COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - July 16
4 million! Over 4 million vaccine doses have now been administered in Toronto. It’s a testament to the efforts of so many: our doctors and nurses, pharmacists and paramedics, community agencies and neighbourhood ambassadors. Well done, Toronto.
But our work isn’t over yet. We’re still bringing all hands on deck to make sure everyone in our city has access to vaccines. Over the past week, our Home Stretch Vaccine Push has focused on six priority neighbourhoods with low vaccination rates. By setting up mobile and pop-up clinics in parking lots, churches, and apartment buildings, our Team Toronto partners were able to increase vaccinations in the targeted areas by 87%, compared to the previous weekend.
At this stage of our immunization campaign, it’s clear that community outreach and trusted engagement are more important than ever. That’s why we’re committed to building-by-building, door-by-door, neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood outreach as we keep working to get our city vaccinated.
In this Edition
- Toronto Enters Step 3 – City Recreation Programs and Amenities
- Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
- City Council Updates
- ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures
- Pop-up Vaccine Clinics: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre and Scadding Court Community Centre
- CAMH Vaccine Clinic Open for Appointments
- Now Open: Grasett Park Commemorates our Health Care History
- Metrolinx Update: Investigative Drilling Work on York Street
- Queen Street West TTC Track Replacement and Upgrade Work
- Artists Take Over The Corleck Building at 3 Eireann Quay
- Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre’s 30th Anniversary Free BBQ
- Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
- City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
- COVID-19 Information and Resources
1. Toronto Enters Step 3 – City Recreation Programs and Amenities
Today, Toronto entered Step Three of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. In Step Three, Toronto residents are permitted, subject to restrictions, to gather indoors, eat indoors at bars and restaurants, and resume going to gyms and recreation centres. Full details of the announcement are in the Province’s Ontario Moving to Step Three of Roadmap to Reopen on July 16 news release.
Effective Monday, July 19, the City will begin to reopen indoor recreational facilities, starting with most self-directed programs and services. City staff have worked closely with Toronto Public Health to implement adjustments to program capacities and parameters to meet new provincial guidelines. Recreational amenities scheduled to begin reopening in Step Three include:
Monday, July 19
- Indoor fitness centres
- Indoor weight rooms
- Indoor permits for meetings and events
- Indoor walking tracks
- Public access to community centre spaces for heat relief, washroom and shower access
Wednesday, July 21
- Indoor lane and leisure swim
- Indoor drop-in programs for sports and leisure
Monday, July 26
- Enhanced Youth Spaces
- Indoor aquafit classes
- Indoor fitness classes
- Seniors’ centres
New provincial requirements for Step 3 are:
- A capacity limit of 50 per cent of typical maximum capacity applies to all indoor spaces, and physical distancing must be maintained.
- Indoor social gatherings and organized public events are limited to 25 people. If the new maximum capacity is lower than 25 people, indoor gatherings are limited to that number.
- Masks are required in indoor and common spaces but may be removed during physical activity.
- Change rooms and club houses may reopen at 50 percent capacity.
Access to community centres and indoor activities do not require reservations; however, reservations will be available for fitness centres, aquafit, group fitness classes and lane and leisure swim, with walk-in spaces also available. All other activities will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about recreation in the city, including indoor and outdoor swimming, fitness and more.
2. 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 regular updates on the current situation and response to COVID-19 in Toronto. You can view the press conferences live on Wednesdays, and access past updates here.
On Wednesday, Dr. de Villa spoke about receiving a combination of two different vaccines to be fully vaccinated. She noted that the advice of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, and studies from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany, have all found that mixing vaccines is safe and produces a strong immune response. Dr. de Villa also noted that she received Pfizer for her first dose and Moderna for the second, and that she is certain she is very protected.
3. City Council Updates
This week’s City Council meeting was the last one before September 2021, and had a packed agenda. Below are highlights of some key items, along with motions I brought forward:
Renaming Dundas Street
A more inclusive city for all isn't just possible, it's absolutely necessary. Council's support for renaming Dundas Street is a step forward in addressing the discrimination and systemic racism that's embedded in our city and our country – work that's long overdue. You can find the City Manager’s detailed report on renaming Dundas Street here.
Council approves plan for 1117 Dundas Street West
Turning parking lots into affordable housing: that's how we build vibrant, accessible communities. My call to transform the City-owned lot at 1117 Dundas West into affordable, non-profit rental housing was approved by Council. Next, City staff will report back to Council this fall with a work plan on activating the lot at 1117 Dundas for 100% affordable housing, and issue a call for proposals for a non-profit housing operator.
Seabins Waterfront program
Plastics can threaten the sustainability and biodiversity of our waterways. Seabins are floating trash bins invented by surfers troubled by the amount of plastic pollution in the ocean. They can pull 1.4 metric tons of trash from the water each year. Council approved my motion to expedite approvals for The Seabin Program: a partnership by Ports Toronto, the Waterfront BIA, the University of Toronto, and City staff to collect plastic waste in Toronto Harbour and conduct analysis and plastic waste prevention.
Lake Effect projects
Council approved my motion regarding the continuation of the Gibraltar Point Artscape Lake Effect Projects’ biannual artwork exhibitions at Jack Layton Ferry terminal, replacing former advertisement frames with artworks by Toronto-based artists who reflect the diversity of communities that use the terminal to access the Toronto Islands.
Park improvements, including Victoria Memorial Square
Council approved my motion calling on City staff to advance coordinated work on the Downtown Parks and Public Realm plan, including parks such as Stanley Park, Ordnance Triangle, Victoria Memorial Square, Clarence Square, and The Gore. Included in this is direction to start an immediate design refresh to Victoria Memorial Square.
Liberty Village Public Realm Study
The Liberty Village Public Realm Study will provide a strategic approach to meet the needs of Liberty Village, including identifying areas for public realm improvements, new parkland, open spaces, and community services and facilities. Stay tuned for public engagement opportunities later this year.
King-Spadina Public Realm Strategy
The King-Spadina Public Realm Strategy, a result of extensive community consultation and study by City Planning staff, provides a framework to evaluate current and future development applications with an eye to revitalizing existing parks and open spaces, as well as creating new ones.
4. ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures
ActiveTO is all about helping people get outside to exercise and explore our city. This weekend’s ActiveTO road closures (Saturday and Sunday) are the following:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Jameson Avenue and Stadium Road
- Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes), between Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
- Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street, between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
- The Meadoway in Scarborough (Brimley Road to Scarborough Golf Club Road)
- Black Creek Drive (northbound lanes), Trethewey Drive to Lawrence Avenue (Saturday, July 17 only)
- Roads within High Park
5. Pop-up Vaccine Clinics: Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre and Scadding Court Community Centre
Both the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre and Scadding Court are hosting pop-up clinics in the coming days. Details are below:
Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre Vaccine Clinic (627 Queens Quay West)
Saturday, July 24
11 am - 7 pm
Anyone age 12+ is welcome, but priority line for postal code M5V
1st and 2nd doses available
For full details, please see the flyer here
Scadding Court Community Centre Vaccine Clinic (707 Dundas St West, at rear)
Thursday, July 29
12 pm - 8 pm
Anyone age 12+ is welcome
1st and 2nd doses available
6. CAMH Vaccine Clinic Open for Appointments
CAMH's vaccine clinic is open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, for all people aged 12+, offering a lower-stimulation environment with compassionate staff. Book your first or second dose appointment today at: camh.ca/covidvaccine
7. Now Open: Grasett Park Commemorates our Health Care History
Grasett Park officially opened today, and I was delighted to participate in the virtual launch event. Grasett Park is a new public space at the corner of Adelaide St West and Widmer, and was made possible through a partnership of the Canada Ireland Foundation, the City of Toronto, and the Federal Government.
The Park celebrates the work and sacrifice of the many doctors and nurses like Dr. George Robert Grasett, who provided critical care to Irish immigrants battling typhus during the summer of 1847, and lost their lives to the illness.
Keeping our city safe is what public health and medical professionals do. They have protected us over the past 18 months, just as Grasett and his colleagues did for new Torontonians over 150 years ago. This new park is a recognition of their invaluable contributions.
8. Metrolinx Update: Investigative Drilling Work on York Street
Metrolinx has issued a Community Notice regarding investigative drilling that is set to begin on July 21, on York Street between Queen St and Adelaide. The drilling is scheduled to last for approximately 1 week.
During construction hours (Monday - Friday, 8 am - 7 pm), a southbound lane will be temporarily closed in the area shown on the map. Residents and businesses near the work site can expect to hear noise caused by a drill rig, trucks and other construction equipment related to this work.
9. Queen Street West TTC Track Replacement and Upgrade Work
The City of Toronto is replacing the streetcar track along Queen Street West from Bay Street to Fennings Street and upgrading a portion of 100-year-old watermain between Bay Street and University Avenue.
Construction work starts the week of July 12 and is expected to be completed by December 2021. To minimize the impact on residents and local businesses, construction work will be carried out in eight phases of rolling 300-metre work zones. Each phase will last up to four weeks during which crews will be working around the clock to quicken construction.
From July to August, construction work will start at Bay Street and move west towards Spadina Avenue. From August to December, construction work will start at Fennings Street and move east towards Spadina Avenue. Due to the limited right-of-way on Queen Street West, there will be no vehicle access within any of the 300-metre work zones and the 501/301 Queen will be diverted. Sidewalk cafes will remain open outside of the active construction zone, and will only temporarily be removed when construction is taking place in front of an establishment. Sidewalks will remain open. More information is available at: www.toronto.ca/QueenWestConstruction.
TTC service changes will be communicated through service alerts and online at www.ttc.ca. Individuals are encouraged to use the City’s web-based map, www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions, to help plan travel and avoid road closures.
10. Artists Take Over The Corleck Building at 3 Eireann Quay
Canada Ireland Foundation invited a diverse group of artists to take over the Corleck Building at 3 Eireann Quay, and transform the historic property's interior with original murals and installations inspired by miotas (the Gaelic word for myth) and the foundational mythologies of their own cultures.
The exhibition features local Toronto artists, along with Doras (Marc O’Brien), an internationally renowned Irish-Canadian artist based in Montreal, making his Toronto debut.
How to View the Exhibition:
In-Person: Pre-book a tour of the exhibition (Free)
In compliance with covid-19 regulations, each scheduled group is limited to 4 individuals, and all visitors are required to wear a facemask while indoors.
Online: additional photos and videos of the exhibition will be featured here. You can also find #MIOTAS on Instagram @miotas.myth or @canadairelandfoundation, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
11. Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre’s 30th Anniversary Free BBQ
On Wednesday, July 21, drop by the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre at 627 Queens Quay West between 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm, for a free meal and dessert in celebration of the Centre’s 30th anniversary.
12. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
Sign up for BusinessTO News, a weekly newsletter that focuses on available resources and supports to help mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on Toronto businesses. Learn about the current health situation, changes to City services, resources, and economic support.
Upcoming free webinars:
Ask the Expert: Marketing and Sales
Marketing your business has never been as important as it is today. This webinar will show you how to successfully market your product or service using easy and affordable sales and marketing tactics.
Thursday, July 22
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Social Media for Your Business
Social media is an invaluable tool for small businesses, whether you’re just starting out or have been established for years. Learn how to leverage the power of social media to grow your online community, drive sales and reduce marketing costs.
Tuesday, July 27
10 – 11:30 a.m.
13. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
Protect yourself and others, get the COVID-19 vaccine when it’s your turn.
Visit toronto.ca/covid19vaccine for up-to-date eligibility information.
14. 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
Call if you develop symptoms.
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
Email: [email protected]
Outside City limits: 416-392-2489
Call if you have questions about City services.