COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - November 19th

Dear friends,

For weeks now, Team Toronto has been hard at work developing our Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. With this morning’s announcements of Health Canada’s approval for vaccines for kids age five to 11, and guidance from the National Advisory Committee on Immunization, we’re ready to hit the ground running.

The vaccine supply for kids age five to 11 is estimated to arrive in Toronto from the Ontario Government within the next week. Distribution across our network of hundreds of clinics can begin within days of receiving supply.

Our Team Toronto Kids Plan is rooted in ensuring equity and access. With communication, outreach, and engagement, we're committed to making sure every kid, in every area of our city, has a chance to be a Team Toronto superhero, and can roll up their sleeves and help protect our city.

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Vaccines Approved for Kids Age 5 to 11, Appointment Bookings to Open Next Week 
  2. Moving Forward with the Wellington Destructor Revitalization 
  3. Video: Learn More about the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
  4. New Park Coming to Draper Street
  5. CivicLabTO Academic Summit: Collaborating on Renewal & Resilience
  6. Waterfront Toronto Call to Artists: Floating Public Art
  7. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10
  8. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

1. Vaccines Approved for Kids Age 5 to 11, Appointment Bookings to Open Next Week 

Earlier today, Health Canada approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine for children age five to 11, followed by guidance from both the National Advisory Committee on Immunization. Beginning early next week, parents and guardians will be able to begin to book appointments for children age five to 11 at the five City of Toronto-run Immunization Clinics through the Provincial online booking system

The City is opening 20,000 booking appointments for vaccination at City-run clinics between November 25 and December 5. These bookings are for appointments at the following locations: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Woodbine Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Mall, and Mitchell Field Arena. All Toronto children aged five to 11 years old, regardless of neighbourhood, are eligible to book their first dose appointment at one of these locations. To make vaccination as accessible as possible, clinic hours of operation at all five City-run immunization clinics will be extended and expanded over the next two weeks. 

All vaccinations in City-run clinics are by appointment only and not by walk-in. More appointments will be released in the Provincial booking system as the vaccination campaign continues. Appointments at City-run clinics can be booked through the dark blue “Book an Appointment” button on toronto.ca/covid-19 or by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007).

Our City-run clinics are just one way for kids age five to 11 to get their first dose of vaccine. Over 450 participating pharmacies across the City will also begin administering shots to this population, as well as dozens of additional Team Toronto vaccine clinics, and over 110 doctors’ offices. A full list of clinic options for kids age five to 11 will be made in the coming days at: https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/covid-19-vaccines/covid-19-children-vaccines/

In addition, Team Toronto is working closely with our four public school boards to develop school-based clinics. The first phase of this plan includes school-based clinics in 34 priority Toronto neighbourhoods over the next few weeks. In this phase, more than 55,000 children will be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine through school-based clinics, with more locations added as the vaccination campaign continues. Parents, caregivers and students will receive vaccination information directly from their school when a school clinic is available to them.


2. Moving Forward with the Wellington Destructor Revitalization 

Yesterday I had the opportunity to join Mayor John Tory, along with leaders from CreateTO and TAS, at the Wellington Destructor site to celebrate the next phase in the revitalization of this historic public asset. 

Last week Toronto City Council approved moving forward with the partnership with TAS to transform the Destructor site, which has been vacant for 35 years, into a dynamic cultural and community hub, along with new commercial space. 

The revitalized Wellington Destructor will be a new local landmark that residents and visitors alike can enjoy for years to come. This is city-building at its best: transforming a historic public asset into a dynamic hub that will serve our rapidly growing downtown community. 


3. Video: Learn More about the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan


Rendering of planned waterfront plaza by PFS Studio

The Bathurst Quay waterfront revitalization has been years in the making. Since 2014, we've been working with community partners and residents to open up access to the waterfront, improve transportation and pedestrian areas, and create enhanced public spaces for everyone to enjoy.

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of joining our local partners to celebrate our progress with a new water's edge promenade, and to launch phase two construction of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan (BQNP).

This week, the City released a new video so that everyone can view highlights of the event, and learn more about the BQNP

Watch the video here
Learn more at the project webpage here


4. New Park Coming to Draper Street

Construction of our new park on Draper Street, as part of The Well development near Spadina and Front, is nearing completion. This park will provide a connection between The Well and the historic Draper Street, creating a new public space for residents and visitors alike.


The new parkland will soon be conveyed to the City, with a planned opening in Spring of 2022. 

This will allow for new plantings in warmer weather, and will start off a long season during which the community can enjoy this new public space. 


5. CivicLabTO Academic Summit: Collaborating on Renewal & Resilience

The City of Toronto is partnering with eight higher education institutions (HEIs), for a two-day, free and virtual CivicLabTO Academic Summit hosted by York University.

I’m looking forward to moderating the Public Health Panel to discuss how research collaborations between higher education institutions and health officials can help to address inequity and the disproportionate impacts that the pandemic has had on vulnerable communities. 

Wednesday, November 24
9:30-11:00am
Learn more and register here

Find more CivicLabTO events here.


6. Waterfront Toronto Call to Artists: Floating Public Art

Waterfront Toronto is a leader in curating seasonal and temporary art installations, creating dynamic cultural experiences by the lake and animating public spaces. Earlier this fall they issued a Call to Artists seeking proposals for a temporary floating artwork for Harbour Square Park Basin. Following on the success of SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers) in 2019 and Peacemaker's Canoe this past summer, next year’s installation will explore water as a connector. In particular, the Great Lakes waterways as geographical, ecological, political, economic, social and spiritual connectors.

The proposal submission deadline is December 10, 2021, at 2pm EST. For details, visit the Call to Artists link here


7. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10

Trinity Community Recreation Centre
155 Crawford Street
Every Tuesday until December 14th
2 pm - 6:30 pm
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Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
Every Wednesday until December 15th
5 pm - 7 pm
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Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
45 Fort York Blvd
Every Thursday until December 16th
4 pm - 8 pm
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8. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

The City of Toronto continues to provide resources and support programs to help businesses respond to the impact of COVID-19 and support safe reopening and economic growth and recovery.