COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - October 20th

Dear friends,

Each day, we get closer to reaching our next goal of 90% of Torontonians fully vaccinated. With 82.8% of eligible Torontonians now fully vaccinated, we only need to reach 215,000 people (123,000 of whom have already had their first dose) to get there. 

In our ongoing efforts to make sure vaccines are accessible to everyone in every part of our city, this week, the City is launching #VaxInTheSix to highlight COVID-19 pop-up vaccine clinics operating at six subway stations. This is the most clinics operating at TTC stations at one time so far.

The vaccine clinics will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day from Thursday, October 21 to Saturday, October 23. Team Toronto partners, including Toronto Public Health, Humber River Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital and the Toronto East Health Network will offer first and second doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines at clinics in Bathurst, Finch, Kennedy, Islington, St. Clair West and Union stations.. No appointments are required at these clinics.

If you don’t already have your first and second dose, please visit a #VaxintheSix clinic at a subway station this week, and help protect yourself and our city. 

Sincerely,

Joe


In this Edition

  1. Team Toronto prepares for five to 11 year-old COVID-19 vaccinations once vaccines are approved
  2. Toronto Public Health launches annual flu vaccination campaign prioritizing highest-risk settings
  3. Pop-Up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Ward 10
  4. City Secures the Right of First Refusal to Purchase the Parkview Arms Rooming House 
  5. Building More Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road
  6. Revitalizing and Transforming the Wellington Destructor 
  7. Developing A Renewed Vision for Toronto’s Waterfront 
  8. Construction Underway: The Esplanade and Mill Street Cycling and Road Safety Improvements
  9. Our Plan Toronto: Public Meeting
  10. Reminder: Palmerston-Tecumseth Cycling Improvements Community Consultation
  11. Provincial Government Virtual Information Session on Plans for Ontario Place
  12. Autumn Edition of The Fife and Drum
  13. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

1. Team Toronto prepares for five to 11 year-old COVID-19 vaccinations once vaccines are approved

Team Toronto continues to prepare for the vaccination of five to 11 year-old children in Toronto as soon as the vaccines are approved for use by Health Canada, and guidance is received by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Province of Ontario. Partners from across the City have come together to develop a multi-pronged strategy to reach the more than 200,000 Toronto children, along with education and engagement opportunities with their parents and guardians in the coming weeks.

Clinics will be offered to reach every Toronto resident in every corner of the City once approvals and supply are available. Clinic locations being planned for include the five City-run mass immunization clinics, school-based clinics, and community-based clinics. These opportunities will augment the delivery of vaccines offered by family physicians and through the more than 700 pharmacies in Toronto offering COVID-19 vaccines.

Alongside clinics, a series of education and outreach initiatives are being organized for kids and their parents and caregivers. Telephone Town Halls, community events, and parent sessions will be offered as part of a comprehensive education and outreach campaign. Our team will keep scaling up, in order to make sure that all kids in our city can get the protection they need.


2. Toronto Public Health launches annual flu vaccination campaign prioritizing highest-risk settings

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is kicking off the City of Toronto’s annual flu vaccination campaign this week by bringing flu vaccines to those who are at increased risk of serious illness. Starting this week, TPH is collaborating with Inner City Health Associates to start offering the flu vaccination to homeless and under-housed individuals in shelters and drop-in settings to protect some of our city’s most vulnerable residents.

TPH is also preparing for annual public flu vaccination clinics and encouraging all Torontonians to get their free flu vaccine when it becomes available to them in early November. 

Flu vaccines will be administered by appointment only at each of the City’s five mass immunization clinics. On October 27, Toronto residents will be able to start booking an appointment . Also in November, residents will also be able to receive their flu vaccine at their local pharmacy or through their family doctor. This will help people stay healthy this flu season and preserve our healthcare system.


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

Trinity Community Recreation Centre
155 Crawford Street
Every Tuesday until November 2nd
2pm-6:30pm
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Scadding Court Community Centre
707 Dundas Street West
Every Wednesday until November 2nd
5pm-7pm
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Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre
45 Fort York Blvd
Every Thursday until November 11th
4pm-8pm
Outdoor clinic day: Wednesday, October 27th
4pm-7pm
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4. City Secures the Right of First Refusal to Purchase the Parkview Arms Rooming House 

Multi-unit residential properties – also known as rooming houses – are critical to our city's affordable housing supply. In a new report to Executive Committee, staff have confirmed that the City has secured the right of first refusal to purchase the Parkview Arms, a 58-room rooming house at 935 Queen Street, directly across from Trinity-Bellwoods Park. By purchasing the Parkview Arms, the City will be able to ensure that the property and rooms remain affordable.

From 2014 to 2016 alone, Toronto lost 266 affordable rooms in rooming houses, as these properties were sold off and redeveloped. Strategic acquisitions of properties like the Parkview Arms will help us to preserve and protect existing affordable housing.

Toronto is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. By acquiring properties like the Parkview Arms, we can proactively ensure that valuable affordable housing in our downtown communities is not lost. This initiative has my full support, and I look forward to working with CreateTO and City staff to get it done.


5. Building More Affordable Housing at 150 Queens Wharf Road 

Affordable housing is how we build vibrant, liveable communities. 

150 Queens Wharf Road is the last block of undeveloped land in CityPlace. Since 2015, I have been working to get affordable housing built at this site. I pushed hard to add 25% more affordable housing units to the development, and now, the proposal has been approved by the Planning and Housing Committee.

The new building will include 141 affordable rental units, as well as a new EarlyON child and family care centre. Learn more at the project website here


6. Revitalizing and Transforming the Wellington Destructor 


Design image courtesy of TAS and SvN Architects + Planners

Last week I shared updates on our work to revitalize and transform the Wellington Destructor, a City-owned heritage property at 667 Wellington Street West that has sat vacant for over three decades. Today, the General Government and Licensing Committee approved this proposal, meaning it will head next to City Council.

The Wellington Destructor presents an incredible opportunity to create a vibrant community hub in the Destructor's historical building, with employment and commercial opportunities to serve the surrounding neighbourhood. 

Thank you to the many neighbours who attended the public meeting on October 18th. Your questions and feedback are vital in shaping this future community asset. If you weren’t able to join the meeting, you can learn more about the project history and view the presentation slides here


7. Developing A Renewed Vision for Toronto’s Waterfront 

Toronto's vision for our waterfront was launched 20 years ago. Since then, we've invested in new community infrastructure, parks, and green space. Now, it's time to build on our success, and create a waterfront for all that is fully integrated with our 21st century city.

City staff have released their report on the Waterfront Strategic Review Update. The next steps include public consultation and engagement on what a renewed vision for our city's waterfront – all 43 kilometers of it, from Scarborough to Etobicoke – should include.

The report will be considered by Executive Committee at next week's meeting. With our Federal and Provincial partners, and with a renewed vision from the public, we can continue to create a waterfront that is vibrant, sustainable, and accessible to all.


8. Construction Underway: The Esplanade and Mill Street Cycling and Road Safety Improvements

Phase 1 construction of a new, permanent two-way cycle track along The Esplanade and Mill Street is now underway. When Phase 1 & 2 are complete, the two-way cycle lane will run from Bayview Ave to Yonge St – adding 4 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. 

Click here to read more.


9. Our Plan Toronto: Public Meeting

The City of Toronto is reviewing our Official Plan, which is Toronto’s road map for land use.  It sets out our long-term vision, shared values, and policies that help guide decision-making on land development, economic growth, the environment, and more.  It’s important to keep the Official Plan up to date to accommodate growth. Toronto is expected to grow by a minimum of 700,000 people and more than 450,000 jobs by 2051.

Join the virtual public meeting today, October 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. (register) for a city-wide conversation on how we can plan to address the most pressing challenges facing our city over the next 30 years. Please register prior to the event, and watch this short video for an introduction to Our Plan Toronto.

Learn more and take the survey at the project webpage: www.toronto.ca/ourplan


10. Reminder: Palmerston-Tecumseth Cycling Improvements Community Consultation


Artist Rendering: Proposed Contra-Flow Bike Lane on Palmerston Avenue Facing South

Work is underway to implement cycling, pedestrian, and road safety upgrades on Tecumseth Street and Palmerston Avenue. The proposed bike lanes, contra-flow bike lanes, cycle tracks, and wayfinding markings would expand the local cycling network and connect to the bikeways on Wellington, Adelaide, Richmond, College, Harbord, and Bloor. 

Join the public meeting this evening to learn more about the Palmerston-Tecumseth Cycling Connections project, provide feedback, and ask questions:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Login Details: Register in advance for the Virtual Public Meeting
Call-in Details: Please dial in five minutes before the meeting starts at 416-915-6530 and enter access code 2458 805 5775

Learn more at the project website here 


11. Provincial Government Virtual Information Session on Plans for Ontario Place

Ontario Place represents 155 acres of public land on the waterfront, located in the heart of Toronto, a heritage site of international importance, and heavily-used public parkland.

The Provincial Government is conducting a virtual public information session and an online survey for the Ontario Place redevelopment.

While the information sessions and online survey seem to be aimed at confirming the announced plans, I urge the Province to take next steps with active collaboration, engagement, and respect for the valuable lands and crucial public asset that Ontario Place represents.

Virtual Public Information Session: Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.
See my update here for more details and the link to pre-register.


12. Autumn Edition of The Fife and Drum

The autumn edition of The Fife and Drum, a newsletter by Friends of Fort York and Garrison Common, is now available. 

Click here to learn more about The Fife and Drum, and to read past issues.


13. Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses

An expanded slate of free webinars is being offered throughout October as the City of Toronto celebrates and supports Small Business Month. View the webinars available and register to participate.

For more updates, register 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.