A report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic will be considered at the meeting of Executive Committee on Wednesday, January 27.
It outlines key findings and outcomes along with recommendations on how to ensure the program is bigger and better this year.
During the summer of 2020 when outdoor dining was permitted, CaféTO helped hundreds of restaurant and bar operators by making it easier to open patios in curb lanes and along sidewalks, expand them and access additional space for physical distancing. The space helped operators generate revenue and enliven nearby public spaces.
The report indicates that the City would again work closely with BIAs and local restaurant and bar operators and make the following enhancements including:
- Updating the registration process so that it is even more clear and straightforward. Registrations would start as early as February.
- Developing comprehensive and safe traffic management plans – to help make sure the curb lane cafés are as a safe as possible for people dining, employees and people using the road.
- Supporting quick CaféTO installations – so that we can begin helping approved businesses as soon as possible once winter is over.
- Allowing owner/operators to build decks and platforms for curb lane café areas, where applicable.
- Ensuring there is accessible furniture for public parklet areas.
As described in the report, within a revised registration process and contingent on prevailing public health orders, the first approved CaféTO curb lane closure locations for 2021 could be in installed as early as May – almost two months earlier than last year.
The report also includes the outcomes of a City-led CaféTO survey. Approximately 2,800 respondents comprising restaurant and bar owners/operators and members of the public, indicated the following:
- 95 per cent of respondents want to see CaféTO operate in 2021.
- 90 per cent of those surveyed were very satisfied or satisfied with their patio experience.
- 66 per cent of operators said their restaurant would not have been financially viable without CaféTO.
In 2020, CaféTO supported 801 restaurants in 62 BIAs, as well as 96 restaurants outside of BIAs. An additional 44 public parklets in BIAs were activated. The 439 curb lane closures converted 9,683 metres of traffic lanes into new outdoor dining space for restaurants.
The report also includes details about the CurbTO program – another quick-start pandemic response program. In 2020, 108 Curb Lane Pedestrian Zones and 154 Temporary Parking and Pick up Zones (TPPZs) were installed. As of January 5, 2021, 113 TPPZs are in place. The report calls for City staff to be prepared to work with health officials and local business owners to continue the CurbTO program in a way that best supports prevailing public health direction and guidance.
The full CaféTO and CurbTO – Pandemic Response Programs report is available at http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.EX20.6
The City of Toronto will replace the sanitary forcemain (a pressurized sewer pipe that transports wastewater from a lower to higher elevation) through Etienne Brule Park and Home Smith Park, which has reached the end of its life cycle.
This work will commence this January and is expected to be completed by May 2022. This work includes construction of sewage valve chambers, shaft construction, and microtunnelling (an efficient trenchless method for construction of small diameter tunnels) beneath the Humber River. It also involves connecting the new sanitary forcemain outside the existing Baby Point Sewage Pumping Station.
The construction work will proceed in stages and the entire work area may not be under construction at the same time. See below for more information on the project.FINAL_Baby Point Forcemain Replacement Construction Notice_Jan 11 2021
Project applications are now open for artists living in Toronto. Apply here – http://bit.ly/37LMeeG
Cold weather can cause your water pipes to freeze, resulting in no water & expensive property damage. Take steps to protect your water pipes from freezing.
- Know where to find your main water shut-off valve and how it works (in case your pipes burst).
- Insulate pipes most prone to freezing, especially near outside walls and in crawl spaces, the attic and garage. This can be done with foam pipe covers available from building supply or home improvement stores.
- Seal air leaks in your home and garage to stop cold air from getting in. Check around windows and doors, electrical wiring, dryer vents and pipes.
- Outdoor faucets are the first to freeze. Unscrew any hoses, turn off the outdoor water supply and let the taps drain.
- If your pipes are prone to freezing, there may be a problem you cannot see. Consider contacting a plumber for advice on how best to protect your home.
- Commercial water customers – protect fire lines by wrapping all lines exposed to the cold
Learn more about how to prevent or thaw frozen pipes: www.toronto.ca/frozenpipes.
The application deadline for the PollinateTO Community Grants has been extended from January 8 to January 18, 2021.
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.
Runnymede Station is TTC’s 50th Accessible Station! Please see the 3 page e-newsletter to see other highlights TTC updates in our wardWard 4 Councillor Perks TTC Update 2020-12