Ward 5 eNews & COVID-19 Update
-September 23, 2020-

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Dear Friends and Neighbours,
It was announced today that to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Toronto is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31.

Major festivals and events require long lead times for planning, rely on City sites, supports or permissions, and present higher public health risks given the potential for crowds and the need to maintain physical distancing.

The decision has been made in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, Toronto Police Service, and major event organizers, and supports the directive that physical distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. The need to sustain essential services also limits the City’s ability to provide support to third-party event organizers to ensure public safety.

Click here to jump to the section that contains the full list of events that will be cancelled.



Inside This Edition

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Meetings
COVID-19 Updates
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Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 27

Community Environment Day 

This year, Community Environment Days will be set up as drive-thru events at the City’s seven Drop-Off Depots. The York South-Weston edition takes place on Sunday, September 27 at Ingram Drop-Off Depot (50 Ingram Dr) from 9 AM-1 PM. This is a great opportunity to help reduce the amount of reusable or recyclable waste going to landfill and to safely dispose of household hazardous waste. 

At the event, you will be to drive to different stations across the City to drop off clothing, books and unwanted items for donation and to dispose of batteries, old paint and other household hazardous waste. Free bagged compost will be available (limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last). A list of event dates and more information is available at Check out the flyer here
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October 21 - 24

BigArtTO - Weston GO/UP Station

Experience art illuminated at BigArtTO, a city-wide public art celebration featuring free access to over 200 hours of temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. Created by Toronto artists, the projections will play Wednesday through Saturday in each of Toronto’s 25 wards allowing residents access to artwork without having to leave their neighbourhood. York South Weston will have a show at the Weston GO/UP station (at Weston & Lawrence) from October 21-24 at 7-10 PM each night. 
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Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, September 30

West Park Healthcare Centre Community Town Hall

West Park Healthcare Centre (82 Buttonwood Ave) are well underway in the construction of the new hospital. They are hosting a virtual Community Town Hall from 7pm – 8pm during which they will remind their neighbours of some of the highlights of the construction project, provide a brief update and allow a fair amount of time for Q&A. Notices will be mailed to households in the nearby vicinity. Check out the notice here for log in details. 
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Thursday, October 1

TTC 2020 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, this year's event will be held online from 7-9 PM and participants online or by phone. The Public Forum on Accessible Transit will include captioning and ASL interpreters. TTC staff will share a presentation highlighting recent accessibility initiatives and plans for the continued improvement of transit in Toronto. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer period. Questions may be submitted via the live stream platform, twitter or by phone
You must register for the event, and you can pre-submit any questions you might have online or via twitter. To register for the event, please click here. Click here to check out the flyer. 
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Update from Mount Dennis Legion

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 31 in Mount Dennis remains under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire building will have to be thoroughly sanitized to prepare for a possible reopening. In the meantime, the new 2021 membership stickers have arrived! The branch's Early Bird Campaign is now underway until Nov. 30. Early bird fees will remain at $50 and can be mailed to the branch or dropped off in the mail slot on the building's side door. Please make the cheque payable to Royal Canadian Legion Br. 31. All September and October branch activities have been cancelled. 
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StrollTO - Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Stroll

Looking for something fun to do? Residents can participate in StrollTO, as part of the City of Toronto’s ShowLoveTO initiative. StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City’s 25 wards to encourage residents to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets. Mount Dennis is featured as a neighborhood stroll! Click here to find a list of the best highlights to check out in the area - like the Optical Illusion Box at 101 Emmett Avenue, and more!    
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TO360 Local Map Consultation

Are you experienced with walking routes, destinations and landmarks around Weston, Eglinton West, St. Clair West or Etobicoke Centre areas?
Want to help the City improve its public maps by sharing your local knowledge? Transportation Services would love to hear from you! Please visit for more info on the online consultations. Open from now until October 9th 2020. 
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Become a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion

The City invites residents and community leaders to help inspire climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion. Participants in this new City program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities. Participants must be 18 years of age and commit four to five hours per month (minimum 50 hours per year) to engaging their community in developing neighbourhood-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants will receive an honorarium of $500.
Applications for the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program are now being accepted. Residents can learn more and apply online at
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Virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan Program

Unison Health and Community Services, in collaboration with The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario/Toronto, hosts a virtual Wellness Recovery Action Plan Program. An information session will take place Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 2-3 PM via zoom, and the program takes place Tuesdays from Oct. 13 to Dec. 1.
This recovery program was developed by a group of people who experienced mental health and other health and lifestyle challenges. In this hands-on program, people with lived experience of mental health challenges will work together to design their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan.
To register, contact 416-645-7575 or email Visit for more information.
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Help Toronto Rebuild and ShowLoveTO 

The City has launched ShowLoveTO to encourage local tourism and foster community engagement and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. This 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. Find out more about what this initiative is bringing here
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COVID-19 Updates

Permanent COVID-19 Assessment Centre in York South-Weston

As I announced yesterday, I am very happy to have been able to secure a permanent COVID-19 Assessment Centre in York South-Weston. A space is currently being modified to accommodate the facility at the Humber River Hospital site on Church Street (200 Church St) and is anticipated to open on September 28 at 10 AM. The centre will be operational seven days a week from 8-10 AM for surgery patients and 10 AM-6 PM for the general public.  
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Construction During COVID-19

The provincial government is permitting only certain types of construction work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The provincial order permits construction activity between the hours of 6 AM -10 PM seven days a week for projects that are permitted to continue as part of the province's list of essential workplaces. To find out more about the list of essential services, click here:  
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City Cancels Major Events Until December 31

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the City is extending the cancellation of City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events to December 31.

City Hall, Metro Hall and Civic Centres continue to be closed to the public. This announcement does not include outdoor sport facility permits and activities; and other City facilities/sites that are permitted in Stage 3 of the Province of Ontario’s Framework for Reopening and comply with the current gathering limit restrictions. Professional sporting events are also not included in this decision.

Major festivals and events require long lead times for planning, rely on City sites, supports or permissions, and present higher public health risks given the potential for crowds and the need to maintain physical distancing.

This decision follows the cancellation of all such events up to September 30, announced by the City on July 13. It enables event organizers to make sound decisions in support of Public Health efforts and their business needs, access insurance, support impacted employees, manage sponsors and develop alternative approaches, such as virtual events.

The decision has been made in consultation with Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, the City’s Emergency Operations Centre, Toronto Police Service, and major event organizers, and supports the directive that physical distancing is critical to stopping the spread of COVID-19. The need to sustain essential services also limits the City’s ability to provide support to third-party event organizers to ensure public safety.

Some City-led and City-permitted outdoor major events have already announced the cancellation of their event this year due to COVID-19 while others, such as the Original Santa Claus parade, will be announcing alternative plans in the near future. The City’s Cavalcade of Lights and New Year’s Eve celebration on Nathan Phillips Square are also cancelled.

Below is a list of major events impacted by this decision. The status listed is accurate as of September 9. Events with a status listed as pending will shift to cancelled or altered as determined by event organizers.

  • Nuit Blanche, (altered, online)
  • CIBC Run for the Cure, (altered, online)
  • Ride to Defeat Diabetes for JDRF, (cancelled)
  • 10th Annual Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship, (cancelled)
  • Himalayan Mela, (cancelled)
  • Canadian and Chinese Traditional Art Show, (cancelled)
  • Toronto Waterfront Marathon, (cancelled)
  • Light the Night, (altered, online)
  • Just for Laughs Toronto Street Festival, (cancelled)
  • Korean Week, (cancelled)
  • Greek OHI Day Parade, (pending)
    MEC Toronto Race SIX, (cancelled)
  • Fairbank Village Pumpkin Giveaway, (cancelled)
  • Hanley Halloween 2020, (pending)
  • Riverside Halloween Fest, (pending)
  • Heddington Halloween, (pending)
  • Halloween on Church, (cancelled)
  • Pumpkin Parades, (cancelled)
  • Festival of Lights, (altered, online)
  • Toronto Christmas Market, (cancelled)
  • The 115th Santa Claus Parade Toronto, (altered, online)
  • Bloor Yorkville Holiday Magic, (pending)
  • Beaches Santa Claus Parade, (pending)
  • Cavalcade of Lights, (cancelled)
  • Beaches Lions Christmas Tree Sale, (pending)
  • Christmas in the Square with The Salvation Army, (pending)
  • KidzFest, (pending)
  • North Etobicoke Santa Claus Parade, (pending)
  • Fred Victor’s Share the Warmth, (pending)
  • Fairbank Village – Light Up the Holidays, (pending)
    Etobicoke Lakeshore Santa Claus parade, pending
  • Holiday Fair in the Square, (pending)
  • 30th Annual Kensington Market Winter Solstice, (pending)
  • New Year’s Eve on Nathan Phillips Square, (cancelled)

Many organizers are considering alternative delivery models such as virtual events. Event organizers with questions are encouraged to contact the relevant City permitting bodies, Toronto Police Service officers/liaisons or email

To mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on festivals and events, the City has repurposed grant funding that was previously approved by City Council and launched the Cultural Festivals Recovery Program (CFRP), providing $565,000 to support cultural festivals that have been impacted by the pandemic.

In its efforts to support festivals and events, the City was aided by key partners providing in-kind services. These include Re-Solved, which donated software development services, as well as FORREC, BaAM Productions and the Leadership Emergency Arts Network, which provided peer-to-peer advice and guidance to members of the cultural festival and events industry.
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City Update on COVID-19

There are 17,712 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 184 today. There are 33 people hospitalized. In total, 15,382 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,178 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Torontonians should expect case counts to rise over the next few weeks. Residents need to act to limit case count increases through a combination of self-protection steps including watching your distance, wearing a mask and washing your hands. Everyone should limit contact with people they don’t live with as much as they can. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.

The City’s COVID-19 enforcement team continues to respond to complaints and enforce orders and bylaws across the city, including in bars, restaurants and parks. Last week, the Province of Ontario amended orders under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act. The maximum number of people permitted to attend social gatherings and organized public events in Ontario – including parties and dinners – is now 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. While most residents and businesses have complied with provincial regulations and the City’s mandatory mask or face covering and physical distancing bylaws, a small number of others have not.

Today, Chief Pegg provided an update on City enforcement actions. The City has taken 1,408 formal enforcement actions in response to COVID-19. Enforcement requires investigation, the gathering of facts, and the application of often complicated legal processes. Enforcement officers are out across the city on patrol at all times and respond to complaints, which are expected to increase. This weekend, the City received 21 complaints related to gatherings. The investigations into these specific complaints did not result in formal enforcement action. Formal enforcement action – like ticketing and serving notices – requires an officer witnessing an infraction or obtaining evidence that gives reasonable and probable grounds to believe an offence occurred.

Enforcement of COVID-19-related orders and bylaws is complicated work. A number of groups including Police, Municipal Law Enforcement Officers and Toronto Public Health Enforcement Officers work together with the primary goals of saving lives, reducing the transmission of COVID-19, and helping prevent the virus from overwhelming our healthcare system. Chief Pegg is working closely with Police Chief James Ramer and City’s COVID-19 Strategic Command Team to streamline response processes for complaints and provide an increasingly focused and robust enforcement response.

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