Early November Update

Dear Ward 43 residents,

I am very happy to say that on Monday November 6th, 2017 at 8am our cheerfully awaited Christmas tree arrived at Nathan Philipps Square. Weller Tree Services is the company that has been in charge of supplying the perfect tree to the City of Toronto since the 1960s.

Also eagerly awaited is the 51st annual Cavalcade of Lights which will launch the holiday season on November 25th at 7 pm at Nathan Philips Square. This event will include a skating party, live musical mainstage performances, special pop-up performances, a fireworks display and of course the lighting of Toronto’s official tree. For a full program of the Cavalcade of Lights please visit this website: https://goo.gl/uLx4eh

I am proud to let you know that the City of Toronto has been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the second year in a row. This national competition is organized by MediaCorp Canada Inc. and is now in its 18th year.

The competition evaluates different organizations and identifies those who offer the most progressive and innovative programs and exceptional workplaces for their employees. The areas of evaluation include physical workplace, the workplace atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.

You can find a full list of Canada’s Top Employers for 2018 and the reason for their selection as well as a schedule of other award announcements posted at https://goo.gl/GCeH

On November 8th, 2017 Toronto Public Health (TPH) officially opened its doors to the city’s first permanent supervised injection service. This service is located inside The Works at 277 Victoria St.

Research has shown that supervised injection services reduce drug overdoses, save lives and limit the spread of HIV and Hepatitis C related to unsafe injection practices. Aside from supervised injection services those who use these health services will also be provided with sterile injection supplies, education on overdose prevention and intervention, health counselling services and referrals to drug treatment, housing, income support and other services.

I hope you found this brief news recap informative. If you have any questions or comments related or non-related to this post please flip me an email at councilor_ainslie@toronto.ca