COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - November 25th

Dear friends,

After months of planning, our Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Plan is underway. Our City-run immunization clinics are now welcoming five to 11 year olds to our fun and engaging vaccine clinic experience complete with superheroes, selfie stations, colouring, superhero passport sticker books, and more.

At the same time, school and community-based clinics, doctors’ offices, and pharmacies, have begun to offer vaccines for five to 11 year olds as part of our multi-pronged clinic approach, so that families can choose the time and place that works best for them. 

That’s what our Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Plan is all about — creating an accessible and positive experience for kids and families, so that everyone can do their part to get vaccinated and keep our city safe. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. City of Toronto Welcomes 5-11 Year Olds to Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Clinics
  2. University Avenue and Bloor/Danforth Bike Lanes — Here to Stay
  3. Have Your Say: Liberty Village Public Realm & Community Services Study 
  4. Webinar for Parents & Guardians: COVID-19 Vaccines & Children
  5. Community Consultation Meeting: Planning Application for 7 Vanauley Street
  6. Outdoor Ice Rinks Set to Open November 27
  7. Next Week: Online Reservations will no Longer be Required for Drop-in Fitness and Leisure Swim
  8. Share your Input on Pets and Wildlife in Toronto
  9. Invitation to Share Feedback on the Property Standards Bylaw Review
  10. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10
  11. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

1. City of Toronto Welcomes 5-11 Year Olds to Team Toronto Kids Vaccination Clinics

The City of Toronto and Team Toronto vaccination partners are now welcoming children and youth ages five to 11 years old to the refreshed Team Toronto Kids COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

The clinics have been reimagined as Team Toronto Kids clinics in consultation with experts in children’s health to create a fun, positive atmosphere that helps make kids feel comfortable.

As part of this kid-friendly approach, five- to 11-year-olds will be greeted with a superhero vaccine clinic “passport.” The Team Toronto Kids vaccine clinic passport includes details on the four clinic stations children will pass through to help them navigate their vaccination experience with custom stickers for each station. Children will also have access to colouring sheets, activities and superhero selfie stations.

Appointments remain available for Toronto’s children and youth. Caretakers can easily book appointments by calling the provincial vaccine booking line at 1-833-943-3900 or through the Province of Ontario’s How to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment webpage. Children must be turning five years old by the end of 2021 (born in 2016) to be eligible to book an appointment.

School-based mobile clinics across Toronto have also begun. Parents, caregivers and students will receive clinic information directly from their school when a clinic is available to them. TPH urges all eligible children and youth to be vaccinated as soon as possible, whether that be at a school, City or Team Toronto partner clinic, their doctor’s office or a local pharmacy. 

A full list of COVID-19 vaccination clinic options for five to 11 year-olds can be found on the City’s COVID-19: Children & Vaccines webpage.


2. University Avenue and Bloor/Danforth Bike Lanes — Here to Stay

Today, the City of Toronto released a report that shows the tremendous success of several ActiveTO pilot corridors installed last year including the University Avenue bike lanes, and makes the case for these changes to be permanent.

I’m proud to join with other Councillors who represent the communities along these major routes in support of making these projects permanent.

We know that these pilot projects, the patios and bike lanes, have and will continue to improve and protect the health of Torontonians, support local businesses, are an important step in fighting climate change, and most importantly make our streets safer for everyone.  

At the onset of the pandemic it became clear that rapidly expanding our cycling infrastructure on these major routes was critical. City Council made the bold and necessary decision to quickly expand the Bloor/Danforth lanes, and to create new, dedicated lanes on University.

We saw the impact almost immediately. The number of cyclists on these routes grew exponentially – almost double on University – and we have also seen growth in the use of our BikeShare program. And the data shows these changes had little to no impact on travel times for people driving, even as the city continued re-openings toward pandemic recovery this fall.

It’s time to build a 21st Century city and make it permanent.

Click here to read the full joint statement


3. Have Your Say: Liberty Village Public Realm & Community Services Study 

Liberty Village has changed a great deal in the past 20 years, from a manufacturing district to a vibrant live-work community. The City of Toronto has launched a Public Realm and Community Services Study for the neighbourhood, in order to get feedback on the need for new investments in amenities and services like public parkland and child care.

Join a community meeting to launch the study process with a staff presentation followed by a facilitated discussion with the community to gain feedback. 

City Staff will be hosting two sessions that will include the same content and presentation:

Tuesday, December 7, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, December 8, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
View the flyer to learn how to join.

Learn more about the Liberty Village Public Realm & Community Services Study on the City’s website here


4. Webinar for Parents & Guardians: COVID-19 Vaccines & Children

Toronto Public Health invites parents and guardians to a webinar that will help them make an informed decision about getting their children vaccinated.

Presented by Dr. Vinita Dubey (TPH Associate Medical Officer of Health), this webinar will cover:

  • Risks of COVID-19 in children
  • Information on COVID-19 vaccines and children
  • Facts about vaccines and fertility
  • COVID-19 vaccination and schools

The webinar will also include a question and answer period. No registration required. Session dates:

Tuesday, November 30, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join online via Webex or join by telephone 416-915-6530
Access Code: 2451 962 4232

Thursday, December 2, 11 am - 12 pm
Join online via Webex or join by telephone 416-915-6530
Access Code: 2466 644 5793

Click here to learn more


5. Community Consultation Meeting: Planning Application for 7 Vanauley Street

City Planning has received an application to amend the Zoning By-law to permit the development of the site with a 6-storey addition to the existing two-storey building located on the site.

Join the Virtual Community Consultation Meeting to learn about the development proposal, provide your feedback and learn about next steps:

Monday, November 29, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
View the meeting flyer for details on how to join.

For further information on the application, visit: www.toronto.ca/7VanauleySt  


6. Outdoor Ice Rinks Set to Open November 27

Weather permitting, 38 of the City’s outdoor ice rinks will open this Saturday, November 27. The remaining 13 outdoor rinks will open on December 4.

For the coming season, outdoor rinks will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be open for free leisure skate, as well as shinny, instructional programs and permits.

Reservations for skating will not be required this season. Change rooms will be available at 50 per cent capacity, based on provincial regulations, and skaters are encouraged to arrive dressed for skating. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/skate

This winter you can also enjoy:

  • Natural outdoor ice rinks maintained by community and neighbourhood groups with support from the City.
  • 26 toboggan hills in neighbourhoods across Toronto
  • Seven snow loops for walking and snowshoeing at the City’s four golf courses, with loops ranging from one kilometre to two and a half kilometres
  • Seven disc-golf locations, including an expanded 18-hole course at Scarlett Woods Golf Course and a new nine hole course at Dentonia Golf Course.
  • High Park car-free weekends will continue to allow more walking and safe cycling in the park.
  • Skiing and snowboarding at Earl Bales and Centennial Ski and Snowboard Centres, beginning January 1, weather dependent.
  • Bird watching at Toronto’s parks, ravines and natural areas
  • Animals at High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm
  • Seasonal plants and blooms at Allan Gardens Conservatory and Centennial Park Conservatory

7. Next Week: Online Reservations will no Longer be Required for Drop-in Fitness and Leisure Swim

In line with the provincial government's lifting of capacity restrictions in many sport and recreation facilities, as of Monday, November 29, online reservations will no longer be required for City of Toronto fitness centres, weight rooms, indoor playgrounds, or drop-in leisure swim.

Following feedback from participants, reservations will continue to be available for lane swimming and Aquafit, and additional walk-in spaces will be added.

Visit the City’s Swimming Recreation page for more information.


8. Share your Input on Pets and Wildlife in Toronto

The City of Toronto is reviewing the Animal Bylaw to improve the coexistence of humans and wildlife, decrease nuisance behaviour and enhance animal welfare. The review aims to modernize the rules related to the feeding of wildlife, pet licensing, and the ownership of rabbits, guinea pigs and pigeons. It will also explore issues related to pet licensing, prohibited animals and cosmetic procedures on pets. Take a survey to have your say about:

  • feeding of wildlife
  • responsible pet ownership of rabbits, guinea pigs, pigeons
  • pet licensing

Additional feedback can also be emailed to [email protected]. Deadline for feedback is December 17. 

Learn more about the Animal Bylaw Review and how to get involved.


9. Invitation to Share Feedback on the Property Standards Bylaw Review

The City is reviewing the Property Standards Bylaw to ensure that all properties are safe and well maintained, and that rules and standards for property owners and occupants are clear and consistent. The review will explore the following topics:

  • Issues with external light in residences
  • Surveillance cameras on neighbouring properties
  • Timing of snow and ice clearing and enforcement of snow removal on private property
  • Implementing safety measures for vacant-derelict properties
  • Security and safety measures for dormant development sites and
  • Right of access to adjoining land to make repairs or alterations to your property.

You are invited to participate and provide input on these topics through a survey that is open through December 20, 2021. Click here to learn more.


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

Trinity Community Recreation Centre
155 Crawford Street
Every Tuesday until December 14th
Open to residents born in 2009 or older
2 pm - 6:30 pm
View flyer

Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
Every Wednesday until December 15th
Open to residents born in 2009 or older
5 pm - 7 pm
View flyer

Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
45 Fort York Blvd
Every Thursday until December 16th
Open to residents born in 2009 or older
4 pm - 8 pm
View flyer


11. 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.