COVID-19 and Ward 10 Updates - September 22
With each passing week, our city gets closer to the goal of seeing 90% of eligible Torontonians fully vaccinated. This is hopeful progress and we should be proud, together, of what we have achieved so far.
There is still much work ahead, because vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. Getting vaccinated helps protect you individually and it makes it harder for the virus to spread to others. This is particularly important for people who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated (children under 12) and people living with weakened immune systems.
In my email update this week, you can learn more about our continuing efforts to bring vaccines to everyone, read important updates affecting our community, and find out about new ways to go out and safely enjoy our city during the months of fine fall weather ahead.
In this Edition
- Province of Ontario Proof of Vaccination Rules Take Effect Today
- Team Toronto Mobile Strategy Showing Results
- Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre - Officially Open!
- Registration Opening Soon for Fall Recreation Programming
- ArtworxTO Hubs
- Infrastructure Ontario Open House on First Parliament Site Development Plan
- Upcoming public meetings
- Lake Shore Boulevard East Project Update
- Queen Street West TTC Track Replacement and Upgrade Work
- Osler Playground Revitalization Community Consultation
- Liberty Village Public Realm & Community Services Study
- How to Find Your Waste Collection Schedule
- Community Compost Days
- Community Environment Days
- Resources and Webinars for Small Businesses
- City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
- COVID-19 Information and Resources
1. Province of Ontario Proof of Vaccination Rules Take Effect Today
Beginning today under new requirements from the Province of Ontario, in order to access certain indoor public settings and facilities, people 12 years and older will need to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated, along with a valid ID.
You can download your vaccination receipt from the Provincial Booking Portal.
Toronto Public Library branches are offering free wifi, public computer access, and printing of vaccination receipts. Learn more: tpl.ca/printfree.
For a complete list of settings where this requirement applies, along with guidance for businesses, please consult the Province of Ontario’s website.
City Recreation Facilities
The Provincial proof of vaccination and valid ID requirements apply to participants, visitors, and spectators entering indoor areas of City recreation facilities, including:
- Indoor areas of fitness centres, weight rooms and fitness classes for participants 12 years and older
- Organized sports, dance, martial arts and swimming programs for participants 18 years and older
- Spectators 12 years and older and their caregivers, and those 18 years and older accessing an indoor area used for sports and recreation fitness activities
2. Team Toronto Mobile Vaccination Strategy Showing Results
Vaccines are our best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant, and Torontonians should be proud of our accomplishments, together, as a world-leader in vaccination rates. The goal of fully vaccinating 90% of eligible people is within reach.
To date 79.3% of Torontonians are fully vaccinated, 84.9% have had their first dose, and extensive research has found that the largest group of Torontonians yet to get a shot simply have questions they need answered or barriers they need overcome. Our recent Toronto Public Health polling from last month found that only 6% of Torontonians are opposed to getting vaccinated. And the number of people who were feeling unsure about getting vaccinated fell by 7 percentage points since the spring.
That’s why we’re focusing all our efforts on a hyper local, data-driven approach to bring shots right to where people are – their work, school, and community centre, but also their grocery store, mall, and bus station. With up to 200 mobile vaccine clinics operating every week and a targeted focus on areas with low vaccination rates, we're helping Torontonians get vaccinated just outside their front door.
Last weekend, 90 mobile and pop-up clinics rolled out across our city helping another 7,600 people get vaccinated. And new this coming weekend, we’re partnering with Cadillac Fairview and Oxford Properties to bring vaccine clinics to five busy malls:
- Fairview Mall
- Sherway Gardens
- Shops at Don Mills
- The Eaton Centre
- Yorkdale Mall
This is how we’ll get to 90%: by reaching everyone, everywhere, and breaking down every barrier one person at a time.
To make an appointment or find a drop-in vaccine clinic, visit Toronto Public Health’s website How to Get Vaccinated or text “VACCINE” to 1-833-750-0888.
3. Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre - Officially Open!
I could not have been more excited to welcome everyone to enjoy the spectacular new Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre in CityPlace after this past weekend’s official ribbon-cutting event.
The Canoe Landing CRC is the last big puzzle piece for the area's master plan dating back to 1994, along with its attached neighbours: two elementary schools with capacity for 1,100 students together, and the child care centre with space for 52 kids.
CityPlace is a lesson in the importance of planning for public infrastructure ahead of growth. Dense, vertical neighbourhoods can be liveable, equitable, attractive places if we invest in libraries, schools, community spaces, parks & playgrounds, and affordable housing.
When you live in a condo or apartment, the local community centre is your living room. Starting in 2015, we held three public meetings and multiple working group sessions to make sure the Canoe Landing CRC served the unique needs of vertical living.
Based on community input, I allocated additional local funds to the budget to add a flexible space that opens and spills out onto the park. The Bentway will operate and program the space year-round, including a farmer's market.
The most exciting part of the new community centre for many families in small apartments will be the indoor playground designed with the Ontario Science Centre. No matter the weather, kids will have a place to go to play.
The community centre also has dance and fitness studios, multipurpose/meeting rooms, and a teaching kitchen – hosting a wide range of activities and programs responding to the community's needs and interests.
The spaces inside the community centre between the rooms, like the lobby, have been designed to welcome people to spend time, hang out, and socialize – a space outside the home that doesn't require a purchase to stay.
And let's not forget the rooftop, where Canoe Landing Community Centre has a track for running and walking, a community garden, and a basketball court with amazing views. In a neighbourhood as dense as CityPlace, we have to use every square foot.
Working together with the school boards means no space is wasted inside or outside. The public facilities have a smaller footprint in a dense neighbourhood, and partnering on spaces like the gyms means more public amenities for the same investment.
In addition, the new school playground is open to the public outside regular school hours, expanding the existing park beside the community centre. And last summer our new children's play equipment by the splash pad opened.
Although the pandemic has postponed our ability to have a proper community celebration of this momentous milestone for CityPlace, I am truly looking forward to joining everyone in person next year for a BBQ in the park.
Canoe Landing Community Recreation Centre is open to the public right now, following public health guidelines. Drop in during operating hours to check it out, or read up on facilities and programs online: https://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/3643/index.html.
4. Registration Opening Soon for Fall Recreation Programming
Registration for fall recreation programs at downtown and North York locations, as well as December holiday programs, opens on Tuesday, September 28, at 7 a.m. (Registration for Etobicoke and Scarborough opens September 25.)
Programming will run with public health measures in place, including proof of vaccination, health screening, contract tracing, masking, physical distancing, and capacity restrictions. Additional information is available at www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19/affected-city-services/.
The quickest and easiest way to register for recreation programs is online at efun.toronto.ca. Phone registration will also be available at 416-396-7378, beginning at 7 a.m. on registration dates. Five community centre locations will be open on registration dates for in-person registration support, and Wi-Fi will be available for residents that may want to bring their own electronic devices to the in-person registration sites. Staff will also be on-site to assist with the registration process and register those without their own electronic devices. Locations and hours are available at toronto.ca/fallrec.
Residents who may require help preparing for registration can call 416-396-7378 Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The call centre will be open for extended hours on Friday, September 24 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Monday, September 27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
From September 17 to October 3, explore Toronto’s diverse culinary scene with special two-item menus ranging from $15 to $50 per person at over 270 restaurants. Patio dining, takeout, and delivery options included. DineTOgether and #ShowLoveTO local restaurants.
Get outside and enjoy the autumn with help from StrollTO with recommendations for every neighbourhood across Toronto.
For Spadina-Fort York, you can download our local Soundtracks of the City playlist, and visit the Poems for your Path installation at the Fort York library branch.
7. ArtworxTO Hubs
ArtworxTO Hubs begin opening today as spaces for artistic and community activity led by the next generation of curators, collectives and artists. Through exhibitions, activations, workshops and experiences, the hubs will amplify local artistic identities, recognize their global vibrancy, and empower creative communities.
Year-long hubs are located at Downsview Park, Scarborough Town Centre, Cloverdale Common and Union Station.
ArtworxTO Hub South, located at Union Station, will open on October 27. Curated by Maya Wilson-Sanchez, I am Land is a three-part exhibition series that explores the role of the artist as a chronicler.
Experience art illuminated at BigArtTO, a city-wide public art celebration featuring free temporary public artworks projected onto local buildings and landmarks. Created by Toronto artists, the projections will play Wednesday through Saturday evenings, allowing you to access artwork in your neighbourhood.
Three installations are coming to our local neighbourhoods:
Seneca College Illustration Student Artists
- 32 Distillery Lane
- Nov 9 to 13, 5:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
Building Space Collection
- 120 Adelaide St. W.
- Nov. 16 to 20, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
OCAD University Student Animators
- 120 Adelaide St. W.
- Nov. 23 to 27, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
9. Infrastructure Ontario Open House on First Parliament Site Development Plan
On Monday September 27, Infrastructure Ontario will host a virtual open house on the Transit Oriented Development plan for the Corktown station area, which includes the historic First Parliament Site. This meeting is an important opportunity for the community to weigh in on the proposed development and loss of critical parkland and heritage interpretation opportunities at this historic site.
In January, the City learned that the Province of Ontario had initiated expropriation proceedings for the First Parliament Site lands owned by the City of Toronto, near the planned Corktown Station of the future Ontario Line subway. I am deeply concerned by the potential risk to this important historic site and city-building project.
Located at the intersection of Front and Parliament Streets, the First Parliament Site is a full city block, bounded on the west by Berkeley Street and on the south by Parliament Square Park. These lands are a site of local, provincial and national significance. Following thousands of years of human activity and use by Indigenous communities, in 1797 the site became the location of the first purpose-built buildings to house the Parliament of Upper Canada. After its destruction by United States forces in the War of 1812, a Second Parliament building, followed by a district gaol (jail), and then the Consumers' Gas Company buildings occupied the site.
Years of community advocacy, championed by the late Deputy Mayor McConnell, led to the uncovering of the archeological heritage at the site, and the lands were later secured into public hands by the Ontario Heritage Trust and the City of Toronto.
The First Parliament site was to be developed for a mix of public uses in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust. The First Parliament Project team has engaged stakeholders and the public, and has completed a Heritage Interpretation Strategy and Master Plan implementation framework for the vision. City Council has approved a new district library for the site, and new park space, commemoration of the heritage of the site, and new public use opportunities are envisioned.
Infrastructure Ontario's development submission for two major blocks at the future Ontario Line Corktown station will be presented at this open house. Notably, the plan removes public lands that were zoned as Park by the City and replaces them with high intensity development. In this parkland deficient area, the site was intended to provide critical new green and open space to contribute to a livable community as new development proceeds. The removal of parkland and the opportunities for appropriate heritage interpretation is a key consideration as compared to the City's Master Plan for the site.
The City's Master Plan Built form Demonstration Plan including 6,082m2 of dedicated open space:
Infrastructure Ontario Development Submission for the expropriated City lands/First Parliament Site (Front E/Berkeley/Parliament/Parliament Square Park)- including 900m2 of dedicated open space and 46-, 24- & 25-storey towers:
Infrastructure Ontario Development Submission for expropriated private lands (King E/Berkeley/Parliament/Front E) 46-, 46- & 12- storey towers:
Successful city-building requires collaboration between government partners, working together on shared objectives. I will continue to work with Councillor Wong-Tam, stakeholders, and the public to secure the goals that our community and leaders like former Deputy Mayor McConnell have envisioned for this important site, and urge you to make your views known at this upcoming open house.
Corktown Transit Oriented Community Open House
Date: Monday, September 27, 6:30pm
10. Upcoming Public Meetings
545 Lake Shore Blvd development proposal
Join me for a community consultation on the revised development application for 545 Lake Shore Blvd, at the corner of Queens Quay and Bathurst. The applicant will share their plans followed by a Q&A session.
- Monday, September 27, 7:00 p.m., online.
Review of Parking Requirements in New Development
City Planning staff will present draft proposed changes to the requirements for parking in new development.
- Monday, September 27, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., online.
- Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., online.
- Wednesday, September 29, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., online.
Digital Infrastructure Plan
The City of Toronto is holding public meetings on the Digital Infrastructure Plan to hear your feedback on online privacy, security, data, equity, use of sensors, and more.
- Tuesday, September 28, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., online.
- Wednesday, September 29, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., online.
Harm Reduction in Shelters
The Integrated Prevention and Harm Reduction initiative (iPHARE) is a multi-pronged effort by the City and community agencies to address opioid-related deaths in Toronto’s shelter system. An online session is being held to help share more information about these services with the public.
- Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., online.
Ontario Line - Transit Oriented Communities
Infrastructure Ontario has announced virtual open houses for their “Transit Oriented Communities” development proposals located at Ontario Line stations downtown.
- Corktown Station: Monday, September 27, 6:30 p.m., online.
- King-Bathurst Station: Wednesday, September 29, 6:30 p.m., online.
- Exhibition Station: Monday, October 4, 6:30 p.m., online.
- Queen-Spadina Station: Wednesday, October 6, 6:30 p.m., online.
212-220 King St W development proposal
Join me for a community consultation on the revised development application for 212-220 King St W, at the corner of King and Simcoe. The applicant will share their plans followed by a Q&A session.
- Monday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., online.
Ontario Line - Rapid Transit Project
Metrolinx is hosting public meetings this fall focused on various sections of the Ontario Line project.
- Osgoode, Queen, Moss Park, Corktown: Thursday, October 7, 6:30 p.m., online.
- Exhibition, King/Bathurst, Queen/Spadina: September 9 video archived online.
The Ontario government has announced two virtual information sessions regarding their plans for Ontario Place. See my update for more details and the link to pre-register.
- Wednesday, October 13, 5:00 p.m., online.
- Wednesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m., online.
11. Lake Shore Boulevard East Project Update
As of August 31, the Gardiner Expressway ramps to Logan Avenue are permanently closed. This is to facilitate the Lake Shore Boulevard East project, including removal of the Logan Avenue ramp at the most eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway, as part of both the Gardiner Expressway Rehabilitation Plan and Port Lands Flood Mitigation Protection project.
This work will support planned realignment of the expressway, facilitate broad improvements and liveability of the Port Lands area, improve public access to the Port Lands, and significantly enhance the City’s future climate resiliency through the Port Lands Flood Mitigation Protection work undertaken by Waterfront Toronto.
Removal of the Logan Avenue ramp allows for the Lake Shore Bridge to be lengthened and widened. Once the Lake Shore Bridge is re-engineered, the new space will accommodate bike lanes, pedestrian paths and a new linear park, and allow for the re-design and naturalization of the Don River, which will be a critical element for future flood protection.
From September through October 2021, on weekends only, Lake Shore Boulevard East will be closed from Cherry Street to Carlaw Avenue. The Westbound Gardiner can be accessed from Jarvis Street. The Don Roadway will also be closed between DVP and Commissioners Street, with no access permitted to the Don Valley Parkway.
The latest construction updates, including maps, are available at www.PortLandsTO.ca/Construction
You can find more details on the Lake Shore Boulevard East project here: https://www.toronto.ca/news/city-of-toronto-and-waterfront-toronto-to-begin-construction-of-lake-shore-boulevard-east-project/
12. Queen Street West TTC Track Replacement and Upgrade Work
The City of Toronto is replacing the streetcar track along Queen Street West from Bay Street to Fennings Street and upgrading a portion of 100-year-old watermain between Bay Street and University Avenue.
Construction work is ongoing, and is expected to be completed by December 2021. To minimize the impact on residents and local businesses, construction work will be carried out in eight phases of rolling 300-metre work zones. Construction is moving from Bay Street to Spadina Avenue with current activity from Duncan Street to east of University Avenue. Following these phases, work will shift to Fennings Street and progress east towards Spadina Avenue.
Due to the limited right-of-way on Queen Street West, there will be no vehicle access within any of the 300-metre work zones and the 501/301 Queen will be diverted. Sidewalk cafes will remain open outside of the active construction zone, and will only temporarily be removed when construction is taking place in front of an establishment. Sidewalks remain open. More information is available at: www.toronto.ca/QueenWestConstruction.
TTC service changes will be communicated through service alerts and online at www.ttc.ca.
13. Osler Playground Revitalization Community Consultation
Since late 2019, I have been working with the local community, City staff, and the TCDSB to create a new vision for the park and adjacent school grounds. It was a delight to be joined by dozens of local residents last week to discuss design concepts for Osler Playground.
If you missed the public meeting and the pop-up in the park this past weekend, you can still learn more and have your say through the online survey. Visit the project web page to learn more.
14. 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 is launching a Public Realm and Community Services Study for the neighbourhood to understand the need for new investments in things like public parkland or childcare.
You can help by sharing your ideas and comments using the Social Pinpoint tool on the study website. Stay tuned for details of a public meeting to be held later this year.
15. How to Find Your Waste Collection Schedule
The City of Toronto will be mailing a condensed Waste Management Guide to residents by the end of this year with information on your 2022 collection schedule. It replaces the traditional paper calendar in an effort to reduce paper waste and postage costs.
16.Community Compost Days
An extra autumn Community Compost Day is coming up soon to help you prepare ahead for the next growing season!
Saturday, October 2, 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Bellwoods Park (at south-east corner of Dundas and Shaw)
This compost comes from your leaf and yard waste that the City collects as part of the waste reduction and recycling program.
Please remember to bring your own shovels and containers to collect your free compost.
For more information about compost, visit: www.toronto.ca/compost.
17. Community Environment Days
This fall through October 31, there will be fourteen Community Environment Day events at Drop-Off Depots.
At the events, you will be able to drive to different stations to drop off unwanted items for donation and to dispose of batteries, old paint and other household hazardous waste. Free bagged compost will be available with a limit of two bags per vehicle while supplies last. A list of event dates and more information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/environment_days.
18. 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.
Proof of vaccination guidance: The Government of Ontario released regulations and guidance for businesses and organizations to support them in implementing proof of vaccination requirements that take effect on Wednesday, September 22.
On-site vaccination clinics: Toronto Public Health is facilitating requests from Toronto employers who are interested in hosting an on-site vaccination clinic. Learn more and complete a short survey to register for an initial assessment call.
Free COVID-19 rapid screening kits: The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Region Board of Trade to provide free COVID-19 rapid screening kits to help small- and medium-sized businesses with 150 or fewer employees safely reopen. Eligible Toronto businesses can place an order online to receive an initial four-week supply of testing kits.
19. City of Toronto COVID-19 Vaccine Website
Protect yourself and others by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Visit toronto.ca/covid19vaccine for up-to-date clinic locations and eligibility information.
20. 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
Call if you develop symptoms.
Toronto Public Health Hotline
8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Call if you have questions about COVID-19.
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