COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - May 27th

Dear friends,

Each week, we reach a new milestone in our fight against this pandemic. As of yesterday, 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have now been administered in Toronto. 

This is great news – Torontonians are stepping up and taking action to help keep themselves, their loved ones, and our city safe. I want to thank everyone who has made an appointment to get their first dose of vaccine so far. 

We know, though, that we still have much more work to do. Anyone in Toronto age 12+ is now eligible to book an appointment at one of our City-run immunization clinics, at toronto.ca/home/covid-19/. While we need to ensure that everyone in our city can get their first dose, we’re also working with Toronto Public Health, our hospital and health care partners, and community organizations to plan for the rollout of second doses. 

Getting Toronto vaccinated is our top priority, and I will continue to share updates and new information as we move forward.

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Toronto Launches VaxTO Campaign with Text Messaging Service and Telephone Town Hall
  2. Pop-up Vaccine Clinic at Scadding Court Community Centre
  3. Updates from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health 
  4. Economic and Community Development Committee Updates
  5. Ontario Place Updates
  6. Virtual Public Meeting - Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
  7. Women’s Safety Panel Discussion
  8. Public Consultations: Review of Parking Requirements for New Development
  9. The Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations is Seeking Members
  10. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
  11. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
  12. COVID-19 Information and Resources

1. Toronto Launches VaxTO Campaign with Text Messaging Service and Telephone Town Hall 


Click to watch video

Yesterday, the City of Toronto launched the VaxTO campaign – a push to break down every barrier to vaccination in our city. The approach: use outreach and engagement tactics from election campaigns to connect directly with Torontonians. The goal: get to herd immunity.

Over 65% of Torontonians 18+ have had their first dose. This is tremendous progress. But to beat COVID, we need even more people to get their first shot. And then, we need to ensure people can easily access their second dose to be fully vaccinated. 

Election campaigns use a range of direct contact tactics – from interactive text messaging, telephone town halls, and multilingual social media campaigns – to reach voters. This time, our voters are 2.9 million Torontonians, who need two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to stay safe. That’s why the City is adopting these tools to connect directly with residents. 

By texting the message "VACCINE" to 1-833-750-0888, anyone in our city can now be directly connected to resources, including information on how vaccines work and how to book an appointment.

The first major event of the campaign will be a city-wide telephone town hall on Wednesday, June 2, at 6 p.m. The event will provide Torontonians with an opportunity to ask questions related to the COVID-19 vaccination program directly to Mayor Tory, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Medical Officer of Health, and Chief Matthew Pegg, General Manager of the Office of Emergency Management. 

You can learn more about the VaxTO campaign here


2. Pop-up Vaccine Clinic at Scadding Court Community Centre

Today and tomorrow, Scadding Court Community Centre is hosting a pop-up vaccine clinic:

Thursday, May 27th 9am-5pm and Friday, May 28th, 9am-6pm
707 Dundas Street W
Eligibility: Adults 18+ (priority given to residents from M5T)

Our Vaccine Engagement Teams have been hard at work with local agencies to organize pop-up clinics like this one, and break down barriers to access.

Our Vaccine Mobilization Plan is about connecting with people where they live, where they worship, and where they work. It's built on partnerships with local leaders and organizations that have deep ties to the neighbourhoods they serve.

View/download flyer for more information.


3. 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 all Torontonians who have yet to get a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to make an appointment to get their shot. She also noted that every vaccine available to Canadians undergoes careful evaluation and review and is monitored constantly after approval for use, meaning they are all safe and effective. 

Dr. de Villa noted that there are still around 28% of people in our city who are 80 and over and have yet to get their first dose. While Toronto Public Health is working to complete vaccinations for people who are homebound and cannot leave their place of residence, she encouraged Torontonians to reach out to all elders that they know and to encourage and support them to get vaccinated as soon as possible. 

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


4. Economic and Community Development Committee Updates

Yesterday, at Economic and Community Development Committee, we approved important items on the Toronto Newcomer Strategy and the Child Care Growth Strategy. 

Toronto Newcomer Strategy 2022-2026

Our diversity is our greatest strength. The updated Toronto Newcomer Strategy 2022-2026 will support newcomers through an approach that ensures access to all City services and supports. 

The updated Strategy was developed after extensive consultations and jurisdictional and environmental scans, and takes into account achievements and learnings to date. It provides a roadmap for achieving greater impacts for newcomer success. This is how we build a city that is truly welcoming and inclusive for all. 

View the approved recommendations here.

Child Care and Early Years System: COVID-19 Response and Child Care Growth Strategy

The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the continued importance of the vision of the Growth Strategy, which aims to build capacity, make fees affordable for parents, and improve compensation to support a thriving workforce. Accessible, affordable child care delivered by well-compensated staff is the cornerstone of the recovery from the pandemic. Investments from other orders of government continue to be necessary to ensure that spaces are available, fees are affordable, and wages are sufficient to recruit and retain skilled child care staff. 

View the approved recommendations here.


5. Ontario Place Updates

Ontario Place is for all Ontarians. The 155 acres of public land on the waterfront, in the heart of Toronto, represent a crucial public asset that must be respected. That's why it's so important that we get this once-in-a-generation decision about the future of Ontario Place right.

Since we learned of the Province’s move to eliminate the governing body of Ontario Place in 2018, I have been pushing to ensure that any potential changes to Ontario Place be made in the public interest, and include a rigorous public consultation process. In 2019, I moved a motion to strike a special City of Toronto Ontario Place sub-committee

Now, in a proposed Terms of Reference with the City, the Province has agreed to: 

  • Active consultation with the public on Ontario Place
  • Integration with Exhibition Place and Lake Shore Boulevard
  • Acknowledge and protect heritage and public space 
  • Not to push through any plans unilaterally

Our next task: have the Province bring all proposals for Ontario Place out from behind closed doors. People have a right to review any plans and have their say in this process. That’s our commitment. It's also how we create a revitalized and dynamic Ontario Place for all.


6. Virtual Public Meeting – Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan

You’re invited to a virtual community consultation on plans to build a new, waterfront public space on the Canada Malting property, located in the Bathurst Quay neighbourhood.

Wednesday, June 16
7 pm - 9 pm
Meeting link

Join us to hear a presentation from the project's landscape architects PFS Studio, and to receive an update from City staff on other phases of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan project, including: planned rehabilitation of the heritage-designated Canada Malting silos; a recently completed water's edge promenade; streetscape improvements on Eireann Quay; and the transformation of an existing office building into a new waterfront centre for arts and culture.

Following the presentation, meeting facilitators will guide attendees through moderated break-out room discussions in order to record your feedback.

Click here to view a recent update presentation on the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan

For more background of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan, visit the City’s project webpage here.


7. Women’s Safety Panel Discussion

In partnership with Dixon Hall, Councillor Wong-Tam will be hosting a Women’s Safety Panel to discuss safety concerns expressed by female-identified community members in the Downtown East area, and provide strategies and accessible resources. 

The panel will include presentations from special guests Susan Davis (Executive Director, Gerstein Crisis Centre), Pauline Larson (Director of Economic and Community Development, Downtown Yonge BIA), Uppala Chandrasekera (Social Worker), Scott McKean (Community Safety & Wellbeing Unit, City of Toronto), and Inspector Susan Gomes (Toronto Police Services, 51 Division), followed by a Q & A. 

Date: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EST
RSVP to join


8. Public Consultations: Review of Parking Requirements for New Development

Decreases in automobile ownership and ongoing significant investments in transit and cycling infrastructure are providing people with more travel options. Due to these changes, the Planning and Housing Committee (PH20.4) has directed staff to review parking requirements for new development. 

A reduction in the minimum parking requirement for new development is consistent with a broader trend across North America. Several cities, such as Edmonton, San Francisco, Minneapolis, and Buffalo, have removed minimum parking requirements for new development. California is currently considering a state-wide prohibition on parking minimums in areas that are served by transit.

City staff will be holding a series of online public meetings at the start of June to gather feedback on directions emerging from the review. The feedback received will inform recommendations. The public meetings are scheduled for: 

June 1, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Registration link here

June 2, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Registration link here

June 3, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Registration link here

Visit the review webpage here for more information: www.toronto.ca/parkingreview 


9. The Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations is Seeking Members

The Federation of South Toronto Residents Associations (FoSTRA) is a non-partisan federation of residents associations that collaborate to:

  • help shape the creation of good public policies at all levels of government
  • preserve and enhance the quality of life for Torontonians
  • promote neighborhood identity and vitality
  • ensure responsible and respectful development within its boundaries

FoSTRA’s boundaries are the same as the five downtown Wards – Wards 4, 9, 10, 13 – and the Ridings and Electoral Districts of Parkdale-High Park, Davenport, Spadina-Fort York, Toronto Centre plus Ward 11, and University-Rosedale south of Bloor Street. 

FoSTRA has established itself as a federal non-profit, and is accepting membership requests for resident, community, neighbourhood, and tenants associations as well as housing co-ops to consider.

If you would like more information or an application form, please email: [email protected] 


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:

Web Presence 101 - Ensuring Your Foundation Is Set
Learn how to develop a web presence so your customers can easily find you online.
Tuesday, June 1, 10 am - 11:30 am
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, June 15, 10 am - 12 pm
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