City of Toronto expands Digital Main Street program to help local businesses during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on April 16, 2020

Digital Main Street was created by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) in 2016 to assist main street businesses in growing their operations through technology with easy to use tools and resources.

Since its launch, the Digital Main Street program has engaged more than 6,000 Toronto businesses and provided direct one-on-one support to 2,159 businesses, delivering more than 9,200 hours of support, training and education. Prior to working with the Digital Main Street program, 30 per cent of businesses had no online presence. These businesses now do and an additional 66 per cent of businesses expanded their existing online presence.

The expansion of the Digital Main Street program is a part of the Mayor’s Economic Support and Recovery Task Force’s short-term economic support and recovery plan for Toronto’s businesses.

Local businesses can complete the Digital Main Street onboarding process and receive a free Digital Assessment and recommended to-do list at https://digitalmainstreet.ca/toronto/

City of Toronto urges drivers to obey rules of the road

Posted on April 16, 2020

The City of Toronto is urging drivers to slow down, stay alert and obey the rules of the road to save lives, keep streets safe and accessible, prevent traffic-related collisions and reduce the strain on the city’s healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toronto’s medical officer of health and all City officials continue to urge all residents to stay at home as much as possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Drivers should stay off the road as much as possible and only travel for essential reasons.

While the City has seen a dramatic drop in traffic volumes, Toronto Police report that from March 15 to March 31, there was a 35 per cent increase in speeding tickets and an almost 200 per cent increase in stunt driving compared to the same period last year.

Starting this week, officers from the Toronto Police Service’s Vision Zero Enforcement Team will begin rotating in daily shifts across the city and patrol for motorists who are speeding or stunt driving. All red light cameras in the city are active and tickets are being issued to motorists who disobey traffic signals.

For more info about the COVID-10 impacts to road, sidewalk and bikeway maintenance, visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=road-sidewalk-and-bikeway-maintenance

City of Toronto to continue yard waste collection for another two weeks – April 20 – May 1, 2020

Posted on April 16, 2020

The City of Toronto will continue yard waste collection for another two weeks from April 20 to May 1 to accommodate residents. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended in March as part of the City’s COVID-19 response to ensure adequate staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, blue bin (recycling) and green bin (organics).

The City recently resumed yard waste collection for a two-week trial period from April 6 to 17 and has determined that it can continue to provide the service for an additional two weeks. In the last nine days, the City has collected approximately 5,700 tonnes of yard waste. After these additional two weeks, the City will assess if it can continue to collect yard waste.

Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. If yard waste is not picked up on collection day, residents are asked to leave it out until it’s collected. It is not necessary to call 311 to report a missed collection.

If possible, residents should use a yard waste bag. Otherwise, a rigid open-top container can be used. Brush and branches should be secured in bundles no longer than 1.2 metres (4 feet), no wider than 0.6 metres (two feet) and no heavier than 20 kilograms (44 lbs).

A reminder to residents that the following Solid Waste Management Services continue to be impacted, to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff and sustain operations:

  • Drop-off depots are closed to the general public. Only those with an existing registered account can continue to bring material to Depots. No new account requests will be processed at this time. Cash will not be accepted and depots will not operate on Saturdays.
  • Toxic Taxi services and household hazardous waste drop-off are suspended. Hazardous waste should be safely stored until services resume.
  • Bin exchanges are suspended. Existing service requests will be completed once full service resumes. Bin repair and missing bin requests will continue to be processed.
  • All community Environment Days scheduled in April, May and June have been cancelled.

The collection of garbage, recycling, organics, and oversized and metal items has not been impacted and will continue as scheduled.

For more information about the COVID-19 impacts to Solid Waste Management Services visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=garbage-recycling-and-organics.

 

City of Toronto begins sweeping streets this week as part of spring cleanup

Posted on April 16, 2020

Beginning this week, street sweepers are busy cleaning up dirt and debris from Toronto’s streets to help keep roadways clean and safe.

Street sweeping is taking place during the day and in the evenings, servicing both neighbourhood and main roads throughout April. Street sweeping helps to remove dust, dirt and other contaminants that would otherwise enter the environment. It also assists in improving the overall air quality and is an important part of Toronto’s flood prevention strategy, since litter and debris are removed from roadway catch basins.

During COVID-19, the City of Toronto continues to operate essential and critical services to keep Toronto functioning, like ensuring a clean and safe water supply, solid waste services, maintaining infrastructure, and emergency services.

This year, a new fleet of 32 street sweeping vehicles will complement the existing fleet of 17 vehicles that are currently on the roads. City staff will be trained on the new vehicles starting the week of April 20, so they can be fully deployed later this spring. These vehicles are highly efficient and effective at sweeping debris from roads, include improvements that support operator use and overall vehicle maintenance and feature new safety equipment such as 360 degree cameras, better lighting, improved turning radius and high contrast yellow paint.

Once again, the City has contracted additional street sweeping vehicles throughout April to help clear Toronto’s busiest roads of heavy dirt and debris following the winter season.

City of Toronto street sweepers are responsible for cleaning more than 5,600 km of Toronto streets throughout the spring, summer and fall months. Toronto’s busiest roads – expressways and main (collector and arterial) roads – are swept regularly to support a safer and cleaner city.

A message from Gord – April 9, 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020

Dear Ward 4 residents,

These are unprecedented times. City staff are working hard to respond to this crisis and to keep us safe. At this time, I would like to stress the importance of staying home and practising physical distancing.

The City continues to receive complaints about people using closed park amenities or not practising physical distancing in parks. On Monday, MLS spoke to 848 people regarding the closure of park amenities and distancing and issued 12 tickets. Since March 24, Municipal Licensing and Standards (MLS) has issued notices to 34 non-essential businesses remaining open in contravention of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

Right now, in response to COVID-19, many charities are not accepting clothing donations or emptying boxes. Residents who want to make clothing donation should confirm with charities whether or not they are currently accepting donations. Illegal dumping of garbage by donation bins is not permitted and concerned residents can call 311 to report this.

The City is working with 211, United Way Greater Toronto, and other Toronto agencies to ensure low-income and vulnerable residents continue to have food access – a need that has increased dramatically with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Up-to-date information on food access is available by calling 211 or going online. More information is available on the City’s website.

Residents who are able, are encouraged to donate non-perishable food to food banks or drop off food donations at local fire halls. Restaurants or food businesses with surplus food are encouraged to donate to Second Harvest’s FoodRescue.ca. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to register with Volunteer Toronto or SPARK Ontario.

Thank you for everything that you’re doing to help stop the spread and to support your neighbours.

Sincerely,

Gord

City of Toronto to resume yard waste pickup from April 6 to April 17, 2020

Posted on April 9, 2020

City of Toronto to resume yard waste pickup for two weeks to accommodate resident needs

The City of Toronto is resuming yard waste collection for a period of two weeks, beginning Monday, April 6 to Friday, April 17. The start of seasonal yard waste collection was suspended as part of the City’s COVID-19 response to ensure staffing levels to continue the core collection of garbage, blue bin (recycling) and green bin (organics).

Residents are asked to put their yard waste out before 7 a.m. on their regularly scheduled garbage/yard waste collection day. To ensure health and safety, residents should only use yard waste bags, not open-top containers.

If yard waste is not picked up on collection day, residents are asked to leave it out. There is no need to call 311 to report a missed collection. Crews will be making their way across the city. Yard waste should not be brought to drop-off depots, which remain closed to the general public.

After the two-week period, the City will assess if it can continue to maintain the service during the COVID-19 response.

A reminder to residents that the following Solid Waste Management Services are also impacted, to ensure the health and safety of residents and staff and sustain operations:

  • Drop-off depots are closed to the general public. Only those with an existing registered account can continue to bring material to Depots. No new account requests will be processed at this time. Cash will not be accepted and depots will not operate on Saturdays.
  • Toxic Taxi services and household hazardous waste drop-off are suspended. Hazardous waste should be safely stored until services resume.
  • Bin exchanges are suspended. Existing service requests will be completed once full service resumes. Bin repair and missing bin requests will continue to be processed.
  • All community Environment Days scheduled in April, May and June have been cancelled.

The collection of garbage, recycling, organics, and oversized and metal items has not been impacted and will continue as scheduled. Residents are reminded:

  • All personal hygiene/sanitary products, including tissues, wipes, masks and gloves should be disposed of in the garbage.
  • Diapers can continue to be disposed of in the green bin.
  • All material placed in garbage bins should be bagged, specifically cleaning products such as wipes, tissues/napkins and other sanitary/hygiene products.
  • Waste collection on Good Friday (April 10) will take place as scheduled.

For more info about the COVID-10 impacts to Solid Waste Management Services visit https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/?accordion=garbage-recycling-and-organics.

Scheduled Community Environment Days in May & June are cancelled

Posted on April 9, 2020

Community Environment Days are held every year from April to September to help reduce the amount of reusable, recyclable or household hazardous waste going into landfill.

Solid Waste Management Services Staff have advised our office that all Community Environment Day events for the month of May and June have been cancelled amid the global COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is being made based on the announcement from Mayor Tory, with the advice from the Chief Medical Officer, to cancel all major events until at least June 30th. Staff will re-assess scheduled events after June 30th as more information on COVID-19 situation becomes available.

Furthermore, any compost request deliveries for the month of May and June will also be cancelled to exercise appropriate social distancing.

A message from Gord – April 2, 2020

Posted on April 2, 2020

Dear Ward 4 residents,

I’m writing today to give you a further update on the City’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City staff in the Emergency Operations Centre and all essential and critical services are working around-the-clock to respond to this crisis to keep us safe.

These are unprecedented times and I am continuing to receive multiple updates each day on the City’s response and I am committed to sharing this information with you through my social media channels and in email updates like this. I have included the latest important information from the City below.

Right now, I can’t express enough how important it is to stay home, practise physical distancing, work from home where possible and only go out for essentials. These actions, which many of you are already doing, will help to protect you but also your family, friends and all those who work in essential services.

As of this week, the City of Toronto opened four emergency licensed child centres for the children of eligible, essential and critical service workers. Toronto is the first municipality to open emergency child care centres that will operate, as the need demands, on a 24 hours per day, seven days per week basis to support critical, frontline workers. For details on eligibility and application, visit toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-social-support/covid-19-child-care-for-essential-workers .

Thank you for everything that you’re doing to help stop the spread and please continue to urge others to do the same.

Sincerely,

Gord

Notice of Extended Temporary Closure – Heritage York

Posted on April 2, 2020

Friends of Heritage York @ Lambton House/Tavern,

To continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Heritage York @ Lambton House/Tavern will EXTEND the temporary closure of Lambton House/Tavern.  In keeping with the City of Toronto decision on its public spaces, we will remain closed to the public until the City reopens its cultural sites.

We regret the impact this decision has on individuals, families and groups who enjoy our events.  We continue to believe that this extended closure is in the best interests of all the communities we serve.

As always, for up-to-date information on public access to Lambton House, please check our office voice mail 416-767-5472, our website www.lambtonhouse.org, our on-site notice board and on our social media accounts Twitter @LambtonHouse and FaceBook.

We will send a Notice to let you know our re-opening date and a Notice of Up-Coming Events as soon as we know these dates.  Events will also be posted in our on-site Notice Board.

Thank-you for your understanding and for now, keep your distance, enjoy your time with family and friends through various social media and be safe.

We wish you, your families and friends good health.

Heritage York @
Lambton House/Tavern
4066 Old Dundas Street, York, Ontario M6S 2R6
416-767-5472(O)  admin@lambtonhouse.org  www.lambtonhouse.org

Urgent Streetcar Rail Repairs – Sunnyside Loop and along the Queensway

Posted on April 2, 2020

Starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday, April 4, TTC track crews will be conducting urgent rail repairs along areas of the track on The Queensway and within the Sunnyside Loop, located at the intersection of The Queensway and Sunnyside Avenue. All work activities will be contained within the track area and will include minor breaking and removal of concrete to expose the rail to be repaired, replacing existing rail with new rail, and placement of new concrete.

Thank you for your support as the TTC makes these important repairs to keep transit moving safely.

For further information contact our office at councillor_perks@toronto.ca or TTC’s Construction Liaison Officer – Arno van Dijk at  416-434-0759 or arno.vandijk@ttc.ca .

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