COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - May 20

Dear friends,

Our city is stepping up. With nearly 65% of eligible adults in Toronto having received their first shot, it’s clear that people are doing their part to protect themselves and their community. I want to thank every Torontonian who has booked a vaccination appointment for all you’re doing to keep our city safe. 

There’s still more to do, though, and we won’t stop until everyone can quickly and easily get a vaccine. This Victoria Day long weekend, an additional 19,000 appointment spots have opened up at our City-run immunization clinics. These appointments are available from Friday to Monday, and open to all adults age 18 and up. Book yours now by visiting toronto.ca/COVID-19 or calling 1-833-943-3900. 

While we’re making great progress, we’re not done with COVID-19 yet. Cases are still high compared to where we were last summer, and each holiday long weekend over the past year has resulted in a new uptick. So this weekend, while I encourage everyone to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, we must keep wearing our masks, keeping our distance, and following public health guidelines. 

That’s how we beat this, once and for all. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. All Adults 18+ Now Eligible to Book Vaccination Appointments 
  2. Sprint Strategy Update and New Postal Code Areas
  3. Pop-up Vaccine Clinics for Hotspot Postal Codes in Ward 10
  4. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  5. Vaccination Town Hall for Parents/Guardians of Students (age 12-17)
  6. New Affordable Housing, Parks, and Community Services Coming to Ward 10
  7. New Cycling Infrastructure and Safety Improvements on The Esplanade and Mill Street
  8. ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures
  9. Sidewalk Snow Clearing Expanding to all Neighbourhoods this Winter
  10. The Fife and Drum Spring Edition
  11. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  12. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  13. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. All Adults 18+ Now Eligible to Book Vaccination Appointments 

On Tuesday morning, all adults age 18 and up became eligible to book an appointment at one of our City-run immunization clinics. People who are 17 but are turning 18 in 2021 can also book appointments, but only for the Pfizer shot (this can be selected in the online booking system). 

People in Toronto who are 18 years of age and above can also now book a vaccination at participating pharmacies, as part of the Ontario Government’s Pharmacy Program. To book an appointment, contact your local Pharmacy directly. To find a participating Pharmacy near you, visit: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations

People can also book an appointment directly through our hospital and health care partners, at one of their clinics. To learn more, visit: https://vaccineto.ca/

To accommodate the change in eligibility, the Ontario Government has provided the City of Toronto with more supply for our City-run clinics. On Tuesday, an additional 120,000 appointments became available in our City-run clinics for the first few weeks of June, and yesterday we learned that the Province was providing additional supply for this holiday weekend, making it possible to add 19,000 new appointments from Friday to Monday

A full list of people who are currently eligible to book vaccine appointments is available by selecting the "Vaccine Eligibility" tab here


2. Sprint Strategy Update and New Postal Code Areas

Our Team Toronto Sprint Strategy is working. In our 13 original postal code areas prioritized for mobile and pop-up clinics in Northwest Toronto, Scarborough, and Thorncliffe Park, first-dose vaccine rates for adults 18+ have gone from 13% last month to 56% this week.

On May 3, we added four more postal code areas in Scarborough to the list. In those places, we've seen first-dose rates rise from 38% of adults 18+ to 60% – in only two weeks. And last week, we added five new postal code areas – bringing the total areas for our local Sprint Strategy to 22. In a single week, we boosted first-dose vaccinations in these areas from 47% to 58% of adults.

Due to the success of the Sprint Strategy, on Wednesday the City added seven new areas to the priority list for mobile and pop-up clinics, including M5T in Ward 10, which includes Alexandra Park, the Grange, and parts of Chinatown. 

The Sprint Strategy is getting results and protecting those at greatest risk, thanks to the tireless efforts of Toronto Public Health and our Team Toronto partners. But our work won't stop until all Torontonians, in every corner of our city, can quickly and easily get their shot.


3. Pop-up Vaccine Clinics for Hotspot Postal Codes in Ward 10

Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre
627 Queens Quay W
Friday, May 21st 11am-6pm
Eligibility: Adults who are 18+ and live in the following postal codes:
M5V 2Z8, M5V 2Z7, M5V 3A9, M5V 0E3, M5V 2Z6, M5V 2Y9, M5V 3A3, M5V 3B9, M5V 1A3
View/download flyer for more information

Cecil Community Centre
58 Cecil Street
Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th, 10am-8pm
Eligibility: Adults 18+ who are living, working, receiving service, caring for family, studying or volunteering in the M5T postal code
View/download flyer for more information: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese

Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street W
Thursday, May 27th 9am-5pm and Friday, May 28th, 9am-6pm
Eligibility: Adults 18+ (priority given to residents from M5T)
View/download flyer for more information


4. 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 encouraged everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, and provided an update on first-dose vaccinations for people in Toronto ages 12 to 17. She noted that certain pop-up and mobile clinics operated by our hospital and health care partners have begun offering vaccinations to people in this age group, and that more will become available in the coming weeks. She confirmed planning is underway between Toronto Public Health, the Hospital for Sick Children and other health care leaders.  

Beginning May 31, all 12 to 17 year-olds will be able to book appointments at our City-run immunization clinics through the provincial booking system. For the weeks of June 14 and 21, there will be specific appointment times at our City-run clinics dedicated to youth vaccination.

Dr. de Villa also noted that with the holiday weekend coming up, now is not the time to let our guard down. Toronto’s track record after holiday weekends has been concerning, as we’ve seen an increase in infections after each one. Many people in our city still don’t have protection from vaccines, and we need to remain cautious and protect one another. 


5. Vaccination Town Hall for Parents/Guardians of Students (age 12-17)

Dr. Vinita Dubey, Associate Medical Officer of Health, will provide a presentation and answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines. 

No registration required. Choose from three upcoming session dates:

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Join online or by telephone: 416-915-6530
Access code: 177 660 1355
Online password (if required): Toronto123

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Join online or by telephone: 416-915-6530
Access code: 177 923 4897
Online password (if required): Toronto123

Saturday, May 29, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Join online or by telephone: 416-915-6530
Access code: 177 971 0718
Online password (if required): Toronto123


6. New Affordable Housing, Parks, and Community Services Coming to Ward 10

Turning a Parking Lot and Fire Station into a Park and Affordable Housing: Update on Plans for 260 Adelaide and 229 Richmond

The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the need for affordable housing, public spaces, and community services in our downtown core, as well as the importance of supporting our local arts and culture sector. These are the services and amenities that make our communities affordable, diverse, and vibrant.

Over five years ago, I committed to creating a new park in the heart of downtown, in one of the fastest-growing neighbourhoods in North America. Now, after years of work and planning, a new signature park will be built by leveraging City-owned property at 260 Adelaide and 229 Richmond – along with affordable housing and other vital city services.

Last week, the CreateTO Board of Directors adopted the proposed Master Plan for these properties, including how these sites can be activated with City uses.

Right now, 260 Adelaide is home to an aging fire hall that needs structural upgrades, and 229 Richmond is a parking lot. Under our plan, 12 City Divisions have come together to revitalize our downtown neighbourhood. It will include 196 units of new affordable housing, alongside additional market housing; a new relocated state-of-the-art fire station and paramedic post; 10,000 square feet of community space; and a new 24,000 square/foot park. 

Creating New Affordable Housing, Cultural Space and a Park in Queen West

Following years of work, today the Planning and Housing Committee will consider recommendations to turn a surface level parking lot (15 Denison Ave) in the Queen West neighbourhood into affordable housing and a new cultural space, both of which will be connected to a new City park.

The City of Toronto has also announced that it has acquired adjacent private properties at 468 Queen Street West and 464-466 Queen Street West (formerly a KFC restaurant and adjacent retail store), for the purpose of conversion into a new 8,800 square foot public park. The park will connect Queen Street with the new affordable housing and cultural space development.

This recommendation follows a series of motions that I moved at City Council directing staff to explore the conversion of the parking lot into affordable housing and cultural space. Earlier this year I pushed for the work to be sped up. 

Click here to learn more about both projects.


7. New Cycling Infrastructure and Safety Improvements on The Esplanade and Mill Street

The Esplanade and Mill Street serve as connections to iconic destinations like the Distillery District and St. Lawrence Market. 

Next week the Infrastructure and Environment Committee will consider recommendations to implement new cycling infrastructure and traffic safety plans for these important streets.

The Esplanade and Mill Street Improvement Project will:

  • Improve safety for everyone
  • Make it more attractive to walk, bike, and take transit
  • Maintain access to local and citywide destinations

Visit the project website here to learn more.


8. ActiveTO Weekend Road Closures

Our ActiveTO weekend road closures have been successful in providing space for thousands of people to get outside and be active while physical distancing.

Details for the May 22-24 closures will be available before the weekend on the ActiveTO webpage here


9. Sidewalk Snow Clearing Expanding to all Neighbourhoods this Winter

This week the City announced a plan to expand sidewalk snow clearing to all neighbourhoods, starting this winter. City staff have recommended the expansion of this service following a successful trial program over the last two winters. 

The expansion of the service will improve safety for residents in winter, provide more equitable snow clearing service to all areas of the city, and support greater accessibility.

A report will be considered by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee on May 25, and then by City Council on June 8 and 9.

Click here for more information on sidewalk snow clearing.


10. The Fife and Drum Spring Edition

The Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common are pleased to bring you the Spring Edition of The Fife and Drum, their quarterly newsletter. Click here to view.


11. 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:

General Small Business Tax Literacy Seminar
Geared toward unincorporated businesses, this seminar will help participants understand their tax obligations and provide them with the resources needed to navigate the tax system.
Friday, May 21, 9:30am-12pm
Register 

Web Presence 101 - Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set
Learn how to develop a web presence so your customers can easily find you online.
Friday, June 1, 10-11:30am

Register 

Click here for more upcoming webinars


12. 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. 


13. 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