The Cressy Courier April 26 - Proposed cuts to Toronto Public Health, Ward 10 Community Environment Days, and more
While we continue our work at City Hall to strengthen our neighbourhoods, build safer streets, improve public transit, construct new affordable housing, and expand our parks and green spaces, the Provincial Government has been relentless in their cuts.
It hasn't been easy, almost every other week we have had to launch a new fight against a new cut or plan that has been announced without consultation or notice.
Last month, the Province announced cuts to life-saving supervised consumption and overdose prevention sites in our city. We spoke out and now almost six thousand people have signed a petition calling for a reversal of those cuts. We haven't given up on that fight.
We are continuing to speak out against the proposed Provincial subway upload, and are holding a Transit Town Hall next week with Councillors Wong-Tam, and Layton. The City of Toronto has spent years on an approved integrated transit network plan, and Doug Ford’s shiny new transit map will only set us back years.
And now, the Provincial Government has announced a funding cut of $1 billion to Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years, effective immediately. This results in a $64 million funding cut in 2019, and a cut of $102 million starting in 2021. Public Health services are vital to the health of every single Torontonian and Ontarian. They save lives today, and tomorrow. These cuts will have a detrimental health impact for all Torontonians, and must be reversed.
Although there seems to be no end to these callous and short-sighted cuts, we will not give up, and we will not lose focus on our work to build neighbourhoods that are liveable and equitable for everyone.
Please read below for updates on how we are standing up for our city, and the work we are doing throughout our Ward 10 neighbourhoods.
The Provincial Government’s Proposed $1 Billion Cut to Public Health
On Wednesday morning I joined Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, and Toronto residents to speak about the Province’s proposed cuts to public health in Toronto.
Late in the afternoon of Thursday April 18, on the eve of a long weekend, the Provincial Government informed City officials that they are cutting $1 billion to Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years, effective immediately. This results in a $64 million funding cut in 2019, and a cut of $102 million starting in 2021.
Impacted programs include disease prevention, water quality testing, immunization monitoring and surveillance, prenatal support, overdose prevention, food safety regulation, infectious disease control, student nutrition, and more.
Public Health services are vital to the health of every single Torontonian and Ontarian. They save lives today, and tomorrow. Evidence has shown that the diseases we prevent today, represent the health care costs we save tomorrow. Research has shown that for every dollar invested in immunization, results in $16 of health care savings. For every dollar invested in tobacco prevention, results in $20 of health care savings. The list goes on and on.
This announcement was made despite an indisputable body of evidence suggesting that the best way to prevent hallway health care and improve the health of Ontarians is to invest more, not less, in public health. The announcement was also made despite a formal Toronto City Council resolution calling on the Province of Ontario to maintain its current funding for Toronto Public Health.
I say this without an ounce of exaggeration – because of these announced cuts, people will die. That's not rhetoric, it's a fact. This cut is callous, it is cruel, and it is short-sighted.
As the Chair of the Board of Health, I will continue to speak out and fight back against these proposed cuts. Join me in showing your opposition to this dangerous proposal - add your name here.
Ward 10 Community Environment Days
Reuse, Recycle and Safely Dispose of unwanted items at our Community Environment Day!
I will be hosting the first of two Community Environment Days on Thursday, May 2, 2019, 4p.m. - 8p.m. at Stanley Park South, 700 Wellington Street West.
Save the date for our second Community Environment Day, coming up on Saturday June 15th, 10am-2pm at David Crombie Park.
Downtown Transit Town Hall
Torontonians are tired of politicians coming up with brand new transit plans after every election.
Join Councillors Wong-Tam, Layton, and me for a downtown transit town hall on the status of the subway upload and newly proposed plans from the Province.
With tens of millions spent and years invested in developing Toronto's transit plan, these changes risk a complete reset and could cost transit riders years. This town hall will be an opportunity for residents to hear from their downtown Councillors, experts and advocates, provide feedback on these developing issues, and learn how to mobilize for the transit investments you need to see now.
When: Wednesday, May 1 at 6pm
Where: Metro Hall, Rotunda – 55 John Street
David Crombie Park Revitalization - Online Survey
On April 2nd, three design concept options for this treasured park were put forward at a public consultation workshop. The presentation is now available online:
You can have your say on the different elements that have been proposed through an online survey:
The King Street Pilot - Here to Stay!
City Council has voted to make the King Street Pilot permanent! Moving forward, plans to make it permanent will include both short term improvements - to streetcar stops, public realm activations, and increased capacity with more streetcars - and plans for long-term streetscape improvements to continue to build on the success of the King Street Pilot.
The King Street Pilot was an experiment in city-building. It demonstrated that with bold action we can make the City work better. Thank you to the thousands of residents, businesses, and community groups for sharing your support for the Pilot, and for making King Street work better for everyone.
Register for Canoe Landing Child Care Centre
I couldn’t be more excited that construction is well underway on the new $77 million integrated multi-use public facility in CityPlace, opening this year, which will include:
- Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
- Canoe Landing Child Care Centre, serving 10 infants and 42 toddler and pre-school children
- Bishop Macdonell Catholic Elementary School, serving 550 children from kindergarten to grade eight
- Jean Lumb Public School, serving 550 children from kindergarten to grade eight
- Addition of a flexible event and market space facing the park, to be operated by a non-profit organization
This investment in the community will help ensure that families living in CityPlace and the surrounding high-density neighbourhoods will have access to the amenities and services necessary for a thriving, liveable, equitable community. For families in condos and apartments, the park is your backyard, and the community centre is your living room.
Registration for the child care centre will begin on Monday, April 29.
You can register online starting at 6:00 AM on April 29 by visiting https://www.sschto.ca/Canoe_Landing_Child_Care_registration_April23. Online registration remains open until May 2 at 7:00 PM.
You can also register in person on two occasions at St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School (20 Portugal Square near Bathurst and Adelaide): Monday, April 29, 2:00-7:00 PM, and Thursday, May 2, 2:00-7:00 PM.
Click here to download a flyer about child care registration that can be printed or shared.
Registration open for new schools
Both school boards have opened registration for students to attend the schools starting with the new school year this September. They are also planning to provide before and after school care for registered students. You can find links to register with either school board at https://www.toronto.ca/canoelanding.
Extending the Argyle Street Bikeway
Expanding the cycling grid across all of our neighbourhoods is one crucial step we must take to ensure our streets are safe for all road users.
Extending the Argyle Bikeway is a part of the City's Council-approved Ten-Year Cycling Network Plan to connect, grow and renew infrastructure for cycling routes across the City. As a part of this work, earlier this week an open house consultation was held for residents to provide feedback on options for expanding the Argyle Bikeway from Ossington Avenue to Shaw Street.
Thanks to everyone who attended the open house, and to all those who have reached out to my office to provide feedback. Staff are reviewing all feedback that has been submitted. Stay tuned for further updates on the proposed concepts.
To view the presentation from the open house, click here.
To fill out the feedback form, click here.
Community Cleanup Days
Community Cleanup Days are happening this weekend! Click here for a list of events going on in Ward 10.
The Fife and Drum - new issue
The Fife and Drum is the newsletter of the Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common. To read the latest issue for April 2019, please visit https://www.fortyork.ca/resources/newsletter-archive.html.
Contents include articles and photos about the restoration of Coronation Park, a feature about the February celebration at the Fort of the history and food of African-Canadian communities, and the art of Jean Geeson (above).
Toronto Animal Services Chip Truck
The Toronto Animal Services Chip Truck is a mobile microchip clinic that offers a microchip, pet licence and rabies vaccine.