Last Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the first reported COVID-19 case in Ontario. It is pretty staggering to think that we have been living with this pandemic for a year and that life still hasn't returned to normal.
With news of cases of the B117 variant (UK) of COVID-19 confirmed in Toronto, it is now more important than ever to follow Public Health guidelineson how to protect ourselves and others from the virus.
I'd like to thank everyone who has been doing their best to help slow the spread of COVID-19. I know it hasn't been easy. Despite recent reports of temporary reduced inventory of the Pfizer vaccine, there remains a light at the end of the tunnel that widespread immunization can likely happen before the end of the year. I certainly can't wait to get back to community events!
Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and marks 76 years since Allied troops arrived at the gates of Auschwitz. We must always remember the past in order to build a better future.
The Federation of Metro Tenants' Associations is holding a series of free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom. They are taught by staff from community legal clinics and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations. Learn the ins and outs of landlord/tenant law, find out how to get your landlord to make repairs, and more! Sessions are available on January 29 & 30 and February 5 & 6 from 5-6 PM. To find out more about the workshops, check out this flyer.
To register and receive your Zoom invite, go to https://forms.gle/KSPhnanN3cy5RYKW7 for online registration or contact Joeita Gupta at 416-413-9442. Back to Top
TRCA Begins Environmental Assessment for Rockcliffe Flood Mitigation Project
Finally! The next step toward building the Rockcliffe Riverine Flood Mitigation Project has begun. The Municipal Class Environmental Assessment kicked off last week to determine a preferred riverine flood mitigation strategy (click here to view the notice). This is very positive news in getting us closer to minimizing the risk of riverine flooding in Rockcliffe!
There will be public and stakeholder consultation activities over the course of the study. Your input will be incorporated during the planning and design process of this project. Notices will be provided in advance of future consultation events.
For further information about the project or to be added to an email contact list to receive notices related to the project, please contact:
Rockcliffe EA Project Team
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
101 Exchange Avenue, Vaughan, ON L4K 5R6
Phone: 416-661-6600 x6471
Website: https://trca.ca/rockcliffe Back to Top
Local Input Needed for the Mount Dennis Planning Study
Have you check out the Mount Dennis Planning Study Social Pinpoint page yet? It's a fun, interactive, and easy-to-use way for residents to share their thoughts and ideas for the Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study. Pin your favourite local spots on a map and tell us how you use them or how the City can improve them.
You can also fill out a survey and rate proposed ideas. Have your say and inform the local area planning study! To access the interactive map, the survey, and the section where you can vote on ideas, please click here.
To find out more about the Mount Dennis Planning Framework Study itself, please click here. Back to Top
Providing High Speed Internet in Affordable Housing
At today's meeting of the Executive Committee, members will consider Item EX20.8 - Affordable Internet Connectivity For All - ConnectTO. This Item seeks to look into the possibility to bring access to affordable high-speed internet for all Toronto residents and businesses, especially those who are vulnerable and underserved by digital infrastructure.
I very much support this Item, and I will be putting forward an additional Motion to request that the Deputy City Manager, working with appropriate staff, including Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC), examine ways to integrate affordable high speed internet into all new affordable housing development projects and all large-scale revitalization projects, such as affordable housing, affordable rental housing, social housing, and rent geared to household income units, etc. Back to Top
TTC Public Survey on 5-Year Fare Plan
The TTC and York Region Transit (YRT) are working together to develop a new 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook. As part of this process, the TTC and YRT will be reviewing changes and improvements to the way customers pay their fare, including fare options that are available for people to use, pricing and cross-boundary travel.
They want to hear from you by offering a 5-10 minute survey through one of the options below:
The survey will be available until February 18, 2021.
If you have any questions or require accessibility accommodation, please contact TTCFares@ttc.ca.
For more info on the Fare Collection Outlook, please click here. Back to Top
Seeing more coyotes around Toronto now? It’s normal to spot more coyotes during winter months, especially near ravines, forests and large parks, as the lack of foliage and the coyote mating season makes them more active and more visible.
Coyotes generally do not pose a danger to people, but can pose a danger for pets, especially small dogs.
If you have coyotes in your area, DO NOT let your pets out into your backyard alone. Always supervise your pets when out in the backyard, especially if you live near ravines, green spaces or other areas where there are coyotes.
When out walking, keep your dogs on leash and close by at all times, especially in areas where there are known to be coyotes. Allow your dogs off-leash only in designated dog-off-leash areas, stay close and ensure your dogs respond well to voice commands.
Learn what to do when you encounter a coyote and how to keep your pets safe. You can take an e-learning module put together by the City and Coyote Watch Canada. The module includes basic facts about urban coyote behaviour and how we can reduce negative encounters. Check it out at: toronto.ca/coyotes/ Back to Top
GO Train & UP Express Service Reductions
Metrolinx has made temporary service changes to weekend and evening GO Transit and the UP Express.
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.
Barrie, Stouffville and Kitchener line GO trains have been 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
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 email@example.com on Mon-Fri from 9:30 AM-4:30 PM. Back to Top
Job Central Groups
The next virtual Job Central groups start on Monday February 8, 2021 and then again on Monday March 8, 2021. Individuals participate in 3 weeks of paid, online Employment Skills Training, followed by a 10 week paid work placement. With the current groups, individuals on Employment Insurance are also eligible to participate. Check out the flyer here.
To qualify participants must be:
Between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive)
Out of work and school
Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or people with Convention Refugee status
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
Local COVID-19 Testing
COVID-19 pop-up testing is available at:
Jane Street Hub, 1541 Jane Street:
Tuesdays, February 2, 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
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):
Saturday, January 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Age Restrictions: No children under the age of 2 years old
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 to Conduct Additional Education and Enforcement of Mask Bylaw in Residential Buildings
The City of Toronto is conducting additional education and enforcement in residential apartment buildings and condominiums where multiple complaints have been received about mask usage in enclosed common spaces.
An analysis of 311 data revealed that from August 5, 2020, when the mask bylaw came into effect, to January 18, 2021, the City had received 1,950 complaints about improper mask usage in shared residential spaces. Of these complaints, 263 locations have received three or more complaints and 12 locations have received more than 10 complaints related to mask wearing. Seventy-five per cent of the complaints are related to residential apartment buildings and twenty-five per cent are related to condominiums.
If residents see a pattern of issues with masks in common areas of their residential building, they can first talk to their landlord or building manager to raise their concerns. If no action is taken by the landlord and the problems persist, residents should call 311 to submit a complaint and the City will investigate. Click here for more info. Back to Top
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