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

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Public Health’s information line & 311 are experiencing high call volumes. Residents can get the information they need online at www.toronto.ca. The City’s website has a tool that can translate pages into 51 different languages. 

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 Advisor

If you can’t find any answers, you can also email me at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca


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.


Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) Portal

Questions about applying for CERB with CRA? You can find answers to common questions with this automated help line: 1-833-966-2099. 

Is any other income help available?

Yes, and here are two great resources to learn more:

Dr. Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management at Carleton University, has compiled a plain language guide to all federal and provincial income benefits to help people figure out which apply to their particular situation. 

East Scarborough Storefront has put together a summary of the financial support programs made available by the Government of Canada, including a section that speaks to Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program recipients, and a section on taxes.

June 29, 2020

Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall
Last Friday, June 26th Hon. John McKay MP, Mitzie Hunter MPP, special guest Liz Buller of Scarborough Health Network, and myself held another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall. I would like to thank everyone who submitted questions in advance and everyone who tuned in. In case you missed this Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall you can watch a recording of the meeting here.

Virtual Canada Day Celebration
Toronto unites online this year for Canada Day. On July 1, join the all-day livestream of programs showcasing Toronto’s brightest talents. Enjoy music, dance, comedy, CN Tower Canada Light Show and much more on Canada’s 153rd birthday! Kick off the day with a Great Canadian Pancake Breakfast and end off with Canada Day’s Virtual Fireworks show via an AR mobile app.

More information can be found here. Livestream of Canada Day online events can be watched here.

Keep in mind: Fireworks on private property
Fireworks on private property may only be used without a permit on Victoria Day and Canada Day. To use fireworks on private property any other day of the year you must have a permit from Toronto Fire Services. More information can be found here.

Toronto Public Library Re-Opening Update
With Toronto moving to Stage 2 in the Provincial reopening plan, TPL will be extending its library service to provide in-branch computer, printer, photocopier, Wi-Fi and washroom access at 17 branches. You will be able to make a computer reservation starting TODAY, June 29. This service will expand to more branches over the next 4 weeks. The 17 branches include:

  • Agincourt, Albion, Barbara Frum, Brentwood, Bloor-Gladstone, Cedarbrae, Don Mills, Downsview, Main Street, Malvern, Maria A. Shchuka, North York Central Library, Parliament, Richview, Scarborough Civic Centre, Thorncliffe and Toronto Reference Library.

More details on Toronto Public Library’s re-opening update can be found here.

Toronto City Council unanimously ratifies collective agreements with CUPE Local 79
Today, City Council unanimously ratified the four (4) five-year agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the union representing the City’s 24,000 inside workers. This follows the ratification by CUPE Local 79 members on June 27.

The City and the union reached a negotiated settlement in March 2020, however the COVID-19 response efforts prevented ratification until now. CUPE Local 79 represents four bargaining units: Full-time; Unit B, Part-time; Long-Term Care Homes & Services, Part-time; and Recreation Workers, Part-time. More information can be read in the news release.

TTC Safety Update & Reminder of mandatory masks or face coverings on the TTC
The TTC has been preparing for the next stage of reopening. Here is what you need to know:

  • Effective July 2, 2020 masks of face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Information on where to get a mask on the TTC, instructions for wearing a mask is available here.
  • Customers will be able to board TTC buses through both front and rear doors
  • Cas, TTC tickets, token payment return to buses and paper transfers will be available. Consider purchasing a PRESTO card
  • The TTC has partnered with the City of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Office to distribute one million complimentary masks to TTC customers in the community. For the next month, you will see TTC ambassadors at busier stations and bus stops handing out masks and information post cards.

More information can be found here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,270 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. There are 218 people hospitalized, with 55 in ICU. In total, 12,360 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,090 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Canada Student Service Grant
The new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) aims to encourage young people to take part in service activities that will help them support their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain invaluable experience.  

Administered by WE Charity, the CSSG is a one-time payment available at five levels, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The amount will vary based on the number of hours each volunteer completes, with $1,000 provided for each 100 hours completed, up to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours. More information here.

CampTO preparation and Washroom Services Update
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the city opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms and drinking water stations. In preparation for CampTO programs, the public washroom facilities at Scarborough Village Arena will be closed to transition out some changes to sanitation services. For up-to-date washroom and shower locations, operating hours and amenities, please visit this website.

REMINDER: Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes TOMORROW June 30
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

ActiveTO Quiet Street Feedback Survey
Select streets around the city have been designated as a Quiet Streets in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as part of the City of Toronto's ActiveTO initiative. 'Shared Space' on Quiet Streets is intended to help residents maintain physical distancing while walking, running, using wheelchairs and biking. Tell us what you think about ActiveTO’s Quiet Streets Initiative HERE.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps Walkathon needs your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough.

The Club provides service to over 5,000 children in the East Scarborough community residing in priority neighborhoods, where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, less than half completed post-secondary education, where 70% are visible minorities and a quarter of the population identifies as Black. If you would like to donate, please click on this GoFundMe link.


City of Toronto child care centres set to reopen beginning June 29
Beginning June 29, 11 of the 47 City of Toronto-operated Toronto Early Learning & Child Care Centres (TELCCC) will reopen to support parents returning to work and to help with the restart of the economy. The Province of Ontario announced that licensed child care services could begin to operate as of June 12 as part of the Province’s reopening plan. The 11 childcare centres set to reopen are the following:

  • Malvern Early Learning and Child Care, 1321 Neilson Rd.
  • Danforth Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 1125 Danforth Ave. 
  • Blake Street Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 84 Blake St.
  • Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care, 7 Berryman St.
  • City Kids Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 34 Bathurst St.
  • Metro Hall Early Learning and Child Care Centre, 55 John St.
  • Thomas Berry Early Learning and Child Care, 3495 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  • Falstaff Early Learning and Child Care, 10 Falstaff Ave.
  • Berner Trail Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 120 Berner Trail 
  • Flemingdon Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 29 St Dennis Dr.  
  • Rowntree Early Learning & Child Care Centre, 2765 Islington Ave.

Childcare centres are required to follow strict operational requirements to help ensure the health and safety of children, their families and staff. The City is taking a careful and gradual approach to reopening centres with the majority of the remaining centres planned to reopen in July and August. For more information please read the news release.

This weekend: ActiveTO major road closures
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 28 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

A cycling network map, including multi-use trails, is available here. Walking and hiking trails are available here

Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes June 30
While the City of Toronto continues to work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the delivery of essential and critical City services, it is also working to prepare for Toronto’s recovery in the weeks and months to come.
  
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,094 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 65 cases since yesterday. There are 249 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 12,127 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,070 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Friday Free Pick-Up Lunch
The Boys’ and Girls Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 26 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: Mac & Cheese and Chicken Fingers (Halal and veggie options available). Register HERE. Please note this will be the last Pick-Up Lunch until July 17.
  
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Soles and Steps need your support!
Amidst the ongoing worldwide conversations surrounding systematic racial barriers, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough is raising donations to continue their work surrounding diversity and equity while enhancing the services and programs currently provided for the racialized families residing in underserved areas of East Scarborough.

The Club provides service to over 5,000 children in the East Scarborough community residing in priority neighborhoods, where 30% of the population lives below the poverty line, less than half completed post-secondary education, where 70% are visible minorities and a quarter of the population identifies as Black. If you would like to make a donation, please click on this GoFundMe link.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre Lane Swim Resumes July 4
With the City of Toronto moving to Stage 2 of the Ontario Government’s Reopening plan, training pools are now able to open for public access with specific health and safety measures in place. Public access to training pools will start on July 4. Lane swims are available to members, students, City of Toronto punch pass holders, or anyone who purchases a swimming day pass. More information can be found here.

2020 Property Tax Final Billing
In the City's ongoing effort to modernize City services and support property owners during the COVID-19 pandemic, Revenue Services partnered with Technology Services to develop an online application portal for the new temporary Property Tax Payment Deferral Program.  This digital service was developed and launched within weeks and property owners are now able to apply and upload supporting documents using a fully online application process.  Property owners are able to request additional time to pay property taxes without incurring late payment penalties or interest charges for a six-month period effective June 1 to November 30, 2020. Paper applications are available, however property owners are being encouraged to apply online to streamline and fast-track the approval process. 

The Property Tax Brochure is also available online for viewing. For property tax inquires, please reach out to propertytax@toronto.ca, call 311, or contact my office at councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca or 416-396-7222.

EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Locating Resources for Health, Housing and Employment
Join the EarlyON Team for a virtual workshop on locating resources for health, housing and employment on Monday June 29, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register. More information in the flyer here.


June 24, 2020

City of Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province’s reopening
Today, the City of Toronto enters Stage 2 of reopening. This means the safe restart of some services and businesses including restaurants and bars with patios, personal care services, shopping malls and select recreational spaces such as splash pads and pools.

Businesses that can reopen today for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • close to 8,000 restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only, including more than 1,400 restaurants with existing licensed patios, sidewalk cafés, or parklet permits
  • close to 3,500 personal service settings such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos and aesthetic services (but not for care of facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including 140 splash pads (by June 27), 100 wading pools (beginning July 1) and 56 indoor and outdoor swimming pools (by June 27)
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities and more
  • campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services. For more information, please read the news release

City of Toronto to resume limited Toronto Island Park ferry service with COVID-19 precautions starting June 27
The City of Toronto will resume its public ferry service to Toronto Island Park on June 27, as permitted by Transport Canada. The ferries will operate at 50% maximum capacity, with a number of COVID-19 guidelines and procedures in place to protect passengers and staff, developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health.

In order to allow for physical distancing on the ferries and in the terminal, ferry tickets will be limited to 5,000 per day and must be purchased online at toronto.ca/ferry. Visitors should purchase their tickets ahead of time. Passengers will be required to wear non-medical masks or face coverings. For more information, please read the news release.

City of Toronto announces two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections ready in time for Stage 2 reopening
Two major downtown ActiveTO cycling network connections, on parts of University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent and Bloor Street, will be installed before the weekend, shortly after Toronto enters Stage 2 of the Province of Ontario’s reopening plan.

There are now 2.3 kilometres of new, separated bike lanes along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, and by Friday, separated bike lanes spanning 1.45 kilometres will be nearly completed along Bloor Street between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street. New, separated bike lanes (one kilometre) were also installed on Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue, earlier this month. More information can be found here.

This weekend: ActiveTO major road closures
The following ActiveTO major road closures will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 27 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 28 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

 

A cycling network map, including multi-use trails, is available here. Walking and hiking trails are available here

Quiet Streets update
All planned and approved Quiet Streets locations are now in place, totalling more than 60 kilometres along neighbourhood routes across Toronto. Staff continue to actively monitor and adapt all locations, based on neighbourhood use, and have been returning to locations to address on-street issues as they arise. An online feedback survey is also being planned for those who are using Quiet Streets. More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at toronto.ca/activeTO.

Recovery & Rebuild public engagement survey closes June 30
While the City of Toronto continues to work on reducing the spread of COVID-19 and ensuring the delivery of essential and critical City services, it is also working to prepare for Toronto’s recovery in the weeks and months to come.
  
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

CaféTO online information session pre-registration for restaurant and bar operators
The City of Toronto will host an online information session to provide an overview of CaféTO as well as guidelines to participate. There will also be updates on permitting and licencing, education and enforcement strategy for 2020, and updates from Toronto Public Health as they relate to patios. Local restaurant and bar operators who are interested in the program can pre-register now. Date: Tuesday, June 30 | Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 14,029 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 253 people hospitalized, with 63 in ICU. In total 12,061 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,061 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit would like to advise the public an "advance fee scheme" fraud investigation
The Toronto Police Service would like to warn the public of "advance fee schemes". An advance fee scheme occurs when victims are convinced into making advance or up-front payments for goods, services and/or financial gains that never materialize. If you have been a victim of fraud or have any information about this investigation, please contact the Financial Crimes Unit at 416-808-7300. More information can be read in the news release.

EarlyON Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Join the EarlyON Team as they share their plans and programs for the upcoming summer on Thursday June 25, 2020 from 7:30pm to 8:15pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register and look for EarlyON Virtual Town Hall Meeting. More information in the flyer here.

EarlyON Virtual Workshop: Locating Resources for Health, Housing and Employment
Join the EarlyON Team for a virtual workshop on locating resources for health, housing and employment on Monday June 29, 2020 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. Visit their website at www.esbgc.net to register. More information in the flyer here.

 


June 23, 2020

News Release

Scarborough Restaurants Need to be in CafeTO - Increasing Outdoor Dining Space for Toronto Restaurants and Bars

Toronto – City Councillor Paul W. Ainslie, has requested the City of Toronto to work with local Scarborough restaurants for better financial support.  Many Scarborough eating establishments do not qualify under the new CaféTO Program because they are not represented by Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) or have property right to curbside...click here for the full news release

City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some series and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24. Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only
  • shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts
  • personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron's face, such as facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.
  • Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services.

You can find the complete list of Stage 2 re-openings here.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto registration for CampTO programs begins TOMORROW
Registration for City of Toronto CampTO programs begins tomorrow for the Etobicoke/York and Scarborough districts. The City is offering summer camps across Toronto beginning July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

CampTO programs details are available online: http://www.toronto.ca/camps.

City of Toronto announces funds for community services to do more for vulnerable populations
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that approximately $4.97 million will be distributed from the TO Supports Investment Fund to community-based agencies supporting vulnerable populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fund has been created from $2.81 million of the City’s allocation of the Social Services Relief Fund from the Province of Ontario and $370,000 from the Scheinberg Relief Fund through the Better Toronto Coalition Fund at Toronto Foundation. In addition, the City has an agreement in principle with the Canadian Medical Association Foundation (CMAF) for a $1.79 million allocation from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund for Vulnerable Populations, a collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto offering assistance to pet owners struggling to care for their pets due to COVID-19 thanks to community donations
Funded by PetSmart Charities® of Canada and donations from Toronto residents, the City of Toronto is providing assistance to pet owners in under-resourced communities and those facing homelessness, who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A $30,040 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada has provided 240 pet owners with gift cards to purchase pet food and supplies, such as cat litter and pee pads for dogs.

Thanks to donations to Toronto Animal Services directly from residents worth nearly $36,000, the City is continuing to help pet owners affected by COVID-19. To apply for assistance, pet owners can contact Toronto Animal Services by doing one of the following:

Mayor John Tory helps launch Collision from Home to help restart and rebuild Toronto’s economy
Today, Mayor John Tory helped to launch Collision from Home to help restart and rebuild Toronto's economy. I’m glad to join the Collision from Home launch bringing 30,000 people who are reshaping the world together from June 23 to 25.

To build on the momentum of Toronto’s technology sector, the City partnered with Destination Toronto (formerly Tourism Toronto) and Exhibition Place to bring this sought-after conference to Toronto for three years starting in 2019. In its first year in the city, Collision surpassed its attendance target, welcoming 25,711 attendees from 125 countries. It was the first time that the conference was held outside of the United States. For more information please read the news release.

CaféTO online information session pre-registration for restaurant and bar operators
The City of Toronto will host an online information session to provide an overview of CaféTO as well as guidelines to participate. There will also be updates on permitting and licencing, education and enforcement strategy for 2020, and updates from Toronto Public Health as they relate to patios. Local restaurant and bar operators who are interested in the program can pre-register now.

Date: Tuesday, June 30
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,956 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 63 cases since yesterday. There are 255 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total 11,960 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 81 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,052 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found
on the City’s reporting platform.

Invasive Species Alert: Dog-strangling Vine
Please watch out for an invasive plant species called dog-strangling vine and remove it from your property if found, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council advises.  Also known as pale or black swallowroot (vincetoxicum rossicum), this unwanted, stubborn perennial is spreading rapidly and causing damage to our ecosystem.  A shiny green-leaved climber, it chokes out desired native plants and is a threat to the monarch butterfly. To control, continually cut the stem back to the soil line. Target infected soil with vinegar to kill the root ball. Even better, dig out the hefty root ball entirely.  Do not compost DSV.  After the remnants bake in the sun in a plastic bag for a week, place in the garbage.

Sightings of dog-strangling vine may also be reported to the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711, or by email at info@invadingspecies.com.  Whether public or private, include a photo and exact location of the infestation. Learn more at www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca/.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.


June 22, 2020

City of Toronto preparing residents and businesses for Stage 2 reopening on Wednesday
The City of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of some series and partial reopening of many businesses following today’s Province of Ontario announcement that Toronto can join the rest of the province in Stage 2 of the provincial reopening on June 24. Businesses that can reopen for modified services with appropriate public health measures in place and subject to conditions include:

  • restaurants and bars for delivery, takeout, and outdoor dining only
  • shopping malls, except for indoor dining spaces including any tables and seating in food courts
  • personal care services, such as barber shops, hair styling, nails, tattoos & aesthetic services (but not for care of a patron's face, such as facials and beard trims)
  • drive-in cinemas and drive-thru concerts, theatrical productions, performance or artistic events.

Many recreational and cultural spaces can also reopen, subject to conditions:

  • water recreational services, including splash pads, wading pools, indoor and outdoor swimming pools
  • community centres for a very limited number of modified uses, including certain outdoor sports and recreational activities, day camp, pools, splash pads, spray pads and wading pools, and indoor activities and services other than non-aquatic indoor sports and recreational fitness activities.
  • Campgrounds, museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos and heritage institutions
  • libraries with limited on-site services.

Examples of activities that can resume, subject to conditions:

  • film and television production
  • tours and guide services
  • certain personal services.

The City of Toronto has published several guidance documents for businesses and service providers to ensure they are operating with the safety of staff, customers, and the community as a priority. Businesses should locate and implement the guidance for their industry found here. For more information read the news release.

Lifeguards set to return to six Toronto beaches today
As of today, lifeguards are set to return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches. Lifeguards will supervise swim areas from 11:30am to 6:30pm daily. With the hot summer weather and extended closure of indoor spaces, it’s important for Torontonians to help opportunities to cool down outdoors. The six swimming beaches opening today are:

  • Bluffer’s Park Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Cherry/Clarke Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Kew-Balmy Beach (Blue Flag)
  • Marie Curtis Park East Beach
  • Sunnyside Beach
  • Woodbine Beach (Blue Flag)

For more information read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,893 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 37 cases since yesterday. There are 248 people hospitalized, with 62 in ICU. In total, 11,879 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 62 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism
Flags on official flagpoles at Toronto City Hall, Metro Hall, Etobicoke Civic Centre, York Civic Centre, North York Civic Centre, Scarborough Civic Centre, East York Civic Centre and Humber Bay park will be flown at half-mast tomorrow, June 23, to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. More information can be found here.

Toronto Zoo revel winning name for #BabyLongLegs
On Sunday, we celebrated World Giraffe Day and the announcement of the winning name for #BabyLongLegs! With over 20,000 people voting, one name emerged a crowd favourite. I’m excited to welcome Toronto Zoo’s Amani Innis Dagg! Watch the name reveal here.

Road Safety Campaign Geared to Motorcyclists June 22
Motorcycle safety will be the focus of a week-long traffic campaign by the Toronto Police Service. From Monday, June 22, 2020, until Sunday, June 28, 2020, the Toronto Police Service will be taking part in a week of enforcement and community engagement. Geared to motorcyclists' safety, officers will target “The Big 4” driver behaviours known to cause injuries to all road users - speeding, driving aggressively, driving while distracted and driving while impaired. More information here.
Know Your Rights – RenovictionsTO
A renoviction is when a landlord evicts a tenant by claiming they will complete major renovations. Landlords sometimes initiate a renoviction by giving tenants a notice to end their tenancy in the form of an N13. Often landlords will simply tell tenants they need to move out because of renovations. If you get an N13, you do not need to leave. If your landlord tells you they need to renovate your unit, you do not need to move. Tenants do not need to move unless given an eviction order by the Landlord and Tenant Board (LTB).

Your landlord needs a building permit from the City of Toronto if they want to do renovations that require you to vacate. You can see if a permit has been issued for your building by entering your address here. For more information on RenovictionsTO, click here.

Metrolinx Updates: Track Surfacing & Investigative Work
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Scarborough Golf Club Updates: Geo-technical investigative work occurring the week of June 22, 9AM to 3PM. This work is west of Scarborough Golf Clube Road near the rail corridor.

Galloway Road Updates: There will be track surfacing work happening on June 22-23 near Galloway Road.

Service Canada Webinars
Service Canada is offering free webinars from July 7 to July 30, 2020 to provide information and services that could benefit your clients – including Indigenous peoples, seniors, persons with disabilities, families, youth, workers, employers and newcomers. Join from anywhere via WebEx. Webinars are held at 10am on the following dates:

  • COVID-19 support for workers July 9, 16, & 30
  • COVID-19 support for employers and service delivery partners July 7, 14, 21, & 28
  • Services for Seniors July 8, & 22
  • Services for Newcomers July 15, & 29

To register email: EDSC.SERVICECANADADIRECT-SERVICECANADALIVE.ESDC@servicecanada.gc.ca with the webinar topic of choice and date.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Second Career Information Session
Are you laid off and unemployed looking to transition into a new career? Join the East Scarborough Storefront Virtually on Wednesday Jun 24 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Register, by calling 416-208-9889 or info@thestorefront.org.


June 19, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

This Sunday, June 21st we celebrate Fathers Day! I would like to wish everyone an amazing and sweet Father’s Day Weekend!

City to open 15 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warning
Environment and Climate Change Canada has declared a Heat Warning for Toronto for Saturday, June 20 through to Sunday, June 21. Starting at 11 a.m. on June 20, the City of Toronto will open 15 Emergency Cooling Centres (ECCs) for the duration of the Heat Warning.
See this interactive map to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near you. Tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at toronto.ca/keepcool.

City to host virtual Sunrise Ceremony to Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day
The City of Toronto has created a virtual ceremony to commemorate National Indigenous Peoples Day. All are welcome and encouraged to view the video ceremony at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 21, joining others across Canada in celebrating this important day to recognize and celebrate the unique culture, accomplishments and knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. The video will be posted at toronto.ca/indigenous-event. It will remain posted and be available online.

Canada Day goes virtual to bring Torontonians together
The City of Toronto will help Torontonians mark Canada’s 153rd birthday virtually on Wednesday, July 1 through a livestream show, Canada Day 2020. The show will engage local residents, connect diverse communities and honour COVID-19 frontline workers. Performers will include Haviah Mighty, Gordon Lightfoot, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall, Choir! Choir! Choir!, Ali Hassan, Cris Derksen, The Next Generation Leahy and more. Program details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadaday. More information here.

Toronto Public Health Guidance Documents and Infographics
Toronto Public Health (TPH) has developed guidance documents to support the safe reopening of local businesses and community organizations. All businesses and organizations will need to adjust how they operate to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether a business owner or operator, an employee, or a customer, it is important residents stay informed to understand what our new normal will look like in the months ahead.

There are range of documents available to address the unique circumstances of different types of workplaces and community settings in our city, available on the City’s website

City of Toronto resumes marriage licence service
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto is resuming the issuance of marriage licences on an appointment-only basis beginning Monday, June 22. Toronto residents who wish to obtain a marriage licence must book an appointment online at www.toronto.ca/getting-married. They will need to complete an online application three days prior to an appointment. Applicants with appointments will need to travel to the North York Civic Centre. All other civic centre and City Hall service counters remain closed. More information here.

ActiveTO major road closures, Quiet Streets & Cycling Network Update
The following ActiveTO Major Road closures that will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 11 p.m. include:

  • Lake Shore Blvd W (eastbound lanes) from Windermere Ave to Stadium Rd. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Blvd W will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Blvd E (eastbound lanes) from Leslie St to just south of Woodbine Ave
  • Bayview Ave from Front St E to Rosedale Valley Rd, and River St from Gerrard S E to Bayview Ave.

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

What’s open this weekend: Parks and Amenities
City parks and amenities

  • picnic shelters
  • soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks
  • baseball diamonds and basketball courts
  • some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
  • lawn bowling and outdoor bocce
  • off-leash dog parks
  • BMX locations and skateboard parks
  • City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
  • ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
  • fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing

If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.

City Beaches Update
As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Public washroom facilities
Park washrooms will be open to the public this weekend. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities. In addition, the City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. Health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage .

For more information on City of Toronto weekend update on services, amenities and ActiveTO visit this link .

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Second Career Information Session
Are you laid off and unemployed looking to transition into a new career? Join the East Scarborough Storefront Virtually on Wednesday Jun 24 from 11:30AM to 12:30PM. Register, by calling 416-208-9889 or info@thestorefront.org.

Metrolinx Updates: Track Surfacing & Investigative Work
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Scarborough Golf Club Updates: Geo-technical investigative work occurring the week of June 22, 9AM to 3PM. This work is west of Scarborough Golf Clube Road near the rail corridor.

Galloway Road Updates: There will be track surfacing work happening on June 22-23 near Galloway Road.


June 18, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Free Pick-Up Lunch
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s Free Pick-Up Lunch this Friday June 19 @ 12:30-2:30PM at 100 Galloway Rd. This week’s menu: Spaghetti & meatballs (Halal and veggie options available). Register here.

Prime Minister announces new mobile app to help notify Canadians of COVID-19 exposure
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the upcoming launch of a new nation-wide mobile app to provide notifications of exposure to COVID-19 across Canada, with beta testing to begin in Ontario. The app will help Canadians and public health officials identify and isolate the spread of the virus more quickly. Use of the app will be voluntary. For more information please read the news release.

Ontario enhancing COVID-19 case and contact management
As the province safely and gradually reopens, the Ontario government is enhancing case and contact management to quickly test, trace and isolate cases of COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus and prepare for any potential future waves. The government’s enhanced strategy focuses on strengthening and standardizing case and contact management by:

  • Ensuring all new cases and close contacts are identified early
  • Support public health units with additional staff from Statistic Canada
  • Improve technology tools by modernizing Integrated Public Health Information Systems
  • Launching a privacy-first exposure notification app to alert Ontarians when they may have been exposed to COVID-19

For more information please read the news release.

Temporary Commercial Eviction Moratorium
Yesterday, the Ontario government passed the Protecting Small Business Act, temporarily halting or reversing evictions of commercial tenants and protecting them from being locked out or having their assets seized during COVID-19. The legislation applies to businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance for evictions from May 1, 2020 until August 31, 2020. Learn more here.

Mandatory masks or face coverings on the TTC
Effective July 2, 2020 masks or face coverings will be mandatory on the TTC. Children under two and those with medical conditions will be exempt. Instructions for wearing a mask and making your own simple face covering are available here.

Registration for CaféTO
Registration is now open for CaféTO. The proposed new program aims to make it easier for many restaurant and bar operators to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines, safety priorities, and accessibility requirements.

Restaurant and bar operators can visit toronto.ca/cafeTO to learn more about the proposed program, its requirements and how to register.

The CaféTO Placement Guidebook is now online. The CaféTO staff report that will be considered by Executive Committee on June 22, followed by Council on June 29 is now available.

ORHMA webinar for local restaurants and bars
The Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA) is planning a complimentary 1-hour webinar for business owners to help prepare establishments for re-opening.

Registration for the webinar is now open.
Topic: Patio Opening & Extensions for establishments in the City of Toronto
When: Tuesday June 23 at 1 p.m.
Who: Representatives from ORHMA will be joined by representatives from the Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) and the City of Toronto's Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) who will offer their input and answer questions.

ActiveTO major road closures, Quiet Streets & Cycling Network
The following ActiveTO Major Road closures that will be in place this weekend, from Saturday, June 20 at 6 a.m. to Sunday, June 21 at 11 p.m. include:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

CampTO programs start July 13
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. CampTO is a new creative camp experience that offers outdoor and physical activities, active and quiet games, arts and crafts, and nature-based activities. This camp features additional staff for smaller camper to leader ratios to help maintain physical distancing in camp and ensure safe supervision of campers. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. CampTO is designed for maximum fun and safety for campers 6 – 12 years of age. Learn more at toronto.ca/camps.

City of Toronto records 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19
The City of Toronto today announced the 1,000th death due to COVID-19 and sends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends for their loss. This tragic milestone is a reminder that we must all continue our efforts to fight COVID-19 and protect people in our community. Learn more here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 13,661 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 73 cases since yesterday. There are 276 people hospitalized, with 72 in ICU. In total, 11,501 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 104 cases since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Residents are reminded of the importance of adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to wash their hands often, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing, or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Youth Summit: Youth Impact 2020
The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Presents a two-day fun filled youth conference through Zoom. Throughout the conference, participants enjoy a multitude of workshops where they can develop essential personal skills, and get educated on topics like financial literacy, goal planning, and personal development.
This Youth Summit includes 2-days of workshops (4 in total) two workshops on Tuesday June 23 and two workshops Wednesday June 24. You can sign up for the Morning Session from 11AM to 1PM or the Evening Session from 4PM to 6PM.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.


June 17, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Ontario Extends Emergency Orders
The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders currently in force under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This extension will be in effect until June 30, 2020 to ensure the government continues to have the necessary tools to safely and gradually reopen the province, while continuing to support frontline health care workers and protect vulnerable populations from COVID-19. For more information read the news release.

Today also marks the 3rd month since the Ontario Government declared an emergency. Read about Premier Ford’s statement here.

Prime Minister announces extension of the Canada Emergency Response Benefit
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government is extending the Canada Emergency Response Benefit by eight weeks, to ensure Canadians have the help they need as they transition back to work. The extension will make the benefit available to eligible workers for up total of 24 weeks. For more information read the news release. Learn more about CERB and how to apply here.

Data shows ActiveTO weekend road closures make room for thousands of people to enjoy physical activity along Toronto’s most popular trails
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that data shows ActiveTO major road closures are making room for people to be physically active along Toronto’s busiest and most popular trails. Each weekend, these closures make space for residents to be outside, physically active and practise physical distancing while enhancing their overall wellbeing. City staff collected and verified data from Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, the first weekend that all of the closures (Lake Shore Boulevard West and East, as well as Bayview Avenue) were put in place. The data confirmed that the routes are a very popular option for people walking, running and on bikes who need space along Toronto’s busiest trails. For more information please read the news release.

Toronto Public Health provides expanded guidance to help prepare more businesses and locations for a safe reopening
Toronto Public Health has expanded the number of guidance documents available to help local businesses and community organizations to prepare for safe reopening when the city received provincial approval for Stage2 reopening. More information on COVID-19 guidance for community and workplace settings is available here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 16, there are 13,588 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 86 cases since yesterday. There are 284 people hospitalized, with 75 in ICU. In total 11,397 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 202 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 998 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting  platform.

Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Youth Summit: Youth Impact 2020
The Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough Presents a two-day fun filled youth conference through Zoom. Throughout the conference, participants enjoy a multitude of workshops where they can develop essential personal skills, and get educated on topics like financial literacy, goal planning, and personal development.
This Youth Summit includes 2-days of workshops (4 in total) two workshops on Tuesday June 23 and two workshops Wednesday June 24. You can sign up for the Morning Session from 11AM to 1PM or the Evening Session from 4PM to 6PM.

Assistance for Taxi Industry and Businesses
If you require assistance to navigate government assistance during COVID-19 please visit the BusinessTO Support Centre at www.toronto.ca/covid19BusinessTO. They can sign up to schedule a conversation with a business advisor by video or phone, and a business advisor will be in contact within 24 hours. Its main role is to help Toronto businesses apply for Fed and Prov assistance and support programs.

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before *TONIGHT June 17* at 11:59 pm.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Webinar: Reopening Guidance for the Personal Care Service Sector
Join the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Division on this webinar to learn more about government guidelines for re-opening safely and recently created City programs to support main street and personal care service businesses. It will include:
• An overview of government guidelines and requirements.
• Tools and resources to support your business re-opening.
• Other programs to support Main Street and personal care service businesses.
Register here.

Webinar: Updates from Toronto Public Health with EDC, TAPA and TAC on June 24
Please join a conversation for updates on regulations and requirements for artists and arts organizations considering live programming options and venue operations during the pandemic period. Please note: this webinar will be limited to 500 participants. To that end, we request that arts organizations limit their participation to one or two people. To secure your spot, please register here.


June 16, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

June is Pride Month! While we can’t have physical festivals during this challenging time, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate Pride Month virtually. Check out Pride Toronto’s daily special events and show your support at www.pridetoronto.com/virtualpride

Ontario releases guide on how to develop a Workplace Safety Plan
The Ontario government is providing employers with a new general workplace guide, which will help them develop a safety plan to better protect workers, customers and clients. The new downloadable toolkit offers tips on how to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as more people get back on the job during Stage 2 of the reopening of the province. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on emergency food access during COVID-19
Since March, the City of Toronto has been working with a variety of community partners to ensure that Toronto’s food programs stay open during the pandemic and continue to support Toronto’s vulnerable populations. Members of the Food Security Table – which consists of City staff and representatives from Daily Bread Food Bank, FoodShare, North York Harvest Food Bank, Second Harvest, Red Cross, Toronto Public Library, Salvation Army and the United Way Greater Toronto (UWGT) – continue to meet regularly to discuss food access gaps in the community and how they can be filled. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto COVID-19 Response for People Experiencing Homelessness
Toronto has the largest shelter system in Canada with 75 shelter/respite sites sheltering approximately 7,000 people every night, including the almost 3,000 people already sheltered in hotel/family settings prior to the pandemic. The City has implemented an inter-governmental and sectoral response to COVID-19 involving the City, provincial/federal government, provincial healthcare sector, and community non-profit. For more information, please see the attached poster/infographic. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto issues inaugural social bond, a first in Canada’s public sector
The City of Toronto today issued an inaugural social bond offering of $100 million. Toronto is the first government in Canada to establish a Social Debenture Program, furthering its leadership in sustainable finance, and promoting positive and equitable socioeconomic outcomes. 

The proceeds from this issuance will be used to help fund Shelter, Support and Housing Administration’s George Street Revitalization project and 1,000 New Shelter Beds projects. For more information please read the news release.

CampTO Registration
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative. CampTO will offer more than 32,000 registered camp spaces for children between the ages of 6 and 12, over eight weeks of camps at approximately 150 locations across the city. For a list of CampTO programs and sites near you click HERE. Scarborough District registration begins on Wednesday June 24 at 7AM.

Register online HERE or by phone by calling 416-396-7378, option 1. More information on free and lower-cost recreation options here.

BikeShareTO in Ward 24
Last week the City announced the expansion of BikeShareTO. This expansion will add a total of 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the already expansive network. With this expansion, BikeShareTO also launched two satellite pilot areas in North York, Ward 6 York Centre, and Scarborough which covers our community, Ward 24 Scarborough-Guildwood, Ward 24 Scarborough-Rouge Park. Scarborough Guildwood Bike Share locations include:

  • Guildwood GO Station
  • Morningside Park to access Highland Creek
  • Highland Creek and Livingston Road North and Greenvale Terrace
  • Livingston Road and Guildwood Parkway

More information on Bike Share Toronto is available at www.bikesharetoronto.com

CaféTO registration now open
The City of Toronto is opening online registration for CaféTO. A City staff report on CaféTO, scheduled for consideration at Executive Committee on June 22, proposes the City take quick action to make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars.

A simple online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is available at toronto.ca/cafeTO.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 14, there are 13,420 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 90 cases since yesterday. There are 296 people hospitalized, with 71 in ICU. In total 11,098 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 117 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 985 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 110 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued seven tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 4,600 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before June 17 at 11:59 pm.


June 15, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Happy National Public Service Week! This week, June 14th to 20th we celebrate the public service workers who play a key role in keeping us healthy and safe. Thank you for your ongoing contributions and commitment to serving our community.

More people can get back to work as additional businesses and services to reopen this week – Ontario moving more regions into Stage 2 on Friday
More people will be able to get back to work as additional businesses and services in certain regions across Ontario can begin reopening this Friday. The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local medical officers of health, is enabling more regions of the province to enter Stage 2 of the government's reopening framework. 
On Friday, June 19, 2020 at 12:01 am, the following regions are allowed to move into Stage 2:

  • Durham Region Health Department;
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit;
  • Halton Region Health Department;
  • Hamilton Public Health Services;
  • Lambton Health Unit;
  • Niagara Region Public Health Department; and
  • York Region Public Health Services

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 under ongoing assessment until trends of key public health indicators demonstrate readiness to move into stage 2:

  • Peel Public Health;
  • Toronto Public Health; and
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

More in the news release.

Ontario develops additional learning materials for students and teachers
The Ontario government, in partnership with Science North and the Ontario Science Centre, is creating additional educational content for students and teachers during the school closures resulting from COVID-19. The province is providing up to $1.5 million to create made-in-Ontario videos and resources to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning. The resources will align with the four science strands in the curriculum and will help students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. More in the news release.

City of Toronto reports on management of COVID-19 in its 10 long-term care homes
Toronto Mayor John Tory today released a report by City of Toronto staff from the Seniors Services and Long-Term Care division that outlines the response by staff prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, its actions during the pandemic, and recommendations on how best to adapt the City’s 10 long-term care homes post-COVID-19. More in the news release.  

Scarborough Health Network Enters Management Agreement with Extendicare Guildwood
I was happy to learn today that my request has been heard and that the Scarborough Health Network and Extendicare Guildwood have entered a formal management agreement to help the home more quickly move into COVID-19 stabilization and recovery. Scarborough Health Network (SHN) has been supporting Extendicare Guildwood over the past two months in a variety of ways, including infection prevention and control, environmental services and by providing additional clinical staff including physicians, registered nurses and personal support workers. More in the news release.

CaféTO registration now open
The City of Toronto is opening online registration for CaféTO. A City staff report on CaféTO, scheduled for consideration at Executive Committee on June 22, proposes the City take quick action to make way for additional safe outdoor dining spaces for local restaurants and bars.

Restaurants with existing patios can open them once provincial orders are lifted and as long as they follow public health guidelines. If approved by Executive Committee, followed by Toronto City Council later this month, the CaféTO recommendations would make it easier for many restaurant and bar owners to open patios, expand them, and access additional space for physical distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines. A simple online registration form and guidebook for the proposed program is now available at toronto.ca/cafeTO. More in the news release.  

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases and enforcement
As of June 13, there are 13,330 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 94 cases since yesterday. Currently, there are 303 people hospitalized, with 73 in ICU. In total, 10,981 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 150 cases since yesterday. To date, there have been 982 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 32 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued eight tickets.

Native Child and Family Services Land-Based Program
Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) is taking a regularly delivered program outdoors for critical land-based healing and wellness. The program will run at Eastview Park (33 Coronation Drive) Monday to Fridays and last 4 weeks starting TODAY, June 15. Check out the schedule here.

Basement Flooding Prevention
Basements can flood for many reasons. While the City of Toronto is working to improve its complex system of underground pipes, sewers, and catch basins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding. With increasingly heavy rain storms taking place, it is important that homeowners take steps to help protect their home from basement flooding. For basement flooding prevention tips, and related programs and services, please visit www.toronto.ca/basementflooding 

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Vote here before June 17 at 11:59 pm.


June 12, 2020 

Dear Neighbours,

Today is the 121st anniversary of Philippines Independence Day and the month of June is celebrated as Filipino Heritage Month in Canada. I’d like to wish our Filipino community a Maligayang Araw ng Kalayaan!

Metrolinx Updates
Service Updates: Metrolinx is adjusting its schedule and number of cars to better use its resources while ridership is low, please visit gotransit.com for the latest updates.

Galloway Road Construction Updates: There will be overnight track surfacing work happening June 22-23 near Galloway Road. This work will be carried out during off-peak times when train traffic is reduced, between 10pm to 6am.

Geotechnical and hydrogeological investigation work will take place near the Lakeshore East Corridor at Galloway Road and Poplar Park area on Monday June 15, from 9am to 5pm, this work is expected to take 3 days (until June 18).

Scarborough Golf Club Road Construction Updates: Geotechnical and hydrogeological investigation work will take place west of Scarborough Golf Club Road near the rail corridor, occurring the week of June 22, 9am to 3pm.

Ontario Lifting 30-Day Supply Limit on Prescriptions
With the supply of many drugs and medications having stabilized in the province, the Ontario government is liftin the 30-day supply limit for dispensing Ontario Drug Benefit program medications effective June 15. More in the news release.

Toronto Public Health launches COVID-19 monitoring dashboard
The City of Toronto has launched a new COVID-19 monitoring dashboard. The COVID-19 monitoring dashboard will provide the public with a current summary on how the city is progressing in the response to COVID-19, as Toronto moves to recovery. It will also help Toronto Public Health to carefully monitor COVID-19 activity and adjust actions if the local situation changes. The dashboard is available here.

City of Toronto working to reopen farmers' markets across the city, St. Lawrence Market outdoor market opens Saturday
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the City of Toronto is working with market organizers to safely reopen farmers' markets usually located on 22 City sites.

Farmers’ markets are valued members of the food supply chain and provide Torontonians with access to fresh fruits and vegetables, encourage residents to get outside and be physically active, and support the local agriculture sector.

The decision to reopen City-permitted farmers' markets has been made in consultation with Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. Toronto Public Health has developed a guidance document to help organizers, staff and vendors reduce the spread of COVID-19. It provides recommendations on public health measures such as crowd control, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, and is available here.

The City usually hosts 22 farmers' markets on the following directly operated City sites:

  • Civic Squares: Albert Campbell Square, David Pecaut Square, East York Civic Centre, Etobicoke Civic Centre, Mel Lastman Square and Nathan Phillips Square
  • Parks: Dufferin Grove Park, East Lynn Park, Flemingdon Park, Humber Bay Park West, Jonathan Ashbridge Park, June Rowlands Park, Lakeshore Village Park, Masaryk Park, Riverdale Park West, R.V. Burgess Park, Sorauren Avenue Park, Trinity Bellwoods Park, Underpass Park, Withrow Park, Wychwood Barns
  • Toronto Museums and Historic Sites: Montgomery Inn. For more information please read the news release.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.

Residents planning to use Major Road Closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.

The City also announced that 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets are now available to local residents throughout the city in time for this weekend. Quiet Streets are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking and slow-moving local traffic only.

An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO

City of Toronto takes top spot as fastest growing city in Canada and U.S.
The city of Toronto is the fastest growing city and the Toronto CMA is the fastest growing metropolitan area in all of Canada and U.S. in terms of population growth, according to the latest research Opens in new window from the Centre for Urban Research and Land Development at Ryerson University. For more information on Toronto’s economy, visit toronto.ca/business-economy/.
                            
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 77 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 10 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 3,000 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

World Refugee Day
The TAMOGO Foundation is hosting a World Refugee Day Event in Nathan Philips Square on Saturday June 20th from 1pm to 5pm. The TAMOGO Foundation is an organization that assists Refugees & Asylum Seekers with Immigration Services, and Employment Assistance.

Toronto Zoo Scenic Safari Tickets
The Toronto Zoo’s Scenic Safari tickets are now on sale for June 22 to June 28 at www.torontozoo.com/scenicsafari. Please note that tickets are released in a limited capacity and must be pre-purchased online before arrival.  

Help the Toronto Zoo name their new Masai giraffe calf
Your Toronto Zoo welcomed a healthy female Masai giraffe calf to mom, Mstari, and dad, Kiko, and we need YOUR help to give her a name! Beginning TODAY through June 17 at 11:59 pm vote here.

Upcoming Progress Career Planning Institute Programs


June 11, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Federal and Provincial governments partner to expand City of Toronto’s Digital Main Street program across Ontario to help more local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic
Today, the federal and provincial governments announced a $57 million investment to help small businesses across Ontario go digital by building on Toronto’s investments into Digital Main Street and, most recently, ShopHERE powered by Google.

This announcement represents an investment of $50 million from the Government of Canada, through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) and $7.6 million from the Province of Ontario.

For Toronto businesses, this additional investment will fund a $2,500 Digital Main Street grant to help small businesses purchase technology. It will also provide funding for additional students and staff to deliver the City’s innovative ShopHERE powered by Google program to help small businesses and artists open their own Shopify store. More information can be found on the City's website. More in the news release.

SSHA update on encampments
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, encampment clearing had not been happening due to the City's focus on creating safe physical distancing within the Shelter system. Since mid-March through June 11, in addition to the 75 shelter and respites sites the City and its partners operate, the City has opened 33 new, temporary sites for physical distancing in hotels, community centres and expanded facilities and is also securing interim housing and permanently housing for individuals. The City is working around the clock to secure additional inside spaces so everyone sleeping outdoors is offered a place inside (shelter, hotels or interim housing). As more spaces open, clients will be provided options to move inside and will be supported to do so with their belongings, and abandoned belongings will be cleared, and that encampment site cleaned.

As of April 29, 2020, SSHA (Shelter, Support & Housing Administration) began to work with individuals living in encampments to access available options of shelter, respite sites and transitional housing. As of June 11, 2020, almost 270 individuals have been moved from encampments to safer spaces inside that include shelter, respite, hotels and interim housing.  As a result, 20 encampments have been cleared.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue. More in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 76 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 4 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to nearly 2,900 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Boys’ & Girls’ Club of East Scarborough Drive-Thru Lunch
The Boys’ & Girls’ Club of East Scarborough’s FREE Drive-Thru lunch this Friday June 12, at 12:30-2:30pm at 100 Galloway Road. This weeks menu: Stir Fry (Halal and veggie options available) Register HERE.
Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link. | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.


June 10, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Update on temporary food banks
Nine of the 11 temporary food banks that were at Toronto Public Library (TPL) branches, including Cedarbrae Branch Pop-Up at 545 Markham Road, are now closed so TPL can begin their curbside drop-off and pick-up service.

In partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank, North York Harvest Food Bank and Second Harvest, the majority of the temporary food banks have been relocated to other sites in the neighbourhoods that were formally served by the TPL branches. In total, there are now 17 food bank locations, established as replacements for the previous TPL sites. Two new sites were also opened at YMCA locations in these areas, and temporary food banks at three City arenas continue to operate.

Residents that were utilizing the Cedarbrae Pop-Up Food Bank can visit the newly-opened food bank located at 50 Tuxedo Court (north of Markham and Ellesmere), operating Thursdays from 1:30-3PM. Pre-registration is required: dailybread.link2feed.ca or 647-762-4670. For the full list of food banks in Ward 24, click here.

As well, residents are encouraged to call 211 or visit their website at www.211toronto.ca to get information about these temporary food banks or if they are struggling to get access to food. 211 is the best source for up-to-date information on food program availability.

Mitzie Hunter M.P.P’s Restaurant Recover Consultation
Join Mitzie Hunter M.P.P to discuss how you and your business is doing, complete a short survey that will help inform the province’s COVID-19 recovery.
Friday, June 12 9am to 10am
Register HERE to receive a Zoom invitation prior to the call at the registered email address.

Ontario Government proposes temporary ban on commercial evictions
The Province announced its intention to protect commercial tenants from being locked out or having their assets seized by their landlords due to COVID-19. If passed, the proposed changes to the Commercial Tenancies Act would temporarily halt evictions of businesses that are eligible for federal/provincial rent assistance. More in the news release.

Ontario unveils a plan to reopen post-secondary education
Starting in July 2020, limited in-person education and training may restart for students who were not able to graduate due to COVID-19 closures. This first phase will allow institutions to reopen to provide in-person instruction to students in essential, frontline, and high labour market demand areas, such as nursing, personal support workers, engineering, and other critical professions. Thousands of students across the province could benefit from this summer's reopening. More in the news release.

ActiveTO delivers 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto
The City of Toronto, through ActiveTO, has now delivered 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets along 32 neighbourhood routes across Toronto.

Quiet Streets are shared space to allow residents to maintain physical distancing, while getting around on neighbourhood streets. Signage and temporary barricades are placed at intersections to encourage slow, local vehicle access only so the roadway can be a shared space that welcomes people who walk, run or bike as an alternative to riding transit. Quiet Street locations were prioritized based on several factors including population density, equity and access, access to greenspace, nearby attractions, traffic volumes and other considerations.

More information on ActiveTO, including an online map of all locations, is available at http://www.toronto.ca/activeTO.

City of Toronto launches SwimTO plans to help Torontonians cool down this summer
SwimTO is a quick-start program that will expedite the opening of the City’s beaches, outdoor pools, wading pools and splash pads. City staff are preparing now so that outdoor aquatic amenities can be opened when Toronto enters Stage 2, to help people cool down during hot summer temperatures.

The plan will help ensure that all Torontonians can safely access outdoor aquatic recreation and cool down during hot summer temperatures as Toronto begins to reopen. With the approach of hot summer weather and the extended closure of many indoor public spaces, it’s vital that Torontonians to have opportunities to cool down outdoors. More in the news release.

City of Toronto to offer CampTO programs starting July 13
The City of Toronto will begin to offer summer camps across the city starting on July 13 as part of its CampTO initiative, following the Province of Ontario announcement that summer day camps can operate during the Province’s Stage 2 reopening.

CampTO will offer more than 32,000 registered camp spaces for children between the ages of 6 and 12, over eight weeks of camps at approximately 150 locations across the city. To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, CampTO programs will meet health guidelines designed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and in alignment with provincial health guidelines for day camps. Guidelines include lower ratios and capacity, physical distancing, mandatory health screening and enhanced facility cleaning. Programs will be available for viewing on Saturday, June 13 at http://www.toronto.ca/camps. More in the news release.

ActiveTO Major Road Closures this weekend
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
  • Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue. More information here.

ActiveTO Cycling Network update
The cycling network is being expanded quickly through temporary installations by repurposing curb lanes along several key corridors. The first kilometre of new, safe temporary bikeway was installed last week along Dundas Street East, between Sackville Street and Broadview Avenue. The next locations that staff are immediately planning for are along University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Adelaide Street West and Bloor Street West, on Bayview Avenue between River Street and Rosedale Valley Road, and on Bloor Street, between Avenue Road and Sherbourne Street.
                                               
City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 79 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued 20 tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,800 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

Customer Service Centre at 1900 Yonge St Now Open
The Customer Service Centre at 1900 Yonge St above Davisville Station has reopened with modified hours of operation. It is strongly suggested that customers wear face covering or masks if visiting the office. Only two customers will be permitted in the office at a time. Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Online Survey: Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild 
The Toronto Office of Recovery and Rebuild is seeking feedback from individuals, businesses and community groups on how Toronto can recover, rebuild and emerge from this pandemic even stronger.  An online survey, as well as tips and tools for hosting your own discussion, is now available at toronto.ca/RecoveryRebuild. The survey is open until June 30, 2020.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link. | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.


June 9, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Bike Share Toronto announces program expansion which will bring Bike Sharing to 20 of Toronto’s 25 Wards
The 2020 expansion will add a total of 1,850 new bicycles, 160 stations and 3,615 docking points to the already expansive network. After today’s announcement, the system will grow to a total of 6,850 bikes, 625 stations, 12,000 docking points. This year, the expansion includes the launch of two satellite Bike Share pilot areas – one in North York and one in Scarborough with up to eight new stations in each area. The pilot areas cover Ward 6 (York Centre), Ward 7 (Humber River-Black Creek), Ward 24 (Scarborough-Guildwood), and Ward 25 (Scarborough-Rouge Park). TPA will monitor the stations to assess their use and performance over a determined period of time to ensure that it is serving residents as best as possible.

Another new feature of this year’s expansion is the launch of an e-bike pilot program that will be launched later this summer. The 300 pedal assist e-bikes and 10 e-bike charging stations for the pilot are included in the total expansion numbers. Further details on the e-bike pilot program will be announced in the near future. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto planning for restart of City services and reopening of economy
The City of Toronto has, since April, been hard at work planning for the eventual restart of City services and the reopening of the economy. Last month, under the leadership of Fire Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the City’s Office of Emergency Management, the Emergency Operations Centre created a “restart roadmap” to help guide the restarting of City operations and to support businesses in their safe reopening. Yesterday's announcement by the Province of Ontario, outlining the next phase of provincial reopening plans, supports the work the City has completed to date. Read the full news release.

City opens 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warnings
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for today and tomorrow, the City of Toronto is opening 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

The 14 Emergency Cooling Centre are:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St.
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.
  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Sports Complex (Arena), 155 Culford Dr.
  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
  • Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave.

An interactive map is available here to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them.

Tips for keeping cool during extreme heat
Actions you can take to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe include:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Check on others. Call, text or video chat with family, friends and neighbours (especially older adults living alone) to make sure they’re staying hydrated and keeping cool.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan near an open window to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, if outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Block the sun. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day.
  • Protect people and pets. Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car.
  • Avoid using the oven or stove; they make your space hotter.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat.
  • In an emergency, always call 911. Call 911 if you have or someone you are with has a high body temperature, is confused, is unconscious, or has fainted.

More tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at https://www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311.

Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work: Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe
Today, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province's reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children. For more information, please read the provincial news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 and enforcement
As of June 8, there are 12,828 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 121 cases since the day before. There are 335 people hospitalized, with 77 in ICU. In total, 9,907 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 952 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data and geographic maps can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference
Join us this Thursday June 11th, at 6:30 PM for the Toronto ACORN citywide campaign conference. City council is opening back up and there are important votes coming up for our Internet for All, Rent Control, and Affordable Housing and we need to plan out how to increase the pressure to win our demands!

By computer or smartphone, just click this link: https://bit.ly/2V35FJi | By phone: join the call by dialing 647 374 4685, and then enter meeting ID 217 763 0191, press # and then press # again. Please RSVP by email or by calling 416 461 9233.

Notice of Application: First Party Sign Variance at 300 Painted Post Drive
An application for a sign by-law variation has been submitted for a proposed illuminated gas sign at the Pioneer gas station at Markham Road and Painted Post. If you are in the area and have any comments you would like to submit to the Sign By-Law Unit for consideration, please phone or email them at signbylawunit@toronto.ca and copy my office.

The last day to submit comments is June 12. More information here.


June 8, 2020 

Dear Neighbours, 

Province of Ontario announces regional approach for Stage 2 reopening
Today, the Ontario government announced that it is moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. Toronto and many GTA regions are currently excluded from the list but will move onto Stage 2 as soon as the Province’s public health criteria are met.

The following regions will remain in Stage 1 until it's safe to move into Stage 2:

  • Durham Region Health Department
  • Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
  • Halton Region Public Health
  • Hamilton Public Health Services
  • Lambton Public Health
  • Niagara Region Public Health
  • Peel Public Health
  • Toronto Public Health
  • Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
  • York Region Public Health

Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, including Toronto, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2. Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers. More in the news release and visit this website.

City to open 14 Emergency Cooling Centres during Heat Warnings
With the arrival of warmer temperatures and with a Heat Warning called by Environment and Climate Change Canada for June 9 and 10, the City of Toronto is opening 14 Emergency Cooling Centres to help residents who do not have access to a cool space and cannot keep cool in their home or outdoors.

Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a Heat Warning when it forecasts two or more consecutive days with daytime maximum temperatures of 31°C or warmer, together with minimum nighttime temperatures of 20°C or warmer, or when there is a forecast of two or more consecutive days with humidex values expected to reach 40 or higher. All the centres will operate during Heat Warnings only, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Metro Hall, which will run 24 hours during Heat Warnings.

The 14 Emergency Cooling Centre are:

  • Metro Hall, 55 John St.
  • East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
  • Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Domenico Di Luca Community Recreation Centre, 25 Stanley Rd.
  • Scarborough Village Recreation Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd.
  • Amesbury Sports Complex (Arena), 155 Culford Dr.
  • Wallace Emerson Community Centre, 1260 Dufferin St.
  • Regent Park Community Centre, 402 Shuter St.
  • Malvern Recreation Centre, 30 Sewells Rd.
  • Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre, 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr.
  • Elmbank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd.
  • Ourland Community Centre, 18 Ourland Ave.

An interactive map is available to help those who need to locate an Emergency Cooling Centre near them here

Tips for keeping cool during extreme heat
Actions you can take to beat the heat, keep cool and stay safe include:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Check on others. Call, text or video chat with family, friends and neighbours (especially older adults living alone) to make sure they’re staying hydrated and keeping cool.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool, wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan near an open window to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Dress for the weather. Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, if outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Block the sun. Keep blinds or curtains closed during the day.
  • Protect people and pets. Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car.
  • Avoid using the oven or stove; they make your space hotter.
  • Consult with your doctor or pharmacist on medications that increase your risk to heat.
  • In an emergency, always call 911. Call 911 if you have or someone you are with has a high body temperature, is confused, is unconscious, or has fainted.

More tips to protect yourself from the heat are available at https://www.toronto.ca/keepcool. When a Heat Warning is declared, those who need assistance or have heat-related inquiries can call 311.

City of Toronto update on enforcement
The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team remains focused on providing education about the physical distancing bylaw and provincial orders. Yesterday, the City received 72 complaints involving people using outdoor amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks or squares. Bylaw officers issued four tickets. This month, bylaw and police officers have spoken to more than 2,500 people in City parks about the closures and public health measures.

FOPL Statement of Solidarity with Black Community Against Systemic Racism
The Federation of Ontario Public Libraries joins with our community of library associations in condemning racism of all kinds. We must fight against systemic or structural racism towards Black Lives in our society.  While this is fundamentally a moral and human rights issue, there are mindset, social, political, institutional, and process solutions that can and must be addressed.  Public Libraries stand ready to be part of the solution. More in the news release.

TDSB Update on retrieval of belongings, real-time learning, report cards, summer school and online surveys
See this update from the Toronto District School Board on the retrieval of belongings, real-time learning, report cards, summer school and online surveys.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre’s (TPASC) Transition to ZOOM for Virtual Fitness Classes
Starting Today, TPASC’s virtual fitness classes will be transitioning to Zoom. You can access the Zoom classes here.

Open Air Burning Reminder
It has been brought to my attention that some neighbourhoods may be burning wood and leaves while at home in their gardens. I would like everyone to please keep in mind that open air burning is not allowed in the City of Toronto as this increases the risk of fire, as well as air quality issues. More information on Open Air Burning can be found here.


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