October 21, 2020 #COVID #Update for #Ward 24 #Scarborough & City of #Toronto

October 21, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

Please join me and my colleagues for another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall to discuss community healthcare!

To submit questions or comments before October 22 at 12pm, click here:

To join the live on Monday, October 26 at 7pm, click here:

Canada-Wide Approach to Ensure Municipalities are Protected from Cyber Threats. At today’s Executive Committee meeting I brought forward an information report as an appointed member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) focusing on the need for a Canada-wide approach for dealing with cyber security to ensure municipalities are protected. At the September 2020 meeting of the FCM Board of Directors I’ve requested that the FCM call on the federal government to create a municipally focused cyber security certification program which is one step to help enable municipalities to further their cyber risk management, and overcome limited financial resources, as well as operation constraints. More information can be read in this news release. 

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

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

Remember to participate in Waste Reduction Week this week. This year’s theme focuses on circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

As more and more leaves begin to fall, when clearing up fallen leaves from your property please keep roadside catch basins clear of leaves and other debris to help water enter the storm sewer.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 20, 2020) There has been an increase of 346 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 25,278 cases of COVID-19, of these, 21,256 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 128 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 21 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,338 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

The Province of Ontario is expanding mental health services for children and youth. The Ontario government is providing $24.3 million in targeted investments to hire additional staff, increase access to counselling and therapy, create new programs to help manage stress, depression and anxiety, and address eating disorders and other challenges facing children and youth. This funding is part of the government’s $176 million investment in the Roadmap to Wellness, a comprehensive plan to build a fully connected mental health and addictions system across the province. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto statement on Parks Bylaw injunction decision. Today, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice refused to grant an injunction that would have required the City of Toronto to suspend the enforcement of its Parks Bylaw that prohibits camping in City parks during the current pandemic. This ruling does not order the City to clear encampments, rather, the ruling does not prevent the City from clearing an encampment when shelter and housing options become available to those living in encampments or as required by the circumstances. More information can be read in the news release.

The Toronto Police Service would like to invite members of the public to apply for one of 12 positions on its Community Advisory Panel for Race-Based Data (RBD) Collection, Analysis and Reporting Policy. The panel will meet four times a year, starting January 2021, to provide the Service with advice on the analysis, interpretation and dissemination of Race and Identity Based Data Collection. Interested applicants can apply online . The application process will close on October 30, 2020. More information can be read in the news release.

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

Rotary Club of North Scarborough is hosting a Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday October 24th from 10am to 4pm at the Beer Store at Agincourt Mall (3850 Sheppard Ave E). The Rotary Club will have a tent set up in the parking lot outside of the Beer Store to welcome you and your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. This collection will benefit local aid agencies such as Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, 5N2 Soup Kitchen Project, Scarborough Health Network and more. For more information please contact info@northscarboroughrotary.org

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

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

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

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

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.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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City of #Toronto & #Ward24 #COVID Update for October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

Please join me and my colleagues for another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall to discuss community healthcare!

To submit questions or comments before October 22 at 12pm, click here:

To join the live on Monday, October 26 at 7pm, click here:

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

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 19, 2020) There has been an increase of 339 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 24,947 cases of COVID-19, of these, 20,999 cases have recovered, an increase of 196 cases from the day before. There are 109 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 6 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,337 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

Ontario extends COVID-19 orders until November 21, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to contain the spread of COVID-19.Additionally, Ontario is amending emergency orders to regions under modified Stage 2 regulations to clarify that classes delivered for the purpose of teaching or training amateur or professional dancers in dance techniques are permitted to operate provided specified conditions are met. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario invests $550 million to build 20 new schools and eight permanent school additions across the province in 2020-21. These new projects will create nearly 16,000 new student learning spaces and 870 new licensed child care spaces as part of the government’s ongoing efforts to improve and build modern schools. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto Public Health is launching an online flu vaccine booking system to help residents schedule their appointments for TPH’s annual flu vaccine clinics. This year, TPH flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online appointments to ensure that appropriate physical distancing and infection prevention and control measures can be followed to reduce the potential risk of virus spread and keep residents safer.  Due to the higher demand for flu vaccine this year, more TPH flu vaccine clinics will be offered starting this week until the end of December. TPC flu clinic appointments can be booked online. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto announced $1.9 million in additional funding for community services to help vulnerable populations. These additional funds will be distributed from TO Supports Investment Fund to 33 community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second installment of the City’s commitment of 20% towards the provincial Social Services Relief Fund to support non-profit social service agencies during this pandemic. More information can be read in the news release.  

Rotary Club of North Scarborough is hosting a Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday October 24th from 10am to 4pm at the Beer Store at Agincourt Mall (3850 Sheppard Ave E). The Rotary Club will have a tent set up in the parking lot outside of the Beer Store to welcome you and your empty beer, wine and liquor bottles. This collection will benefit local aid agencies such as Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, 5N2 Soup Kitchen Project, Scarborough Health Network and more. For more information please contact info@northscarboroughrotary.org

Remember to participate in Waste Reduction Week this week. This year’s theme focuses on reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the take-make-and-dispose approach in favour of product longevity – known as a circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

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

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Parent Survey on the proposed regulatory amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014. The Province is reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and is looking for feedback on proposed changes affecting child care programs. They have provided an online report called Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario and their consultation document summarizes the proposed changes. Toronto Children’s Services is preparing the City’s response and would like to hear from you on the most significant changes that have been proposed. Please complete this survey by October 21, 2020.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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Health Townhall October 26, 2020 and #COVID Activities for #Ward24 and #Toronto

October 19, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

Please join me and my colleagues for another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall to discuss community healthcare!

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 18, 2020) There has been an increase of 268 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 24,624 cases of COVID-19, of these, 20,803 cases have recovered, an increase of 219 cases from the day before. There are 107 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,337 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 1 death from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Toronto Public Health has launched two additional maps on the City’s reporting dashboard. One map shows COVID-19 per cent positivity by neighbourhood and the second shows testing rates across the city. This is in support of the City of Toronto Health Equity Plan approved by the Board of Health earlier today.

Stay safe and follow Public Health advice this Halloween, due to the “high transmission of COVID-19 in the modified Stage 2 public health unit regions of Ottawa, Peel, Toronto and York Region, traditional door-to-door trick or treating is not recommended,” Dr. Williams said today in a statement on public health advice for Halloween this year. People should consider alternative ways to celebrate, this can include encouraging kids to dress up and participate in virtual activities; organize a Halloween candy hunt with people living in their own household; carving pumpkins and more. More information can be read in the news release.

October 19th to 25th is Waste Reduction Week in the City of Toronto. This week is held every October as a reminder of the ways everyone can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable consumption. This year, Waste Reduction Week focuses on reducing waste and maximizing resources by moving away from the take-make-and-dispose approach in favour of product longevity – known as a circular economy, renewability, reuse and repair. The City and its Community Reduce & Reuse Program partners will be hosting online workshops and events through th week on topics such as circular economy, bike repairs and swaps, sewing, community composting, food canning and recipes to reduce food waste. More information on how to participate in Waste Reduction Week events and tips to reduce waste are available at www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse

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

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Scarborough Arts wants your work for their 35th Annual Juried Exhibition! Visual art, writing, and poetry submissions are all accepted. They’re also bringing back a community favourite: THE BIG ART BOOK! Selected AJE submissions will be automatically eligible for a feature in this 2020 online publication.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Parent Survey on the proposed regulatory amendments to the Child Care and Early Years Act (CCEYA), 2014. The Province is reviewing the Child Care and Early Years Act and is looking for feedback on proposed changes affecting child care programs. They have provided an online report called Strengthening early years and child care in Ontario and their consultation document summarizes the proposed changes. Toronto Children’s Services is preparing the City’s response and would like to hear from you on the most significant changes that have been proposed. Please complete this survey by October 21, 2020.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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#COVID #Update for #Ward24 & City of #Toronto Activities for October 15, 2020

October 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

As we continue to witness the rise COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province, it is very important that we adhere to public health advice to practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible and to wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 14, 2020) There has been an increase of 254 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 23,572 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,835 cases have recovered, an increase of 314 cases from the day before. There are 101 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 7 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,330 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, and increase of 3 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Millions across Canada are now using the made-in-Ontario COVID alert app. The Ontario government is working with some of the most influential brands in Canada, including Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, to encourage more people to download the made-in-Ontario COVID Alert app and help protect people across the country from the pandemic. To support businesses large and small, the government is launching a new webpage that will provide them with the tools they need to promote the app and build on its success to-date. More information can be read in the news release.

Six City of Toronto Traffic Agents to be recommended for designation as special constables. The City of Toronto is moving ahead with its Traffic Agents program with six full-time City of Toronto Traffic Agents recommended for designation as special constables at next Thursdays’ Toronto Police Services Board meeting. Once approved and sworn in, these newly hired individuals will be designated as special constables and will be permitted to manage traffic at signalized intersections in Toronto. It’s then expected they will be fully deployed at Toronto intersections before the end of 2020.

The City Traffic Agents Program is a congestion management strategy that will place Traffic Agents, employed by the City of Toronto, at key intersections during morning and afternoon peak periods. Traffic volumes in Toronto have been lower than normal during the pandemic, however, City staff continue to observe increasing trends in traffic volumes especially during peak periods. More information can be read in the news release.

Allen Road closed and other partial closures this weekend for maintenance and improvements. The City of Toronto will perform maintenance and improvement activities on Allen Road this weekend from Friday, October 16 at 11 p.m. until Monday, October 19 at 5 a.m. The closure will extend the entire length of the roadway from Sheppard Avenue West to Eglinton Avenue West.Visit the City’s road restrictions map to help residents and visitors make travel plans. In addition, the City’s T.O. INview map shows planned capital construction work taking place across the city.

Your Toronto Zoo received the highest honour from Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) for education program design. In 2019, the overall environmental sustainability program theme for your Toronto Zoo was #EveryActionCounts. This encompassed a broad number of sustainability programs and included a temporary exhibit called Washed Ashore – Art To Save The Sea. CAZA has recognized the #EveryActionCounts program for outstanding achievement and innovation in education program design that enhances conservation knowledge and/or promotes positive conservation attitudes and behaviour. More information can be read here. 

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Park People has created a webinar series to directly address questions faced about the future of city parks. In the series you’ll learn about park-based solutions to address the urgent and immediate needs arising out of COVID-19 and parks’ role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. More information can be found here.  

The Good Neighbour Project is in need of additional volunteers for many positions within their network. Learn more about the positions available here.

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Book tickets here.

Have Your Say: Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy. On October 21, me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee will be discussing the report by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) on the City’s pandemic recovery plan. You can review the report here.

To submit your comments or request to speak, click the buttons at the top of the agenda item “Submit Comments” or “Request to Speak”. Alternatively you can email the City Clerk at exc@toronto.ca, write in the subject “My comments for 2020.EX17.1 on October 21, 2020 Executive Committee,” and write your comments for public record or request to speak. IMPORTANT: Please copy me on your email as well, councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

*NEW* Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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#Ward24 #COVID Update on City of #Toronto Activities for October 14, 2020

October 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

As we continue to witness the rise COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province, it is very important that we adhere to public health advice to practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible and to wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 13, 2020): There has been an increase of 296 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 23,338 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,523 cases have recovered, an increase of 311 cases from the day before. There are 108 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 6 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,327 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The City of Toronto has signed an agreement to deliver Automated Shuttle Trial planned for Spring 2021. Local Motors, in partnership with Pacific Western Transportation, will provide this service using Olli 2.0, the latest iteration of its electric, self-driving shuttle. With a seating capacity of up to eight passengers, Olli is equipped with an accessibility ramp and a wheelchair securement system, along with audio and visual announcements and other features for rider information. An on-board safety steward will oversee vehicle operations and can manually take control of the vehicle at any time when required. More information can be read in the news release.

City Manager’s Report, Towards Recovery and Building a Renewed Toronto, to go to the Executive Committee on October 21stThe report is one in a series of reports to Toronto City Council that outlines actions the City of Toronto has and will undertake to address the challenges of the pandemic, key accomplishments, findings from other jurisdictions, insights from engagements and research, and advice to Council on how the City should move towards recovery and prosperity, amidst this evolving emergency. The report emphasizes that the City’s continued collaboration with other orders of government to effectively apply taxpayer resources and create the greatest positive impact on shared recovery goals with clear outcomes is essential to recovery. An integrated response to issues, including addressing the social determinants of health, and exploring partnerships with community agencies, academia and the private sector, is also key. More information can be read in the news release.

The City of Toronto is extending its partnership with Ritual to launch Open For Business to support local businesses. Open For Business is a collaboration with Ritual and DoorDash to help local businesses across Toronto increase their commission free online sales. Through this partnership extension, Ritual will provide its commission free digital ordering platform Ritual ONE to Toronto businesses at no coast through the end of the year. All local businesses that enroll in Ritual ONE will receive delivery capabilities powered by DoorDash Drive, its fulfillment platform that powers direct delivery for any business. Toronto businesses will receive two weeks of free delivery from October 26 to November 8. Additionally, any business that completes one delivery order on Ritual ONE powered by DoorDash Drive by December 31 will receive Ritual ONE free through 2021. Toronto businesses can learn more and enroll at www.ritual.co/toronto. More information can be read in the news release.  

The City of Toronto is developing a Cricket Strategy to support the growth of cricket. Join a virtual public meeting on October 26 to learn more about the Strategy, ask the project team questions and share your ideas for growing the sport. Find more information on the project and how to register for the meeting here.

Park People has created a webinar series to directly address questions faced about the future of city parks. In the series you’ll learn about park-based solutions to address the urgent and immediate needs arising out of COVID-19 and parks’ role in creating a more inclusive and sustainable future. More information can be found here.  

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q&A on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Book tickets here.

Have Your Say: Toronto’s Recovery and Rebuild Strategy. On October 21st, me and my colleagues on the Executive Committee will be discussing the report by the Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild (TORR) on the City’s pandemic recovery plan. You can review the report here.

To submit your comments or request to speak, click the buttons at the top of the agenda item “Submit Comments” or “Request to Speak”. Alternatively you can email the City Clerk at exc@toronto.ca, write in the subject “My comments for 2020.EX17.1 on October 21, 2020 Executive Committee,” and write your comments for public record or request to speak. IMPORTANT: Please copy me on your email as well, councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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#Ward24 #COVID Update on City of #Toronto Response for #October 13, 2020

October 13, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

As we continue to witness the rise COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province, it is very important that we adhere to public health advice to practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible and to wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Be sure to put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own households and maintain physically distanced from everyone else. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 12, 2020): There has been an increase of 258 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 23,061 cases of COVID-19, of these, 19,212 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 103 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 7 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,327 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 8 deaths since the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Canada Emergency Benefit Updates: Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) will provide simple and easy to access rent and mortgage support until June 2021 for qualifying organizations. The program would subsidize 65% of eligible expenses until December 19, 2020. Organizations would be able to make claims retroactively for the period that began September 27 and ends October 24, 2020; Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) has been extended to June 2021. The current subsidy rate will remain the same until December 19, 2020; and theCanada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) has been extended to December 31, 2020, making the program accessible longer to Canadians.

Modified Stage 2 restrictions for Toronto Ottawa and Peel regions are now in effect. These measures were set in place as a result of higher than average rates of COVID-19 transmission. These measures include setting social gathering and organized public event limits at 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors, prohibit indoor food and drink service in restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments, limit capacity for certain activities, prohibit games and scrimmages for sports teams and more. The new regulations will be in place for at least 28 days. More details on these new measures can be found in the news release.

Over the long weekend the City enforcement team (Bylaw Enforcement, Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Service) proactively conducted compliance checks on establishments across the city. Toronto Public Heath conducted 46 inspections, issued 16 warning letters and laid 2 charges for non-compliance with the Reopening Ontario Act (ROA). The City received 30 complaints for large gatherings ranging from more than 10 people to up to 60 people, 11 warning letters and 2 charges were issued. Let us keep in mind the revised stage 2 restrictions on social gathering limits, noted above. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto launches a call to action against East Asian Racism. The City has launched a social media campaign to bring attention to the need to combat racism in our city, including anti-East Asian racism. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a rise in incidents of racism against all East Asian communities in Toronto. Racial harassment/discrimination against East Asians can occur through stereotyping and overt prejudice, or in more subconscious, subtle and subversive ways.

Torontonians of East Asian descent contribute to the economic and cultural fabric of the city. Diverse cultures and communities such as these have helped create Toronto’s identity as a vibrant, global city. Information and resources to educate Torontonians about anti-East Asian racism are available on the campaign website.

Toronto Public Health Modified Stage 2 Announcement: The public health regulations implemented recently by the Ontario government in Toronto, Ottawa and Peel Regions include a range of additional restrictions affecting indoor dining, gyms, cinemas and other venues, as well as reduced limits on social gatherings.   At this time, no additional restrictions have been announced for public libraries, beyond the measures that TPL already has in place. They continue to monitor changes in public health regulations, and should the need arise, we will adjust library services accordingly to ensure the safety of our staff and library customers.

St. Marks United Church Drive-In Community Food Drive is taking place this Saturday October 17th from 1PM to 3PM at St. Marks United Church (115 Orton Park Rd). Drop off is in the church parking lot. Items collected will be delivered to local food banks. View this post for more information.

Social Assistance Coalition of Scarborough (SACS) is hosting a Virtual Q &N on Social Assistance Update – COVID-19 for ODSP Recipients (ONLY) on Thursday October 29, 2020 from 6pm to 8pm. To register please visit this website and submit your questions in advanced to sacs.communitygroup@gmail.com by October 26, 2020.

Guild Park Photo Scavenger Hunt! Visit the Guild Park and look out for the five distinct features listed here. The deadline for the Guild Park Scavenger Hunt entries is 5pm on Monday October 19, 2020.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! Boo at the Zoo is a family-friendly Halloween event with plenty of spook-tacular holiday fun planned. Visit the zoo until October 31st to see all of their fall décor and to stop by their Hay-lloween Town special exhibit at their Savanna Picnic Site.

Check out Your Toronto Zoo’s new drive-thru BOOmobile! Turn your automobile into your very own BOOmobile! Due to new COVID-19 restrictions, their regular BOOmobile looks a little different this year, but you can enjoy the experience from the safety and comfort of your OWN vehicle! Bok tickets here.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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#COVID #Update on City Response for October 8, 2020

October 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount, and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

I cannot stress enough the serious situation at hand as COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province continue to rise. It is very important that we adhere to public health advice to practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible and to wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching, please see this link for more details on planning advice, contact tracing information and more.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 7, 2020): There has been an increase of 284 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,586 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,956 cases have recovered, an increase of 258 cases from the day before. There are 89 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 13 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,308 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

New commitment to battery-electric vehicle manufacturing in Ontario. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford, announced their commitment to Ford Motor Company of Canada’s investment in its Oakville Assembly Complex. This project, valued at $1.8 billion, will include federal and provincial contributions of $295 million each. This will help secure 5,400 well-paying middle-class jobs across Ford’s production workforce in Canada and grow our green economy, especially in Southern Ontario where thousands of Canadians are employed across the auto supply chain. A repurposed battery-electric vehicle (BEV) production plant for the Oakville Assembly Complex is in line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to sustainable growth. Electrification will allow us to position the innovative Canadian automotive industry as a global leader in BEV manufacturing. More information can be read in the news release.

Ontario supporting local festivals and events. Ontario is investing $9 million through the new Reconnect Festival and Event Program to support municipalities and event organizers during COVID-19. This funding will be used to maintain public safety requirements and allow people to reconnect with their communities through online, drive-through and other innovative experiences. Organizers will be developing creative programs such as virtual Remembrance Day events, reverse holiday parades with drive-by static floats, drive-in music concerts and movies, holiday tree lightings and New Year’s Eve displays that light-up iconic buildings. More information can be read in the news release.

Economic impact of Toronto live music venues totals $850 million, providing 10,500 full time jobs. Today, Mayor John Tory and the Canadian Live Music Association, in partnership with Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and Ontario Creates, released the results of a long-awaited Toronto venues study, Re:Venues: A Case and Path Forward for Toronto’s Live Music Industry. Among other findings, the study confirms that the total economic impact of Toronto live music venues is $850 million annually, providing the equivalent of 10,500 full-time jobs.

Conducted by Nordicity, the two-year study measured the economic and cultural impacts of Toronto’s live music venues, underscoring their importance to Toronto’s economy and highlighting the key role these establishments play in a thriving music ecosystem. The study also provides recommendations for supporting and protecting this vital sector and suggests actions for prioritizing live music as Toronto rebuilds from the COVID-19 pandemic. More information can be read in the news release.

An update on the City’s Historic Red Oak Fundraising Campaign

The mighty, 250-year-old oak at 76 Coral Gable Dr. has stood watch as Toronto has grown under the shelter of its grand canopy. Last year, the City entered into an agreement to purchase the property and establish the space as a parkette to preserve and showcase our living history. However, completion of the sale is conditional on fundraising the sum of $430,000 by December 12, 2020. Upon achieving the target, the City is committed to contributing the funds necessary to complete the sale and create a wonderful parkette.

As of October 7, 2020, $170,000 has been committed to the campaign by donors, putting us at 39 per cent to target. It’s a good start, and there are ongoing conversations with potential major donors, but time is running out and more help is needed if we’re to reach the goal by the December 12 deadline.

Any gift to the oak is a gift to the people of Toronto, one that will last for centuries to come. This is not merely about protecting a tree. It is about preserving a piece of ourselves. To donate or for further information, please visit Toronto.ca/RedOak.

Markham Rd Ramp Southbound to 401 Westbound Collectors will be closed from Thursday October 15 to Monday October 19 due to an ongoing construction project. During this closure traffic will be detoured to the McCowan ON-ramp via D-11.

Zoo to You Virtual Experiences. Looking for a fun and safe way to bring the Zoo to your own learning space? Check out Your Toronto Zoo Connections and bring the Zoo to You! Classroom Connectionz, Zoo Connectionz, Shout Outz, Educator/Parent Resources, Extended Learning and more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser. Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Community survey for Scarborough residents: Your experiences with the Toronto Police. Native Child and Family Services of Toronto has been operating as a family support agency in Toronto for over 30 years.  With recent events in mind, they would like to know more about the community’s experience with the Toronto Police.  This survey is only the first step in a multi step planned community consultation process and will help us shape the rest of our strategy to obtain even more feedback from you. Please take the survey here.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

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

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click 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-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 

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#COVID Update for October 6, 2020

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours,

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. Let us all remember that this will soon pass as we continue to keep each other safe. Our mental health is paramount and it is important that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

I cannot stress enough the serious situation at hand as COVID-19 cases in Toronto and across the province continue to rise. It is very important that we adhere to public health advice to practice physical distancing, wash hands as often as possible and to wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. For more information please refer to the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw or www.toronto.ca/covid-19.

Thanksgiving weekend is fast approaching, I am stressing for everyone to be responsible when planning their Thanksgiving celebrations. The Medical Officer of Health urges people to not hold a big Thanksgiving dinners and to please limit celebrations to people living in the same household. For those that live alone, the safest option is to join with others virtually. These are vital decisions and actions we must take to fight the resurgence of COVID-19.

While you may feel small private gatherings may be harmless, it has been found that many areas in the City are seeing over 10% rate of positivity, reported by the Toronto Star. Parts of Scarborough are showing COVID-19 test positivity rates above 7% in areas around Morningside Heights, Kennedy and Eglington, and Ellesmere and Bellamy. These rates are much greater than the 1% desired manageable caseload or a 3% health crisis indication. Remember to stay safe and keep those around you safe.

Put your social bubbles or circles on hold. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

The Province has implemented new testing measures this week which include transitioning to pre-registered testing and expanding testing centres across the province. A list of Scarborough testing centres and preregistration information can be found HERE. Scarborough testing locations include: Birchmount Hospital (3030 Birchmount Rd.) Centenary Hospital (2867 Ellesmere Rd.) and *NEW* Scarborough General Hospital (3050 Lawrence Ave. E.)

Contact tracing is very important in recognizing community spread. Toronto Public Health encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. City of Toronto businesses are also encouraged to display a new poster promoting the COVID-19 Alert app to help mitigate the spread of infections.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update (Data as of October 5, 2020): There has been an increase of 217 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 21,142 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,462 cases have recovered, an increase of 219 cases from the day before. There are 83 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 9 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,307 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning.Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Ontario surpasses four million COVID-19 tests since the beginning of the pandemic and continues to lead the country in both the number of tests completed and daily testing capacity. To ensure the province’s health care system is prepared for the second wave of COVID-19, the government will add more testing locations to improve access and reduce wait times, as well as increase processing capacity within the provincial laboratory network. More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto’s 2020-2021 winter plan for people experiencing homelessness includes more spaces and enhanced street outreach. Homelessness is an extremely complex issue and the City of Toronto continues to experience significant demand for emergency shelter. To ensure safe and welcoming places for people who need them during the coming winter weather, the City is providing details about the 2020-2021 winter service plan.

The winter plan will provide approximately 560 new spaces between November and April through a combination of shelter beds, hotel programs and supportive housing units. This compares to 485 spaces offered through last year’s winter services plan.  Additional space will also be activated at Warming Centres during Extreme Cold Weather Alerts.

This will be the fifth consecutive year that the City has increased the number of spaces available throughout the winter season. Spaces will be made available through the following:

  1. 100, 24-hour respite site spaces at the CNE, Better Living Centre
  2. 150 beds in hotel programs
  3. 90 hotel beds as a replacement for the Out of the Cold program

More information can be read in the news release.

REMINDER: Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive. The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on TOMORROW October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Toronto Zoo Thanksgiving Zoo Connections. Bring the Zoo to You this Thanksgiving with Zoo Connections. Invite your favourite animal to be part of your Thanksgiving dinner with one of Your Toronto Zoo’s Virtual Meet and Greet or bring the family together and go on a virtual tour of the Zoo. Learn more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser. Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

Water Source – Not Down the Drain. Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things down your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lak; and clog City pipes resulting in expensive repairs. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this week! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials is available on their website here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting. The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by TODAY October 6, 2020.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre: Change to Class Capacities. With the recent changes made by the Government of Ontario to COVID Public Health measures, in-person group fitness classes will now be limited to 10 participants. You can book you fitness classes here. Facility members can continue to enjoy access to virtual classes included as part of your membership available at www.video.tpasc.ca in addition to in-person classes.

TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit Survey. A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

2021 Annual Service Plan Survey. The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

CafeTO Survey. We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

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

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE.

*NEW* BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click here.

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 

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#COVID Update For October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. It is very important that we all follow the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw!

Today October 5th is World Teachers’ Day! Today we honour all teachers who educate, guide and mentor students. The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our teachers, especially teachers adapting to various teaching methods during this pandemic. Their dedication and hard work help to enrich the lives of their students on a daily basis.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19

Social circles or bubbles are to be paused. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Data as of October 4, 2020: There has been an increase of 301 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 20,941 cases of COVID-19, of these, 17,246 cases have recovered, an increase of 222 cases from the day before. There are 77 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 8 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,305 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 3 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning.Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Scarborough Health Network COVID-19 Update: New Assessment Centre & Appointment-Based Testing

As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and drive demand for COVID-19 testing, Scarborough Health Network is opening a third assessment centre at their General Hospital located at 3050 Lawrence Ave E.

Appointment-based testing came into effect TODAY, October 5th. This will provide certainty to patients as to when they can receive a test during the cold winter months and allow assessment centres to conduct enhanced screening. You can preregister for your appointment online or by calling 416-495-2601. Find more information on location and hours of operation online here.

Ontario releases $35 million to hire more staff, improve remote learning in targeted communities

Today, the Ontario government announced the allocation of $35 million to provide additional immediate school board supports in the communities of Peel, Ottawa, Toronto and York Region to enhance public health measures and protection strategies as they confront higher rates of transmission in their communities.

This funding is part of the government’s robust and comprehensive $1.3 billion plan to safely reopen classrooms across the province, including additional resources to help school boards hire more staff, keep class sizes low, and enhance cleaning in schools. More information can be read in the news release.

Half Mast Notification for the late Rt. Hon. John Turner, 17th Prime Minister of Canada

All flags on official flag poles will be flown at half-mast until the close of business day on Tuesday October 6th to mark the passing of the late Rt. Hon. John Turner. More information about the State Funeral and commemorations may be found here.

Toronto Zoo: Thanksgiving Zoo Connections

Bring the Zoo to You this Thanksgiving with Zoo Connections. Invite your favourite animal to be part of your Thanksgiving dinner with one of Your Toronto Zoo’s Virtual Meet and Greet or bring the family together and go on a virtual tour of the Zoo. Learn more at www.torontozoo.com/zootoyou

Youthlink’s YAC Presents: Virtual Paint Night Fundraiser

Youthlink’s YAC members present a virtual paint night fundraiser, raising donations for platforms within the black community. The fundraise will be held on Wednesday October 21, 2020 from 6PM to 8PM online. There is a fee of $10.00. More information and how to register can be found here.

Water Source – Not Down the Drain

Do you know what can and can’t go down your drain? Putting the wrong things down your pipes can cause basement flooding; pollute streams, rivers and the Lak; and clog City pipes resulting in expensive repairs. Find out more at www.toronto.ca/notdownthedrain

The Virtual Salmon Festival at Highland Creek

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on their website starting TODAY October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive

The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit

A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan

The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: CaféTO

We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs

A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard

The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

Check out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly School 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.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

Check out the latest copy HERE. Subscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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.

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click here.

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 

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October 2, 2020 COVID Response By The City of Toronto

October 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

I want to thank everyone for your efforts during these difficult times. It is very important that we all follow the mandatory physical distancing bylaw and the mandatory mask or face covering bylaw!

Tonight, marks the beginning of Sukkot for the Jewish Community! I would like to wish all those celebrating a Chag Sameach!

City of Toronto update on COVID-19

Social circles or bubbles are to be paused. It is advised that everyone allow close contact only with people living in their own household and maintain two metres physically distanced from everyone else.

As the virus continues to circulate in the community, it is vital that we are all reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Heath’s advice to practise physical distancing, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Toronto Public Health also encourages residents to download the COVID Alert app, which can help notify individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 in the community. 

Data as of October 1, 2020: There has been an increase of 311 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic City has seen a total of 20,180 cases of COVID-19, of these, 16,672 cases have recovered, an increase of 236 cases from the day before. There are 72 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 3 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,262 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning. These totals include 73 cases, 78 deaths and 8 hospitalizations due to data cleaning.Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Today’s Provincial announcement on new COVID-19 public health and testing measures

In response to the second wave of COVID-19 and in preparation for the cold winter months, the Ontario government is tightening public health measures and taking action to reduce testing turnaround times while prioritizing those who are at the greatest risk.

New Measures for Testing:

  • Transitioning to appointment-based testing at Ontario assessment centres beginning Tuesday, October 6, 2020;
  • Beginning Sunday, October 4, 2020, assessment centres will discontinue walk-in testing services;
  • Continue mobile and pop-up testing centres;
  • Expanding the number of pharmacies that can provide COVID-19 tests; and
  • Implementing updated testing guidance for children to help parents determine when it is most appropriate to seek a test for COVID-19.

Ontario updated COVID-19 testing guidelines can be found here.

The following measures come into effect TOMORROW. October 3, 2020 at 12:01am.

New PROVINCE-WIDE Public Health Measures:

  • Mandating the use of face coverings in all public indoor settings across the province, such as businesses, facilities, and workplaces.

New Public Heath Measures targeted to TORONTO, OTTAWA, and PEEL:

  • Setting an indoor capacity limit to restrict occupancy at restaurants, bars and other food and drink establishments (including nightclubs) to the number of patrons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other patron, to a maximum of 100 patrons, permitting no more than six patrons per table, requiring operators to ensure patrons lining up or congregating outside of their establishment maintain physical distancing, and mandating that the name and contact information for each patron be collected;
  • Restricting group exercise classes at gyms and other fitness settings to 10 individuals, as well as restricting the total number of people allowed at these facilities to a maximum of 50; and
  • Setting a limit on the number of people allowed at meeting and event facilities, including banquet halls, to six people per table and 50 people per facility.

More information can be read in the news release.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health recommends the Province take immediate action to stop the further spread of COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases in Toronto continues to increase, with the city at risk of experiencing exponential growth of COVID-19 infections. The seven-day moving average of COVID-19 cases, starting on September 1, was 40. On September 17, it was 84, and on September 29, it was 236 – an almost six-fold increase.

Dr. de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has outlined concerns of immediate health risks to the public if quick and decisive action is not taken, in a letter to Dr. David Williams, Province of Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The following public health measure recommendations, then, were made to the Province today:

  1. Restaurants and Bars: Prohibiting indoor dining. The City has explored two alternatives to this restriction, such as requiring individuals to only dine in with members of their household, or restricting indoor dining in areas of Toronto where case counts are highest. Dr. de Villa, however, does not believe that such measures will be either enforceable or effective.
  2. General Public: Individuals to only leave their homes for essential trips. Drawing on experience from other jurisdictions, as well as the City’s own successful experience in controlling transmission during the first wave of COVID-19, Dr. de Villa recommends that people only leave their homes for essential activities, such as work, education, exercise and fitness, healthcare appointments and the purchase of food. Up to two individuals from outside a household would be permitted to provide social support if an individual lives alone.
  3. Recreation, Sports and Gyms: All indoor group classes in gyms and indoor sports team activities to be discontinued.
  4. Managing Public Health Measures in Large Venues: Require a plan be submitted to Toronto Public Health demonstrating how these venues will comply with public health measures, such as seating that ensures physical distancing and a method to collect individual contact information. Dr. de Villa has concerns about exposures and outbreaks in large venues, some of which can have a capacity of more than 100. She also expressed concerns about the current regulations that allow for 30 per cent capacity in these venues.

More information can be read in the news release. Dr. Eileen de Villa’s full letter to Dr. David Williams can be found here.

Your Toronto Zoo’s Baby Red Panda has a name!

Your Toronto Zoo is excited to announce that our endangered female red panda cub, affectionately known as Baby Red, has a name! With over 7,000 people voting in the “Help Us Name Our Baby Red Panda” promotion, one name has emerged as your favourite. introducing, Adira! Adira, meaning strong, was chosen through online voting from a list of four preselected names. Watch the name reveal here.

REMINDER: Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Community Food Drive

Please join me this Saturday, October 3rd, 9am to 12pm, at the Knights of Columbus Pre-Thanksgiving Community Food Drive! I am also pleased to have Mayor John Tory join us at 9am! Please see event details below:

Date & Time: Saturday October 3rd, 2020 | 9AM to 12PM 

Location: St. Martin de Porres Church, 4179 Lawrence Ave E

Notes: This event is a drive through event. All community members are invited to bring non-perishable food items which will be delivered to community Food Banks. This is a drive through event where COVID-19 protocols will be observed.

Readers’ Choice Awards Now Open

Voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards are NOW OPEN! There are many different categories to vote in for. Voting closes on October 4th, 2020. Visit this LINK to cast your votes.

The Salmon Festival at Highland Creek is going virtual!

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) is celebrating the Salmon Festival at Highland Creek virtually this year! TRCA has created educational and engaging videos about salmon to watch from the comfort of your own home. These videos, along with other materials will be available on our website starting October 5, 2020. Learn more here.

Scarborough East After School Program for Children and Youth

This is an online and free program which include activities such as: interactive online activities, homework help and tutoring, arts and crafts, and leadership skills development and more. This program starts on October 6th, 2020, held on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6PM via Zoom. To sign up please visit this link.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough: FREE Winter Clothing Drive

The Youth Department at Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is preparing a Winter Clothing Drive for the residents at Lido Motel at 4674 Kingston Road on Wednesday October 7, 2020 from 3PM to 6PM.

They are asking for donations of gently used clothing and shoes. Winter jackets and sweaters are mostly needed. Items can be dropped off at 100 Galloway Rd. If you require items to be picked up, please email efranklyn@esbgc.ca to make arrangements. Thank you in advance.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Virtual Annual General Meeting

The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough is hosting their virtual AGM on Thursday October 8, 2020 from 7PM to 8:30PM. Join to have the opportunity to hear about, and vote on, the business and events of the Club over 2019. More information and details on registration can be found here. Be sure to register by October 6, 2020.

Survey: TTC Concerns by A Voice for Transit

A Voice for Transit is a transit advocacy group composed of current Ryerson University students and alumni. The TTC is conducting stakeholder consultations to help shape their 2021 Annual Services Plan. A Voice for Transit wants to represent your concerns. Take their survey HERE.

Survey: 2021 Annual Service Plan

The TTC is preparing its 2021 Annual Service Plan and wants your feedback! Three main categories they would like your feedback on: Emerging priorities for 2021: Express bus service evaluation and expansion; and other service improvements. Visit this LINK to take the survey.

Survey: CaféTO

We want your feedback on CaféTO! We need your input on possible changes, improvements, and other supports for the program. Please take a few minutes to fill it out and share. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey by October 12, 2020.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs

A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-396-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

City of Toronto Waste Wizard

The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

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 Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel!

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

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

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

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BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

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*NEW* What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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

Check out their latest issue HERE. Subscribe HERE. Please take a moment to fill out this Community Check-In Survey!

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

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Toronto Zoo Press Releases

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

Confronting Anti-Black Racism Summer Newsletter 2020

To read the latest news from the City’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit please click here.

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 

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