Back to School: COVID-19 Vaccinations, Guidance and Traffic Safety Campaign

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to wish the best of luck to all the students, teachers, educators and staff who headed back to school this week!

A safe return to school or campus is a top priority this fall. If you haven’t already received your COVID-19 vaccine, drop-in to one of the City’s clinics and get the best protection. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated pages for more details.

In addition to the COVID-19 vaccination program, all of the City-run immunization clinics will administer other critical immunization programs. Students in high school who did not receive their vaccines in grades 7 or grade 8 can now also receive these routine vaccines. TPH will provide these vaccinations to current grade 7 and grade 9 students who are eligible students this Fall. Parents and students can now book an appointment to get their vaccines at city-run immunization sites at www.TPHbookings.ca.

With in-person learning resuming this year, I would like to remind students, teachers and staff to follow COVID-19 guidance and protocols, wear your mask when required, practice proper hand hygiene and physical distancing. More information on COVID-19 guidance in school settings can be found here.

The return to school increases vehicle traffic as well as the number of people walking or cycling. As students make their way back to class, I would like to remind all road users to be mindful of their surroundings, share the road, stay alert and obey the rules to ensure everyone’s safety!

In efforts to keep everyone safe on the road, the City is continuing work to implement several Vision Zero Road Safety Plan programs including Automated Speed Enforcement cameras in Community Safety Zones, School Crossing Guard Programs with over 700 crossing guards placed across the city, installation of over 300 School Safety Zones, Pedestrian Head Start Signals and Speed limit reduction efforts.

The Toronto Police Services also launched its Back-to-School Traffic Safety Campaign focusing enforcement around School Safety Zones from September 9 to 17. Officers will be watching out for drivers who choose to speed, park illegally or drive distracted, impaired or aggressively around schools in the city.

Sending my best wishes to everyone for a safe and successful school year!

All my Best,

Paul

My #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto on September 9, 2021

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated page for more details.

City of Toronto continuing to take action to reduce speeding and improve road safety as students return to school – News Release. The return to school increases vehicle traffic as well as the number of people walking or cycling, especially in School Safety Zones and Community Safety Zones. As students make their way back to class, the City is encouraging all road users to be mindful of their surroundings, share the road, stay alert and obey the rules to ensure everyone’s safety.

The City is continuing work to implement several Vision Zero Road Safety Plan programs and initiatives to protect students, parents, guardians and teachers on the roadway, including: Automated Speed Enforcement, School Crossing Guards Program, School Safety Zones, Pedestrian Head Start Signals and Speed limit reductions.

Toronto Police Traffic Services, Back to School Campaign, from September 9 to 17 – News Release. As our most vulnerable road users head back to the classroom, the Toronto Police Service’s commitment to road safety continues to be a priority. The Back to School campaign will focus on reminding all road users about increased traffic across Toronto, specifically within school and residential zones. With emphasis on enforcement, education and community engagement, officers will be looking out for drivers who speed, drive aggressively and drive distracted or impaired.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of September 9, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

176 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 1,607 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 94 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  175,799 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)170,562 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,630 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,615,680 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

TTC Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. Today, September 9, is the last day health partner teams will be stationed at Warden Station, 701 Warden Avenue, mezzanine level of the station from 8am to 8pm. More details are available here.

Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st, 2nd AND 3rd Doses! These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier); 2nd Dose: Received 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; 3rd Dose: specific immunocompromised groups and received their 2nd dose at least 2 months ago.

  • Sept 9 | 12pm-6pm | UTSC Highland Hall, 1265 Military Trail
  • Sept 10, 17, 24 | 1pm-8pm | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one, for a 2nd dose please bring your 1st dose vaccination receipt, for a 3rd dose please bring your 2nd dose vaccination receipt and proof of treatment note. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Best of luck to all the students heading back to school this week! A safe return to school or campus is a top priority this fall. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine, drop-in to one of the City’s clinics and get the best protection. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated page for more details.

City of Toronto run mass vaccination clinics: Vaccine eligibility is now expanded to youth born in 2009. Walk-in vaccinations and appointments are available at City-run clinics for first or second doses from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. Full details at www.toronto.ca/covid19

*NEW* School Immunization Program Update: In addition to the COVID-19 vaccination program, all of the City-run immunization clinics will administer other critical immunization programs. Parents and students can now book an appointment to get their vaccines at city-run immunization sites at www.TPHbookings.ca.

Parents are required to update their child’s immunization record or provide a valid exemption form to TPH. More information about updating student immunization records can be found online.

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto remains in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man, Matthew Estezo, who was last seen in the Markham Rd and Lawrence Ave E area on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at approximately 5pm. He is described as 5’7”, 175 lbs, medium build, short brown hair and a brown goatee. Last seen wearing a red plaid shirt with a white undershirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), www.222tips.com , or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Full details are available here.

As the Reading Partnership proudly moves into their 10th year of service, what better way to mark this milestone than with an epic collaboration with Pinball Clemons Foundation for the shared goal to positively impact the future of kids, and understands that ‘Literacy liberates – the theme of their year long celebration. Starting September 8th until October 15th, the Pinball Clemons Foundation will match all donations made to The Reading Partnership dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, as part of our Literacy Liberates $100K Challenge. Learn more and donate here.

The CNE introduced their new virtual EXperience, CNE Connected! CNE Connected is a membership with both free and paid virtual content packed with online experiences from Canadian performers/artists, kids content creators, local chefs and much more that goes beyond September! Visit www.cneconnected.com for more information.

CaféTO Survey – CaféTO is supporting nearly 1,200 restaurants across Toronto this summer. Give us your feedback on the program! A short survey is available to everyone, from restaurant owners to patio diners, and all those in between. Visit www.toronto.ca/cafeto to submit your feedback!

YouthLink LGBTQ2S+ Scarborough Needs Assessment Survey – Scarborough Youth (aged 12-29) and community service providers are encouraged to provide their feedback about their experiences on what’s working, what’s not working, and how you feel the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough could improve. For the Youth Survey click here. For the Service Provider Survey click here.

Community Events

  • *NEW* Councillor Ainslie Community Compost Days – Please bring your own containers and shovels! COVID-19 Public Health Regulations will be in effect. Masks are strongly recommended.

September 17 | 5:30pm | Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Dr

September 18 | 10:30am | Cedarbrook Community Centre, 91 Eastpark Blvd

September 18 | 1:00pm | Curran Hall Community Centre, 277 Orton Park Rd

  • Good Guides x TPS Waterfront Cleanup

September 12 | 10am to 1pm | Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, 4 Beechgrove Dr #18 (Parking Lot)

Everyone is welcome to join! Students can earn volunteer hours

  • Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – 1125-1137 Markham Rd & 2141 Ellesmere Rd

September 13 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join to participate in a discussion about the proposed development, provide feedback and ask questions and learn about the next steps for the proposal

Register to join the meeting HERE.

  • Scarborough Women’s Centre Summer Pop-up Webinars

September 14 | 2:30pm-4:00pm | The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

Review the webinar schedule and registration details here.

  • 2021 Terry Fox “Virtual” Run

September 19 | register online, lace up your running shoes and head out to walk, run, or bike your route of choice in your own neighbourhood.

Register now here!

  • City of Toronto Community Environment Days – Scarborough Drop-Off Depot

September 19 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl

October 31 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

You 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 in #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto for September 8, 2021

Dear Ward 24 Neighbours,

I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated page for more details.

Toronto Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a missing man, Matthew Estezo, who was last seen in the Markham Rd and Lawrence Ave E area on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at approximately 5pm. He is described as 5’7”, 175 lbs, medium build, short brown hair and a brown goatee. Last seen wearing a red plaid shirt with a white undershirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477), www.222tips.com , or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Full details are available here.

City of Toronto counters have served more than 12,000 residents since reopening – News Release. In less than a month, more than 12,000 people have been served at in-person counters across Toronto’s six civic centres. Since the reopening of select in-person counter services, which started on August 9, an average of 3,000 people have visited City counters each week, and that number is growing – with a 33 per cent increase in visits since reopening.

Data shows unvaccinated residents are seven times more likely to become infected with COVID-19, City of Toronto sees an increase in doses administered following Province’s proof of vaccination announcement – News Release. According to Toronto Public Health’s vaccine dashboard updated late Tuesday, 77.6 per cent of residents 12 and older are fully vaccinated and 83.6 per cent of eligible residents have at least their first dose. To protect Toronto residents, TPH is targeting full vaccination for 90 per cent of residents. Approximately 336,000 Torontonians require vaccination to reach the 90 per cent target. Of those, 164,000 have already received their first dose. Vaccination is important because vaccines lower risks of severe illness, hospitalization and death.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of September 8, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

160 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 1,614 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 87 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  175,642 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)170,401 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,627 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,608,067 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

*REMINDER* TTC Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. The TTC has partnered with East Toronto Health Partners to provide pop-up vaccination clinics conveniently located for customers in subway stations. Health partner teams will be stationed at Warden Station, 701 Warden Avenue, mezzanine level of the station from 8am to 8pm daily from September 7 to 9, 2021. More details are available here.

Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st, 2nd AND 3rd Doses! These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier); 2nd Dose: Received 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; 3rd Dose: specific immunocompromised groups and received their 2nd dose at least 2 months ago.

  • Sept 8 & 9 | 12pm-6pm | UTSC Highland Hall, 1265 Military Trail
  • Sept 10, 17, 24 | 1pm-8pm | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one, for a 2nd dose please bring your 1st dose vaccination receipt, for a 3rd dose please bring your 2nd dose vaccination receipt and proof of treatment note. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Best of luck to all the students heading back to school this week! A safe return to school or campus is a top priority this fall. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine, drop-in to one of the City’s clinics and get the best protection. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated page for more details.

City of Toronto run mass vaccination clinics: Vaccine eligibility is now expanded to youth born in 2009. Walk-in vaccinations and appointments are available at City-run clinics for first or second doses from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. Full details at www.toronto.ca/covid19

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto remains in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

*NEW* The Reading Partnership is happy to announce a new and exciting partnership with the Pinball Clemons Foundation. As the Reading Partnership proudly moves into their 10th year of service, what better way to mark this milestone than with an epic collaboration with an organization that shares the goal to positively impact the future of kids, and understands that ‘Literacy liberates – the theme of their year long celebration.Starting September 8th until October 15th, the Pinball Clemons Foundation will match all donations made to The Reading Partnership dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, as part of our Literacy Liberates $100K Challenge. Learn more and donate here.

The City of Toronto is changing the way it distributes certain waste management information. The City will not be producing the traditional Waste Calendar/Guide this year. Instead, residents will get their 2022 collection schedules as part of their utility bill and a condensed waste management guide will be mailed to their homes. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/waste

The CNE introduced their new virtual EXperience, CNE Connected! CNE Connected is a membership with both free and paid virtual content packed with online experiences from Canadian performers/artists, kids content creators, local chefs and much more that goes beyond September! Visit www.cneconnected.com for more information.

CaféTO Survey – CaféTO is supporting nearly 1,200 restaurants across Toronto this summer. Give us your feedback on the program! A short survey is available to everyone, from restaurant owners to patio diners, and all those in between. Visit www.toronto.ca/cafeto to submit your feedback!

YouthLink LGBTQ2S+ Scarborough Needs Assessment Survey – Scarborough Youth (aged 12-29) and community service providers are encouraged to provide their feedback about their experiences on what’s working, what’s not working, and how you feel the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough could improve. For the Youth Survey click here. For the Service Provider Survey click here.

Community Events

  • Good Guides x TPS Waterfront Cleanup

September 12 | 10am to 1pm | Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, 4 Beechgrove Dr #18 (Parking Lot)

Everyone is welcome to join! Students can earn volunteer hours

  • Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – 1125-1137 Markham Rd & 2141 Ellesmere Rd

September 13 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join to participate in a discussion about the proposed development, provide feedback and ask questions and learn about the next steps for the proposal

Register to join the meeting HERE.

  • Scarborough Women’s Centre Summer Pop-up Webinars

September 14 | 2:30pm-4:00pm | The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

Review the webinar schedule and registration details here.

  • 2021 Terry Fox “Virtual” Run

September 19 | register online, lace up your running shoes and head out to walk, run, or bike your route of choice in your own neighbourhood.

Register now here!

  • City of Toronto Community Environment Days – Scarborough Drop-Off Depot

September 19 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl

October 31 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

You 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 of #September 7, 2021 for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated.

Best of luck to all the students heading back to school this week! A safe return to school or campus is a top priority this fall. If you haven’t received your COVID-19 vaccine, drop-in to one of the City’s clinics and get the best protection. Visit the COVID-19: How to Get Vaccinated page for more details.

*NEW* City of Toronto encourages residents to drop off items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal at Community Environment Days – News Release. The City of Toronto will be holding Community Environment Days at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. The events begin September 12 and will run until October 31, 2021. Scarborough Drop-Off Depot dates are:

  • September 19 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl
  • October 31 | 10am to 2pm | 1 Transfer Pl

*NEW* Mayor Tory unveils the City of Toronto’s action plan to safely manage congestion as schools open and workers return to offices – News Release. The City created a Congestion Management Action Team made up of senior City traffic management professionals. Their work included actively monitoring and coordinating timely responses to transportation issues across the city based on real-time data, and planning for a safe return to offices and schools. There are three key traffic monitoring measures the Action Team rely on: Traffic Congestion, Traffic Volumes and Traffic Mode Volumes.

*REMINDER* TTC Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics. The TTC has partnered with East Toronto Health Partners to provide pop-up vaccination clinics conveniently located for customers in subway stations. Health partner teams will be stationed at Warden Station, 701 Warden Avenue, mezzanine level of the station from 8am to 8pm daily from September 7 to 9, 2021. More details are available here.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of September 7, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

601 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 1,643 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 83 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  175,496 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)170,229 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,624 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,602,453 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st, 2nd AND 3rd Doses! These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 12+ (born in 2009 or earlier); 2nd Dose: Received 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; 3rd Dose: specific immunocompromised groups and received their 2nd dose at least 2 months ago.

  • Sept 8 & 9 | 12pm-6pm | UTSC Highland Hall, 1265 Military Trail
  • Sept 10, 17, 24 | 1pm-8pm | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • Sept 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 | 12-6pm | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one, for a 2nd dose please bring your 1st dose vaccination receipt, for a 3rd dose please bring your 2nd dose vaccination receipt and proof of treatment note. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

City of Toronto run mass vaccination clinics: Vaccine eligibility is now expanded to youth born in 2009. Walk-in vaccinations and appointments are available at City-run clinics for first or second doses from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 7pm. Full details at www.toronto.ca/covid19

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals for a 1st, 2nd or 3rd COVID-19 vaccine dose can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto remains in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

*UPDATE* Virtual Ward Forum CANCELLED – Return to School 2021. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the September 7, 2021 Virtual Ward Forum has been CANCELLED. The Ward Forum will be rescheduled, and new meeting dates will be shared as soon as possible.

REMINDER: Registration extended for City of Toronto’s DineTOgether promotion to support local restaurants. Due to requests from restauranteurs, and strong interest and registration across the city, the City of Toronto is extending the submission deadline for restaurants to participate in DineTOgether to September 7 at 11:59 p.m. at DineTOgether.

*NEW* Toronto Police Service Re-Opens Police Facilities to the Public – News Release. As of today, September 7, 2021, all Toronto Police Service Divisions and Traffic Services are now open to the public daily between the hours of 7am to 11pm.

The City of Toronto is changing the way it distributes certain waste management information. The City will not be producing the traditional Waste Calendar/Guide this year. Instead, residents will get their 2022 collection schedules as part of their utility bill and a condensed waste management guide will be mailed to their homes. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/waste

The CNE introduced their new virtual EXperience, CNE Connected! CNE Connected is a membership with both free and paid virtual content packed with online experiences from Canadian performers/artists, kids content creators, local chefs and much more that goes beyond September! Visit www.cneconnected.com for more information.

CaféTO Survey – CaféTO is supporting nearly 1,200 restaurants across Toronto this summer. Give us your feedback on the program! A short survey is available to everyone, from restaurant owners to patio diners, and all those in between. Visit www.toronto.ca/cafeto to submit your feedback!

YouthLink LGBTQ2S+ Scarborough Needs Assessment Survey – Scarborough Youth (aged 12-29) and community service providers are encouraged to provide their feedback about their experiences on what’s working, what’s not working, and how you feel the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough could improve. For the Youth Survey click here. For the Service Provider Survey click here.

Community Events

  • Good Guides x TPS Waterfront Cleanup

September 12 | 10am to 1pm | Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, 4 Beechgrove Dr #18 (Parking Lot)

Everyone is welcome to join! Students can earn volunteer hours

  • Virtual Community Consultation Meeting – 1125-1137 Markham Rd & 2141 Ellesmere Rd

September 13 | 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join to participate in a discussion about the proposed development, provide feedback and ask questions and learn about the next steps for the proposal

Register to join the meeting HERE.

  • Scarborough Women’s Centre Summer Pop-up Webinars

September 14 | 2:30pm-4:00pm | The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

Review the webinar schedule and registration details here.

  • 2021 Terry Fox “Virtual” Run

September 19 | register online, lace up your running shoes and head out to walk, run, or bike your route of choice in your own neighbourhood.

Register now here!

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

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

All my Best,  

Paul

ShowLoveTO – Local Small Businesses & Communities

Dear Neighbours,

Thank you to everyone who’s been vaccinated against COVID-19. You’re the reason we can reopen and rebuild! Now it’s time to ShowLoveTO small businesses in your community to help them thrive again.

As the economy continues to reopen, the City of Toronto and partners have worked on a number of resources and supports local businesses can access! Businesses can learn how to successfully market products or services using easy, affordable tactics. Local businesses can register for free webinars at www.toronto.ca/seminars.

Restaurant owners and operators can now register for the City of Toronto’s DineTOgether program to ShowLoveTO local restaurants. DineTOgether will take place from September 17 to October 3, 2021, showcasing the diversity of Toronto’s restaurants while encouraging residents to patronize local eateries through a DineTOgether feature menu available through takeout, deliver, patio and/or indoor dining.

Registration is open at www.toronto.ca/dinetogether until August 31. This program is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

Small businesses can also speak virtually with a City of Toronto business advisor and get help accessing safe reopening and recovery resources. Schedule your free virtual session at www.toronto.ca/businessto.

The City has also prepared Operational Support and Guidelines for Businesses and a Business Reopening Checklist with documents, resources and links for businesses and community organizations to safely reopen in compliance with health and workplace regulations.

All my Best,
Paul

My August 17, 2021 #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

August 17, 2021 Update

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated. If you haven’t booked your first or second COVID-19 dose, you can now walk-in to any of the City-run vaccination clinics. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/covid19.

*NEW* Ontario makes COVID-19 vaccination policies mandatory for high-risk settings – News Release. The provincial government is taking action to increase protection for our most vulnerable. Vaccination policies will be required for settings such as hospitals, home and community care service providers, and must be effective no later than September 7, 2021. These policies will require individuals to provide proof of full vaccination, a medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19 or completion of a COVID-19 vaccination education session.

Vaccination policies will also be implemented in other high-risk settings such as post-secondary institutions, licensed retirement homes, women’s shelters, congregate group homes and day programs for adults, and children’s treatment centres. 

The government has also announced that it is pausing the province’s exit from the Roadmap to Reopen, and will continue to monitor the data to determine when it is safe to exit the Roadmap and lift the majority of public health measures currently in place.

The province will begin offering third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those at highest-risk, providing them with an extra layer of protection against the Delta variant. This includes transplant recipients, patients with hematological cancers, recipients of an anti-CD20 agent and residents of high-risk congregate settings.

In addition, to further support a safer return to school, as of Wednesday, August 18, 2021, all children turning 12 years old before the end of 2021 will be eligible to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and can book their appointment through the provincial booking system, their public health unit, pharmacies or walk-in to a vaccination clinic.

*NEW* Toronto Public Health reporting more than 98 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 patients not fully vaccinated – News Release. Since, May 1, 98.7 per cent of hospitalized COVID-19 cases with known vaccination status were not fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people have greater protection against COVID-19 than unvaccinated people, including against the Delta variant.

*NEW* Toronto Public Health launches #VaxTOCampus campaign to promote vaccination in post-secondary settings – News Release. To enable the safest return to campus for staff, students and faculty of post-secondary education institutions and student residences, TPH and local health partners are working towards achieving the highest possible vaccinations as quickly as possible. This #VaxTOCampus campaign is in an effort to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake in post-secondary settings.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of August 17, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

128 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 1,215 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 20 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  172,353 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)167,521 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,617 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,460,534 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st and 2nd Dose. These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 12+; for Pfizer 2nd Dose: 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; for Moderna 2nd Dose: 1st dose of Moderna 28+ days ago or Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago.

  • Aug 20 | 1pm to 8pm | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one and your first dose vaccination receipt. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto is in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

Toronto News

YouthLink LGBTQ2S+ Scarborough Needs Assessment Survey – Scarborough Youth (aged 12-29) and community service providers are encouraged to provide their feedback about their experiences on what’s working, what’s not working, and how you feel the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough could improve. For the Youth Survey click here. For the Service Provider Survey click here.

Parents Engaged in Education is collecting School Supplies to send 1000 low-income students back to school! On August 21 and 22, volunteers from Parents Engaged in Education will be outside the Toronto Zoo Entrance collecting donations of school supplies to send to kids before the school year starts. Backpacks and lunch bags are needed most. See their flyer here.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood – Operation Backpack! Youth attending The Native Learning Centre East located at Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI are in need of donated school supplies such as backpacks, water bottles, lunch containers, binders, calculators, glue sticks, pencil crayons, duo tangs, folders, rulers, erasers, loose leaf paper, pencils, tape, masks and more. Please bring the donated items to the Church lobby, 85 Livingston Rd by August 22, 2021.

Register for the DineTOgether! Running from September 17 to October 3, DineTOgether will showcase a diversity of Toronto’s restaurants offering two course feature menus for $15 to $50 in $5 increments. Interested restaurant owners/operators can register until August 31 online here. Restaurant listings and menus will be available in September here.

Community Events

  • Backpack Giveaway by Scarborough Compassion Ministry & Metro East Regional Youth Association

August 19, 2021 | 3pm-6pm | Scarborough Seventh Day Adventist Church – 4350 Lawrence Ave East.

Parents must bring their children with them in order to receive bags

Click here to view their flyer

  • Bat Monitoring Walks in Cedarbrook Park with the Friends of Cedarbrook Park & Thomson Memorial Parks

August 20 and September 9 | Cedarbrook Community Centre, Parking lot, 81 Eastpark Blvd

Updates: www.friendsctmparks.wordpress.com. Questions: friendscedarbrookthomsonparks@gmail.com 

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar for Youth Serving Organizations

Register: August 23

Full details are available here.

  • SHN Foundation x STC Drive-In Theatre

August 26 & 27, 2021

Buy your tickets here.

  • Scarborough Women’s Centre Summer Pop-up Webinars

August 25| 2:30pm-4:00pm | Body Positivity w/ Ms. Nadya Lim-Douglas

September 14 | 2:30pm-4:00pm | The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

Review the webinar schedule and registration details here.

  • NEW: The 8Th Annual Back to School Supply & Car Show

August 29 | 12pm-3pm | The East Scarborough Storefront, 4040 Lawrence Ave E

Register by calling 416-208-9889 or email info@thestorefront.org by August 27 at 5pm

See this post for more details.

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

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

All my Best,  

Paul

My #August 16, 2021 #COVID #Update for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

August 16, 2021 Update

Dear Neighbours,

I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated. If you haven’t booked your first or second COVID-19 dose, you can now walk-in to any of the City-run vaccination clinics. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/covid19.

*NEW* Ontario working with public health units to run COVID-19 vaccination clinics in schools – News Release. The Ontario government is working with public health units and publicly funded school boards to plan and host vaccination clinics in or nearby schools to continue to fight COVID-19. Clinics are expected to run before school starts and during the first few weeks of school.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of August 16, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

371 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 1,182 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 17 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  172,243 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)167,445 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,616 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,459,788 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

*NEW* Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st and 2nd Dose. These clinics will be vaccinating individuals for 1st Dose: Ages 12+; for Pfizer 2nd Dose: 1st dose of Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago; for Moderna 2nd Dose: 1st dose of Moderna 28+ days ago or Pfizer 21+ days ago or AstraZeneca 8+ weeks ago.

  • Aug 17 | 10am to 2pm | Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough, 100 Galloway Rd
  • Aug 20 | 1pm to 8pm | Agincourt Mall, 3850 Sheppard Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Bridlewood Mall, 2900 Warden Ave
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Golden Mile Shopping Centre, 1880 Eglinton Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Cedarbrae Mall, 3495 Lawrence Ave E
  • Aug 20 & 21 | 12pm to 6pm | Parkway Mall, 85 Ellesmere Rd

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one and your first dose vaccination receipt. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto is in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

*NEW* Community Free Throw Competition Happening Today, August 16th from 5pm to 7pm at the East Scarborough Storefront! The East Scarborough Storefront and United Play Canada are bringing fun to an outdoor community space! The free throw competition categories include: Boys Under 12/Over 12 and Girls Under 12/Over 12. See this post for more details!

*NEW* Toronto Zoo Welcomes New Durham Region Transit Bus Route! Your Toronto Zoo is excited to welcome buses and passengers travelling on the new Durham Region Transit (DRT) bus route, DRT Route 917Z, providing service directly to the Zoo until September 6, 2021. DRT implemented a series of service enhancements to support access to public transit as the province continues to re-open; and residents begin to return to work, shopping and more. Plan your visit to the Toronto Zoo here.

YouthLink LGBTQ2S+ Scarborough Needs Assessment Survey – Scarborough Youth (aged 12-29) and community service providers are encouraged to provide their feedback about their experiences on what’s working, what’s not working, and how you feel the 2SLGBTQ+ experience in Scarborough could improve. For the Youth Survey click here. For the Service Provider Survey click here.

Parents Engaged in Education is collecting School Supplies to send 1000 low-income students back to school! On August 21 and 22, volunteers from Parents Engaged in Education will be outside the Toronto Zoo Entrance collecting donations of school supplies to send to kids before the school year starts. Backpacks and lunch bags are needed most. See their flyer here.

Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood – Operation Backpack! Youth attending The Native Learning Centre East located at Sir Wilfrid Laurier CI are in need of donated school supplies such as backpacks, water bottles, lunch containers, binders, calculators, glue sticks, pencil crayons, duo tangs, folders, rulers, erasers, loose leaf paper, pencils, tape, masks and more. Please bring the donated items to the Church lobby, 85 Livingston Rd by August 22, 2021.

Register for the DineTOgether! Running from September 17 to October 3, DineTOgether will showcase a diversity of Toronto’s restaurants offering two course feature menus for $15 to $50 in $5 increments. Interested restaurant owners/operators can register until August 31 online here. Restaurant listings and menus will be available in September here.

Community Events

  • Backpack Giveaway by Scarborough Compassion Ministry & Metro East Regional Youth Association

August 19, 2021 | 3pm-6pm | Scarborough Seventh Day Adventist Church – 4350 Lawrence Ave East.

Parents must bring their children with them in order to receive bags

Click here to view their flyer

  • Bat Monitoring Walks in Cedarbrook Park with the Friends of Cedarbrook Park & Thomson Memorial Parks

August 20 and September 9 | Cedarbrook Community Centre, Parking lot, 81 Eastpark Blvd

Updates: www.friendsctmparks.wordpress.com. Questions: friendscedarbrookthomsonparks@gmail.com 

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar for Youth Serving Organizations

Register: August 23

Full details are available here.

  • SHN Foundation x STC Drive-In Theatre

August 26 & 27, 2021

Buy your tickets here.

  • Scarborough Women’s Centre Summer Pop-up Webinars

Tuesday, August 17 – 7:00 To 8:30pm – Art for Self-Care w/ Ms. Swosti Adhikari 

Wednesday, August 25 – 2:30 To 4:00pm – Body Positivity w/ Ms. Nadya Lim-Douglas

Tuesday, September 14 – 2:30 To 4:00pm – The 3M’s To A Happier State of Mind w/ Ms. Cindy

Review the webinar schedule and registration details here.

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

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

All my Best,   Paul

Back to School, Dogs in the City and Garden Awards

Dear Neighbours,

With back to school just around the corner, I am sure many students, parents and families are concerned and curious about the 2021-2022 back to school plan. Last week, the Ministry of Education released the COVID-19: health, safety and operational guidance for schools (2021-2022) that will guide the safe return to classrooms. The class of 2021-2022 students will be returning to classrooms full-time in September, with remote learning as an option. Staff and students grade 1 and up are required to wear non-medical or cloth masks indoors, including hallways and during classes and on school vehicles.

The Ministry of Education also announced that team sports, field trips and extracurricular activities will be permitted along with assemblies and recess. For more information please review the COVID-19 guide: health and safety measures at schools.

As we continue to enjoy the outdoors this summer, I would like to remind dog owners to keep dogs on leash in public, unless you are in a designated dogs off-leash area. Please, ensure that you pick up after your dogs and dispose of doggy bags in a Green Bin. The City has Green Bins for organic waste in all dog off-leash areas in parks. Also, please respect the natural environment in parks and trails. Dog owners can learn more at www.toronto.ca/DogsInTheCity.

This summer I rode my bike throughout Ward 24 admiring the many beautiful gardens in our community. This year nearly 3,700 garden awards were delivered across Scarborough-Guildwood! I would like to thank everyone again for their contribution in making Scarborough a more beautiful place to live!

With summer coming close to an end, I would like to remind everyone when enjoying City parks and public spaces to please keep them clean and safe. The City has placed garbage and recycling bins in public spaces for you to place litter where it belongs. Let us all do our part and help keep Toronto’s streets, sidewalks, beaches and parks safe and clean! Learn more on what you can do at www.toronto.ca/litter.

Thank you!

All my Best,
Paul

My #COVID #Update for August 3, 2021 for #Ward24 #Scarborough and #Toronto

August 3, 2021 Update

Dear Neighbours,

As of today, more than 2,000,000 Toronto residents are now fully vaccinated! I would like to thank all Team Toronto partners for making getting vaccinated against COVID-19 as easy as possible and thank you Toronto for rolling up your sleeves and getting vaccinated. If you haven’t booked your first or second COVID-19 dose, you can now walk-in to any of the City-run vaccination clinics. Details are available at www.toronto.ca/covid19.

*NEW* Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation is recruiting! Attend a virtual Job Information Session from today to August 11 to learn about fall 2021 opportunities, get resume advice and much more here.

*NEW* Support local restaurants through DineTOgether running from September 17 to October 3! DineTOgether will showcase the diversity of Toronto’s restaurants and encourage residents to patronize local eateries. Participating restaurants can offer one or more two-course feature menus for $15 to $50 in $5 increments. To ensure the program benefits as many restaurants as possible, there is no participation fee and registrants must meet minimal eligibility criteria. Interested owners/operators can register between August 4 to 31. Visit this site for more details on how to register.

The Toronto Police Service continue to request the public’s assistance in locating a missing boy, Douvou Ellis, 14 years old. Ellis was last seen on Monday, July 26 at 1:30am in the Galloway Road and Kingston Road area. He is described to be 5’7”, with a thin build and short black hair. Police are concerned for his safety.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-4300, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477, online at www.222tips.com or Leave A Tip on Facebook. Full details here.

Scarborough Health Network One-Day Pop-Ups – 1st and 2nd Dose. These clinics will be vaccinating individuals who live/work/go to school in Scarborough in these eligibility groups: Pfizer 1st Dose: ages 12+; Pfizer 2nd Dose: ages 12+ AND received their 1st dose of Pfizer at least 21 days ago or AstraZeneca at least 8 weeks ago.

  • August 4 | 4pm to 9 pm | West Hill Public School, 299 Morningside Ave
  • August 5 | 4pm to 9pm | Stephen Leacock Collegiate Institute, 2450 Birchmount Rd

Tickets will be provided for same-day appointments on a first come, first served basis. Please bring ID or document with your address or proof of employment, a health card if you have one and your first dose vaccination receipt. Full details at www.scarbvaccine.ca

Native Child and Family Services of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity! This clinic will be vaccinating FNIM/Indigenous Community Members and their immediate household members aged 12 years and older.

  • August 4 | Malvern Aboriginal Child and Family Centre, 31 Tapscott Rd Unit 76B

To request an appointment please complete this form. If you have questions please email COVIDvaccine@nativechild.org or call 437-230-2936.

Toronto East Health Network Mobile & Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic: Open to all individuals 12+ who live/work/attend school in any “M” postal code, with priority access for select populations. Visit the pop-up vaccine page for more details: www.tehn.ca/VaccinePopUps

City of Toronto Immunization Clinics & Eligibility: Eligibility criteria and booking for first and second dose appointments can be found online at www.toronto.ca/covid19 or by calling 1-833-943-3900.

Scarborough Health Network Community Vaccine Clinic & Eligibility: Eligible individuals can book now at www.scarbvaccine.ca 

COVID-19 Pharmacy Vaccine Locations & Eligibility: Full details on eligibility and pharmacy locations administering the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Case & Vaccination Update: (Data as of August 3, 2021) Case status and vaccination dose data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

181 – Newly Reported COVID-19 Cases 463 – Total number of Active COVID-19 Cases 20 – Hospitalized Cases (Cumulative)  170,928 – Number of COVID-19 Cases in Toronto (Cumulative)166,856 – Number of Recovered COVID-19 Cases in Toronto 3,609 – Number of COVID-19 Fatal Cases in Toronto 4,320,309 COVID-19 – Vaccine doses administered in Toronto

Where to get accurate COVID-19 information:

The City of Toronto is in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen. Full details on Step Three restrictions are available on the “Reopening” Ontario webpage. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities permitted in Step Three.

Toronto News

*NEW* Church of the Holy Trinity, Guildwood – Operation Backpack! Youth attending The Native Learning Centre East located at Sir Wilfred Laurier CI are in need of donated school supplies such as backpacks, water bottles, lunch containers, binders, calculators, glue sticks, pencil crayons, duo tangs, folders, rulers, erasers, loose leaf paper, pencils, tape, masks and more. Please bring the donated items to the Church lobby, 85 Livingston Rd by August 22, 2021.

TransformTO – Get Involved: The City of Toronto is implementing bold actions to get to net zero emissions. Share your thoughts on the actions and priorities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Until August 4, watch the video complete the survey host a community discussion , and share your thoughts on an online idea board.

Scarborough Arts – Scarborough Sounds by the Spoken Soul Collective. Calling all Scarborough musician! Scarborough Sounds is your opportunity to have your music that speaks to Scarborough play at Town Centre as part of ArtworxTO. Submit your music to djlewyv@gmail.com by August 8th!

Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards! Nominate a member of your community for the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards. Full details on eligibility and how to submit a nomination are available at www.toronto.ca/awards. Nominations have been extended to August 27, 2021. 

PollinateTO is growing and wants to hear what you think! The City of Toronto wants to expand the PollinateTO grants program to include more garden types and greening projects. Fill out the survey and be entered to win great prizes.

Community Events

  • Cycle Toronto Pop-Up Bike Safety Station

August 11, 2021 | 5pm to 7pm | Morningside Park

This safety station will provide people with safety checks and minor repairs for those who may not have access to a bike shop but that to get riding.

  • Boys & Girls Club of East Scarborough’s Back 2 Books

August 17, 2021 | 11am to 4pm | 100 Galloway Rd

Register here, by August 6, 2021.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Webinar for Youth Serving Organizations

Register: August 23

Full details are available here.

  • Bat Monitoring Walks in Cedarbrook Park with the Friends of Cedarbrook Park & Thomson Memorial Parks

August 12, 20 and September 9 | Sunset | Cedarbrook Community Centre Parking lot, 81 Eastpark Blvd

Updates: www.friendsctmparks.wordpress.com. Questions: friendscedarbrookthomsonparks@gmail.com 

Summer Programming

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

I am continuously updating my social media platforms and my website:

 

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

All my Best,  

Paul

Step Three, LDD Moths Across the City & July City Council

Dear Neighbours,

The City of Toronto is now in Step Three of the province’s Roadmap to Reopen plan. Step Three permits Toronto residents to gather indoors, eat indoors at bars and restaurants and resume going to gyms and recreation centres. Please review the City’s COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents for a list of activities that are permitted in Step Three.

July’s City Council meeting tackled a few big items including renaming Dundas Street, approving SafeTO, a community safety and well-being plan and the TransformTO Net Zero Building strategy. Items closer home include the request I put forward for extra supports to address the European Gypsy (LDD) Moth infestation in the Seven Oaks Community.

I presented this request at this month’s Infrastructure and Environment Committee meeting where it was amended to expand supports across the City for communities experiencing impacts by the LDD moth infestations. This request was successfully adopted at last week’s City Council meeting, where City Staff have been asked to provide additional supports including providing residents with information as well as holding public meetings for impacted communities.

For several years now, residents have contacted my office to report concerns regarding LDD Moth infestations throughout their community, with a significant number of inquiries from the Seven Oaks area. LDD Moths consume the regeneration tissues of trees causing them to expire. With the alarming growth of LDD Moths in the community, it is time for the City to take further action to protect the natural canopy and community members.

City staff is continuing to ask residents to report sightings of LDD moths/caterpillars via the city’s online reporting tool available at www.toronto.ca/gypsymoth or by calling 311. Homeowners can drop a point on the interactive map where they are seeing the caterpillars and report the volume they are seeing.

You can learn more about this item here: 2021.IE23.22 – LDD Moth (European Gypsy Moth) Infestation and if you missed July’s City Council meeting, you can watch the full recording at www.youtube.com/torontocitycouncillive.

All my best,

Paul