COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - July 8

Dear friends,

Earlier this week, we reached another milestone: over 55% of Toronto adults are now fully vaccinated, with both doses. Close to 80% of Torontonians age 18+ have had their first shot. 

This is tremendous progress. People  across our city are stepping up. This is especially true of young people almost 90% of Torontonians ages 18 - 24 have had their first dose, the highest rate of any age group. 

Now, let's keep up the momentum. The City of Toronto, Toronto Public Health, and our Team Toronto health partners are committed to getting vaccines to every resident, in every corner of our city. Together, with your help, we can get our city vaccinated. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Walk-in appointments at Toronto Congress Centre and our Home Stretch Vaccine Push 
  2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health
  3. ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures 
  4. StreetARToronto Richmond Street Cycle Track Art Project 
  5. On Now at the Bentway: Playing in Public
  6. Building Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road: Community Meeting
  7. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  8. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  9. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. Walk-in appointments at Toronto Congress Centre and our Home Stretch Vaccine Push

Break down every barrier to vaccination. That's our commitment. 

To increase the accessibility of vaccinations, as of today, the Toronto Congress Centre clinic at 650 Dixon Road will have approx. 2,000 vaccination appointments available each day for walk-ins, for first and second vaccine doses. These appointments are available from 12 pm - 7 pm. No advance booking is required, and anyone 18+ is eligible for a walk-in appointment. 

Everyone 12 years of age and over in Ontario is currently eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. You can book an appointment through the centralized booking system, by visiting toronto.ca/covid-19 or calling 1-833-943-3900 (TTY 1-866-797-0007).

At the same time, our neighbourhood-level data shows that some parts of our city have lower vaccine rates – that's why we're launching a week-long Home Stretch Vaccine Push to boost vaccination rates in six neighbourhoods in Toronto's Northwest.

Along with our Team Toronto hospital and community partners, we're using data to pinpoint blocks and buildings with low vaccination rates. Then we're setting up over a dozen pop-up clinics: in common rooms and parking lots, right at people's doors. In the days before the pop-up clinics, community groups and neighbourhood ambassadors will be going door-to-door and connecting with people in multiple languages to promote the clinics and answer questions.

Back in the 1950s, the polio vaccine campaign had people go door-to-door in local areas to give out shots. Our Home Stretch Vaccine Push is the same idea: meet people where they are at, in their communities, and provide the support to help them get vaccinated.  


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 twice-weekly updates on the current situation and response to COVID-19 in Toronto. You can view the press conferences live on Mondays and Wednesdays at 2 pm, and access past updates here.

On Wednesday, Dr. de Villa acknowledged and thanked young people for getting vaccinated in record numbers and leading in vaccination rates. 

She also expressed concern that some age groups still have a significant number of people who are not vaccinated. Right now, the single biggest risk to your health is not being vaccinated.  Dr. de Villa reiterated that both mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) offer equally strong protection, and shared that she recently received her second dose which was the Moderna vaccine at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre immunization clinic. 

You can read Dr. de Villa’s full remarks here


3. ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures

ActiveTO is all about helping people get outside to exercise and explore our city. 

ActiveTO road closures for Saturday, July 10 & Sunday, July 11

  • Roads within Exhibition Place
  • 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)
  • Roads within High Park

Bike Share Valet Stations for this weekend’s ActiveTO routes can be found here.


4. StreetARToronto Richmond Street Cycle Track Art Project 

The Richmond Street Cycle Track Art Project runs along Richmond Street from Parliament Street to Bathurst Street. Over 100 artists have been painting original site-specific works for what will be Toronto’s newest cycle track mural location and outdoor art gallery.

The artistic theme for this project is “Cycling is Elemental”. The project site has been divided into four thematic ‘zones’ from east-to-west as follows: Earth, Air, Fire and Water.  Each zone consists of between 55 to 88 individual concrete barriers. Themes provide a cohesive visual language and source of inspiration for artists when creating their mural designs.

Learn more about StreetARToronto here


5. On Now at the Bentway: Playing in Public

The Bentway has launched Playing in Public, a collection of outdoor and online projects that invite you to rediscover “play” in the city. By the neighbourhood and for the neighbourhood, the program includes eight art installations, a connective Play Path, roaming and audio experiences, and more. 

Playing in Public spreads out across “The Bentway and Beyond,” into local parks, public spaces, and sidewalks throughout the Fort York, CityPlace, Niagara, and Waterfront communities. Participatory and “playable”, it has been designed to offer COVID-safe engagement for local residents to explore their city in new ways. 

Installations include work by Daily tous les jours, Esmaa Mohamoud, Assemble, Studio F-Minus, Thomas Mailaender and Erik Kessels, Pierre Poussin, The Street Society, and Nelson Wu and biosphere. 

Click here to learn more


6. Building Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road: Community Meeting

We can't tackle Toronto's housing crisis without creating more housing options that people at all income levels can afford. 

Block 36 North, or 150 Queens Wharf Road, is the last block of undeveloped land in CityPlace. This vacant site is located immediately north of the Fort York library branch. The land is owned by the City and has been earmarked for new affordable rental housing.

Since our initial community meeting, I've worked with staff to adjust the building height to increase the amount of affordable housing we can build by 25% more than the initial proposal. 

Join us for the second community meeting to hear updates on the proposal, and share your feedback:

Monday, July 12
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Visit www.createto.ca/150queenswharf for more details including how to join and participate in the Community Meeting. 


7. 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:

Web Presence 101 – Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set
Learn how to develop a web presence so your customers can easily find you online.
Tuesday, July 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Register 

B Corp 101 Workshop: Learning to Measure What Matters
Learn how to measure your company’s current impact in the areas of governance, employee relations, community and the environment, and then use these results to guide you forward as a social entrepreneur.
Tuesday, July 13, 10 a.m. – noon
Register 

Click here for more upcoming webinars


8. 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. 


9. 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