COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - January 15th

Dear friends,

This pandemic is a marathon, and we've reached the hardest stretch. The end may be in sight, but we're not there yet. 

How fast we get there all depends on the actions we take today, tomorrow, and in the coming weeks. 

This is not the time to let our guard down — we must remain vigilant. I know that we’ve been asking so much of you for almost a year now. But time and time again, Torontonians have risen to the challenge. I know we can do it again.

Sincerely, 

Joe


In this Edition

  1. New Provincial Regulations and Stay-At-Home Order
  2. City of Toronto 2021 Budget Launch 
  3. Board of Health Report Calls on Province to Mandate Paid Sick Days for Workers During the Pandemic
  4. City of Toronto Launching Initial COVID-19 Immunization Clinic to Support Provincial Vaccine Rollout 
  5. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  6. Support yongeTOmorrow — A Plan for Yonge Street that Works for Everyone
  7. COVID-19 Pop-up Testing at Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre
  8. Virtual Public Meeting — 655 Queen St W Development Application
  9. Virtual Public Meeting — First Parliament Project 
  10. 200 Queens Quay West Development Application — Meeting Materials 
  11. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  12. COVID-19 Information and Resources

New Provincial Regulations and Stay-At-Home Order

The Province of Ontario has declared a second provincial state of emergency, issuing a province-wide stay-at-home order that came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, for 28 days. The new protections will impact City services and the City is seeking clarity from the Province, including details on enforcement and impacts on recreation activity. Once that clarity is received, staff will update the full list of impacts to City operations on the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.

The new provincial order requires all people to remain at home at all times with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise, or for essential work that cannot be done from home. 

In Toronto, schools continue to be closed for in-person classes until at least February 10, 2021. 

The Province also added new restrictions under the Lockdown Regulations and provided  recommendations:

  • Individuals are required to wear a mask or face covering in the indoor areas of businesses or organizations
  • Wearing a mask or face covering is recommended outdoors when physical distancing is not possible
  • All non-essential retail stores, including hardware stores, alcohol retailers, and those offering curbside pickup or delivery, must open no earlier than 7 a.m. and close no later than 8 p.m.
  • Construction not permitted as essential is shut down
  • Outdoor organized public gatherings and social gatherings are restricted to five people, with limited exceptions

More information on the new provincial regulations is available in the Province’s news release .

The City’s simple “Dos” and “Don’ts” guide communicates what is, and what is not, permitted under the provincial Lockdown Regulation that remains in effect and the new stay-at-home order to help stop the spread of COVID-19: toronto.ca/lockdownguide.

Our fundamental message to all residents remains: please stay home. Staying home is the best way for people to keep themselves and loved ones from getting sick. As updated provincial regulations come into force, those with any doubt about what is and is not permitted should stay home unless it is absolutely necessary to go out.


City of Toronto 2021 Budget Launch 

Yesterday, the proposed 2021 Budget for the City of Toronto was presented at the Budget Committee, launching the annual process of deciding how and what city services will be funded for the next year. You can find the presentation and more information at: www.toronto.ca/budget

Since early 2020 when the first cases of COVID-19 were identified in Toronto, our City has been on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Our tireless staff have been working non-stop for months, ensuring the safety of services like public transit, helping our most vulnerable who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, and facilitating contact tracing and pop-up testing to stop the spread of this virus. But this year has tested our city like never before. To come out of this stronger than ever, we need support.

Toronto is facing a significant budget shortfall. Cutting programs and services, at a time when people and businesses need them most, is not an option. That's why we need our partners and the federal and provincial levels to step up and commit to dedicated funding for our city's recovery.

Toronto is an economic engine and our success supports all of Ontario and Canada. The Toronto region alone accounts for nearly 20% of Canada's economy. We have the expertise and ability at the City of Toronto to launch shovel-ready projects in areas including affordable housing, infrastructure, transportation, and climate change mitigation. We have a unique chance now to build a better, stronger, and more resilient city. An investment in Toronto is an investment in the future. But we can't do it alone.

Your voice is a vital part of the 2021 budget. I want to hear from you about your priorities, and I encourage you to learn more about how to formally participate in the process so that the mayor and all councillors hear from you too before the final City Council vote in late February.

I will be hosting a virtual Budget Town Hall in the coming weeks -- please stay tuned for more details. 


Board of Health Report Calls on Province to Mandate Paid Sick Days for Workers During the Pandemic

We won't beat COVID until we make it possible for workers to stay home and self-isolate when they are ill. Sick leave — it's long overdue. That’s why a new Board of Health report is calling on the Province to mandate 10 paid sick days for workers during the pandemic.

Only 42% of working Canadians have access to paid sick leave. For low-wage and essential workers, it's only 10%. This is an urgent public health issue — our frontline heroes are bearing the brunt of this pandemic.

More than 60% of Toronto's recorded workplace outbreaks have been in frontline settings. Our essential workers are at increased risk of infection. The truth is, COVID will continue to spread through essential workplaces and our communities unless we guarantee paid sick leave now.

In so many ways the story of this pandemic is a story of work. And until we protect frontline workers, we won’t beat COVID-19. 

Click here to read the full recommendations to the Board of Health, which will be discussed at the Board’s upcoming virtual meeting on Monday, January 18. 


City of Toronto Launching Initial COVID-19 Immunization Clinic to Support Provincial Vaccine Rollout

The City of Toronto is supporting the Province's vaccine rollout by opening our first immunization clinic at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre next Monday, January 18th – 14 weeks ahead of schedule. Work is underway to open more clinics throughout the city, as vaccines become available.

The Metro Toronto Convention Centre clinic will host a  vaccine program for staff working on the front lines of the COVID response in shelters, harm reduction, and public health. These essential workers have worked non-stop to protect our city. Now, it's our job to protect them.

The clinic will operate 7 days a week, with frontline workers scheduled through an appointment system. It will be staffed by Toronto Public Health, with support from University Health Network, and the Province of Ontario.

This is just the beginning. For months our Toronto Immunization Task Force has been preparing for vaccine clinics throughout the city, including mobile clinics and priority neighbourhood response teams to reach high-risk and vulnerable populations.

The Province has asked the City to be prepared to launch immunization clinics across Toronto by April 1st. But if vaccines become available earlier, we want to have the planning and processes in place. When vaccine supply is available and we get the go-ahead, we'll be ready.

Visit the City’s COVID-19 vaccine website for up-to-date information on vaccines


Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 

Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, and other City division leaders have been providing twice-weekly updates on the current situation and response to COVID-19 in Toronto. You can view the press conferences live at 2pm, and access past updates here.

This week in her update, Dr. de Villa spoke of her support for the Province’s stay-at-home order. She emphasized the importance of creating greater barriers between ourselves and the virus and to protect the health care system, which is now under great pressure. Distance is the single most important barrier to spreading the virus. 

Dr. de Villa addressed the serious projections that the Province released earlier this week, and spoke about how although the weeks and months ahead will be very difficult, the things we all know we need to do are powerful, familiar, and simple:

  • See only the people you live with.
  • Keep a safe distance from others if you have to go out.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Wash your hands.
  • If you’re sick, stay home.

Read Dr. de Villa’s full update here


Support yongeTOmorrow — A Plan for Yonge Street that Works for Everyone

We're on our way to building a new and improved Yonge Street — one that works for everyone.

yongeTOmorrow is our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Yonge Street into a world-class, 21-century urban destination, that supports critical public health objectives, for a world with COVID-19 and beyond. yongeTOmorrow proposes a full and flexible redesign of the street from College Street, south to Queen Street, where sidewalks will be expanded, vehicle lanes modified, restaurant patios extended and street furniture and streetscape elements added.

yongeTOmorrow has been approved at the Infrastructure & Environment Committee, and will be considered by City Council at the February 2 meeting. 

Show your support for yongeTOmorrow here: http://yongetomorrow.ca/support 

Learn more here: https://www.yongetomorrow.ca/ 


COVID-19 Pop-up Testing at Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre

On Monday, January 18, there will be a COVID-19 pop-up testing clinic at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre in Ward 10, open from 12 pm - 6:30 pm. If you have symptoms or may have been exposed to COVID-19, come get a test. No appointment is necessary.


Virtual Public Meeting — 655 Queen St W Development Application

You are invited to a virtual public meeting on the development application for 655-663 Queen Street West and 178 Bathurst Street.

Date: January 19, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Click here to learn how to join by phone or virtually.

A Zoning By-law Amendment application proposes to redevelop the site with an 8-storey mixed-use building containing 68 residential dwelling units and retail on the ground floor. This application has been appealed to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. 

For further information on the planning application at 655- 663 Queen Street West and 178 Bathurst Street, please refer to the contact information below or view the application documents at the Application Information Centre: www.toronto.ca/655QueenStW

View the full meeting notice here


Virtual Public Meeting — First Parliament Project

The First Parliament site is located in downtown Toronto at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets. It is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. This area is historically significant, representing the political, social and industrial forces that helped shape the city.

In 2012, the City of Toronto acquired the site to recognize its history and to support the changing needs of the community. The surrounding community has grown in recent years. There is a new population of residents and office workers, and visitors are attracted to the area’s history and historic buildings.

This project examines how the site can best be developed in order to tell important stories from its past and how to best serve the community.

Please join the online virtual meeting on January 21, 2021 from 7 to 9 p.m. for a community engagement on the development of a Master Plan for the First Parliament site, which includes a long-range Vision for First Parliament, guiding development principles and a demonstration plan.

Please register here and a link to the consultation meeting will be shared three days prior to the event, along with instructions to help you connect.

Click here to learn more about the First Parliament Project.


200 Queens Quay West Development Application — Meeting Materials

On January 12th, the City of Toronto hosted a virtual community consultation on the planning application for 200, 207, 208, 211, 218, 228 and 230 Queens Quay West and 8 York Street.

You can view the presentation from Planning staff here

You can view the recording of the meeting here.

For further information on the planning application please view the application documents at the Application Information Centre: https://aic.to/200QueensQuayW 


City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website

The City has launched a website to keep residents up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. 

Visit toronto.ca/covid19vaccine for real time and updated information. 


COVID-19 Information and Resources

It is important to stay informed through credible sources, and to follow the advice of our public health professionals. Together we can limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Please visit the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 website for the up-to-date information and resources: toronto.ca/covid-19

Government COVID-19 websites

City of Toronto
Province of Ontario
Government of Canada

Telehealth Ontario
Call if you develop symptoms.
Telephone: 1-866-797-0000

Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
Telephone: 416-338-7600
TTY: 416-392-0658
Email: [email protected]

311 Toronto
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call if you have questions about City services.
Telephone: 311
TTY: 416-338-0889