It has been brought to my attention that in addition to increased amounts of personal protective equipment littered on the ground, several parks and streets throughout York South-Weston are seeing an increase in fecal matter from dogs. Please, stoop and scoop your dog's poop!
Residents can contact 311 to submit a service request for investigation if you can identify the address of the dog owner who isn't picking up after their pet. More info on the City's rules and reporting on this can be found here.
Let's please work together to keep our parks and neighbourhoods clean, safe, and litter-free!
Metrolinx is making temporary service changes, starting Saturday, January 23, that particularly impact weekend and evening GO Transit customers as well as UP Express riders.
These changes come as COVID-19 cases are rising in Ontario and overall ridership is down by more than 90 per cent.
UP Express trains will temporarily operate hourly at times of day with typically low ridership; otherwise, trains will continue to operate every 30 minutes. The operating day will also be shortened.
From Monday to Friday, UP trains will operate hourly in the midday and in the late evening with the last trains departing from Union at 10 p.m. and from Pearson at 10:27 p.m.
On weekends, UP trains will operate hourly in the mornings and evenings with the first train now departing at 6 a.m. and the last trains departing from Union at 10 p.m. and from Pearson at 10:27 p.m.
Starting Jan. 23, Barrie, Stouffville and Kitchener line GO trains will be temporarily replaced by GO buses during weekday evenings and weekends.
Specifically on the Stouffville GO corridor, the weekend train service replacements will start on the evening of the Jan. 22 to allow for construction work along the corridor. The adjusted weekday Stouffville schedules will have buses temporarily replacing trains first thing every weekday morning and in the evenings. Back to Top
City Report on Policing - Pilot Crisis Response Program
A City of Toronto report to be considered by Executive Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, January 27 recommends the approval of four community safety and crisis support service pilots. These pilot programs would allow for non-police led response for non-emergency, non-violent calls including those involving persons in crisis and for wellness checks.
The pilots respond to City Council’s direction to staff in June 2020 for changes to policing in Toronto and for the City Manager to develop a non-police led, alternative community safety response model for calls involving Toronto residents in crisis. City Council's direction on changes to policing in Toronto can be found here.
The report on the pilot program going forward to Executive Committee on Jan 27 is available here
Information on submitting a comment or speaking about the pilot program at Executive Committee on January 27 is available here Back to Top
Seniors Tech Help
The Toronto Public Library provides free help to seniors on how to use your technology. Seniors Tech Help is available this winter from January 4 to March 12, 2021.
Seniors Tech Help one-on-one service can help you with:
Connecting with family and friends online
Borrowing e-books, audiobooks, newspapers and magazines
Call or email to talk to staff right away or to set up an appointment time which works for you. Contact 416-393-6225 or firstname.lastname@example.org on Mon-Fri from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Back to Top
Shakespeare in Action Winter Programs
Shakespeare in Action is currently running two fun drama education programs for kids and youth: Improv for Teens runs on Tuesdays at 4 PM for youth ages 13-18. More info available here. Kids Zoom Puppetry Play runs on Wednesdays for kids ages 8-12. More info available here.
The programs have drop-in, full term and scholarship options available to accommodate varying community needs. Back to Top
Statistics Canada Hiring Locally
Canada’s next census will be held in May 2021 and Statistics Canada is hiring approximately 32,000 people across every community in the country. These jobs involve communicating with residents to ensure the completion of census questionnaires. These short-term positions start and end between March and July 2021, depending on your location. For more information about working for the 2021 Census or to apply, visit www.census.gc.ca/jobs. Back to Top
Cannabis Retail Application: 1792 Weston Rd
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a cannabis retail license at 1792 Weston Rd by Nature's Canopy House. 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: 1061888
Deadline for Comments: Jan. 26, 2021 Back to Top
Local Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing is available at:
Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street:
Tuesday, January 26 from 3 - 7 PM
Saturday, January 30 from 11 AM - 3 PM
York Recreation Centre, 115 Black Creek Dr:
Fridays, January 22 and 29 from 3 - 7 PM
Fridays, February 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 3 - 7 PM
Black Creek Community Health Centre, 2202 Jane St, Unit 5 (just north of HWY 401, between Food Basics and Walmart):
Saturdays, January 23 and 30 from 10 AM - 3 PM
*** Black Creek Community Health Centre also offers a COVID support line with info on COVID testing sites, community resources, access to hot meals and more. Leave a message and they will get back to you between 10AM-8PM at 416-830-3229 or email@example.com.
Bring your OHIP card or piece of ID or something with your name on it (passport, bill). If you have symptoms, or think you may have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, come get tested! Back to Top
Report Non-Compliance with COVID-19 Guidelines
The City's website features information on how to report and share concerns about individuals or businesses that are not following COVID-19 rules and guidelines. This includes:
-Reporting businesses not complying with mask bylaws or public health measures (call Toronto Public Health Hotline: 416-338-7600)
-Complaints about indoor gatherings (call 311)
-Non-compliance with physical distancing on a construction site (call Ministry of Labour at 1-877-202-0008)
- Businesses suspected of price gouging (fill out an online form)
Click here to jump to the City's website for all of the available information. Back to Top
City Completing Resident Vaccination at all 87 Long-Term Care Homes in Toronto
Last Friday, the City confirmed that COVID-19 immunization clinics have been held at all 87 long-term care homes in Toronto. More than 10,322 residents and 2,893 staff and essential caregivers have now been vaccinated with the Moderna vaccine on-site in Toronto long-term care homes. In addition, staff and essential caregivers have attended hospital clinics to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
The City directly operates 10 of the 87 long-term care homes in Toronto. Residents in City-run homes began to be vaccinated on December 31, 2020; the first staff doses were administered by University Health Network on December 14. More than 90 per cent of City-operated long-term care home residents have now been vaccinated. Immunization clinics continue in City-operated homes to enable more residents, staff members and essential caregivers to receive the vaccine. Back to Top
Bigger, Better CafeTO program in 2021
A report that recommends an expanded CafeTO program starting this spring will be considered at the meeting of Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 27. It includes details about CaféTO – a quick-start pandemic response program launched last summer – and outlines key findings and outcomes along with recommendations on how to ensure the program is bigger and better this year.
During the summer of 2020 when outdoor dining was permitted, CaféTO helped hundreds of restaurant and bar operators by making it easier to open patios in curb lanes and along sidewalks, expand them and access additional space for physical distancing. The space helped operators generate revenue and enliven nearby public spaces.
The report indicates that the City would again work closely with BIAs and local restaurant and bar operators and make the following enhancements including:
Updating the registration process so that it is even more clear and straightforward. Registrations would start as early as February.
Developing comprehensive and safe traffic management plans – to help make sure the curb lane cafés are as a safe as possible for people dining, employees and people using the road.
Supporting quick CaféTO installations – so that we can begin helping approved businesses as soon as possible once winter is over.
Allowing owner/operators to build decks and platforms for curb lane café areas, where applicable.
Ensuring there is accessible furniture for public parklet areas.
As described in the report, within a revised registration process and contingent on prevailing public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for 2021 could be in installed as early as May – almost two months earlier than last year.
The full CaféTO and CurbTO – Pandemic Response Programs report is available here. Back to Top
Small Business Programs
The COVID-19 pandemic and provincial lockdown orders have been excruciating for small businesses. I truly feel for anyone struggling to keep their businesses afloat these days. The province has created a portal for Small Business Supports, which is available here.
The Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas has summarized the supports as follows:
Ontario’s Main Street Recovery Grant - This grant provides a one-time reimbursement of up to $1,000 for PPE costs for eligible small businesses with two to nine employees, in the retail, food and accommodation sectors, and other service sectors like repair and maintenance, personal and laundry services, to help them cover PPE costs.
Ontario’s Energy & Property Tax Rebates – Businesses that were required to shut down or significantly restrict services due to provincial public health measures (in areas with modified Stage 2 restrictions or categorized as control/red or lockdown/grey) can apply for rebates, provided in the form of grants, to cover municipal/education property taxes and energy costs (electricity/natural gas/propane/home heating oil).
Ontario’s COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program - a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments. Small business and registered charity customers may be eligible for up to $850 in support towards their electricity bill if they primarily use electricity for heating, or up to $425 otherwise. Small business and registered charity customers could also be eligible for up to $425 in support towards their natural gas bill.
Ontario’s Digital Main Street Grant – provides Digital Transformation training and guidance and provides the opportunity for main street businesses to apply for a grant of up to $2,500 to help their business launch and expand online, supporting small business e-commerce growth.
Ontario’s Starter Company Plus Program – provides funding up to $5,000, one-on-one advice from a Small Business Advisor and 6 biweekly coaching sessions for businesses in their first 5 years in business. The program is accessed through the province’s 47 Small Business COVID-19 Recovery Network locations.
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