My #COVID Update for #Ward24 and City of #Toronto

October 23, 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.


Don’t forget to join me and my colleagues for another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall to discuss community healthcare on Monday October 26 at 7:00pm!

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

Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the flu. It is especially important this year to help protect our healthcare system during COVID-19. Earlier this week Toronto Public Health announced that its flu vaccine clinics will only be available through online booking appointments. I have noted of the three vaccination clinics across Toronto, none are in the Scarborough or Eastern Toronto area. While I understand flu vaccines are also distributed to doctors, drug stores, and appropriate medical teams, a publicly run flu vaccination clinic plays an important role for people who cannot make use of other vaccination resources. I’ve sent a letter to Dr. de Villa outlining the urgency for a flu vaccination clinic to open in Scarborough. You can read my full letter here.

As we continue to fight against of COVID-19, it is very important that we continue to take steps for self-protection, including, 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.

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of October 22, 2020) There has been an increase of 317 COVID-19 cases in the City of Toronto. Through the pandemic the City of Toronto has seen a total of 25,913 cases of COVID-19, of these, 21,777 cases have recovered, an increase of 272 cases from the day before. There are 123 people currently hospitalized, an increase of 17 cases from the day before. To this date, there have been 1,346 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto, an increase of 2 deaths from the day before. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The City of Toronto’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) devices issued a total of 15,175 tickets between August 6 and September 5, the second month of issuing tickets to vehicles travelling in excess of the posted speed limit. The program began enforcement on July 6. According to the data, the number of repeat offenders during the second month of issuing tickets was 1,198. More information about the program and a map of all locations is available at Anyone who receives an Automated Speed Enforcement ticket can view images of their offence online using the City’s Court Case Look Up.

Toronto Public Health teams up with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment local athletes and coaches to raise awareness on actions residents can take to reduce COVID-19 spread and help keep everyone safer as we live with this virus. The first video features Toronto Raptors Head Coach Nick Nurse, the second features Toronto FC Captain Michael Bradley and the third features Toronto Maple Leafs Forward Zach Hyman. TPH’s Associate Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vinita Dubey also features in all videos. The videos will be shared on social media and are available on TPH’s YouTube channel. More information can be read in the news release.

City of Toronto marks milestone in delivery of first modular housing building. At the 11 Macey Ave. site, the modular homes are being installed this week by crane, bringing the project a significant step closer to occupancy, which is anticipated to take place next month. The City’s Modular Housing Initiative is building affordable rental homes that also offer support services, designed for people who are currently experiencing homelessness. More information can be read in the news release.

Join the Scarborough Business Association (SBA) Board of Directors 2020-21. If you’re passionate about helping ensure that Scarborough businesses can thrive during these unprecedented times and that Scarborough has a strong voice for its diverse business and entrepreneurial community please consider running for open positions on the SBA Board of Directors 2020-21. More information can be found here.

The Scarborough Business Association is hosting a Cyber Breakfast Conference on October 28 on “Learn how to take your business to the next level with Digital Main Street’s Shop HERE powered by Google.” For more information and how to register please visit this link.

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

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

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

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 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

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insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

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BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

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What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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

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

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Toronto Zoo Press Releases

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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 

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 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:

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



You can also reach me by: telephone at 416-396-7222 or email me at

All my Best,