A message from Gord – April 30, 2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

Dear Ward 4 residents,

Thank you for continuing to stay in your homes and practicing physical distancing.

While the City encourages Torontonians to stay home as much as possible, people who cannot afford home internet face barriers to receiving public health information, pandemic support services, and emergency income supports and have difficulty staying connected to family and friends.

To help extend free internet to low-income neighbourhoods, the City and partners will connect 25 large residential apartment buildings in low-income neighbourhoods with temporary free internet, with the first buildings deployed starting in early May.

The City of Toronto’s Technology Services Division has deployed free 24/7 Wi-Fi access throughout all 10 City-operated long-term care homes. These new Wi-Fi hot spots will allow residents to stay connected to friends and family who are not able to visit during the pandemic and help alleviate the feeling of social isolation.

At times like this, connection is more important than ever.

As announced last week, due to the concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has made the decision to close High Park during the cherry blossom bloom period. With the peak bloom period about to begin, the City will close High Park, starting today, Thursday, April 30.

During the park closure, residents will be able to enjoy the cherry blossom bloom virtually. As with many experiences during COVID-19, this virtual presentation of the blossoms shows that we can always find new ways to come together as a community. For more information and links to the videos visit toronto.ca/cherryblossoms .

For daily updates with the latest information, please visit toronto.ca/covid-19 .

For questions on any Ward 4 or City-related matter, contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca .


My comments at Council – April 30th, 2020

Posted on April 30, 2020

Today at Council, I advocated for a more democratic and equitable process for public decision making. To watch the full Council meeting visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpeP-Xi_0Sg


High Park Nature Centre – Virtual Jane’s Walk events – May 3rd

Posted on April 30, 2020

Jane’s Walk: Medicine Wonder Wander along Niwa’ah onega’haih’ih (colonial name: Humber River)
Sunday May 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Taiaiako’n Historical Preservation Society members Donna Powless and Catherine Tammaro will welcome us with traditional teachings, followed by a Wonder Wander with Joce Two-Crows Tremblay along Niwa’ah onega’haih’ih. As we witness the many medicines, plants, animals, and waters along the way, Two-Crows will offer a restorying of the river and the Land as a medicine in itself. The Wonder Wander will also include the legacy of Two-Spirit work with the Re-sistering Garden, Honorable Harvest and Moon teachings, and drumming and singing.

Jane’s Walk: Dawn Chorus
Sunday, May 3, 9:00 – 9:45 am

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day with Mark Peck and Emily Rondel by experiencing the morning chorus of birdsong through two ten-minute videos they recently filmed in the park. There will be time to ask these well-known birders questions following the videos.

We’re starting this online event later in the day to ensure you still have the chance to wake up and listen to the morning chorus of birdsong as the sun rises.

Please RSVP to receive Zoom links and passwords to join these events.

April 2020