COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - November 3rd
As the weather turns colder, it’s important to do everything we can to stay safe this season. Yesterday I had the opportunity to join Mayor Tory and our Medical Officer of Health Dr. de Villa at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, as we rolled up our sleeves for our flu shots.
All across our city pharmacists, doctors, and Toronto Public Health staff have started administering flu shots. You can make an appointment to get yours at one of our five City-run immunization clinics here, or visit a participating pharmacy or doctor’s office.
By getting your flu shot as soon as possible, you’re helping to keep our city healthy and safe.
In this Edition
- Toronto Public Health Preparing for Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccinations
- Accessible Vaccine Clinics with Additional Supports Open this Weekend
- Team Toronto launches Parent Survey and Education Opportunities to Help Families Prepare for Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5 to 11
- Launching the Next Phase of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
- Construction Updates: The Esplanade and Mill Street Cycling and Road Safety Improvements
- Petition: It’s Time for Bold Inclusionary Zoning in Toronto
- City of Toronto launches Improved 311 Service Experience
- Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10
- Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
1. Toronto Public Health Preparing for Third Dose COVID-19 Vaccinations
Today, the Ontario Government announced expanded eligibility for booster shots (third doses) of COVID-19 vaccine. On Monday, November 8, people who are 70 years of age and older, many health care workers, immunocompromised individuals, and people who received a two-dose series of a viral vector COVID-19 vaccine (e.g. AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) will be eligible for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine, provided it has been at least six months since their second dose. For a full list of eligible individuals, please visit the provincial website.
Beginning this Saturday at 8 a.m., people who are in the above groups will be able to book an appointment for their third dose at one of our City-run immunization clinics, through the online booking system. 40,000 appointments at our vaccine clinics will be available. People can also receive their third dose through one of over 450 local pharmacies that are offering this vaccine, and at many doctor's offices and at other health care partner clinics.
Toronto Public Health and our Team Toronto partners have been hard at work preparing for expanded eligibility for third dose booster shots. Helping people who are at elevated risk get their booster shots is one more piece in our commitment to protecting Torontonians and helping people stay safe. More details are available here.
2. Accessible Vaccine Clinics with Additional Supports Open this Weekend
Everyone in our city has a right to have their needs fully met when it comes to getting vaccinated. This week, four super supportive vaccine clinics operating in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough will have full resources available for people who may require extra support or accessibility accommodations to get their shots.
Hosted by Toronto's Accessibility Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccines, Toronto Public Health, and community partners, the clinics do not require registration. They will be held in physically accessible locations and will have resources on hand to provide support to those who:
- Have a fear of needles
- Need to sit down while waiting
- Need a quiet space to get vaccinated
- Need a companion when vaccinated
- Need an ASL interpreter
Clinics will be held on Friday, November 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, November 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:
- Elm Bank Community Centre, 10 Rampart Rd., Etobicoke
- Oakridge Community Centre, 63 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough
- St. Margaret's Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street, Etobicoke
And on Saturday, November 6 and Sunday, November 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at
- North York Seniors Centre, 212 Hendon Ave., North York
3. Team Toronto launches Parent Survey and Education Opportunities to Help Families Prepare for Vaccinations for Kids Ages 5 to 11
Meet people where they are at. Have active conversations and outreach. Work with community leaders and neighbourhood ambassadors to build trust and confidence.
We're applying the lessons from our vaccination campaign to our next stage: preparing for vaccines for kids ages five to 11, once the vaccine is approved for this age group and the Ministry of Health provides supply. Last week, all parents of children aged five to 11 attending public schools received an email survey to support vaccination planning. We want to hear your questions, concerns, and ideas about vaccination, and how we can support your family. The survey is open until Sunday, November 7, and is available here in multiple languages.
At the same time, Toronto Public Health has begun hosting over 15 town halls and informational webinars for parents, newcomers, partners in the Child & Family Services sector, and our 300+ neighbourhood ambassadors. The town halls and webinars aim to provide information and tools to assist parents in their decision-making, as well as Team Toronto partners with proactive vaccine outreach. Additional parent and caregiver town halls, as well as targeted multilingual and neighbourhood-based telephone town halls, will be announced in the coming weeks.
4. Launching the Next Phase of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan
From left to right: Robert Kearns, Chair and Founder of the Canada Ireland Foundation, Councillor Joe Cressy, Mayor John Tory, Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada
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.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of being with our local partners from the Canada Ireland Foundation, Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association, Waterfront BIA, Waterfront For All, Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, Toronto District School Board, and Ports Toronto to celebrate our progress with a new water's edge promenade and to launch phase two construction of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Plan (BQNP).
The next phase in our six-part project is already underway. It's the restoration and transformation of the iconic Canada Malting Silos, along with the creation of a new waterfront arts and culture hub: the Corleck Building, operated by the Canada Ireland Foundation.
Rendering of the future revitalized Corleck Building
Next steps in the Bathurst Quay revitalization also include a new open-air plaza, a wide playfield, and ongoing streetscape improvements. All of this will improve access and open up our downtown waterfront.
Rendering of future waterfront plaza
Building great cities means investing in public spaces that bring people together. Through public outreach, advocacy group meetings, and direct engagement, we've heard the neighbourhood's vision for Bathurst Quay. Now, we're bringing it to life.
5. Construction Updates: The Esplanade and Mill Street Cycling and Road Safety Improvements
Phase 1 construction continues of a new, permanent two-way cycle track along The Esplanade and Mill Street with the pre-markings for cycle tracks, signage installation, and partial activation of bicycle signals. When Phase 1 and 2 are complete, the two-way cycle lane will run from Bayview Ave to Yonge St – adding four new kilometres to our city's cycling grid.
The new cycle track will connect the Canary, Distillery District, and St. Lawrence Market neighbourhoods – areas where the majority of trips are done by bike, walking, or on public transit. This is how we build streets and a city that are safe and accessible for all.
Visit http://toronto.ca/esplanademill for full project and construction details.
Click here for more construction progress photos.
6. Petition: It’s Time for Bold Inclusionary Zoning in Toronto
To truly tackle the affordable housing crisis in our city, we must take bold steps. Inclusionary Zoning makes it mandatory for new developments to include affordable housing. Toronto urgently needs a strong Inclusionary Zoning policy to create enough new affordable housing for people of all income levels in our city.
As housing continues to get more unaffordable in our city, developers are making record profits. It’s time for Toronto to join the over 500 municipalities in North America that use Inclusionary Zoning to ensure new developments serve the needs of residents, not just developers.
7. City of Toronto launches Improved 311 Service Experience
This week, the City launched an improved 311 Toronto service experience, making the service easier and more convenient to use, offering more ways to connect with 311 Toronto and providing real-time status updates from start to finish.
With the launch of this new service experience, all of the approximately 600 services that 311 offers are now available online, including requests for snow plowing and tree maintenance, overflowing catch basins, dogs off leash, and inadequate heat in apartment buildings.
Residents, businesses, and visitors now have the option of calling in to speak with an agent, using the live online chat, or submitting a service request online, with an additional feature of being able to attach a photo to the request. Users will be able to track the status of their request from start to finish and can opt-in to receive real-time status updates via text (SMS) or email notification.
8. 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
Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
Every Wednesday until December 15th
5 pm - 7 pm
Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
45 Fort York Blvd
Every Thursday until December 16th
4 pm - 8 pm
9. 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.
- The BusinessTO Support Centre provides one-on-one virtual support to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Free webinars offered by Enterprise Toronto and its partners offer year-round learning opportunities for entrepreneurs and small business owners.
- Digital Transformation Resources provide businesses with help accessing and adopting digital tools, technologies and services.
- BusinessTO News is 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.
- Reopening guides and information on financial relief and support programs can be found here.