I know that most of us are struggling with 'quarantine fatigue' on some level, but I must remind everyone that we can't let our guard down in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
We are well into the second wave of the pandemic with daily infection rates reported across the city in numbers much higher than they were in the spring and summer. As of this past weekend, Toronto is officially in the 'Red' category of the provincial COVID-19 response framework, and the City's Medical Officer of Health issued a Section 22 Order last Saturday to strengthen COVID-19 protection.
The new guidelines impose restrictions that have immediate impacts on businesses as well as our social lives. It isn't easy to adjust to frequently changing rules and recommendations. It also isn't easy living with the uncertainty of whether rent payments can be made, whether one's business will stay afloat or whether our loved ones are staying healthy.
However, we must continue to do our best to follow the guidelines that are in place. COVID-19 is unfortunately still with us, and the trend is going in the wrong direction. If we are all vigilant in following public health advice and we all remember to 'Practice Safe 6ix' then we can all get through this together and sooner.
Keele-St. Clair Local Study: Community Consultation #2
The City has initiated a Keele-St. Clair Local Area Study as prioritized by Councillor Ana Bailao and myself. The intent of the Study is to develop a new vision, planning framework, and policies to plan for a complete community around the future GO/Smart Track Station in the area. The City is hosting a second virtual community consultation on the study on November 18 from 6-8 PM. More information, details on how to join the meeting, and an online survey are available on the Study website. I encourage you to complete the survey in advance of the consultation meeting. The meeting notice is also available here. Back to Top
Tuesday, November 24
TTC: Women as Transit Operators Info Session
'TTC Connects: Women as Transit Operators' is an opportunity to hear from diverse women on track to rewarding careers in public transit. The session runs from 1-3 PM and will include discussions about working with your community, family and work-life balance, career growth opportunities, and competitive compensation and benefits. If you are interested, please register here to secure your spot as well as receive updates about the event including login details. Back to Top
Cannabis Retail Store Application: 1762 Weston Rd
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a Cannabis Retail Store Authorization at 1762 Weston Rd by High Tea - Weston Rd. This location is south of Lawrence Ave W and just north of Wilby Cres.
The application is open to public comment until December 1 on the AGCO website.
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a Liquor Sales License at 1215 Weston Rd in Mount Dennis by CULINARIUM, a culinary studio and event space. This new venue replaces the former 20 DONER BAR GRILL under new ownership.
The application is open to public comment until December 10 on the AGCO website.
Take a ride on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT through York South-Weston! In October, Metrolinx hit a milestone in the project's construction by completing the trackwork all throughout York South-Weston, from the Mount Dennis Station to Caledonia Station! Click here to watch a video of the journey!
Find out more info, including construction progress on the Crosstown and plans for the Eglinton Crosstown West Extension, by reading the full Metrolinx newsletter. Back to Top
City Grants for the Creation of Pollinator Gardens
Grants of up to $5,000 are available to support community-led projects to create or expand pollinator habitat in Toronto. Projects eligible for funding through the City’s PollinateTO Community Grants include those that:
• create pollinator gardens and rain gardens on public and private lands, including residential streets, neighbourhoods and school yards.
• enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants.
Native pollinators are under threat from climate change, habitat loss, and other stressors. You can help by creating a pollinator garden! Learn more and apply by January 8, 2021 at https://www.toronto.ca/pollinateTO. Back to Top
Toronto Miracle Food Drive
On December 5ᵗʰ at 10 AM, residents of Toronto are invited to leave a non-perishable food item on their doorstep (clearly marked for Toronto Miracle). Volunteers will collect these donations and redistribute to those in need in the community. Toronto Miracle is a grassroots event started by community members and works with Second Harvest and Daily Bread Food Bank and North York Harvest to assist in the collection and distribution of food items collected from doorsteps. The goal is to raise 250,000 food items across the entire city in one day! Check out torontomiracle.org to find out more about how to donate or to volunteer! Back to Top
5th Annual Mount Dennis Coat Drive
The TTC Mount Dennis Yard, together with Toronto Police Service 12 Division and the Learning Enrichment Foundation, are running the annual Mount Dennis Coat Drive once again! Clean, gently used coats can be brought to Weston King Neighbourhood Centre (2017 Weston Road) on Tuesdays-Saturdays from 8 AM-3 PM. The Entrance is on Weston Rd adjacent to the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot. Monetary donations are also welcome; e-transfers can be sent to email@example.com or cheques can be made out to TTC Mount Dennis Recreation and mailed to 121 Industry St, York M6M 5B6. Monetary donations can also be dropped off in the Coat Drive donation box at supercoffee (1148 Weston Rd).
For more info, please email Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org. Flyer available here. Back to Top
Free Bereavement Service
Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto is a local charitable organization that provides free support to those who are grieving in every Toronto community. They offer free support groups led by trained volunteers who have also experienced a devastating loss. If you or someone you know is grieving the loss of a loved one, they are here to help. Alternatively, if you have experienced a loss and would like to volunteer to support others, please contact them to find out more at email@example.com or 416-440-0290 ext 106. Check out their website. Back to Top
Practice Safe 6ix
This week, the City launched a new city-wide public education campaign to urge residents to continue to be vigilant to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The “Practice Safe 6ix” campaign is targeted at Torontonians between the ages of 18 and 40 who are experiencing COVID-19 fatigue and who may have lost the sense of pandemic urgency. To slow the resurgence of COVID-19, the City is encouraging Torontonians, including this demographic, to act differently.
The ads feature diverse young people wearing T-shirts as “walking billboards” to express their feelings and opinions about COVID-19. The sentiments are humorous, cynical, sarcastic, clever and heartfelt. The City assures people that they are being heard and that we will all get through this together by doubling down on safe actions.
Using digitally-created T-shirts as a communication vehicle allows the City to impart important information without finger-wagging or lecturing. The campaign includes a reminder to wear a mask, watch your distance, wash your hands and “Practice Safe 6ix.”
The campaign runs until the end of December and is featured on social media platforms, transit shelters, Spotify and traditional radio. Selected spots will also be translated into numerous languages.
Medical Officer of Health Issues Section 22 Order to Strengthen COVID-19 Protections
Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, has issued an order under Section 22 of the Province of Ontario’s Health Protection and Promotion Act. The order came into force on Saturday, November 14, 2020 as the Province placed Toronto into the Red - Control category of the provincial COVID-19 response framework.
The order extends prohibitions on indoor dining and indoor group fitness classes, and requires casinos, bingo halls, gambling establishments, meeting and event spaces (including banquet halls and conference centres), as well as hookah cafes and lounges to remain closed for a 28-day period.
Under the provincial Health Protection and Promotion Act, a Medical Officer of Health can, by written order, require a person to take or refrain from taking a specified action in respect of a communicable disease, such as COVID-19. The new order complements measures for individuals and businesses subject to the Province’s response framework. Individuals are also strongly encouraged to follow the Medical Officer of Health’s recommendations.
Medical Officer of Health instructions to businesses and recommendations to the public
Limit all social gatherings and close contact to household members only, with a maximum of two essential supports (i.e. personal support worker)
Limit in-person activities outside the home to essential activities only – going to work or school, health care, shopping for your household and health needs and getting exercise and physical activity
All persons to wear masks while using weights and exercise machines in gyms
Businesses and workplaces to implement work from home wherever possible
Businesses and workplaces to review heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to ensure they are in good working order
Businesses and workplaces to appoint a compliance officer to ensure implementation of occupational health and safety and infection prevention and control measures
Malls and other stores to prohibit the consumption of food and drink by patrons while walking through the premise.
New Medical Officer of Health order
Indoor consumption of food and drink by patrons remains prohibited at restaurants, bars and food or drink establishments
Meeting and event spaces, including banquet halls, are closed, as are casinos, bingo halls, other gaming establishments and hookah cafes and lounges
Indoor group fitness and exercise classes remain prohibited.
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