It's official - students are going back to in-person learning at school on Tuesday, February 16. I know that virtual school from home has had its challenges for parents and I suspect that more than a few are happy to have kids return to the classroom.
I understand that there are some concerns about heading back to class during the pandemic, but it is important to note that Toronto Public Health is working very closely with the school boards to ensure a safe return and ongoing classes this year.
Toronto Public Health has issued a letter to parents with some guidelines for how to prepare for return to in-person learning, what to expect when at school, and some of the work that they are doing to keep staff, students, and parents safe. Please click here to view the letter.
Wishing you all a wonderful long weekend. Happy Valentine's Day and Happy Family Day!
Spring and the gardening and growing season is around the corner! Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.
Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)
The event takes place from 10 AM - 2 PM. No sign up required! Visit ongoing and day of www.seedysaturday.ca/toronto to connect to info, webinars and live chats. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the flyer here. Back to Top
TO360 Looking For Local Input for Pedestrian Maps
TO360 is the pedestrian wayfinding system that is a central to the City’s ambition to make Toronto a more walkable, welcoming, and understandable place for residents and visitors. TO360 provides consistent wayfinding information through a unified signage and mapping system delivered by the City and project partners.
The City’s Transportation Services has prepared some draft wayfinding maps for Weston, St. Clair West and Etobicoke Centre and is looking for feedback from residents in York South-Weston who are passionate about their neighbourhood and who want to make walking in their community better. The deadline for feedback is February 26, 2021.
Go to www.to360survey.com to learn more about TO360 and the ways to get involved! Back to Top
Woolner Park Improvement Project:
Geotechnical investigation work has been completed on the site and the construction contract has been awarded. It is anticipated to have construction start early in the building season this year (exact dates will depend on timing of the spring thaw). I will let residents know when a start date has been confirmed.
Gaffney Trail Erosion, Drainage and Pathway Project:
TRCA has advised they expect to receive the preliminary design package and stormwater and drainage assessment from their consultant by the third week of February. Once they have received it, they will forward to the City for review and circulation to Parks staff. Once the designs have been reviewed and approved, TRCA will finalize the designs to prepare for construction tender later in the year. 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 also 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
Community Place Hub: Newsletter & Food Hampers
The Community Place Hub (1765 Weston Rd) have put out their February newsletter. Click here to read it and find out about the many programs they are offering, including virtual classes and their free lunch program.
In celebration of Family Day, they are giving away food hampers for anyone in need of dry foods. Hampers can be picked up this week from 11 AM-4 PM at the Community Place Hub. Back to Top
Community Arts Programs at UrbanArts
UrbanArts has a variety of free community arts programming and services available for the community.
On Wednesdays, they feature Beats.Mind.Movement - a virtual free program to learn about music development. Tonight's edition starts at 6 PM on Zoom and registration for this program, as well as many other can be found here. Check out their website for more info. Back to Top
City Issues 2021 Interim Property Tax Bills
The City has issued 2021 interim property tax bills – the first of two tax bills mailed annually. Payment due dates for the interim tax bills under the regular three-instalment plan are March 1, April 1 and May 3. For property owners enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment (PTP) program, the 2021 interim tax due dates are:
Two-instalment plan: March 1
Six-instalment plan: March 1, April 1, May 3
Eleven-instalment plan: February 16, March 15, April 15, May 17, June 15
The 2021 City Budget, including property tax increases, will be finalized and approved by City Council at its meeting on February 18. The remainder of the 2021 property tax will then be billed in May and will include the final payment dates.
Property owners can access their property tax account details by using the online Property Tax Lookup tool. or by speaking to a customer service representative at 311, available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on February 25, 26 and March 1. Customers outside of city limits can call 416-392-CITY (2489) and TTY users can call 416-338-0889.
A number of property tax, water and solid waste relief programs are available to lower-income property owners. To find out more, visit the City’s website. 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.
First COVID-19 Cases Linked to Brazilian and South African Variants of Concern Identified in Toronto
Toronto Public Health (TPH) is reporting that a Toronto resident has tested positive for the P.1 COVID-19 mutation, known as the Brazilian variant of concern. The individual, who is hospitalized, recently travelled from Brazil. This is the first case of P.1 COVID-19 variant of concern reported in Toronto.
TPH is also reporting the first confirmed case of the B.1.351 mutation in a Toronto resident, known as the South African variant of concern. This case has no recent travel history and has had no known contact with anyone who is a returned traveler.
Scientists and medical professionals are concerned that these variants are more transmissible than the original coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that research is ongoing to determine more about these variants to better understand how easily they might be transmitted and the effectiveness of currently authorized vaccines against them. 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
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