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

·         Twitter: @Ainslie_Ward24

·         Facebook: @Councillor Paul Ainslie Scarborough-Guildwood 

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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.

September 15, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, September 15 is Rehabilitation Day where we acknowledge the life-changing impact that rehabilitation services have made on the lives of residents. Today we recognize the rehabilitation professionals who dedicate themselves to helping others, through rehabilitation services.

As we continue to battle with the circulation of COVID-19, let us continue to honour and give thanks to all health care workers who have committed to keeping our communities healthy. Doctors, nurses, paramedics, long-term care staff and hospital administrative and support staff step into work each day dedicated to saving lives and keeping people safe. Their ongoing support and efforts have been vital during this pandemic and will continue to play a crucial role in keeping Toronto safe.

City of Toronto calls for Federal-Provincial-City partnership to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes over the next 24 months
The City of Toronto has issued the COVID-19 Housing and Homelessness Recovery Response Plan -- an urgent appeal to the federal and provincial governments to create 3,000 permanent, affordable homes, within the next 24 months, for homeless, vulnerable and marginalized residents. These investments will support the Council-approved HousingTO 2020-2030 Action Plan aimed at helping more than 340,000 households in Toronto over the next 10 years.

The 3,000 permanent, affordable homes would comprise: 1,000 new permanent modular homes; 1,000 new permanent affordable rental homes created through acquisitions and shovel-ready construction projects; and new portable housing benefits that will assist 1,000 people secure housing and pay rent. The plan also calls for funding to assist 2,000 of these residents with the supports required to maintain stable housing, such as mental health services, substance abuse services, assistance with daily living activities for those with disabilities and senior services. For more information please read the news release.

ActiveTO major weekend road closures to expand to Yonge Street on final two Sundays in September
Mayor John Tory announced today that the City of Toronto will expand ActiveTO major weekend road closures to include Yonge Street, between Davenport Road and Queen’s Quay, on the final two Sundays in September.

In partnership with Open Streets, the City will add part of Yonge Street to the popular weekend road closures initiative on Sunday, September 20 and Sunday, September 27. Roads will begin to close starting as early as 8 a.m. and be reopened by 3 p.m. each day. When all closures are in place, including Yonge Street, there will be more than 14 total kilometres of major roadway available for walking, running and biking on Sundays. The other weekend road closure locations typically include parts of Lake Shore Boulevard West and East and Bayview Avenue. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 14, 2020 there have been 16,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 69 cases from the day before, and 15,044 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,177 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform. The data posted to the City’s reporting plat form is update three times per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Eglinton East Priority Bus Lanes – Installation and Bus Stop Placement
On July 28, 2020, City Council unanimously approved Priority Bus Lanes along sections of Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and north of Morningside Avenue to Ellesmere Road. As part of implementing the Priority Bus Lanes on Eglinton Avenue East, construction crews and vehicles will be active along the corridor from September 14 until December 31, 2020.

  • Pavement Resurfacing (completed by September 18)
  • Pavement Marking & Sign Installation (completed by November 30)
  • Bus Stop Consolidation and Placement (Estimated: October 15-December 31)

For more information please read the Construction Notice.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops;
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes;
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express;
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue.

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

Toronto Transit Commission Public Forum on Accessible Transit
On October 1, 2020 from 7pm to 9pm, TTC Board members, management and staff, and members of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Transit (ACAT) will host the TTC’s first ever virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. This event is held annually to hear from the public about the accessibility of conventional TTC and door-to-door (Wheel-Trans) public transit services in Toronto. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’re hosting this event online this year. Register for the 2020 Virtual Public Forum on Accessible Transit. Participate online – view the live stream or participate by phone – 416-764-8658.

Scarborough Ribfest Drive Thru
This year’s Scarborough Ribfest will be a Drive Thru event taking place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27 from 11 am to 8 pm at the Centennial College Progress Campus.  This is a drive-thru event only. No one will be allowed to exit their vehicles and no pedestrian traffic will be admitted. Donations to the Rotary Club of Scarborough are requested.

Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough
Join the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival to see the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest live and in person on September 19, 2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information on the GrowTO Contest Scarborough can be found here. 

Arts in the Park: Harvest Festival
The Community Arts Guild in partnership with Scarborough Village Community Garden presents the Harvest Festival 2020. Sign up to join a physically distance parade with live music on Saturday September 19, 2020. Rehearsal is September 12 to 19. To sign up for a puppet kit, contact info@communityartsguild.ca. Check out more Arts in the Park events here.

Toronto and Region Conversation Authority’s Humber by Canoe Event
Join TRCA and follow along as they share the Humber River over the next 5 days. Today TRCA’s Emily Rondel takes us through the Humber watershed while educating us about its rich history. More details can be found here.

TDSB Connects App now available for Secondary Students
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has launched a new online app to help high school students stay connected and organized. By logging in with their TDSB school ID, their timetable is automatically populated allowing them to easily add notes, goals and details to each course. Download the app now at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Scarborough Business Association Cyber Breakfast - Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers & Businesses of Canada | Wednesday, September 16 at 9:15 a.m. - Register
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free) | Thursday, September 17 at 11:30 a.m. – Register
  • The digital advantage: Securing your business | Thursday, September 24, 1 - 2 p.m. – Register

September 14, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

September 14 has been proclaimed Champions of Care Day. Today we honour and thank all front-line health care workers for the commitment to saving lives, keeping our community safe and for their heroic response during the COVID-19 pandemic in our city.

Every day, thousands of front-line health workers play a crucial role in keeping our communities healthy and as safe as possible by providing life-saving service in clinics, centres and hospitals across the city. Their support has been vital during this pandemic. Their efforts, collectively with the efforts of all Torontonians, allowed our city to experience a limited strain on the health-care system during this first wave of the pandemic. Health care workers will continue to play a crucial role in keeping Torontonians save as the City readies for a possible COVID-19 resurgence

To show their appreciation, Toronto residents have rallied in support of health care workers since the onset of the pandemic. As the City thanks all health care workers on the front lines for keeping Torontonians safe, residents are encouraged to show their gratitude in their local communities and online with a hashtag #championsofcare. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto launches #ShowLoveTO to help Toronto businesses, neighbourhoods and residents safely recover and rebuild
ShowLoveTO is a local initiative that will encourage residents to show their love for Toronto by safely connecting with neighbours, supporting local businesses and artists, and exploring their city neighbourhoods to help rebuild the social and economic fabric of Toronto.

The following ShowLoveTO initiatives will engage Toronto residents this fall:

  • BigArtTO, a city-wide temporary public art initiative involving large-scale projections in each of the City's 25 wards, will animate Toronto neighbourhoods. Starting September 16, BigArtTO will provide opportunities for local artists and set the stage for ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021.
  • StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City's 25 wards to motivate residents to actively discover the unexplored shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets, starting September 18. Residents will become tourists as they stroll Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods.
  • DineOutTO, a partnership between Destination Toronto and the City, will celebrate Toronto’s culinary community and support the industry's economic recovery. The city-wide promotion will showcase Toronto's diverse food culture through a digital platform offering content, special offers and unique culinary experiences from September 23 to October 30. Restaurants can register for free online at www.splash-toronto.simpleviewcms.com/add-your-restaurant/ .
  • HistoricTO, time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tours anchored at Toronto History Museums, connects Toronto’s communities by providing equitable and inclusive access to local history, heritage and land-based learnings. Pay-what-you-can tickets are available now until October 18 and must be booked in advance at www.toronto.ca/museums .
  • CaféTO launched this summer to provide more outdoor dining areas to help eligible restaurants and bars create physical distancing for patio patrons. The program currently supports 760 restaurants and bars in 58 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs). More information is available at www.toronto.ca/cafeto .

The ShowLoveTO promotional video is available at www.youtube.com/culture_to . More information about ShowLoveTO is available at www.toronto.ca/showloveTO . For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto bylaws prohibit cormorant hunting in Toronto
On July 31, 2020, the Ministry of Natural Resources announced that hunting season for double-crested cormorants could take place in Ontario starting September 15. Cormorant hunting, like all hunting, is not permitted in Toronto under City of Toronto bylaws.

The bylaws prohibiting the discharge of firearms in the City of Toronto are listed in Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 463, Firearms. This includes using a firearm while in a boat for the purposes of hunting. Possession or use of a weapon in a park or on a beach is also prohibited under Municipal Code Chapter 608, Parks. The City’s boundaries extend into Lake Ontario to the United States border and east and west to the borders of neighbouring municipalities. For more information please read the news release.  

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 13, 2020, there have been 16,873 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,999 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,177 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Best in GrowTO Contest Scarborough
Join the Scarborough Village Community Garden Harvest Festival to see the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture contest live and in person on September 19, 2020 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. More information on the GrowTO Contest Scarborough can be found here. 

Toronto and Region Conversation Authority’s Humber by Canoe Event
Join TRCA and follow along as they share the Humber River over the next 5 days. Today TRCA CEO, John MacKenzie, discusses the Humber by Canoe event and paddles a popular canoe route along the lower Humber River. More details can be found here.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Please note: If you have any questions regarding this project please contact my office at councillor_ainslie_co@toronto.ca

TDSB Connects App now available for Secondary Students
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has launched a new online app to help high school students stay connected and organized. By logging in with their TDSB school ID, their timetable is automatically populated allowing them to easily add notes, goals and details to each course. Download the app now at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.


September 11, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today marks the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States and the National Day of Service. Let us remember those we lost and honour and thank the service members that keep us safe. My thoughts and prayers are with all the families who lost loved ones that day.

Community Environment Days start this weekend
The City of Toronto will hold its first 2020 Community Environment Day event this Sunday, September 13 at Disco Drop-Off Depot located at 120 Disco Road from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The drive-thru event will allow for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic items, and donation of household goods and clothing for reuse. Free bagged compost will be available for pickup with a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. Environment Days will be held at the City’s Drop-off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/environment_days .

Registration for fall recreation programs and December camps
Registration begins this weekend at 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 13 and continues into next week. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming and skating lessons, on offer this fall. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/recreation .

City of Toronto maximizes patio season by allowing portable heaters for CaféTO, streamlining overall restaurant patio heater process
With cooler fall weather approaching, the City of Toronto has announced plans to allow portable heaters to be placed in all outdoor patios, including CaféTO curb lane closures, to help keep outdoor dining spaces open longer and provide additional support for local restaurants.

The CaféTO program is due to end in late fall (pending snowfall in weather forecasts) and allowing restaurant operators to safely introduce portable heaters will help make outdoor dining more appealing to customers, encourage physical distancing to help stop virus spread, and give restaurant operators the chance to maximize outdoor patio season and generate revenue. For more information please read the news release.

Midtown School Safety Plan outlines measures to promote safety as school returns
The City of Toronto with input from a wide variety of stakeholders associated with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) have released today a Midtown School Safety Plan as children head back to school next week. This plan outlines actions that are being implemented to achieve a successful integration of the local Roehampton shelter into the neighbourhood and to keep children safer while attending school in the area.

With the school year beginning next week, the plan outlines roles and responsibilities for issues identified over the past several months and provides a framework for continuous engagement with all stakeholders. The overall goal of the School Safety Plan is to reduce the likelihood of any hazards or threats from happening and to minimize any impact on the safety of community members should they occur.

This plan has already been updated based on feedback from local councillors, family and schools associations, school council chairs, local school trustees, principals and other school officials, and the Toronto Police Service. The plan can be viewed here. More information can be found in the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 10, 2020, there have been 16,609 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,888 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Storefront Services Update
The Storefront has entered stage 2 of our re-opening. Their hours have extended to Mondays to Thursdays, 10am-3pm (computers close at 2:30 PM).

In addition to using computers, doing printing/faxing/scanning/photocopying, and speaking with a Community Resource Specialist, community members can now access one-on-one services with select community partners at the Storefront building by appointment only. You can book appointments by calling 416-208-9889. Partners currently available for appointments (stay tuned for updates!):

TDSB Connects App now available for Secondary Students
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has launched a new online app to help high school students stay connected and organized. By logging in with their TDSB school ID, their timetable is automatically populated allowing them to easily add notes, goals and details to each course. Download the app now at the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

September 10, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

Today, September 10th is proclaimed World Suicide Prevention Day. This day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health launched the ‘Not Today’ campaign, which is designed to prevent suicide today, tomorrow and every day after that. Let us commit to spreading messages of hope and break down the obstacles faced by people when they need help in support of their mental health. The toll-free number for the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is 1-833-456-4566.

Government of Canada confirms support for 32 community-based projects aimed at improving mental health
Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $11.5 million in mental health funding for organizations across the country to promote mental health and wellbeing in our communities, and to tackle systemic challenges and barriers, including those faced by Black Canadians.

This funding supports community-based programs in mental health promotion, to increase health equity and address the underlying determinants of health. It also supports the development and implementation of culturally focused mental health programs for Black Canadians in communities across the country. For more information please read the news release.

Ontario expanding innovative mental health and addiction services
The Ontario government is providing an additional $14.75 million to increase access to mental health and addictions services across the province. This funding will help support people from all walks of life during this unprecedented time, including families, young people, children, frontline workers, and Indigenous communities.

This investment was provided through the Support for People and Jobs Fund and will help community-based mental health and addictions programs meet increasing service demands. For more information please read the news release.
 
Ensuring a safe return to school for Toronto children
The City of Toronto is encouraging families to follow safe practices to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 now that children are returning to school. Whether or not children are attending school in person this year, residents are reminded that in order for schools to operate safely, everyone needs to do their part in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.

Based on TPH’s guidance and protocols from the Ministry of Education, informed by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, several new measures have been put in place this year to help keep children and staff safer at school. More than 200 City staff members have been assigned to support schools, students and their families.

Although numerous measures have been put in place at schools to keep staff, children, and their families safer, the most important safety measures begin at home. Parents and caregivers need to keep children at home if they are not feeling well or if they have come into contact with anyone who was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. Families are encouraged to contact their healthcare providers, Telehealth Ontario or TPH for more information. More information can be found on the City's website .

Registration of short-term rentals begins in Toronto
Today, the City of Toronto has launched a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who rent their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days.

Short-term rental operators must register with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Operators are only allowed to rent their principal residence on a short-term basis. A principal residence is the residence where they live and the address used for bills, identification, taxes and insurance. Registration for short-term rentals must be completed online here .

Registration is a mandatory step to legally rent out homes for short-term stays. A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings. To continue short-term renting, current operators must be registered by December 31, 2020. Future operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis, but must do so before short-term renting their homes. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto doing prudent planning for resurgence of COVID-19
The City’s Emergency Operations Centre has been at a Level 3 since March and has continued its work without interruption.

Before Toronto even saw its first case of COVID-19 last January, the City of Toronto was planning for a possible pandemic, bringing together leaders from across the organization to ensure preparations were in place to allow the City to respond, while continuing to serve the residents and businesses of Toronto. Early in the crisis, Toronto Fire Chief Matt Pegg was appointed to lead the City’s response to COVID-19 in his role as the General Manager of Emergency Management.

Chief Pegg helped the City move quickly to implement a robust and nimble incident management system, ensured systems were in place to manage the availability of PPE for emergency responders and frontline workers, and coordinated the City’s overall response to the COVID-19 emergency.

As Toronto prepares for a resurgence of COVID-19 this fall and winter, City Manager Chris Murray today announced that Chief Pegg will resume his role as Toronto’s COVID-19 Incident Commander on a full-time basis. Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop will be acting Fire Chief.

Prudent and ongoing planning is critical as the city heads into the colder months. Chief Pegg will work closely with Toronto Mayor John Tory and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa in coordinating the City’s response to any resurgence. For more information please read the news release.

Installation of new Toronto Sign starts today
Today, Mayor John Tory announced that the installation of the City of Toronto’s new, more durable Toronto Sign on Nathan Phillips Square has begun. An iconic Toronto attraction, the Toronto Sign has been a popular spot for selfies and group photos among residents and visitors alike.

The removal of the temporary sign, installation of the new sign and the wrap application will take approximately one week. The new Toronto Sign will be unveiled in the coming days. The original sign was installed as a temporary structure in July 2015 for the Toronto Pan American and Parapan American Games. The new and improved Toronto Sign will be easier to clean, waterproof, and will have augmented lighting capacity and other creative features to support public engagement and interaction. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 8, 2020, there have been 16,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,794 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

REMINDER: Virtual Ward Forum for Secondary Students TONIGHT
Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood School Council Chairs, Parents/Guardians, Community Members, Superintendents and School Staff are invited to join Trustee Zakir Patel, our Ward 19 Principals and Superintendents for Virtual Ward Meeting, TONIGHT from 7 to 8PM, as we share information, resources and best practices only for Secondary Students (Grade 9-12). Please click here to register for the meeting.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.


September 9, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

As students, teachers and staff start a new school year, many may feel uncertain and concerned about new protocols taken place within the classroom. It is important for parents to explain to their children how school will be different this year to keep everyone safer.

There are many tips for parents to help prepare their children for a safer return to school:

  • Practice properly putting on, wearing & taking off a mask;
  • Teach your child proper hand washing & cough/sneeze etiquette;
  • Remind them not to share their mask or other personal items;
  • Discuss keeping a physical distance as much as possible; and
  • Complete a health screening every day before going to school

Ontario takes extraordinary steps to reopen schools safely
As students, teachers and staff return to school, the Ontario government is providing up to $1.3 billion in critical supports and has delivered more than 37 million pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely reopen classrooms across the province. These investments are part of Ontario's comprehensive back to school plan which was developed in consultation with medical experts, school boards, and educators. For more information please read the news release.

Registration for City of Toronto’s fall recreation programs begins this weekend
Registration for City of Toronto fall recreation programs as well as December holiday camps starts Saturday, September 12 and continues next week. Torontonians can expect to see many of their favourite registered recreation programs, including swimming and skating lessons, on offer this fall. Extended hours are available to help residents get ready for programs by calling customer service at 416-396-7378 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 9, 10, 11 and 14.

Registration begins at 7 a.m. for the following areas:

  • Saturday, September 12 for Etobicoke/York
  • Sunday, September 13 for Scarborough
  • Tuesday, September 15 for North York
  • Wednesday, September 16 for Toronto/East York and West Toronto/York 

Residents are asked to plan ahead and confirm the district for their programs before registration starts. Registration districts can be found online here .

The City has developed A New Way to Play for people attending its recreation programs and facilities. A New Way to Play identifies program-specific modifications as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and outlines what people can expect when participating in a recreation program or visiting a City recreation facility. For more information and steps on how to register please read the news release .

City of Toronto Court Services counter to reopen by appointment only
City of Toronto Court Services is beginning a phased approach to reopening starting on September 14 and will schedule additional remote non-trial hearings starting September 28. Effective today, residents can submit requests for appointments for when Toronto Court Services counters reopen at 1530 Markham Rd., 2700 Eglinton Ave. W. and 60 Queen St. W.

Individuals wishing to book an appointment should email POACourt@toronto.ca and include the word "Appointment" in the subject line. Appointments may also be booked by phone at 416-338-7320. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 8, 2020, there have been 16,477 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,794 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Your Toronto Zoo’s scientists work hand in hand with conservation breeding initiatives to fight extinction
Your Toronto Zoo’s mission of connecting people, animals and conservation science to fight extinction has never been more important. It is critical that zoos, aquariums, and conservation organizations work together to educate the public and take actions to stabilize and reverse this alarming trend.

Toronto Zoo’s Reproductive Sciences team is excited to announce it is joining forces with the Caribou Conservation Breeding Foundation, a non-for-profit organization that supports caribou recovery through conservation breeding by uniting caribou advocates and wildlife professionals and bridging the gap between caribou recovery initiatives and the field of conservation breeding. More information here.

Trustee Zakir Patel Virtual Ward 19 Forum for Secondary Students
Ward 19 Scarborough-Guildwood School Council Chairs, Parents/Guardians, Community Members, Superintendents and School Staff are invited to join Trustee Zakir Patel, our Ward 19 Principals and Superintendents for Virtual Ward Meeting as we share information, resources and best practices only for Secondary Students (Grade 9-12) on Thursday September 10 2020, 7 to 8 PM.

Questions will be unable to be answered live during the meeting.  Please submit your questions in advance to Zakir.Patel@tdsb.on.ca and he will attempt to answer as many questions as possible on Thursday. Please click here to register for the meeting. The meeting will be hosted on the WebEx video conferencing platform. Registrants will be sent a meeting invite with a link and call-in details for the session. If you are not familiar with WebEx you can refer to this YouTube video.

City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down Signs
A friendly reminder to stay safe on the roads, especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


September 8, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

I hope everyone had a fun and safe long-weekend! With school resuming, I’d like to remind all drivers to drive safe and stay alert especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up from my constituency office (150 Borough Drive). For more information please visit this website.

Automated Speed Enforcement cameras issue more than 22,000 tickets during first month of operation
For the first time in Toronto’s history, the City’s 50 Automated Speed Enforcement cameras will be fully operational throughout the back-to-school season to protect the health and safety of children returning to school by curbing speeding and providing an opportunity to walk and cycle in a safe environment.

On July 6, 2020, all 50 speed cameras began issuing tickets to vehicles traveling in excess of the posted speed limit. Between July 6 and August 5, one month following the start of issuing tickets, the speed cameras issued a total of 22,301 tickets. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 enforcement
Over the long weekend, the City of Toronto including Bylaw Enforcement, Toronto Public Health and Toronto Police Services worked to enforce important measures to help keep people safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

22 tickets were issued over the weekend, related to amplified sound including DJ equipment and speakers, large quantities of open liquor and open fires, all of which are not permitted under parks bylaws. Bylaw officers, Toronto Police and Toronto Fire had a highly visible presence at beaches, including Cherry Beach and the Toronto Island Park, and parking lots to help prevent and quickly address crowding, bonfires and other prohibited activities.

Toronto Public Health continues to stress the need to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering when shopping in a store, mall or flea market. Those shopping in-person are encouraged to shop at times when stores are quieter or to try shopping online, when possible. Residents should always wash or sanitize their hands after being in a store or public place and not go out if they are feeling ill. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
As of September 6, 2020, there are 16,361 cases of COVID-19 in the city and 14,720 recovered cases. To date, there have been 1,176 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Toronto Police Service Back to School and Bicycle Safety Campaign
September means ‘Back to School’ for thousands of Toronto students and the Toronto Police Service will be out on our city’s roads reminding people about the importance of road safety. While the return to school is usually the focus for September, the Service will also be promoting ‘Bike Month’- an event regularly held in June – to raise awareness of cycling safety. This campaign will run until September 30, 2020.

With emphasis on enforcement, education and community engagement, officers will be looking out for drivers who speed, drive aggressively and drive distracted or impaired. Officers will also be in school zones targeting those who are parked illegally or vehicles potentially putting others at risk. Often, these behaviours lead to frustration, congestion and an unsafe environment for all road users. More information here.

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
The 45th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be taking place at the following venues throughout Toronto from Thursday, September 10, 2020 to Saturday, to September 19, 2020:

  • TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King Street West
  • VISA Skyline Drive-In at Cityview at 20 Polson Street
  • RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place
  • West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place
  • OLG Play Stage at Ontario Place

Road closures will be in place, including:

  • Full closure of Polson Street from Cherry Street to end of Polson Street. Closure to occur on September 10 - 19, 2020, between 5 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • North curb lane closure of Polson Street from Cherry Street to end of Polson Street. Closure to occur on September 10 - 19, 2020.
  • East curb lane closure of Widmer Street from King Street to laneway north of King Street. Closure to occur on September 8 - 20, 2020.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area of the road closures and to consider alternative routes when planning for their travels. More information here.

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre: Hours and Programs Expanding
Starting TODAY September 8, 2020 the operating hours at Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will increase and open at 6AM and close at 10PM, Monday to Sunday. Seniors hour will now take place on Floor 2 starting at 7:30 am, Monday to Sunday. The last booking of each day, 9:00-10:00 pm on FC Floor 2 will continue to be a mask optional time. For more information please visit this website.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include: Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops; Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes; Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express; Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue. Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation Park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca



September 3, 2020

City of Toronto extending outdoor pool season at 10 locations
The City of Toronto announced the extension of the summer season at select City outdoor pools which will remain open until September 13, with the remainder closing as planned on Sunday September 6.

The ten outdoor pools include:

  • Alex Duff, 779 Crawford St.
  • Donald D. Summerville, 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E.
  • Heron Park, 292 Manse Rd.
  • Grandravine, 23 Grandravine Dr.
  • McGregor, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • Parkway Forest, 59 Forest Manor Rd.
  • Pine Point, 15 Grierson Rd.
  • Riverdale Park, 550 Broadview Ave.
  • Sunnyside-Gus Ryder, 1755 Lake Shore Blvd. W.     
  • West Mall, 370 The West Mall

All outdoor pools will have regular hours on Saturday and Sunday. To check for hours please visit http://www.toronto.ca/swim. On Monday, September 7 for Labour Day, these pools will be open from 12 to 5 p.m. From Tuesday September 8, to Sunday, September 13, the pools will offer drop-in leisure swimming from 1 to 6 p.m. More information here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,162 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 35 today. There are 32 people hospitalized. In total, 14,597 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

New Toronto Zoo Marketplace
Your Toronto Zoo has opened a new Marketplace in the main parking lot from 10am to 2pm open every Saturday from September 5 to October 10. Admission and parking are free, admission to the Zoo is not included. Donations are accepted with thanks! More information on the Toronto Zoo Marketplace and how to become a vendor please visit this website.

The East Scarborough Storefront is now in Stage 2 of Re-Opening
The East Scarborough Storefront have extended hours to Mondays to Thursdays, 10am to 3pm. Community partners will now be providing the following one on one services by appointment:

  • Settlement Assistance & Family Support; every Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
  • Connecting Women with Scarborough Services; every Tuesday staring September 15

Call 416-208-9889 to book an appointment. More information here.

ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 Partnership Grant Program
Reminder that the ArtworxTO Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021 Partnership grant deadline is just a week away, September 10. Don’t miss the chance to apply for this partnership grant worth up to $100,000. More information can be found here.

Parks Forestry & Recreation Jobs – Fall 2020 Information Sessions
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation is hiring! Information sessions for recreation positions are being held until September 10 at community centres across the city. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 416-392-2742 or emailing pfrbuildingskills@toronto.ca. More information at www.toronto.ca/recjobs/

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue
Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

Final Days to Experience the CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
This year the CNE tradition continues...virtually! This is a reminder that until September 7, 2020 you can check out some of your favourite fair features online through the CNE At Home virtual portal accessed through TheEx.com.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca


September 2, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

As students are retuning to school shortly, I’d like to remind all drivers to drive safe and stay alert especially while in school and residential areas. If you would like a City of Toronto Vision Zero Please Slow Down sign, please contact my office at 416-392-7222 or councillor_ainslie@toronto.ca to arrange to pick them up during regular office hours. For more information on the Please Slow Down campaign please visit this website.

City of Toronto launches digital storytelling project to celebrate Toronto Island’s unique history
Today, Mayor John Tory launched Island Stories – a new digital storytelling project that invites Torontonians from all walks of life to share what Toronto Island Park means to them – with his own reflections on Toronto Island Park.

Island Stories is a collective multimedia storytelling project meant to capture the unique ways Torontonians experience Toronto Island. Featured stories from local artists and island residents are available at www.toronto.ca/islandstories . In the coming weeks, Island Stories will be engaging with the public to spark conversation, inspire sharing and unearth the rich narratives that connect the city to this oasis just beyond downtown Toronto.

The City is actively seeking submissions for stories. Anyone with a story to share about the Islands is encouraged to submit it at www.toronto.ca/islandstories . All mediums will be accepted, and creativity is encouraged. Some examples of submission formats include:

  • images with captions
  • video testimonials
  • audio recordings
  • written submissions
  • photo essays

For more information or to join the conversation, visit www.toronto.ca/islandstories and follow @TorontoPFR on Instagram. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,127 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 48 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,565 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Parks Forestry & Recreation Jobs – Fall 2020 Information Sessions
City of Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation is hiring! Information sessions for recreation positions are being held until September 10 at community centres across the city. Spaces are limited so be sure to reserve your spot by calling 416-392-2742 or emailing pfrbuildingskills@toronto.ca. More information at www.toronto.ca/recjobs/

New Information regarding Short-Stay and Temporary Absences from Long-Term Care Homes
Recent changes to directives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care now allow for residents to leave long-term care homes for short-stay and temporary absences such as day trips or overnight visits. Residents of Long-Term Care Homes may check with their home provider to review the home’s protocols for temporary absences. For more information check out this checklist here from Seven Oaks Long-Term Care home which may be similar to other home providers.

Final Days to Experience the CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
This year the CNE tradition continues...virtually! This is a reminder that until September 7, 2020 you can check out some of your favourite fair features online through the CNE At Home virtual portal accessed through TheEx.com. The CNE has created interactive and engaging content for all ages, encompassing the quintessential CNE experience including:

Visit the main CNE At Home virtual portal for more details.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free) - Watch On Demand
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
    • Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Register
  • Ask an Accountant - Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
    Watch on Demand
  • The Canadian Landscape for Business Expansion and Relocation Webinar (Free)
    • Wednesday, September 16, 3 - 4 p.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
    • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. - Register

September 1, 2020

Dear Neighbours, 

On August 31st Mitzie Hunter MPP, Hon. John McKay MP and myself hosted another Scarborough-Guildwood Live Town Hall with special guests TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel and TCDSB Ward 12 Trustee Nancy Crawford. We had an informative conversation about the upcoming school year. In case you missed last night’s town hall you can watch the full meeting here.

Scarborough-Guildwood’s Live Town Halls provide the community with up to date information, supports and resources throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  Check out all of Scarborough-Guildwood’s passed Live Town Meetings on my YouTube channel here.  

Bike Share Toronto Free Ride Wednesdays in September
Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday this September. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride. Bike Share also launched the pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program. Learn more about Free Ride Wednesdays at bikesharetoronto.com.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund accepting applications
The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund is accepting applications for grants of up to $5,000. Supported by the City of Toronto, the initiative provides relief grants that can be used for COVID-19 recovery efforts such as purchasing PPE, renovating physical spaces or developing e-commerce capabilities. Find eligibility criteria and apply.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,044 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 40 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,498 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

COVID-19 – Safety Measures Continue on the TTC
Commuters will find additional changes to the TTC:

  • TTC ambassadors are distributing free face masks until the end of September
  • Station floor decals are completed
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations can be found in all subway stations by the main entrance and on all of our low floor streetcars by the middle doors inside the vehicles
  • Equipping our stations with floor markings and directional arrows to help direct customer movement and to remind customers about mandatory use of masks/face coverings in the system
  • Plastic transfer sleeves are being installed on buses on the side of the Operator’s barrier on all buses and inside the door of Community buses – customers can take a transfer from the plastic sleeve
  • Installing operating barriers on WheelTrans vehicles

More information can be found here.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till TOMORROW September 2, 2020.

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

Upcoming BusinessTO Webinars and Events

  • Guidelines for Mandatory Mask Usage in Enclosed Public Places (Free) - Watch On Demand
  • Why Your Business Needs An Online Store – ShopHERE powered by Google Webinar Series (Free)
    • Thursday, September 3 at 11:30 a.m. - Register
  • Ask an Accountant - Applying for Government COVID-19 Support Programs (Free)
    Watch on Demand
  • The Canadian Landscape for Business Expansion and Relocation Webinar (Free)
    • Wednesday, September 16, 3 - 4 p.m. - Register
  • Business AdviceTO Event Series (Free)
    • Business AdviceTO SisterTalk (BIWOC) Black Indigenous Women of Colour Biz Mentorship Circle | Thursdays at 10 a.m. - Register

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

The CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
Although the gates won’t be opening this summer, the CNE is continuing the tradition of bringing fun to Torontonians from August 21 to September 7 by offering a Virtual CNE with some of your favourite shows, experiences, recipes, memories along with new music all online at its exciting new CNE At Home portal, which can be accessed through the CNE website at www.theex.com . To keep posted on all the program details, follow the CNE on FacebookInstagramYouTube or Twitter.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca


August 31, 2020

City of Toronto recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day
Today, August 31 is Overdose Awareness Day in the City of Toronto. This day is dedicated to raising awareness about the devastating impact of the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis in Toronto and to help reduce stigma and discrimination against people who use drugs.

In the midst of the ongoing opioid poisoning crisis, the City acknowledges the grief and loss felt by families, friends and colleagues of loved ones who have died or suffered illness or injury due to opioid poisoning.

City of Toronto presents COVID-19 Resurgence Plan
Today, Mayor John Tory, Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa, City Manager Chris Murray and City Councillor and Chair of Toronto Board of Health Joe Cressy, presented the City’s COVID-19 Resurgence Plan, which outlines priorities and associated actions that the City will implement in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

The five priority areas of the City’s response are:

  • implement public health measures
  • support vulnerable populations
  • support City employees
  • mitigate the impact to Toronto’s economy and
  • ensure the resiliency of City services and a coordinated response.

To reduce further COVID-19 spread and protect our city as we live with this virus, Toronto Public Health (TPH) continues to advance plans and strategies based on scientific evidence and on best practices from international jurisdictions. TPH has increased staffing to enhance the capacity to trace and contact people with COVID-19 and those with whom they have had contact.

TPH is also advising and partnering with key agencies and organizations in the city, is implementing response activity based on local data, and will be active directly in the community through containment strategies including community outreach teams, and a voluntary self-isolation site for people with COVID-19 who cannot properly isolate at home. For more information please read the news release.

Community Environment Days at Drop-Off Depots
The City of Toronto will be holding Community Environment Days at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots on Sundays throughout September and October. The events begin September 13 and will run until November 1, 2020.

The drive-thru events will allow for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and electronic items and donation of materials such as household goods and clothing for reuse. In addition, free bagged compost will be available for pickup at the event. There is a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. More information about Community Environment Days is available at toronto.ca/environment_days.

City programs and services update
As families prepare for back-to-school, it remains vitally important that residents follow Toronto Public Health advice to stay home when ill, and to wash their hands often, practise physical distancing, wear a face covering or mask in all indoor public spaces when going out this weekend. All residents, regardless of age, must follow public health advice to keep everyone safe. For more information please read the news release.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19 cases
There are 16,044 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 40 today. There are 30 people hospitalized. In total, 14,498 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,175 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. COVID-19 case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

Metrolinx Community Updates
Scarborough Subway Extension Environment Project Report (EPR) Addendum: The ERP Addendum, which was released last month, has been recently updated. This past week the Scarborough Subway Extension project achieved another significant milestone with Metrolinx and IO issuing the request for proposals for advanced tunneling works to the three shortlisted teams. To learn more about the EPR Addendum, the RFP, and the extension, please click here.

Eglinton GO Station: Ground water monitoring wells were installed recently at Eglinton GO Station. Workers will be on site on the following dates to take monitoring readings: September 11th, September 25th. These activities will be done during daytime (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) and no impact to passengers and residents are anticipated.

Power Line Work at Guildwood GO: At various locations along the Lakeshore East Corridor, Metrolinx is starting to remove overhead power lines and move them underground. The major civil construction will continue to mid-September and electrical work will be ongoing throughout September. To see the construction notice, please visit this link.

Power Line Work at Markham Road: Work will be starting mid- September. This work will be ongoing for approximately 8 weeks. Working hours are the same daytime hours (e.g. 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Updates will be provided as the power line project progresses.

Service Canada Virtual e-Services
Service Canada has launched a number of new virtual e-services to continue to provide support to individuals who need assistance to access benefits and services from their home.
 
The Social Insurance Numbers (SIN) is essential for accessing government services and benefits. Through the eSIN portal, individuals can submit a SIN application entirely online within a secure and protected environment.
 
Additionally, the new eServiceCanada portal allows individuals requiring assistance from Service Canada to submit an online request and receive a callback from a Service Canada officer within two business days. For more information check out this flyer.

3847brand presents: Snap Out Photo-Contest
3847brand has partnered with Park People to launch their Snap Out Photo contest. To enter follow @3847brand and check out contest rules and details on this POST for a chance to win a $300 Cash Prize and more! Enter by September 4th, 2020!

The CNE At Home: a 2020 Virtual CNE Fair experience
Although the gates won’t be opening this summer, the CNE is continuing the tradition of bringing fun to Torontonians from August 21 to September 7 by offering a Virtual CNE with some of your favourite shows, experiences, recipes, memories along with new music all online at its exciting new CNE At Home portal, which can be accessed through the CNE website at www.theex.com . To keep posted on all the program details, follow the CNE on FacebookInstagramYouTube or Twitter.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue

Please visit this LINK to fill out the survey before September 30, 2020.

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 27, 2020

City of Toronto extends outdoor sport field season due to COVID-19
Today, the City of Toronto announced the extension of the outdoor sport field season. The City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields will remain open until Sunday, October 25 and permits will be issued for the remainder of the 2020 season.

The City offers almost 700 sport fields at more than 170 locations across Toronto. As a result of pandemic-related restrictions, many of the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields opened on July 6 for team training, and permits were issued for the summer season. The outdoor sport field season usually concludes in September. Despite City staff’s quick work to open these outdoor recreation amenities as part of Toronto’s Stage 2 reopening, the season was significantly shortened. While the season will be extended as part of Toronto’s Stage 3 reopening, both the types of activities and the number of people allowed on the field will continue to be restricted to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Staff continue to work closely with Toronto Public Health to ensure that people can train safely at the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields. To allow for physical distancing and comply with provincial orders restricting gatherings, the capacity at the City’s outdoor sport and multi-use fields remains reduced to 100 people per field. That includes participants and coaches, as well as parents, guardians and other spectators. All City outdoor sport and multi-use fields offer team training and games, with leagues capped at 50 participants to comply with provincial restrictions. Players should continue to use individual equipment wherever possible and permit holders should ensure that any provided equipment is cleaned between use. Permit holders continue to be required to maintain attendance records to facilitate Toronto Public Health contact tracing if needed.

More information about recreation opportunities in Toronto is available at https://www.toronto.ca/rec. Information about permits for outdoor recreation facilities is available at https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/venues-facilities-bookings/booking-park-recreation-facilities/.

Public Safety Alert: Telephone Scams Using Police Numbers
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of ongoing telephone scams where Toronto Police Service numbers are being spoofed. The caller display shows the number as 416-808 and four subsequent numbers.  When the person calls the number back to say they missed a call from this number, it is discovered the initial call was a hoax and was not made by police.

The Toronto Police Service would like to advise the public that calls made by members in Divisions and Units do not display with a number and appear as Unknown Caller or Private Number.  Additionally, service members would leave a voicemail, offer their name, badge number and a call back number for the public to call and confirm specific details.

If you have been the victim of a fraud or scam always report the matter to your local police. In Toronto, please call 416-808-2222 or online.

Share your CNE Experiences!
Connect virtually to the Canadian National Exhibition for a chance to have your story featured on their website! You can comment on their Twitter post here, at https://twitter.com/LetsGoToTheEX. You can also submit some of your favourite photos you've taken at the EX to facebook@theex.com.

Survey for the Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue

Click here to fill out the survey.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 26, 2020

Federal and Provincial Announcements on Education:
Today, the Canadian government announced that they are investing an additional $2 billion designated for the safe reopening of schools in provinces and territories via the Safe Return to Class Fund; of this, Ontario will get $381 million. While education is provincial jurisdiction, this funding is designed to be flexible, so schools can use it for what they need most, in particular; developing adapted learning spaces, improved air ventilation, increased hand sanitation and hygiene, and purchases of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies.

The Province has previously announced key aspects of $900 million investment in Ontario’s COVID-19 recovery, including:

  • hiring 500 new public health nurses for schools, 1,300 new cleaners
  • $30 million to hire more teachers and support staff
  • $25 million for more cleaning supplies and sanitation
  • $50 million to update ventilation systems in schools
  • $18 million for online learning, new principal hires specifically for online
  • $60 million for masks staff + cloth masks for every student
  • $73 million for testing in secondary school students
  • $40 million for twice daily bus cleaning
  • $10 million for staff health and safety training
  • $10 million for special education students
  • $10 million for student mental health support

Today, the Province also released its COVID-19 management plan for schools, available to the public, which includes that:

  • parents must screen children daily
  • schools will isolate any child that develops symptoms at school and send the child home ASAP
  • A child must be symptom free for 24 hours before they are allowed to return to school
  • Students with symptoms are recommended to get a COVID-19 test to return to class but not mandatory
  • Schools will notify the school families of any positive tests but not identify the student

For more information on this, please view the Province’s announcement here.

Our KGO Updates - Newsletter from the East Scarborough Storefront
Check out East Scarborough Storefront’s crowd-sourced e-newsletter here for community updates including:

  • Spotlight on Back to School: Key Updates
  • Community Events, Programs & Supports
  • Updates on Local Spaces & Places
  • Jobs & Training Opportunities
  • Getting involved in your community

Share your CNE Experiences!
Connect virtually to the Canadian National Exhibition for a chance to have your story featured on their website! You can comment on their Twitter post here, at https://twitter.com/LetsGoToTheEX. You can also submit some of your favourite photos you've taken at the EX to facebook@theex.com.

Survey for the Eglinton East RapidTO Corridor and Priority Bus Lanes
The TTC is currently working on the RapidTO program which will move people more efficiently on transit by improving reliability, speed and capacity on some of the busiest surface transit routes in the city through implementation of priority bus-only lanes. More reliable bus routes with increased capacity will improve access to employment, healthcare and community services, as well as improve transit equity.

The TTC is asking for your input on potential service concepts for the Eglinton East corridor, along Eglinton Avenue East, Kingston Road and Morningside Avenue and will launch in Fall 2020. The service concepts include:
Option 1 - Maintain Existing Express Stops
Option 2 - All Stops Served by All Major Bus Routes
Option 3 - Reduced Stops on 905 Eglinton East Express
Option 4 - 986 Scarborough Express Diverted to Lawrence Avenue

Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/eglintoneastbuslane to fill out the survey.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,866 cases of COVID-19 in the city, 44 people are hospitalized, a total of 14,401 people have recovered.  To date, there have been 1,167 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform: http://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.

COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community. Residents are reminded to continue adhering to Toronto Public Health’s advice to practise physical distancing, stay within their social circle of no more than 10 people, wash hands often and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distance cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in indoor public spaces in Toronto.

As parents, caregivers and children prepare for back-to-school, Toronto Public Health is stressing the need to maintain physical distance and wear a mask or face covering when shopping in a store, mall or flea market for back to school supplies. Those shopping in person are encouraged to shop at non-peak hours or to shop online, when possible. Always wash or sanitize your hands after being in a store or public place and do not go out if you feel ill. More information and guidance for retail spaces is available online: https://www.toronto.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/9084-COVID-19-Guidelines-for-Malls-and-Shopping-Centres.pdf.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 25, 2020

Parents Engaged in Education -- Facebook Live Auction TOMORROW August 26, 6:30-8:30PM
Parents Engaged in Education is hosting a fundraising auction tomorrow evening from 6:30-8:30PM to help fundraise the establishment of Canada’s first Education Bank in Scarborough. All proceeds from this event will go towards building a safe space for students and families in need of support, where they will be able to pick out the supplies they need throughout the school year, as well as gain access to technology and amenities!

City of Toronto registration of short-term rentals to launch September 10
This September, the City of Toronto will launch a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who are renting their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days.

Beginning September 10, 2020, short-term rental operators will need to start registering with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Registration is a necessary first step to allow the City to effectively administer the new rules applicable to short-term rentals. People who are currently renting their home on a short-term basis, or planning to do so, must be registered by December 31, 2020. After this date, all new operators will be able to register on an ongoing basis and must register prior to short-term renting their homes.

Registration for short-term rentals and related payment processing will be available online. People can learn about the rules and view more details on the government identification and the information needed for registration here.

People can short-term rent their homes in Toronto only if they are a registered operator. A valid City-issued registration number must be included in all advertisements and listings. For more information, please visit toronto.ca/ShortTermRentals. Read the full news release here.

TPH reports first human case of West Nile virus in Toronto for 2020
Toronto Public Health has received a positive laboratory report identifying Toronto’s first reported case of West Nile virus for 2020 in an adult resident. West Nile virus is an infection transmitted to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. While the risk of getting infected in Toronto is currently low, Toronto Public Health advises residents to take these precautions to avoid bites from infected mosquitoes:

  • Wear light-coloured clothing, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.
  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET or icaridin and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours, dusk and dawn, by using repellent and covering up.
  • Make sure your home has tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
  • Remove standing water from your property, where mosquitoes can breed. Standing water includes any water that collects in items such as buckets, planters, toys and waste containers.

West Nile virus symptoms usually develop between two and 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands. Older individuals or individuals with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe illness. If you or a family member has concerns about any symptoms, contact your health care provider. More information is available on the City’s website and the full news release here.

Reminder: Bike Share Toronto Free Ride Wednesdays in September
Thanks to the new Bike Share Toronto – CAA South Central Ontario partnership, Bike Share Toronto riders will ride for free every Wednesday in the month of September. Riders can take out a bike for up to 30 minutes, return the bike to any station, and take out another bike for an additional free 30-minute ride. Bike Share also launched the pedal assist electric-bike (e-bike) pilot program. Learn more about Free Ride Wednesdays at bikesharetoronto.com

Enforcement update
Provincial orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act and the City bylaw on physical distancing remain in effect. Yesterday, the City received 35 complaints related to park use and physical distancing. Officers have cautioned more than 4,200 people this month about physical distancing, alcohol, bonfires and littering bylaws.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID-19 the Festival is an ONLINE event only
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in the vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.


August 24, 2020 

August Newsletter from TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel
Check out TDSB Ward 19 Trustee Zakir Patel’s August Newsletter here. In this edition, he shares important content on the learning models available for students, as well as resources and supports for the new school year.

City of Toronto issues $300 million bond to help fund key capital projects
The City of Toronto has issued a new debenture to help finance capital expenditures from 10 different City divisions and agencies. This is the City’s third debenture issuance this year and marks the lowest ever 20-year cost of funding for the City with an all-in cost of 2.218 per cent.
 
This $300 million conventional bond issue, with a 20-year maturity and a coupon interest rate of 2.15 per cent, will mature on August 25, 2040. It was issued August 11 and will settle on August 25, 2020.
 
This issuance has a total of 41 buyers but was oversubscribed by nearly double. This demonstrates the confidence investors have in the City of Toronto and the local economy. Although COVID-19 has had a significant economic impact across the globe, capital markets are optimistically focused on rebuilding economies. Investor demand remains strong and the bond market continues to be favorable for the City to issue debentures.
 
The proceeds from this issuance will be used to help fund previously approved capital expenditures from several City divisions and agencies, including Shelter, Support & Housing Administration, Transportation Services, Toronto Public Library and Senior Services and Long-Term Care. For more information read the full news release here.

Toronto Public Health resumes in-person home visits for Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
Starting today, Toronto Public Health (TPH) nurses will begin a phased-in approach to resume in-person home-visiting services to eligible priority families as part of the Healthy Babies Healthy Children (HBHC) program. Now that Toronto has entered Stage 3 of the provincial reopening plan, TPH is resuming the in-person part of the program for families with young children in the HBHC program.

TPH’s HBHC program is a free home-visiting service supporting clients with:
•          having a healthy pregnancy
•          developing a positive relationship with their child
•          promoting their child’s growth and development
•          connecting families to resources and programs within their community
•          working together to give their child the best start in life

For more information about HBHC, and to find out if you are eligible click here

CNE At Home: The Virtual Fair @ TheEx.com
The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) this year will come to life online, starting last week from August 21 to September 7, 2020. The new CNE At Home online portal, accessible through www.TheEx.com will share some of its most popular shows, favourite food recipes, new music performances and more.

Missed the opening ceremonies? Check out the link here to watch it.

Update from Extendicare Guildwood – August 21
Earlier this week, Public Health confirmed that one of the team members tested positive for COVID-19 during our staff-wide testing initiative. This staff member is recovering at home. Extendicare staff, with support from SHN acted quickly and followed directives from Public Health to keep everyone safe.

The three residents who may have been exposed to the virus produced negative COVID-19 test results. Currently, none of the residents at Extendicare Guildwood are positive for COVID-19.

The Guild Alive with Culture Online 2020 Festival - Due to COVID19 the Festival is an ONLINE event only
The Guild Alive with Culture Festival Committee is proud to support all our artisan artists who have over the years made our festival one of the best events in Southern Ontario. Please join us to make your purchases and support them. www.guildalivewithculture.ca

Survey: Proposed change to maximum vehicle age in vehicle-for-hire industry
Residents and industry members are invited to complete a survey and share their feedback on the City of Toronto’s proposal to extend the maximum age vehicles by on year and the effects of COVID-19 on the vehicle-for-hire industry. The survey will remain open till September 2, 2020.

Survey: Confederation Park Improvements Project
The City is planning improvements to Confederation park as part of a state-of-good-repair project to upgrade the existing playground, revitalize the basketball courts and add new accessible seating and pathway options. Take an online survey to help inform the Confederation Park upgrades. The online survey is open until Sunday September 13, 2020 at midnight. More information on the project can be found here.

City of Toronto update on COVID-19
There are 15,808 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 33 since yesterday. There are 44 people hospitalized, a decrease of three. In total, 14,350 people have recovered from COVID-19, an increase of 21 since yesterday. To date, there have been 1,165 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto – with no deaths since yesterday. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.


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