COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - June 30

Dear friends,

We did it, Toronto! This past weekend, our city set a world record for the most vaccine doses ever administered in a single day at a clinic.

On Sunday, nearly 27,000 Torontonians joined the City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners at Scotiabank Arena for the Toronto Vaccine Day. First and second vaccine doses were administered. 

I was fortunate to be on-site at the clinic and feel the energy and gratitude throughout the arena, and to get my second vaccine dose. I want to thank the 1,500 City staff, health care workers, and volunteers that made Sunday possible, and the thousands of Torontonians that came out to get their shots and protect each other and our city. 

Be proud, Toronto. Together, we made history. Now, we’ll keep scaling up to ensure everyone in our city can get fully vaccinated. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. With Anyone 12+ Now Eligible for an Accelerated Second Dose, City Adds 375,000 July Appointments 
  2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  3. Toronto Enters Step Two Reopening
  4. ActiveTO on Lake Shore West
  5. Building Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road: Community Meeting
  6. June Callwood Park – Construction Update
  7. Free Outdoor Programs for Children and Youth
  8. Community Compost Days
  9. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  10. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  11. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. With Anyone 12+ Now Eligible for an Accelerated Second Dose, City Adds 375,000 July Appointments 

On Monday, everyone in Toronto age 12 and older became eligible to book an accelerated second dose of COVID-19 vaccine. To accommodate this surge in demand for vital second doses, the City of Toronto immunization clinics added over 375,000 vaccination appointments to the booking system this week – 125,000 appointments each for the weeks of July 5, July 12 and July 19.

To date, 3,425,588 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Toronto as part of the overall Team Toronto initiative.  Over a million people in our city – over 40% of Toronto adults – are now fully vaccinated, with both doses. 

Second dose appointments can be booked by anyone, including youth age 12 to 17, who received a first Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least 28 days ago or a first AstraZeneca vaccine at least eight weeks ago. More information on second dose eligibility is on the Province of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccines: getting your second dose. Anyone 12 years of age or older can book a first dose appointment. 

To book your first or second dose appointment, visit toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900.

By coming together as a city to get vaccinated, we’re moving closer to getting back to all the activities and experiences we have missed so much.


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.

This week, Dr. de Villa participated in the press conference on the phone line to answer reporters’ questions. You can watch the full press conference, which featured remarks from Mayor Tory and Chief Pegg, here. 


3. Toronto Enters Step Two Reopening

Toronto has now moved into Step Two of the Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen. The City of Toronto has readied reopening amenities and is prepared to resume permitted services.

In Step Two, additional restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 are being lifted. Small indoor gatherings of up to five people are permitted and outdoor gathering limits increase to 25 people. A full list of Step Two changes can be found on the Province’s Reopening Ontario webpage.

The City has updated the COVID-19: Reopening Guide for Toronto Residents with a list of activities that are permitted in Step Two.

As announced last week, the move to Step Two impacts some City services. To help Torontonians safely enjoy the outdoors, the City has now issued hundreds of permits for outdoor sports leagues, fitness classes and use of picnic spaces and fire pits. The City also continues to support bars and restaurants through the CaféTO and small- and medium- sized businesses with tools including new rapid screening kits.

The full list of changes to City services, updated regularly, is available on the COVID-19: Changes to City Services webpage.


4. ActiveTO on Lake Shore West

ActiveTO is all about helping people get outside to exercise and explore our city. And it's working, especially on Lake Shore West. Up to 34,000 cyclists and 5,000 pedestrians per weekend have used it when it's closed to vehicles – by far the busiest ActiveTO route in the city.

Thank you to City staff for working with my office to ensure ActiveTO includes Lake Shore West in Spadina-Fort York throughout July, beginning this weekend. (One exception: July 10-11, due to Gardiner closure. Exhibition Place will be part of ActiveTO that weekend instead).

Here is the July schedule for ActiveTO routes on Lake Shore West: 

Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road

Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11
*Gardiner Expressway maintenance weekend
- Roads within Exhibition Place

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Jameson Avenue and Stadium Road

Saturday, July 24 and Sunday, July 25
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Jameson Avenue and Stadium Road

Saturday, July 31 and Sunday, August 1
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road


5. 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. 


6. June Callwood Park – Construction Update

I’m pleased to share that construction of our June Callwood Park improvements is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 5. As a result of feedback from local residents, numerous additions have been included in the park improvement plan, including: 

  • Installation of new park entry signs
  • Removing the existing hedge maze to make room for:
    • New playground equipment
    • New north-south access routes and pathways
    • Improved sight-lines through the park
  • 3 to 5 new playground equipment features suited for a diverse age range
  • All gravel surfacing will be replaced with a porous rubberized surface or new planting beds
  • Upgrades to the treatment around the existing utility enclosure with new fencing
  • New benches and a seating wall
  • Improved park lighting features
  • Replacing the granite paving with new concrete sidewalks at Fleet Street and Fort York Boulevard street frontages
  • Replacing dead or missing trees throughout the park

The park will be closed during construction. I will continue to share progress updates as they become available. 

Learn more on the City’s project webpage here


7. Free Outdoor Programs for Children and Youth

ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX will return this summer to engage Toronto youth, children and their families at parks and outdoor spaces across the City.

Beginning Monday, July 5, ParksPlayTO will offer free drop-in and activity-based, recreation programming Monday to Friday at 74 locations. ParksPlayTO will offer activities such as exploring nature, gardening, active games, arts and crafts, family fitness, story-telling and music circles for children and their caregivers. Children age 12 and under will be welcomed to ParksPlayTO. Adult caregivers are required to accompany all program participants. 

Summer in the 6IX, which will also begin on Monday July 5, is a free program designed for Toronto youth, aged 13 to 24, offering opportunities to drop in, meet up with friends and participate in themed activities. Programming includes dance, fitness, and sports, as well as leadership, employment, arts and media. 

Health guidelines for both programs were developed in consultation with Toronto Public Health and are aligned to provincial guidelines, including program capacities, physical distancing, adequate cleaning, mask wearing, signage, daily health checks and screening.

ParksPlayTO and Summer in the 6IX are free drop-in programs and registration is not required. People can head to the location where activities are scheduled to secure a spot on-site.

Click here to learn more.


8. Community Compost Days


2017 Community Compost Day

The City is providing free compost for pick up. The compost provided comes from your leaf and yard waste that the City collects as part of the waste reduction and recycling program.

Please note the following when coming to pick up your free compost:

  • COVID-19 public health guidelines should be followed including; maintaining physical distancing, wearing a mask when collecting from the compost pile, and staying home if you have any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Please bring your own shovel and container. No staff will be available onsite to assist. 

Upcoming compost days:

Stanley Park
Saturday, July 3rd, 12pm
View/download flyer 

Little Norway Park
Sunday, July 4th, 10am
View/download flyer

More locations and dates will be provided as they are confirmed. 


9. 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


10. 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. 


11. 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