Please click here for a list of pop-up COVID-19 testing dates and times in our area.
The holidays are just around the corner and there is no doubt that they will look different this year. I urge everyone to please refrain from attending or hosting gatherings of any kind. This cannot be repeated enough.
Today marks a grim milestone: Toronto has reached 50,000 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. It took nine months to reach the first 25,000 cases, and the second 25,000 have all occurred in two months. We have also hit a new record number of cases in Toronto today at 850 cases.
Today we heard from Mayor Tory that Toronto may see stricter lockdown measures over the holidays and we expect to find out more about this later in the week. I know that all of this is challenging, particularly through the holidays, but we must remain steadfast in following the advice from Public Health.
This week, the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine were delivered in Toronto and administered to healthcare workers in high-risk settings. While this is certainly encouraging news in the fight against COVID-19, it will be another while before things go back to 'normal.'
In the meanwhile, we must do moreto help stop the spread. Please stay at home as much as possible. It is acceptable for individuals who live alone to link up with one other household - and maintain interactions with only that one household.
I will say it one more time: please do not gather with those outside of your household.
Please click here for a list of pop-up COVID-19 testing dates and times in our area.
'Tis the season to give, and the Rustic-Maple Leaf Homeowners Group is organizing a Holiday Food Drive! All donations will be given directly to Amesbury Fire Department #133 for distribution. Urgently needed food items include canned veggies and canned fish, as well as rice, grains and pasta. Donations will be accepted at Rustic Bakery (318 Rustic Rd) until December 20. Flyer available here. Back to Top
Drop-In Meal Programs
The Toronto Drop-In Network is a community of 57 drop-in centres throughout Toronto. Their winter holiday meal list of drop-ins and other meal programs operating between Dec 21, 2020 to Jan 21, 2021 is now available on their website. This document will continue to be updated as new information becomes available. Please visit the website regularly to view the most up to date list.
In York South-Weston, we have Syme Woolner Neighbourhood & Family Centre on their list, which is available for take-away meals. Back to Top
Toronto Transportation Services Newsletter
Since the beginning of the pandemic in March, Transportation Services has implemented a suite of new programs to
support residents and businesses, while also continuing to deliver core services and programs to support mobility
and road safety. This winter, Transportation Services will continue to support Toronto residents and businesses with a wide variety of programs. Click here for all the details. Back to Top
Short-Term Rentals Operators Must Register by Dec 31 to Continue Hosting
Short-term rental operators renting homes or rooms for periods of less than 28 consecutive days must be registered with the City by December 31, 2020, to continue short-term renting in Toronto.
Beginning January 1, 2021, registered operators must start collecting the Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT). After January 1, 2021, the City will take enforcement action against operators who are not registered or are not following the rules. Enforcement action will also be taken against short-term rental companies that allow unregistered operators to list on their platform or contravene the bylaw.
Toronto is currently in the Grey – Lockdown category of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 response framework in an effort to reduce and eliminate the transmission of COVID-19, which began on November 23, 2020. During this time, as per provincial regulations, short-term rental reservations made before November 22, 2020 will be honoured regardless of when the rental occurs. No new reservations can be made after November 22, 2020 except for individuals in need of housing.
Despite the current restrictions, the City requires operators to be registered by the December 31, 2020 deadline to continue to short-term rent in Toronto when allowed by the provincial regulations. Registration is a mandatory step to legally rent out homes for short-term stays in the city. Operators are only allowed to short-term rent their principal residence – the residence where they live – and the address used for bills, identification, taxes and insurance.
Information and government-issued identification submitted with the application is validated by the City through a five-day processing period. Operators are strongly encouraged to register and pay the $50 fee as soon as possible to avoid last minute delays here. Back to Top
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Right This Holiday Season
The City manages approximately 900,000 tonnes (two billion pounds) of waste each year which requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space. Small changes can have a big impact. During the holiday season remember the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle right, and waste less with the following tips.
• Consider low-waste gifts such as buying gift cards from local shops and restaurants or a charitable donation in a loved one’s name.
• Say “no” to single-use items such as cutlery, plates and cups when ordering delivery and takeout.
• Plan meals ahead and store food correctly to reduce the amount of food waste.
• Save gift bags, gift wrap, ribbons and bows to reuse year after year.
• Get crafty when wrapping by using reusable fabrics, newspapers, old cards and calendars.
As more people turn to online shopping this season, it’s important to know how to properly sort items used for shipping. Reuse online packaging if possible and check how to dispose of items before placing them in the Blue Bin.
• Recycle flattened cardboard, paper gift wrap and rinse plastic plates and plastic cups before placing them in the Blue Bin.
• All mailer bags including those labelled as compostable go in the garbage.
• Bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, plastic strapping from boxes and packing peanuts go in the garbage.
• Dispose of foil/metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and fruit crates in the garbage.
Never put recycling in black bags or throw black plastics in the Blue Bin (recycling).
As a precaution in response to COVID-19, soiled paper napkins and tissues should be placed in the Garbage Bin and all garbage should be bagged.
For more tips and ideas on how to reduce waste this holiday season, watch for your 2021 waste management calendar in the mail or visit the City’s website.
More information about how to properly dispose of holiday items is available at Waste Wizard. Back to Top
Local Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 testing is available at:
Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street on:
Tuesdays: December 22, 29 & January 5, 12, 19, 26 from 3 - 7 PM
Saturdays:January 2, 16, 30 from 11 AM - 3 PM
AccessPoint on Jane, 761 Jane St on:
Wednesdays, December 16, 23 & 30 from 3-7 PM
Saturday, December 19 from 11 AM-3 PM.
Black Creek Community Health Centre, 2202 Jane St, Unit 5 (Just north of HWY 401) on:
Saturday, December 19 from 10 AM - 2 PM
TTC Community Bus Clinic, 30 Falstaff Avenue on:
Monday, December 21 from 9 AM - 12 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! Back to Top
Cannabis Retail Application: 2427 Eglinton Ave W
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a cannabis retail license at 2427 Eglinton Ave W by Smoke Lab 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: 1100333
Deadline for Comments: Dec 18, 2020 Back to Top
Liquor License Application: Black Cat Espresso Bar
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a liquor sales license at 46 Rosemount Ave by Black Cat Espresso Bar. 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: Liquor File Number: 1003204
Deadline for Comments: Dec 30, 2020 Back to Top
Liquor License Application: Pizza Pizza
An application has been submitted to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) for a liquor sales license at 1937 Weston Rd (corner of Weston Rd/John St) by Pizza Pizza Restaurant #29. 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: Liquor File Number: 1111830
Deadline for Comments: Jan 3, 2021 Back to Top
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