February is Black History Month in Toronto, which provides an opportunity for the City to recognize the past and present contributions that African Canadians make to the life of Toronto in areas such as education, medicine, art, culture, public service, politics and human rights.
More information about what's happening online in Toronto for Black History Month, including the Toronto Archives Black History in Toronto Exhibit and the Awakenings program at Toronto History Museums can be found at toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Toronto Public Library celebrates Black History with year-round events and programs. Find out more about upcoming events, reading lists, videos, podcast episodes and more at tpl.ca/blackhistory.
Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity Town Hall
The Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity was created in December 2020 as part of the City's TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan, as a response to data that continued to show that the highest rates of COVID-19 cases and vaccine hesitancy were among Black people of African and Caribbean origins.
The task force, in conjunction with several community organizations – including the Black Health Alliance (BHA), the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum and Harriet Tubman Institute, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and TAIBU – will co-host a series of free virtual town hall meetings for Toronto’s Black communities during Black History Month and into March.
The first online event will be held on February 13, 2021 from 2-5 PM, and the topic is 'The Historical and Contemporary Issues of Trustworthiness vis a vis Vaccines and Medical Science that give Black People Cause for Concern.'
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Allocation of Section 37 Funds from 2306 St. Clair Ave W Development
A new development at 2306 St. Clair Ave W (Stockyards District Condos) has resulted in $800,000 of new Section 37 funds towards improving the surrounding area! A page on the City's website has been dedicated to this endeavour, and it lists the following planned community engagement activities:
Until Feb 15:
You can help decide how funds are used by sharing your thoughts on this interactive Social Pinpoint map.
Using the community feedback from the Social Pinpoint activity, we will present a list of options at a Virtual Public Meeting from 6:30-8 PM.
The community is invited to provide feedback and ask questions.
Feb 24-March 5:
Using the community feedback from the Virtual Public Meeting, we will conduct an online survey and idea ranking exercise to allow the community to rank their preferred options.
For more information, or if you require accessibility accommodations, please contact:
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City Council Unanimously Approves Community Safety & Crisis Response Pilots
Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved four community safety and crisis support service pilots that will test a new, non-police led approach to non-emergency, non-violent calls. The pilots respond to 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 (see here).
Three of the pilots will be implemented in areas where apprehensions under the Mental Health Act and calls for people in crisis are the highest in Toronto, and a fourth pilot will serve Indigenous communities, recognizing the history of Indigenous peoples and their negative experiences with policing.
The motion also asked that the Province commit to funding for supportive housing and service providers for mental health, including funding to address the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report and motions are available here. Back to Top
TD Park People Grant Application Open
Applications are now open for the TD Park People Grants program, which will provide $2,000 grants to support park events across Canada (in-person and virtual) that promote environmental education, sustainability and stewardship in our parks and green spaces. Applications are open until March 1, 2021. Grant recipients are announced in April and activities take place between April 17 and December 31 2021.
To be eligible, you must commit to hosting 3 events in 2021. All events must follow local public health COVID-19 guidelines at the time of the event and may be held virtually. Your events must support the ongoing care and protection of green spaces. For more info and to apply, please click here. Back to Top
Local COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 pop-up testing is available at:
Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street:
Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23 & March 2, 9,16, 23 from 3 - 7 PM
Saturdays, February 13 and 27 & March 13 and 27 from 11 AM - 3 PM
AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane Street:
Wednesdays February 3, 10, 17, 24 & March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 3-7 PM
Saturdays, February 6, 20 and March 6 and 20 from 11 AM-3 PM
York Recreation Centre,115 Black Creek Dr:
Fridays, January 29 & February 5, 12, 19, 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, February 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10 AM - 3 PM
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!
The permanent local COVID-19 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.
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 Torontohere.
Today, City Council approved the extension of Toronto's temporary mask bylaws until the end of City Council’s June 8 and 9, 2021 meeting. The Mandatory Mask By-law 541-2020, as amended by By-law 664-2020, were both extended, as these bylaws were set to expire at the end of the February 2 and 3, 2021 City Council meetings. These bylaws are a temporary and necessary response to the ongoing pandemic. In addition to the recommended extension until June 2021, it is further recommended that Toronto's Medical Officer of Health continue to conduct a monthly assessment regarding the need to continue these bylaws. The temporary bylaws requiring masks and face coverings in indoor public spaces utilize Council’s authority to legislate for the protection of the health, safety and well-being of persons in Toronto as the city continues to face a concerning increase in COVID-19 cases. Back to Top
City Unveils Black Community COVID-19 Response Plan
Today, the City unveiled Toronto’s Black Community COVID-19 Response Plan to provide enhanced support for Black Torontonians. The plan was developed as part of the TO Supports: Targeted Equity Action Plan and in response to data released in late 2020 that revealed the highest rates of COVID-19 cases in Toronto (26 per cent) and vaccine hesitancy experienced by Canadians (about 30 per cent) were among Black people of African and Caribbean descent.
To help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and effectively address the issues around vaccine trust and confidence within Black communities, the City has partnered with community agencies to provide COVID-19 health and safety awareness in Black communities and work with experts to prepare for and support immunization.
The work with experts includes the development of the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity, with the overarching goal of reducing the immediate risk of disease transmission and hospitalization.
The task force, in conjunction with several community organizations–including the Black Health Alliance (BHA), the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum and Harriet Tubman Institute, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands and TAIBU–will co-host a series of free virtual town hall meetings for Toronto’s Black communities during Black History Month and into March, starting February 13.
Details about the task force’s work, the virtual sessions and how to participate can be found on the City’s COVID-19: City Immunization Task Force page.
More information about the Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity can be found in a backgrounder on the City’s website. 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)
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