My January 23, 2021 #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

January 22, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue 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. 

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 21, 2020) There has been an increase of 831 COVID-19 cases in the City with 504 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 80,541 cases of COVID-19, of these, 70,181 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,276 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 Province of Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect for Toronto and across the province. The City urges all people to respect the COVID-19 orders and stay at home as much as possible. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember 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

If you recently got tested for COVID-19, you may get a text message to complete a short, voluntary survey about your activities days before your test. Your responses are confidential and will help Toronto Public Health better understand virus spread in our city. Learn more about Toronto Public Health’s source of infection survey here.

Tonight at 7p.m., the City of Toronto will open its Warming Centres to help those experiencing homelessness. The centres give a safe indoor and warm place to rest and access snacks, washroom facilities and referrals to emergency shelters. Space will be offered at the following locations:

  • 129 Peter Street
  • 5800 Yonge Street
  • Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre, 195 Princes’ Boulevard
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive

Warming Centres are generally activated with the City issues an Extreme Cold Weather Alert (ECWQ) based on a forecast of minus 15 degrees Celsius or colder. While the temperature forecast is not expected to reach this threshold, the City is activating the Warming Centre tonight in an abundance of caution due to colder nighttime temperatures, forecasted windchill and expected snow. For more information please read this news release.

City of Toronto traffic data shows more people are staying home to fight COVID-19. Today, the City released traffic data to help show the impact of the ongoing lockdown. There are three key traffic monitoring measures City staff rely on including traffic congestion, traffic volume and traffic counts of cars and pedestrians. The data confirms that vehicle traffic continues to be at its lowest observed levels since Stage 1 Reopening back in May and June 2020 but is still higher than conditions observed during the initial lockdown last spring. Traffic conditions in the first two days since additional restrictions were imposed by the Province were similar to the days immediately preceding this period. More information can be read in this news release.

City of Toronto advises that winter sightings of coyotes are normal in parts of Toronto. Coyote habitats typically include ravines, forests and large parks, residents who live near theses areas can expect to see more coyotes during the winter. At this time of year, it is easier to sot coyotes in parks and ravines, as they are not hidden by foliage. Most interactions with coyotes in Toronto are the result of a nearby, regular food source, especially intentional feeding by people. Feeding wild animals, including coyotes, is detrimental and can create problems for the neighbourhood. To minimize negative encounters with coyotes, residents should remember the following:

  • Never feed coyotes and don’t leave food, including pet food, outside.
  • Properly dispose of garbage and waste at home and at parks.
  • When encountering a coyote, do not run but make noise to scare the coyote away.
  • Do not approach coyotes, their dens or their young.
  • Do not touch coyotes, even if they appear tame, sick or injured.

 For more information on the City’s coyote response please visit www.toronto.ca/coyote

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/budgetT

oronto Police Services Board is holding a Virtual Meeting on January 28, 2021 at 11:45am. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the meeting through their livestream. The agenda for this meeting is available on the Board’s website. Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may register using the regular process, at www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation.  The request must be received no later than 12:00pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021.  

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities is hosting a Virtual Tamil Heritage Month Celebration on Saturday January 30th, 4:30pm to 6:00pm on Zoom. This virtual celebration will showcase Tamil culture and history. There will be live performances, games and presentations that educate and talk about Tamil history. Register for free here.

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.

TTC and YRT 5-Year Fare Policy Survey. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and York Region Transit (YRT) are working together to develop a new integrated fare policy for the next five years. A new fare policy is needed to reflect changes while continuing to provide safe, convenient and reliable transit service for customers and meet the mobility needs of future riders. Have your say and complete this survey before February 18, 2021.

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. 

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE.

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing Check out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter:  BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERE

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE.Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERESubscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter. Check out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board Update Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel Check out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

 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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:City of TorontoProvince of OntarioGovernment of CanadaWorld Health OrganizationOfficial Global Travel Advisory  The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. 

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/ 

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

Councillor Paul Ainslie
@Ainslie_Ward24
@City Councillor Paul Ainslie
City Councillor Paul Ainslie

Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca 

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto for January 20, 2021

January 20, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue 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 we take care of ourselves and seek support if its needed.

Thank you to everyone who participated in my Budget Town Hall, and for sending in your questions and comments! If you missed the live event, this meeting will be posted to my YouTube channel!

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 19, 2020) There has been an increase of 981 COVID-19 cases in the City with 484 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 78,819 cases of COVID-19, of these, 68,290 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,246 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 spreadCOVID-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 report outlines plan for bigger and better CafeTO program in 2021 to help local restaurants. The report, which will be considered at the Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 27, includes details about the CafeTO – a quick-start pandemic response program launched last summer – and outlines key findings and outcomes along with recommendations on how to ensure the program is bigger and better this year. The report indicates that the City would again work with BIAs, local restaurant and bar owners to make enhancements such as updated registration processes, comprehensive and safe traffic management plans, support for quick CafeTO installations and more. 

The report also includes details about the CurbTO program which calls for City staff to be prepared to work with health officials and local business owners to continue the CurbTO program. The full CafeTO and CurbTO – Pandemic Response Programs report is available online.

City of Toronto report on policing recommends pilots for community safety and crisis response program to be considered at January 27 Executive Committee meeting.These pilot programs would allow for non-police led response for non-emergency, non-violent calls including those involving persons in crisis and for wellness checks. If approved by Council, three pilots will be implemented in Northwest Toronto, North East Toronto, and Downtown East. A fourth pilot will serve Indigenous communities, recognizing the history of Indigenous peoples and their negative experiences with policing. This pilot will be Indigenous-led and co-developed with Indigenous communities. The full report 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 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

Calling All Educators and At-Home Learners – Your Toronto Zoo wants to keep students connected in science and share information about wildlife conservation. On Thursday January 21, 2021 visit the Toronto Zoo’s YouTube Live channel for FREE curriculum related virtual programs covering topics from shapes and patterns in the wild to animal live cycles, to biodiversity and habitats. Learn more here.T

oronto 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

Applications are now open for the new Ontario Small Business Support GrantThe program provides up to $20,000 to eligible small businesses that are required to close or significantly restrict services under the province-wide shutdown. New businesses established since April 2019 can apply if they meet other eligibility criteria. For help applying check out the user application guide, or contact the City’s BusinessTO Support Centre for one-on-one virtual support. 

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.

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. 

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE.insidehousing: N

ews from Toronto Community HousingCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.*NEW* BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERET

ransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE.Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERE.

 Subscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletterCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir PatelCheck out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto Zoo Press ReleasesLatest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe. 

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca

If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:City of TorontoProvince of OntarioGovernment of CanadaWorld Health OrganizationOfficial Global Travel Advisory  

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/ 

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

Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca 

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Updaste for #Ward24 #Scarborough & #Toronto – January 19, 2021


January 19, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue 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. 

City of Toronto 2021 Budget Consultation 
Thank you for sending in your questions and comments! If you cannot make the live event, this meeting will be posted to my YouTube channel! 

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  T

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
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. 
Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel! Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE. 

Insidehousing: News from Toronto Community HousingCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE. 

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERE

*NEW* TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE. 

What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERESubscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online. 

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletterCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE. 

*NEW* TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir PatelCheck out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto Zoo Press ReleasesLatest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe. 

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. 

Essential Government Information for COVID-19
Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca  
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 Advisory  

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. 

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/ 

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website with up to date information:Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca 

All my Best,  

Paul 

#COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough , and #Toronto for January 16, 2021

January 15, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue 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. City of Toronto 2021 Budget Consultation

To submit your questions before January 18, 4:30pm:

To join at the time of the meeting:

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

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. W

atch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE.insidehousing:

News from Toronto Community HousingCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERETransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE.Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERESubscribe HERE.

Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletterCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board Update Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir PatelCheck out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca

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 Advisory  

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. 

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/ 

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

Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca 

All my Best,  

Paul 

My January 12, 2021 #COVID Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough #Toronto

Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue 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. 

Town Hall Meeting January 14

To join at the time of the meeting:

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!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 12:01amThis 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.

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

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE.insidehousing: News from Toronto Community HousingCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online eventsCheck out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERE

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.Check out their latest update HERE.Subscribe HERE.What’s On at the Library: Home EditionCheck out the latest copy HERESubscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletterCheck out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir PatelCheck out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE

Toronto Zoo Press ReleasesLatest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe. 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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.caIf you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites:City of TorontoProvince of OntarioGovernment of CanadaWorld Health OrganizationOfficial Global Travel Advisory  The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311. T

he City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/ 

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

Councillor Paul Ainslie
@Ainslie_Ward24
@cllrainslie
Paul Ainslie

Website: www.paulainslie.comYou can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca 

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for #December 17, 2020 for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

December 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. For information on COVID-19 community supports please visit this link.

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 practicephysical 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.

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.

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.

Check out all of 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. Bes to like and subscribe for more meeting s and videos!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERE. Subscribe HERE.

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.

Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto District School Board Update

Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

Check out the latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto Zoo Press Releases

Latest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe.

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

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 Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

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

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for #December 14, 2020 #Ward24 #Scarborough & #Toronto

December 14, 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.

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 practicephysical 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. More information is available at www.shn.ca/covid19-popup. December 17 & 18 Pop-up Assessment Centres details are available below:

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.

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.

Check out all of 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. Bes to like and subscribe for more meeting s and videos!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERE. Subscribe HERE.

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.

Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto District School Board Update

Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

Check out the latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto Zoo Press Releases

Latest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe.

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

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 Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

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

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for December 11, 2020 for #Ward24 #Scarborough & #Toronto

December 11, 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.

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 practicephysical 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.

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.

Check out all of 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. Bes to like and subscribe for more meeting s and videos!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERE. Subscribe HERE.

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.

Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto District School Board Update

Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

Check out the latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto Zoo Press Releases

Latest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe.

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

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 Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

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

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for December 10, 2020 for #Ward24 #Scarborough & #Toronto

December 10, 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.

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 practicephysical 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.

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.

Check out all of 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. Bes to like and subscribe for more meeting s and videos!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERE. Subscribe HERE.

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.

Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE. Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto District School Board Update

Check out the latest issue HERE.

TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

Check out the latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

Toronto Zoo Press Releases

Latest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe.

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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

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 Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

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

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #COVID #Update for December 9, 2020 for #Ward24 #Scarborough, and #Toronto

December 9, 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.

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 practicephysical 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.

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.

Check out all of 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. Bes to like and subscribe for more meeting s and videos!

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

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insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

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BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

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TransformTO Update: Climate action for a healthy, equitable, prosperous Toronto.

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What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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Our KGO Updates: East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter

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Toronto District School Board Update

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TDSB Trustee Update by Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood Trustee Zakir Patel

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Toronto Zoo Press Releases

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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.

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca 

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 Advisory

The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice, and information about City services and social supports. Check www.toronto.ca/covid-19/ for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

The City of Toronto’s website can be translated into many languages using the GoogleTM Translate tool. This tool gives residents and visitors who speak other languages a way of accessing City information featured on the website. To change languages on the City of Toronto website, please click here: www.toronto.ca/home/translate/

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

Website: www.paulainslie.com

You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca

All my Best,  

Paul