COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - May 13

Dear friends,

With another week behind us, we’ve reached another immunization milestone: over 50% of eligible adults in Toronto have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As of this morning, 1,567,248 vaccine doses have been administered in our city. 

This is great news. But we still have much more to do. We’ll keep scaling up until every Torontonian, in every part of our city, can get their shot. 

Now that spring weather is finally here, we’re committed to finding ways for people to enjoy the outdoors safely. This includes ActiveTO weekend road closures, painted park circles at Trinity Bellwoods to facilitate distancing, and more. 

Get outside, wear your mask, stay safe, and enjoy the sunshine. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Torontonians age 40+ Eligible to Book Vaccinations and Update on Sprint Strategy
  2. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  3. ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard West Begins this Weekend
  4. Rail Deck Park Update - Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Decision
  5. First Parliament Site Master Plan - Virtual Public Meeting
  6. Physical Distancing Circles Returning to Trinity Bellwoods
  7. 277 Wellington St W Development Application  - Virtual Community Consultation 
  8. TDSB Trustee Stephanie Donaldson’s Ward Forum
  9. Community Incubation Program at The Bentway
  10. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  11. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  12. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. Torontonians age 40+ Eligible to Book Vaccinations and Update on Sprint Strategy

As of 8 am this morning all adults age 40 and above (or turning 40 in 2021) are eligible to book a vaccination appointment at one of our City-run immunization clinics. Appointments are available based on supply; as we receive more supply from the Province, the City can open up more appointments. 

To book an appointment, visit: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/

More information on current eligibility is available here.

Our Team Toronto Sprint Strategy has been successful at getting vaccines to our most vulnerable, including frontline and essential workers. In areas that are prioritized for mobile and pop-up clinics, first-dose vaccination rates have tripled in the past month, now averaging more than half of eligible adults. 

This week the City has added five more postal codes to the priority list for mobile and pop-up clinics. Three are in Scarborough: M1E, M1K, and M1R, along with two in Downtown East: M4X and M5A, in our Ward 10 community. As soon as I have more information on details for pop-up clinics in M5A, I will share them. 

On-the-ground mobilization and outreach has been critical to the success of the Sprint Strategy. As our community engagement work continues to scale up, we'll reach 68,000+ Torontonians in the coming weeks through door-to-door canvassing, phone banking, virtual town halls and more.

Our City-wide community engagement work on COVID-19 vaccines has already reached:

  • 31,032 seniors directly contacted about vaccination
  • 1,651 free rides provided to clinics
  • 6,521 participants at virtual town halls and webinars
  • 165 neighbourhood ambassadors on-the-ground (with more to come, scaling up to 280)

This work has been possible through the tireless efforts of groups like Toronto's Black Scientists' Task Force and Accessibility Task Force on Vaccine Equity. We also have 15 Vaccine Engagement teams, who are coordinating 155 community agencies across the city to provide education on vaccines and break down barriers to access. 

All this work is rooted in equity. It's our commitment to ensuring that everyone in Toronto has access to vaccination as soon as possible, and can get information about vaccines or assistance getting an appointment from people in their community that they know and trust.


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.

Yesterday, Dr. de Villa spoke about the increasing momentum in Toronto’s vaccination campaign, and the success of pop-up and mobile clinics across the city in getting our most vulnerable vaccinated. 

She noted that Toronto receives its vaccine supply directly from the Province, and that the Ontario Government recently announced that details are being finalized to expand vaccine access to children and teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17. Toronto Public Health is looking forward to receiving these details, and ultimately to working with the relevant partners to get this done.

You can read the full update here


3. ActiveTO on Lake Shore Boulevard West Begins this Weekend

Great news: ActiveTO road closures along Lake Shore Boulevard West will be in place for the first time in 2021 this weekend.

The following closures will begin on Saturday, May 15 at 6 a.m. and go until Sunday, May 16 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road
  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Bayview Avenue, between Front Street East and Rosedale Valley Road, as well as River Street between Bayview Avenue and Spruce Street
  • Roads through High Park remain closed to vehicle traffic each weekend to allow people to explore the park while practising physical distancing. (Please note this takes place from Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Monday at 7 a.m.)

City staff will actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes this weekend. Work is already underway to plan and adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West, as well as at the intersection of Leslie Street at Lake Shore Boulevard East. Officers will be positioned at key intersections along Lake Shore Boulevard West to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway.

Click here to learn more.


4. Rail Deck Park Update – Local Planning Appeal Tribunal Decision

Yesterday, the Province's Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) issued an order approving the private development proposal for the railway corridor south of Front Street between Bathurst Street and Blue Jays Way. This reflects the current flawed process, whereby the Provincial and unelected Tribunal can overturn the City of Toronto’s decisions, restricting our ability to plan for our future.

I am deeply disappointed by this decision. The rail corridor is one of the last remaining large sites for a new signature public space that could serve our rapidly growing downtown population. While there are plenty of other places in our city to build condo towers, the 21 acres here – the size of 16 football fields – should be a new central park for all of Toronto to enjoy. 

While the City Solicitor is reviewing the LPAT decision in order to inform our next steps, I want to be clear that this will not stop my work to create new parkland and public spaces in our rapidly-growing city, through projects like the South Stanley Park extension, Ordnance Triangle, Bathurst Quay Public Realm, St. Andrew's Playground expansion, David Crombie Park revitalization, the Bentway, Love Park, and much more.

I have long believed in the importance of parks and public spaces in contributing to the liveability of great cities. If anything, the past year has made clear the critical importance of parkland in dense urban neighbourhoods, where not everybody has outdoor space of their own.

While yesterday’s decision is a set-back, my determination and resolve is undiminished. In the days, weeks, and months ahead I will continue to push to create the expanded and new parks and public spaces Torontonians need and deserve.


5. First Parliament Site Master Plan – Virtual Public Meeting

Located at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets, the First Parliament Site is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. These lands are a site of local, provincial, and national significance.

A Master Plan for the First Parliament Site is underway. The plan will build on heritage values, create a vision and guiding principles, and include a proposal to develop the site over the next 10 to 20 years. 

Join the project team at a Public Meeting next week to showcase and celebrate the effort that individual residents, the community, and the team have put into the Heritage Interpretation Strategy and the Master Plan:

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3F8Q7K8 

Visit the First Parliament Project webpage to learn more.


6. Physical Distancing Circles Returning to Trinity Bellwoods

Getting outside is more important than ever for our physical and mental health. As a City, we are working to encourage and facilitate safe outdoor activities.

Similar to last year, City crews have begun painting physical distancing circles at Trinity Bellwoods Park. These circles will help visitors enjoy the park while also staying apart and protecting one another.


7. 277 Wellington St W Development Application – Virtual Community Consultation 

The City has received an application for 277 Wellington St West (south-east corner of Wellington and Blue Jays Way) to amend the Zoning By-Law to permit a new 66-storey mixed-use building. The overall proposal consists of 645 residential units, 116 square metres of retail use and 9,169 square metres of office use.

Join the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting and learn more about the proposed development:

Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Click here to learn how to join online and by phone.

For further information on the planning application please visit: https://www.toronto.ca/277WellingtonAveW 


8. TDSB Trustee Stephanie Donaldson’s Ward Forum

Toronto District School Board Trustee Stephanie Donaldson (Ward 9, Davenport and Spadina—Fort York)  invites you to a ward forum:

School Building in Toronto: Where Are We Now?
Monday, May 31, 2021 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Register Online 

As communities continue to grow and intensify, accommodation pressures emerge at local public schools that are facing increasing enrolment. Information on updated enrolment and demographics, and the impact of residential intensification on local schools, will be shared at this meeting. Staff will speak to how the studies in the TDSB’s Long-Term Program and Accommodation Strategy and Secondary School Review will mitigate these challenges, and trustees will speak to advocacy to the provincial government to address capital needs. 

View the Flyer PDF
Visit Stephanie Donaldson’s Ward 9 Website
Sign up for Stephanie Donaldson’s Newsletter


9. Community Incubation Program at The Bentway

The Bentway is now accepting applications for their 2021 Community Incubation Program. The program provides financial and logistical support to emerging artists, designers, community members, and others based in the CityPlace neighbourhood to create a new program at The Bentway Studio – The Bentway’s new office and programming space located adjacent to the Canoe Landing Recreation Centre – this fall. The Community Incubation Program will help develop the capacity of local community members and provide fantastic programming for CityPlace.

Public information session (Zoom): May 20, 2021 at 6pm – 7pm.
Register here
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Deadline for submissions: June 4, 2021

Click here to learn more.


10. 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 & Sales
Friday, May 14, 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.
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.
Register 

T2 Corporation Income Tax Return Seminar
Monday, May 17. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Presented by Canada Revenue Agency, this seminar is offered to owners of small corporations who need help in understanding their tax obligations. The presentation is geared towards incorporated businesses and will provide participants with the basic principles and resources needed to navigate the tax system.
Register 

Click here for more upcoming webinars


11. 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. 


12. 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