My January 27, 2021 #COVID #Updaste for #Ward24 , #Scarborough , and #Toronto

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update: (Data as of January 25, 2020) There has been an increase of 502 COVID-19 cases in the City with 520 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 83,935 cases of COVID-19, of these, 74,061 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,341 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.  

A Province-wide declaration of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect. It remains imperative that we all respect the COVID-19 orders and stay home as much as possible. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread.

The Government of Ontario has extended the declared provincial emergency for another 14 days. The declaration of emergency was originally declared on January 12, 2021 and will now expire on February 9, 2021, unless extended further.

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

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

Tonight at 7pm, the City of Toronto will open its four Warming Centres to give those who are vulnerable and may be experiencing homelessness a safe indoor and warm place to rest and access snacks, washrooms facilities and referrals to emergency shelters. Space will be offered at the following locations:

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

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

City of Toronto recognizes the importance of mental health in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. Many people may feel sad, stressed, anxious, confused, scared or angry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are normal and common responses to unexpected or stressful situations. Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day – an annual reminder of the importance of mental health and reaching out to loved ones, something particularly important as people continue to stay home to keep family and friends safe.

Launched in April 2020, the City’s Mental Health Support Strategy partnered with 13 key mental health service providers to ensure that mental health support services are well integrated and Toronto residents are aware of the free support services that are available to them. Through the strategy, residents can access free mental health supports from the safety of their own homes through text, online or by phone by calling 2-1-1. For more information please read this news release.

The City of Toronto is conducting additional education and enforcement of the mask bylaw in residential buildings where complaints have been received about mask usage in enclosed common spaces. An analysis of 311 data revealed that the City had received 1,950 complaints about improper mask usage in shared residential spaces since the mask bylaw came into effect. The City’s RentSafeTO: Apartment Building Standards program’s enforcement team will be issuing letters to the landlords and property managers of each of these locations, reminding them about the requirements under the mask bylaw. Toronto Public Health has provided sample policyguidance and signage to help building owners comply with the bylaw. More information can be read in this news release.

The City of Toronto released its first-ever Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report at Executive Committee. This annual report outlines how the City is focused on ESG-related opportunities and risks across strategic priorities, sustainable finance and socioeconomic outcomes. Toronto is the first government in Canada to issue an annual ESG report to reflect its commitment and performance in each of three areas: environment, social well-being and governance. The City strives to be a leader in making positive impacts across key ESG priorities through commitment, innovation and transparency. For more information please read this news release.

Virtual Meet The Employer Event on Thursday January 28 from 1pm to 2:30pm – East Scarborough Storefront is pleased to host representatives from The Toronto Zoo and Restaurants Associates Canada for a special session about careers at the Zoo, seasonal hiring for2021, food service opportunities at the Zoo and how to apply.To register please visit this link.

REMINDER: Toronto Police Services Board is holding a Virtual Meeting on January 29, 2021 at 11:45am. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the meeting through their livestream. The agenda for this meeting is available on the Board’s website. Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may register using the regular process, at www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation.  The request must be received no later than 12:00pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021

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

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

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

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association’ Virtual Tenant School offers free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom. Join sessions on landlord-tenant law, getting repairs done, tenant associations and more. Review the Winter 2021 Tenant School schedule and register for upcoming sessions. For more information and to register please visit this link.

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information.

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

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Scoop

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

insidehousing: News from Toronto Community Housing

Check out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.

BusinessTO Newsletter: BusinessTO’s upcoming webinars and online events

Check out their latest newsletter HERESubscribe HERE.

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

Check out their latest update HERE. Subscribe HERE.

What’s On at the Library: Home Edition

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

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

Check out their latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.

Toronto District School Board Update

Check out the latest issue HERE.

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

Check out the latest issue HERESubscribe HERE.

Toronto Zoo Press Releases

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

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

Essential Government Information for COVID-19

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

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

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory

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

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

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

   

Website: www.paulainslie.com

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

My #Update for January 26, 20201 for #COVID in #Ward24 #Scarborough #Toronto

Dear Neighbours, 

I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 25, 2020) There has been an increase of 745 COVID-19 cases in the City with 490 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 83,474 cases of COVID-19, of these, 73,314 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,330 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

A Province-wide declaration of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect. It remains imperative that we all respect the COVID-19 orders and stay home as much as possible. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread

The Government of Ontario has extended the declared provincial emergency for another 14 days. The declaration of emergency was originally declared on January 12, 2021 and will now expire on February 9, 2021, unless extended further. 

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

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

With the significant snowfall today, plan to stay home but if you’re making essential trips, be sure to plan ahead, be patient and travel according to conditions. Know about Snow in Toronto at www.toronto.ca/snow

Further action needed to protect the border and stop the spread of COVID-19. Over 6,800 international travellers have been tested for COVID-19 as part of the Ontario government’s voluntary and free border testing pilot program at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. This program was implemented to help quickly identify and stop the spread of COVID-19 in the province. The province is calling on the federal government to take further action to protect the border, including mandatory testing of all incoming international passengers and a temporary ban on direct flights from countries where new variants are detected. For more information please read this news release.T

he City of Toronto will be hosting a live Ontario Small Business Support Grant Information Webinar on Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm. The Ontario Small Business Grant will help businesses that are required to close or restrict services under the new Provincewide shutdown. Register for the webinar for a brief overview of the program, its eligibility requirements and where to apply. For more information and to register please visit this link.

Virtual Meet The Employer Event on Thursday January 28 from 1pm to 2:30pm – East Scarborough Storefront is pleased to host representatives from The Toronto Zoo and Restaurants Associates Canada for a special session about careers at the Zoo, seasonal hiring for2021, food service opportunities at the Zoo and how to apply.To register please visit this link.

Toronto Police Services Board is holding a Virtual Meeting on January 28, 2021 at 11:45am. Members of the public and media are welcome to attend the meeting through their livestream. The agenda for this meeting is available on the Board’s website. Members of the public who wish to make a deputation may register using the regular process, at www.tpsb.ca/meetings/making-a-deputation.  The request must be received no later than 12:00pm on Thursday, January 28, 2021.  Toronto District School Board’s Conversation Series is back! TDSB families are invited to join a series of engaging and informative conversations. Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions online. Tune in on January 30 for a conversation about how children understand race and how adults can help. Learn more here.

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

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

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

The Federation of Metro Tenants’ Association’ Virtual Tenant School offers free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom. Join sessions on landlord-tenant law, getting repairs done, tenant associations and more. Review the Winter 2021 Tenant School schedule and register for upcoming sessions. For more information and to register please visit this link.

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.

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

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

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

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

Councillor Paul Ainslie
@Ainslie_ward24
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Councillor Paul Ainslie

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

All my Best,  

Paul  

My #COVID #Update for January 25, 2021 for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

January 25, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 24, 2020) There has been an increase of 767 COVID-19 cases in the City with 508 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 82,790 cases of COVID-19, of these, 72,635 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,342 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the city’s first confirmed case of COVID-19 ­– the first confirmed instance of the virus in Toronto, Ontario and all of Canada. The past year has required tremendous sacrifice by all of the people in the city. It remains imperative that we all respect the COVID-19 orders and stay home as much as possible to save lives by reducing opportunities for COVID-19 to spread. 

A Province-wide declaration of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spreadCOVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

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

Ontario adjusts vaccination plan in response to Pfizer-BioNTech shipment delays. On January 19, the federal government notified the province of further reductions in Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine shipments. Ontario will not received vaccine deliveries for the week of January 25 and will receive just over 26,000 doses for the first week of February. As of today, Ontario has not been provided its allocation for the weeks of February 8 and 15, 2021. 

In response to the significant reduction in distribution by the federal government and the uncertainty of future shipments, the province and vaccination sites have worked together to develop a plan to accelerate vaccination of the province’s most vulnerable. Second doses will continue to be administered based on availability of supply provided by the federal government. Actions being taken include:

  • Accelerate vaccination of the most vulnerable populations across Ontario with the goal of visiting each home in the province to administer fist does by February 5, 2021, pending delivery dates for the week of February 1, 2021.
  • Doses of Moderna vaccine will be reallocated to 14 public health units to ensure vaccines are administered at each long-term care home in the province.

For more information please read this news release.

Toronto Public Health working with partners to keep people safe from new COVID-19 variants. Cases of the U.K. B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 that originated in the United Kingdom have been confirmed in Toronto and other parts of the province. In light of this, Toronto Public Health (TPH) is reinforcing the importance of infection prevention and control measures (IPAC) in long-term care homes, retirement homes, correction facilities, shelters, group homes and other congregate living settings, child care centres, and schools that remain open for students with special education needs who cannot be accommodated through remote learning. These measures include:

  • passive and active screening for visitors and staff;
  • universal masking; personal protective equipment;
  • proper hand hygiene;
  • physical distancing; and
  • environmental cleaning.

For more information please read this news release.

Toronto Police Service’s Winter Watch Pedestrian Safety Campaign. From Monday, January 25 to Sunday, January 31, all frontline members of the Toronto Police Service will focus on the “Big 4” driver behaviours that are known to cause injuries to all road users – speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired. Winter means fewer daylight hours and reduced visibility for all road users. Over the past three years (2018-2020) 51% of pedestrian fatalities occurred during the months of November to March. This campaign will support Toronto’s Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. For more information please read this news release.

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

Toronto District School Board’s Conversation Series is back! TDSB families are invited to join a series of engaging and informative conversations. Hear from leading experts and participate in question and answer sessions online. Tune in on January 30 for a conversation about how children understand race and how adults can help. Learn more here.

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

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

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

Toronto District School Board’s Adult Literacy Program is seeking Volunteer Tutors – Volunteers will tutor reading, writing and math 2 hours each week. If you’re interested please call 416396-5904 or email Stephanie.Schwartz@tdsb.on.ca

Emmanuel Life Management Centre presents Scarborough Food Sharing & Caring – launching Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 142 Chester Le Blvd. Registration is required at 437-886-4694. For more information please see this flyer. For more information on foodbanks, soup kitchens in Scarborough please see the links below. 

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.

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

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

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

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

Councillor Paul Ainslie
@Ainslie_ward24
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Councillor Paul Ainslie

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

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

January 22, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 21, 2020) There has been an increase of 831 COVID-19 cases in the City with 504 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 80,541 cases of COVID-19, of these, 70,181 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,276 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

The Province of Ontario’s state of emergency and stay-at-home orders remain in effect for Toronto and across the province. The City urges all people to respect the COVID-19 orders and stay at home as much as possible. When you are outside of your home for essential purposes, remember to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spread

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 26. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budgetT

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

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

January 20, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and we take care of ourselves and seek support if its needed.

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

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 19, 2020) There has been an increase of 981 COVID-19 cases in the City with 484 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 78,819 cases of COVID-19, of these, 68,290 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,246 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.

Province-wide declaration of emergency  is in effect. Stay home and only go out for essential reasons. Remember when you are outside of your home for essential purposes, be sure to wear a mask or face covering, practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene. Get the latest information about service changesCOVID-19 vaccination rollout and why it is important to continue following public health measures that reduce virus spreadCOVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

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

City of Toronto report outlines plan for bigger and better CafeTO program in 2021 to help local restaurants. The report, which will be considered at the Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 27, includes details about the CafeTO – a quick-start pandemic response program launched last summer – and outlines key findings and outcomes along with recommendations on how to ensure the program is bigger and better this year. The report indicates that the City would again work with BIAs, local restaurant and bar owners to make enhancements such as updated registration processes, comprehensive and safe traffic management plans, support for quick CafeTO installations and more. 

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

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

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 26. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budget

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough.

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

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


January 19, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Toronto and partners start COVID-19 vaccination pilots for people experiencing homelessness and frontline workers in select shelters. This pilot is prioritizing shelter sites with the highest population of seniors and people with a significant risk of severe outcome as a result of COVID-19. The purpose of the pilot is to test the clinic model and develop a playbook for broader future roll-out of the vaccine in the City’s shelter system. For more information please read this news release. 

The City of Toronto’s Budget Committee began the process of reviewing the staff-recommended tax-supported operating and capital budgets for 2021. The public can share their feedback with the Budget Committee at public presentations, scheduled to take place on January 25 and 26. More information about how to make a deputation is available at app.toronto.ca/tmmis/index.do. Budget notes, presentations and reports are available at www.toronto.ca/budget  T

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

Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy launches phase two of Zoo Food For Life fundraising campaign. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact your Toronto Zoo’s operations and revenue sources into 2021. Toronto Zoo and Terra Lumina have been closed to the public since November 23rd, 2020 until further notice and the $1 million annual cost of food for our 5,000 animals is normally funded through our paid guest parking. Phase two of our Zoo Food For Life campaign will help to offset lost revenues and ensure funding for the Zoo’s Nutrition Program in 2021.For more information please visit www.wildlifeconservancy.ca/food
Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24
Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough
Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough
Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 
Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel! Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough ScoopCheck out the ESBGC latest Bi-Weekly Scoop HERESubscribe HERE. 

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto District School Board UpdateCheck out the latest issue HERE. 

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

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

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

Essential Government Information for COVID-19
Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca  
If you need info on COVID-19, please visit the following websites: 
City of Toronto
Province of Ontario
Government of Canada
World Health Organization
Official Global Travel Advisory  

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

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

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

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

January 15, 2021 Update Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. City of Toronto 2021 Budget Consultation

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

To join at the time of the meeting:

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto Public Health expands case and contact management work. As our local response to the spread of the virus continues, Toronto Public Health’s case and contact management program is an important tool to help curb the virus spread. To expand TPH’s case and contact management work, the following enhancements are currently underway: 180 contact callers and case managers have been added to focus on rapid isolation cases; and an additional 100 case managers are being recruited for TPH to focus on rapid isolation cases while TPH health staff perform higher risk investigations. For more information please read this news release.

City of Toronto employees raise over $1,345,802 for United Way through its annual employee fundraising campaign. For the last 19 years, staff from the City and its agencies and corporations have raised more than $1 million each year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s employee campaign was conducted virtually, including a Civic Run, Civic Gala, speaker series and special fundraising events across many work locations. For more information please read this news release.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please click here for a list of food banks in East Scarborough

Please click here for a list of food banks in Scarborough

Please remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. W

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

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

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

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

Fall TPL live and online programming is available online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

City of Toronto

Province of Ontario

Government of Canada

World Health Organization

Official Global Travel Advisory  

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

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

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

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

All my Best,  

Paul 

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

Dear Neighbours, I would like to continue to thank everyone for their efforts during these difficult times, I know it has been tough, but we must continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 and keep ourselves and our community safe. It is also important to remember, our mental health is paramount, and that we take care of ourselves and seek support if needed. 

Town Hall Meeting January 14

To join at the time of the meeting:

Watch Scarborough-Guildwood’s past Live Town Hall meetings on my YouTube channel!City of Toronto COVID-19 Case Update:(Data as of January 11, 2020) There has been an increase of 879 COVID-19 cases in the City with 447 people currently hospitalized. Through the pandemic the City has seen a total of 71,923 cases of COVID-19, of these, 60,859 cases have recovered. To this date, there have been 2,075 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. Province of Ontario status of COVID-19 Cases can be found here.In response to a doubling in COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks, the Ontario government has declared its second provincial emergency. 

The government will enact additional public health restrictions and actions including issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, effective Thursday January 14, 2021 at 12:01amThis order and other new and existing public health restrictions and actions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household.Additional Public Health restrictions include limited shopping hours from 7am to 8pm, reducing outdoor gathering limits from 10 to five people, and limiting office spaces to essential personnel, ensuring that employees who can work from home do so.

Restricted shopping hours do not affect groceries, pharmacies, gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants for take out and delivery. New enforcement measures under the declaration of a provincial emergency provide authority to all enforcement and provincial offences officers to issue tickets to individuals who do not comply with the stay-at-home order, those not wearing a mask or face covering indoors, and or to retail operators and companies who do not enforce these measures. Schools in Toronto, Peel Region, York, Hamilton and Windsor-Essex public health units will not return to in-person instruction until February 10, 2021.

New health and safety measures will be implemented in Ontario childcare settings, such as enhanced screening, voluntary participation in targeted testing and additional infection prevention control measures. For more information on today’s announcement please view this news release. For specific information of updated public health and safety measures including today’s update please view this link.COVID-19 testing site and vaccine information – Residents can learn more about testing locations in their neighbourhood at www.toronto.ca/covid19testing . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at www.toronto.ca/covid19vaccine

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

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

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

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

Please click here for a list of food banks and soup kitchens in the Ward 24Please click here for a list of food banks in East ScarboroughPlease click here for a list of food banks in ScarboroughPlease remember to call ahead to book to ensure they are properly stocked. For those interested in volunteering, food banks are always looking for volunteers, so please feel free to save and share this information. 

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

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

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

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

Toronto Zoo Press ReleasesLatest issue HERE. Contact achambers@torontozoo.ca to subscribe. City of Toronto Waste Wizard. The City of Toronto’s Waste Wizard helps you find out what waste items go where! You can visit the Waste Wizard online or download the TOwaste app.

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

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

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

Councillor Paul Ainslie
@Ainslie_Ward24
@cllrainslie
Paul Ainslie

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

All my Best,  

Paul