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Ward 5 eNews & COVID-19 Update
- March 24, 2021 -

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Dear Friends and Neighbours, 

West Park Healthcare Centre (82 Buttonwood Ave) will begin opening COVID-19 vaccination clinics on their campus and off-site in the community over the coming weeks. To get started, they are holding a small clinic this Saturday from 12-4 PM to administer the Moderna vaccine. Stay tuned for more updates from West Park on other vaccination initiatives. To find out if you are eligible and how to register for a shot this Saturday, please see below

Today, the City announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics. The City has already been working with multiple partners to plan and deliver this program, including Toronto Ride, iRide, Scarborough Ride, Ontario Health Partners, Uber Canada and the TTC. To find out more about this program, please see below

If you are 55 years and older and having challenges registering for a COVID-19 vaccine, the York West Active Living Centre is providing services in person and over the phone in English, Spanish and Italian to help guide you through the registration process. Find out more below. 

City Staff and the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) are working together to implement changes to the TPSB as directed by City Council decision CC22.2 from June 2020. A Police Reform Implementation Dashboard is now available to track how many of the 36 directives from City Council have been implemented. More about this below

The City is also looking for input from residents to inform the selection of the new Chief of Police. Find out how you can have your say below


Sincerely,

Frances

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Upcoming Virtual Meetings/Events


 

 

Wednesday, March 24

West Toronto Vaccine Town Hall

The West Toronto Ontario Health Team (OHT), in collaboration with Toronto Public Health, will be presenting a one hour Zoom Town Hall meeting at 6:30-7:30 PM to discuss the safety and efficacy of the Covid-19 vaccines. The speakers are recognized members of the medical community; Dr. Mark Downing, Associate Medical Director, Infection Control at St. Joseph’s Health Centre and Dr. Herveen Sachdeva, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health.
The goal of this Town Hall is to ensure residents of West Toronto have accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccines so they can make an informed decision when it is their turn to receive the vaccine.
Click the flyer below to register:

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Saturday, March 27

COVID Vaccine Clinic at West Park Healthcare Centre

 

This is exciting news! West Park Healthcare Centre (82 Buttonwood Ave) will begin opening COVID-19 vaccination clinics on their campus and off-site in the community over the coming weeks. To get started, they are holding a small clinic this Saturday from 12-4 PM.
They will be administering the Moderna vaccine to eligible individuals.
Schedule your appointment by calling 416-243-3630 and leaving a message. You will receive a call back within 24 hours.
Check out the flyer below for more details:

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Saturday, March 27 & Monday, March 29

Tenant Rights Forums


Toronto ACORN is hosting a virtual tenant rights information session that will cover details around renovictions, rent increases, evictions, maintenance and repair issues, and more. There will be time for questions and discussion afterward as well as an information flyer to send to those who attended with more resources and links to the topics covered. The sessions are:

Saturday, March 27 at 2 PM
Tenant Information Session
Register at: bit.ly/TenantsRightsInfoSessions  
Facebook info page: https://www.facebook.com/events/843308743194706

Monday March 29 at 6 PM
Resist Renovictions
Register at: bit.ly/ResistRenovictionsWorkshop 
Facebook info page: https://www.facebook.com/events/263297812115963

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Weston Farmers Market Seeks New Vendors

 

It's that time of the year again! Hosted by the Weston Village Business Improvement Area, the Weston Farmers' Market is just around the corner. Coming to the Artscape Weston Common starting June 5 are fresh Ontario fruits & veggies, free-range eggs, organic products, homemade bread and pastries, beauty products, sauces and salsas, local artisan crafts and so much more!
There are opportunities for new vendors to set up shop at the market. For sponsorship and vendor inquiries, please call 416-249-0691 or email admin@westonvillagebia.com.


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New Seniors Residence Coming at 2 Buttonwood


Tucked away on a cul-de-sac near Jane and Weston, a new seniors residence is being built at 2 Buttonwoond Ave! This application has been in development for a few years, but I am pleased to see that they have started construction work on this new facility. Completion of the Weston Retirement Village is expected around March 2022. The rental building will be five storeys tall and will have 105 units. This is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood!
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George Bell Arena Board Needs You!


Are you passionate about recreation? Do you want to support the work of important facilities in your community? The City of Toronto has eight indoor ice arenas operated by boards of management. These boards oversee the programs and operations of the arenas and are a way for local residents to get involved in supporting facilities in their community. We are looking for local residents with an interest in community engagement and recreation to serve as public members on George Bell Arena Board.



Learn more and apply at: https://secure.toronto.ca/pa/decisionBody/81.do

Applications are due April 6, 2021.
 
If you have any questions about this opportunity or the application process, please contact the City of Toronto's Public Appointments Secretariat at 416-397-0088 or appoint@toronto.ca.
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Police Reform Implementation Dashboard

 

In June 2020, City Council Adopted Item CC22.2 - Changes to Policing in Toronto, which set forward numerous recommendations to reform policing practices in our City. City Staff and the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) are working together to implement these changes. 

Dashboard of Council Decisions
To date, 23 (64%) of 36 directives from City Council on changes to policing in Toronto adopted in June 2020 have been implemented, and work is underway on implementing additional directives. You can track the implementation of these reform on the Police Reform Implementation Dashboard.

Staff Reports
City staff will report to upcoming Executive Committee and City Council meetings with updates on responses to requests for resourcing requirements related to the establishment of independent police accountability mechanisms and a potential municipal handgun ban.
 
Status of Community Crisis Support Service
City staff are working on developing the community anchor partner procurement and selection process. In addition, staff are working with Toronto Police Services to determine crisis call triaging and intake processes to reduce the amount of front line officers who respond to mental health calls.
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Public Input on Police Chief Selection



The Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) is conducting a series of public consultations to inform the Chief of Police selection process. These consultations will provide opportunities for people across the city to share input on this topic, ensuring that a diverse range of voices are heard. Virtual sessions are planned for:
  • Etobicoke – Tuesday, March 30 – 6-8 pm
  • Downtown Toronto – Wednesday, March 31 – 6-8 pm
  • Scarborough – Wednesday, April 7 – 6-8 pm
  • North York – Tuesday, April 13 – 6-8 pm
Individuals interested in joining a consultation should register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-consultations-on-torontos-next-chief-of-police-tickets-142902048875. Participants will be asked to complete a brief survey and will then receive confirmation from Environics. 
 
Those unable to participate in these sessions can complete an online survey at https://tpsb.ca/consultations-and-publications/chief, which will be posted as of March 29 and available until May 13, or provide a written submission to TPSchief@environics.ca.
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Kiwanis Club Grants for Youth Programs

 

The Kiwanis Club of Toronto Foundation has an exciting upcoming opportunity for $10,000 grants available to Toronto-based charities to support opportunities for leadership and mentorship of children and youth in Toronto. The grants will be awarded to those programs and projects that support the overall development of children and youth with a primary goal of fostering healthy children and communities.



This grant application will be open from April 1 to May 15, 2021.
The grant application will be accessible through their website:
https://www.torontokiwanis.ca/(S(zchqlk45paraw4eqlmnpi2e1))/grants 
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Opening of Cooper Mills-Gooch Community Food Bank

 
Cooper Mills-Gooch Community Food Bank is proud to announce its opening of public services on March 25th, 2021. This initiative will provide the Jane/Dundas area with food support in the form of fresh produce, fruit and other food essentials. Located at 4020 Dundas St W (just south of our Ward boundary), clients will be able to access the food bank every Thursday, from 2-6 PM. For more information, please call 416-358-0031.



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Youth Employment Services - April Programs

 

The next virtual Youth Collaboration and Job Central groups start on Monday April 12, 2020. Individuals participate in 3 weeks of paid, online Employment Skills Training, followed by a 10 week paid work placement. With the new groups, persons on Employment Insurance are now eligible to participate. Program staff are available between March 29th – April 9th for potential intakes.

To qualify participants must be: 

  • Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) 
  • Out of school 
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with Convention Refugee status  
  • Able to commit to a 13 week full-time program 
  • With a laptop/tablet and internet access 

If you have any questions, please contact lisa_schoonderbeek@yes.on.ca or  kirsten_toney@yes.on.ca or call 416-656-8900 ext. 100/

Click the flyer below to register:

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COVID-19 Updates

 
 

Help for Residents 55+ to Book COVID Vaccine Appointment (Available in Italian and Spanish) 
 

Not sure how to book your vaccine appointment? Are you 55 years of age or older living in Toronto? York West Active Living Centre (1901 Weston Rd) can help you! If you need help to book your appointment give them a call! Dave and Rocio are standing by to help you.
You can make arrangements to come to the Centre to complete the booking or it can be done over the phone.
Dave 416.245.4395 x226
Rocio 416.245.4395 x222 (can provide service in Spanish
Allegra 416.245.4395 x233 (can provide service in Italian)

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City & Partners Announce Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan


Today, the City announced the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan to help ensure vulnerable residents and seniors can access COVID-19 vaccinations by removing barriers to transportation and making it easier to travel to clinics. This program is intended for those who have limited transportation options or who cannot afford transportation to vaccination appointments. Starting March 29, the City is piloting transportation options for seniors aged 75 years old and over by extending service hours for assisted ride services provided by community organizations. 
The City has already been working with multiple partners to plan and deliver this program, including Toronto Ride, iRide, Scarborough Ride, Ontario Health Partners, Uber Canada and the TTC, to help transport vulnerable residents to and from appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations. Under the Vaccine Equity Transportation Plan, planning and discussions with these partners will continue to expand services over the coming weeks when service capacity at vaccine clinics is increased to include people with disabilities, seniors under 75 years old and others who are frail or have underlying conditions which make them at greater risk from COVID-19 and/or unable to safely access other modes of public transportation.

To book a ride contact:

More info available here
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City Working with TTC to Provide COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Info to Wheel-Trans Customers


The City of Toronto is working with Wheel-Trans to ensure its customers – many whom are seniors – have all the information they need to register for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at a City-run mass immunization clinic.
To help the City reach as many people as possible, Wheel-Trans will be providing rides to City-run mass vaccination sites for existing Wheel-Trans customers and for those who qualify for Wheel-Trans service. Wheel-Trans will be contacting its 26,000 existing customers via email, as well as through other channels, including newsletters, phone messages, and messages on its website and booking sites for those interested in booking a vaccine appointment.
 
Existing Wheel-Trans customers can book rides to and from vaccine appointments by calling Wheel-Trans Reservations at 416-393-4222, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. or through the Wheel-Trans Self-Booking Website (https://mywheel-trans.ttc.ca/). 
 
Customers who qualify for Wheel-Trans service, and would like to arrange a trip to and from their vaccination, are invited to apply by calling Wheel-Trans Customer Service at 416-393-4111, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants may be eligible for Wheel-Trans service if their disability prevents them from using TTC's conventional transit for all or part of their trip. Wheel-Trans is committed to providing vaccine rides to the vulnerable residents of Toronto, including the elderly and those with disabilities.
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Local COVID-19 Testing 


Pop-up testing is available at:

York Recreation Centre, 115 Black Creek Drive:

Every Friday from 3-7 PM until April 30th.

Black Creek Community Health Centre, 2202 Jane St, Unit 5:
Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM-3 PM.

Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street:
Tuesdays, March 30 and April 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 3 - 7 PM
Saturdays, March 27 and April 10 & 24 from 11 AM - 3 PM

AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane Street:
Wednesdays March 24 and 31 from 3-7 PM


The permanent local testing location is:

Humber River Hospital, Church Street Site (200 Church St) 

Monday to Friday, 10 AM- 6 PM.
Saturday to Sunday, 9 AM-5 PM.

Telephone: 416-243-4333
Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 2 years old

For general inquiries, information about booking an appointment or accessing your test results call 416-243-4333 or visit the Humber River Hospital website.

The City's COVID-19 website has a list of all the testing locations, dates, and times across Toronto here

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City Update on COVID-19

 

Since the start of the pandemic there have been a total of 107,280 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 484 new cases today. There are 271 people hospitalized. To date, there have been 2,766 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. In total, 99,270 people have recovered. Case status data can be found on the Toronto Public Health’s reporting dashboard: www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-latest-city-of-toronto-news/covid-19-status-of-cases-in-toronto/.
 
Earlier this year, postgraduate students from Centennial College's Public Relations program approached the City about ways they could help reach Millennials and Gen Z residents impacted by COVID-19 as part of a learning assignment and encourage conversations about what young people have been going through since the start of the pandemic. The students conducted research, surveyed their peers and created a series of five podcasts to share personal stories and some expert advice on topics like living safely with family and roommates, financial instability, mental health concerns, online learning, and overall wellness and self-care. Each podcast features a conversation between an expert and a young person sharing their story.
 
City staff have been supporting the Centennial College project by providing professional advice and sharing the podcasts on the City’s social media accounts. People of all ages are encouraged to tune in, share and comment using #covidconversations on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Listen to the COVID Conversations podcasts: https://anchor.fm/centennial-podcast.
 
As Toronto continues the rollout of mass immunization, to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, protect the healthcare system and save lives, the City continues to urge all residents to stay home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Please review the City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide for recommended and mandatory public health measures under provincial regulations and City bylaws: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-reopening-recovery-rebuild/covid-19-guide-for-toronto-residents-grey/
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Notices


 

Cannabis Retail Authorization: REALCAN CANNABIS (831 Runnymede Rd)

 

An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a cannabis retail store authorization at 831 Runnymede Rd by Realcan Cannabis. The application is open to public comments, which can be submitted on the AGCO website
This application can be searched using the following information:
Category: Cannabis
File Number: 1154799
Deadline for comment: March 31, 2021


 

Liquor License Application: Pizza Pizza Restaurant No. 107 (500 Rogers Rd)

 

An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a cannabis retail store authorization at 500 Rogers Road by Pizza Pizza Restaurant No. 107The application is open to public comments, which can be submitted on the AGCO website
This application can be searched using the following information:
Category: Liquor
File Number: 1113350
Deadline for comment: April 4, 2021
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