COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - January 28th
One year ago this week, the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Toronto.
For each and everyone of us, it’s been a difficult and destabilizing year. For those in our city who have lost loved ones to this virus, it’s been absolutely devastating.
This pandemic has tested us like never before. So many in our city — from the Toronto Public Health staff who have worked non-stop over the past 12 months, to the essential workers and frontline heroes who have stepped up every single day to keep us fed, healthy, and safe — deserve our deepest gratitude.
Together, I know we’ll get through this. For now, we must continue to stay home as much as possible, and wear our masks, wash our hands, and keep our distance.
In this Edition
- Tonight - Virtual 2021 Budget Town Hall with Councillor Cressy and Councillor Layton
- Update on Demolition of Heritage Buildings on the Foundry Lands
- Executive Committee Approves Enhanced CaféTO Program to Help Local Restaurants
- Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
- Development in Proximity to Rail – Community Consultation Meeting
- Waterfront East LRT Extension – Community Consultation Meeting
- City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
- COVID-19 Information and Resources
Tonight - Virtual 2021 Budget Town Hall with Councillor Cressy and Councillor Layton
Date: Thursday, January 28th, 2021
Please click here for the meeting link
The proposed 2021 Budget for the City of Toronto has been 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, and I want to hear from you about your priorities. I encourage you to join our Budget Town Hall, and learn more about how to formally participate in the process so that the mayor and all councillors hear from you before the final City Council vote in late February.
Update on Demolition of Heritage Buildings on the Foundry Lands
As shared in my previous update, the Province’s contractors began demolition on the Foundry lands at 153-185 Eastern Avenue, despite multiple requests from the local community, the Chief Planner, the Mayor and Councillor Wong-Tam (the local Councillor) to cease any further activity.
Precedents in the West Don Lands and Distillery District prove that redevelopment and heritage repurposing can go hand-in-hand. Demolition of the Dominion Foundry Complex should not continue.
On Wednesday January 27, the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association case seeking a stoppage to the demolition at the Foundry site was heard at a divisional court. A decision is expected tomorrow.
To take action and support those fighting to stop the demolition, visit respectlocalplanning.com/takeaction.
Executive Committee Approves Enhanced CaféTO Program to Help Local Restaurants
Yesterday, Executive Committee approved a report that recommends an expanded CaféTO program starting this spring to help Toronto’s main street restaurants and bars during the ongoing pandemic. The report will now be considered by Toronto City Council at its next meeting from February 2 to 3.
The report includes details about the CaféTO – a quick-start pandemic response program launched last summer – and 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, expanding them and accessing additional space for physical distancing. The space helped operators generate revenue and enliven nearby public spaces.
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.
On Wednesday, Dr. de Villa spoke about the highly transmissible U.K. variant B 1.1.7, and confirmed that 14 cases have been identified in Toronto, with evidence of community spread in Ontario. She confirmed that while there is much we still don’t know about the variant, the steps for self-protection are the exact same as those for COVID: staying home, keeping apart, maintaining at least six feet or two metres of distance when you can’t, wearing your mask and washing your hands. While she noted that these steps may sound simple and familiar, they really do work.
Dr. de Villa said Toronto Public Health is investigating 96 outbreaks at long-term care and retirement homes in Toronto (52 are active and 44 are suspected), and described how Toronto Public Health provides infection prevention and control and outbreak management advice and support to these facilities.
She also confirmed that the first round of COVID-19 vaccination visits for residents in Toronto’s Long Term Care Homes was completed on January 15, and vaccination teams are ready to begin delivering second doses of the Moderna vaccine in these settings starting this week.
Development in Proximity to Rail – Community Consultation Meeting
The City of Toronto invites you to provide input on the proposed draft Official Plan Amendment and zoning approach to establish a city-wide approach to public safety for new development of sensitive or high occupancy land uses in proximity to rail infrastructure.
Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Click here to learn how to join the meeting virtually or by phone
City Planning has proposed for public consultation a draft amendment to the Official Plan and a proposed zoning approach for an amendment to the City-wide Zoning By-law 569-2013 to establish a city-wide approach to public safety for new development of sensitive or high occupancy land uses in proximity to rail infrastructure. The full report is here. These amendments are the result of the Development in Proximity to Rail study completed by the City in 2019 and a pilot of Draft Terms of Reference for a Rail Safety and Risk Mitigation Study for applications in proximity to rail infrastructure as part of the City's Development Review process.
Waterfront East LRT Extension – Community Consultation Meeting
Join us for a virtual Community Consultation Meeting and learn more about ongoing work for the Waterfront East Light Rail Transit (LRT) Extension and help plan the future of Toronto’s waterfront community.
Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Click here to learn how to join the meeting virtually or by phone
In April 2019, City Council approved the streetcar option as the preferred technology for the Union Station to Queens Quay Link, and directed staff to undertake the preliminary design and engineering work for the extension of streetcar service to the East Bayfront from Union Station to Cherry Street. This work is part of the Council-approved Waterfront Transit Network Plan.
The current scope of work includes design of the underground section of the Waterfront East LRT from Union Loop to a surface portal on Queens Quay East, streetscape design for Queens Quay East, and preparing a 30% design, cost estimate, and Preliminary Business Case. In parallel with this work, Waterfront Toronto is updating past Environmental Assessment approvals through a Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP).
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
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Toronto Public Health Hotline
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