Safe TO Survey Launch

Posted on March 4, 2021

What are your Community Safety and Wellbeing Priorities?

 The City of Toronto is currently in the process of developing an updated Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan called Safe TO.

When the Safe TO plan is complete it will guide how social systems that serve Torontonians such as community services, healthcare systems, justice systems and police work together to meet community needs by changing how we think about safety.

The City wants to understand your priorities for Safe TO

Complete the online survey before March 15, 2021

1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue

Posted on February 18, 2021

The Preliminary Staff Report on the rezoning application of 1358-1360 and 1354-1356 Queen Street West and 8-10, 12 and 14 Brock Avenue will be considered at Toronto and East York Community Council on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

http://app.toronto.ca/tmmis/viewAgendaItemHistory.do?item=2021.TE23.39

The application proposes to amend the Official Plan and Zoning By-law to permit a new nine-storey mixed use building which would include 117 new residential dwelling units, 538.8 square metres of commercial space on the ground floor and 91.2 square metres for a proposed community space. The application propose to include 38 resident parking spaces and 0 visitor parking spaces. A total of 118 bicycle parking spaces are also proposed. Information on the application is available on-line at the City’s Application Information Centre, http://app.toronto.ca/AIC/index.do .

The Preliminary Staff Report provides information and identifies a preliminary set of issues regarding the application and recommends a community consultation meeting. City Planning staff will notify neighbouring residents when a meeting date and virtual format is secured. As we did for the pre-application meeting in September, 2020, my office will provide general notice throughout Ward 4.

Please feel free to contact my office or City Planner Patrick Miller, Patrick.Miller@toronto.ca ,

to share your comments on this application.

To depute on this item on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 at Toronto East York Community Council (TEYCC), please contact TEYCC clerk at email: teycc@toronto.ca, phone: 416-392-7033, fax: 416-397-0111.

TEYCC will also be streamed live online at www.youtube.com/TorontoCityCouncilLive

COVID-19 Vaccine Q&A & Fact Sheet from Toronto Public Health

Posted on February 11, 2021

Sharing the below on behalf of Toronto Public Health

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Immunization Question and Answers:

COVID19_ImmunizationQA_Councillors_FINAL_9Feb2021

A 2-page document on COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

COVID19_Vaccine Fact Sheet_FINAL_9Feb2021

Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)

Posted on February 11, 2021

Since September 2020, work crews have been undertaking rehabilitation work to the underside portion of the Parkside Drive Bridge at The Queensway. The remaining work, which will begin over the next few weeks and progress over several stages until the summer of 2020 includes:

  • Topside bridge rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge at The Queensway
  • * Replacing watermain and relining of storm sewers
  • Road reconstruction and sidewalk replacement
  • Overhead wire replacement and reconstruction of the TTC track allowance and platforms
  • Relocating streetcar stops
  • Reconfiguring the KQQR intersection including: removal of the eastbound right-turn channel, removal of the center TTC platform on The Queensway, a dedicated streetcar lane, left-turn lane, through lane and right-turn lane on the eastbound approach, new raised TTC platform/bicycle facility on Queen Street West and realignment of the northbound approach on King Street West
  • Completing the Roncesvalles Avenue design from Harvard Avenue to the KQQR intersection, including streetscape improvements and two raised TTC platform/bicycle facilities at the northbound and southbound transit stops
  • Modifying the TTC platforms on Roncesvalles Avenue from Dundas Street West to Harvard Avenue so accessible streetcar ramps can operate
  • Adding dedicated eastbound left-turn lanes on The Queensway at the Sunnyside Avenue and Glendale Avenue intersections
  • Extension of the dedicated eastbound bicycle lane on The Queensway to Glendale Avenue
  • New sidewalk on south side of The Queensway at Glendale Avenue intersection for north-south pedestrian crossing on both sides of the intersection
  • Installing a new traffic control signal at the Sunnyside Avenue and The Queensway intersection
  • New street lighting

Advanced works in relation to the watermain and sewer works highlighted above with an asterisk (*) will begin this Friday, February 12, 2021. This work will entail  temporary on and off single (curb side) traffic lane closures on the approaches to the KQQR intersection and will have a minimal impact to traffic flow in the area. Further details on how this work will be carried out can be found in the attached construction update #1. Kindly note that this construction update is also being sent by way of Canada Post and should have started to hit mailboxes yesterday.

KQQR 2

Upcoming Infrastructure Improvements at the Intersection of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR)

Posted on February 3, 2021

The City of Toronto and Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) have coordinated various infrastructure upgrades in the area of King Street West, Queen Street West, The Queensway and Roncesvalles Avenue (KQQR). This includes the intersection at KQQR and roadway on The Queensway from Parkside Drive to Roncesvalles Avenue, as well as Roncesvalles Avenue from Queen Street West to Dundas Street West and rehabilitation of the Parkside Drive bridge.

Beginning February 12, 2021, work crews will begin advanced preparation work on The Queensway and KQQR intersection, ahead of the closure of the KQQR intersection scheduled for March 31, 2021.

A follow-up notice will be issued ahead of the KQQR intersection closure.

Please see the 4-page construction notice below and visit toronto.ca/kqqr for more information.

KQQR

TTC 5-Year Fare Policy Survey

Posted on January 28, 2021

The TTC and York Region Transit (YRT) are working together to develop a new 5-Year Fare Policy and 10-Year Fare Collection Outlook.

As part of this process, the TTC and YRT will be reviewing changes and improvements to the way customers pay their fare, including fare options that are available for people to use, pricing and cross-boundary travel. This is an important project that will work to improve the overall customer experience and create a simple and consistent fare system, for both the TTC and YRT

More information available on https://www.ttc.ca/farepolicy .

Make your voice heard by participating in a 5 to 10-minute survey through one of the options below:

 

Report on the CaféTO program to help local restaurants

Posted on January 21, 2021

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

 

City opens Warming Centres to help those experiencing homelessness

Posted on December 17, 2020

The City of Toronto opened its four Warming Centres this week to give those who are vulnerable and may be experiencing homelessness an additional place to rest and access snacks, washroom facilities and referrals to emergency shelter.

Space will be offered at the following:

  • 129 Peter Street
  • 5800 Yonge Street
  • Exhibition Place, Better Living Centre
  • Scarborough Civic Centre

Warming Centres are traditionally activated when the City, in consultation with the Medical Officer of Health, issue an Extreme Cold Weather Alert (ECWA) based on a forecast from Environment and Climate Change Canada of minus 15 degrees Celsius or colder.

While the temperature forecast has not reached this threshold, the City is activating the Warming Centres in an abundance of caution due to colder nighttime temperatures, snow forecasted over the next few days and because this is the first spell of colder weather of the season. The Warming Centres are currently scheduled to remain open, 24/7, until Friday at noon.

In addition to the Warming Centers, the City’s Streets to Home outreach team dispatched additional 24/7 teams to connect with people living outside and encourage them to come indoors. Staff will also hand out blankets and sleeping bags.

Residents should contact 311 if they see a person experiencing homelessness in need of assistance and the City will dispatch an outreach team to investigate. If the person is in distress or needs immediate assistance, call 911.

All services at the Warming Centres will be delivered following ongoing COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of those using the centres. This includes encouraging physical distancing and the mandatory use of masks, ensuring hand washing, conducting symptom screening and monitoring, increasing infection control and prevention measures such as enhanced cleaning, and providing isolation and recovery sites for individuals that await results or test positive to recover.

The Warming Centre spaces are being opened as part of the City’s 2020/2021 winter services plan to help those experiencing homelessness. This is the first year that the City has offered more than one Warming Centre, which will increase access to these services across Toronto.

In addition to Warming Centre capacity, through the winter plan the City is opening approximately 620 additional spaces through a combination of shelter and 24-hour respite beds, hotel rooms and housing units with supports. This is on top of the City’s base shelter system, which provides more than 6,000 spaces for those experiencing homelessness each night.

The winter plan will be in effect until April 2021. The need for services will be monitored and the City will adapt as required to respond to changing circumstances.

To learn more about the winter plan, visit:

https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-2020-2021-winter-plan-for-people-experiencing-homelessness/.

 

Reduce, reuse and recycle right this holiday season

Posted on December 17, 2020

The City of Toronto is encouraging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste they generate over the holiday season and to look for opportunities to reduce and reuse.

This holiday season, the City is reminding everyone to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19. Toronto Public Health strongly recommends individuals avoid in-home gatherings and celebrate in-person only with the people that they live with and celebrate virtually with those outside the household.

The City manages approximately 900,000 tonnes (two billion pounds) of waste each year which requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space. Small changes can have a big impact. During the holiday season remember the three Rs – reduce, reuse and recycle right, and waste less with the following tips.

Reduce

  • Consider low-waste gifts such as buying gift cards from local shops and restaurants or a charitable donation in a loved one’s name.
  • Get creative and make gifts from materials that you have around the house.
  • Say “no” to single-use items such as cutlery, plates and cups when ordering delivery and takeout.
  • Plan meals ahead and store food correctly to reduce the amount of food waste.

Reuse

  • Save gift bags, gift wrap, ribbons and bows to reuse year after year.
  • Get crafty when wrapping by using reusable fabrics, newspapers, old cards and calendars.
  • Shop online for quality second-hand options.

Recycle right

As more people turn to online shopping this season, it’s important to know how to properly sort items used for shipping. Reuse online packaging if possible and check how to dispose of items before placing them in the Blue Bin.

  • Recycle flattened cardboard, paper gift wrap and rinse plastic plates and plastic cups before placing them in the Blue Bin.
  • All mailer bags including those labelled as compostable go in the garbage.
  • Bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, plastic strapping from boxes and packing peanuts go in the garbage.
  • Dispose of foil/metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, and fruit crates in the garbage.
  • Use the Green Bin (organics) for fruit and vegetable scraps, meat including bones, spoiled cakes and cookies.

Never put recycling in black bags or throw black plastics in the Blue Bin (recycling).

As a precaution in response to COVID-19, soiled paper napkins and tissues should be placed in the Garbage Bin and all garbage should be bagged.

For more tips and ideas on how to reduce waste this holiday season, watch for your 2021 waste management calendar in the mail or visit www.toronto.ca/reduce-reuse.

More information about how to properly dispose of holiday items is available at www.toronto.ca/wastewizard.

City of Toronto continues working with community-based agencies to provide mental health support to vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on December 10, 2020

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Toronto has partnered with community-based agencies that provide mental health and social services to support residents during this difficult time. The City has also remained committed to providing Torontonians with safe opportunities for recreation and prioritized access to the City’s parks and green spaces for fresh air and exercise.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, continued measures to slow the spread of the virus and protect the city’s most vulnerable residents have created stress and anxiety for many individuals. These mental health pressures are particularly severe for individuals who are faced with challenging circumstances such as social isolation, job loss and illness.

Mental health support

The City launched the mental health support strategy in April 2020 and partnered with key mental health service providers to support the wellbeing of Toronto residents. Partner agencies have reported that almost 88,500 people have either called, texted or sent an online message for support. Of that number, more than 80,300 people received direct mental health support and more than 8,000 people were referred directly to partners for additional support. Preliminary data also indicates that 40 per cent of contacts were seniors, and three per cent of people seeking mental health services were youth. To date, 211 has also reported a total of 42,708 mental health-related web searches regarding issues related to community mental health services, addiction treatment, youth mental health, crisis lines and in-person crisis services.

Toronto residents are reminded that they have access to free mental health services from the safety of their homes. Anyone experiencing anxiety or stress can call 211 to connect with one of 13 mental health service partners for direct phone support. Mental health service information is also available at http://www.211toronto.ca/,as well as through the City’s website at https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-protect-yourself-others/covid-19-mental-health-resources/.

Mental health services are available for specific populations, such as: children and youth; seniors; frontline workers; Indigenous, Black, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ2S. These specific service providers include:

  • Across Boundaries
  • Caribbean African Canadian Social Services
  • Crisis Text Line
  • Family Services Toronto
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre
  • Hong Fook
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Native Child and Family Services of Toronto
  • Ontario Psychological Association
  • Strides Toronto
  • The Access Point
  • Toronto Seniors Helpline (WoodGreen)
  • Warm Line (Progress Place)

To help support frontline workers, specific mental health resources have been mobilized as part of the City’s Mental Health Support Strategy to support them. Frontline workers with minimal or no mental health coverage are encouraged to call 211, note that they are a frontline worker in need of mental health supports, and they will be connected to specialized counsellors free of charge.

 

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