A message from Gord – 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 .

Gord