Raising Our Voice: Organizing During the Global Pandemic
With new information coming out daily, it is difficult to know where to turn to make sure our views are heard on how we can rebuild a fairer, more just Toronto.
As the City prepares to release its 2021 budget in early January, every voice is critical to make sure the issues we care about are acted upon as we move forward. Housing, the environment, public transportation, and child care will all be up for debate as the City tries to find a path forward. By working together we can strengthen our voice to ensure no one is left behind.
Join me as I welcome both local and city-wide leaders and activists to discuss how we organize in these unprecedented times.
WHEN: Monday, December 7, 2020
TIME: 6:30 pm
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Councillor Perks by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416-392-7919.
Two Staff Reports recommending inclusion of properties within Ward 4 Parkdale-High Park on to the Heritage Register will be heard at the Toronto Preservation Board meeting on November 30th, 2020.
The affected properties are located within the area of the Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Built Form Study or the West Queen West Planning Study areas. The properties have been identified through the heritage surveys undertaken as part of past planning and heritage studies. Individual Property owners have received communication for the City of Toronto.
The report are available for review at:
PB19.7 Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register – Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue Properties
PB19.8 Inclusion on the City of Toronto’s Heritage Register – Properties within the West Queen West and Parkdale Main Street Areas
The listing of a non-designated property on a municipal Heritage Register provides interim protection from demolition, should a development or demolition application be submitted. Listing provides an opportunity for City Council to determine whether the property warrants conservation through designation under the Ontario Heritage Act.
“Listing” a property on the Heritage Register does not trigger maintenance requirements over and above existing property standards, and it does not restrict an owner’s ability to make exterior and interior alterations when demolition or a development application is not involved.
When a property is listed it does not necessarily mean that it will be subsequently “designated.”
Due to the pandemic, Civic buildings are closed to the public and meetings of the Toronto Preservation Board are currently being conducted by electronic means. If you wish to register to speak to this item at Toronto Preservation Board, or submit written comment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registered speakers will be provided with instructions on connecting to the meeting.
TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive
The City of Toronto announced planned road closures this weekend that will impact essential travel on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29.
Members of the public are reminded to stay home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Anyone making essential travel should plan their trip ahead and use alternate routes.
Lake Shore Boulevard East, between Jarvis Street and Parliament Street, as well as part of Sherbourne Street at Lake Shore Boulevard, will be fully closed in both directions on Saturday to accommodate filming. The closure will take place from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. and residents should be aware that part of the filming will include stunt driving sequences. Transit riders can expect impacts to the following routes during this closure: 6 Bay, 65 Parliament, 72 Pape, 75 Sherbourne and 121 Fort-York Esplanade.
Bloor Street West, between Ruttan Street and St. Helens Avenue, will be fully closed overnight on Saturday and Sunday to accommodate construction activities for the Metrolinx GO Expansion Davenport Diamond project. The specific closure times are:
- Saturday, November 28 at 6 p.m. until Sunday, November 29 at 6 a.m.
- Sunday, November 29 at 6 p.m. until Monday, November 30 at 5 a.m.
During this closure, the TTC will re-route impacted surface transit routes north to Dupont Street.
In addition, people driving and biking, as well as pedestrians are reminded that closures remain in place at the nearby intersections of Dundas Street West and College Street as well as Dundas Street West and Sterling Road to accommodate on-going TTC streetcar track replacement.
There will also be no subway service on Line 1 between Lawrence and St. Clair stations all weekend. This work is to accommodate ongoing Eglinton Crosstown construction. Shuttle buses will operate throughout the closure. More at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/Nov28-29_Lawrence-StC.jsp
Traffic-signal timing on nearby routes will be enhanced and monitored all weekend to help manage congestion associated with planned restrictions and closures. Signage is also in place in advance of road closures and paid duty officers may be placed at some key intersections.
Yesterday, the City announced its Winter Plan for outdoor recreation opportunities to help Toronto residents stay active through the colder months.
Features of the plan include enhanced snow clearing and expanded washroom facilities in many parks. As well, the City’s outdoor ice rinks, with limited capacities, will be available beginning November 28th. Many other park facilities including outdoors sports courts, playgrounds and off-leash dog areas will remain open.
As part of this effort, High Park will also remain car free on weekends. For more details on the full plan, visit: https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-launches-welcome-t-o-winter-parks-plan/
For a full list of the all the washrooms that will be open parks, visit: https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-to-more-than-double-its-supply-of-winter-park-washrooms/
Bloor West Village Businesses are teaming up with Santa and local food banks to support “Neighbours Helping Neighbours.” Neighbours Helping Neighbours is an outreach initiative in Bloor West Village.
In light of the COVID-19 crisis, these community members have spearheaded the Neighborhood Pods’ creation. They are receiving charitable donations to fund the community’s needs during these unprecedented times, and Santa and his elves are here to help!
On Sunday, November 29th, from 11 am to 4 pm, Santa and his Elves will be cruising the neighbourhood collecting food donations for our local food banks. Windermere United Church Food Bank, The Sharing Place Food Bank and Bloor West “Loaves and Fishes” Food Bank Operated out of St. Pius X Parish.Santa in the Village Presents V.6
Federation of Metro Tenants’ Associations’ is hosting Virtual Tenant School.
These are free legal workshops for tenants via Zoom taught by staff from community legal clinics and the Federation of Metro Tenants Associations
Date: Saturday, November 28 & Sunday, November 29
Time: 2:00-3:30 PM
To register and receive your Zoom invite, visit https://forms.gle/KSPhnanN3cy5RYKW7 for the online registration form or contact Joeita Gupta at email@example.com or 416-413-9442.
More information: www.torontotenants.org Register now!fmta tenant worksho
In 2014, the Ontario Municipal Board approved a 24-storey building at 2376 Dundas St. West The applicant is now proposing to add an additional 3 storeys, increase the permitted gross floor area and revise the layout of interior areas.
This proposal for an additional 3-storeys requires a Committee of Adjustment Minor variance and a Site Plan application approval.
The Minor Variance request will be heard at Committee of Adjustment on December 2nd, 2020. Community members have an opportunity to comment on the application at the virtual Committee of Adjustment hearing. The Public Notice, with details on how to view and/or participate, is available attached below. Note that the deadline for comments is no later than 4:30 pm on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Details on the Site Plan application are available on the City’s Application Information centre at http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do . City staff are reviewing the changes proposed. Carla Tsang is the City Planner responsible for this file. She can be reached at Carla.firstname.lastname@example.org .Public Hearing Notice
Through its PollinateTO grants program, the City funds pollinator habitat creation projects that educate and engage the community.
Up to $5,000 per project is available.
Are you interested in gardening and protecting pollinators? Would you like to:
- Create pollinator gardens or rain gardens in your neighbourhood or at your school?
- Enhance or expand existing gardens with native pollinator-friendly plants?
If you answered yes to any of the above, please apply to PollinateTO for funding to support your idea!
All resident-led groups are encouraged to apply. More information is available on the City website.
The deadline to apply is January 8, 2021.
Today, the Medical Officer of Health announced a number of public health measures to be introduced when the City of Toronto is moved by the Province of Ontario into the provincial COVID-19 response framework on November 14.
Dr. de Villa’s recommendations come as the city sees its COVID-19 numbers going in the wrong direction. Beyond her recommendation that Toronto be moved into the Red – Control category in the provincial framework, Dr. de Villa introduced a number of directives to help reduce the spread of the virus in our community.
After carefully examining the situation, City officials determined Toronto requires strengthened protections and guidance for high-risk sectors and activities.
On November 14th, Toronto will be moved into the Red – Control level of the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Framework . Given the current situation and epidemiology in Toronto, enhanced measures are planned to reduce COVID-19 activity.
Details on the measures are available here .
COVID-19 continues to circulate in our community. There are 31,908 cases of COVID-19 in the city, an increase of 504 new cases today. There are 161 people hospitalized. In total, 26,814 people have recovered from COVID-19. To date, there have been 1,411 COVID-19 deaths in Toronto. Case status data can be found on the City’s reporting platform.
The City of Toronto has formed a COVID-19 Immunization Task Force as part of its pandemic response and recovery efforts.
While it is not yet clear when a safe and effective vaccine will be available, this Task Force will ensure that the City is ready to play its role in helping Torontonians get vaccinated. This Task Force will be led by Chief Matthew Pegg in his role as the City’s COVID-19 Incident Commander and will use the COVID-19 incident management system that the City has developed.
The Task Force has brought together staff from across key divisions including Toronto Public Health, Toronto Fire, Toronto Paramedics Service and the Emergency Operations Centre to create a comprehensive plan that will ensure that the city is ready once a safe and effective vaccine is available for Toronto residents.
All three levels of government will play essential roles to make the goals of the Task Force a success. Each has very specific roles and responsibilities in relation to the COVID-19 vaccination strategy and implementation. A clear understanding of these roles will be a key success factor as all levels of government, and community and public health agencies work together to get Torontonians vaccinated.
For example, the Government of Canada is responsible for the procurement and approval of vaccines for use in Canada. The Province of Ontario is responsible for the overall immunization strategy, which could take a phased approach, and will determine specific population prioritization and distribution of the vaccine to potential delivery agents such as public health units, doctors and pharmacies.
Once guidance from the Province is received, the City’s role will be to lead implementation at the local level. This could range from allocating and distributing allotted vaccine doses, working with medical practitioners, administering vaccines through clinics and other methods and providing data to the Province to evaluate the success of the campaign.
The City and Toronto Public Health together bring a great deal of experience to this undertaking, including the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009, the yearly flu vaccination clinics run by Toronto Public Health and a full-scale emergency mass immunization exercise conducted in 2016. The lessons learned from these experiences are being applied to the COVID-19 immunization plan.