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 . If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine please visit the City’s webpage for the latest news and information at

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

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  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 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

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:

Councillor Paul Ainslie
Councillor Paul Ainslie
Councillor Paul Ainslie

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

All my Best,  


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