with 433 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 67,840 cases of COVID-19, of these, 57,850 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,019 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

A Provincewide Shutdown is in place through to January 23, 2021. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

COVID-19 testing site information: Depending on their situation, residents may be able to get a free COVID-19 test at their local COVID-19 assessment centre or a participating pharmacy. Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at toronto.ca/COVID19Testing.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine? Visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Stay active this winter with safe ways to get outside in Toronto’s parks, ice rinks and more. In addition to the more than 1,500 parks and ravines that are safe places for residents to enjoy the outdoors and natural environment during COVID-19, the City has numerous winter options for residents to enjoy that can be explored at www.toronto.ca/welcometowinter. Physical distancing is required when using parks and squares.

New TPASC Fitness App! Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre launches a new mobile app that helps you stay organized with all your activities at the centre, at home or on the go. The new Fitness App is available to anyone with a Toronto Pan Am Sports centre self-services portal login for FREE! Download the app from the App Store or Google Play store and log into the app with your self-serve portal login. For more information check out the Fitness App’s FAQ.

Toronto Public Library Service Update. The Toronto Public Library website, account and all online services will be unavailable on Sunday January 10 from 8am to approximately 3pm due to scheduled maintenance. Place holds, do research, manage your accounts and access online content, including eBooks, ahead of time to avoid disappointment. Visit www.tpl.ca to get started.

Girls and Boys Club of East Scarborough’s Annual A.C.E. Scholarship is about to start. The information session is on Monday January 11 at 4-5pm and 7-8pm. To register for the information session please email srayside@esbgc.ca. See this post for more information. 

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is hosting a virtual volunteer information session on Wednesday January 13 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. Learn more about SCHC, what it takes to become a volunteer and the various roles. To attend the session RSVP to volunteerprogram@schcontario.ca by 12noon on January 13. For more information about volunteering at SCHC please visit their volunteer webpage.


January 7, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 6, 2020) There has been an increase of 941 COVID-19 cases in the City with 392 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 66,417 cases of COVID-19, of these, 57,093 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,017 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

A Provincewide Shutdown is in place through to January 23, 2021. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

Today, the City of Toronto recorded more than 2,000 total deaths of Toronto residents as a result of COVID-19. The City and Toronto Public Health send their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of individuals lost to the virus. This tragic milestone is a reminder that all people must work to protect their community by staying home as much as possible and following public health guidance.

Scarborough Health Network has now administered 3000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine! SHN was able to celebrate this milestone thanks to the incredible efforts of their superstars who continue to come together to protect themselves, their colleagues and their community.

Seven Oaks Long Term Care Home Vaccination Update: I’m pleased to inform that Seven Oaks residents will begin receiving the Moderna vaccine on January 12. A team from Scarborough Health Network will be on site to administer the vaccine to those residents who have provided consent.

Ontario extends teacher-led online learning until January 25 to keep students and staff safe in Southern Ontario. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate throughout the province, the Ontario government is extending certain measures to keep students, staff and residents safe. This includes extending in-person learning until January 25, 2021 for elementary school students in the 27 Southern Ontario public health unit regions and extending the shutdown in Northern Ontario for another 14 days, aligning with the shutdown period in Southern Ontario. More information can be read in the news release.

Advance vote for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election begins Friday, January 8 to January 10, between 10am and 6pm. The Voter Assist Terminal is available at each advance vote location, enabling electors with disabilities to mark their ballot privately and independently. Election Day for the Councillor Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election is Friday, January 15. More information about the Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election is available on the Toronto Elections website: www.toronto.ca/byelection.

This week the City of Toronto was made aware of four employees who work at St. Lawrence Market who have tested positive for COVID-19. One employee is a staff member of the City’s Facilities Management section and three employees work at three different merchant stores in the Market. The City is advising the public of these cases in the interest of transparency. The risk to the general public is low, as the interactions with employees would have been brief, while employees and patrons were wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing as much as possible. More information can be read in the news release

Protect your water pipes from freezing this winter! Frozen pipes can leave you with no water or cause your pipes to burst. If your pipes are prone to freezing, consider contacting a licensed plumber for advice. To learn about how to prevent or thaw frozen pipes, residents can be directed to www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes

Don’t forget to participate in the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 by January 10, 2021. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. Please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

Scarborough Business Association’s next After 5 Networking Magic session is coming up on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join for a fun 90-minute networking, learning and sharing session where you’ll meet new business community members, explore opportunities, find keys to success and more. For more information and to register please visit this link. 

Register for Kids ReadTO by January 15! Kids ReadTO is a virtual book club connecting children across the GTA through good books. Be sure to register to get your FREE copy of “Shuri: A Black panther Novel” by Nic Stone. For more information and to register please visit this link.

Register for the Reading Partnership for Black Parents (RPBR) Online by January 15! A Reading Partnership tailored to teach Black parents and caregivers how to teach their kids, ages 4-6, to read online. Professional educators lead weekly 75 minute, virtual 'playshops', designed to build the skills and confidence of Black parents, and guide them through literacy activities and games with their child. For more information and to register please visit this link.


January 6, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 5, 2020) There has been an increase of 837 COVID-19 cases in the City with 406 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 65,521 cases of COVID-19, of these, 56,410 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,988 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

A Provincewide Shutdown is in place through to January 23, 2021. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

The Ontario government is launching a new innovative, voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The testing program is eligible to international travellers returning to Ontario to help quickly identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. Eligible travellers will be able pre-register for the program or proceed to get tested when they arrive at the airport. Participants of the pilot will receive a free, self-collected lab-based test and be supervised by a health care provider as the traveller self-administers the test. Test results will be reported within 48hours and local public health units will follow up on all positive tests. All international travellers will still need to follow the federal requirement for a mandatory 14-day quarantine after arriving, regardless if they have a negative or positive test. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is working with the Province and healthcare partners to vaccinate all long-term care residents, workers and caregivers. The Province of Ontario requested Toronto Public Health, Peel Public Health, York Region Public Health Services and Windsor-Essex County Health Unit support in the vaccination of all residents, health care workers and essential caregivers in long-term care homes by January 21. Also, starting tomorrow, Toronto Paramedics who wish to be vaccinated will be able to obtain the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at one of three designated sites at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Humber River Hospital and University Health Network. More information can be read in the news release.

City Hall Live Spotlight online performances kick off with award winning Colombian Canadian artist Lido Pimienta. The City of Toronto, in partnership with Unison Benevolent Fund, is launching City Hall Live Spotlight, a weekly livestreamed concert series, as part of ShowLoveTO, to support the local music industry and provide Toronto residents with music experiences at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. City Hall Live Spotlight kicks off on January 14 at 7:30pm. Performances will be available at www.facebook.com/CityHallLiveSpotlight and on HappinApp at www.happin.app/, a new Toronto-based livestreaming platform that enhances the music concert fan experience and improves revenue streams for artists. More information can be read in the news release.

Calling all educators and at-home learners! Your Toronto Zoo wants to help keep students connected in science and help share information about wildlife conservation. Join on Thursday, January 7, 2021, on the Toronto Zoo’s YouTube Live Channel, for FREE curriculum related virtual programs, covering topics from animal lifecycles, to habitats and biodiversity, to conversation science and careers! Programs for Primary students start at 10am; Junior students starts at 11am; and intermediate/Senior students start at 12pm. More information can be found here.

Don’t forget to participate in the Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 by January 10, 2021. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. Please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

Scarborough Business Association’s next After 5 Networking Magic session is coming up on Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join for a fun 90-minute networking, learning and sharing session where you’ll meet new business community members, explore opportunities, find keys to success and more. For more information and to register please visit this link. 

Scarborough Centre for Health Communities has launched their HEAL – Hope Exists After Loss – Youth Program. Join the FREE 8-week youth program for ages 12-19. An engaging and meaningful peer mentorship for youth who have experienced loss from death. More information at www.schcontario.ca/heal

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.

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Essential Government Information for COVID-19
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January 5, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 4, 2020) There has been an increase of 832 COVID-19 cases in the City with 376 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 64,725 cases of COVID-19, of these, 55,676 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,984 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

A Provincewide Shutdown is in place through to January 23, 2021. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

The City is making important progress in vaccinating staff and residents of City-operated long-term care homes. Last week, approximately 800 staff members and more than 20 essential caregivers attended hospital clinics and began to be vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Starting December 31, the Moderna vaccine began to be administered to long-term care home residents. Within the first three days, almost 600 residents were vaccinated on-site with the Moderna vaccine at Castleview Wychwood Towers, Bendale Acres and Fudger House. Vaccination of more residents and staff at these and additional sites continues this week. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the City’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest information.

Four positive COVID-19 cases reported at City of Toronto childcare centre. Two City of Toronto employees working at Flemingdon Early Learning & Child Care Centre and two children enrolled at the centre tested positive for COVID-19 during the recent holiday break. Following public health guidance and health and safety procedures, the City-operated childcare centre will be temporarily closed while staff members and children self-isolate or monitor for symptoms as a precaution and the rooms are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. More information can be read in the news release.

REMINDER: Christmas Trees will be collected on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day starting TODAY January 5 until January 31. Remove decorations, stands, nails and plastic bags. Check your City of Toronto collection calendar or visit www.toronto.ca/waste

PollinateTO Community Grant application deadline extended to January 18! Grants of up to $5000 are available to support the creation of pollinator gardens in Toronto. Gardens can be on private or public land and must be visible to the public. A priority will be placed on funding projects in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas. Community groups, non-profit organizations, school groups and other resident-led groups are encouraged to apply by January 18, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO.


January 4, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year - I hope everyone has a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021! I'd like to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!
Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, support and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to like and subscribe for more meetings and videos!

The Government of Ontario has extended a Provincewide Shutdown through to January 23, 2021. Toronto first entered the Grey-Lockdown category of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework on November 23. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Please remember to limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 3, 2020) There has been an increase of 974 COVID-19 cases in the City with 366 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 63,946 cases of COVID-19, of these, 55,123 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,970 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Under the direction of the Board of Health, Toronto Public Health (TPH) released the findings and trends from recently collected COVID-19 case data on current and historical workplace outbreaks, organized by business sector. TPH is disclosing workplace outbreak information where a public health risk exists where there is evidence of sustained transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace; significant portion of staff have been involved in the outbreak; a significant duration of the outbreak; and where the workplace is large enough that risk of privacy concerns are mitigated. This information can be found on TPH’s monitoring dashboard will be updated weekly on Thursdays. More information can be read in the news release.

Given the continued rise in COVID-19 infections in the City of Toronto, more actions are needed to reduce the spread and transmission of COVID-19. Today, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health issued a Letter of Instruction to all employers in the City with additional actions and measures to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. The most significant actions and measures include the immediate notification to Toronto Public Health if two or more people test positive for COVID-19, infection prevention measures, and providing support for workers. Toronto Public Heath’s Letter of Instruction for Workplaces can be found online.

Seven Oaks Long Term Care Update. Seven Oaks is proud to be at the forefront of the City’s efforts to begin vaccination of residents in long-term care. Vaccination will soon be available to all long-term care residents with the Moderna vaccine. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, the Moderna vaccine can be administered to residents on-site, by Seven Oaks staff, similar to the annual influenza immunization. Until vaccines are widely available, it remains important to take steps to protect yourself, your loved ones and our long-term care community against COVID-19. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

Thirty-five childcare programs in Toronto approved to provide emergency childcare for essential workers. As part of the current lockdown measures imposed by the Province of Ontario, school-aged children in publicly funded elementary schools will participate in remote learning from January 4 to 8, 2021. During this period, emergency childcare services will be available, at no cost, for designated essential service providers who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child's learning or care at home. The list of Provincially-approved child care centres and agencies in Toronto is now available online.

The City of Toronto has resumed accepting new Fair Pass Transit Discount applications. Residents can now confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online at www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount or over the phone by calling the City’s Application and Support Centre at 416-338-8888. The City has partnered with Toronto Public Library (TPL) and the TTC to offer complimentary PRESTO cards to help people who do not yet have a PRESTO card or may face challenges purchasing one. For more information please visit www.tpl.ca/presto
December 30, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. For information on COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas holiday! I would like to remind everyone that we need to follow the same measures while celebrating New Year’s Eve this year by celebrating with the people you live with and to connect with loved ones virtually. Learn more by reading the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide.
 
The Government of Ontario has extended a Provincewide Shutdown through to January 23, 2021. Toronto first entered the Grey-Lockdown category of the Province’s COVID-19 response framework on November 23. For more information please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide and City services update. Please remember to limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene.

As of today, the level of infection in every neighbourhood in Toronto meets, or even exceeds, the Province’s criteria for red zone designation. This means that should the lockdown be lifted, Toronto would still be subject to stringent and broader-scale measures and restrictions, across multiple sectors. Restrictions in the red zone category are still severe and would continue to impact businesses and services across the city.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 29, 2020) There has been an increase of 1069 COVID-19 cases in the City with 306 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 60,054 cases of COVID-19, of these, 52,038 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,91 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information: Depending on your situation, you may be able to get a free COVID-19 test at your local assessment centre or at participating pharmacy. More information can be found on the city’s COVID-19 testing webpage. If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Know your health care options this holiday season. Community members should consider alternate options if their needs are not an emergency, such as contacting their family doctors, utilizing urgent care, walk-in or after-hours clinics, or to contact Telehealth Ontario. More information can be found in this news release.

Emergency child-care available for school-aged children of designated essential service workers during remote learning week. As part of the current lockdown measures imposed by the Province of Ontario as of December 26, school-aged children in publicly funded elementary schools will participate in remote learning from January 4 to 8, 2021. During this period, emergency child-care services will be available for designated essential service providers who are not able to accommodate their school-aged child’s learning or care at home. For more information please read this news release.

Toronto Public Health provides remote access to student nutrition programs. The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a profound impact on the lives of Torontonians. With many students attending school remotely due to COVID-19, the Toronto Board of Health and the City of Toronto are making Toronto Public Health’s Student Nutrition Program accessible to kids learning at home in 2021. For more information please read this news release.

Tune in live at the City of Toronto YouTube Channel as the CN Tower celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2020 beginning at 11:59pm. Celebrate in light and sound featuring a musical track that will simulcast on Jamar’s House Party List on Chum 1045, all of Toronto can tune in and look up and all Canadians can watch from home and dance along to the show. More information can be found here.

The City of Toronto has resumed accepting new Fair Pass Transit Discount applications. Residents can now confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online at www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount or over the phone by calling the City’s Application and Support Centre at 416-338-8888. The City has partnered with Toronto Public Library (TPL) and the TTC to offer complimentary PRESTO cards to help people who do not yet have a PRESTO card or may face challenges purchasing one. For more information please visit www.tpl.ca/presto

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

Scarborough Business Association After 5 Networking Magic! Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join for a fun 90-minute networking, learning and sharing session where you’ll meet new business community members, explore opportunities, find keys to success and more. For more information and to register please visit this link.  

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 29, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. For information on COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas holiday! I would like to remind everyone that we need to follow the same measures while celebrating New Year’s Eve this year by celebrating with the people you live with and to connect with loved ones virtually. Learn more by reading the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide.
 
Toronto remains in the Province’s Grey-Lockdown category with additional restrictions from the Provincewide Shutdown which came into effect on December 26, 2020. Remember to limit trips outside your home to essential reasons and when out be sure to practice physical distancing, wear a mask or face covering and practice proper hand hygiene. Please review Toronto’s Lockdown Guide for more information.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data collected from December 24 to 27, 2020) There has been an increase of 2226 COVID-19 cases in the City with 306 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 58,115 cases of COVID-19, of these, 50,761 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,901 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Information: Depending on your situation, you may be able to get a free COVID-19 test at your local assessment centre or at participating pharmacy. More information can be found on the city’s COVID-19 testing webpage. If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Know your health care options this holiday season. Community members should consider alternate options if their needs are not an emergency, such as contacting their family doctors, utilizing urgent care, walk-in or after-hours clinics, or to contact Telehealth Ontario. More information can be found in this news release.

Essential City of Toronto services and operations will be available on regular schedule during most weekdays with holiday operations in effect on January 1. Services that regularly operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week such as 311 Toronto and frontline emergency services will be available every day. For more information on holiday services and programs please read this news release.

Christmas Trees will be collected on your regularly scheduled garbage collection day starting January 5 until January 31. Remove decorations, stands, nails and plastic bags. Check your City of Toronto collection calendar or visit www.toronto.ca/waste.
 
Tune in live at the City of Toronto YouTube Channel as the CN Tower celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2020 beginning at 11:59pm. Celebrate in light and sound featuring a musical track that will simulcast on Jamar’s House Party List on Chum 1045, all of Toronto can tune in and look up and all Canadians can watch from home and dance along to the show. More information can be found here.

The City of Toronto has resumed accepting new Fair Pass Transit Discount applications. Residents can now confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online at www.toronto.ca/transitdiscount or over the phone by calling the City’s Application and Support Centre at 416-338-8888. The City has partnered with Toronto Public Library (TPL) and the TTC to offer complimentary PRESTO cards to help people who do not yet have a PRESTO card or may face challenges purchasing one. For more information please visit www.tpl.ca/presto

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

Scarborough Business Association After 5 Networking Magic! Wednesday January 13, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Join for a fun 90-minute networking, learning and sharing session where you’ll meet new business community members, explore opportunities, find keys to success and more. For more information and to register please visit this link.  

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 22, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. For information on COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

This year, we need to celebrate the holidays differently, all people in the city are urged to stay home as much as possible to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect our health care system. Only celebrate in-person with the people that you live with and celebrate virtually with all others. Learn more by reading the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide. Happy Holidays everyone! – Stay safe and stay at home.

The Ontario Government is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown, as of Saturday December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto remains in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Remember to limit contact with people we don’t live with and to stay home as much as possible. To help residents understand the Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a Do and Don’t guide.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 21, 2020) There has been an increase of 767 COVID-19 cases in the City with 295 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 54,732 cases of COVID-19, of these, 46,942 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,810 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 10 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Today, Scarborough Health Network administered the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Scarborough at the Centenary hospital. If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Know your health care options this holiday season. Community members should consider alternate options if their needs are not an emergency, such as contacting their family doctors, utilizing urgent care, walk-in or after-hours clinics, or to contact Telehealth Ontario. More information can be found in this news release.

Safer at home programs provide relief to Ontario Families. The Ontario government is providing new financial supports for individuals, families and small businesses, as they do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the province’s health care system during the Provincewide Shutdown. The province is expanding the Support for Learners program to include secondary school students and lowering electricity prices to a discounted off-peak rate 24/7 for all time-of-use and tiered customers. More information can be read in the news release.

Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the upcoming Provincewide Shutdown, City staff are reviewing the details to determine impacts to City Services. Any updates to City services will be listed on the toronto.ca COVID-19: Changes to city Services webpage.

The City of Toronto is accepting new applications for the Fair Pass Discount Program. Residents can confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online or over the phone by calling 416-338-8888. To assist residents with acquiring a PRESTO card when applying for the Fair Pass Program, the City has partnered with Toronto Public Library’s Complimentary PRESTO Card Initiative to distribute free PRESTO cards at select Toronto Public Library branches, while quantities last, in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and throughout the city. For more information about this initiative and branches participating in the initiative please visit www.tpl.ca/presto.

Tune in live at the City of Toronto YouTube Channel as the CN Tower celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31, 2020 beginning at 11:59pm. Celebrate in light and sound featuring a musical track that will simulcast on Jamar’s House Party List on Chum 1045, all of Toronto can tune in and look up and all Canadians can watch from home and dance along to the show. More information can be found here.

The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. For information on COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

This year, we need to celebrate the holidays differently to keep our family, friends and community safe. It is important practice public health advice and learn new ways to show our holiday spirit this season. Learn more by reading the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide. Happy Holidays everyone! – Stay safe and stay at home.

The Ontario Government is imposing a Provincewide Shutdown, as of Saturday December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto remains in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Remember to limit contact with people we don’t live with and to stay home as much as possible. To help residents understand the Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a Do and Don’t guide.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 20, 2020) There has been an increase of 646 COVID-19 cases in the City with 300 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 54,009 cases of COVID-19, of these, 46,378 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,800 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 9 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Know your health care options this holiday season. Community members should consider alternate options if their needs are not an emergency. Residents should consider contacting their family doctors, utilizing urgent care, walk-in or after-hours clinics, or to contact Telehealth Ontario. More information on holiday hours of service, contact numbers and maps for medical walk- in clinics and urgent care centres can be found in the news release.

The City of Toronto will resume accepting new applications for the Fair Pass Discount Program beginning today, Monday, December 21. Residents can confirm their eligibility and apply for the Fair Pass Program online or over the phone by calling 416-338-8888. The Fair Pass Program makes transit more affordable by providing adult residents with a 33% or 21% discount when travelling on the TTC. Residents who receive ODSP, OW assistance or Toronto Child Care Fee Subsidy with a household income under the Low-Income Measure plus 15% are eligible for the discount. More information an be read in the news release.

Residents will need a PRESTO card when applying for the City’s Fair Pass Program. To assist residents with acquiring a PRESTO card when applying for the Fair Pass Program, the City has partnered with Toronto Public Library’s Complimentary PRESTO Card Initiative to distribute free PRESTO cards at select Toronto Public Library branches, while quantities last, in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and throughout the city. For more information about this initiative and branches participating in the initiative please visit www.tpl.ca/presto.

Last week, the City of Toronto welcomed residents to its first modular, supporting housing building. After less than right months from Council approval to occupancy, the building at 11 Macey Ave., part of the City’s Modular Housing Initiative, is now open. The new homes will house individuals exiting the shelter system and complements the City’s 2020-21 winter service plan to ensure safe and welcoming places for people experiencing homelessness during the winter weather. More information can be read in the news release.

The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 17, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season, more information please read the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide online.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 16, 2020) There has been an increase of 794 COVID-19 cases in the City with 296 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 51,495 cases of COVID-19, of these, 44,001 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,751 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 10 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

This week, the Province of Ontario delivered its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Toronto’s University Health Network and The Ottawa Hospital. If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Scarborough Health Network is offering walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres in the community between 9am - 4pm on December 18 at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre (3600 Kingston Road). More information on SHN’s COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre is available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup.

The City of Toronto opened its four Warming Centres last night to help those experiencing homelessness. Spaces are offered at 129 Peter St, 5800 Yonge St, Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 190 Prince’s Blvd and Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. These Warming Centres are scheduled to remain open, 24/7 until Friday December 18 at noon. More information can be read in this news release.

The City of Toronto is cancelling all planned 2020 holiday CampTO camps and winter instructional programs due to COVID-19. This decision follows recommendations from Toronto Public Health and the City’s Medical Officer of Health while Toronto remains in the Grey-Lockdown category. The City is issuing refunds automatically to all current camp and Learn-to-Skate registrants. While registrants do not need to request a refund, they can contact pfrcustomerservice@toronto.ca with any questions. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto City Council approved an implementation plan for a tax on vacant homes in Toronto starting in 2022. A vacant home tax aims to increase the housing supply by encouraging homeowners to sell or rent their unoccupied home – and, if they choose to continue to keep the home vacant, a tax is levied. This revenue can then be used to fund affordable housing projects. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto City Council has approved the 2021 rate-supported operating and capital budgets for Toronto Water, Toronto Parking Authority and Solid Waste Management Services. The approved budgets maintain current service levels and make critical investments in infrastructure while reducing planned rate increases to just 1.5 per cent. The 2021 operating and capital budgets have been developed with the guiding principles of addressing financial challenges that have been created by COVID-19, prioritizing initiatives that will support economic restart and recovery efforts, and embedding equity by finding opportunities to make the city more fair and livable for those who live and work here. More information can be read in the news release.

Canadian South Asian Growth & Support Services (CSAGSS) announces its FREE GOOD-FOOD BOX initiative! For those in need, starting December 29th, CSAGSS will be providing free boxes of food to those all over Scarborough. The first 300 to register will be eligible to pick up bi-weekly boxes from either of CSAGSS’ two locations, 50 Tuxedo Court or 90 Mornelle Court. For registration information, please see this link.

It's almost that time of year again! TDSB Alternative Schools (JK-12) are hosting their Open Houses and accepting student applications for the 2021-2022 school year. Did you know there are 40 different TDSB Alternative Schools? All of them are free and open to any Toronto resident. TDSB Alternative Schools are a great option when students and their families want something a little different from their traditional elementary and/or secondary public school. Learn more about the TDSB Alternative Schools via their Quick Reference Guide, List of Alternative Schools, and details on TDSB Open Houses.

IllumiNATION is a virtual celebration of lights across Canada. From TONIGHT, December 17 at 8pm to Thursday January 7,2021. The virtual show takes you on a magical cross-Canada journey that will amaze young and old alike. IllumiNATION will premiere TONIGHT, December 17 at 8 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's website.

The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood is hosting a free online Christmas concert this Friday December 18th at 7pm. This concert will feature some of Toronto’s best musicians and singers all in support of a good cause providing some much needed Christmas cheer and comfort during these challenging times. Visit the Church’s YouTube channel to join.

Help Your Toronto Zoo name its newest zebra baby! On December 1st Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy male foal. The Grevy’s zebra offspring have Star Wars inspired names, choose between Anakin, Aryn, Ben and Poe. Vote online by December 20 here!

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 16, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to stay home as much as possible.

To help residents understand the Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Today marks a grim milestone as Toronto has reached 50,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of this pandemic. The first half occurred in the first 9 months of the pandemic while the second half have all occurred since mid-October. I cannot stress enough the need for all of us to take public health guidelines seriously to try and keep ourselves and those around us safe.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 15, 2020) There has been an increase of 850 COVID-19 cases in the City with 281 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 50,745 cases of COVID-19, of these, 43,340 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,741 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 19 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

This week, the Province of Ontario delivered its first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at Toronto’s University Health Network and The Ottawa Hospital. If you have any questions about the new COVID-19 vaccine on how it works or who can get it, please visit the City’s new COVID-19 vaccine webpage for the latest facts to keep you informed.

Scarborough Health Network is offering walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres in the community this week between 9am - 4pm on December 17 at Global Kingdom Ministries (1250 Markham Road), & December 18 at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre (3600 Kingston Road). More information on SHN’s COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre is available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup.

The City of Toronto opened its four Warming Centres last night to help those experiencing homelessness. Spaces are offered at 129 Peter St, 5800 Yonge St, Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 190 Prince’s Blvd and Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. These Warming Centres are scheduled to remain open, 24/7 until Friday December 18 at noon. More information can be read in this news release.

Toronto City Council unanimously votes to advance work on the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Waterfront Transit Network. Transit is an important part of thriving, desirable neighbourhoods. The Eglinton East LRT will have many benefits, including serving Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and making important connections to other transit services. I am very happy with the work done to date on project and support this important future component of Scarborough’s transit network. More information can be read in this news release.

The City of Toronto launched an Integrated Prevention and Harm Reduction Initiative (iPHARE), a multi-pronged strategy to address opioid-related deaths in local shelters. The City will be hosting information sessions so that Torontonians can learn more and ask questions on January 12, 18 and 19 at 7pm. Links to the session will be posted in the new year. More information can be found online here.

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season, more information please read the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide online.
                          
The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

IllumiNATION is a virtual celebration of lights across Canada. The City of Toronto contributed the Toronto segment to this virtual show, which will feature Canadian Pairs Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The national webcast will also include segments from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow. IllumiNATION will premiere December 17 at 8 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's website and will be available until January 7, 2021 on Canadian Heritage's YouTube channel.

OGRA is hosting a Virtual COVID-19 “Ask Me Anything” Webinar with Dr. Kevin J Stinson, Infection Control Practitioner at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener on December 17th at 1pm. Dr. Stinson is going to answer all your questions during the webinar. For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood is hosting a free online Christmas concert this Friday December 18th at 7pm. This concert will feature some of Toronto’s best musicians and singers all in support of a good cause providing some much needed Christmas cheer and comfort during these challenging times. Visit the Church’s YouTube channel to join.

Help Your Toronto Zoo name its newest zebra baby! On December 1st Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy male foal. The Grevy’s zebra offspring have Star Wars inspired names, choose from Anakin, Aryn, Ben and Poe. Beginning today, December 15 through Sunday, December 20 at 11:59pm vote for your favourite name - Vote online here!

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to stay home as much as possible.

To help residents understand the Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 14, 2020) There has been an increase of 713 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 282 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 49,927 cases of COVID-19, of these, 42,773 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,722 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 5 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

TONIGHT at 7pm, the City of Toronto will open its four Warming Centres to help those experiencing homelessness. Space will be offered at 129 Peter St, 5800 Yonge St, Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 190 Prince’s Blvd and Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Theses Warming Centres are currently scheduled to remain open, 24/7 until Friday December 18 at noon. More information can be read in this news release.

Scarborough Health Network is offering walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres in the community this week between 9am - 4pm on December 17 at Global Kingdom Ministries, & December 18 at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre. More information on SHN’s COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre is available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup.

The City of Toronto is launching an Integrated Prevention and Harm Reduction Initiative (iPHARE) to address opioid-related deaths in local shelters. This initiative comes in response to the escalating opioid poisoning crisis in Toronto. Starting in December 2020, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration (SSHA) will launch iPHARE, which has three key components, including $2.76 million for Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre, $1.47 million to find LOFT Community Services and Toronto North Support Services, and $3.38 million to Urgent Public Health Needs Sites (UPHNS). More information can be read in this news release.

Reduce, reuse and recycle right this holiday season! The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste they generate over the holiday season and to look for opportunities to reduce and reuse. Reduce by considering low-waste gifts and saying “no” to single-use items. Reuse and save gift bags, wraps and ribbons. Recycle right by flattening cardboard and other items before placing them in the Blue Bin. For more tips on how to reduce waste and how to properly dispose of items this holiday season please visit the City’s website and the City’s Waste Wizard.

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season, more information please read the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide online.
                          
The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough has extended their United Way Campaign until December 16th. The United Way is one of the Club’s largest donors, as they fund many of the club’s programs. Support and participate in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s Basket Draw. More information can be found here.  

IllumiNATION is a virtual celebration of lights across Canada. The City of Toronto contributed the Toronto segment to this virtual show, which will feature Canadian Pairs Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The national webcast will also include segments from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow. IllumiNATION will premiere December 17 at 8 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's website and will be available until January 7, 2021 on Canadian Heritage's YouTube channel.

OGRA is hosting a Virtual COVID-19 “Ask Me Anything” Webinar with Dr. Kevin J Stinson, Infection Control Practitioner at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener on December 17th at 1pm. Dr. Stinson is going to answer all your questions during the webinar. For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood is hosting a free online Christmas concert this Friday December 18th at 7pm. This concert will feature some of Toronto’s best musicians and singers all in support of a good cause providing some much needed Christmas cheer and comfort during these challenging times. Visit the Church’s YouTube channel to join.

Help Your Toronto Zoo name its newest zebra baby! On December 1st Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy male foal. The Grevy’s zebra offspring have Star Wars inspired names, choose from Anakin, Aryn, Ben and Poe. Beginning today, December 15 through Sunday, December 20 at 11:59pm vote for your favourite name - Vote online here!

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 14, 2020
 
Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, childcare, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Scarborough Health Network, Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health offer walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough to increase access to testing for our community. Upcoming Pop-up Assessment Centres information is available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 13, 2020) There has been an increase of 638 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 288 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 49,236 cases of COVID-19, of these, 42,294 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,717 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 4 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 
                                  
Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The City of Toronto is announcing the opening of transitional home for LGBTQI2S youth experiencing homelessness. The new transitional housing facility will provide units for 33 you between the ages of 16 and 29, who identify as LGBTQI2S and are currently experiencing homelessness. The site will give youth a place to love for three to twelve months, depending on need, with an option to extend their stay after the first year. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto History Museums launces Awakenings program, a virtual series of art projects by Black, Indigenous and artists of colour. Awakenings is a new program that will feature art projects that explore untold stores, awaken a new perspective and invite the public to join the conversation. The series is part of the City of Toronto’s efforts to address anti-Black racism and will be released over the next couple of years. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto released its 2018 Greenhouse Gas Inventory, which tracks Toronto’s progress towards greenhouse gas reduction targets and identifies key emissions sources. The City confirmed it is on track to exceed its 2020 target of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. TransformTO is the City’s long-range strategy to reduce GHG emissions to help address climate change. More information can be read in the news release.
 
As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season, more information please read the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide online.

The 2020 Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Guild Park and Gardens is LIVE on their Facebook Page! Enjoy a 16-minute holiday program of greetings, Christmas songs, photos of past Christmases at the Guild park plus a special visit from Santa to light Guild Park’s Christmas Tree. Visit www.facebook.com/GuildPark to watch!

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

IllumiNATION is a virtual celebration of lights across Canada. The City of Toronto contributed the Toronto segment to this virtual show, which will feature Canadian Pairs Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The national webcast will also include segments from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow. IllumiNATION will premiere December 17 at 8 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's website and will be available until January 7, 2021 on Canadian Heritage's YouTube channel.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough has extended their United Way Campaign until December 16th. The United Way is one of the Club’s largest donors, as they fund many of the club’s programs. Support and participate in the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s Basket Draw. More information can be found here.  

OGRA is hosting a Virtual COVID-19 “Ask Me Anything” Webinar with Dr. Kevin J Stinson, Infection Control Practitioner at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener on December 17th at 1pm. Dr. Stinson is going to answer all your questions during the webinar. For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood is hosting a free online Christmas concert this Friday December 18th at 7pm. This concert will feature some of Toronto’s best musicians and singers all in support of a good cause providing some much needed Christmas cheer and comfort during these challenging times. Visit the Church’s YouTube channel to join.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.

December 11, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, childcare, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. General advice to consider when planning your holiday season include virtual holiday events, outdoor holiday activities, decorating your homes and if possible, donating to holiday charities or toy drives. Residents are encouraged to show support for local businesses and Toronto retailers by shopping online and arranging delivery or curbside pickup. For more information please the City’s COVID-19 Holiday Guide online.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 10, 2020) There has been an increase of 502 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 279 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 47,609 cases of COVID-19, of these, 40,669 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,703 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 11 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 
                                  
Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Scarborough Health Network, Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health offer walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough to increase access to testing for our community. Upcoming Pop-up Assessment Centres information:

  • Global Kingdom Ministries (1250 Markham Rd)

Thursday December 17 from 9am to 4pm

  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre (3600 Kingston Rd)

Friday December 18 from 9am to 4pm
More information available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

REMINDER: Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive this Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

REMINDER: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Community Council will be running a Holiday Toy Drive this year to support the East Scarborough Boys and Girls Club, Toronto Police Auxiliary and Malvern Family Resource Centre this weekend December 11-13, 2020 – Friday:5:30-7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10am-12pm & 2-4pm. Location drop off will take place in the East Entrance drop off area staffed by community council members. More details at this link.

Today is Day 10 of 12 Days of Giving in the City of Toronto. The Toronto Medics Strongest Link program which provides lifesaving First Aid, CPR and AED training sessions for people in qualified priority neighbourhoods, as well as schools and community groups. More examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive.

Holiday Fair in the Square goes virtual this holiday season. The Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace is a one-stop-shop for all your holiday shopping needs. Shoppers can browse through a wide selection of vendors who each host their own individual business page to find a huge variety of unique holiday gifts and products this season. Visit the Holiday Fair in the Square Virtual Marketplace online for more information.

IllumiNATION is a virtual celebration of lights across Canada. IllumiNATION will take Canadians on a magical cross-country journey to meet talented Canadians and discover the most beautiful lights in Canada. The City of Toronto contributed the Toronto segment to this virtual show, which will feature Canadian Pairs Champions Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro skating at Nathan Phillips Square. The national webcast will also include segments from Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Calgary, Vancouver, Yellowknife and Old Crow. IllumiNATION will premiere December 17 at 8 p.m. on Canadian Heritage's website and will be available until January 7, 2021 on Canadian Heritage's YouTube channel.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until Monday December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

OGRA is hosting a Virtual COVID-19 “Ask Me Anything” Webinar with Dr. Kevin J Stinson, Infection Control Practitioner at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener on December 17th at 1pm. Dr. Stinson is going to answer all your questions during the webinar. For more information and how to register please visit this link.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3 Extended. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until January 10, 2021, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 10, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, childcare, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Following Health Canada’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that Ontario is ready to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are available. The province has confirmed that all necessary security measures are in place and can expect a small number of doses to arrive in the coming days. Beginning Tuesday, December 15, the first doses will be administered at University Health Network and The Ottawa Hospital to health care workers who are providing care in long-term care homes and other high-risk settings. Read the Premiers full statement here.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 9, 2020) There has been an increase of 558 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 251 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 47,142 cases of COVID-19, of these, 30,108 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,692 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 8 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 
                                              
Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Scarborough Health Network, Toronto Public Health and the Ministry of Health offer walk-in Pop-up COVID-19 Assessment Centres across Scarborough to increase access to testing for our community. Upcoming Pop-up Assessment Centres information:

  • Global Kingdom Ministries (1250 Markham Rd)

Thursday December 17 from 9am to 4pm

  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre (3600 Kingston Rd)

Friday December 18 from 9am to 4pm
More information available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

Toronto Fire Services has partnered with First Alert, to help ensure Toronto residents in vulnerable communities have the required smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms needed to stay safe. Knowing that more Torontonians will be spending time indoors this winter, First Alert has generously donated 300 CO alarms to Community Centre 55, an organization that helps serve and support vulnerable communities. The CO alarms will be distributed, as part of Community Centre 55’s Christmas Hamper program, to families who are most in need. More information can be read in this news release.

Short-term rental operators in Toronto must register by December 31 to continue hosting. Beginning January 1, 2021, registered operators must start collecting the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). After January 1, 2021, the City will take enforcement action against operators who are not registered or are not following the rules. Enforcement action will also be taken against short-term rental companies that allowed unregistered operators to list on their platform or contravene the bylaw. More information can be read in this news release.

Financial Accountability Office (FAO) report highlights Ontario municipalities’ need for 2021 relief funding due to COVID-19. The report confirms that the City has been hit harder financially than any other municipality in Ontario, in both total and per capita financial impacts. The City projects the 2020 year-end financial impacts of COVID-19 to be more than $1.7 billion, with the effects continuing well into 2021. The City has mitigated some of these costs by using a combination $500 million in workforce and spending restraints and cost avoidance, such as voluntary separation, a hiring slowdown, management, non-union and Councillor pay freeze, and the cancellation of the non-union pay-for-performance program. More information can be read in this news release.

Today is the first night of Hanukkah. I’d like to wish everyone celebrating a safe, joyous and healthy holiday. Happy Hanukkah and Chag Sameach!

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. General advice to consider when planning your holiday season include virtual holiday events, outdoor holiday activities, decorating your homes and if possible, donating to holiday charities or toy drives. Residents are encouraged to show support for local businesses and Toronto retailers by shopping online and arranging delivery or curbside pickup.
 
Today is Day 8 of 12 Days of Giving in the City of Toronto. Help those experiencing homelessness by donating personal hygiene products to a city-funded agency. For more information check out the City’s Holiday Wish List. More examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

Scarborough Health Network is hosting a Community Telephone Town Hall TONIGHT December 10th from 7pm to 8pm. Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, SHN along with members of their Senior Leadership Team and Physician Leaders, will be taking your questions and discussing how they are managing the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to register your phone number please visit this link!

In creating a TCDSB Dismantling Anti-Black Racism (DABR) Strategy, TCDSB students, staff and families who identify as Black and/or African Canadian are asked to share their experiences and/por to participate in upcoming focus groups. For more information and how to participate please visit this link. Please fill out the survey by Friday December 11, 2020.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until Monday December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until Friday December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The Scarborough Business Association Learning Hub is providing live virtual courses dedicated to helping Scarborough businesses deal with the difficulties of operating during COVID-19. This is an opportunity to take free or pay-what-you-can 60 or 90minute online training courses from your home or office! For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

On your way to work, you grab your umbrella as the forecast is calling for rain. But today’s rain will be different and unfortunately, that umbrella is going to be of little help. The events that unfold will change your life forever, as a torrential downpour of 100mm causes flash flooding, closing roads and bridges, filling underpasses and submerging cars, knocking out power for 16,000 people, and flooding people’s homes and places of work. During the storm, you go down to the parking garage to check on your car and become stuck in an elevator as it quickly fills with water. The flood has damaged the elevator’s emergency speaker and you desperately scream for help and cling to life, as the police swim down to rescue you, which they achieve with seconds to spare. This sounds like a scene of a movie, right? Wrong. This happened on August 7, 2018 in Toronto.

You may have seen recent articles about flooding or the importance of conservation authorities, as the primary protectors of the water that you drink, written by environmental agencies and opposition critics and thought to yourself: This is a political issue that does not impact me. I am here to tell you the Province is trying to pass legislation which has the potential to endanger you, your property and supporting infrastructure, through an unrelated budget bill. This is no time to sit on the sidelines.

Conservation authorities are the first line of defence in preventing and reducing the impacts of flooding, which just so happens to be the leading cause of public emergency in Ontario. The most practical approach to avoiding the impacts of flooding is prevention, to which conservation authorities play a critical role in regulating land use to minimize flood risk within a watershed. Practically speaking, this means that conservation authorities look at the upstream, ecosystem, and downstream impacts that proposed development will have on groundwater, stormwater runoff, and erosion, for streams and rivers that ultimately drain into other bodies of water. Upon the completion of their science-based analysis, conservation authorities provide technical advice on whether the concepts should be allowed to proceed. The Premier’s own Special Flood Advisor Doug McNeil highlighted the important role of conservation authorities and provided recommendations for making a good system even better in his final report.

Sadly, the findings of this report have been completely disregarded. Last month, the Province introduced a budget bill. This proposed bill includes language that would allow the Minister to override conservation authorities’ science-based watershed approach to planning and permitting to one based solely on politics. This essentially gives control over to political lobbyists which, as many people fear, represents the financial interests of a few, rather than the greater good of our Province. Conservation authorities believe that development, if well planned, can happen safely while maintaining nature’s beauty and diversity. This means that the technical agencies support responsible development in our watersheds, although this is often wrongly confused with being anti-development. The impacts of short-sighted government intervention, which override science for the benefit of kickstarting the economy, will have vast financial and environmental consequents for generations to come. The messaging is clear – Ontario is open for business, no matter the cost...even if it means their actions may endanger the lives of its residents, their properties and supporting infrastructure.

While flood prevention represents a vital portion of conservation authorities’ objectives, as a member of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) Board of Directors and Executive Committee, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce TRCA to those that may not know the vast scope of our work, as in our role as a technical agency, we rarely take an opportunity to promote ourselves, as we are often in the background supporting our partner municipalities.

For example, in the past month alone, TRCA has been involved in two federal and municipal funding announcements for $140 million related to flood protection projects in Toronto and Brampton, reflective of the important role that we play as an advisor for our municipalities. This work will create thousands of jobs, facilitate safer development, integrating natural resources and a vibrant community as one. Further, TRCA won a national award (our second) for the Meadoway for our transformation of a 16-kilometre stretch of urban greenspace and meadowlands that will become one of Canada’s largest linear urban parks, as a leader in ecological restoration.
As the largest property owner in the Greater Toronto Area, TRCA offers opportunities for individuals to get outside and explore their communities. During the ongoing pandemic, the value of these greenspaces has been recognized for providing safe and enjoyable ways to experience nature, such as our remarkable network of trails, recreational activities at our conservation parks, and in the words of Premier Ford, the “Iconic” Black Creek Pioneer Village.
 
Which brings me back to the purpose of this letter. TRCA is an apolitical organization, created by bipartisan legislation, to further the conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in our watersheds. The protection of the environment is a non-partisan issue as watershed, precipitation, and gravity do not recognize geographical boundaries or political parties. We should all be able to agree that making changes to environmental legislation through an unrelated budget bill, for the sole purpose of taking advantage of a loophole that allows the Province to avoid appropriate consultation, understanding that this legislation will have irreversible impacts for future generations, is unacceptable political decorum.

The government’s actions are unnecessarily pitting development against the rest of the Province. In my experiences and those shared by colleagues at TRCA, I have seen how passionate and solution-orientated many developers are in their desires to build sustainable and vibrant communities, in accordance with science. I expected that the Province would use this opportunity to develop legislation that fostered this relationship, but instead are attempting to further the divide, voiding the efforts many conservation authorities and developers have done to work collectively for the greater good.

I appeal to everyone reading this letter to contact the Premier and your local MPP immediately to ask them to remove Schedule 6 from Bill 229 in advance of this week’s final vote.


December 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, childcare, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Health Canada authorizes first COVID-19 vaccine. Health Canada received Pfizer’s submission on October 9, 2020 and after a thorough, independent of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine meets the Departments stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements for use in Canada. More information can be read in this news release.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 8, 2020) There has been an increase of 553 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 220 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 46,619 cases of COVID-19, of these, 39,584 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,684 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 12 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Toronto Public Health has now added per cent positivity of COVID-19 by age group to the reporting platform. Per cent positivity measures the proportion of individuals testing positive for COVID-19 out of the total number who have been tested. In this data, per cent positivity is highest in the category of young people aged 14 to 17 – 11.6 per cent for the week of November 22. That is more than two per cent higher than the per cent positivity for the next highest group, 18- to 23-year-olds, at 9 per cent positivity.
                                  
Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. General advice to consider when planning your holiday season include virtual holiday events, outdoor holiday activities, decorating your homes and if possible, donating to holiday charities or toy drives. Residents are encouraged to show support for local businesses and Toronto retailers by shopping online and arranging delivery or curbside pickup.
 
The City of Toronto continues to work with community-based agencies to provide mental health support to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City of Toronto wants all residents to know it is OK to not be OK and ask for mental health support. Toronto residents are reminded that they have access to free mental health services from the safety of their own homes. Anyone experiencing anxiety or stress can call 211 to connect with one of 13 mental health service partners for direct phone support. Mental health service information is also available at www.211.ca

Staying active is another way people can contribute to maintaining their mental health and wellbeing. The City and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health continue to encourage people to safely get fresh air and exercise outdoors. People can stay active this winter with members of their household at city parks and outdoor spaces. Check out the City’s Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan for more information.

Torontonians are encouraged to show support for local businesses, urging all residents, who are able to, to participate in “Take Out Wednesday.” Ordering take-out or delivery supports local restaurants that have shifted their businesses and are working to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You can visit www.togotoronto.com to connect with restaurants around the city.

Today is Day 8 of 12 Days of Giving in the City of Toronto. Help those experiencing homelessness by donating personal hygiene products to a city-funded agency. For more information check out the City’s Holiday Wish List. More examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough is making a “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” in Guildwood!
The Rotary Club of Scarborough is raising money to support their group, which has been supporting local groups like the House of Neighbours and the Canada Cares Campaign with food and volunteer work.

The group’s fundraiser “Rotary Tree of Remembrance” is happening from December 12th to 24th, where you can support their efforts by buying a ribbon and writing the name of a loved one or a front-line worker on it, to be hung at the tree at the front yard of the Church of the Holy Trinity Guildwood (85 Livingston Road). Ribbons will be available for purchase at stores in the Guildwood Plaza including Guildwood IDA, Muddy Paws, Subway, Valu-Mart Ace’s Place, and Church of the Holy Trinity. More information can be found here.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 4097 Lawrence Avenue East and 197-201 Galloway Road TONIGHT  December 9, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm. For information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

TTC Connects: Women as Transit Operations Virtual Information Session is this Thursday December 10, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm. This is an opportunity to hear from diverse women on track to rewarding careers in public transit. Followed by discussions about working with your community, family and work-life balance, career growth opportunities and competitive compensation and benefits. Register from the information session here.

Scarborough Health Network is hosting a Community Telephone Town Hall on Thursday December 10th from 7pm to 8pm. Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, SHN along with members of their Senior Leadership Team and Physician Leaders, will be taking your questions and discussing how they are managing the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to register your phone number please visit this link!

In creating a TCDSB Dismantling Anti-Black Racism (DABR) Strategy, TCDSB students, staff and families who identify as Black and/or African Canadian are asked to share their experiences and/por to participate in upcoming focus groups. For more information and how to participate please visit this link. Please fill out the survey by Friday December 11, 2020.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until Monday December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until Friday December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The Scarborough Business Association Learning Hub is providing live virtual courses dedicated to helping Scarborough businesses deal with the difficulties of operating during COVID-19. This is an opportunity to take free or pay-what-you-can 60 or 90minute online training courses from your home or office! For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework - From November 23 to December 21. Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is working with all levels of industry, government and health agencies to have 14 locations across Canada ready to receive the Pfizer vaccines in December 2020. Up to 249,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive in a series of shipments, not all at once. More information can be read in this news release.

The Province of Ontario has identified key populations to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first. These key populations include long-term care and retirement home residents and the staff who provide care to these groups. The key populations include resident, staff, essential caregivers of long-term care and retirement homes; health care workers; adults in indigenous communities; and adult recipients of chronic home health care. More information can be read in this news release.

 

As the holidays are fast approaching, I’d like to remind everyone to practice public health advice on how to protect yourself and loved ones this holiday season. General advice to consider when planning your holiday season include virtual holiday events, outdoor holiday activities, decorating your homes and if possible, donating to holiday charities or toy drives. Residents are encouraged to show support for local businesses and Toronto retailers by shopping online and arranging delivery or curbside pickup.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 7, 2020) There has been an increase of 646 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 228 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 46,103 cases of COVID-19, of these, 38,990 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,672 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 fatal case since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca
 
This afternoon, the Government of Ontario completed the third reading of Schedule 6 of Bill 229, which reinforce that conservation authority exist to deliver programs and services that further the conversation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario. In accordance with this purpose, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) will continue using a science-based watershed approach to its decision making and will not be changing its practices related to planning and permitting except as required when the Bill is proclaimed. To read TRCA’s full response as the Government of Ontario complete its third reading if Bill 229 please visit this link.

Today is Day 7 of 12 Days of Giving in the City of Toronto. Need a gift for a nature-lover? Why not give a donation in their name to help pollinators? More information at www.toronto.ca/donate. Examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, the City’s Holiday Wish List, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive.

The City of Toronto’s Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan provides safe ways for people to get outside in Toronto’s parks this winter! The City continues to urge people to stay at home as much as possible but recognizes public health officials have encouraged people to get exercise outside on their own and with members of their household. Visit www.toronto.ca/welcom-to-winter/ for more information on T.O. Winter parks activities. .

Get to know the plan for Snow in the City of Toronto’s 2020-2021 Winter Services plan. Winter in Toronto is cold and snowy, that’s why the City of Toronto is ready with a snow clearing plan. Look out for details on social media and in your mail. More information on the city’s snow clearing plan here.

Your City of Toronto 2021 Waste Management Calendar is coming soon! Learn the top 5 recycling mistakes Torontonians make, what happens to your recycling, how you can reduce your waste and more. Call 311 if you haven’t received your calendar by January 4, 2021.

Check out the online exhibit, digital Big Art Book and list of winners for this year’s Annual Juried Exhibition. The Annual Juried Exhibition is a yearly showcase for community artworks responding to a specific theme. The Big Art Book is a yearly printed anthology of visual arts and literatures and has been published by Scarborough Arts as a companion to the Annual Juried Exhibition. Learn more online here.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is hosting a Virtual Information Session for TCHC tenants living in their Senior Housing Unit Tonight December 8 from 6:30pm to 8pm! Learn more about the Integrated Service Model for seniors housing, how it will benefit seniors and how and when it will be implemented. You can join via WebEx by visiting www.torontohousing.ca/events and clicking on December 8 to access the meeting link/ You can also join by calling 416-915-6530 and entering the access code: 177 820 7333. 

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 4097 Lawrence Avenue East and 197-201 Galloway Road on December 9, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm. For information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

TTC Connects: Women as Transit Operations Virtual Information Session is this Thursday December 10, 2020 from 1pm to 3pm. This is an opportunity to hear from diverse women on track to rewarding careers in public transit. Followed by discussions about working with your community, family and work-life balance, career growth opportunities and competitive compensation and benefits. Register from the information session here.

Scarborough Health Network is hosting a Community Telephone Town Hall on Thursday December 10th from 7pm to 8pm. Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, SHN along with members of their Senior Leadership Team and Physician Leaders, will be taking your questions and discussing how they are managing the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to register your phone number please visit this link!

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until Monday December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until Friday December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The Scarborough Business Association Learning Hub is providing live virtual courses dedicated to helping Scarborough businesses deal with the difficulties of operating during COVID-19. This is an opportunity to take free or pay-what-you-can 60 or 90minute online training courses from your home or office! For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 7, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 6, 2020) There has been an increase of 651 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 227 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 45,486 cases of COVID-19, of these, 38,560 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,671 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 9 fatal cases since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

In partnership with Ontario Health (Central), community health centres, Toronto Paramedic Services and the TTC, the City is supporting the deployment of mobile COVID-19 testing units starting this week. The program will bring testing closer to home for those who need it most, with testing concentrated in Northwest Toronto areas with higher COVID-19 positivity rates. Testing will be carried out inside a TTC bus by Ontario Health nurses and paramedics. This builds on work by the Toronto Paramedic’s Community Paramedicine team to bring testing to areas that need it most. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario identifies key groups for distribution of initial COVID-19 vaccines. The Ontario government is ready to distribute COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are received, beginning with vaccinating vulnerable populations and those who care for them. As recommended by the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force and in alignment with the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, the province has identified key populations to receive the vaccine first, including long-term care and retirement home residents and staff who provide care to these groups; health care workers; adults in indigenous communities; and adult recipients of chronic home health care. The government's approach is informed by science and prioritizes population groups that are at greatest risks of COVID-19. More information can be read in the news release.

A number of residents have reached out with questions and comments regarding the RapidTO Priority Bus Lanes through the community. The Priority Bus Lanes along sections of Eglinton Ave E, Kingston Rd and Morningside Ave were unanimously approved by City Council in July of this year. This is part of TTC’s 5-Year Service Plan & 10-Year Outlook in collaboration with Transportation Services and City Planning to examine ways to provide more priority to surface transit routes throughout the city. The Eglinton East corridor, one of six candidate corridors on the plan, serves seven of Scarborough’s eight Neighbourhood Improvement Area and is among TTC’s most heavily used corridors. Only buses, wheel-trans and bikes are allowed on the bus lanes, with the exception of vehicles making right turs, Emergency vehicles, City services vehicles (ex. Garbage trucks). More information on how to use the Bus Priority Lanes can be found on the City’s website here. 

Get to know the plan for Snow in the City of Toronto’s 2020-2021 Winter Services plan. Winter in Toronto is cold and snowy, that’s why the City of Toronto is ready with a snow clearing plan. Look out for details on social media and in your mail. More information on the city’s snow clearing plan here.

Your City of Toronto 2021 Waste Management Calendar is coming soon! Learn the top 5 recycling mistakes Torontonians make, what happens to your recycling, how you can reduce your waste and more. Call 311 if you haven’t received your calendar by January 4, 2021.

Your Toronto Zoo has announced their goodbye to Josephine, a very special member of Toronto Zoo’s gorilla troop. Josephine was humanely euthanized on Sunday December 6th. She is one of the few remaining original residents at your Toronto Zoo, and has been a much-loved member of her gorilla troop, her Zoo family, and a favourite for many Zoo volunteers, members and guests. For more information please visit this link.

Today is Day 6 of 12 Days of Giving in the City of Toronto. Donate towards securing tablets for residents of the City’s long-term care homes. Access to technology has enabled many to connect with loved ones unable to visit during the COVID-19 pandemic. More information at www.toronto.ca/donate. Examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, the City’s Holiday Wish List, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive Tonight December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 4097 Lawrence Avenue East and 197-201 Galloway Road on December 9, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm. For information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) is hosting a Virtual Information Session for TCHC tenants living in their Senior Housing Unit on Tuesday December 8 from 6:30pm to 8pm! Learn more about the Integrated Service Model for seniors housing, how it will benefit seniors and how and when it will be implemented. You can join via WebEx by visiting www.torontohousing.ca/events and clicking on December 8 to access the meeting link/ You can also join by calling 416-915-6530 and entering the access code: 177 820 7333. 

Scarborough Health Network is hosting a Community Telephone Town Hall on Thursday December 10th from 7pm to 8pm. Elizabeth Buller, President & CEO, SHN along with members of their Senior Leadership Team and Physician Leaders, will be taking your questions and discussing how they are managing the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and to register your phone number please visit this link!

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The Scarborough Business Association Learning Hub is providing live virtual courses dedicated to helping Scarborough businesses deal with the difficulties of operating during COVID-19. This is an opportunity to take free or pay-what-you-can 60 or 90minute online training courses from your home or office! For more information and how to register please visit this link.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

There are only a few weeks left to apply for an FCM scholarship! FCM awards seven scholarships to young women in high school, CEGEP, university and college who are active in their school’s community and interested in the role of women in elected politics. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2021. Learn more online here.


December 3, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 2, 2020) There has been an increase of 421 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 240 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 43,112 cases of COVID-19, of these, 36,618 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,630 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 10 fatal cases since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

A City of Toronto report providing an update on the Eglinton East Light Rail Transit and the Waterfront Transit Network will be going to Executive Committee next week. The Eglinton East LRT is a planned 15km extension of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT from Kennedy Station to Malvern, with up to 21 stops and three connections to GO Transit. City staff recommend that City Council approve an updated project scope with an evolved design that accommodates the Province of Ontario’s subway expansion plans.

Transit is an important part of thriving, desirable neighbourhoods. The Eglinton East LRT will have many benefits, including serving Neighbourhood Improvement Areas and making important connections to other transit services. I am very happy with the work done to date on project and support this important future component of Scarborough’s transit network. More information can be read in the news release.

A City of Toronto staff report recommending a tax on vacant homes in Toronto will be going to Executive Committee next week. A vacant home tax increases the housing supply by encouraging homeowners to sell or rent their unoccupied home, and if they choose to continue to keep the home vacant, a tax is levied. This revenue can then be used to fund affordable housing projects.
Using data from Vancouver’s implementation of a vacant home tax as an example, if one per cent of Toronto’s housing stock is vacant, at a tax rate of one per cent on the average Toronto home’s current assessed value, this could equal $55 to $66 million in tax revenue per year. More information can be read in the news release.

St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market to resume full operations this Saturday so it can provide essential food retail to residents. The City of Toronto has reviewed the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework for areas in Grey – Lockdown as it applies to the Saturday-only Farmers Market. The Farmers Market has long been a weekly aspect of the permanent indoor St. Lawrence Market, which is permitted to be open under the regulations as it is essential food retail. This allows the Saturday Farmers Market to operate indoors with COVID-19 precautions in place. The Farmers Market will be open from 5am to 3pm on Saturday. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto continues to take extraordinary steps to help and protect people experiencing homelessness during COVID-19. So far in 2020, the City has also referred more than 2,500 people experiencing homelessness into permanent housing through a combination of housing allowances and rent-geared-to-income units, representing a 50 per cent increase over the same period last year. There are more than 6,000 shelter spaces in the city today. The City’s Streets to Homes team and partner agencies has helped more than 1,100 people move inside from encampments since the pandemic began. In the past two weeks, alone, 110 people have accepted offers to move inside.

The City of Toronto “12 Days of Giving” is now live on their Twitter account. 12 Days of Giving is a social media campaign used to highlight different ways people can give on each of the 12 days.  Examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, the City’s Holiday Wish List, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive. For more information please read this news release.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than TOMORROW December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Missions Committee and Board of Heron Park Baptist Church is hosting a drive-through food collection on Saturday December 5th from 11am to 2pm at Heron Park Baptist Church (Parking Lot), located at 4260 Lawrence Ave E. Donations should be placed in the trunk of the car and volunteers will safely take the donations from the trunk and prepare them for the food bank.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 4097 Lawrence Avenue East and 197-201 Galloway Road on December 9, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm. For information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


December 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto is in the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of December 1, 2020) There has been an increase of 438 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 235 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 42,719 cases of COVID-19, of these, 36,073 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,620 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 17 fatal cases since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The City of Toronto is reopening its Green Bond for an additional offering of $130 million to help finance capital projects that mitigate the effects of climate change. The $130 million issue, which is a reopening of a 20-year maturity with a coupon interest rate of 2.6 per cent, will mature on September 24, 2039. The reopening brings the bond’s outstanding amount to $330 million.
The City was one of the first municipalities in Canada to establish a Green Debenture Program in 2018. Green bonds help fund capital projects that meet the City’s environmental objectives, including:

  • mitigation and adaptation to the effects of climate change
  • abatement and avoidance of GHG emissions
  • resource recovery and a hierarchical approach to waste management, and
  • air, water and soil pollution prevention and control.

More information can be read in the news release.

Eligible voters for Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election can apply to vote by mail and get on voters’ list, starting today December 2 until December 22 at 4pm. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, Toronto Elections is offering Mail-in Voting as an alternative option to in-person voting. All the required Mail-in Voting materials, including the completed ballot and signed declaration form must be received by 6 p.m. on January 15, 2021. To apply to vote via mail-in voting please visit this link. More information can be read in the news release.

Many residents have reached out regarding the winter maintenance of the Meadoway’s Gatineau Hydro Corridor as it provides ample space to keep physically active while also keeping physically distant from others. At City Council last week, Transportation Services staff confirmed that the Gatineau Hydro Corridor will receive winter maintenance, making the Meadoway available for use for longer walks during the winter months. Regular winter maintenance on select City of Toronto pathways across the city is now in effect. More information about the City of Toronto’s Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan can be found here.
 
The City of Toronto “12 Days of Giving” is now live on their Twitter account. 12 Days of Giving is a social media campaign used to highlight different ways people can give on each of the 12 days.  Examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, the City’s Holiday Wish List, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive. For more information please read this news release.

Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery Holiday Market is opening from December 1 to 24 for Online show and sale. Purchase one of a kind gifts from artists and crafts makers of Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery. For more information please visit www.cedarridgestudiogallery.com/collections/holiday-market

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Missions Committee and Board of Heron Park Baptist Church is hosting a drive-through food collection on Saturday December 5th from 11am to 2pm at Heron Park Baptist Church (Parking Lot), located at 4260 Lawrence Ave E. Donations should be placed in the trunk of the car and volunteers will safely take the donations from the trunk and prepare them for the food bank.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation meeting to discuss the proposed developments at 4097 Lawrence Avenue East and 197-201 Galloway Road on December 9, 2020 7pm to 8:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an overview of the development application; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an update on the status of the proposal including its process and potential outcomes; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


December 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 30, 2020) There has been an increase of 761 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 258 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 42,312 cases of COVID-19, of these, 35,580 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,603 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Today, Scarborough Health Network launched its COVID-19 Assessment Centre located on the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, 1256 Military Trail. The assessment centre is located at Highland Hall and will operate from December 2020 through April 2021. For more information on Scarborough Health Networks assessment centres please visit www.shn.ca/covid19-assess/

Today is Giving Tuesday, an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving, join the following community organization – and others across Canada and around the world – and give a gift and support the community.

  • Join the Scarborough Health Foundation in shaping the future of care for patients and their families – for more information and how to give your gift please visit this link. 
  • Join the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy & the Toronto Zoo's Home for the Holidays campaign – for more information please visit this link!
  • Join the Storefront and share your favourite way to do good with their “unselfie” template! Learn more information and how to donate at this link!
  • Join 5N2 Kitchens in helping those in need throughout Scarborough, for more information please visit this link!
  • Parents Engaged in Education is fundraising to establish Canada's First Education Bank. See this flyer for more details. Visit this link to donate! 

For more information on Giving Tuesday and how to get involved, please visit www.givingtuesday.ca 

The City of Toronto gives thanks and kicks off “12 Days of Giving” campaign to celebrate Giving Tuesday. The City of Toronto extends its sincere thanks to all the gracious residents and businesses who have donated gifts, goods and services to help support Toronto’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 12 Days of Giving is a social media campaign on the City’s twitter account used to highlight different ways people can give on each of the 12 days. Examples of ways to give back this holiday season include DonateTO, the City’s Holiday Wish List, making donations to the Daily Bread Food Bank, making donations to Toronto Animal Services for pets living in low-income families or participating in the Firefighters Toy Drive. For more information please read this news release.

Desmond Cole has been awarded the 2020 Toronto Book Award for his memoir The Skin We’re In: A Year of Black Resistance and Power. This is the 46th year of the Toronto Book Awards. Established by City Council in 1974, the awards honour books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15,000 in prize money. Each shortlisted finalist will receive $1,000, with $10,000 awarded to the winner. This year’s Toronto Book Awards Committee was comprised of volunteer members Kate Cayley, Michael Fraser, Liz Howard, Ben McNally and Naben Ruthnum. For more information please read this news release.

The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an update on the status of the proposal including its process and potential outcomes; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 30, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 29, 2020) There has been an increase of 643 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 249 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 41,579 cases of COVID-19, of these, 35,193 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,603 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The holiday season is officially here as the City of Toronto has switched on the 60-foot Christmas tree in Nathan Philips Square at City Hall. The City’s 54th annual tree lighting was filmed in advance this year to comply with public health guidelines and avoid large crowds gathering on the Square. In previous years, the Mayor lit the tree during the Cavalcade of Lights. With this year’s Cavalcade of Lights cancelled due to COVID-19, residents can watch the tree lighting on the City’s YouTube channel.
 
The deadline for filing or withdrawing a nomination for the office of Councillor Ward22 (Scarborough-Agincourt) for the January 15, 2021 by-election is Tuesday, December 1 at 2pm. Nominations will only be accepted at the 89 Northline Rd. Toronto Elections Office, as City Hall and all Civic Centres remain closed to the public, as part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. Individuals filing nominations must bring all required documents and identification with them and ensure the completeness of their forms. After 2 p.m. on December 1, no additional nominations or withdrawals will be accepted. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto Book Awards 2020 Virtual Prize Ceremony will take place Tonight November 30 at 7pm. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Tune in to watch announcement of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards here.

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving, join the following community organization – and others across Canada and around the world – and give a gift and support the community.

  • Join the Scarborough Health Foundation in shaping the future of care for patients and their families – for more information and how to make your gift early please visit this link. 
  • Join the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy & the Toronto Zoo's Home for the Holidays campaign – for more information please visit this link!
  • Join the Storefront and share your favourite way to do good with their “unselfie” template! Learn more information and how to donate at this link!
  • Join 5N2 Kitchens in helping those in need throughout Scarborough, for more information please visit this link!
  • Parents Engaged in Education is fundraising to establish Canada's First Education Bank. See this flyer for more details. Visit this link to donate! 

Civic Hall Toronto presents Civic Innovation Showcase. Join this year’s stories of cross-sectoral collaboration, resident engagement and innovative technology. This year’s showcase will be held on Wednesday December 9th, 2020 from 12pm to 1:15pm via WebEx. Learn more and register here.
 
The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Tell the City about your experience with accessing crisis and support services! The City of Toronto is developing a community-based crisis response service that is collaborative, effective, and community-centric. The City’s second survey is now live until December 14. The survey asks residents for their insights and experiences accessing crisis and supportive services, staying safe in a crisis, community safety and future investments that would provide care or support to prevent people from falling into crisis.

Go Expansion Program Public Information Centre #3 is now open. The GO Expansion consists of many different projects, three TPAPs – New Track and Facilities TPAP, Scarborough Junction Grade Separation TPAP, Stoufville Rail Corridor Grade Separations TPAP – and 2 addenda – the Network-Wide Structure Project and an Addendum to the GO Rail Network Electrification. To participate visit this page to review and learn more about what infrastructure is proposed near you, which TPAP or addenda the infrastructure falls under and provide feedback and ask questions. This public information centre will be open until December 11, 2020.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an update on the status of the proposal including its process and potential outcomes; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 27, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

To help residents understand the new Grey-Lockdown category measures, the City has created a simple Do and Don’t guide. This guide communicates what is – and what is not – permitted under the province’s lockdown stage, to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

This will be the first weekend with the new lockdown protections in place that impact a number of City services and facilities. City staff are continuing to look at alternative program delivery models, including virtual options for some of our services. The City of Toronto has provided a weekend update on modified services adhering to the provincial lockdown measures and a full list of impacted services is available online.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 25, 2020) There has been an increase of 529 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 209 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 39,914 cases of COVID-19, of these, 33,935 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,574 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 10 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is moving their COVID-19 Assessment Centres for the Winter! SHN is pleased to announce that they will be partnering with the University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus (UTSC) and Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) to provide COVID-19 testing at new, indoor Assessment Centres for the upcoming winter months. The UTSC Assessment Centre, located at 1265 Military Trail, is scheduled to open on December 1st. The opening of the CICS Assessment Centre, located at 2330 Midland Avenue, is still to be determined. Learn more information on SHN COVID-19 Assessment Centre locations here.

City of Toronto helps small businesses by re-opening CurbTO registration for temporary pick-up zones. Throughout the summer, around 200 Temporary Parking Pick-Up Zones helped by re-purposing parking locations along main streets for short-term parking (no more than 10 minutes). Potential customers and delivery agents have used them to expedite food, medicine and other merchandise pick-ups by making parking spots immediately available near main street businesses offering curbside pick-up and delivery. Main street businesses and BIAs can register or learn more about the program at www.toronto.ca/curbto

The City is opening most of its 54 outdoor artificial ice rinks starting Tomorrow November 28. To reduce the spread of COVID-19 at City outdoor ice rinks and to ensure compliance with provincial orders, capacity is limited to 25 people per ice pad. People should only skate with members of their own household. Leisure skate times will run in 45-minute sessions and skating is only permitted during supervised hours. To make a reservation, people must get a client and family PIN number by calling 416-396-7378, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm or make a reservation online.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Drive-Thru opens TOMORROW, November 28, 2020! Enjoy the beauty of winter through their special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. Plus, see Santa Claus himself during this 15-20-minute experience while supporting your Zoo. Purchase tickets online at www.torontozoo.com/holiday
 
City of Toronto to light Nathan Phillips Square Christmas tree this weekend to mark the start of the holiday season. The City’s 54th annual tree lighting will be filmed this year to avoid large crowds gathering on the Square. In previous years, the Mayor lit the tree during the Cavalcade of Lights. With this year’s Cavalcade of Lights cancelled due to COVID-19, residents can watch the tree lighting on the City’s YouTube channel.

Toronto Book Awards 2020 Virtual Prize Ceremony will take place on November 30, 2020 at 7pm. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Tune in to watch announcement of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards here.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving, join the following community organization – and others across Canada and around the world – on December 1st and give a gift and support the community.

  • Join the Scarborough Health Foundation in shaping the future of care for patients and their families – for more information and how to make your gift early please visit this link. 
  • Join the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy & the Toronto Zoo's Home for the Holidays campaign – for more information please visit this link!
  • Join 5N2 Kitchens in helping those in need throughout Scarborough, for more information please visit this link!
  • Parents Engaged in Education is fundraising to establish Canada's First Education Bank. See this flyer for more details. Visit this link to donate! 

Civic Hall Toronto presents Civic Innovation Showcase. Join this year’s stories of cross-sectoral collaboration, resident engagement and innovative technology. This year’s showcase will be held on Wednesday December 9th, 2020 from 12pm to 1:15pm via WebEx. Learn more and register here.
 
The 43 Division and CPLC will be accepting new unwrapped toys from now until Christmas for the 43 Division Auxiliary Police Toy Drive. All toys will be distributed within the 43 Division community. Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of 43 Division, located at 4331 Lawrence Avenue East.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an update on the status of the proposal including its process and potential outcomes; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 26, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Check out all Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos! Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

The City of Toronto has prepared a DO and DON’T guide to help residents understand what is and what is not permitted under the Grey-Lockdown stage of the province’s framework. This guide, like all pages on the City’s website, can be translated automatically into 50 languages, with a translate feature at the bottom of every webpage. Visit the COVID-19 guide for Toronto residents on the City’s website.

As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, BigArtTO activations have been suspended until further notice. Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood’s activation was originally scheduled for this week at Meadowglen Place, due to the Grey-Level restrictions, BigArtTO activations have been suspended. Latest information will be available at www.toronto.ca/bigartto

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 25, 2020) There has been an increase of 347 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 202 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 39,414 cases of COVID-19, of these, 33,479 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,564 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 9 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Update on Seven Oaks Long Term Care Home: The suspect outbreak at Seven Oaks has now been lifted. Staff members have been re-tested three times, with all results negative. The pace of change in response to COVID-19 is rapid, most up to date information is available at www.toronto.ca/covid. The latest Toronto Seniors Services and Long-Term Care COVID-19 Update Bulletin is available here.

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Ontario is providing additional funding to enhance safety and protection in schools. The Ontario government is providing $13.6 million to enable school boards to hire more teachers and staff in regions recently moved to the Red-Control level and providing stabilization funding for school boards, if needed. The province is also expanding testing in school communities and launching new online learning portals. These initiatives will enhance safety measures for schools and alleviate potential budget shortfalls during COVID-19. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto City Council unanimously approves MoveTO action plan. This plan will hep manage congestion and build a more resilient, modern and safe transportation system. The MoveTO plan proposes five key measures that aim to reduce travel times and improve travel reliability for vehicles, improve safety and optimize movement for pedestrians, transit operations, construction activities, and help reduce travel demand and greenhouse gas emissions. The five key proposed actions that will launch next year include Smart Traffic signals; Intelligent intersections; Advanced Transit Signal Priority; Construction Hub Pilot Program expansion; and Transportation Demand Strategy. For more information please read this news release.

Many residents have strongly requested that the bus stops at Cedar Drive and Beachell Street along Eglinton Avenue East. TTC has provided notice that these stops will be temporarily reinstalled and monitored for further review. While I appreciate the temporary reopening of these stops, I have written a letter to the TTC asking that they be permanently reinstated. Both bus stops are in high density neighbourhoods, where a large portion of residents rely heavily on public transit. Permanently removing these from the TTC route will reduce the number of stops available to residents by 50%. You can read my full letter here.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

The City of Toronto is hosting a Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to discuss the proposed development at 5 Corporate Drive on December 7, 2020 6pm to 7:30pm. The Community Consultation Meeting will discuss an update on the status of the proposal including its process and potential outcomes; opportunities for community members to provide feedback; and next steps for the proposal. For more information on how to participate please see this notice or please visit www.toronto.ca/cpconsultations.

City of Toronto to light Nathan Phillips Square Christmas tree this weekend to mark the start of the holiday season. The City’s 54th annual tree lighting will be filmed this year to avoid large crowds gathering on the Square. In previous years, the Mayor lit the tree during the Cavalcade of Lights. With this year’s Cavalcade of Lights cancelled due to COVID-19, residents can watch the tree lighting on the City’s YouTube channel.

Toronto Book Awards 2020 Virtual Prize Ceremony will take place on November 30, 2020 at 7pm. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Tune in to watch announcement of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards here.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Giving Tuesday is a global movement dedicated to giving, join the following community organization – and others across Canada and around the world – on December 1st and give a gift and support the community.

  • Join the Scarborough Health Foundation in shaping the future of care for patients and their families – for more information and how to make your gift early please visit this link. 
  • Join the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy & the Toronto Zoo's Home for the Holidays campaign – for more information please visit this link!
  • Join 5N2 Kitchens in helping those in need throughout Scarborough, for more information please visit this link!
  • Parents Engaged in Education is fundraising to establish Canada's First Education Bank. . See this flyer for more details. Visit this link to donate! 

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 25, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

The City of Toronto has prepared a DO and DON’T guide to help residents understand what is and what is not permitted under the Grey-Lockdown stage of the province’s framework. This guide, like all pages on the City’s website, can be translated automatically into 50 languages, with a translate feature at the bottom of every webpage. Visit the COVID-19 guide for Toronto residents on the City’s website.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 24, 2020) There has been an increase of 481 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 168 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 39,094 cases of COVID-19, of these, 33,049 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,555 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 10 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The holidays are going to look a little different this year due to COVID-19. The Ontario government has provided some public health advice on how to protect yourself and your loved ones to support Ontarians as they being to safely plan for the holiday season. General advice to consider when planning your holiday season include virtual holiday events, outdoor holiday activities, attending drive-in or drive through events, decorating your homes and donating to holiday charities or toy drives. Please remember to avoid social gatherings and limit close contact to your household, physically distance and wear a face covering or mask where required. More information can be read in this news release.

The City of Toronto launches Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan. The Welcome T.O. Winter plan provides safe ways for people to get outside in Toronto’s parks, including at 54 artificial ice rinks and 5 golf courses. Residents are encouraged to stay active this winter with members of your own household at toboggan hills, snow loops, outdoor skate rinks, try the city’s new guided outdoor Walk Fit programs and more. A few parks amenities will remain open throughout the winter, including more than 800 playgrounds, outdoor sports courts and dog off leash areas. More information on the City’s Welcome T.O. Winter parks plan can be reviewed in this news release.

Toronto Public Library branches are NOW OPEN after a brief closure to prepare their spaces and services for the new restrictions imposed by the province’s Grey-Lockdown level. Current services include access to 82 of 100 TPL branches, contactless pickup of holds, open drop boxes, access to computers, Wi-Fi, photocopiers, printers, washrooms, library card registration, Bookmobiles and Home Library Services. Due to the lockdown restrictions some services have been suspended, which include Digital Innovation Hubs, youth hubs and access to study spaces. More information on Toronto Public Library’s services please visit this website.

Experience art illuminated at BigArtTO in Ward24 Scarborough-Guildwood from November 25 to November 28. The BigArtTO installations, “Angular Translucence” by Idalina Leandro and “Encuentros/Encounters” by Luis Cisneros, will be located at Meadowglen Place, 2 Meadowglen Pl from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. More information on BigArtTO can be found here.
 
Residents asked that I address the lack of basketball play in the Seven Oaks community.  Under my direction City Staff explored locations and have identified that Seven Oaks Park would best serve the community. City Staff will commence the process of planning site assessments. I will provide further updates as the project progresses. If you have any further questions or comments please reach out to my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca.

Visit the Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru this holiday season for a family-friendly and COVID safe experience! See the beauty of winter at The Toronto Zoo as you and your family drive through a special holiday route from the safety and warmth of your own vehicle. Toronto Zoo Holiday Drive-Thru opens to the public from November 28, 2020 to December 21, 2020 Friday Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Timed tickets must be pre-purchased online in advance. More details at www.torontozoo.com/holiday

Toronto Police Service Hosts Four Community Conversations: Race-based Data Collection starting Tonight November 25 from 6:30pm to 8pm. To participate in the session by asking questions: join via WebEx. To watch the session, view the livestream on YouTube. More information and details on the following conversations can be found here.

Toronto Book Awards 2020 Virtual Prize Ceremony will take place on November 30, 2020 at 7pm. The Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. Register to watch announcement of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards here.
 
December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Join Scarborough Health Network Foundation – and other causes from across Canada and around the world – on December 1 and give a gift that will help shape the future of care for patients and their families. More information and how to make your gift early, please visit this link.

For Giving Tuesday this year, Parents Engaged in Education are raising funds to establish Canada’s First Education Bank to service the West Hill/Guildwood and Malvern areas of Scarborough. This Education Bank will give low income students and families in Scarborough access to art supplies, curriculum support, amenities for self-care for teens, books and more. See this flyer for more details. Visit www.parentsengagedineducation.ca to donate!

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Join Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) for a follow-up virtual Q & A on government benefits during COVID for recipients of Ontario Works and ODSP on Thursday December 10, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. You can send in your questions to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by December 1, 2020. Register here.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 24, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 23, 2020) There has been an increase of 547 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 173 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 38,656 cases of COVID-19, of these, 32,537 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,546 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The City of Toronto has announced an updated and enhanced set of targeted COVID-19 measures to help with the city’s most vulnerable residents during the lockdown. Based on data collected by Toronto Public Health many neighbourhoods experiencing higher COVID-19 case rates are in the northwest and northeast of the city. These targeted COVID-19 equity measures, which build on protections already implemented, include sharing public health information, improving access to COVID-19 testing and providing critical supports to individuals and their families during this lockdown. More information on these new initiatives can be read here.

Knights of Columbus is hosting a Christmas Community Food Drive on Saturday December 12th from 9am to 12pm at St. Martin de Porres Church (Parking Lot), located at 4179 Lawrence Ave E. This will be a drive-through food drive with appropriate COVID-19 protocols in place. Community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items, much needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car. The food items will then be delivered to community Food Banks, who will support over 1700 families this Christmas season.

Join Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) for a follow-up virtual Q & A on government benefits during COVID for recipients of Ontario Works and ODSP on Thursday December 10, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. You can send in your questions to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by December 1, 2020. Register here.

Toronto Police Service Hosts Four Community Conversations: Race-based Data Collection starting Wednesday November 25 from 6:30pm to 8pm. The conversation will be available on WebEx, YouTube, and can be followed via #TPSRaceData on Twitter. To participate in the session by asking questions: join via WebEx. To watch the session, view the livestream on YouTube. More information and details on the following conversations can be found here.

Scarborough Business Association will be hosting its Annual General Meeting & 5th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday November 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm. The event will be opened by Mayor John Tory. Join to network with fellow business leaders, connect, share and engage without leaving th comfort of your own home. To register please visit this link.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Join Scarborough Health Network Foundation – and other causes from across Canada and around the world – on December 1 and give a gift that will help shape the future of care for patients and their families. More information and how to make your gift early, please visit this link.

For Giving Tuesday this year, Parents Engaged in Education are raising funds to establish Canada’s First Education Bank to service the West Hill/Guildwood and Malvern areas of Scarborough. This Education Bank will give low income students and families in Scarborough access to art supplies, curriculum support, amenities for self-care for teens, books and more. See this flyer for more details. Visit www.parentsengagedineducation.ca to donate!

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Toronto District School Board Open Houses and Information Sessions will be hosted virtually for parents, guardians and students between November and January. Learn everything you need to know about an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Sessions are held live or pre-recorded. Details on TDSB schools, open houses and information sessions can be found here.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 23, 2020

Dear Neighbours,
                                
Toronto has now entered the Grey-Lockdown level of restrictions in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.  Please stay home as much as possible, except for essential trips for groceries, healthcare, child care, school and work. Remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. I encourage you to read the Grey-Lockdown level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 22, 2020) There has been an increase of 331 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 167 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 38,135 cases of COVID-19, of these, 32,166 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,544 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 6 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The City of Toronto has made modifications to its facilities and services to adhere to the provincial lockdown measures and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The new protections impact some City services and facilities including child care, libraries, community centres and more. To see the full list of impacts, currently being update, please visit this link.

The Ontario government is providing $116.5 million to create up to 766 more beds at 32 hospitals and alternate health facilities across the province. Scarborough Health Network will be receiving $11.8 million to create up to 45 hospital beds and 8 critical care beds to help alleviate hospital capacity pressures and reduce wait times amidst the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scarborough. More information can be read in the news release.

The new Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) is LIVE! The hardest hit small businesses can receive a subsidy of up to 65%. This will also be combined with a Lockdown Support of an additional 25% for businesses that are under a mandatory public health lockdown. For more information please visit this link.
 
Toronto Public Library branches will be closed Today, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24 to adjust services to align with the new regulations. Library branches will reopen on Wednesday, November 25 with limited in-branch services, you will be able to place holds on new materials, return your library materials, reserve a computer and sign up for a library card. More information can be found here.

Considering the provincial lockdown measures Your Toronto Zoo and Terra Lumina will be closed as of Today until further notice. During this closure limited Zoo staff will be onsite to ensure the health and welfare of the 5000 animals in their care. Full refunds will be issued for Toronto Zoo, Holiday Marketplace and Terra Lumina ticket holders and Zoo Memberships will be extended for the duration of this closure. For more information please visit www.torontozoo.com

Based on the City of Toronto being moved into the lockdown category Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will be closed to the public and all in-person activities including all aquatic and club sports are suspended until further notice. Members will have access to virtual group fitness classes at www.video.tpasc.ca and additional classes will be added to the virtual class schedule. More information can be found here.

The KGO Storefront is closing their building temporarily as of Today, November 23, 2020 until at least January 4, 2021. The KGO Storefront are still available remotely via phone at 416-208-9889 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, to speak to a community resource specialist. Stay tuned to their social media channels and their KGO Updates e-newsletter, here.

Toronto Police Service Hosts Four Community Conversations: Race-based Data Collection starting Wednesday November 25 from 6:30pm to 8pm. The conversation will be available on WebEx, YouTube, and can be followed via #TPSRaceData on Twitter. To participate in the session by asking questions: join via WebEx. To watch the session, view the livestream on YouTube. More information and details on the following conversations can be found here.

Scarborough Business Association will be hosting its Annual General Meeting & 5th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday November 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm. The event will be opened by Mayor John Tory. Join to network with fellow business leaders, connect, share and engage without leaving th comfort of your own home. To register please visit this link.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Join Scarborough Health Network Foundation – and other causes from across Canada and around the world – on December 1 and give a gift that will help shape the future of care for patients and their families. More information and how to make your gift early, please visit this link.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.
 
People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Toronto District School Board Open Houses and Information Sessions will be hosted virtually for parents, guardians and students between November and January. Learn everything you need to know about an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Sessions are held live or pre-recorded. Details on TDSB schools, open houses and information sessions can be found here.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Toronto Public Health will be moved into the Lockdown-Grey level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework on November 23, 2020 at 12:01am along with Peel Regional Health Unit. Measures under Lockdown include, but are not limited to:

  • No indoor gatherings, except with members of the same household.
  • Outdoor gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
  • Retail is permitted to be open for curbside pick-up or delivery only with the exception of groceries, pharmacies, hardware stores, liquor stores.
  • Restaurants, bars and food and drink establishments will only be able to provide take out drive, through and delivery.
  • Personal care services closed.
  • Indoor sports and recreation facilities are closed.

I encourage you to read the Lockdown-Grey level guidelines and the province’s news release for more information.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 19, 2020) There has been an increase of 420 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 174 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 36,821 cases of COVID-19, of these, 30,838 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,515 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 7 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

November 20th is Transgender Day of Remembrance. We have raised the Transgender Pride flag at City Hall to recognize this important day.

The City of Toronto will more than double its supply of winter park washrooms from 64 to 143 as part of its ongoing response to COVID-19. City staff are presenting a plan and report to November City Council that will add 79 new winter washrooms across the city on top of the 64 locations typically available. The report comes in response to a request by City Council last month to explore expanding the number of public washrooms available throughout the winter. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is proud to celebrate the launch of its film, “Building A Better Future”, produced by BBC StoryWorks. The intention of ‘Building a Better Future’ was to look at case studies and projects occurring within organizations that translate rhetoric into action. By shining a light on the most interesting examples of best practice from across the sector, the series hopes to increase awareness and understanding, and drive change in the ways in which buildings are designed, built and operated. More information can be read in the news release.

Scarborough Business Association will be hosting its Annual General Meeting & 5th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday November 25th from 6:30pm to 8pm. The event will be opened by Mayor John Tory. Join to network with fellow business leaders, connect, share and engage without leaving th comfort of your own home. To register please visit this link.

December 1st is Giving Tuesday! Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is an important time for us to come together, empower each other and rally for favourite causes. Join Scarborough Health Network Foundation – and other causes from across Canada and around the world – on December 1 and give a gift that will help shape the future of care for patients and their families. More information and how to make your gift early, please visit this link.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Toronto District School Board Open Houses and Information Sessions will be hosted virtually for parents, guardians and students between November and January. Learn everything you need to know about an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Sessions are held live or pre-recorded. Details on TDSB schools, open houses and information sessions can be found here.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

November 19, 2020

Toronto Public Health is now in the Red-Control level of the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework with specific enhanced measures. Please remember to practice physical distancing, washing your hands as often as possible and wear a mask or face covering. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household, to consider only leaving home for essential activities and to remain at home when ill. For more COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 18, 2020) There has been an increase of 380 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 188 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 36,428 cases of COVID-19, of these, 30,356 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,590 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 19 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

At yesterday’s Executive Committee meeting I brought forward a motion calling for much needed Indigenous Community Safety and Mental Health Responses in Toronto. Through a report brought forward by the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, the city has been asked to identify funding needs and sources to fund Indigenous-led responses to community safety and mental health in Toronto. Please see my news release.

The City of Toronto has launched the Practice Safe Six Public Education Campaign targeted at Torontonians between the ages of 18 and 40 who are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and who may have lost the sense of pandemic urgency. To slow the resurgence of COVID-19, the City is encouraging Torontonians, including this demographic to act differently. Learn more about the Practice Safe Six campaign here.

The Ontario government is launching a series of education and enforcement campaigns to ensure businesses across the province are taking the necessary steps to keep employees, consumers and the public safe. These campaigns will support the current efforts of police, municipal by-law officers, and public health inspectors to educate businesses and enforce the COVID-19 health and safety requirements. Officers will be asking employers to produce their workplace safety plans. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario is supporting small businesses with financial advice and training. The Ontario government is investing over $2.2 million through the Ontario Together Fund to provide small businesses with free, tailored financial advice and online training to help them make informed financial decisions and navigate the unprecedented economic circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be read in the news release.
 
Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning TOMORROW November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Toronto District School Board Open Houses and Information Sessions will be hosted virtually for parents, guardians and students between November and January. Learn everything you need to know about an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Sessions are held live or pre-recorded. Details on TDSB schools, open houses and information sessions can be found here.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto.

The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


MEDIA RELEASE

November 18, 2020

Indigenous Community Safety and Mental Health, More Is Needed

Toronto, Councillor Paul Ainslie today at Executive Committee highlighted his support to improve community safety and responses to mental health concerns for Indigenous communities across Toronto.  Through a report brought forward by the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee, the city has been asked to identify funding needs and sources to fund Indigenous-led responses to community safety and mental health in Toronto.

Councillor Ainslie commented that “I have been told many residents of Ward 24 do not feel comfortable identifying themselves as Indigenous, this is very unfortunate. It not only impacts the level of the funding needed it also displays we have not done enough to encourage Indigenous communities to proudly identify”. Scarborough-Guildwood is home to a large Indigenous population.  “I am proud and want to ensure supports are in place and have the richness of their ancestry recognized throughout our entire City”.

Today, Executive Committee adopted the “City Council request the Director, Indigenous Affairs Office to work with the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer and other relevant City staff and divisions, and report to the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee at its next meeting on a process to identify funding needs and sources to fund Indigenous-led responses to community safety and mental health in Toronto.”

Councillor Ainslie stressed City Staff through the Aboriginal Affairs Advisory Committee diligently work with Native Child and Family Services, and communities through consultation on a strategy to encourage residents of Indigenous background to self identify to ensure supports are available to them.  Councillor Ainslie would like the workplan to explore a campaign to encourage Indigenous individuals to self identify by improving the City’s efforts to further Indigenous self-determination.


November 18, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

The Ontario government has updated the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework by lowering the threshold of each level. Toronto Public Health is now in the Red-Control level with specific enhanced measures. The City of Toronto currently has the most restrictions in the province to slow the spread of COVID-19. As public health measures are put in place, the most effective limits are the ones we set for ourselves, please think of your limits, what they mean for you and the people around you. Please remember to practice physical distancing, washing your  hands as often as possible and  wear a mask or face covering. Please consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.

Today, Dr. de Villa presented the latest percent positivity for the City of Toronto at 6.2%, which is well above the 3% critical threshold. Dr. de Villa also reports noticeably higher percent positivity for teenagers, ages 14-17, at 7.5% and young people, ages 18-23, at 8.2%. In response to the increasing test positivity rates, Mayor Tory asks parents to remind children to come straight home after school and avoid time at friend’s homes whenever possible. Mayor Tory also asks employers to practice all infection protection and control measures possible and encourage COVID-19 testing in employees with supports for those who test positive. Guidance for employers is available online.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 17, 2020) There has been an increase of 445 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 191 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 36,080 cases of COVID-19, of these, 29,890 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,490 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 22 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Are you looking to get tested for COVID-19? Drop by Scarborough Health Network’s next COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre at Global Kingdom Ministries, located at 1250 Markham Road on Thursday November 19 from 9am to 4pm. For more information on future dates and locations please visit www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Scarborough Health Team Partners are hosting a Safe and Warm in Scarborough drop-in flu clinic at Malvern Town Centre, located at 31 Tapscott Road, on Thursday November 18 from 11am to 4pm (while quantities last). Safe and Warm is a collaborative initiative from 30+ well established health organizations in the proposed Scarborough Ontario Health team. More information can be found at www.schcontario.ca/scarboroughvsflu

Winners of Scarborough’s New View Photo Contest were announced last night in a virtual awards ceremony. The photo contest, in partnership with Scarborough Arts, received more than 3,700 entries from new and experienced artists who captured photos of people, places and things in Scarborough. Winners were selected by a jury comprised of local Scarborough-based artists and photographers, Anique Jordan and Esmond Lee, and led by Toronto’s Photo Laureate, Michèle Pearson Clarke. Anthony Gebrehiwot, a noted photographer was the creative lead for the photo contest. To view the list of winners please read this news release.

The City of Toronto launches Traffic Agents program to keep intersections moving and people safe. In total, 16 full-time traffic agents have been hired and will be available to actively manage intersections during peak morning and afternoon rush hour periods. Traffic agents will be placed where they are needed most based on evolving traffic demands and the need to improve safety and congestion. As the program evolves, and potentially expands, it’s expected that other locations across the city will be identified and included. More information and locations of the traffic agents can be read in the news release.
 
Toronto District School Board Open Houses and Information Sessions will be hosted virtually for parents, guardians and students between November and January. Learn everything you need to know about an incredible variety of schools, programs and courses. Please note, some schools are hosting “live” virtual open houses that families can join in real time, during the specified date and time. Some schools have pre-recorded information sessions that can be viewed at any time. Details on TDSB schools, virtual live and pre-recorded sessions online, here.
 
Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020, please view the dedicated page and participate by using the Ask-A-Question box, please visit this link.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto.

The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO


November 17, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. Everyone must practice physical distancing, washing your  hands as often as possible and  wear a mask or face covering. Please consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. 

In response to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government updated the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework by lowering the threshold of each level. Toronto Public Health is now in the Red-Control level with additional specific enhanced measures. Please read the Province’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework for the full list of public health region classifications and guidelines. Information on the City of Toronto specific enhanced measures can be found here.

Yesterday, Dr. de Villa provided an update on the impacts of public health measures. Following the implementation of modified Stage 2 measures, certain neighbourhoods with alarmingly heightened case rates – particularly where there is a high density of bars and restaurants – saw case rates per 100,000 population drop.

Toronto Public Health has now partnered with York University to further study if public health measures are yielding desired results. A transmission dynamics model has been developed for COVID-19 that shows how different public health measures have impacted the average number of contacts between people. Researchers found the average number of person-to-person contact was reduced from seven during the period following Stage 3 reopening, to less than five after reverting to a modified Stage 2. This decline in combination with other measures for self-protection, has the potential to lower COVID-19 case counts. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 16, 2020) There has been an increase of 559 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 181 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 35,665 cases of COVID-19, of these, 29,431 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,468 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 4 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Are you looking to get tested for COVID-19? Drop by Scarborough Health Network’s next COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre at Global Kingdom Ministries, located at 1250 Markham Road on Thursday November 19 from 9am to 4pm. For more information on future dates and locations please visit www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

The Ontario government is providing over $37 million to significantly expand mental health services across the justice system. The funding will be used to expand mobile crisis teams across the province, hire additional staff, and support the creation of tailored programs for First Nations communities. This is part of the government's $176 million investment this year in the Roadmap to Wellness, Ontario's plan to build a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions system. It is also a key component of Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. For more information please read the news release.

Scarborough’s New View Photo Contest awards ceremony takes place TONIGHT November 17 from 6pm to 7pm on Facebook and YouTube live. The photo contest, in partnership with Scarborough Arts, received more than 3,700 entries from new and experienced photographers who captured photos of people, places and things in Scarborough. The photo contest was led by Scarborough Arts with support from the City of Toronto, the Ontario Arts Council, and XVXY Photo.

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The purpose of the Public Information Centre is to present and seek feedback on the preliminary design and results of the technical studies, including potential impacts and proposed mitigation measures. The Public Information Centre #3 will run until Friday December 18, 2020. For more information and to participate please visit this link.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Senior Safety Zone Workshop on Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue East last Friday November 13th. For those who were unable to attend this session, The Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) Clean Air Partnership is still accepting feedback. Please contact YVerlinden@cleanairpartnership.org to have your input heard on making your community a safer place.

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program is now accepting various forms of donations. Donate essential daily items, toys, non-perishables, and/or monetary donations. All donations are asked to be dropped off at their main site, 100 Galloway Rd, no later than Friday December 4th, 2020. More information on how to participate in the Holiday Help Program can be found here. If you have any questions please contact 416-281-0262 or email info@esbgc.ca.
 
Create a pollinator garden and help native pollinators from the threats of climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. A priority will be placed on funding projects in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

The deadline to apply for the City’s PollinateTO Community Grant is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Sign up for SBA’s After 5- Virtual Networking Magic event TOMORROW November 18, 2020! You’ll meet new business community members, find opportunities, discover keys to success, share and learn. For more information and to sign up please visit this link.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 16, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. Everyone must practice physical distancing, washing your  hands as often as possible and  wear a mask or face covering. Please consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill. 

In response to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government updated the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework by lowering the threshold of each level. Toronto Public Health is now in the Red-Control level with additional specific enhanced measures. Please read the Province’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework for the full list of public health region classifications and guidelines. Information on the City of Toronto specific enhanced measures can be found here.

As Toronto is now in the Red-Control level under the provincial COVID-19 Response Framework, religious services, funeral/celebration of life receptions and weddings must comply with the Reopening Act and the City of Toronto specific enhanced measures. During this time, it is recommended that faith leaders limit in-person services to keep everyone safe and to keep mindful of the gathering limits: of 30% of room capacity, to a maximum of 50 people in the building for indoor religious services; and 100 people or less for outdoor religious services. More information on guidance for places of worship can be found here. Details and checklists for planning a funeral reception or celebration of life and planning a wedding can be found online.

Are you looking to get tested for COVID-19? Scarborough Health Network is hosting their next COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre at Global Kingdom Ministries, located at 1250 Markham Road on Thursday November 19 from 9am to 4pm. For more information on future dates and locations please visit www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 12, 2020) There has been an increase of 407 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 157 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 34,608 cases of COVID-19, of these, 28,771 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,460 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 6 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

November 16 is Louis Riel Day in Toronto! Louis Riel is recognized as a political and spiritual leader of the Metis people and founder of confederation. N this day in 1885, he was executed for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of the Metis people and their lands. Today, we remember Louis Riel and those who fought alongside Riel for what they believed.

Eglinton East Priority Bus Corridor Update: I’d like to inform that the TTC has issued a notice temporarily reinstating the following three bus stops along the Eglinton East Priority Bus Corridor: Torrance; Beachell; and Cedar. Ridership levels will be monitored over the coming months to determine if they are feasible with the RapidTO Program. Please visit www.ttc.ca/RapidTO for more details.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) building back better together. Today, FCM released federal recommendations to build a stronger post-pandemic Canada.  Entitled Building Back Better Together, our plan combines the strengths of municipal and federal governments to drive progress where it matters most: in people’s daily lives.

Building Back Better Together is a plan to tackle today’s pandemic challenges in ways that lay ground for tomorrow’s full recovery. It’s a job-creation plan that deliberately speeds progress on national goals, from ending homelessness to tackling climate change. It’s a plan to drive an inclusive, green recovery in communities of all sizes—the places where Canadians live, work, run businesses, and raise families.  More information can be read in the news release.

The City is now accepting applications for its PollinateTO Community Grants. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led initiatives that result in the creation or expansion of pollinator habitat on public and private lands in Toronto. A priority will be placed on funding projects in Toronto’s Neighbourhood Improvement Areas.

Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. You can help by creating a pollinator garden! The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021. The gardens will be planted in 2021. More information about the PollinateTO Community Grants is available at www.toronto.ca/PollinateTO

Durham-Scarborough Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Information Centre #3. The Public Information Centre #3 will be held virtually from Monday November 16 to Friday December 18. For more information please visit the DSBRT web page here.
 
Sign up for SBA’s After 5- Virtual Networking Magic event November 18, 2020! You’ll meet new business community members, find opportunities, discover keys to success, share and learn. For more information and to sign up please visit this link.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 13, 2020

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. Everyone must practice physical distancing, washing your  hands as often as possible and  wear a mask or face covering . Please consider only leaving home for essential activities such as work, education and fresh air and exercise. Residents are asked to limit contact with people not in the same household and to remain at home when ill.  Toronto Public Health will be moved into the Red-Control level with additional specific enhanced measures on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 12:01 am. here. 

Happy Diwali to all those celebrating this weekend - wishing you a Diwali that brings happiness, prosperity and joy! Diwali is a time to celebrate the Festival of Lights with our family and friends. With COVID-19 cases on the rise, this year’s celebrations will need to be different so we can all stay in good health. Toronto Public Health does not recommend hosting or attending in-person gatherings. Please celebrate with the people you live with an connect with others virtually. Please note that gathering limits for religious services is at 30 per cent capacity indoors (to a max. 50). While Diwali will look different this year, with creativity and imagination there are still many ways to offer blessings and stay connected during this festive time. Learn more here.

As announced earlier this week, Toronto Public Health will be moved into the Red-Control level with additional specific enhanced measures on Saturday November 14, 2020 at 12:01 am.
In response to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases, the Ontario government is taking immediate action to update the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework by lowering the threshold of each level. Toronto Public Health specific enhanced measures include limiting all social gatherings to household members, eliminating private home visits, limiting in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only. Toronto indoor dining remains closed and indoor group fitness classes are closed. More information on the Toronto specific enhanced measures can be read here.

Additionally, based on the new thresholds Hamilton, Halton Region, and York Region Public Health units will be moved into the Red-Control level and Brant County, Durham Region, Eastern Ontario, Niagara Region, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph and Waterloo will be moved into the Orange-Restrict level. These regions will move into their respective levels on Monday November 16, 2020 at 12:01 am. Please read the Province’s Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework for the full list of public health region classifications and guidelines. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 12, 2020) There has been an increase of 458 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 173 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 33,755 cases of COVID-19, of these, 28,129 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,438 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 6 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

November 12, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 11, 2020) There has been an increase of 500 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 164 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 33,322 cases of COVID-19, of these, 27,773 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,432 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 7 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Today, Ontario set another single-day record for COVID-19 cases, reporting 1,575 new cases. This week, our Medical Officer of Health announced that Toronto will be moved into the Red-Control level of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework with specific enhanced measures. The Toronto Public Heath Specific Enhance Measures include limiting all social gatherings to household members, eliminating private home visits, limiting trips outside of your home to essential trips only. Additionally, indoor dining remains closed, indoor group fitness glasses are closed. More information on the specific enhanced measures can be read here. While we all may be feeling anxious, worried and frustrated it is important that we all do what is necessary in order to keep ourselves and everyone around us safe.
 
Ontario supports military veterans experiencing homelessness. The Ontario government is providing $200,000 and supporting the transfer of one acre of land to help create up to 25 tiny homes for military veterans experiencing homelessness. The province is working in partnership with the Homes For Heroes Foundation and the City of Kingston to convert a portion of the Kingston Provincial Campus into a veterans' village. For more information please read the news release.

City services impact your life every day. Every time you have your garbage or recycling picked up, drink clean water from the tap, or park in a Green P lot, you are using a City of Toronto service. That’s why the City’s budget is so important. The budget is a financial plan that describes how much money the City will raise and spend. It determines the level of service provided to Toronto residents and guides decisions on what City infrastructure will be built and repaired.

In addition to the tax-supported operating and capital budgets, the City has three rate supported programs: Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services and the Toronto Parking Authority. These programs are funded almost entirely by user fees. For example, water and garbage costs are calculated by how much water is used and the size of the garbage bin. In turn, the revenue collected from these user fees pays for the services that are provided and the infrastructure to deliver them. Learn more about the City of Toronto budget and how you can get involved at toronto.ca/budget.

Support for local restaurants with ToGoToronto. Destination Toronto's popular dining website ToGoToronto.com lists nearly 700 Toronto restaurants and provides an easy way for you to find restaurants that are open for safe takeout or delivery. Local businesses need our support now more than ever. Support a favourite or try something new and play a part in the economic recovery of Toronto's restaurant community. 
                                         
Restaurants are invited to participate in ToGoToronto for free. Destination Toronto's website ToGoToronto.com continues to support the economic recovery of the restaurant community, listing nearly 700 Toronto restaurants that are open for safe takeout or delivery. If you are a restaurant owner, add your restaurant to the platform for free today.

It’s time to double down on the double threat of COVID-19 and the Flu. Outbreaks are common in congregate living settings. Bot influenza (the flu) and COVID-19 are respiratory infections which can be easily transmitted within an institutional environment among residents who may be frail, older and have complex chronic health conditions. Please make arrangements for regular COVID-19 testing and to get your annual flu immunization. Long Term Care essential visitors and essential caregivers are encouraged to get the flu shot from their primary care provider or at a local pharmacy.

REMINDER: Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd TOMORROW November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone by calling 647-558-0588 and entering the meeting ID: 845 6710 8366# - press # when asked for participant ID or by Zoom by registering online. For more information please visit this website.

REMINDER: Parents Engaged in Education invites you to their Pre-Holiday Online Auction TOMORROW November 13, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm. Please visit this link at the time of the event to join! All proceeds will go towards supporting Canada’s First Education Bank. More information on Parents Engaged in Education can be found at www.parentsengagedineducation.ca

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

The City of Toronto is seeking diverse residents, including from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities, to get involved in its boards, committees and tribunals:

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

November 10, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

Tomorrow, on Remembrance Day, we honour and remember our veterans and those you paid the ultimate sacrifice. This year marks 100 years commemorating Remembrance Day with a ceremony at Old City Hall. Unfortunately, we are not able to gather in person this year due to COVID-19. Please visit www.toronto.ca/remembrance to found out about the City’s virtual commemorations and access additional resources. 

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 9, 2020) the City of Toronto recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 infections with an increase of 533 COVID-19 cases. There are 165 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 32,430 cases of COVID-19, of these, 27,105 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,418 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 7 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.  

City of Toronto is mandating stricter restrictions to decrease COVID-19 transmission in Toronto. Today, the Medical Officer of Health announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14.

Dr. de Villa's recommendations come as the city sees its COVID-19 numbers going in the wrong direction. Beyond her recommendation that Toronto be moved into the Red – Control category in the provincial framework, Dr. de Villa introduced a number of directives to help reduce the spread of the virus in our community.

The new protections would come into effect at 12:01 a.m. this Saturday, November 14 and include strengthened COVID-19 precautions for businesses and public spaces:

  • Social gatherings should only be with those you live with
  • Restrict close contacts only to those you live with and your essential supports
  • Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only – going to work or school, health care, shopping for your household and health needs, and getting exercise and physical activity
  • Indoor dining will remain closed
  • Indoor fitness classes are not permitted
  • Meeting and event spaces will remain closed
  • In malls, patrons should not be permitted to consume food or drink while walking through malls
  • Casinos, bingo halls and other gaming establishments will remain closed

More information can be read in the news release.

The Ontario government is providing the heroes who served our country in the Canadian Armed Forces more opportunities to bring their skills and experience to rewarding careers in the Ontario Public Service (OPS). Effective November 6, 2020, veterans will be allowed to pursue new jobs and careers that were previously restricted to those already working in the OPS. The OPS has launched a hotline and resource hub for military families at www.ontario.ca/militaryfamilies which helps veterans find and access resources for themselves and their families. More information can be read in the news release.
 
The City of Toronto has announced the inaugural cohort for Women4ClimateTO (W4CTO) Mentorship Programme. The program, created in partnership with C40 Cities, will contribute to the development of the next generation of female climate leaders in Toronto. W4CTO combines mentoring, training and networking opportunities with the goal of empowering mentees to bring their climate-related project, ideas, or business start-up to life. The program will run until April 2021, with assistance from the City's local sponsors: presenting partner RBC, and supporting partners EY, EllisDon, Toronto Life, and Flare Magazine. More information about the W4CTO program is available at www.toronto.ca/livegreen.

Toronto Police Services Public Safety Alert on Taxi Fraud Scam. The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing taxi fraud scam investigation. It is reported that: a fake taxi is parked in a high traffic area where one suspect poses as the taxi driver and another suspect poses as a customer. The two suspects pretend to have a loud argument where the driver refuses to take cash due to COVID-19, a member of the public overhears and offers to help by letting the suspect use their debit card to pay in exchange for cash, the victim inputs the PIN number where a modified device records card data and PIN number. More information on this can be found in the news release.

The City of Toronto is seeking diverse residents, including from Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities, to get involved in its boards, committees and tribunals:

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place TOMORROW November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

Scarborough Health Network is holding a COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre located at 3600 Kingston Road on Thursday November 12th from 9AM to 4PM. Learn more about these pop-up assessment centres at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

People facing hunger in Toronto need our help! Toronto Miracle is inviting Toronto residents to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (marked for Toronto Miracle) on December 5th at 10am. Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found at www.torontomiracle.org

Parents Engaged in Education invites you to their Pre-Holiday Online Auction on Friday November 13, 2020 from 6pm to 9pm. Please visit this link at the time of the event to join! All proceeds will go towards supporting Canada’s First Education Bank. More information on Parents Engaged in Education can be found at www.parentsengagedineducation.ca

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

2020 marks the 75 years since the end of the Second World War and 100 years of marking Remembrance Day with a public ceremony. Due to COVID-19 and public health advice against in-person gatherings Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually. Please remember and honour all Canadians who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom and peace. Commemorative activities planned for Remembrance Day can be found online.

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 8, 2020) There has been an increase of 504 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 161 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 31,908 cases of COVID-19, of these, 26,814 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,411 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 5 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

The City of Toronto has formed a COVID-19 Immunization Task Force to prepare for the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine. While it is not yet clear when a safe and effective vaccine will be available, this Task Force will ensure that the City is ready to play its role in helping Torontonians get vaccinated. This Task Force will be led by Chief Matthew Pegg in his role as the City's COVID-19 Incident Commander and will use the COVID-19 incident management system that the City has developed. All three levels of government will play essential roles to make the goals of the Task Force a success. Each has very specific roles and responsibilities in relation to the COVID-19 vaccination strategy and implementation. More information can be read in the news release.

Governments of Canada and Ontario, and the City of Toronto announce a new partnership model with Toronto’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), moving forward with research projects that support COVID-19 recovery. This new model allows the City to put forward research priorities to Toronto’s HEIs, who source multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams of faculty and student experts to help address important and urgent research needs. The current pilot focuses on eight research projects that support the City’s COVID-19 recovery. City staff put forward research proposals related to priorities set out by Toronto's Office of Recovery and Rebuild. HEIs expressed interest in the proposals based on their expertise, and the City selected partners and formed project teams to best meet the City's research needs. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is actively seeking to identify partners, sites and properties that may be suitable to support the goal of creating up to 40,000 affordable rental homes, including 18,000 supportive homes over the next 10 years. To build upon the City's existing list of properties that would be appropriate for building modular housing and renovation and/or conversion to housing in 2021 and beyond, the City invites government, private, institutional, non-profit, co-op, charity and multi-faith organizations and other landlords to partner with the City through identifying vacant sites that could be activated for modular housing development; non-residential properties that could be converted to residential; and buildings that are in disrepair and in need of repair and rehabilitation to be used for residential purposes. More details including additional criteria and how to submit proposals can be found here. All proposals are to be submitted to the City by Monday, November 16 at 4pm.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Hydro launch new on-street electric vehicle (EV) charging station pilot across the city. The new 12-month pilot, delivered in partnership with Toronto Hydro, sees 17 on-street EV charging stations – made possible by Toronto Hydro through an agreement with charge station manufacturer FLO – installed and activated for public use at locations around the city. The charging station parking spots are open to all electric vehicle owners with a “Level 2” connection on their vehicle. More information about the EV Charging Station Pilot and locations can be found at www.torontohydro.com/evcharging

Toronto Police Services issued more than 4000 tickets during its 2020 Pedestrian Safety Campaign. Between Monday, November 2 to Sunday, November 8, officers made traction in Toronto communities by enforcing and educating road users on collision-causing behaviours. Members focused on “The Big 4” behaviours that are known to cause injuries to people using roads and identified drivers who were speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired. More information can be read here.

COMING SOON: Scarborough Health Network is holding a COVID-19 Pop-up Assessment Centre at Scarborough Village Recreation Centre located at 3600 Kingston Road on Thursday November 12th from 9AM to 4PM. Learn more about these pop-up assessment centres at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place on November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 6, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

City of Toronto proclaimed November 5 to 11 as Remembrance Week in Toronto. This year, Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually in keeping with public health advice against in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City’s virtual commemorations will focus on the diversity of Toronto’s participation in times of war and significant milestones, as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World Ward and 100 years of marking Remembrance Day with a public ceremony. Commemorative activities planned for Remembrance Day can be found online.

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 5, 2020) There has been an increase of 324 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. There are 159 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 30,623 cases of COVID-19, of these, 25,863 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 1,399 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

While COVID-19 has affected everyone, it continues to have a greater impact on those in our community who face greater health inequities. Toronto Public Health data has shown:

  • 79 per cent of people with reported COVID-19 infection identified with a racialized group
  • 24 per cent of cases are among Black people who continue to be over-represented among COVID-19 cases
  • 48 per cent of reported cases in Toronto were living in households that could be considered lower-income
  • 25 per cent of COVID-19 cases were among individuals who live in households with five or more people

The data on the pandemic underscores existing issues related to the social determinants of health, including education, employment, housing and income, that need to be better addressed. Toronto Public Health is working with the health system and community and government partners to keep all residents as healthy as possible. More information can be read here.  

The province intends to move Ontario’s public health unit regions into the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. This framework categorizes health regions into five levels: Green-Prevent, Yellow-Protect, Orange-Restrict, Red-Control, and Lockdown. At the request of the local medical officer of health, Toronto Public Health would remain in modified Stage 2 until November 14, 2020.

As of Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 am, Peel Regional Health Unit would be moved into the Red-Control level and Ottawa Public health and York Region Public Health would move into the Orange-Restrict level. Details on the remaining public health unit levels and measures required for each level can be found in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework. Long-term care home visitor restrictions remain in effect for Toronto, Ottawa, Peel and York public health unit regions.
 
The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 9,719 between September 6 and October 6, the third month of tickets being issued to vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. All 50 ASE devices will be moved to new locations starting this week to address a greater number of areas with safety concerns and to encourage a wide-ranging deterrent effect. Signage has been posted at all new locations to warn drivers in advance. Warning letters in lieu of tickets will not be issued. More information about the program and a map of all locations is available at www.toronto.ca/ASE

The 2021 staff-recommended rate-supported operating and capital budgets were launched at the Budget Committee today. The City of Toronto has three rate-supported programs funded through user fees: Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services and the Toronto Parking Authority. Toronto Water's 2021 rate-supported budget will ensure the City continues to provide quality drinking water and wastewater treatment services, while dealing with the impact of extreme storms, aging infrastructure and significant city growth. The Solid Waste Management Services recommended 2021 budget provides funding to support the delivery of solid waste management programs and services, as well as safety enhancements to trucks, state-of-good-repair projects for solid waste infrastructure and the continued development of renewable energy infrastructure. The recommended 2021 operating and capital budgets for the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) ensure the continued availability of 19,000 on-street and more than 40,700 off-street parking spaces across 307 locations throughout the city.

Budget Committee will review the staff-recommended budgets and hear public deputations on November 23. Toronto City Council will then consider the budgets for final approval at its meeting on December 16. Budget notes, presentations and reports and how to get involved are available at toronto.ca/budget.

The City of Toronto announced a pot hole repair blitz will take place this Saturday, November 7 to keep Toronto’s roads in a state of good repair in advance of the start of winter. This will be the seventh weekend repair blitz of 2020. Previous one-day blitzes took place in February (two), March (one) and May (three) and crews were able to repair approximately 42,700 potholes during the blitzes earlier in the year. More information can be read here.
 
Toronto Paramedic Services’ released their 2019 annual report – available online here. Some achievements worth nothing include:

  • The expansion of their community paramedicine program to support the city’s most vulnerable
  • Enhancements to their Psychological Health and Wellness Program for staff
  • The introduction of a specialized team of Paramedics to transport critically ill pediatric patients
  • Maintaining their Communications Centre’s designation as an Accredited Centre of Excellence
  • The implementation of several fleet greening and solar power initiatives.

This report is an opportunity to share the many accomplishments of Toronto Paramedic Services staff and recognized their hard work and commitment in caring for their patients.

TRCA’s preliminary response to the proposed Conservation Authorities Act and Planning Act amendments. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has been a value-added collaborator throughout the three-year Provincial consultation process regarding the modernization of the Conservation Authorities Act (the Act). The TRCA is  encouraged that the Province re-confirmed the purpose of the Act and objects in the proposed amendments released yesterday. However, there is a concern that the proposed changes to the Act and the Planning Act relating to permitting, planning and enforcement, if passed, will work to diminish conservation authorities’ ability to fulfill the Act’s purpose and objects. More information can be read in the news release.
 
Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place on November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Toronto.com is seeking holiday art from the front pages of community newspapers. Toronto.com’s three print publications, the Etobicoke Guardian, North York Mirror and Scarborough Mirror, are seeking artwork to grace the front pages of their December 24th editions. Original artwork and photographs are accepted. More information can be found in this article.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 5, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember COVID-19 will hopefully be stopped, but we all must continue to keep following the mandated rules. We also need to remember, our mental health is paramount, and it is important we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 4, 2020) There has been an increase of 373 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 30,316 cases of COVID-19, of these, 25,541 cases have recovered, an increase of 413 cases from the day before. There are 157 people currently hospitalized. To this date, there have been 1,396 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

The Province of Ontario is investing nearly $1 billion to expand and improve broadband and cellular access.  The Ontario government is making a historic investment of nearly $1 billion over six years to improve and expand broadband and cellular access across the province. $680 million announced today is on top of the $315 million to support Up to Speed: Ontario’s Broadband and Cellular Action Plan. The funding will be used to for shovel-ready projects starting in 2019-20, will create jobs, and connect unserved and underserved communities during COVID-19 and beyond. More information can be read in the news release.

On Monday, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration opened the Better Living Centre (BLC) as part of its winter services plan to help those experiencing homelessness. The site is just one location in a larger winter plan that will provide approximately 560 additional spaces between November and April through a combination of shelter and 24-hour respite site spaces, hotel rooms and supportive housing units. Additional space and street outreach will also be activated during Extreme Cold Weather Alerts. Read the Backgrounder for more on the winter plan

City of Toronto proclaimed November 5 to 11 as Remembrance Week in Toronto. Remembrance week is a time when Torontonians can reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and honour all Canadians who have fought and continue to fight for peace. This year, Remembrance Day commemorations will be held virtually in keeping with public health advice against in-person gatherings due to the CoVID-19 pandemic. The City’s virtual commemorations will focus on the diversity of Toronto’s participation in times of war and significant milestones, as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World Ward and 100 years of marking Remembrance Day with a public ceremony. Commemorative activities planned for Remembrance Day can be found online.

The 2021 staff-recommended rate-supported operating and capital budgets will launch at tomorrow’s Budget Committee. The City of Toronto has three rate-supported programs funded through user fees: Toronto Water, Solid Waste Management Services and the Toronto Parking Authority. Budget Committee will review the staff-recommended budgets and hear public deputations on November 23. Toronto City Council will then consider the budgets for final approval at its meeting on December 16. More information on how to get involved is available at toronto.ca/budget.

The City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario have issued a Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the George Street Revitalization project, which will reinvent the northernmost block of George Street (between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East). George Street Revitalization, part of the City’s Downtown East Action Plan, will be the catalyst for a safer and more vibrant community for all in the heart of the historic Garden District. More information can be read in the news release.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place on November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Discover magic of the holiday season with Your Toronto Zoo’s NEW Holiday Marketplace. Beginning November 20th, visit the Zoo’s first courtyard and enjoy amazing producers processors and artisans from our community. More information can be found here. Please note timed-tickets are required.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Online Events

  • Ask the Expert - Legal Advice for Businesses (Free) | Friday, November 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Register 
  • Wave 2 & What You Need to Know Now: Scarborough Health Network’s Response to COVID in Our Community – Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast | Wednesday, November 10, 9:15 - 10 a.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO - Cleantech North: Resilience and Recovery | Thursday, November 19, 4 - 5 p.m. – Register


November 4, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 3, 2020) There has been an increase of 338 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 29,960 cases of COVID-19, of these, 25,133 cases have recovered, an increase of 375 cases from the day before. There are 159 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 21 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,393 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 11 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

Yesterday, the Province of Ontario released their COVID-19 Response Framework, with Toronto set to enter the framework’s Orange-Restrict category on Saturday, November 14. The new framework significantly amends public health restrictions and conditions for food and drink establishments, sports and recreation, meeting and event spaces, retail and other industries. The City is working to communicate with businesses to help operators implement the new measures safely. The provincial framework is available online.

The City of Toronto announced planned road closures that will impact travel this weekend, Saturday, November 7 and Sunday, November 8. Lake Shore Boulevard West will be reduced to a single lane of traffic (westbound only), between Windermere Avenue and Ellis Avenue from Friday, November 6 at 9 p.m. until Sunday, November 8 at 11:59 p.m. to accommodate a large tower crane hoist. ActiveTO major weekend road closures will not be in place this weekend for factors that include some of the restrictions listed above along with other factors, as well as available capacity along the adjacent Martin Goodman Trail and Don Valley Trail. As temperatures have cooled, City staff have observed that the adjacent trails can accommodate the demand for those using them. More information can be read in the news release.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Holiday Help Program registration is officially open! The Holiday Help program supports families who require some additional help with gifts for their children between the ages of birth to 16 years. For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Online Events

  • Ask the Expert - Legal Advice for Businesses (Free) | Friday, November 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Register 
  • Wave 2 & What You Need to Know Now: Scarborough Health Network’s Response to COVID in Our Community – Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast | Wednesday, November 10, 9:15 - 10 a.m. – Register
  • Business AdviceTO - Cleantech North: Resilience and Recovery | Thursday, November 19, 4 - 5 p.m. – Register

This year’s Ontario College Information Fair is happening virtually TODAY until 8pm and TOMORROW from 9am to 1pm. More information at www.ontariocollegefair.ca

City of Toronto Remembrance Week 2020 will take place virtually from November 5 to 11, 2020. This year the City of Toronto commemorations will take place virtually through the City’s website and social media. More information can be found online.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place on November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!
 
Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Your Toronto Zoo is looking for local artisan, processors, and producers for the Holiday Marketplace beginning November 20, 2020. Please email tz_partnershipsandevents@toronto.ca for more information about applying. More information on the Holiday Marketplace can be found here.

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.


November 3, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 2, 2020) There has been an increase of 427 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 29,645 cases of COVID-19, of these, 24,765 cases have recovered, an increase of 281 cases from the day before. There are 152 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 10 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,382 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 7 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

I’d like to thank everyone for tuning into last night’s Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall with Mayor John Tory. We had a great discussion about municipal news and services. In case you missed the live event be sure to check out the full meeting on my YouTube channel – like and subscribe for more meetings and videos!

City of Toronto Remembrance Week 2020 will take place virtually from November 5 to 11, 2020. This year the City of Toronto commemorations will take place online through the City’s website and social media. More information can be found online.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Remembrance Day Event 2020 will take place on November 11, 2020 from 10:45am to 11:05am via zoom. This Remembrance Day event will include a moment of silence, a video tribute, and a poem reading by myself. Please see this flyer for more information and how to join.

#GetYourPoppy and show your support this month! Wearing a Poppy honours the memory of our veterans and their ultimate sacrifice. In addition to traditional poppy boxes – which will be available at over 25,000 locations across Canada – keep an eye out for the Royal Canadian Legion’s new tap enabled Poppy boxes!
 
Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

Your Toronto Zoo is looking for local artisan, processors, and producers for the Holiday Marketplace beginning November 20, 2020. Please email tz_partnershipsandevents@toronto.ca for more information about applying. More information on the Holiday Marketplace can be found here.
 
Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Community Research project on Scarborough Youth and the need for an innovative bereavement program. The Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities needs your input on providing grief support through multicultural perspectives and practices. Please fill out their online survey here.

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

November 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of November 1, 2020) There has been an increase of 330 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 29,226 cases of COVID-19, of these, 24,489cases have recovered, an increase of 268 cases from the day before. There are 149 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 18 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,375 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

The Ontario government is increasing direct care for Long-Term Care residents to an average of four hours per day. This commitment will make Ontario the leader of Canadian provinces in the provision of care for long-term care residents. This new commitment to improve quality of care includes:

  • Average daily direct care of four hours a day per resident
  • Hard targets set over the next four years to achieve this standard by 2024-45
  • Unprecedented changes to educate and recruit the tens of thousands of new personal support workers, registered practical nurses and registered nurses that will be required.

More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto facilities continue to be vital in the City’s response to COVID-19. These important places have been the frontline of supporting Torontonians, ensuring access to information, providing for food security and facilitating access to health care. Throughout spring, summer parks are a place to relax more safely, get fresh air and exercise. Now, schools across Toronto are using more than 220 City parks for outdoor learning. Other City recreation sites have been used for food distribution food-banks, flu shot clinics, and COVID-19 testing. 5 pop-up COVID-19 testing locations have been held in City recreation facilities, with 8 more scheduled.

Toronto Community Housing (TCHC) Seniors Housing unit, along with Paramedic Services, supports senior tenants within City-owned TCHC buildings with tenant wellness checks, mask distribution, and onsite flu vaccination. Toronto Public Library has provided regular access to reliable information is a crucial aspect to stopping the spread of COVID-19 as well as provided access to computers, and internet/Wi-Fi access. More information an be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library have named the five titles shortlisted for the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. The titles selected for the 2020 short list are:

  • Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta (House of Anansi Press)
  • Dancing After TEN by Vivian Chong and Georgia Webber, project management and access support by Kathleen Rea (Fantagraphics)
  • (Fantagraphics Books)
  • In the Beggarly Style of Imitation by Jean Marc Ah-Sen (Nightwood Editions)
  • The Missing Millionaire by Katie Daubs (McClelland & Stewart)
  • The Skin We're In by Desmond Cole (Doubleday Canada)

The winner of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards will be announced in a ceremony livestreamed from the Toronto Reference Library on November 30. The Toronto Star is the official media sponsor of the 2020 Toronto Book Awards. More information can be read in the news release.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details

October 30, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

It is vitally important residents follow Toronto Public Health advice to limit contact as much as possible to members of their own household only, practise physical distancing, wash hands often, wear a mask or face covering in all indoor public spaces or when physical distancing cannot be maintained and stay home when ill. The choices made this weekend have the potential to impact everyone.

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 29, 2020) There has been an increase of 345 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 28,284 cases of COVID-19, of these, 23,598 cases have recovered, an increase of 292 cases from the day before. There are 127 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 9 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,364 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

City Council moves to rapidly build new affordable and supportive homes for Toronto’s most vulnerable with $203 million federal investment. This follows this week’s announcement from the Government of Canada on the Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI). The RHI is delivering $1 billion in grant funding nationally to rapidly create new affordable rental housing in response to the urgent housing need of vulnerable and marginalized individuals. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is proclaiming October 31 as John Candy Day in Toronto. Mr. Candy’s contributions to the Canadian entertainment industry have made him one of Canada’s greatest and funniest character actors. Mr. Candy has deep roots in Toronto and played a big role in elevating the comedy and acting scene in the city. John would have turned 70 tomorrow as he was born on October 31, 1950. More information can be read in the news release.  

City of Toronto received federal funding commitment to help address flooding in the Rockcliffe-Smythe neighbourhood. The federal government’s funding commitment is being made through its Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) for Jane Street crossing improvements to mitigate Black Creek flooding in the area. The City of Toronto is contributing $28.5 million to the remaining costs of the project. More information can be read in the news release.

Your Toronto Zoo hosted its 18th Annual Oasis ZooRun virtually for the first time this year, raising over $40,000 for its new outdoor orangutan habitat. This much-loved fundraising event took place from Tuesday, September 1st to Monday, October 12th, 2020, allowing participants the opportunity to complete their 10K, 5K Walk/Run or Cub Run in one day or over a few weeks. Runners connected with the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy and Canada Running Series (CRS) online sharing photos of their race times and routes, wild costumes and race medals – which featured Puppe, one of the Toronto Zoo’s beloved Sumatran orangutans. Learn more here.

Scarborough Swim Team is hosting a Halloween Food Drive TOMORROW October 31, 2020.  from 7:15am to 7:45am and 8:45am to 9:15am in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre North Parking Lot, 875 Morningside Ave . This food drive will support Feed Scarborough, a Scarborough Food Security Initiative. Visit this post for more information.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13, 2020 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting a Community Food Drive on Saturday November 14, 2020 from 9am to 12pm in the parking lot of St. Boniface Church (142 Markham Rd). This will be a drive-through event observing appropriate COVID-19 protocols (face masks and coverings, sanitizer, physical distancing). Members of the Knights of Columbus will take donations from the trunk of your car, so you will not have to leave your vehicle. The food items will then be delivered to their community Food Bank. Thank you in advance to all who are able to participate.

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

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

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

The City hosting a number of Community Roundtables with residents and service providers across Toronto that started October 19 and run until November 13. These roundtables are topic-specific, and residents interested in joining should visit the website for details.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

October 29, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu and book your flu shot appointment at www.tphbookings.ca

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 28, 2020) There has been an increase of 447* COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 27,961 cases of COVID-19, of these, 23,312 cases have recovered, an increase of 292 cases from the day before. There are 127 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 8 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,362 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 4 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here. 

*The latest reported case count of 447 is not a single day record but is the result of an unusually high amount of data being input after staff illnesses and deployment of other staff of training on the new provincial software system for case and contact management. This batching of data entry accounts for 100 cases, which, if not included, would have been consisted with the level of recent case counts, in the low to mid-300 range.

City of Toronto launches MoveTO action plan to help manage congestion and build more resilient and safer transportation system. The plan, which will be considered at the Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting on Thursday, November 5, proposes five key measures that will help make the City’s transportation system more resilient in response to the effects of COVID-19 on Toronto’s overall transportation network. The five key proposed actions that can launch starting next year include ‘Smart’ traffic signals, ‘Intelligent’ intersection, Advanced Transit Signal Priority (ATSP), Continue and grow the Construction Hub Pilot Program and Transportation Demand Management Strategy. The full interim MoveTO report is available online. More information can be read in the news release.

Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt by-election candidate nominations and third-party advertiser registrations open October 29. Toronto Election Services will receive nominations for the Friday, January 15, 2021 by-election for the office of Councillor, Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt, from Thursday October 29 to Tuesday December 1.More information can be read in the news release.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is th last day for low-income seniors and people living with disabilities to apply for tax, water and solid waste relief. Visit this website for eligibility requirements and more.

Transition to EI and new Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB). The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was created to provide an immediate and necessary temporary response to support Canadians, providing up to 28 weeks of income support to those who had to stop working due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada began transitioning Canadians back to the Employment Insurance (EI) program on September 27, 2020, when some workers began to reach their 28-week maximum of the CERB. Find more on the transition to EI and CRB here.

The Toronto BIA Office is now accepting applications for Stream 6 of the BIA Innovation Fund. Awards range from $5000 to $25000. Finding is Limited. Descriptions of projects previously funded under the program can be found here, along with feature stories. Special consideration will be given to projects that address economic support and recovery in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Deadline to apply is Thursday December 10th, 2020 4:30pm. Apply NOW.

Celebrate World Lemur Day tomorrow October 30th from the comfort of your living room. Ontario non-profit Planet Madagascar has partnered with your Toronto Zoo and The University of Toronto Scarborough on a virtual World Lemur Day festival. Hosted by Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants, the event will feature behind-the-scenes visits with rare and endangered primates; a trip to Madagascar to learn more about conservation in action; and discussions with conservationists, scientists, and authors.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Scarborough Swim Team is hosting a Halloween Food Drive on Saturday October 31st from 7:15am to 7:45am and 8:45am to 9:15am in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre North Parking Lot, 875 Morningside Ave . This food drive will support Feed Scarborough, a Scarborough Food Security Initiative. Visit this post for more information.

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

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The City of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted by October 30. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

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

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

October 28, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 27, 2020) There has been an increase of 321 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 27,530 cases of COVID-19, of these, 23,025 cases have recovered, an increase of 251 cases from the day before. There are 140 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 20 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,358 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 5 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

I am happy to inform that after writing a letter to our Toronto Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, requesting a flu vaccine clinic to be opened in Scarborough, Toronto Public Health is launching a fourth community flu vaccine clinic on Saturday October 31 at Scarborough Town Centre, Exterior Unit D3, located at 410 Progress Avenue. This clinic is operated by appointment only through an online booking system which launched for this clinic this morning at www.tphbookings.ca. More information can be read in the news release.

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during the fight against COVID-19.  While flu vaccinations are also distributed to local doctors’ offices and participating pharmacies, access to a publicly run clinic plays an important role for people who cannot make use of other vaccination resources. Learn more about the flu online at www.toronto.ca/flu

City of Toronto update on City’s measures to combat the resurgence of the virus in Toronto. Mayor John Tory and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa explained the many actions the City and Toronto Public Health continue to undertake to respond to the spread of COVID-19 which include Pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics, Pop-up flu shot clinics, Self-isolate sites, outreach and public education and more supports. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto City Council has unanimously approved the extension of the winter patio program for curbside cafes and extended private patios to support local restaurants this winter and into the spring. The successful CaféTO program has been extended and will allow some restaurants to occupy sidewalk space along the curbside, to serve customers and generate revenue. In addition, City Council is extending zoning bylaw amendments, through spring 2021, to increase the maximum size of outdoor patios on private property and remove restrictions that might prevent an outdoor patio located in front of buildings (frontage café). Council has also voted to waive all fees and charges for Winter CaféTO locations. Restaurant operators interested in creating a winter sidewalk café must first register. More information, including new guidelines, will be available at the start of November at www.toronto.ca/CafeTO. More information can be read in the news release.  

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Scarborough Swim Team is hosting a Halloween Food Drive on Saturday October 31st from 7:15am to 7:45am and 8:45am to 9:15am in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre North Parking Lot, 875 Morningside Ave . This food drive will support Feed Scarborough, a Scarborough Food Security Initiative. Visit this post for more information.

Toronto Rent Bank is here to help with your first and last month’s rent or if you’re behind in rent. You may be eligible if you are living in Toronto; your household is within low income guidelines and is not in receipt of Social Assistance; you are paying market rent; you can satisfy all other requirements. More information can be found at www.torontorentbank.ca

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

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

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted by October 30. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

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

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


October 27, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during COVID-19. I have noted of the three vaccination clinics across Toronto, none are in the Scarborough or Eastern Toronto area. I’ve sent a letter to Dr. de Villa outlining the urgency for a flu vaccination clinic to open in Scarborough. You can read my full letter here.

Scarborough Health Network and Toronto Public Health are opening a Pop-up Assessment Centre for COVID-19 testing at Global Kingdom Ministries at 1250 Markham Rd from TOMORROW 9am to 4pm. Learn more and stay updated for future dates and locations here.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 26, 2020) There has been an increase of 374 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 27,226 cases of COVID-19, of these, 22,779 cases have recovered, an increase of 240 cases from the day before. There are 131 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 4 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,353 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of the new Rapid Housing Initiative that invests $1 billion to create up to 3,000 new permanent affordable housing unites across the country. The Rapid Housing Initiative will quickly develop new modular multi-unit rentals, convert non-residential buildings into affordable multi-residential homes, and rehabilitate buildings that are abandoned or in disrepair into affordable multi-residential homes. Costs to purchase land and buildings will also be eligible under the new initiative. More information can be read in the news release.
 
Today, City Council unanimously approved framework to create new permanent, supporting housing in Parkdale in partnership with the University Health Network and United Way Greater Toronto. Recognizing the inextricable link between poverty, health and social outcomes, and the need to take a systemic approach to improving the lives of residents across the city, the City of Toronto, the University Health Network (UHN) and the United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) have developed a unique SMI model that will use land owned by UHN in Parkdale to create new permanent supportive housing. The plan will coordinate resources from all three partners to develop a range of housing and important health and social services onsite. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto City Council has approved the City’s first Freight and Goods Movement Strategy that will help make transportation of freight and goods safer, more reliable and more sustainable in and around Toronto. The Freight and Goods Movement Strategy identifies 24 strategic actions that the City, led by the Transportation Services division in partnership with other divisions and external partners, will undertake immediately and over the next several years. The strategy will help Toronto address pressures brought on by increased demand for:

  • goods movement through population growth
  • rapidly shifting technology trends and future innovations related to shipping and producing goods, and
  • growth of local industries and the economy from a global perspective in order to help Toronto and the region remain economically competitive and appealing.

The full report is available here. More information can be read in the news release.

Vision Zero is hosting a Virtual Senior Safety Zone Review for Lawrence Ave E and Markham Rd on Friday November 13 from 2pm to 3pm. You can join by phone or computer! For more information and how to register please visit this website.

Scarborough Swim Team is hosting a Halloween Food Drive on Saturday October 31st from 7:15am to 7:45am and 8:45am to 9:15am in the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre North Parking Lot, 875 Morningside Ave . This food drive will support Feed Scarborough, a Scarborough Food Security Initiative. Visit this post for more information.

Toronto Rent Bank is here to help with your first and last month’s rent or if you’re behind in rent. You may be eligible if you are living in Toronto; your household is within low income guidelines and is not in receipt of Social Assistance; you are paying market rent; you can satisfy all other requirements. More information can be found at www.torontorentbank.ca

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

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

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

Community-Based Crisis Response Model Development Survey. The of Toronto is looking to re-imagine ways of responding to crisis calls that are collaborative, innovative and grounded in community needs and desires. To do this, the City wants to understand your priorities for what a community-based crisis response could look like. Complete this online survey before November 9, 2020.
Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted by October 30. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

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

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


October 26, 2020

Dear Neighbours ,

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

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

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during COVID-19. I have noted of the three vaccination clinics across Toronto, none are in the Scarborough or Eastern Toronto area. I’ve sent a letter to Dr. de Villa outlining the urgency for a flu vaccination clinic to open in Scarborough. You can read my full letter here.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 25, 2020) There has been an increase of 300 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 26,870 cases of COVID-19, of these, 22,540 cases have recovered, an increase of 259 cases from the day before. There are 132 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 17 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,353 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The City of Toronto is urging all road users to stay alert and obey the rules of the road as daylight saving time ends at 2am on Sunday November 1. The return to standard time means fewer daylight hours and reduced visibility for all road users in the city. In Toronto, pedestrian collisions increase by more than 30% during the evening commute hours from November to March. To draw attention to the increased risks facing pedestrians and cyclists, the City of Toronto has launched a city-wide public education campaign today that promotes road safety as we enter a season with reduced daylight hours. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto partnership with Ritual Open For Business supports more than 1000 local businesses with free delivery until November 8. The Ritual ONE app was launched this spring to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission-free online sales. All flat fee delivery charges will be waived for both customers and local businesses during this two week period to encourage customers to order directly from local businesses. A list of all participating restaurants is available online. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto is reopening one of its recently settled debenture offerings for an additional $250 million to help finance critical capital projects. This is the City’s fourth public debenture issuance this year and the lowest 30-year term rate the City has ever issued with an all-in cost of 2.436 per cent. This conventional bond issue, which is a reopening of a 30-year maturity with a coupon interest rate of 2.80 per cent, will mature on November 22, 2049. This reissuance brings the bond’s outstanding amount to $600 million. The proceeds from this issuance will be used to fund the completed portion of the approved capital projects from several City divisions and agencies, such as:

  • Transportation Services
  • Toronto Paramedic Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Economic Development and Culture, and
  • Exhibition Place.

More information about the City's Debenture Programs is available online.

Toronto Rent Bank is here to help with your first and last month’s rent or if you’re behind in rent. You may be eligible if you are living in Toronto; your household is within low income guidelines and is not in receipt of Social Assistance; you are paying market rent; you can satisfy all other requirements. More information can be found at www.torontorentbank.ca

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

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

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

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted by October 30. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

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

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


October 23, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during COVID-19. Earlier this week Toronto Public Health announced that its flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online booking appointments. I have noted of the three vaccination clinics across Toronto, none are in the Scarborough or Eastern Toronto area. While I understand flu vaccines are also distributed to doctors, drug stores, and appropriate medical teams, a publicly run flu vaccination clinic plays an important role for people who cannot make use of other vaccination resources. I’ve sent a letter to Dr. de Villa outlining the urgency for a flu vaccination clinic to open in Scarborough. You can read my full letter here.

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

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

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 22, 2020) There has been an increase of 317 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 25,913 cases of COVID-19, of these, 21,777 cases have recovered, an increase of 272 cases from the day before. There are 123 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 17 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,346 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 15,175 tickets between August 6 and September 5, the second month of issuing tickets to vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The program began enforcement on July 6. According to the data, the number of repeat offenders during the second month of issuing tickets was 1,198. More information about the program and a map of all locations is available at www.toronto.ca/ASE. Anyone who receives an Automated Speed Enforcement ticket can view images of their offence online using the City’s Court Case Look Up.

Toronto Public Health teams up with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment local athletes and coaches to raise awareness on actions residents can take to reduce COVID-19 spread and help keep everyone safer as we live with this virus. The first video features Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse, the second features Toronto FC Captain Michael Bradley and the third features Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Zach Hyman. TPH's Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey also features in all videos. The videos will be shared on social media and are available on TPH's YouTube channel. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto marks milestone in delivery of first modular housing building. At the 11 Macey Ave. site, the modular homes are being installed this week by crane, bringing the project a significant step closer to occupancy, which is anticipated to take place next month. The City’s Modular Housing Initiative is building affordable rental homes that also offer support services, designed for people who are currently experiencing homelessness. More information can be read in the news release.

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

The Scarborough Business Association is hosting a Cyber Breakfast Conference on October 28 on “Learn how to take your business to the next level with Digital Main Street’s Shop HERE powered by Google.” For more information and how to register please visit this link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 22, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during COVID-19. Earlier this week Toronto Public Health announced that its flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online booking appointments. I have noted of the three vaccination clinics across Toronto, none are in the Scarborough or Eastern Toronto area. While I understand flu vaccines are also distributed to doctors, drug stores, and appropriate medical teams, a publicly run flu vaccination clinic plays an important role for people who cannot make use of other vaccination resources. Today, I’ve sent a letter to Dr. de Villa outlining the urgency for a flu vaccination clinic to open in Scarborough. You can read my full letter here.

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

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

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

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 21, 2020) There has been an increase of 371 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 25,618 cases of COVID-19, of these, 21,509 cases have recovered, an increase of 259 cases from the day before. There are 125 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,344 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 6 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

City of Toronto pledges to plant 50 trees to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as part of the Earth Day Canada 2020 Tree Relay. The City of Toronto joins more than a dozen other Canadian cities in making this commitment. As part of the relay, each city announces their commitment on the 22nd day of a month then ‘passes the baton’ to another city the following month. Toronto will invite Nanaimo, BC to make the pledge in November. Learn more information about the 2020 Tree Relay online.

Misleading phone calls and door hangers from private companies related to basement flooding are circulating in Toronto. If you’ve received one of these, please know that they are not affiliated with the City of Toronto, and the information is not provided or approved by the City and may be inaccurate or misleading. The City does not conduct telephone or door-to-door sales of any kind and does not endorse any basement flooding products/services. If you have any questions, please contact 311. The City’s resources about flood proofing your home are only found at toronto.ca/basementflooding.

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

The Scarborough Business Association is hosting a Cyber Breakfast Conference on October 28 on “Learn how to take your business to the next level with Digital Main Street’s Shop HERE powered by Google.” For more information and how to register please visit this link.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 20, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 19, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 13, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 7, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 6, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information can be read in the news release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 5, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Measures for Testing:

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information can be read in the news release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


October 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 30, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 29, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The application and full program details are available online.

Key dates in the application process are:

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

More information can be read in the news release.

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

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

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

More information can be read in the news release.

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

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

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

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

Source: blogTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 28, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 25, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

For more information please read the news release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information please read the news release.

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

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

For more information please read the news release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 24, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 23, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 22, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Toronto Arts Council grant deadlines:

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 18, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


September 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information please read the Construction Notice.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

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

September 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

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

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

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

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

The following ShowLoveTO initiatives will engage Toronto residents this fall:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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