On October 21, a report from Toronto City Manager Chris Murray will go before the City’s Executive Committee. The report outlines the City Manager’s recommendations to best position Toronto for recovery from COVID-19 and its profound health, economic, equity, social and financial impacts on the city.
The report is one in a series of reports to Toronto City Council that outlines actions the City of Toronto has and will undertake to address the challenges of the pandemic, key accomplishments, findings from other jurisdictions, insights from engagements and research, and advice to Council on how the City should move towards recovery and prosperity, amidst this evolving emergency.
The report emphasizes that the City’s continued collaboration with other orders of government to effectively apply taxpayer resources and create the greatest positive impact on shared recovery goals with clear outcomes is essential to recovery. An integrated response to issues, including addressing the social determinants of health, and exploring partnerships with community agencies, academia and the private sector, is also key.
The report offers a path forward towards Toronto’s recovery that includes what the City has learned since the start of the pandemic, with insights from the Toronto Office of Recovery & Rebuild, public health data and advice, engagement findings, financial pressures and sustainability, impacts on equity, intergovernmental relationships, partnerships with the non-profit, private and academic sectors and existing plans, strategies and Council directives.
The Toronto Office of Recovery & Rebuild (TORR) has produced the COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report (appended to the City Manager’s report). The COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report outlines the results of TORR’s work and provides recommendations to the City Manager to support the recovery and rebuild of Toronto communities, organizations, partners and businesses.
TORR was established in April to coordinate a city-wide approach for recovering and rebuilding from COVID-19, informed by public health advice and best practices. The office was led by Mr. Saäd Rafi as Chief Recovery and Rebuild Officer, supported by a public health strategy led by Dr. David Mowat.
Throughout the spring and summer, TORR undertook a broad engagement of stakeholders, residents, communities, businesses, Indigenous communities and City Council members on what is needed to recover and rebuild. TORR also leveraged the subject matter, service and operational expertise from City divisions, agencies and partners.
The resulting COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report from TORR is divided into inter-connected themes including: public health considerations and actions, critical City services; climate change and resilience; equity, vulnerable communities and partnerships; government and financial renewal; business; culture; and inspire Toronto.
The COVID-19: Impacts and Opportunities report, as well as data from Toronto Public Health, demonstrates the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on racialized and other equity-seeking communities and the deepening concerns arising from inequalities across residents, neighbourhoods and communities. The City Manager’s report emphasizes the need for disaggregated data to inform decision-making while calling for strengthening of the City’s equity and reconciliation infrastructure to ensure this divide closes and is not deepened.
The City Manager’s report outlines how the City will continue to take action towards recovery and building a renewed Toronto in the face of unprecedented financial pressures by making difficult decisions about costs, services, service levels, capital projects, and placing staff on emergency leave, among others. It recommends continued evaluation of which services are delivered and how they are delivered, as well as continued partnerships with other governments, community, academic and business partners, while simultaneously funding the services that will be critical to public health, economic growth, and improving equity.
The report from the City Manager to the City’s Executive Committee is available online.
Since 1986, the Toronto Heritage Grant Program has provided matching grant funds for eligible heritage conservation work to owners of properties that are designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act.
The Heritage Grant Program assists property owners repair and retain defining heritage attributes, including masonry, windows, doors, wood detailing, and slate roofs.
More information is available online here. Applications for this year’s Program are due November 6th, 2020.
Toronto ACORN is hosting a tenant rights workshop for any tenant interested in learning about above the guideline rent increase. The workshop is happening on Thursday, October 22 at 6PM.
The workshop will cover details related to above the guideline rent increases, what they mean for tenants and different resources to help. They will also have time for questions and will have a discussion after each section.
If there is anyone who may be interested in the workshop there is an event posting on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/326814045281669/
And on Twitter : https://twitter.com/TorontoACORN/status/1314653314970202112
Those who are interested can RSVP by emailing GTAinfo@ACORNcanada.org or by calling 416 461 9233.
The City of Toronto had closed down the North Playground at High Park in October of 2019 for repairs and upgrades. The City was scheduled to complete the improvements to the playground area with new playground equipment and structures, and also rehabilitating the wading pool by Spring of 2020. Due to Covid-19 related delay in construction, the work was delayed. The playground revitalization is now complete.
PH 17.4 Creating New Supportive Housing Opportunities in Parkdale in Partnership with the University Health Network and United Way of Greater Toronto.
The October 20th, 2020, Planning and Housing Committee will be reviewing a report impacting UHN lands at 150 Dunn Avenue (Including 74, 82, 130, 160, and 162 Dunn Avenue, 1-17 Close Avenue, and 74 and 78 Springhurst Avenue) .
The Report, prepared by the Executive Director, Housing Secretariat, outlines a framework to begin a housing partnership and create new permanent supportive housing on the UHN site by the City of Toronto, United Way and UHN. The proposal commits to a community inclusive process.
The Staff Report is available for your review at: http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2020.PH17.4
I will be reviewing the Staff Report in detail and will take into consideration comments from Housing and Planning staff, and the community. The community has been very concerned about current housing issues on this site and I will be paying close attention to those issues.
I ask that you review the details of the report and share your questions and comments with my office: email@example.com , 416-392-7919.
Due to the pandemic, civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto and East York Community Council are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Planning and Housing Committee, or submit written comment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.
Planning and Housing Committee will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive