A message from Gord – 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.